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One Step Forward, One Step Back: The Fight for Transgender Rights in Latin America

Recently, the highest court in Italy allowed a couple to remain legally married after one had sex reassignment surgery. In a surreal twist, the Catholic Church recognizes the couple as still married also, because it does not recognize gender reassignment. While it is hard to call this confluence the best of all possible worlds, it might be for now. The rights and freedoms of transgendered persons in other parts of the world, such as Latin America, are decidedly less clear.


WILPF's position on Israeli 'Operation Protective Edge' and other escalating violence against the Occupied Palestinian Territory

WILPF International calls for renewed and wider efforts, in particular the complete inclusion of women in decision-making, to achieve the immediate cessation of lethal attacks from Israel into the occupied territory of Gaza and of rocket fire from occupied Gaza into the State of Israel.


PWWSD Calls for an Immediate End to Israeli Aggressions in Gaza

The Palestinian Working Women's Society for Development (PWWSD) held a protest in front of the United Nations building in Ramallah on July 21st, on the ongoing Israeli aggressions against the people of Gaza. 


Women’s “8 Red Flags” following the conclusion of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The adoption of the Open Working Group final outcome document "is a significant step, but SDGs still lacking real ambition for urgent transformational change the world needs to achieve gender equality, women’s human rights, sustainable development in harmony with nature, and end inequalities" said a statement released by the Women’s Major Group on 21 July 2014.


Brazil: WHRD Eloisa Samy arrested amidst violent police repression of protests in Rio de Janeiro

On 12 July 2014, human rights defender Ms Eloisa Samy was arrested during raids carried out by the civil police force, when 19 protesters were arrested and police invaded the homes of protesters and human rights defenders. 


Update: Egypt – Sentence of Ms Mahienour El-Masry reduced to six months' imprisonment and a fine

On 20 July 2014, the Sidi Gaber Appeal Misdemeanour Court in Alexandria upheld a sentence against Ms Mahienour El-Masry to six months' imprisonment and a fine of 50,000 Egyptian pounds (€5,000), thus reducing the original sentence of two years' imprisonment and a fine of 50,000 Egyptian pounds. 


Join AWID in Commemorating Women Human Rights Defenders

As part of this year's 16 Days Campaign Against Gender Based Violence AWID is once again launching an online tribute that expands upon the 2013 Tribute to Feminists and Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) Who are No Longer with Us. The 2014 Tribute will be launched on November 25th, 2014 Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and will end on December 10, 2014 International Human Rights Day.


Iraqi ‘sex workers’ slaughtered amid culture of fear and secrecy

Apartment blocks near a mosque and a kindergarten daubed with cartoon characters seem an unlikely place for the slaughter of 27 alleged sex workers, but in Baghdad death is never far. 


HIV: a call for solidarity with the transgender community

With the prevalence of HIV 50 times higher than that of the general population, societal acceptance and family support are crucial to the emotional wellbeing and health outcomes of LGBT people. Cecilia Chung tells her own story and calls for transgender sisterhood at the AIDS 2014 Conference



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