The following statement is an official response from Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights (SAHR)’s Executive Team in relation to complaints and allegations, including defamatory accusations, made public by a former client against the organization and its team.
In March 2021, a former client shared allegations against SAHR to the private and work email addresses of dozens of uninvolved persons such as current clients, associates, partners, advisors, volunteers and donors.
Immediately after, we sought professional and legal advice from third-party advisors including a feminist funder and we are now seeking an impartial and independent body to carry out an external investigation…
By Natasha Latiff, Sara Bergamaschi and Esha Meher
Edited by Aditi Pradhan
Based on true events
So what were you wearing that night?
Did you drink? What? How many glasses? What counts as a few?
Did you converse with the accused? Did you smile? You did?
Narrate the incident. Then the accused entered the room and grabbed you? Which hand did he raise, left or right? What did you do?
You don’t remember? What?
Your Lordship, and members of the Jury! Our witness here is not just fickle but also unreliable for this testimony.
The nightmare of a sexual assault…
By Alba Murcia and Angie Garcia Atehortua
Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights (SAHR) is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to build a movement of feminist and intersectional Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) and lawyers who use and shape the law to achieve justice for all survivors of sexual violence.
SAHR’s work is framed in the recognition of sexual and reproductive justice as a pillar of women’s rights.
SAHR expresses its concern for the recent court ruling in Poland that bans abortions on the grounds of fatal or severe fetal impairment. It is estimated that currently 98% of all…
By Fi Gilligan
In May 2020, we launched our #BecomingSAHR Instagram Live series: a multilingual series of candid conversations about feminism, gender justice and human rights. Every week, we pass the mic to an activist, humanitarian leader or founder of a frontline feminist movement or organization from a different part of the world, to shine a light on these incredible and, too often, hidden efforts.
Through the series, we aim to share stories of hope, progress, accomplishment and change in this ever evolving journey of gender justice. We chose to do the series in 20 languages to increase access to…
By Fi Gilligan
You will remember the #ChallengeAccepted trend, which, in August 2020, saw our feeds flooded with monochrome selfies of women. While the black and white challenge appears to have started in 2016 to raise awareness of breast cancer, the repurposed hashtag gained momentum again in Turkey in July after the brutal killing of 27-year old Pınar Gültekin, who was allegedly murdered by her ex-boyfriend because she refused to be with him.
As a mark of protest against skyrocketing rates of…
By Shruti Mishra, Aditi Pradhan and Natasha Latiff
The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG), the second woman to serve as a US Supreme Court justice, has undeniably created a void worldwide for the defenders who have studied her. She lived a life championing human rights and gender justice. She was a trailblazer, a voice of change and a source of power who left behind a body of work which is not near its end and one which we have to continue to build on.
Born in 1933, RBG was of Ukrainian and Austrian descent. She was 1 of only…
By Fi Gilligan
The difficulty of prosecuting sex crimes is a challenge faced by gender justice advocates around the world. Taking a survivor-centred approach, SAHR strives to address these issues that vary from lack of professional knowledge to deeply-rooted patriarchal norms, so that every survivor accesses equal and inclusive justice.
#1 Lack of Specialized Legal Professionals
The vast majority of prosecutors and judges have little understanding of the nuances of how and why sexual violence occurs, and receive no specialist training on how…
By Natasha Latiff, SAHR’s Founder & Legal Director
The United States has been experiencing an extraordinary reckoning around racial injustice. Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets across the US to demand justice and change. At SAHR, we stand with all communities asking for accountability and we recommit to fighting for an equitable justice system for black lives. As an organization dedicated to justice for survivors of violence, our values and our mission are inextricably connected to the fight for racial justice.
The Black Lives Matter movement and its fight against the racist legacy of colonialism, slavery and authoritarian…
We are delighted to announce the launch of our Gender Justice Legal Defenders Fellowship 2020–21.
Women, trans and gender non-conforming people face more legal problems all around the world. They have more difficulty accessing justice due to low literacy rates, less income, unfair or biased laws, and harmful social norms. This is known as the gender justice gap.
When it comes to sexual based violence and discrimination, survivors face serious difficulties in freely deciding on matters related to their own body and life. This translates into many of them facing:
Authored By: Njomza Haxhibeqiri
Edited by: Aditi Pradhan and Pratyusha Sibal
17 July marks the anniversary of the Rome Statute and the conception of the International Criminal Court. In 22 years of its existence, ICC’s track record on prosecuting sexual and gender-based violence has not been promising. Can it at least contribute to changing the narrative around these crimes?
22 years after: what has ICC done about sexual and gender-based violence so far?
This week, ICC made it to the headlines with Al Hassan trial opening in front of the Trial Chamber. Al Hassan, is an alleged member and the…
Our mission is to end impunity for systematic and widespread Sexual and Gender-Based crimes (SGBCs) by practicing the law through a feminist lens.