Maya Hendler
Oct 1, 2019 · 3 min read
Image for post
Image for post
Image for post
Image for post

Last week the Free Saudi Activists Coalition — of which Women’s March Global is a member, together with Lina al-Hathloul (sister of imprisoned WHRD Loujain al-Hathloul), has been taking action at the 42nd Human Rights Council to continue advocacy efforts to free imprisoned Saudi Activists.

Since May 2018, the Free Saudi Activists Coalition has worked to increase international pressure to immediately and unconditionally release jailed Saudi Women Human Rights Defenders. Despite the Saudi government recently lifting travel restrictions over women, it continues to detain and torture the activists who have been at the forefront of campaigns to abolish the male guardianship system, grant women the right to drive, and combat violence against women.

Image for post
Image for post

The Free Saudi Women Coalition held a side event to address The Continued Silencing and Imprisonment of Saudi Women Human Rights Defenders.

Moderated by our Executive Director, Uma Mishra-Newbery, the panel included Lina Al-Hathloul — activist and sister of imprisoned Women’s Human Rights Defender Loujain al-Hathloul; Michel Forst — Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders; Khalid Ibrahim — Executive Director — Gulf Centre for Human Rights, and Salma El Hosseiny — Human Rights Advocacy Officer — ISHR.

Watch the panel discussion here.

Learn More

Image for post
Image for post

Lina delivered a powerful statement at HRC42, demanding justice for her sister Loujain Al-Hathloul. Watch it here.


“Sustained pressure and public awareness is crucial to the release of all Saudi Women Human Rights Defenders. The more the public is aware, the more protection activists and people who speak out about the issue will have.”

- Lina Al-Hathloul, 24 September, HRC42 Side Event.


That is why we need you, to take action by calling on your elected leaders. If you are a citizen or civil society actor from — Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Switzerland- reach out to your government, politicians and media representatives to call for them to sign the Saudi statement. We have 1 week!

“If you have the opportunity to speak up without fear of reprisal, it is your duty to do so, because there are so many women who cannot.”

- Uma Mishra-Newbery, WMG Executive Director


Follow Women’s March Global on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Medium for more updates regarding our campaigns!

Maya Hendler is the Programmes and Communications Associate at Women’s March Global.

Women's March Global

Women's March Global is dedicated to sharing the stories…

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch

Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore

Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store