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Russia’s QueerFest – Staying visible and positive amidst harassment and rights violations

Russia’s QueerFest – Staying visible and positive amidst harassment and rights violations

24 October 2014

FRIDAY FILE - Russia’s QueerFest 2014 was marred by four last-minute venue cancellations, over 40 venue refusals, one bomb threat, frequent visits by aggressive men, and guests being “sprayed with a green, noxious substance”. More than ever before, however, QueerFest demonstrated its necessity and relevance in a country hostile towards LGBTI rights.

The Right To Autonomy Over Our Bodies And Loves: The Resolution On Human Rights, Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Furthers Dialogue

The Right To Autonomy Over Our Bodies And Loves: The Resolution On Human Rights, Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Furthers Dialogue

17 October 2014

FRIDAY FILE - AWID spoke to Dawn Cavanagh* of the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) in South Africa and Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI), about the significance of the resolution on Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity recently adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council.  The resolution follows the first ever UN resolution adopted on SOGI three years ago.  

The Fight Against Exploitation Of Underage Domestic Workers In Madagascar

The Fight Against Exploitation Of Underage Domestic Workers In Madagascar

17 October 2014

FRIDAY FILE: Approximately 17.2 million children around the world perform paid or unpaid domestic work for third parties or for an employer. Among them, 67.1% are girls between the ages of 5 and 17. In commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child, celebrated on October 11, AWID interviewed Noro Ravaozanany, President of the Conseil National des Femmes de Madagascar (National Women's Council of Madagascar) to identify the issues and challenges related to the fight against underage domestic labor in Madagascar.

Urgent Actions

Mexico - Concerns for the safety and security of human rights defenders opposing mining activities in the state of Colima

28 October 2014

This article, originally published by Front Line Defenders on October 24th 2014, discusses how environmental and indigenous rights organisations in the municipality of Comala, Colima State, Mexico, have been facing continuous threats, attacks, stigmatisation and criminalisation as a result of their ongoing opposition to a mining concession that has been granted in the Indigenous Nahua community of Zacualpan. 

Iran: Judicial Harassment against Human Rights Lawyer Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh

20 October 2014

The Observatory has been informed by the League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI) of the judicial harassment faced by Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh, human rights lawyer known for defending juveniles facing death penalty, prisoners of conscience, human rights activists and child victims of abuse. 

Mexico: Upcoming Trial of Human Rights Defender Ms Lucila Bettina Cruz Velázquez

20 October 2014

The Sixth Judge of the District Court in the State of Oaxaca is expected to hand down the verdict in the case of human rights defender Ms Lucila Bettina Cruz Velázquez in the coming days. 

Special Focus: Post 2015 Development Agenda

This special focus section on the Post 2015 Development Agenda aims to shed light on the process underway to shape a new development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015. The section includes critical feminist analysis on the process and key resources including news, publications, statements, campaigns and events.

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IM-Defensoras Wins Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award!

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As part of IM-Defensoras, AWID is proud and honoured to have received the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award on October 14 in Washington D.C. Above all, this award recognizes the work and courage of women human rights defenders from Mesoamerica and the need for their integral protection as they risk their lives in the pursuit of justice, dignity and peace for all.

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Resource and Learning Hub: Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice

This new website is a resource and learning hub on the AWID 2012 Forum theme: Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice.

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Member Profiles

Sally Women's Institute

Each week we profile a different institutional and individual AWID member. This week we are featuring members: Sally Women's Institute and Anshika Suri! If you are an AWID member and would like to be profiled, please write to membership@awid.org

Read more Institutional member profiles here

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Women's Rights in the News

Confronting Ebola in Liberia: the gendered realities

28 October 2014

In Liberia 75% of those who have been infected or killed from Ebola are women. Last month, a rapid assessment and gender analysis of the outbreak concluded that a gendered perspective on prevention, care, and post admission care is imperative.

Leyla Yunus Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

27 October 2014

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition announces that Azerbaijani woman human rights defender Leyla Yunus has been nominated   for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize.       

23 Activists Sentenced to 3 Years for Violating Protest Law

27 October 2014

This article, originally published by Aswat Masriya, discusses how a Cairo Misdemeanour court sentenced 23 defendants charged with violating the protest law to three years in prison and a 10 thousand Egyptian-pound fine

Issues & Analysis

Syrian Women Working for Peace and Political Action

29 October 2014

Syrian women filled the conference room and lobby of a hotel in this border city for one week in late August this year. They were the focus of a “Space for Collaboration” workshop, providing networking and training to women working on political solutions to the Syrian civil war. A majority of the women were civil society activists — who work outside governmental and military structures at strengthening communities and civil institutions — and in Syria they are insistent advocates for peace.

Ebola effect reverses gains in maternal, child mortality

28 October 2014

Maternal and infant deaths in Liberia and Sierra Leone are set to rise above their current alarming rates as fear of Ebola keeps pregnant women away from hospitals and makes already-scarce health workers reluctant to deliver babies.

United Arab Emirates: For Migrant Workers, Shattered Dreams

28 October 2014

“I thought that I can save money. I’m supposed to get free food, accommodation, even call my family for free. Free flights home. Only a babysitter job. Who wouldn’t grab this golden opportunity?”

What's new at AWID?

Where is the Money for Indigenous Women's Rights Organizing? Preliminary Research Results

The following presentation was given at the Resource Mobilization Hub For Indigenous Women’s Rights, an event organized by International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP), the International Indigenous Women's Forum and AWID during IFIP’s World Summit on Indigenous Philanthropy on Friday September 26, 2014. 

Understanding Religious Fundamentalisms for Activists

Understanding Religious Fundamentalisms for Activists

AWID is excited to introduce a new manual for rights activists facing religious fundamentalist opposition to their work. This user-friendly resource manual brings together the innovative research and analysis produced by AWID's Challenging Religious Fundamentalisms (CF) program over the past six years, drawing on the experiences of hundreds of women's rights activists in diverse regions of the world.

Our Right to Safety: Women Human Rights Defenders' Holistic Approach to Protection

Our Right to Safety: Women Human Rights Defenders' Holistic Approach to Protection

AWID, in collaboration with the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, has developed this publication in an effort to assess the various mechanisms that have been developed to provide protection to WHRDs at risk, including initiatives developed by national governments, and regional and international human rights bodies.

Religion, Culture and Tradition: Strengthening Efforts to Eradicate Violence against Women

Religion, Culture and Tradition: Strengthening Efforts to Eradicate Violence against Women

This resource was created (in collaboration and consultation with the credited individuals and organizations) to support the work of rights advocates working in international and regional spaces who are confronting opposition to their efforts using arguments based on religion, culture and tradition.

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