The Advocates for Human Rights: Stopping gender violence

The Advocates for Human Rights is committed to improving women’s human rights throughout the world. Our Women’s Human Rights Program works tirelessly for sustainable change. We have worked in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Mexico, Haiti, and the United States. At the request of government officials, embassies, and NGOs, we help draft laws that promote the safety of women. We have provided commentary on new and proposed domestic violence laws in nearly 30 countries. The Advocates has published reports on violence against women as a human rights issue. We have worked with host country partners to document violations of women's human rights, including domestic violence, rape, employment discrimination, sexual harassment in the workplace, and trafficking in women and girls.

We train police, prosecutors, lawyers, and judges to implement both new and existing laws on domestic violence in collaboration with local partners. We have conducted trainings in Armenia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Russia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, and Serbia. We are also carrying out trainings locally in the United States to train systems professionals to identify and respond to sex trafficking they encounter in the course of their work.

Finally, our Stop Violence Against Women website serves as a forum for information, advocacy, and change. On the site, we detail women’s human rights news from around the world. By working with the UN, we developed the Legislation and Justice sections of the site's Virtual Knowledge Center to End Violence Against Women. On this forum, we provide expert guidance on drafting, advocating for, implementing, and monitoring national legislation of diverse regions around the world.