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A Memorial Tribute Held in Egypt for Lybian Activist Salwa Bugaighis

On July 16th, Karama, the Arab Women's Organization, and the Libyan Embassy in Egypt together held a memorial tribute for Libyan lawyer and activist Salwa Bugaighis. She was a dedicated and treasured friend, but more than that, a cherished and beloved mother, sister, and wife.


Birzeit University's Institute of Women's Studies Urgent Call to Take a Stand on Gaza

As we write this statement, 25 days after the brutal incursion on Gaza, over a thousand and four hundred of innocent civilian women, men and children have been butchered by Israel’s war machine and much more are threatened to be killed. 


Women’s Network of Bosnia and Herzegovina condemns the brutal aggression by Israeli forces

Women’s Network of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which promotes a culture of non-violence, justice, peace and value of diversity, strongly condemns the brutal aggression by Israeli forces against the Palestinians in Gaza. We want to show solidarity with the Palestinian people, who are experiencing different types of violence on daily basis and whose lives are threatened, and to also condemn violence and discrimination. We support the contributions of all those who work on peace building and who promote respect and equal treatment of all people.


Open letter from the Association for Middle East Women's Studies on the Humanitarian Disaster in Gaza

The Human Rights Committee of the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS), an affiliate of the Middle East Studies Association, is appalled at the human rights disaster that is taking place in Gaza. 


IM-Defensoras Statement on the Assassination of Patricia Samayoa, Guatemalan Women Human Rights Defender

The Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative (IM-Defensoras) denounces the assassination of a woman defender in Guatemala.


Update: Russian Federation – Travel ban on Tatiana Kotlyar lifted and the order for her psychiatric assessment annulled

On 24 July 2014, human rights defender Ms Tatiana Kotlyar received a notification from Russian authorities stating that the head of the Investigative Committee in the city of Obninsk had annulled the investigator's order for her psychiatric assessment on 7 July 2014. 


Transgender Group in Kenya Wins Historic Court Battle

In a historic court battle lasting three years, Urgent Action Fund–Africa (UAF–Africa) grantee, Transgender Education and Advocacy (TEA) has been handed a landmark victory in Kenya’s high court. After being denied the right to register as an NGO, the organisation working for transgender rights sued the Kenyan NGO Co-ordination board for discrimination and violation of their fundamental human rights. 


Update: Cambodia National Rescue Party Politician Mu Sochua Released from Detention

Vital Voices Global Partnership is encouraged by the release of network member Mu Sochua and seven other Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) politicians. 


Cambodian Civil Rights Leader Freed - Did Network Effect Help Her Cause?

Mu Sochua’s arrest by Cambodian authorities on charges of insurrection was hardly the biggest international news headline in a week of war, death and destruction on front pages and throughout news feeds. 


World Bank moves to undermine the rights of indigenous peoples

A new statement provided to the World Bank highlights the serious concerns indigenous peoples have regarding the World Bank’s proposed (leaked) new standards for projects impacting on indigenous peoples, and specifically a shocking new ‘opt-out’ clause.



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