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Six Female Human Rights Defenders You Should Know

In this article, originally published by the Daily Life on March 5th, 2015, Samah Hadid introduces readers to six women human rights defenders who are fierce, courageous and inspiring champions for the freedom of others.

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Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders

This article, originally published by the International Service for Human Rights on March 5th, 2015, discusses the need for States to more consciously acknowledge the essential role and contribution of WHRDs in strengthening democratic processes, the rule of law and development. 

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India: Fresh Investigation Brought against Human Rights Defender Ms Teesta Setalvad

On 6 March 2015, the Ministry of Human Resource Development allegedly ordered an investigation into accusations against human rights defender Ms Teesta Setalvad. The allegations are reportedly of misuse of funds provided by the government to the non-governmental organisation Sabrang Trust, and are part of the ongoing judicial harassment against the human rights defender due to her work combating impunity for communal violence. 

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China: Arrest of at Least Five Women's Rights Defenders

Between 6-8 March 2015, at least five women's rights defenders were arrested across China in advance of the intended launch on 7 March 2015 of a national campaign against sexual harassment on public transportation. Five women's rights defenders reportedly remain in detention, namely Ms Wu Rongrong, Ms Li Tingting, also known as “Li Maizi”, Ms Zheng Churan, Ms Wei Tingting and Ms Wang Man. 

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LBTI Caucus Statement Reaction to Political Statement of the 59th Commission on the Status of Women

We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations and activists working for the promotion and protection of human rights and empowerment of all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or intersex status, would like to express both disappointment and cautious optimism on the occasion of the adoption of the Political Declaration at the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

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Statement of Caribbean women, women’s organizations and other civil society organizations on the occasion of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 59, Beijing + 20

We, women of the Caribbean Regional Network of Organizations and our allies, form part of a global movement dedicated to ensuring that our Governments and other actors respect, protect and guarantee the full enjoyment of the human rights of all women and girls. On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the commitments made in the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action, we are dismayed and disturbed that Governments of the Caribbean Community [CARICOM] are undermining the commitments in the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA), in the context of the current negotiations among UN member states to agree on a Political Declaration. Unbelievably, this Political Declaration, so far, is a poor facsimile of the existing commitments made in Beijing in 1995, and depicts a lack of ambition unbecoming of CARICOM. It also threatens a major step backward in the cause of the equality of women and girls.

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Movements, money and social change: how to advance women’s rights

At the UN CSW underway in New York, a statement signed by almost 1000 women’s rights organizations calls out the lack of ambition for the scale of the issues at stake, and for real resources and accountability.

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Forum Program Coordinator

The Forum Program Coordinator is a full time position responsible for organizing the Forum preparatory process and conceptual inputs, building an innovative and creative methodology for the Forum program, advancing meaningful engagement of diverse actors & social movements in the Forum process, engagement strategy with Brazil-based organizations and partners. 

Deadline: March 29, 2015

Location: Global

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Religion, Culture and Tradition: No Excuse For Violence

Religion, culture and tradition (2)

All over the world, diverse groups use arguments based on anti-rights interpretations of religion, culture and tradition to justify violence and discrimination. This publication highlights agreements that affirm the universal and interconnected nature of human rights. It can be used by human rights advocates to challenge state and non-state actors attempting to block the development, progress and protection of laws at all levels.

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