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World March of Women Europe declaration in solidarity with women in resistance in Kurdistan

We, 60 women from 18 European countries gathered in the European Coordination Meeting of the World March of Women in Donostia, Basque Country, salute the resistance of Kurdish women in Kobane (Rojava) – in the border of Turkey and Syrian state, where Kurds, Assyrians, Armenians, Yezidis, Arabs, and Chechens from different religious coexist in peace and develop out alternatives of sharing leadership at every level of democratic life. These alternative models to the capitalist, colonial and patriarchal system are being defended by the brave resistance carried out today by YPG (People's Protection Unity) and YPJ (women's unity).

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London’s Roj Women Association undertakes fieldwork in Rojava, Kurdistan (North East Syria)

A small fieldwork team has recently returned from a short trip to Rojava, North East Syria where they met with refugee population of Kurdish Iraqi Ezidis and representatives of the self-administered areas to gain an insight into their situation.

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Egypt adjourns trials of prominent activists

Sana Seif and 22 others are accused of breaching the country's anti-protest law, a crime that has imprisoned thousands. An Egyptian court has adjourned the trial of 23 activists accused of breaching a bar on protests unauthorised by the government, a crime that has put thousands in prison.

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Update: Bahrain – Human rights defender Ms Zainab Al-Khawaja arrested

On 14 October 2014, human rights defender Ms Zainab Al-Khawaja was arrested during a court hearing where she was expected to face charges related to tearing up a photograph of the King of Bahrain.

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Statement of The African Women’s Groups at the Fourth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa

We, the African Women Groups who gathered in the Marrakech, the city of Morocco for the fourth conference on climate change and development in Africa with the theme “Africa Can Feed Africa Now” translating climate knowledge into actions that took place from 9thto 10th October 2014, express our gratitude to the organizers of the conference for the opportunity to work together for the development of our continent with development partners, leaders and committed people from all over the world.

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Egypt: International Civil Society Urges Egypt to Release Activists

The global civil society alliance, CIVICUS, urges Egypt’s authorities to end the judicial persecution of seven women human rights activists who are on trial for peacefully protesting a controversial assembly law that effectively bans public gatherings without police permission.

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We're so proud! 2014 Letelier-Moffit Human Rights Award

On Tuesday, October 14, JASS (Just Associates) will accept the distinguished Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award, from the Institute for Policy Studies, on behalf of the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative, a collaborative effort with Consorcio OaxacaAWIDUDEFEGUALa Colectiva Feminista, and Central American Women’s Fund (FCAM), and women activists who put their lives on the line to protect and strengthen human rights in Mexico and Central America.

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Iraq's Sole Yazidi Lawmaker Says 25,000 Girls Abducted By IS To Be Raped, Sold

Iraq's only ethnic Yazidi member of parliament says that the human rights situation in her country is "deteriorating," with Islamic State (IS) militants kidnapping, raping, and selling Yazidi women.

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