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India: Supreme Court recognizes transgenders as 'third gender'

16 April 2014

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on Tuesday created the "third gender" status for hijras or transgenders. Earlier, they were forced to write male or female against their gender.

Update: Russian Federation – Court rejects appeal on 'Foreign Agents Law' by Anti-Discrimination Centre 'Memorial'

14 April 2014

On 8 April 2014, St Petersburg City Court upheld the decision of a lower Court obliging Anti-Discrimination Centre Memorial (ADC 'Memorial') to register as a 'foreign agent'. 

Tulkarem Women give Testimonies about Impact of the Apartheid Wall and Nearby Israeli Factories

09 April 2014

Testimonies by women of Tulkarem living in the vicinity of the Separation Wall and the Israeli chemical factory Geshori, built on confiscated Palestinian land, describe the health, environmental, and socio-economic damage that they suffer.

Issues & Analysis

El Salvador: meet the women who dare to challenge the anti-abortion state

17 April 2014

El Salvador's strict abortion laws mean a woman can be charged with homicide for suffering a miscarriage. But a high-profile case that drew global condemnation may prove a catalyst for change

Interview with Colombian WHRD Aida Quilcué

16 April 2014

All through the Americas, from Canada down to Argentina, women human rights defenders fight for the rights and lands of Indigenous peoples.

Trauma Still Fresh for Rwanda’s Survivors of Genocidal Rape

16 April 2014

Claudine Umuhoza’s son turned 19 this Apr. 1. And while he may be one of at least thousands of children who were conceived during the Rwandan genocide, he’s not officially classified as a survivor of it. But his mother is. 

AWID's Friday Files

Building Strategic Alliances For Women Workers’ Rights Post 2015: The Role Of Macroeconomic Policy

Building Strategic Alliances For Women Workers’ Rights Post 2015: The Role Of Macroeconomic Policy

18 April 2014

FRIDAY FILE – In this week’s Friday File Savi Bisnath, PhD Associate Director at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), discusses the importance of macroeconomic policy and building strategic alliances for women workers to advance their rights post 2015. As presented at an event[i] at the recent Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58).

Constitutional Reform and Women’s Rights in Nicaragua

Constitutional Reform and Women’s Rights in Nicaragua

11 April 2014

FRIDAY FILE: A Constitutional reform was passed in Nicaragua on January 27, 2014 and entered into force on February 10th, which will allow consecutive presidential re-election as well military personnel to hold government posts. AWID spoke to Azahalea Solís, from Movimiento Autónomo de Mujeres de Nicaragua (MAM- Autonomous Women’s Movement) about the reform, women´s rights and the recent repression during the International Women’s Day (March 8th) demonstration.

CSW58 – Too Much Time Spent Pushing Back

CSW58 – Too Much Time Spent Pushing Back

04 April 2014

FRIDAY FILE – This year’s negotiations at the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) saw women’s rights advocates, organisations and movements working extremely hard to retain existing human rights language, obligations and commitments, and attempting to push forward language that contained clear commitments for gender equality and women’s human rights; but present also, were strong fundamentalist forces pushing back on any, and all, advancement of rights language.

CSW58: Young Feminists Speak Loudly and Clearly

CSW58: Young Feminists Speak Loudly and Clearly

28 March 2014

FRIDAY FILE: The 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women ended last week Friday.  For many women’s and human rights advocates, organisations and movements it was an important opportunity to encourage member States to really put women’s human rights and gender equality at the centre of development. In this week’s Friday File we hear from young feminists who share their expectations, knowledge and experiences of CSW58.

Vienna+20: Some progress, but instruments are only effective if they are implemented

Vienna+20: Some progress, but instruments are only effective if they are implemented

21 March 2014

FRIDAY FILE: As part of AWID’s commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights, AWID spoke to feminist human rights activist, Lin Chew[i], about the importance of the conference and the instruments that followed.  But she warns that instruments are only as good as they are implemented, a relevant lesson as we watch negotiations taking place at this years CSW58.

New Resources

Post-2015 Brief on Youth SRR and HIV in recognition of Youth HIV&AIDS Awareness Day

16 April 2014

National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day is a day to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people as well as highlight the amazing work young people are doing across the country to fight the HIV & AIDS epidemic. As an international organization, the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) hopes to transform this message from a national day into one that is globally recognized.

TransFeminista: Quarterly Newsletter Vol 1: Issue 1 2014

16 April 2014

First edition of the TransFeminista newsletter from SHE - social, health and empowerment feminist collective of transgender and intersex women of Africa

Guide for trainers: Strengthen and support CSO’s to work towards evidence- and rights-based sexual and reproductive health, education and HIV prevention for young people

16 April 2014

This guide is developed by Rutgers WPF and STOP AIDS NOW! and is part of the Quality of SRHR and HIV prevention programme. In this programme we aim to support civil society organisations (CSO’s) working on HIV prevention interventions and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) education for young people in 12 African countries.

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

USA/UK: Snowden alleges spy agencies have targeted human rights defenders

16 April 2014

Former US intelligence contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden’s latest allegations point to a very real risk that human rights defenders, including Amnesty International staff, have been the targets of mass surveillance by the US and British spy agencies. 

China: Citizen journalists Wang Jing, Liu Xuehong, and Xing Jian released on bail

16 April 2014

Three citizen journalists were released on bail on 7 April, after they had been detained for publishing reports online about the activities of petitioners’ at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.

Statement for General Discussion on behalf of the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Caucus

16 April 2014

Commission on Population and Development, 47th Session, April 2014, New York.

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