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Over 50 organizations call on Canadian government to support survivors of Rana Plaza tragedy

17 September 2014

Over fifty human rights, religious, international development, trade union, women’s, teacher, student, community and investor organizations have released an Open Letter calling on the Canadian government to publicly urge Canadian companies whose apparel products are made in Bangladesh to contribute generously to a trust fund for the approximately 2,500 workers injured and the families of over 1,100 workers killed in the Rana Plaza building collapse.

IWMF Website Hacked

16 September 2014

The website of the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) suffered a complex brute-force attack last Friday, Sept 5.

Human Rights Council: Do not let 'traditional values' undermine universal rights

15 September 2014

‘States must not make selective appeals to, or manipulate, tradition, culture or religion to undermine universal human right standards,' panelists have told an event on the sidelines of the 27th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Issues & Analysis

Oscar Pistorius Verdict: We need to talk about domestic violence; we need to talk about prevention

17 September 2014

On Valentine’s Day 2013, amputee sprinter and Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp. On Friday 12th September, Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide – meaning the judge believed he was negligent in firing the shots. He was cleared of a premeditated murder. 

Transforming the development agenda requires more, not less, attention to human rights

17 September 2014

The UN General Assembly later this month will begin negotiations over the content of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015. The outcomes of these inter-governmental debates will not only determine the model of development advanced in global policy forums over the next fifteen years. They will shape national government priorities, policies and financing decisions in areas from education to ecology, housing to health, climate change to care work.

How Sweden’s Feminist Initiative Party Became First of Its Kind to Win a Seat in European Parliament

16 September 2014

Amy Goodman from Democracy Now! interviews co-founder of Sweden’s Feminist Initiative party, Gudrun Schyman, about the Feminist Initiative’s focus on climate change, anti-racism and the connection between intimate partner violence and violence in international relations.

AWID's Friday Files

UNGA69: Human Rights and Financing for Development in the Post-2015 Agenda

UNGA69: Human Rights and Financing for Development in the Post-2015 Agenda

19 September 2014

FRIDAY FILE - Discussions on the new development agenda to replace the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in just over a year (with many goals not yet achieved), are reaching crucial stages. United Nations head Ban Ki-moon recently stated that the post-2015 development agenda will be a key part of the 69th UN General Assembly Session (UNGA), starting this week.  We look at some of the ongoing concerns with the debates and negotiations ahead of the 69th UNGA.

Afro-descendant Women’s Organising in Latin America

Afro-descendant Women’s Organising in Latin America

12 September 2014

FRIDAY FILE – In January this year the United Nations declared 2015-2024 The International Decade for People of African Descent. AWID spoke to Vicenta Camusso Pintos, coordinator of the South Cone Region for the Red de Mujeres Afrolatinoamericanas, Afrocaribeñas y la Diáspora, to learn more about Afro-descendant women’s organizing in Latin America over the past two decades.

The Gap Between Laws and Reality for Colombian Domestic Workers

The Gap Between Laws and Reality for Colombian Domestic Workers

05 September 2014

FRIDAY FILE: On September 5, 2013 the Domestic Workers Convention (C189),  adopted by International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2011, entered into force. A year later, AWID spoke to Andrea Londoño S., Coordinator of the citizens' initiative Hablemos de Empleadas Domésticas (Let's Talk About Women Domestic Workers) from Medellin, Colombia, who outlines the legal landscape, how women domestic workers are organizing, and the challenges they face.

LGBTQI Movement Building in Middle East and North Africa

LGBTQI Movement Building in Middle East and North Africa

22 August 2014

FRIDAY FILE - On August 1, 2014, the constitutional court of Uganda overturned the discriminatory anti-gay law passed through parliament on December 20, 2013. However, the decision was based on procedural technicalities rather than on the substance of the law, which goes against freedom of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Gender Mainstreaming at the African Development Bank: Issues and Challenges

Gender Mainstreaming at the African Development Bank: Issues and Challenges

15 August 2014

FRIDAY FILES – September 1st, 2014 marks the first anniversary of the creation of the Special Envoy on Gender at the African Development Bank[i] (ADB). AWID spoke to Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, the first Special Envoy on Gender Issues at ADB, to learn more about the Bank's main goals and challenges for gender equality.

New Resources

New study finds that 40% of pregnancies worldwide are unintended

18 September 2014

Findings Highlight Need for Increased Investment in Contraceptive Services

UN Secretary-General Reports on Rio+20 Follow-up, Post-2015 Preparations

17 September 2014

September 2014: An advance, unedited version of a UN Secretary-General report to the 69th UN General Assembly provides an update on the follow-up to Rio+20 and preparation for the intergovernmental negotiations for the post-2015 development agenda. 

Jerusalem: A City Divided

17 September 2014

Jerusalem today is a divided city. Between the wall, checkpoints, closures and administrative hurdles, communities in East Jerusalem are becoming increasingly fragmented. Tension in the city is high, and Israeli settlements in the heart of Palestinian communities have put residents at an increased risk of violence. City services to Palestinian communities are often lacking, leaving many residents without adequate rubbish collection, clean water or sanitation, leading to public health concerns and contributing to a low quality of life.

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

Over 50 organizations call on Canadian government to support survivors of Rana Plaza tragedy

17 September 2014

Over fifty human rights, religious, international development, trade union, women’s, teacher, student, community and investor organizations have released an Open Letter calling on the Canadian government to publicly urge Canadian companies whose apparel products are made in Bangladesh to contribute generously to a trust fund for the approximately 2,500 workers injured and the families of over 1,100 workers killed in the Rana Plaza building collapse.

Update: Bahrain – Trial date scheduled for human rights defender Ms Maryam Al-Khawaja

17 September 2014

Human rights defender Ms Maryam Al-Khawaja will face trial on 1 October 2014 before the High Criminal Court for allegedly “assaulting a police officer”. - 

Launch of the #Selfies4School campaign

17 September 2014

Breakthrough, in partnership with Vodafone Foundation is launching the #Selfies4School campaign.  This campaign will impact the lives of 25,000 girls giving them an opportunity to continue their education and delay their marriage.

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