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Militants Sweep towards Baghdad: Women's Rights Groups Mobilize

In the past few days, militants have seized control of cities across northern Iraq, including Mosul, the country’s second largest city. Led by the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), the insurgents’ rapid advance is raising fears of an all-out civil war as they move south towards Baghdad. The approach of this armed offensive is escalating sectarian tensions and the threat of violence even in areas beyond insurgents’ control.

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UN expert calls for stronger laws to fight violence against women worldwide

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Rashida Manjoo, warned that persisting and new challenges still obstruct efforts to promote and protect women’s rights and gender equality, and called for the adoption of different norms and measures to fight violence against women around the world.

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Joint Statement: Women and Men Working as Partners for Peace in the Middle East and North Africa

From 27-29 May, 20 representatives of civil society organizations from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, working on Women, Peace & Security, came together for the MENA Consultation, organized by the Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) and ABAAD- Resource Center for Gender Equality. After 2.5 days of informed discussion, creative thinking and joint strategizing on advancing the Women, Peace & Security agenda (WPS), the participants developed the following statement to inform future initiatives on the subject in the MENA region.

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Afghan Women’s Six Point Petition to the Front-Runners of the 2014 Presidential Election

Afghanistan is at an important juncture in its history. On April 5, Afghan women and men reaffirmed their commitment to democracy and the peaceful transfer of power through their widespread participation in the presidential election, in the hope of securing a better future for themselves and their children.

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Open Letter to the Friends of 1325: Recommendations on the Zero Draft of the Post2015 Sustainable Development Goals

On 14-18 July the General Assembly (GA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will hold its final session.  Member States must now take strong action to ensure a conflict prevention approach to development that strengthens gender equality and peace in the SDGs.

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Joint NGO statement to the 26th session of the Human Rights Council on a follow up resolution on sexual orientation, gender identity and human rights

It’s been three years since the Human Rights Council adopted its first resolution on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity. While serious violations continue in all regions, the Council is yet to engage in a follow up resolution.  

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Rural Women: Policies to help them thrive

To create the key policies a rural woman needs, we must consider the many roles a woman plays. She is a farmer and a mother. She is a bread winner and probably a bread maker. She is ready to invest in her children and to steward her land.

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Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative Honoured with International Award

The Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Letelier-Moffitt International Award for Human Rights. 

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Open letter to co-chairs and member states of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

This is an open letter from civil society stakeholders and representatives of major groups to Co-chairs and Member States on their sudden removal from the 12th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. This issue of procedures is a matter of principle about their right to participation.

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European Union and Human Rights Defenders: Time to move up a gear!

At a seminar held at the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the European Union in Brussels in June 17, Front Line Defenders, Peace Brigades International, Protection International, the International Federation for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International celebrate the 10th anniversary of the European Union (EU) Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders.

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