FRIDAY FILES: On February 18 Guadalupe Vázquez, one of at least 17 women unjustly imprisoned for allegedly having an abortion, was released from prison after being granted a pardon by El Salvador's Legislative Assembly.
AWID's Friday Files
FRIDAY FILE - Following the recent announcement by local NGOs that more than 700 women accused of witchcraft had been murdered in Tanzania in a year, AWID spoke with Valerie Yvette Banlog, Founding President of the NGO Femme Action et Développement En Zone CEMAC (FADEC - Women Action and Development in CEMAC Areas) to discuss violence against women accused of witchcraft and the absence of appropriate and effective responses.
FRIDAY FILE - The latest World Health Organization's (WHO) Ebola situation report estimates the death toll in the current Ebola virus epidemic at nearly 9,400 with close to 23,300 people infected, AWID spoke to Liberian activists to learn more about the impact of the epidemic on women and girls in the region.
On 17 March 2015, human rights defenders Ms Marie Daunay and Mr Wadih Al-Asmar will appear before the Court of Publications at the Baadba Palace of Justice on charges relating to “defamation and false accusation”. If convicted, they face the possibility of imprisonment and a fine.
No matter who you vote for or what party you support, gender inequality impacts us all. It’s in every Canadian’s interest to know where the federal leaders stand on all kind of issues from discrimination to violence, leadership, employment, sexual harassment or child care.
On 23 February 2015, human rights defender Ms Lema Nazeeh was arrested in Al Eizariya in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, by the Israeli occupation forces. She was transferred to Maale Adomim Police station and accused of "attacking and disturbing soldiers" and "entering a military area". The human rights defender was released on bail of 1000 Israeli Shekel (approximately €223) on the same day, after the charges against her were formalised by the Public Prosecutor.
Share Your Thoughts on Beijing+20 with UN and Government Leaders at CSW59!
20 years on from the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, what would you like to say to UN and government leaders about women’s rights?
59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women
AWID will be attending CSW 59, contributing to the debate and sharing analysis about the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action as well as contributing to strengthening the post-2015 development agenda by putting human rights, women’s rights and transformational change at the core of the framing.
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: filia and Irene Nkrumah! If you are an AWID member and would like to be profiled, please write to email@example.com
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Women's Rights in the News
In late December 2014, the social movement turned political party, Western Peoples Council, released a list of all mining concessions across Guatemala. According to their data, which was obtained through the Ministry of Energy and Mining, and the National Council of Protected Areas, there are 990 permits for the exploration or exploitation of mineral resources in the country, 115 of which are for metallic resources such as gold, silver and copper.
This article, originally published by RFERL on March 4th, 2015, discusses how Amnesty International has denounced the Azerbaijani government’s crackdown on civil society as that country prepares to host the first European Games, saying threats, physical violence, and the imprisonment of government critics have become “the hallmark of the Azerbaijan regime.”
In what has already been a year of horrifying violence and tragedy for trans women of color, a young Somali-Canadian trans woman was lost this weekend in Toronto. Sumaya Dalmar, known also as Sumaya Ysl, was found dead on Sunday morning at the age of 26.
Issues & Analysis
UNRISD is marking the twentieth anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, the outcome of the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women, with this Think Piece Series Let’s Talk about Women’s Rights: 20 Years after the Beijing Platform for Action. Leading feminist thinkers from around the world have been invited to critically review progress on women’s rights and gender equality, informing the Beijing+20 debate through a critical and forward-looking discussion.
This article, originally published by The New York Times on March 2nd, 2015, talks about how El Salvador has one of the world’s most draconian abortion statutes. It criminalizes abortion on all grounds, including when the mother’s life or health is in danger, and in cases of rape. Women and girls cannot access an abortion even if continuing their pregnancy will kill them, or if their fetuses are not viable.
This article, written by Semanur Karaman and published by Daily News Egypt of February 21st, 2015, discusses how the scope of attacks against human rights defenders in Egypt has reached a limit that is no longer tolerable.
What's new at AWID?
Sex Workers Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice: Post-2012 AWID International Forum Innovation Seed Grants
This report shares highlights from the four recipients of AWID’s “Innovation Seed Grants” whose projects focused on advancing the rights of sex workers: the Association of Hungarian Sex Workers, Red Umbrella Project (USA), Debolina Dutta in collaboration with sex worker collectives DMSC and VAMP in India, and Aids Myanmar Association National Network of Sex Work Projects (AMA).
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.