ICAN and its partners in the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL) congratulate Hanaa Edwar for being selected as the human rights defender of the month by the Arab Network of Human Rights Information (ANHRI), the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR), Maharat Foundation and IFEX, in recognition of her efforts to defend freedom of expression. The selection came as part of the campaign titled: “Supporting Human Rights Defenders and Freedom of Expression.”

Hanaa Edwar is the co-founder and Chair of the Iraqi Al-Amal Association, which was set up in 1992, and co-founder of the Civil Initiative for the Preservation of the Constitution. The International Civil Society Action Network’s (ICAN) and WASL are proud to consider her and Al-Amal as critical partners in our collective efforts to promote peace, rights, equality, and pluralism (PREP) throughout the world.

Edwar is relentless in her work to defend human rights and freedoms in Iraq, and to improve the status of women’s rights. Along with Iraqi civil society organizations, she campaigned for the adoption of the Freedom of Assembly and Peaceful Demonstration Act, the Domestic Violence Act, the Protection of Diversity Act and the Prevention of Discrimination Act.

Her generosity of spirit is recognized by all who have worked with her. She is an inspiration to many of us.

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