FRIDAY FILE: Palestinians, and people globally who stand in solidarity with Palestine, commemorate Land Day every March 30. On this day in 1976 thousands of Palestinians embarked on a general strike and protests against the Israeli government’s announcement to confiscate large portions of Palestinian lands for new Israeli settlements. The protests resulted in six Palestinians being killed, and hundreds injured and arrested by Israeli forces. Land Day has been commemorated every year since.
AWID's Friday Files
FRIDAY FILE – Two decades after the Fourth World Conference on Women, women and girls around the world deserve better than this year’s CSW outcomes. At this time of celebration and affirmation of Beijing and commitment to accelerated implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, what women don’t need is an outcome weakened by its lack of engagement with women on the ground and lacking in vision and commitment.
FRIDAY FILE: The first Lesbian March in Rosario, Argentina, to commemorate the Lesbian Visibility and Fight Against Lesbophobia Day, took place on March 7, and gathered more than a hundred people. AWID spoke to activists about the relevance of this day
On 23 March 2015, legal representatives of human rights defender Ms Azza Soliman obtained information on the formal charges being brought against her. On 4 April 2015, Azza Soliman will face trial before the Abdeen Misdemeanour Court on charges including unauthorised protests and breach of security and public order.
Human rights defender Ms Ghada Jamsheer was stopped at Bahrain International Airport on 14 March 2015 by security authorities and was informed that she was not permitted to travel as the Prosecutor General had ordered a travel ban against her. She had not received any written notification of such a ban.
Securing a just and sustainable world means challenging the power of the 1%
Read the joint call from the leaders of ActionAid, AWID, Civicus, Greenpeace and Oxfam on the eve of the World Social Forum in Tunis
Sign the petition to #FreeTheFive!
Five prominent Chinese feminist activists were detained for protesting sexual harassment on public transportation in Hong Kong.
Sign the petition, initiated by the Association for the Advancement of Feminism
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: Sanayee Development Organization (SDO) and Sandhya Sitoula! 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
This article, originally published by BBC News on March 22nd, 2015, discusses how the coffin of a woman, killed by a mob in Kabul on an apparently false charge, has been carried by women, marking a break with Afghan funeral customs.
n only one week, two friends and members of Chouf were horrifacally attacked. One of the members of our office was raped by a man who threatened her with a knife to her throat, and another member was beaten by a group of men because of her sexual orientation. The attackers asked her to « show how she could fight if she wanted to marry a woman ».
Aya Chebbi is a Tunisian blogger and activist who participated in WELDD training on political participation training in Cairo in December 2013. She was invited to speak at the Planet 50-50 by 2030 event.
Issues & Analysis
The Southern United States in the early 1970s was a time of both possibility and disappointment. As a result of the work of civil rights activists, the 60s had seen the creation of new laws seeking to guarantee racial equality across the country. But after these victories had been achieved, legislative changes often did not do enough to change people’s lived realities – particularly for black communities in the South.
This article, originally published by Pass Blue on March 20th, 2015, discusses how the United Nations has so far given lukewarm political support to defenders of gender rights worldwide — particularly women who defend women’s rights, a dangerous occupation in many regions.
Even in a country where struggle is a way of life for feminists, the imprisonment of the celebrated women’s rights defender Gladys Lanza marks a fresh low.
What's new at AWID?
AWID Executive Director's Speech at the Opening Session of the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women
Thank you Madam Chairperson and distinguished UN and government leaders. I would like to focus my speech on five key messages, which have been shaped by hundreds of women from around the world.
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.