the International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation
would like to reiterate my call for an end to this harmful practice. We,
in Defend International, reite... Read More ...
Dr Akrawi Awarded For Bridging Gap Between Civilizations
Akrawi, President of Defend International, has been awarded by the National Organization
for Future Generations, based in Algeria, to thank her for being a passionate
advocate of bridgin... Read More ...
DI 2013: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
Defend International has joined over 5,000 NGOs from over 150 countries around the globe to mark the 16 Days of
Activisim Against Gender Based Violence, which starts on November 25 and ends
on Dece... Read More ...
DI Reiterates its Commitment Towards a Global Ban on Use of Cluster Munitions
Defend International marks the 5th anniversary of the Convention on Cluster Munitions Signing Conference in Oslo by having candle-lit vigils spilling "CCM 5" in Oslo and throughout the MENA region. C... Read More ...
DI Celebrated Norwegian Women's Suffrage Centenary
delegation of Defend International attended the International
Conference: Women, Power and Politics - The Road to Sustainable
Democracy at the Radisson Blue Scandinavia Hotel on ... Read More ...
INTERNATIONAL (Dl) is an independent, voluntary, health-related, non governmental
organ. It forms a worldwide community of DI Defenders, supporters,
stakeholders, donors and friends. It has subscribers in every part of the
world, with the greatest number in the Middle East and North Africa region.
We are committed to act with
impartiality, integrity, honesty and objectivity in all matters related to
human rights, including the right to health. DI members are encouraged to take part in DI's democratic and
Our mission is to respond to grave violations of human
rights and of International Humanitarian Law, monitor the implementation of preventive measures that are designed to end impunity for the perpetrators of these crimes, conduct medical research that may either directly or indirectly improve the health standard of communities, and to promote peace and democracy through cultural relations and diplomacy.
Defend International do?
International aims to combat human rights violations by:
Spreading awareness among
policymakers, the public and the media;
Researching, mobilizing the public
opinion and disseminating knowledge about the areas listed in the above mission;
Lobbying governments and
intergovernmental organizations to implement conventions,
protocols and other measures to guarantee the rights contained in the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights - rights like liberty, security, resistance to oppression, and the right to health;
Promoting the work of
NGOs to prevent human rights abuses through national and local
legislation, regional agreements, research and training opportunities;
Campaigning for change,
including pro-human rights campaigns, calling for the release of prisoners and/or calling for reforms in laws and practices;
Spreading a culture based
on respect for human rights, dialogue, non-violence and democracy; democracy is important because democracies have a better record of upholding the rule of law and giving human rights a greater protection;
a culture of peace, equality and solidarity in the minds of individuals;
against all forms of violence and other human rights violations during
Building up the capacity
of civil society organizations by enabling them to play a more active
role in post-conflict negotiations and peace-building processes, both nationally and globally;
Promoting disarmament and demilitarization to support efforts aimed at enhancing peace and reconciliation in areas of conflict,
Promoting mutual understanding
and better interaction between civilizations and nations;
Reviewing healthcare policies and human rights legislation;
advocacy efforts, and providing a forum for NGOs to share experiences and
Investigating the decisions taken in the context of international security;
Promoting the voices of
victims at the regional and international levels;
measures to end modern-day slavery and resist violence against women and children, including domestic
Acting to ensure the
implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, as well
as various UN resolutions on Women, Peace and Security (e.g., 1325 and 1820); and
regional and sub-regional human right networks.
Defend Internationalis a partner of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private initiative led by the United Nations Foundation to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women and preserve the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean cooking solutions. Learn more at www.cleancookstoves.org.