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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


World AIDS Conference speakers take aim at countries with anti-gay laws

Speakers and activists at the World Aids Conference in Melbourne have taken aim at countries with anti-gay laws, stating that they help to allow HIV to spread.


Open Working Group releases final outcome document including goals and targets

The final outcome document of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals was approved by acclamation on July 19, 2014. These proposed goals will be submitted to the United Nations General Assembly for consideration


This is what the victims of flight 17 did for AIDS research

AIDS researchers, activists and advocates en route to the 20th International AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia are among those believed to have perished on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday 17 July 2014.


AIDS activists killed in Malaysia Airlines plane crash

A number of people due to attend an HIV/AIDS conference in Australia were onboard the doomed flight MH17 when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine, according to reports.


DTK Women’s Council Statement on Current Crisis in Rojava (Syria) and Palestine

DTK (Congress for a Democratic Society) Women's Council's call to the public opinion of the world.


Women's voices on the Gaza war

On 8 July 2014, Israeli commenced bombarding Gaza from land, sea and air. Four women describe living under these circumstances.



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