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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. 

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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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Advocate for Domestic Workers' Rights Wins MacArthur 'Genius' Award

In 2011, a year after the nation’s first domestic workers’ bill of rights became law in New York and a year before she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, Ai-jen Poo was profiled in The New York Times under the headline “The nannies’ Norma Rae.”

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Iraq: Lawyer and Human Rights Defender Samira Saleh Al-Naimi Executed by ISIS in Mosul

With utmost sorrow and grief, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) received the news of the execution by the so called Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) of lawyer and human rights defender Samira Saleh Al-Naimi in the city of Mosul, Iraq. 

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Lawyers: Jail Employee Beats Leyla Yunus

On September 24 lawyers Fariz Namazly and Cawad Cavadov visited in jail  of Kurdakhani the arrested human rights activist Leyla Yunus. Later on, five lawyers - Elchin Gambarov, Fariz Namazly, Cavad Cavadov, Alaif Hasanov, and Khalid Bagirov issued a joint statement. 

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Azerbaijan: Further Time in Prison Will Kill Leyla Yunus, Lawyer Warns

Leyla Yunus’ lawyers have been denied access to her for the second day in a row. Her lawyers are extremely concerned for her health.

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Bahrain: GCHR Co-Director Maryam Al-Khawaja Released, but Still Faces Charges and Remains under Travel Ban

On 18 September 2014, human rights defender Maryam Al-Khawaja, co-director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), was released from prison.

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Update: Press Release - More than 150 Organizations Call on King to Release Bahraini Activist

We are happy to let you know that detained Bahraini  activist, Maryam Al-Khawaja is no longer in custody. She was released on 18 September by Bahraini authorities although the politically motivated charges against her still stand.

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Azerbaijan: Lawyers not Allowed to Meet with Leyla Yunus

On September 22, 2014 Xalid Bagirov went to his following meeting with Leyla Yunus and he submitted written request to bring Leyla Yunus to the investigation room. After some time, the prison staff who is responsible for investigation room, told lawyer that Leyla Yunus is sick and she does not want to come to the meeting. 

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The Campaigner: A Crowd Sourcing Online Platform for Girls’ and Women’s Rights Organisations

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People are increasingly aware of the challenges that girls and women face around the world. The shooting of Malala Yousafzai; rape in India, the DRC, and the USA; the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria - these incidents, separately and together, have created outrage in the global public. If properly channelled, this outrage holds the potential for real action on behalf of girls and women’s human rights.  Yet, women’s rights organisations continue to be under-resourced and struggle to access sufficient funding to support their work.

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