FRIDAY FILE - Amidst the continuous struggle for women’s rights and social justice globally, it is important that we keep our collective hopes alive for a better world. With this in mind, AWID spoke to a number of feminists and women’s rights activists from around the world about their hopes, dreams and aspirations for 2015. Read theirs, and tell us what your hopes, dreams and aspirations for this year are.
AWID's Friday Files
FRIDAY FILE: 2014 saw an unprecedented increase in conflict, militarism and rising fundamentalisms across the globe, negatively affecting women in a plethora of ways. And while negotiations on the new development agenda - to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that expire this year – took centre stage, women’s rights activists had to fight hard to advance women's human rights. This week AWID presents a visual overview of some of the highs and lows for women’s rights and gender justice in 2014.
FRIDAY FILE: AWID spoke with Lucinda O’Hanlon, Adviser on Women's Rights from the Women's Rights and Gender Section of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) about the office’s current Campaign “Beijing + 20: Women Human Rights Defenders Campaign”.
Lina Khattab was charged with “throwing stones” and “participating in an unauthorized demonstration” on 18 December by military prosecutors at Ofer Military Court.
Demand immediate, unconditional release and dismissal of all charges against Ms. Yara Sallam, Ms. Sanaa Seif, and their colleagues who were arrested for protesting the draconian Protest Law, Law No. 107 of 2013.
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), submit an urgent request to five Special Rapporteurs to ensure the protection of woman human rights defender Yara Sallam, who is facing a appeal verdict hearing on 28 December 2014.
Special Focus: Post 2015 Development Agenda
This special focus section on the Post 2015 Development Agenda aims to shed light on the process underway to shape a new development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015. The section includes critical feminist analysis on the process and key resources including news, publications, statements, campaigns and events.
Holistic Protection for #WHRDs
Download and share this set of graphics that explain key components of integral protection for women human rights defenders (WHRDs).
Save the Date! December 16th, 2014: #ICommit Tweetathon!
The #ICommit tweetathon is an effort to share commitments and stories from organizations or individuals that advance collaborative work across generations within the women’s movements. The online conversation will provide in-depth examples (through blog posts from individuals, activists and organizers) and conversation from partners, allies, and members on what it takes to organize effectively across generations. Share your experiences of collaborative organizing across generations! Find out more here.
IM-Defensoras Wins Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award!
As part of IM-Defensoras, AWID is proud and honoured to have received the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award on October 14 in Washington D.C. Above all, this award recognizes the work and courage of women human rights defenders from Mesoamerica and the need for their integral protection as they risk their lives in the pursuit of justice, dignity and peace for all.
Women's Rights in the News
José Diego Suárez Padilla has converted his home into a shrine to his daughter, Rosa Diana. Windows fashioned after her blue eyes stare out on the street. A painting of the girl in a white party dress covers a living room wall, overlooking an altar with offerings of chicken and chewing gum. The food has lain there so long that the red chili sauce has congealed.
Nepal has announced plans to add a third gender category to passports, following a 2007 Supreme Court ruling recognizing third gender.
This article, originally published by Pink News on January 8th, 2014, discusses how the Vietnamese government repealed a ban on same-sex marriage on New Year’s Day. While the government does not officially recognise or provide legal protections for same-sex marriages, weddings can now take place without the threat of fines.
Issues & Analysis
Lebanon’s religion-based personal status laws discriminate against women across the religious spectrum and don’t guarantee their basic rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Lebanon has 15 separate personal status laws for its recognized religions but no civil code covering issues such as divorce, property rights, or care of children. These laws are administered by autonomous religious courts with little or no government oversight, and often issue rulings that violate women’s human rights.
Embracing deviance, diversity and discussion – a response to Carving A Space: Reflections On The 2nd MenEngage Symposium
Nikki van der Gaag responds to Srilatha Batliwala’s thought-provoking piece about the second MenEngage symposium, held in Delhi last November.
This article, originally published by Open Democracy 50.50 on January 8th, 2014, discusses how many people of Muslim heritage are combatting Islamist ideology by political means and mass mobilisation.
What's new at AWID?
AWID and the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD-IC) are re-launching Our Right to Safety: Women Human Rights Defenders' Holistic Approach to Protection.
The following presentation was given at the Resource Mobilization Hub For Indigenous Women’s Rights, an event organized by International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP), the International Indigenous Women's Forum and AWID during IFIP’s World Summit on Indigenous Philanthropy on Friday September 26, 2014.
AWID is excited to introduce a new manual for rights activists facing religious fundamentalist opposition to their work. This user-friendly resource manual brings together the innovative research and analysis produced by AWID's Challenging Religious Fundamentalisms (CF) program over the past six years, drawing on the experiences of hundreds of women's rights activists in diverse regions of the world.