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SAVE THE DATE – at the European Development Days 2018

Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 – 14h00 to 15h15

Venue: Room S3 – Tour et Taxis, Avenue du Port 86, 1000 Brussels is organising a panel session at the European Development Days 2018, under the title 'Designing protection mechanisms that work for Women Human Rights Defenders'.

Through relevant examples from the field and the experience and highlights of, this session will discuss how to respond to the specific challenges when supporting the work of women human rights defenders, and how to improve the design of rapid-response programmes and advocacy initiatives that focus their needs and specificities.

This session will be moderated by Meerim Ilyas, a senior programme officer at Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights, and includes the participation and testimonies of Christine-Astrig Mardirossian, Programme Manager at the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (DG DEVCO, European Commission), and human rights defenders Emilie de Wolf (Consorcio Oaxaca – Mexico), Weeam Youssef (Gulf Center for Human Rights – Lebanon/ Syria), and Aigerim Kamidola (Feminita – Kazakhstan).

Do not forget to register by Friday, 18 May 2018 by submitting your profile to

A final version of the programme will be available and disseminated in the coming days.