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Thailand: Murders of Human Rights Defenders Underline Need for Protection, Says UN

17 December 2014

This article, originally published by the UN on December 9th, 2014, discusses the murders of two human rights defenders working on land and natural resource issues in the south of Thailand. 

Bahrain: Award Winning Repression - EU Gives Human Rights Award to Non-Independent Public Institutions While the State Jails and Tortures Human Rights Defenders

17 December 2014

Front Line Defenders is deeply disappointed with the awarding of the Chaillot Prize to two Bahraini national institutions, the Interior Ministry Ombudsman and the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI), amidst a flagrant and widely reported crack-down by the Bahraini government on independent civil society organisations and human rights defenders.

Emails Show “Pro-Family” Activists Feeding Contacts To Russian Nationalists

10 December 2014

This article, originally published by BuzzFeed on December 8th, 2014, discusses how Russian nationalists and social conservatives appear to be working together to use links with “pro-family” organizations in the U.S. and around the world to promote Russia’s geopolitical agenda - according to emails sent between right-wing activists.

Issues & Analysis

The Libyan Youth Movement: Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow

17 December 2014

AWID recently spoke with Ayat Mneina, co-founder of the Libyan Youth Movement, on the evolving civil war in Libya following the uprising, and subsequent fall of Gaddafi.

The Incredible Courage of Women Human Rights Defenders in the Middle East

17 December 2014

On International Human Rights Day, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) paid tribute to the courage of women human rights defenders across the Gulf region and its neighbouring countries.

Young Feminists: Resisting the Tide of Fundamentalisms

10 December 2014

This article written by Ruby Johnson and Devi Leiper O'Malley, and originally posted by 50.50 Open Democracy on December 8th, 2014, discusses how fundamentalism is a root cause of multiple forms of violence experienced by young women and trans*youth worldwide. 

AWID's Friday Files

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.

#16 Days: Conflict in Iraq and Syria Plays Out on Women’s Bodies

#16 Days: Conflict in Iraq and Syria Plays Out on Women’s Bodies

12 December 2014

FRIDAY FILE: As we commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (25 November to 10 December) under the theme “let’s challenge militarism and end gender-based violence”, AWID speaks to Lisa Davis, Human Rights Advocacy Director at MADRE, and to Nurcan Baysal, Kurdish activist and writer for the Turkish electronic journal T24, to learn more about the sexual and other violations of women’s and girls’ rights with the insurgency of the self-proclaimed "Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” (ISIS).

Racism, Sexism and Violence Against Sub-Saharan African Migrant Women

Racism, Sexism and Violence Against Sub-Saharan African Migrant Women

05 December 2014

FRIDAY FILE: As we commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (25 November to 10 December), AWID speaks to Helena Maleno Garzón, researcher on migration and human trafficking, and member of the Caminando Fronteras network, to learn more about the intersections of racism, sexism and violence against Sub-Saharan African migrant women in Morocco and beyond.

#16 Days – An Integrated Approach to Security and Protection for WHRDs

#16 Days – An Integrated Approach to Security and Protection for WHRDs

28 November 2014

FRIDAY FILE – As we commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (25 November to 10 December) and International Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) Day on 29 November; and are witness to increasing levels of violence against WHRDs, AWID looks at the need for a holistic approach to safety and protection for WHRDs.

Young Indigenous Activists in Global Advocacy Spaces

Young Indigenous Activists in Global Advocacy Spaces

21 November 2014

FRIDAY FILE:  In October AWID spoke to Mirna Cunningham and Maria Oberto, about the first ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), this week we follow up with Dalí Angel, young indigenous woman activist from the Zapoteca nation in Oaxaca and Latin America Focal Point for the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus[1],  about the Caucus’ involvement in advocacy spaces and some of the challenges they face.

New Resources

The Due Diligence Framework: State Accountability Framework for Eliminating Violence against Women

17 December 2014

AWID spoke to Zarizana Abdul Aziz and Janine Moussa, co-directors of the Due Diligence Project to learn more about their recent publication.

ICRSE & SWAN Launch new resources on International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

17 December 2014

Today, 17 December 2014, sex workers, their advocates, allies, friends and families, are gathering around the world to denounce all acts of violence against sex workers.

Report "Funding for sex worker rights: Opportunities for foundations to fund more and better

17 December 2014

Mama Cash has joined efforts with The Red Umbrella Fund and the Open Society Foundations to map global grantmaking for sex worker rights by foundations and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The research identified 56 foundations and NGOs that altogether invested a total of €8 million (US$11 million) in support of sex worker rights in 2013. This may sound like a lot to an individual organisation but it is just a fraction of overall spending on development and 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

A Statement calling for the Protection of Palestinian Women from all Forms of Violence

17 December 2014

Today marks the last day of the Global Campaign “16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence”. It is also marks the globally celebrated Human Rights Day. The Israeli occupation however continues to practice constant violations of Human Rights, as are codified in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Human Rights Instruments, and International Humanitarian Laws, through its killings, assassinations, arrest, land confiscations, Judaization policies in Jerusalem which threaten the rights of Palestinian Muslims and Christians, and the ongoing siege on the Gaza Strip.

IM-Defensoras Statement: For Organizations and Social Movements Free of Violence against Women Human Rights Defenders

17 December 2014

In this statement, 130 organizations from around the world pledge to unite their voices and join efforts to eradicate all forms of discrimination and violence against women within their organizations and movements.

Intensifying the European Union's Support to Human Rights Defenders: Civil Society Proposals for the New EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy

17 December 2014

This statement, originally published by the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) on December 16th, 2014, discusses how the action points of the European Union (EU) Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy which was implemented in 2012, should be rolled over to the future Action Plan to ensure continuity in commitment and actions undertaken by the EU and member states as support to HRDs is intensified.  

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