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Women's Rights in the News

Twenty-Year Sentence Handed to Purvi Patel for Death of Foetus Condemned by Women's Groups

01 April 2015

This article, originally published by The Independent on April 1st, 2015, discusses how the first woman to be sentenced for killing a foetus has been handed a 20-year prison term for feticide and neglect of a dependent, despite claiming she gave birth to a stillborn baby.

Witnesses, Who Say Police Killed Activist, Are to Be Charged in Egypt

01 April 2015

This article, originally published by The New York Times on March 30th, 2015, discusses how Egyptian prosecutors are bringing criminal charges against witnesses who said they saw the police kill an unarmed poet and activist during a demonstration, a lawyer who has seen the charges said on Monday.

Update - Honduras: 18 Months in Prison for Women's Rights Defender Gladys Lanza Ochoa

30 March 2015

On 26 March 2015, Honduras' Tribunal of Tegucigalpa sentenced human rights defender Ms Gladys Lanza Ochoa to 18 months' imprisonment. The sentence comes two months after her conviction on 28 January 2015 on charges of defamation and slander against the Executive Director of the Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Vivienda Social, Urbana y Rural - FUNDEVI (Foundation for Development of Urban and Rural Social Housing).

Issues & Analysis

Challenging the Power of the One Percent

14 April 2015

When you are faced with the task of moving an object but find it is too heavy to lift, what is your immediate and most natural response? You ask someone to help you lift it. And it makes all the difference.

Protect Women Human Rights Defenders' Right to Privacy

07 April 2015

In recent years, revelations of mass governmental surveillance have propelled the right to privacy into the public eye and discourse. However, equal attention needs to be given to surveillance practices by individuals against each other, as well as by the private sector and non-state actors.

“If I were told that I only have one day left to live, I would spend it fighting for human rights" - Mutabar Tadjibaeva

30 March 2015

This article, originally published by FIDH on March 27th, 2015, talks about the life of 52-year-old Uzbek journalist and activist Mutabar Tadjibaeva, who arrived in France in 2009 as a political refugee.

AWID's Friday Files

Textile Workers' Rights Should Not be Negotiable

Textile Workers' Rights Should Not be Negotiable

24 April 2015

FRIDAY FILE: On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza, a building housing garment factories, collapsed in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, killing 1,138 people, mostly women textile workers. Two years later, feminists around the world are organizing "24 Hours of Feminist Solidarity" on April 24, 2015 in memory of the victims of this disaster. 

Chile: Abortion Bill Still Restricts Right To Decide About Our Bodies

Chile: Abortion Bill Still Restricts Right To Decide About Our Bodies

17 April 2015

FRIDAY FILE: On January 31, president Michelle Bachelet sent a Bill to the Chilean Congress to decriminalize abortion on three grounds: fetal malformation, when the mother's life is at risk, and where pregnancy is the result of rape. AWID spoke to feminist activists about this Bill and other pending sexual and reproductive health rights issues in this South American country.

#BringBackOurGirls: A Year After Chibok Abductions Women And Girls Are Still In Danger

#BringBackOurGirls: A Year After Chibok Abductions Women And Girls Are Still In Danger

10 April 2015

FRIDAY FILE : It’s been one year since the abduction by Boko Haram of 276 female students from their boarding school in Chibok, Borno State in northeastern Nigeria. The #BringBackOurGirls campaign began following the kidnapping but the whereabouts of most of the young girls remains unknown[1]. AWID spoke to Nigerian and Cameroonian feminist activists to learn more about the situation of women and girls in Nigeria and neighboring countries as well as the national and international response, and challenges of taking appropriate and efficient action a year after the Chibok kidnappings.

WSF 2015: Feminists Overcoming Challenges

WSF 2015: Feminists Overcoming Challenges

01 April 2015

FRIDAY FILE: Tens of thousands from around the world[1] gathered in Tunis, Tunisia from March 24th to 28th for the World Social Forum. It brought together social movements, civil society organizations, formal and informal networks and activists to oppose neo-liberalism, capitalism and imperialism, debating, exchanging, sharing experiences and developing proposals. This week AWID looks at some of the issues and challenges of building a feminist movement within the alter-globalization space.

Land Day 2015: Activism And Challenges For Palestinian Women And Girls

27 March 2015

FRIDAY FILE: Palestinians, and people globally who stand in solidarity with Palestine, commemorate Land Day every March 30. On this day in 1976 thousands of Palestinians embarked on a general strike and protests against the Israeli government’s announcement to confiscate large portions of Palestinian lands for new Israeli settlements. The protests resulted in six Palestinians being killed, and hundreds injured and arrested by Israeli forces. Land Day has been commemorated every year since.  

New Resources

Three Latin American Countries Reach Gender Parity in Parliaments

23 April 2015

The Plurinational State of Bolivia, Cuba and Ecuador are within the top ten places in the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s (IPU) world ranking of women’s presence in national parliaments, in second, fourth and ninth places respectively. The whole region reached the 27.5% of female participation in parliaments.

The African Regional Human Rights System

22 April 2015

The publication narrates the origins of the African regional human rights mechanisms. It elaborates the normative framework and rights recognised in the regional human rights treaties in the region. It also focuses on how to use these monitoring and enforcement mechanisms and some of the challenges faced in doing so. This is a learning tool for human rights defenders, and especially trainers from the region interested in conducting training on human rights. With a focus also on civil society engagement in the regional human rights mechanisms, the publication provides useful insights at a practical level. The publication will enhance your knowledge on African regional human rights mechanisms.

Jogappa Gender, Identity, and the Politics of Exclusion And Three Journeys: Cameos from the Jogappa Community in Karnataka

22 April 2015

These books focus on Jogappas, one of the least known transgender communities in South India. Jogappas share a close relationship with a local goddess Yellamma: as such, they are regarded as holy women, and occupy a respected, priestly position within society.However, owing to their identity and gender expression, they also transgress the binary norms of gender and sexuality held sacrosanct by societies everywhere in India. They face the paradox of being seen as “powerful and holy” as well as “strange and deviant”. Further, governmental oversight has left them in a vulnerable position.

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

Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence: 11-18 May 2015

22 April 2015

We are pleased to announce that the date for this year’s Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence is 11-18 May 2015. This week has been chosen to coincide with the Security Council Open debate on Small Arms on 13 May 2015.

Dominican Republic Abortion Law Debated in Supreme Court

22 April 2015

Despite progress made by the Dominican Republic last year decriminalizing abortion in limited circumstances, the Supreme Court will hold a judicial hearing today to discuss three different constitutional challenges to the new law.

Iraq: ISIS Escapees Describe Systematic Rape

20 April 2015

The extremist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS) has carried out systematic rape and other sexual violence against Yezidi women and girls in northern Iraq.

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