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113 Countries Commit to Stop Rape in Conflict with Historic Declaration at UN

The stately UN Conference Room was packed yesterday as diplomats, government officials, women's rights advocates, and other members of civil society gathered to mark the introduction of a new pledge to end rape in war: "The Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict." 


Gender justice video screened at UN General Assembly

The video is one of a series of gender justice films developed by the Women’s Initiatives and more than 30 of our local partners to support our conflict-based domestic advocacy programmes supporting access to justice, accountability for gender-based crimes, and the inclusion of women as stakeholders in post-conflict peace and recovery processes.


CAWN Autumn Newsletter

In this latest newsletter, Honduran and Panamanian feminists call for our solidarity; Astrid Pérez Piñán looks into the reliability of Nicaragua’s aid effectiveness indicators for gender equality, and Jennifer Kennedy questions claims from the Nicaraguan government that it is successfully combating the country’s high maternal death rate. And there's more. 


Abortion in the Criminal Law: A Report Exposing the Role of Health Professionals, the Police, the Courts and Imprisonment Internationally

A good deal of research has already been done to uncover existing cases by the International Day of Action for Decriminalization of Abortion Campaign members who contributed information for this report, many of whom are also actively involved in working for the release of women and abortion providers from prison and for abortion law reform.


Because of Who I am: Homophobia, Transphobia and Hate Crimes in Europe

This briefing identifies such areas authorities need to improve in order to effectively tackle hate crimes on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, with illustrative case studies and also provides information on homophobic and transphobic hate crimes in these countries.


Global Knowledge Platform Launched to Galvanize Women’s Economic Empowerment

Against the backdrop of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, UN Women in partnership with the Government of Canada today launched the Global Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment ( This open online platform seeks to re-vitalize women’s economic empowerment by building connections, and bringing together people who need resources with those that have them.


Human Rights and Disability Advocacy

The book looks into the politics of civil society organizations involved in the drafting of the treaty on disability rights both “from within” and “from without.” Authors share what were their substantive “non-negotiable points”during this drafting process and reflect about the reasons for success –and failures. The book further assess the emerging “new diplomacy,” i.e., the relationship between civil society organizations, states, and the UN, and sets the disability rights movement as a role model in a larger frame of human rights advocacy.


UN Secretary-General's Report on Small Arms and Light Weapons

The present report builds on the 2011 report of the Secretary-General on small arms (S/2011/255) and updates the Security Council on a number of topics that are within its specific purview.


6th APPC Outcome Document

The Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference (APPC), held in Bangkok from 16-20 September 2013 sets the regional population and development agenda for the region over the next decade.



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