Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation: The state of women human rights defenders 2023 report

Report published by the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation on 29/11/2023 – accessible here.

For more than a decade, The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation has monitored the security situation for women human rights defenders globally. Hope and resistance go together—the state of women human rights defenders 2023 shows a concerning increase in harassments and threats against women’s and queer rights activists, affecting 75% of respondents and their organisations.

The 2023 mapping is based on survey responses from 458 activists from 67 countries globally, and 25 in-depth interviews.

The activists tell us how family members are increasingly affected, with one in three respondents reporting incidents against their families. Threats and harassments against activists are primarily driven by government and authorities, reflecting the global shift towards authoritarianism. Anti-gender movements, traditional and religious actors, and far-right groups also play a significant role in instigating this wave of harassment.