Promoting new women leaders and ‘invisible women’ human rights activists in Eurasia


The overall objective of this project is to recognise, support and promote the emerging role of women Human Rights Defenders (W/HRDs) and Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) working for women’s and girls’ rights in Eurasia, including in Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.

The project supports four target groups:

  • Young/emerging women human rights leaders

The project will contribute to strengthen the leadership skills of young women HRDs through capacity building; promoting networking and the sharing of ideas; and participation in national, regional, international forums.

After a first stage of target groups identification and needs assessment, the project partners will organise national and regional “Leadership Academies” to reinforce the leadership competencies of young W/HRDs. Small grants will be offered to the W/HRDs participating in the “Leadership Academies” allowing them to implement projects increasing the visibility and rights of women in the target countries. The targeted W/HRDs will also have the opportunity to benefit from travel funds to attend international, regional and national forums on human rights campaigning for women’s and girl’s rights.

  • ‘Invisible women’ human rights defenders, i.e. women activists who are actively defending rights within their own communities, but who are not involved in the wider HRD movement.

The project will support “invisible women’s” groups through targeted training and capacity building in advocacy, lobbying, developing strategies of change and media campaigns to raise awareness on specific issues they face

The project partners will identify and assess the needs of “invisible women” in the target countries and will organised tailored trainings in advocacy, lobbying, and developing strategies of change based on the specific needs of this target group. Media campaigns to raise awareness of the causes advocated by invisible women’s groups will also be run.

  • Lawyers working for women’s and girl’s rights

The project will help to improve knowledge of lawyers working for women’s and girls’ rights on ECtHR procedures to make use of international mechanisms for the protection of W/HRDs

Regional training sessions on the ECtHR will take place in Strasbourg to provide training to experienced lawyers working in the field of women’s and girls’ rights. Furthermore, the project partners and experienced lawyers will assist the targeted lawyers in writing applications and third party interventions to ECtHR.

  • W/HRDs and Human Rights Defenders working for women’s and girls’ rights

The project will provide anti-burnout trainings and rapid response for psycho-social, medical and legal support for women HRDs and Human Rights Defenders working for women’s and girls’ rights “at risk”.

Rehabilitation courses, legal counselling and small support funds to cover medical and/or psychological support will be offered to W/HRDs and HRDs promoting women’s and girls’ rights.

Project Date : January 2018-February 2020

Read more about the project:

Promoting new women leaders and ‘invisible women’ activists – inception meeting in Kiev, Ukraine