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This session explores the role of human rights defenders, and in particular women’s rights defenders, and their use of nonviolent means to address, confront and respond to violence during armed conflict and afterwards. We’ll look at these human rights defenders’ various strategies and methods, and security risks and their attempts to mitigate these. We look at how they use and manipulate gender roles as a means to organize, stay safe and carry out their work, and the risks associated with this. Finally, we look at what they have achieved and where their efforts are blocked or fail and why.