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French Court Convicts Three over Homophobic Tweets, in Case Hailed as a 'Significant Victory' by LGBT Rights Campaigners

27 January 2015

This article, originally published by The Independent on January 22nd, 2015, discusses how a French court has handed out convictions for anti-gay hate crimes on Twitter for the first time, after three people used the hashtag “let’s burn the gays”.

Six women murdered each day as femicide in Mexico nears a pandemic

08 January 2015

José Diego Suárez Padilla has converted his home into a shrine to his daughter, Rosa Diana. Windows fashioned after her blue eyes stare out on the street. A painting of the girl in a white party dress covers a living room wall, overlooking an altar with offerings of chicken and chewing gum. The food has lain there so long that the red chili sauce has congealed.

Nepal to Issue Passports with Third Gender

08 January 2015

Nepal has announced plans to add a third gender category to passports, following a 2007 Supreme Court ruling recognizing third gender. 

Issues & Analysis

Lebanon: Laws Discriminate Against Women

22 January 2015

Lebanon’s religion-based personal status laws discriminate against women across the religious spectrum and don’t guarantee their basic rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Lebanon has 15 separate personal status laws for its recognized religions but no civil code covering issues such as divorce, property rights, or care of children. These laws are administered by autonomous religious courts with little or no government oversight, and often issue rulings that violate women’s human rights.

Charlie Hebdo: "There is no way they will make us put down our pens."

08 January 2015

This article, originally published by Open Democracy 50.50 on January 8th, 2014, discusses how many people of Muslim heritage are combatting Islamist ideology by political means and mass mobilisation.

AWID's Friday Files

#ICommit: What Does It Take To Effectively Organize Across Generations?

#ICommit: What Does It Take To Effectively Organize Across Generations?

30 January 2015

FRIDAY FILE: In December 2014, AWIDs Young Feminist Activism (YFA) programme launched the #ICommit campaign to brainstorm, share, learn about what it takes to effectively organize across generations. This week we take a look at some of the responses to the conversation.

What Feminists Want in 2015: Our hopes, dreams and aspirations

23 January 2015

FRIDAY FILE - Amidst the continuous struggle for women’s rights and social justice globally, it is important that we keep our collective hopes alive for a better world. With this in mind, AWID spoke to a number of feminists and women’s rights activists from around the world about their hopes, dreams and aspirations for 2015. Read theirs, and tell us what your hopes, dreams and aspirations for this year are.

AWID Presents Some Highs and Lows for Women’s Rights and Gender Justice in 2014

AWID Presents Some Highs and Lows for Women’s Rights and Gender Justice in 2014

16 January 2015

FRIDAY FILE: 2014 saw an unprecedented increase in conflict, militarism and rising fundamentalisms across the globe, negatively affecting women in a plethora of ways. And while negotiations on the new development agenda - to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that expire this year – took centre stage, women’s rights activists had to fight hard to advance women's human rights. This week AWID presents a visual overview of some of the highs and lows for women’s rights and gender justice in 2014.

We All Can Be Women Human Rights Defenders

We All Can Be Women Human Rights Defenders

09 January 2015

FRIDAY FILE: AWID spoke with Lucinda O’Hanlon, Adviser on Women's Rights from the Women's Rights and Gender Section of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) about the office’s current Campaign “Beijing + 20: Women Human Rights Defenders Campaign”.  

Carving A Space: Reflections on the 2nd MenEngage Symposium

Carving A Space: Reflections on the 2nd MenEngage Symposium

19 December 2014

FRIDAY FILE - Srilatha Batliwala, Scholar Associate at AWID shares her reflections on the recently concluded MenEngage Global Symposium 2014 in New Delhi, November 10 – 13, 2014.

New Resources

Women, Seeds and the Right to Food for All

28 January 2015

The paper discusses the need for recognising women as food producers. Women should be at the centre of any food security strategy as it is the most cost-effective measure to reduce hunger and malnutrition for all. Seed policies should recognise women's role in seed systems and should balance the need for innovation for preservation and enhancement of crop diversity. Failure to recognise their role will result in misguided policies and programmes with higher levels of poverty and food and nutrition insecurity. 

Report - "Land and seed laws under attack: who is pushing changes in Africa?"

27 January 2015

The lobby to industrialise food production in Africa is changing seed and land laws across the continent to serve agribusiness corporations. The end goal is to turn what has long been held as a commons into a marketable commodity that the private sector can control and extract profit from at the expense of small holder farmers and communities.

Guide: Claiming Women's ESC Rights Using OP-CEDAW and OP-ICESCR

22 January 2015

Women’s lives are impacted by a myriad of issues such as the frequent lack of basic services; inequality; lack of accountability of States, corporations and other global actors; discriminatory cultural stereotypes, beliefs and the impact of harmful practices; religious fundamentalisms and development agendas which exclude consideration of the rights and experiences of women and differences between women. Within this context, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) are the two key human rights instruments which provide a forum for demanding realization of women’s human rights.

Special Focus

CSW Special Focus

CSW Special Focus

AWID is pleased to launch a special focus section on CSW 57. Follow the proceedings and keep up to date on events, news, analysis, and official and CSO statements in preparation for and coming out of the two-week meeting.

Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo

AWID is alarmed by the escalating violence in the North Kivu province of the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and is dismayed by the lack of international response to protect civilians and women human rights defenders. We stand in solidarity with our sisters in DRC and our partners who are working closely to ensure that WHRDs in the area are out of harm's way.

Parliamentary Coup in Paraguay

Parliamentary Coup in Paraguay

On June 22, 2012, the Paraguayan Senate found President Fernando Lugo guilty of impeachment charges in a 39 to 4 vote, resulting in his removal from office.  

Rio+20

Rio+20

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 20-22 June 2012 marking the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).

Crisis in Haiti

Crisis in Haiti

Two years after a 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti’s capital of Port-Au-Prince, on Tuesday, 12 January 2010 the nation is still trying to rebuild their country and their lives.

Announcements

Zeid Deplores Killing of Protestors in Egypt

28 January 2015

The article, originally published by the OHCHR on January 27th, 2015, discusses how UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein was deeply disturbed by the death of at least 20 people during clashes between security forces and protestors in Egypt since Friday. He urged Egyptian authorities to take urgent measures to bring an end to the excessive use of force by security personnel. 

Sonke Gender Justice condemns the outbreak of xenophobic violence in Gauteng

28 January 2015

Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) joins fellow human rights activists around the globe to condemn in the strongest possible terms the violence against non-South African individuals living and working within our borders and calls on our government to take urgent action to both protect all people in South Africa, and to prosecute strongly those perpetrating violence against others.

Update: Cambodia - Convictions Upheld against 11 Land Rights Defenders

27 January 2015

On 26 January 2015, the Court of Appeal upheld the convictions – with slightly reduced sentences – in two cases against 10 women land rights rights defenders, namely Ms Tep Vanny, Ms Nget Khun, Ms Song Sreyleap, Ms Kong Chantha, Ms Pan Chunreth, Ms Bop Chorvy, Ms Nong Srengand, Ms Heng Pich, Ms Im Srey Touch, Ms Phoung Sopheap, as well as Ven Seung Hai. 

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