He has taken on many politically sensitive lawsuits and has acted as attorneys of activists, academics, people of the Falun Gong faith, farmers and claimants in a range of areas such as women’s and children’s rights, religion, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association. Wang, who is still forbidden to travel abroad, has been harassed and threatened, investigated, and physically assaulted by the police since he began taking cases on rights violations in 2011.
Since 1978, Julienne Lusenge has been a prominent female activist working in combating gender-based violence (TCDŞ) and promoting the rights of women and girls in conflict areas. In 2000, TCDŞ founded Women’s Solidarity for Peace and Integral Development, which is the prominent organization of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which defends the rights of women and girls so that the crime does not go unpunished. By giving voice testimony, Julienne contributed to the acceptance of international agreements such as the UN resolution 1820, which acknowledged sexual violence as a weapon of war. Julienne has touched the lives of millions of women across the DRC by directing the attention of the international community to the sexual violence that tears up the communities living in the DRC and by taking the necessary steps in the scope of the violence.
Judge Erika Lorena Aifan works as a trial judge at the High Criminal Court, which is responsible for crimes of high influence. She faced defamation and threats of violence, as she presided over high-profile corruption and war crimes cases. Despite all these troubles, Judge Aifan became a Guatemalan judge who avoided political influence. She has demonstrated determination and steadfastness in protecting the rule of law in Guatemala. Despite the strong opposition he faced during his tenure, Judge Aifan has become an icon in Guatemala in the fight against corruption, efforts to increase transparency, and the development of independence in the justice sector.
When Shohreh Bayat got on the plane to participate in the 2020 Women’s Chess World Championship, it never occurred to her that she would see her country of birth, Iran, for the last time. Shohreh, the first female international chess referee in Asia’s Category A, was photographed wearing the hijab, which is mandatory in Iran in the Championship. Within 24 hours, the Iranian Chess Federation, which Shohreh previously chaired, refused to secure Shohreh’s safety if he returned to Iran without apology. Fearing that he would be safe and not wanting to apologize for not wearing hijab, Shohreh left his wife, who did not have a visa to enter the UK, in Iran and applied for asylum in the UK with a heartbreaking decision. At that moment, Shohrah chose to be a women’s rights advocate instead of being tired of the Iranian Government’s threats.
Alicia Vacas Moro, a licensed nurse, operated a medical clinic in Egypt for eight years, assisting 150 low-income patients a day. She then moved to the biblical city of Bethany to assist the poor Bedouin community, especially women and girls. She opened nurseries in Bedouin camps by organizing education programs for women without economic opportunities, establishing an education foundation for children, she. In an environment shaped by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Sister Alicia has also helped traumatized refugees and asylum seekers. Sister Alicia continues this role on a larger scale as the Middle East regional coordinator for the organization called Comboni Sisters.