FRIDAY FILE – On 27 November 2013 the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee adopted the first-ever resolution on women human rights defenders. But, this advance in protecting those who face risks and attacks for who they are and their work to promote women’s human rights came with strong opposition from conservative governments and consistent interference from the Holy See, which resulted in crucial language being compromised.
AWID's Friday Files
First Resolution on Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders Adopted at the UN Amid Strong Conservative Opposition to Already Agreed Rights
FRIDAY FILE: In the latest interview forming part of AWID’s commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, AWID speaks to feminist lawyer Alda Facio[i] about some of the advances and challenges to women’s human rights in Latin America, especially related to violence against women in all its forms.
FRIDAY FILE: AWID spoke to Sara Álvarez Medrano, a young Mayan lesbian feminist about her experiences living as a lesbian in her community, the discrimination she has faced and her feminist and spiritual journey.
Syria – Abduction of human rights defenders Ms Razan Zaitouna, Mr Wael Hamada, Mr Nazem Hamaadi and Ms Samira Khalil by unknown assailants
On 9 December 2013, human rights defenders Ms Razan Zaitouna, Mr Wael Hamada, Mr Nazem Hamaadi and Ms Samira Khalil were abducted by masked armed men and taken to unknown whereabouts.
Today December 10, International Human Rights Day, women still continue to face sexual violence, and to be persecuted for fighting for the rights of others.
Sri Lanka: Harassment and intimidation suffered by a group of women protesters, including Ms. Nimalka Fernando
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Sri Lanka.
WHRD Tribute Video 2013 on this International Human Rights Day
As part of the 16 Days Campaign Against Gender Based Violence (November 25 – December 10, 2013) AWID is honoring Feminists and Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) Who Are No Longer With Us and whose contributions to the advancement of human rights are very much missed.
The tribute was first launched at AWID’s 12th International Forum on Women’s Rights in Development, held in April 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. The new version of the tribute takes the form of an online photo exhibition which was launched on November 25th, Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends on December 10, International Human Rights Day today, with this special slide show featuring 16 WHRDs from around the world.
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.
Each week we profile a different institutional and individual AWID member. This week we are featuring members: Channel Initiative and Phoebe Erickson! If you are an AWID member and would like to be profiled, please write to email@example.com
Read more Institutional member profiles here
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Women's Rights in the News
A new effort to protect women from rape and help them deliver babies in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines remains troubled and inadequate, the United Nations and international aid groups said this week.
India's top court has upheld a law which criminalises gay sex, in a ruling seen as a major blow to gay rights.
This November the Lebanese Women's Right to Nationality and Full Citizenship Campaign, led by the Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) Lebanon/CRTD.A, realized important new achievements in its mobilization efforts, including record-breaking numbers of protestors in its November 25 sit-in.
Issues & Analysis
There have been many victories, but still the violence continues. The refusal to hold perpetrators to account is a 'global plague' – and this year the campaign will focus on justice
A paradigm shift in funding from human rights toward 'investments' and 'business solutions' is threatening women’s rights organizing and the rights-based approach to development. We need greater understanding of these new trends and engagement with new players. A contribution to the “funding for human rights” discussion.
"We have to gain more ground with human rights advocacy organizations": Interview with Vanessa Coria Castilla of Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights
On September 21 the website of the Health Network of Latin American and Caribbean Women (RSMLAC: Red de Salud de las Mujeres Latinoamericanas y del Caribe) was attacked and taken down. This attack occurred immediately after the launch of several activities tied to #28SAbortoLegal, the September 28th social media campaign to legalise abortion, and the dissemination on September 19th and 20th of a photo album and some posters.
What's new at AWID?
WHRD International Coalition and AWID launch Recommendations to Enhance the Protection and Security of WHRDs
In celebration of UN Human Rights Day this December 10th the Urgent Responses Working Group of the Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) International Coalition, in collaboration with AWID, are releasing the Recommendations to Enhance the Protection and Security of WHRDs.
In celebration of International Human Rights Days, AWID is pleased to launch a new special information series on women’s human rights, 20 years after the landmark World Conference on Human Rights that took place in Vienna, Austria from 14-25 June 1993, where representatives of 171 States adopted the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA).
The adoption of the first-ever resolution on women human rights defenders by the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee is a step forward in protecting those who face risks and attacks for their work to promote human rights, including women’s rights, Amnesty International (AI), the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), and JASS (Just Associates) said today.
The Status of Financing for Women's Rights Organizing and Gender Equality
By Angelika Arutyunova and Cindy Clark
Key highlights of AWID's work carried out during 2012
We are excited to announce the launch of a new “AWID Membership Activities and Resources” webpage on awid.org!
We are delighted to announce the launch of AWID’s Online Resource Women’s Rights and Transitions to Democracy: An Annotated Bibliography!