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UDEFEGUA coordinator Claudia Samayoa awarded Alice Zachmann Human Rights Defender's Award

The Alice Zachmann Human Rights Defender’s Award recognizes an individual, organization or community who has demonstrated a commitment to the defense of human rights through non-violent methods, and for which he/she has been exposed to threats, violence and/or other attacks.


Vienna+20 - 20 Years of Women’s Rights are Human Rights

In celebration of International Human Rights Days, AWID is pleased to launch a new special information series on women’s human rights, 20 years after the landmark World Conference on Human Rights that took place in Vienna, Austria from 14-25 June 1993, where representatives of 171 States adopted the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA). 


WHRD International Coalition and AWID launch Recommendations to Enhance the Protection and Security of WHRDs

In celebration of UN Human Rights Day this December 10th the Urgent Responses Working Group of the Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) International Coalition, in collaboration with AWID, are releasing the Recommendations to Enhance the Protection and Security of WHRDs.


Message of UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on International Human Rights Day

Today on International Human Rights Day, I call on men, women and young people around the world to join forces to protect the rights of women. And I pay tribute to those of you who are women human rights defenders.


8 Years Celebrating the International Day of Women Human Rights Defenders

Today marks eight years since November 29thwas declared the International Day of Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) during the first International Consultation of WHRDs in 2005 and in a few days we will also mark the 15 year anniversary since the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders (Resolution 53/144 of the General Assembly of the United Nations).


16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign in Mongolia

As part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence in Mongolia, the NGO National Center Against Violence are holding a photography exhibition including the stories and photos of four survivors of domestic violence (who are now safe) across Ulaanbaatar in various locations over the period of the campaign. 


Announcing the Red Elephant Foundation Activism Toolkit

We are pleased to announce the REF Activism Tool Kit towards fighting Gender Violence. As part of our contribution to the 16 days of Activism against Violence against Women, the Red Elephant Foundation has created an e-Resource called Activism 101. It comprises fact-sheets that offer complete information that would be ideal for anyone interested in being an activist for the cause. 


GenderCC @ COP19: Assessment of the overall outcomes

From the perspective of the gender and climate change community, COP19 got off to a fairly good start, with the first ever UNFCCC in-session workshop on gender and climate change held on the Tuesday of the first week (described in greater length later in this issue). 


Joint Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

On the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November 2013), the UN Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI) is pleased to release a joint statement with Education International and the Global Education First Initiative. It is a call to action to end violence against women and girls as well as all forms of gender-based violence, especially within and around schools. 


WLUML 16 Days Campaign Statement: Exposing and eliminating violence in the home to violence on the streets!

According to a study by the World Health Organisation this year, 35% of women worldwide have experienced a form of violence. 



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