Meet the justice activists breaking the mold

This International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017, we join the UN in calling for gender balance in the work force.

“We want to construct a different world of work for women. As they grow up, girls must be exposed to a broad range of careers, and encouraged to make choices that lead beyond the traditional service and care options to jobs in industry, art, public service, modern agriculture and science...”

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on International Women's Day

To provide just that inspiration we are celebrating the women leading the fight for global justice for the worst crimes.

Be brave when you find gender perspectives are missing: countless of our civil society representatives from around the world have dared to break the mold – so can you.

Read their stories, be inspired, follow their path.

“Colombia is facing new challenges and discussions on legal frameworks that ensure the right to justice for victims."





Adriana Maria Benjumea Rúa

Director – Corporación Humanas Colombia

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Rebecca Lozada

National Coordinator -  Philippine National Coalition for the ICC

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"ASEAN owes it to the victims of atrocious crimes in the subregion to do its part to protect the gains of the Rome Statute.”

"International Women's Day is a good time to remember the importance of justice in the lives of women around the world." 






Brigid Inder

Executive Director – Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice

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Brigitte Chelebian

Executive Director – Justice Without Frontiers

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"Both men and women have an obligation to break the silence."

"Young lawyers today will further a comprehensive worldwide system of global justice that succeeds in ending impunity for atrocity crimes.”






Linda Carter

American Coalition for the International Criminal Court

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Mama Koite Doumbia

President – Malian National Coalition for the ICC
Board Member – ICC Trust Fund for Victims

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"Sexual and gender-based violence is a real issue in Mali with women being raped, deprived from their freedom, or used as sex slaves."

“I am fully convinced that corruption and impunity are the main triggers for most social problems in Mexico."





Nancy Lopez

Lawyer - Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos

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Oby Nwankwo

Executive Director – Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC)

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"I urge African States to stand with victims of atrocities – especially victims of sexual abuse – by remaining in the ICC.”

“The only rule that should really matter for human rights activists is the need to become the voice of the most vulnerable.” 




Urantsooj Gombosuren

Chairperson – Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)

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Tetiana Pechonchyk

Chairperson – Human Rights Information Center

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“Being a woman and a human rights defender means a struggle for peace and justice in my country."


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