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Women's Rights in the News

Kabul Mob Attack: Women Help Bury 'Wrongly Accused' Farkhunda

23 March 2015

This article, originally published by BBC News on March 22nd, 2015, discusses how the coffin of a woman, killed by a mob in Kabul on an apparently false charge, has been carried by women, marking a break with Afghan funeral customs.

In Tunisia, Two Violent Attacks against Women of the LBT Community

18 March 2015

n only one week, two friends and members of Chouf were horrifacally attacked. One of the members of our office was raped by a man who threatened her with a knife to her throat, and another member was beaten by a group of men because of her sexual orientation. The attackers asked her to « show how she could fight if she wanted to marry a woman ».

Aya Chebbi Gives Speech at UN Women's Celebratory Event for 20th Anniversary of Beijing Conference

18 March 2015

Aya Chebbi is a Tunisian blogger and activist who participated in WELDD training on political participation training in Cairo in December 2013.  She was invited to speak at the Planet 50-50 by 2030 event.  

Issues & Analysis

The UN Leaves Women’s Rights Defenders in the Cold

25 March 2015

This article, originally published by Pass Blue on March 20th, 2015, discusses how the United Nations has so far given lukewarm political support to defenders of gender rights worldwide — particularly women who defend women’s rights, a dangerous occupation in many regions.

Honduran Women Refuse to Be Silenced in Face of yet Another Setback

18 March 2015

Even in a country where struggle is a way of life for feminists, the imprisonment of the celebrated women’s rights defender Gladys Lanza marks a fresh low.

Egyptian women's rights: no time for dissent

16 March 2015

The act of dissent should match the need for equality, rather than the time for equality. In the fight for a right, there are no divisions.

AWID's Friday Files

Land Day 2015: Activism And Challenges For Palestinian Women And Girls

27 March 2015

FRIDAY FILE: Palestinians, and people globally who stand in solidarity with Palestine, commemorate Land Day every March 30. On this day in 1976 thousands of Palestinians embarked on a general strike and protests against the Israeli government’s announcement to confiscate large portions of Palestinian lands for new Israeli settlements. The protests resulted in six Palestinians being killed, and hundreds injured and arrested by Israeli forces. Land Day has been commemorated every year since.  

CSW59 –Beijing Betrayed

CSW59 –Beijing Betrayed

20 March 2015

FRIDAY FILE – Two decades after the Fourth World Conference on Women, women and girls around the world deserve better than this year’s CSW outcomes. At this time of celebration and affirmation of Beijing and commitment to accelerated implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, what women don’t need is an outcome weakened by its lack of engagement with women on the ground and lacking in vision and commitment.

 Invisibility Is Not A Shield To Save Us From Lesbophobia

Invisibility Is Not A Shield To Save Us From Lesbophobia

13 March 2015

FRIDAY FILE:  The first Lesbian March in Rosario, Argentina, to commemorate the Lesbian Visibility and Fight Against Lesbophobia Day, took place on March 7, and gathered more than a hundred people. AWID spoke to activists about the relevance of this day

El Salvador: Guadalupe’s Pardon a Victory, But Still a Long Road Ahead

El Salvador: Guadalupe’s Pardon a Victory, But Still a Long Road Ahead

06 March 2015

FRIDAY FILES: On February 18 Guadalupe Vázquez[1], one of at least 17 women unjustly imprisoned for allegedly having an abortion, was released from prison after being granted a pardon by El Salvador's Legislative Assembly.

Witchcraft Accusations Perpetuate Women's Oppression in Sub-Saharan Africa

Witchcraft Accusations Perpetuate Women's Oppression in Sub-Saharan Africa

27 February 2015

FRIDAY FILE - Following the recent announcement by local NGOs that more than 700 women accused of witchcraft had been murdered in Tanzania in a year, AWID spoke with Valerie Yvette Banlog, Founding President of the NGO Femme Action et Développement En Zone CEMAC (FADEC - Women Action and Development in CEMAC Areas) to discuss violence against women accused of witchcraft and the absence of appropriate and effective responses.

New Resources

Toolkit on Indigenous women's rights in Africa

23 March 2015

Forest Peoples Programme has created this toolkit to help indigenous women in Africa to better understand the African human rights system and how to use it effectively to secure their rights.

Remembering: A Tribute to Fallen WHRDs

20 March 2015

This document, entitled "Remembering" was created by Women Living Under Muslim laws and delivered as a powerpoint presentation during the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (20 years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action).

Indigenous women and the Inter-American human rights system: a toolkit on mechanisms

18 March 2015

This toolkit explains the legal mechanisms that are relevant to indigenous women’s rights in the Inter-American human rights system.

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

Williams Institute launches first-of-its-kind study of U.S. transgender population

25 March 2015

Researchers at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, Columbia University and The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health are launching a first-of-its-kind study of the transgender population in the United States that they expect will create a more accurate and detailed picture of the issues faced by transgender individuals.

The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR) welcomes the court ruling confirming a mother’s right in issuing birth certificates for her children

25 March 2015

The Administrative Court in Alexandria ruled confirming the right of Egyptian mother to issue the birth certificates for her children. ECWR welcomes this step as a new guarantee for the Egyptian mothers, a victory for their rights and a reflection of the 2014 Constitution, which obliged the state to maintain maternity and childhood rights.

Statement by Stephanie Ortoleva, president of Women Enabled International, at CSW59 panel: Accusations of Witchcraft - Women & Girls with Disabilities

25 March 2015

Good afternoon. My name is Stephanie Ortoleva and I am the President of Women Enabled International, a civil society organization focused on the rights of women and girls with disabilities, working in collaboration with women’s rights and women and girls with disabilities rights organizations worldwide. 

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