FRIDAY FILE – The priority theme for the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 58) taking place in New York from 10 – 21 March 2014 is Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for Women and Girls. It presents an important opportunity to learn from the limitations of the MDG process and ensure that a new development agenda is premised on the universality of human rights, substantive equality, and a redistributive framework that reduces inequalities of wealth, power and resources.
AWID's Friday Files
Friday File: The eighth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG8) that took place 3-7 February 2014 in New York is the most recent in the series of consultations with governments and civil society on how to shape a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)to merge with the new post-2015 development framework. AWID looks at the extent to which this intergovernmental process has included gender equality and women's rights in their deliberations, and what areas remain a challenge as negotiations begin.
FRIDAY FILE - AWID’s three-part compendium of new research provides an in-depth analysis of the current funding trends and actors impacting women’s rights organizing; the financial status of women’s organizations around the world; and the collective impact of women’s rights organizations, when supported in meaningful and strategic ways, to build women’s collective power for change to advance women’s rights.
On 4 March 2014 it emerged that human rights defender Ms Ge Zhihui was detained by police in Beijing on 1 March 2014. She is currently being held in Fengtai District Detention Centre in the capital.
On 28 February 2014, human rights defenders Ms Janeth Hernández and Mr Abilio Peña were followed by unknown men on a motorbike during the afternoon.
On 25 February 2014, human rights defender Ms Emily Kwamboka received the latest in a series of threatening calls she has been subjected to since 20 February 2014.
Special Focus: CSW 58
AWID is pleased to launch this Special Focus Section on CSW 58 - follow the proceedings and keep up to date on official and CSO statements, events, news, analysis and resources in preparation for, and coming out of the two-week meeting.
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.
Each week we profile a different institutional and individual AWID member. This week we are featuring members: Batwa Bemba and Kara Brown! If you are an AWID member and would like to be profiled, please write to email@example.com
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Women's Rights in the News
United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: Noting that more and more people around the world are taking to the streets to lay claim to their rights, United Nations officials opened the latest session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva today with calls for the protection of members of civil society who pursue justice in their countries.
The 59 year old has become the first woman and Copt to serve as the president of a major political party
Bahraini human rights defender and pro-democracy activist Zainab Al-Kawaja, imprisoned on a variety of concurrent charges since February 2013, was released from prison Sunday.
Issues & Analysis
Four gender-equality campaigners share their views on feminism and the backlash against women's rights. What do you think?
It is time to turn to unruly street politics to build constituencies for women's equality.
My writing is a small offering to give political voice to the extra-ordinary attempt at trans-national and cultural and racial and class and gender solidarity. It is to give a public recognition to women doing revolution on behalf of their bodies—sexually, economically, racially, politically. “We” are migrants, middle class, unemployed, poor, hungry, tired, gifted, powerful, indigenous, colored, and we trust each other to stand together against violence in all its forms, perhaps mostly because of the shared violence of our bodies—in rape, and war, and hunger, and dispossession.
What's new at AWID?
In the weeks ahead we will be sharing suggested tweets and Facebook messages that you can share during CSW58. Let's make our voices heard around the world by using Twitter and Facebook to send our messages to CSW 58 member states to build a new development agenda that is grounded in human rights for ALL!
The draft agreed conclusions, or ‘zero draft,’ produced by UN Women to open discussions ahead of the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which will be held in New York between 10 and 21 March 2014, was released on 4 February. AWID offers here initial reactions and analysis as negotiations begin.
The Collective Impact of the Dutch MDG3 Fund
By Srilatha Batliwala
AWID and Mama Cash are excited to be partnering with theguardian.com to create a new women’s rights and gender equality in-focus section of their global development website.
End Gender Discrimination Now! in Malaysia, Pakistan and Paraguay: Panel selects three winners and six runners-up; entries from 63 countries
Coalition-building and creativity were key to the winning strategies submitted to the End Gender Discrimination Now! contest organized by four partners: Gender at Work, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), BRIDGE, and the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) Argentina. Three first prize winners and six runners-up were selected from more than 250 submissions from 63 countries.
A Mapping of Recent Initiatives for Women and Girls
By Julia Miller, Angelika Arutyunova, and Cindy Clark
WHRD International Coalition and AWID launch Recommendations to Enhance the Protection and Security of WHRDs
In celebration of UN Human Rights Day this December 10th the Urgent Responses Working Group of the Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) International Coalition, in collaboration with AWID, are releasing the Recommendations to Enhance the Protection and Security of WHRDs.