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Carving a space: reflections on the 2nd MenEngage Symposium, New Delhi, November 10 – 13, 2014

The recently concluded MenEngage Global Syposium 2014 in New Delhi offered its nearly 1000 participants an impressive breadth and depth of discussion and debate on reshaping masculinities and the role of men and boys in building a gender just world.  Bringing together “field people” (activists), “thought people” (academics), “policy people” (government and donor agency representatives), and “ordinary and curious people” (the rest of us!), not to mention a respectable number of feminist activists and academics, the Symposium sought to carve out a new space for those actively working with men and boys to advance gender justice. 


African Women Demand an End to Abuse

"They are stripping us, raping us, killing us and it must stop NOW!"


The Lancet Series on Violence against women and girls

Every day, millions of women and girls worldwide experience violence. This abuse takes many forms, including intimate physical and sexual partner violence, female genital mutilation, child and forced marriage, sex trafficking, and rape. The Lancet Series on Violence against women and girls shows that such abuse is preventable. Five papers cover the evidence base for interventions, discuss the vital role of the health sector in care and prevention, show the need for men and women to be involved in effective programmes, provide practical lessons from experience in countries, and present a call for action with five key recommendations and indicators to track progress.


The World at a Crossroads: Women Have the Solutions

We, sixty women representing thirteen countries spanning the Middle East, North Africa and Asia, together with our colleagues from Europe and North America, gathered together in Turkey at the Third Annual Forum on Women’s Rights, Peace and Security, convened by the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN), have one word to share with the world: Enough.


Islamic State: Diary of Life in Mosul

In an exclusive series of diary instalments, residents describe what life is like in Mosul since IS took over. The diarists' names have been changed to protect their identities.


Young Indigenous Activists in Global Advocacy Spaces

FRIDAY FILE:  In October AWID spoke to Mirna Cunningham and Maria Oberto, about the first ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), this week we follow up with Dalí Angel, young indigenous woman activist from the Zapoteca nation in Oaxaca and Latin America Focal Point for the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus[1],  about the Caucus’ involvement in advocacy spaces and some of the challenges they face.


16 Days Campaign Demands an End to Gender-Based Violence and Militarism!

It has never been more imperative to take action toward ending gender-based violence. On November 25, 2014, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) will stand committed, along with women and human rights activists, by launching the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. 


Asia-Pacific agrees on a ‘distinct’ gender equality goal

The UN Asia-Pacific regional countries acknowledging their failure to fulfil 20-year old Beijing commitment of achieving gender equality and women empowerment have called for a “stand-alone” goal in the post-2015 agenda to make a fresh effort.


Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa Press Release: Trans Day of Remembrance 2014

Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa celebrates the international trans day of remembrance. This day has significance for transgender and gender non-conforming people all over the world, a day in which we remember and celebrate the lives lost to violence on account of people’s gender identity.



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