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Founder and Executive Director of Front Line Defenders, Mary Lawlor, receives Légion d’Honneur from French Government

On Thursday 03 July 2014 H E French Ambassador M Jean-Pierre Thébault presented the Order of Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur to Ms Mary Lawlor, Founder and Executive Director of Front Line Defenders.

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Presenting the new face of the Young Feminist Wire!

It is our pleasure to present to you the new face of the Young Feminist Wire!

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Global Consultation to Advance a Transformative Women, Peace & Security Agenda

With the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 around the corner, the Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) will hold its Global Consultation on “Gender & Militarism: Analyzing the Links to Strategize for Peace” from July 2-4, in the Town Hall of Cape Town, South Africa. 

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UPDATE: Egyptian WHRD Mahienour El-Massry’s Appeal Postponed to 20 July 2014

On June 28, 2014, the Manshia Misdemeanor Appeal Court in Alexandria, Egypt postponed the issuance of the verdict for the appeal of WHRD Mahienour El-Massry to July 20, 2014, while continuing her detention at Damanhour Women’s Prison. 

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UN Women unveils Beijing+20 campaign in New York City: A Year-long campaign to catalyze actions to advance gender equality

At the historic Apollo Theatre in New York on 26 June 2014, UN Women launched a year-long campaign to spark global dialogue and actions on women’s rights and gender equality. The Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it! campaign commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing which set a path-breaking agenda on women’s rights in 1995.

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Egypt: Mahienour El-Massry - the latest victim of Egypt’s repressive protest law

The conviction of a human rights lawyer jailed for taking part in a peaceful protest must be overturned, said Amnesty International ahead of an appeal hearing in the case on Saturday 28 June.

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Vietnam: Release of woman labour rights activist positive but scores remain behind bars

The early release of Do Thi Minh Hanh, a woman labour activist and prisoner of conscience, in Viet Nam is a positive step but authorities must now follow up and release the scores of other peaceful activists still behind bars, Amnesty International said.

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Libya in shock after murder of human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis

Many Libyans are in shock following the murder of one of Libya's most prominent human rights activists, killed at her home on the day of country's general election.

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The UN Human Rights Council Moves Away from Decades of Legal and Societal Progress

On 27 June, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted a resolution on the “protection of the family” which could seriously undermine not only international standards on gender equality and women’s rights, but also the right to non-discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness Statement on 1st High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

More than 200 civil society organisations (CSOs) came together as a unified community and participated constructively in the processes leading up to and during the First High Level Meeting (HLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) in Mexico. The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) joins other development actors in recognising the consensus reached in the HLM Communiqué, but flags several bottlenecks, as well as lack of commitments and overall progress since Busan. In light of these concerns, CSOs will continue to press for further progress and, in particular, bring forward development effectiveness needs on the ground into policy discussions.

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