Police in the Georgian capital Tbilisi failed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) activists as thousands of people violently attacked a Pride event today in what Amnesty International said was an ineffective response to organized and violent homophobia.
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Brazil has become the third and largest Latin American country to give a de facto green light to same-sex marriage.
On Wednesday, May 15 the Supreme Court of El Salvador will hear testimony from Beatriz, the 22-year-old woman who has petitioned the court to allow her to have a life-saving abortion, a procedure prohibited under all circumstances in El Salvador and punishable by lengthy prison terms.
Issues & Analysis
It may be splitting hairs over what is and is not slavery, but mislabelling paid workers as slaves could harm their cause.
Political Statement of Networks and Organizations Gathered in Mexico "Deepening Democracy and Rules of Law that fultill Women's Human Rights. It is about Time Already"
Organizations and feminists, academics and human rights women networks from Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean, here undersigned, participants of the international seminar “Incidence on the Network: The Challenge of States to Fulfill Women’s Human Rights”, held from May 7 to May 10, 2013 in Mexico City, express the following:
Aswat- Palestinian Gay Women was recently invited to attend a reception hosted by the US Embassy in honor of the LGBTQI community in Israel, planned for Thursday 16th May. Enquiring about speakers at the event, Aswat learned that no Palestinian LGBTQI activists had been approached to speak, and that only Jewish Israeli campaigners were invited to speak. Despite requests on our part to be included in the list of speakers, the Embassy repeatedly made the excuse that arrangements had been finalized and that there had not been room to include us in the list of speakers.
AWID's Friday Files
FRIDAY FILE - Long working hours, lack of rest time and poor treatment and compensation, in the absence of national legislation, often turns domestic work into a form of slavery in many countries. We reflect on some of the changes taking place in Latin America regarding decent work for domestic workers.
FRIDAY FILE – From 20-22 March, about 250 people, largely from civil society organizations (CSOs) and another third from other stakeholders such as the United Nations (UN), gathered in Bonn, Germany for an international conference on Advancing the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. There was an active group of women’s rights organizations and advocates who made it clear that “We will not be mainstreamed into a polluted stream!”
Paid post-pregnancy parental leave offers big benefits for moms, babies, and even employers. Here, powerful evidence to support expanding our country's family leave laws.
It has now been two months since the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) adopted agreed conclusions on the priority theme of eliminating and preventing violence against women and girls at its fifty-seventh session.
This article explores the effectiveness of the decision of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in the case of Alyne da Silva Pimentel Teixeira (deceased) v. Brazil, concerning a poor, Afro-Brazilian woman.
AWID is pleased to launch a special focus section on CSW 57. Follow the proceedings and keep up to date on events, news, analysis, and official and CSO statements in preparation for and coming out of the two-week meeting.
AWID is alarmed by the escalating violence in the North Kivu province of the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and is dismayed by the lack of international response to protect civilians and women human rights defenders. We stand in solidarity with our sisters in DRC and our partners who are working closely to ensure that WHRDs in the area are out of harm's way.
On June 22, 2012, the Paraguayan Senate found President Fernando Lugo guilty of impeachment charges in a 39 to 4 vote, resulting in his removal from office.
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 20-22 June 2012 marking the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).
Two years after a 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti’s capital of Port-Au-Prince, on Tuesday, 12 January 2010 the nation is still trying to rebuild their country and their lives.
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Canadian labour rights group calls on Loblaw and others to join them. The Toronto-based Maquila Solidarity (MSN) welcomes the decision of H&M, Inditex (owner of the Zara brand), Primark, C&A and Tesco to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh with the Global Unions IndustriALL and UNI and Bangladeshi unions.
May 17 marks each year since 2004 the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia ("IDAHO") around the world. In over 100 countries on all continents, activists and their allies are mobilizing.
Thirty-one of the world’s leading apparel retailers and brands have committed to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, accounting for more than 1,000 Bangladeshi garment factories.