Aiming to promote peace and tolerance, Defend International members coordinated and participated in Erbil International Marathon for Peace, which took place on 25 October 2013. Under the slogan “We’ll Run Together For Peace,” nearly seven thousand runners from about 55 countries attended this joint peace celebration.
The Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders in Africa is seeking input for a report on the challenges faced by women defenders in Africa and their protection needs. Defend International encourages its member organizations and DI Defenders who are regularly engaged in defending women rights in Africa to provide their inputs and experiences into this consultation process. The deadline is 31 December 2012.
On the occasion of 2011 International Women’s Day, Defend International is drawing attention to the challenges faced by women in the the Middle East and North Africa. DI urges the authorities in MENA region to respect human rights, in particular the rights of women who are showing courage and participating in the protests.
Defend International attended the UN Fourth Biennial Meeting of States to consider the implementation of the Programme of Action to prevent, combat, and eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects, which was held in New York in June 2010! Dr. Widad addressed the 2010 BMS underlining the importance of a culture of peace. She also participated in the UN General Assembly Interactive Hearings with NGOs, attending as an accredited observer.
On 10 December 2009 Defend International members in Iraq marked the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through different activities, including an exhibition displaying photographs covering a gamut of categories.