November 29 | Paying tribute to to the hundreds of thousands of women who courageously defend women’s human rights, as well as all those who work for equality in every sphere of society
Teachers: Visit the free MY HERO Lesson Plan for International Women Human Rights Defenders Day. Includes discussion guide and learning outcomes.
Watch the following films about women heroes who are human rights defenders.
Berta Caceres was an indigenous leader of the Lenca people in Honduras and fought for their land rights. Tragically, she was assassinated.
Maxima Acuña is a woman human rights defender in Peru who also stood up for the land rights of her community, facing threats from a mining corporation.
The following two short films address violence against women. One is a speech by Alyse Nelson of Vital Voices, speaking out against the epidemic of violence against women and for the rights of women everywhere. The second is a PSA about protecting women from violence in India.
Alyse Nelson of Vital Voices makes an impassioned call to change culture and end the global crisis of violence against women.
Nadia Murad won the Nobel Peace Prize for her human rights activism, following her kidnapping and escape from the Islamic State in Kocho.
The following stories have links so you can hear the audio as you read. Great for ESL students!
Tom Block founded the Human Rights Painting Project to showcase defenders of women's human rights around the world.
Originally an attorney, artist and playwright Tom Block has raised awareness for human rights in his paintings and multimedia performances.
Beginning in 1971, Rep. Bella Abzug instituted a date to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in 1920, which gave U.S. women full voting rights.
Learn about a New Hero Every Day of the Year: Visit the MY HERO Calendar
Share Your Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program
Outstanding essays submitted to MY HERO will be considered for a certificate/t-shirt prize or be featured on the Story Homepage.
Students can submit their films for free with a waiver to the MY HERO International Film Festival.
Artwork curated by MY HERO Arts Education and Gallery director Victoria Murphy.
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