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Gambia must stop wave of homophobic arrests and torture

The arrest, detention and torture of eight people since the beginning of the month as part of a crackdown on “homosexuality” by the Gambian authorities reveals the shocking scale of state-sponsored homophobia, Amnesty International said. 


16 Days Campaign Demands an End to Gender-Based Violence and Militarism!

It has never been more imperative to take action toward ending gender-based violence. On November 25, 2014, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) will stand committed, along with women and human rights activists, by launching the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. 


Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa Press Release: Trans Day of Remembrance 2014

Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa celebrates the international trans day of remembrance. This day has significance for transgender and gender non-conforming people all over the world, a day in which we remember and celebrate the lives lost to violence on account of people’s gender identity.


Uganda Network of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Persons: “My Identity, My pride” Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)

Kampala, Uganda - On this day annually, the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is observed to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people (transphobia) and to bring attention to the continued violence and harassment endured by the transgender community globally.


Message of the UN Women Executive Director on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November

Every year, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we are reminded how every day, women and girls experience violence in their lives.


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


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. 


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.


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.


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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