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Azerbaijan: Lawyers not Allowed to Meet with Leyla Yunus

On September 22, 2014 Xalid Bagirov went to his following meeting with Leyla Yunus and he submitted written request to bring Leyla Yunus to the investigation room. After some time, the prison staff who is responsible for investigation room, told lawyer that Leyla Yunus is sick and she does not want to come to the meeting. 


The Campaigner: A Crowd Sourcing Online Platform for Girls’ and Women’s Rights Organisations

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People are increasingly aware of the challenges that girls and women face around the world. The shooting of Malala Yousafzai; rape in India, the DRC, and the USA; the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria - these incidents, separately and together, have created outrage in the global public. If properly channelled, this outrage holds the potential for real action on behalf of girls and women’s human rights.  Yet, women’s rights organisations continue to be under-resourced and struggle to access sufficient funding to support their work.


Over 50 organizations call on Canadian government to support survivors of Rana Plaza tragedy

Over fifty human rights, religious, international development, trade union, women’s, teacher, student, community and investor organizations have released an Open Letter calling on the Canadian government to publicly urge Canadian companies whose apparel products are made in Bangladesh to contribute generously to a trust fund for the approximately 2,500 workers injured and the families of over 1,100 workers killed in the Rana Plaza building collapse.


Launch of the #Selfies4School campaign

Breakthrough, in partnership with Vodafone Foundation is launching the #Selfies4School campaign.  This campaign will impact the lives of 25,000 girls giving them an opportunity to continue their education and delay their marriage.


Women's Major Group Plenary Statement at the 3rd International Conference of Small Island Developing States

Gender Equality: Transforming the S.A.M.O.A. Pathway Toward a Sustainable Future


Update: Bahrain – Trial date scheduled for human rights defender Ms Maryam Al-Khawaja

Human rights defender Ms Maryam Al-Khawaja will face trial on 1 October 2014 before the High Criminal Court for allegedly “assaulting a police officer”. - 


Azerbaijan: Joint Statement - WHRDIC Alarmed at Reports of Violence against Leyla Yunus in Prison

On 6 September, Leyla Yunus was attacked by her cellmate. She was verbally harassed and plates and cups thrown at her. She banged on the door for help and asked to be taken out of the cell to see the doctor. She was told that she could see the prison administrator the following Monday. 


Egypt - Update: Trial of women human rights defenders postponed

On 13 September 2014, the Police Institute near Tora postponed the trial of the seven women human rights defenders until 11 October 2014. The decision to postpone was taken after the court heard the prosecution’s evidence. The defense attorneys requested the postponement in order to allow a technical expert to examine and determine the veracity of the video footage evidence presented during the session.


AWID Board Member Shirley Pryce Awarded Jamaica's Order of Distinction

AWID congratulates our Board Member Shirley Pryce on being awarded the Order of Distinction from the Jamaican government for her work to promote the rights of domestic workers in Jamaica and across the Caribbean.


Invisible Women in Iraq

On Monday 1 September, the Human Rights Council held a special session on the human rights situation in Iraq. At the end of this session, a resolution was adopted by consensus: it condemns the human rights violations and abuses resulting from the terrorist acts committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and associated groups. According to this resolution, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will very soon dispatch a mission to Iraq in order to investigate violations and abuses of international human rights law committed by terrorist groups in Iraq.



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