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She is unique. She is a survivor.

Claire (pictured above) and her 19-year-old daughter Nadia were raped and terrorised in their own home. Nadia was left HIV positive and pregnant.

Women and girls like Claire deserve more than an acknowledgment of their suffering.

Claire’s story is shocking, but sadly it is not uncommon.

Together we can create a world where women and girls are safe and empowered

Stand up for women and girls who are in danger because of their gender.

  • In refugee camps in Bangladesh, already traumatised Rohingya girls and women face rape and sexual violence.
  • In Papua New Guinea, girls and women are the victims of sorcery-related attacks.
  • In the Central African Republic, rape and sexual slavery is used as a weapon to terrorise and silence women
  • In El Salvador, women are being jailed for up to forty years for having a miscarriage.

Their stories are not unique. And neither is the repeated failure of the people and Governments that should be protecting them.

Where they have failed, we can help.

We campaign locally and internationally and, thanks to our supporters, we’ve made a huge difference to the lives of women.

Right now, there’s more work to be done than ever before.

Today, more than 60 million people are forcibly displaced. And women and girls fleeing war are especially vulnerable, at risk of abuse, sexual violence and slavery.

Together we can stop the systemic abuse of women around the world.

EL SALVADOR – She is strong

Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison on charges of “aggravated homicide” under El Salvador's extreme anti-abortion law. © Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto El SalvadorWomen who experience complications during pregnancy have been prosecuted under El Salvador’s retrograde anti-abortion law.

Evelyn was admitted to a health centre in April 2016 after she fainted. She had been raped months earlier, but in fear hadn’t reported it. The hospital reported Evelyn to the authorities and she was sentenced to 30 years in jail for the “aggravated homicide” of the baby she miscarried. We need to continue to put pressure on authorities until Evelyn is released

AUSTRALIA – She is important

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls are 27 times more likely to be imprisoned than non-Indigenous girls.They are highly likely to be victims of violence, from disadvantaged backgrounds and subjected to the degrading and humiliating practices of forcible strip searches, sexual abuse, solitary confinement and inappropriate detention conditions.

These practices are serious breaches of Australia’s human rights obligations and must be stopped.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – she is extraordinary

Attacks against women accused of “sorcery” have been common in Papua New Guinea (PNG) over the years and are often used as a pretext to mask violence against women.

In 2013, after Amnesty supporters put pressure on the Prime Minister of PNG, the ‘Sorcery Act’ was repealed.

However, recent news reports show a surge in sorcery-related violence against women. There is still more work to be done to make sure laws are enforced that protect women and girls in PNG, and seek justice for these human rights abuses.

IRAN – she is powerful

An advocate for women’s rights, Narges Mohammadi protested against acid attacks on women and called for an end to the death penalty. She is now serving a 16-year prison sentence for daring to speak out. 

With the support of dedicated people like you, Amnesty International continues to campaign for Narges’ release, so she can return to her family.

“In a land where being a woman, being a mother and being a human rights defender is difficult on their own, being all three is an unforgivable crime” – Narges.

INDIA  – She is determined

In August 2015, two Dalit sisters were ordered to be raped and paraded naked by an unelected village council, as ‘punishment’ because their brother had eloped with a married woman from another caste.

Over 500,000 Amnesty supporters signed petitions calling for their protection. India’s Supreme Court ruled that the two sisters and their family must be protected from abuses.

As a movement of people, we are supporting victims of abuse to courageously share their stories – helping to ensure they are heard, at the highest level in order to create change.

Together we can;

  • Stop governments using criminal law to control women’s reproductive rights
  • Empower women to make their own decisions about their bodies and live their lives without interference from others
  • Ensure governments make sexual and reproductive health services, education and information available and easy to access
  • Pressure governments to prohibit all forms of violence against women.

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