Sana Seif and 22 others are accused of breaching the country's anti-protest law, a crime that has imprisoned thousands. An Egyptian court has adjourned the trial of 23 activists accused of breaching a bar on protests unauthorised by the government, a crime that has put thousands in prison.
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Women's Rights in the News
The scene evoked the standoff between David and Goliath. Except that in Kirill Kalugin’s case, he was surrounded by around half a dozen towering foes – muscle-bound men dressed in Russian paratrooper regalia, who locked elbows and cornered him as they hurled verbal abuse and shoved him around. They made it clear they didn’t like him or his message.
Women groups under the aegis of the African Working Group on Gender and Climate Change (AWGGCC) at the ongoing African Climate Change conference in Marrakech, Morocco have identified increase in women’s access to productive resources such as land, credit, transfer and enhancement of indigenous technology as instrumental to transforming Africa’s agriculture.
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Well, Indigenous Peoples’ Day — what some still think is Columbus Day — has come and gone. After a day of celebrating indigenous resistance across the Americas, what’s an activist to do with their holiday hangover?
The increased violence against young women human rights defenders needs to be matched by funders prepared to respond more directly to the priorities identified by young people. Ruby Johnson says shifting the framework of how funders work with young people is essential.
The north-south divide between member states at the Human Rights Council continued to intensify during its 27th session. Why has the growing polarisation between a cross section of global north and global south States come up in both formal events and informal negotiations?
AWID's Friday Files
The Right To Autonomy Over Our Bodies And Loves: The Resolution On Human Rights, Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Furthers Dialogue
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.
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.
Conflict, Poverty and Climate Change Remain Challenges to Achieving the MDGs In Ivory Coast, Should be Priorities Post 2015
FRIDAY FILE – While discussions on the new development agenda to replace the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in just over a year took centre stage at the United Nations 69th session of the General Assembly (UNGA69) last week, AWID takes a look at the reality of women in the Ivory Coast, demonstrating why it is crucial that the new development agenda be based on principles of human rights, equality and sustainability.
FRIDAY FILE: As we commemorate the Day for the Decriminalization of Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean on September 28 we take a look at the situation in El Salvador where abortion is illegal and where many women remain incarcerated because of these laws.
Today we write to bring you some updates on the Ebola crisis affecting our continent, and some of the rapid response contributions we have been making to provide an urgently needed gender analysis of the pandemic.
Making change happen 5: Indigenous and rural women in defense of land, territories and women's rights
This issue of Making Change Happen offers information, concepts and reflections from women, not just for other activists concerned with the rights of indigenous and rural peoples, but also for policymakers, leaders and others concerned with the pressing economic, political and environmental issues of our time. We believe that indigenous and rural women’s strategies to build strong communities in the midst of powerful dislocating and destructive dynamics offer innovative solutions to some of the world’s pressing problems. This work has convinced us, more than ever, that indigenous women are not only critical to defense of their territories and resources—they are central to sustaining the planet. Their voices must be heard.
Hundreds of pregnant women and girls are dying needlessly in South Africa, partly because they fear their HIV status may be revealed if they access antenatal care services, according to a major report published by Amnesty International today.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
We have heard about the 09/07/2014 arrest of Waafa Charaf in Tangier, Morocco. The police came to get her at her parents' home. Her crime: “not to have presented herself for the umpteenth convocation at the police station”. The convocations are part of the harassement to which she is exposed since she has complained about her abduction in last April.
On 14 October 2014, human rights defender Ms Zainab Al-Khawaja was arrested during a court hearing where she was expected to face charges related to tearing up a photograph of the King of Bahrain.
RESURJ Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development
Last week, the United Nations held a “High Level Meeting” to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of the groundbreaking International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo. Twenty years ago, it was groundbreaking because it amassed world leaders who committed to approaching population and development policies placing women’s health and our human rights at its center. Last week’s commemorative meeting failed to replicate this spirit and momentum, even after considerable resources were spent in countries, regionally and globally to galvanize political will and commitment to this end.