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Open Letter to the UN Security Council Special Meeting on the Ebola Crisis: Women of the Mano River Union Member States Speak

For only the third time in its history, the UN Security Council has convened an emergency meeting on a health issue, on Thursday, 18 September 2014. Member States will discuss a plan of action to address the unprecedented escalation of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and plan immediate international action to address the need for qualified medical personnel, equipment and related assistance to the region, so this does not become a global public health crisis. In this discussion, it is critical to recognise that the Ebola virus disease (EVD) has a clear gender dimension that must be incorporated in interventions to ensure that the spread of this deadly disease is halted.


Center for Reproductive Rights Brings Forced Sterilization Case of HIV Positive Woman to Human Rights Commission

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Hear Case on the Forced Sterilization of Chilean Woman Living with HIV


Palestinian Women Call on Human Rights Council for Accountability towards Israel and Guaranteeing Internationally Recognized Rights to Human Security

By invitation from the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) in the Netherlands and Palestine, a Palestinian women’s delegation participated in a series of meetings held at the 27th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, between the 16th and 19th of September. The participating organizations included: The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue & Democracy (MIFTAH), the Women’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC), the Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development (PWWSD), Oxfam Novib-Netherlands, and Women for Women in Sweden.


Dinara Yunus' Speech at Observatory Side-Event at the OSCE/HDIM

The Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM), Europe's largest annual human rights and democracy conference, is organized every year by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) as a platform for 57 OSCE participating States, Partners for Co-operation, civil society, international organizations and OSCE structures to take stock of the implementation of the human dimension commitments, discuss associated challenges, share good practices and make recommendations for further improvements.


United Nations Calls on Governments to Promote Safe Pregnancy and Child Birth

U.N. Human Rights Council Passes 5th Resolution to Address Preventable Maternal Deaths


The post-2015 agenda won’t deliver without human rights at the core

The open letter reproduced below has been sent to Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, along with the President of the General Assembly Sam Kutesa, Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson, and the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning Ms Amina Mohammed, by the Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus. A more detailed reflection on these issues, from CESR and AWID, the co-conveners of the Human Rights Caucus, can be downloaded in pdf format here.


Iran Must Halt Imminent Execution of 26-Year-Old Woman

Iranian authorities have today confirmed that a woman convicted of killing a man whom she said tried to sexually abuse her will be hanged tomorrow morning at a prison west of Tehran, Amnesty International said.


Update: Tunisia – Court Fines Human Rights Defender Ms Héla Boujneh

On 22 September 2014, Ms Héla Boujneh was fined approximately €2 for “disturbing public tranquillity” by the First Instance Court in Sousse.


Agenda - Resource Mobilization Hub for Indigenous Women’s Rights*

Event organized by International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP), the International Indigenous Women's Forum and AWID, for IFIP’s World Summit on Indigenous Philanthropy, to be held on Friday September 26, 2014. 


Egypt: Human Rights Defender Mahienour El-Massry Released, Announces Nazra

On 21 September 2014 Ms. Mahienour El-Massry was released following the decision of the Alexandria Appeals Court to suspend her sentence after accepting her lawyer’s request to suspend her sentence. 



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