The Center for Women’s Human Rights (CEDEHM for its acronym in Spanish) is a civil association based in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico. It was founded in 2005 and opened to the public in 2006.
Initially, our work focused on accompanying women and their daughters and sons seeking justice after being victims of gender-based violence. Starting in 2010 as a part of the government’s strategy for militarizing public safety, rates of violence in Chihuahua increased in an exacerbated way and led us to accompany others who have suffered serious human rights violations, such as disappearances, human rights organizations at risk for carrying out their work, and communities forcibly displaced by violence.
Chihuahua currently occupies one of the first places of incidence of violence against women, disappearance of people, and assaults against human rights defenders.
At CEDEHM, we put the people we accompany at the center of our actions. We start from the fact that they are entitled to all rights, and that through a process of integral attention, they will be able to become empowered, knowledgeable, and claimants of their rights, to help form a more just and inclusive society.