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Italy: Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim arrives in Rome

24 July 2014

Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian woman who was spared a death sentence for apostasy and then barred from leaving Sudan, met Pope Francis on Thursday after arriving in Rome to jubilant scenes following intense international efforts to free her.

Iraqi ‘sex workers’ slaughtered amid culture of fear and secrecy

21 July 2014

Apartment blocks near a mosque and a kindergarten daubed with cartoon characters seem an unlikely place for the slaughter of 27 alleged sex workers, but in Baghdad death is never far. 

World AIDS Conference speakers take aim at countries with anti-gay laws

21 July 2014

Speakers and activists at the World Aids Conference in Melbourne have taken aim at countries with anti-gay laws, stating that they help to allow HIV to spread.

Issues & Analysis

Myths about People with Disabilities and Sexuality should not be used to support Legalization of Prostitution

30 July 2014

Since the Supreme Court of Canada ruling in the Bedford case struck down some of Canada’s prostitution laws on December 20, 2013, various assertions have been made in favour of the complete decriminalization of prostitution.

We cannot give a woman a cow and expect her to change the world

29 July 2014

Gender equality is not straightforward. Let's look beyond targets and tick-boxes, and explore the complexity of women's lives.

Empowering DR Congo’s Sexual Violence Survivors by Enforcing Reparations

29 July 2014

Before a sexual violence survivor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has her day in court, she must surmount many obstacles. Poor or nonexistent roads and costly transportation may prevent her from going to a police station to report the crime, or to a hospital to receive treatment for the injuries sustained during the violence.

AWID's Friday Files

Youth Strategize for the Post 2015 Development Agenda

Youth Strategize for the Post 2015 Development Agenda

25 July 2014

FRIDAY FILE – From 27-29 June, 21 young people from across Central, Eastern and Southeast Asia, the Pacific, Africa, North America, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, with diverse experiences came together in Hong Kong to strategize for the post-2015 development agenda process currently underway at the United Nations.

Feminist Economics: Looking to the New Global Development Agenda

Feminist Economics: Looking to the New Global Development Agenda

18 July 2014

FRIDAY FILE – AWID attended the recent Annual meeting the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE), to find out what feminist economists are thinking and proposing on key economic justice issues, and remaining challenges for gender equality and women’s rights in the Post 2015 Development Agenda negotiations.

Stigmatization and the Role of Associations in the Fight against HIV in Middle East and North Africa

Stigmatization and the Role of Associations in the Fight against HIV in Middle East and North Africa

11 July 2014

FRIDAY FILE: At a recent international conference in Tunis[1] on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Arab Countries, AWID met Jocelyn DeJong, professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at American University in Beirut and coordinator of the Reproductive Health Working Group[2], to learn more about their research on the role of associations in fighting HIV stigmatization.

Activists Reflect on the Rights Implications of India’s New Government

Activists Reflect on the Rights Implications of India’s New Government

04 July 2014

FRIDAY FILE:  The result of India’s recent elections was a resounding victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a right-wing Hindu nationalist party. As Narendra Modi takes over leadership of India’s first majority government in three decades, AWID spoke with rights activists from diverse fields and locations about their reflections and concerns.

Indigenous People Demand Substantive Participation in UN Spaces

Indigenous People Demand Substantive Participation in UN Spaces

27 June 2014

FRIDAY FILE: AWID spoke with Mirna Cunningham, President of the Center for the Autonomy and Development of Indigenous Peoples, about the recent UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the importance of participating substantively in this and other preparatory processes towards the World Conference of Indigenous People (WCIP) in September 2014.

New Resources

Women's Voices: Special Issue on the Conflict in the Central African Republic

30 July 2014

This is the first of two Special Issues of Women’s Voices dedicated to the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR). Women's Voices is a regular eLetter from the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice.

Dalit women fight!

30 July 2014

There are an estimated 260 million Dalits worldwide, born as ‘untouchables’ in a highly stratified caste system. Caste systems are found in South Asia, in communities migrated from South Asia across the globe and in other caste stratified countries in Africa and Asia. Violence and other crimes against Dalits are widespread and are often committed with impunity. Where special legislation exists to protect Dalits it severely lacks implementation.

Film: MARIA IN NOBODY'S LAND

30 July 2014

MARIA IN NOBODY'S LAND is an unprecedented and intimate look at the illegal and extremely dangerous journey of three Salvadoran women to the US.

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

Update: Russian Federation – Travel ban on Tatiana Kotlyar lifted and the order for her psychiatric assessment annulled

30 July 2014

On 24 July 2014, human rights defender Ms Tatiana Kotlyar received a notification from Russian authorities stating that the head of the Investigative Committee in the city of Obninsk had annulled the investigator's order for her psychiatric assessment on 7 July 2014. 

Transgender Group in Kenya Wins Historic Court Battle

30 July 2014

In a historic court battle lasting three years, Urgent Action Fund–Africa (UAF–Africa) grantee, Transgender Education and Advocacy (TEA) has been handed a landmark victory in Kenya’s high court. After being denied the right to register as an NGO, the organisation working for transgender rights sued the Kenyan NGO Co-ordination board for discrimination and violation of their fundamental human rights. 

Update: Cambodia National Rescue Party Politician Mu Sochua Released from Detention

Update: Cambodia National Rescue Party Politician Mu Sochua Released from Detention

30 July 2014

Vital Voices Global Partnership is encouraged by the release of network member Mu Sochua and seven other Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) politicians. 

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