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AWID's Friday Files

Afro-descendant Women’s Organising in Latin America

Afro-descendant Women’s Organising in Latin America

12 September 2014

FRIDAY FILE – In January this year the United Nations declared 2015-2024 The International Decade for People of African Descent. AWID spoke to Vicenta Camusso Pintos, coordinator of the South Cone Region for the Red de Mujeres Afrolatinoamericanas, Afrocaribeñas y la Diáspora, to learn more about Afro-descendant women’s organizing in Latin America over the past two decades.

The Gap Between Laws and Reality for Colombian Domestic Workers

The Gap Between Laws and Reality for Colombian Domestic Workers

05 September 2014

FRIDAY FILE: On September 5, 2013 the Domestic Workers Convention (C189),  adopted by International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2011, entered into force. A year later, AWID spoke to Andrea Londoño S., Coordinator of the citizens' initiative Hablemos de Empleadas Domésticas (Let's Talk About Women Domestic Workers) from Medellin, Colombia, who outlines the legal landscape, how women domestic workers are organizing, and the challenges they face.

LGBTQI Movement Building in Middle East and North Africa

LGBTQI Movement Building in Middle East and North Africa

22 August 2014

FRIDAY FILE - On August 1, 2014, the constitutional court of Uganda overturned the discriminatory anti-gay law passed through parliament on December 20, 2013. However, the decision was based on procedural technicalities rather than on the substance of the law, which goes against freedom of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Urgent Actions

Letter for Sign on: Release Maryam al-Khawaja

12 September 2014

On August 30th Bahraini woman human rights defendeMaryam al-Khawaja was arbitrarily detained upon her arrival at Bahrain International Airport. Maryam, who is the co-director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, was traveling to Bahrain to visit her father, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who is currently on a hunger strike in Jaw Prison protesting his arbitrary detention. We are deeply concerned about Maryam’s safety in custody as well as the safety of scores of civil society activists unjustly languishing in Bahrain’s prisons.

El Salvador: Ongoing Smear Campaign and Threats Targeting Human Rights Defenders

03 September 2014

Since 10 August 2014, several human rights defenders have been threatened and targeted by media groups in El Salvador. 

Palestine: Over 2000 Organizations and Individuals Support Khalida Jarrar, Demand Overturn of Expulsion Order‏

03 September 2014

Over 2000 (updated August 28) organizations and individuals from around the world expressed their support for Palestinian political leader and parliamentarian, Khalida Jarrar, in a public statement on August 26 from the Khalida Jarrar Solidarity Campaign

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.

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Resource and Learning Hub: Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice

This new website is a resource and learning hub on the AWID 2012 Forum theme: Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice.

Visit the new website...

Member Profiles


Each week we profile a different institutional and individual AWID member. This week we are featuring members: Sesithule Vamanani Caring Association (SEVACA) and Priscilla Addai Yeboah! If you are an AWID member and would like to be profiled, please write to

Read more Institutional member profiles here

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Women's Rights in the News

Human Rights Council: Do not let 'traditional values' undermine universal rights

15 September 2014

‘States must not make selective appeals to, or manipulate, tradition, culture or religion to undermine universal human right standards,' panelists have told an event on the sidelines of the 27th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The Gambia passes bill imposing life sentences for some homosexual acts

10 September 2014

Charge of 'aggravated homosexuality' for 'repeat offenders' and those with HIV worsens conditions in homophobic country

Yazidi girl tells of escape from Islamic State kidnappers

04 September 2014

When Adeba Shaker arrived at a house in Raabia, Iraq, after being kidnapped by Islamic State militants last month, one of her captors received a phone call. A few moments later all five men in the apartment picked up their guns and stormed out.

Issues & Analysis

How Sweden’s Feminist Initiative Party Became First of Its Kind to Win a Seat in European Parliament

16 September 2014

Amy Goodman from Democracy Now! interviews co-founder of Sweden’s Feminist Initiative party, Gudrun Schyman, about the Feminist Initiative’s focus on climate change, anti-racism and the connection between intimate partner violence and violence in international relations.

AWID’s presentation at the Human Rights Caucus side-event on human rights and post-2015 process

11 September 2014

Below are the talking points delivered by AWIDer Nerea Craviotto during the event "Human rights for all in sustainable development: Is the post-2015 process really delivering?", co-organized by Amnesty International, the Center for Economic and Social Rights and AWID on 11 September 2014.

Feminist Activist, Women’s Rights and Human Rights Activist, Peace Builder

11 September 2014

Is it really a whole year since we lost Sunila Abeysekera? She remains such a strong presence in the global feminist movements, a shining light and inspiration for all of us. Feminist activist, women’s rights and human rights activist, peace builder since the early 1970s, she is remembered and celebrated by countless people whose lives she touched.

What's new at AWID?

Understanding Religious Fundamentalisms for Activists

Understanding Religious Fundamentalisms for Activists

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.

Our Right to Safety: Women Human Rights Defenders' Holistic Approach to Protection

Our Right to Safety: Women Human Rights Defenders' Holistic Approach to Protection

AWID, in collaboration with the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, has developed this publication in an effort to assess the various mechanisms that have been developed to provide protection to WHRDs at risk, including initiatives developed by national governments, and regional and international human rights bodies.

Women Moving Mountains

Women Moving Mountains

The Collective Impact of the Dutch MDG3 Fund

By Srilatha Batliwala

Religion, Culture and Tradition: Strengthening Efforts to Eradicate Violence against Women

Religion, Culture and Tradition: Strengthening Efforts to Eradicate Violence against Women

This resource was created (in collaboration and consultation with the credited individuals and organizations) to support the work of rights advocates working in international and regional spaces who are confronting opposition to their efforts using arguments based on religion, culture and tradition.




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