You are invited by the UN Special
Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mr. Michel Forst, to
share information on women human rights defenders.
Women human rights defenders are women who “promote and… strive for the
protection and realisation of human
rights and fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels”
through peaceful means (Article 1, 5, 12 and 13 Declaration on the
Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to
Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental
Freedoms). Because of
their work, women human rights defenders often face risks and suffer violations
of their rights, including gender specific ones.
The data collected through this survey will
inform the report of the UN Special Rapporteur, which will focus on the situation of women human rights
defenders and will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2019.
report will be made publicly available at the OHCHR website (https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/SRHRDefenders/Pages/SRHRDefendersIndex.aspx) and on the website of the
Special Rapporteur (https://www.protecting-defenders.org/). For more information on
this report, see the related Concept Note also provided
for your convenience in English, French and Spanish, on the abovementioned
This survey will take around 25 minutes or
more to complete, depending on the level of detail you wish to provide. There
are six main questions in this survey.
Your responses will be held confidentially
and they will not be attributed to you unless you give us permission to do so.
This survey is prepared by the mandate of
the Special Rapporteur with technical support from the Centre for Applied Human
Rights of the University of York.
National Human Rights Institutions are
requested to submit their response as a Word or PDF file from their official
email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. For this
purpose, a downloadable version of the questionnaire is available in English,
French and Spanish, on the abovementioned OHCHR’s website link. Civil
society stakeholders can and are encouraged to also submit this form online
through this link:
The survey will
be open until 28 September 2018.
Note Verbal EN FR SP
Questionnaire EN FR SP
Concept Note EN FR SP