Women’s voices in Azerbaijan are growing in strength. Women human rights defenders, including activists, journalists and lawyers are speaking out to hold to account those responsible for a range of human rights violations and to champion women’s human rights, including their rights to freedom of expression and association. However, their efforts have met with ever more intense and egregious reprisals. Women human rights defenders have faced threats, coercion, violations of their right to privacy and smear campaigns that are gender specific and target them as women. This type of gender-based violence and discrimination aims to silence their critical voices and discredit their work.
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