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Geneva NGO Forum on Beijing+20 UN ECE Review: Declaration and Recommendations

Every Woman, Every Right, Every Minute. Everyone is Responsible: and the Time is Now

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Asia Pacific Beijing+20 Civil Society Forum Statement

Women’s rights organisations and movements from Asia and the Pacific, comprising 480 women, gathered in Bangkok on 14-16 November 2014 to call on our governments for accountability for the commitments made almost twenty years ago in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action to advance gender equality and the rights of women and girls, and to realise our aspiration for a region that is defined by development, economic, social, gender and environmental justice. 

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African CSOs Position Statement on Beijing+20 Review

African women have been at the forefront of shaping the global agenda for women's rights from the 3rd World Conference on Women in Nairobi in 1985 that resulted in the "Nairobi Forward Looking Strategies". The 4th World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995 was chaired by a prominent African woman, Mrs. Gertrude Mongella, who alongside other African women ensured that the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action's (BDPfA) 12 critical areas of concern reflected priorities of African women and girls.

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African CSO Press Release on Beijing+20 Review: Governments Must Re-Dedicate to Women's & Girls' Rights Commitments

Women's rights organizations meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 14-16 November have called on African governments to re-dedicate themselves to upholding national, regional and international laws and policies that advance women's rights and gender equality on universal human rights standards already agreed upon and protect them from social moral and cultural arguments and positions.

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Ground-breaking case for the ICC reaches closing stages

Closing Oral Statements in the ICC Trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo. 

‘The Bemba Trial has broken new ground for the ICC, with evidence of sexual violence and chargesfor gender-based crimes comprising a significant part of the Prosecution case’, said Brigid Inder, Executive Director of the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice.

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Three of Canada’s leading voices on sexual health and rights merge to launch new progressive, pro-choice charitable organization

November 2014 marks a milestone in Canadian history. Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, a progressive, pro-choice charitable organization, is now officially launched and ready to speak up for sexual health and rights in Canada and globally.

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China: End Detention, Restrictions and Reprisals against Women Human Rights Defenders

This article, originally posted by ISHR on November 17th, 2014, discusses how the International Service for Human Rights, in response to a UN report, has urged China to end restrictions on the formation of women's rights NGOs, prevent and ensure accountability for reprisals against women human rights defenders, and abolish the use of 'black jails' which are used to disproportionately imprison women petitioners.

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Update: Egypt - Continued judicial harassment of Ms. Mahienour El-Massry

This article, originally posted by FIDH on November 19th, 2014, discusses the continued judicial harassment of Ms. Mahienour El-Massry, a human rights lawyer known for her activism in favour of judicial independence and prisoners’ rights by organising peaceful protests, support activities for political prisoners and using social media to denounce human rights violations.

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Mexico: Address Impunity and Uphold the Right to Defend Human Rights

This article, originally published by ISHR on November 17th, 2014, talks about how a group of international human rights experts said that the authorities at all levels in Mexico must take action to address impunity for attacks and threats against human rights defenders, with structural impunity contributing to the severe vulnerability of defenders in the country.

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Business and Human Rights Defenders: Challenges and Good Practices

The International Service for Human Rights, in partnership with the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights and the Permanent Mission of Norway, invite you to an event on Business and Human Rights Defenders: Challenges and Good Practices.

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