Women human rights defenders around the world are on the frontlines of countless movements for human rights and equality. These women’s fight for their rights and the rights of others are often hindered by laws against peaceful assembly and other freedoms of expression that work to silence those who challenge the status quo. These restrictions, however, have not stopped women from raising their voices as active agents of change. In this article, Pooja Patel, Programme Manager for Women’s Rights and LGBTI Rights at the International Service for Human Rights explains that women in the United Nations have made a series of demands for the women’s rights and gender equality agenda that will make processes and outcomes more equitable. These women, like other women human rights defenders across the globe, aim to create more just systems that support women in their fight for rights and representation. Photo credit: Bai Ali Indaya