Defend International reached out to Yazidi refugees in Kurdistan region, Iraq, providing humanitarian aid and relief to those affected by the current conflict in the region. Thanks to our donors and sponsors!
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.
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.
DI members in Morocco called for the elimination of social, cultural, political and economic discrimination against women.
Defend International (DI) was accredited to participate in the UN Third Biennial Meeting of States (New York) 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. The Programme of Action was approved by Member States in 2001. DI represents the voices and experiences of civil society in the MENA region.