Celebrate Solutions: 2015, a New Year, New Resolutions, Important Remembrances

By: Melissa Hattab, Women Deliver

As we enter the New Year with good intentions, new resolutions, and re-commitments to issues that matter to us, we must resolve to keep in our collective memory  the girls and women who have been lost in an effort to silence or end their human rights activism.

We at Women Deliver bring to your attention the powerful tribute to Feminists and Women Human Rights Defenders who have passed away created by the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) as part of the 16 Days Campaign Against Gender Based Violence (November 25 – December 10, 2014).

This is the third iteration of this tribute, which was first launched in 2012. The latest version remains as a haunting and inspirational online photo exhibition on their website. Many of the women shown in the photos passed away as a result of their activism. Not included, but certainly a candidate for remembrance, is Sameera Salih Ali-al Nuaimy who was seized from her home in Iraq by Islamic State fighters in September. She was tortured for several days before a masked firing squad executed her in public. Sadly, she was just one of the many professional and educated women who have lost their lives in the fight for human rights in 2014.

As we make our resolutions, let us not lose sight of the abridgements of human rights, murders, abductions, and enslavements of girls and women that continue today. Join us as we resolve to keep the global spotlight on making the world a place with zero tolerance for these abuses. Resolve with us that girls -- every girl -- may go to school in a safe place and live with dignity, respect and human and reproductive rights .

When you invest in girls and women, everybody wins.

Flickr photo via Lisa Widerberg

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