Women who defend human rights and the environment across the world are at the forefront of the fight against all forms of discrimination and inequality. Yet they constantly face harassment, imprisonment, stigmatisation, criminalisation and violence for protecting environmental, land and indigenous peoples’ rights.

In 2020, 13% of the 331 human rights defenders killed worldwide were women. Most of these killings occurred in the context of business activities, with Latin America being the most affected region.

The European Union has the opportunity to help protect the rights of the nearly 190 million women working in global supply chains through the upcoming Sustainable Corporate Governance directive.

The open letter, signed by the Our Food. Our Future campaign and more than 60 NGOs urges EU to ensure gender-responsive due diligence law in an Open Letter to the European Union

Read the Open Letter here.


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