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Mobilizing Faith for Women
On June 27-29, human rights activists and religious leaders from around the world met at The Carter Center to commit to advancing women's rights through their religion or traditional belief structures.
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Bring Defenders into your Classroom
womanThe human rights defenders featured here represent history in the making: they are courageously leading the way to a more just and equitable global society. What better role models for our students?

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Courageous and effective activists for the rights of others often face great risks in countries where basic human rights are still ignored. Many are ordinary people — lawyers, policy-makers, or staff of nongovernmental organizations. These unsung heroes gather at the Human Rights Defenders Policy Forum at The Carter Center. Meet some of them here >