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Women's Rights in the News

New developments in the International Classification of Diseases Revision Process

21 August 2014

GATE (Global Action for Trans* Equality) and STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization report that the World Health Organization (WHO) has published online its proposals on trans* health in the ICD-11 Beta Draft.

Gender Discriminatory Nationality Laws Addressed and Risk of Statelessness Reduced by Suriname

20 August 2014

On 10 July 2014, Suriname’s National Assembly passed the Draft Law on Nationality and Residency (“the Law”), amending Law No. 4 of 24 November 1975 on Surinamese Nationality and Residence.

Pacific Islands inch towards gender equality with female appointments

19 August 2014

Three women take helm at regional body, heralding gradual progress towards closing gender gap in male-dominated region

Issues & Analysis

The Guardian view on Ireland’s new abortion law: no choice at all

20 August 2014

Ireland’s abortion act promised access to abortion at least in a few cases. In practice, it seems to have made no difference at all

El Salvador: Press Release - Citizens Group for the Decriminalization of Therapeutic, Ethical and Eugenic Abortion

20 August 2014

El Salvador 13 August 2014

To the Salvadoran citizenship, civil society organizations, the media and public institutions, we express the following:

One of the major print media outlets in El Salvador has recently published articles expressing opinions and information related to our organizations and their activities in the defence of women’s rights. Specifically regarding the unjust criminalization and imprisonment of women for reasons related to abortion with aggravated murder sentences of up to 40 years.

A pregnant, suicidal rape victim fought Ireland's new abortion law. The law won

19 August 2014

Anti-abortion activists claim that legal restrictions are in the best interests of women, but they never are.

AWID's Friday Files

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.

Patriarchy allows child marriage and female genital mutilation to flourish

Patriarchy allows child marriage and female genital mutilation to flourish

08 August 2014

FRIDAY FILE : This week's ‘Friday File’ is a blog post written by our Young Feminist Activism team on the recent Girl Summit in London originally published on the Guardian's Poverty Matters blog.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's New Mandate Has A Gender Agenda

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's New Mandate Has A Gender Agenda

01 August 2014

FRIDAY FILE – In December 2013 Michelle Bachelet won a landslide victory in the first ever presidential race between two women candidates, giving her a second term in the top decision making position in Chile. AWID spoke to feminist Sociologist Teresa Valdés, Coordinator for Chile's Gender and Equity Watch, about women's expectations and challenges to be addressed.

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.

New Resources

New Tactics in Human Rights: Strategy Toolkit

19 August 2014

New Tactics in Human Rights has developed this Strategy Toolkit to support the important work of human rights advocates around the world. Creating change is challenging. If we’re clear about where we are starting from, where we want to get to, and the path from one to the other, we’re more likely to get there.

Now Available! Take Action Kit for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign

19 August 2014

The Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) is happy to share the 2014 English version of the 16 Days Campaign Take Action Kit, currently available for download on the 16 Days Campaign website.

OSCE/ODIHR Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders: Time for a Genuine Implementation Across All The OSCE Area and Beyond

18 August 2014

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of FIDH (the International Federation for Human Rights) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), welcomes the launch of the Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) on June 10, 2014 under the Swiss Chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Bern, and calls for a genuine implementation by all OSCE Participating States.

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

New developments in the International Classification of Diseases Revision Process

21 August 2014

GATE (Global Action for Trans* Equality) and STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization report that the World Health Organization (WHO) has published online its proposals on trans* health in the ICD-11 Beta Draft.

Copenhagen Announced as the Official Location of the Women Deliver 2016 Global Conference

20 August 2014

Denmark highlights commitment to girls and women with conference announcement and launch of a new gender framework.

El Salvador: Press Release - Citizens Group for the Decriminalization of Therapeutic, Ethical and Eugenic Abortion

20 August 2014

El Salvador 13 August 2014

To the Salvadoran citizenship, civil society organizations, the media and public institutions, we express the following:

One of the major print media outlets in El Salvador has recently published articles expressing opinions and information related to our organizations and their activities in the defence of women’s rights. Specifically regarding the unjust criminalization and imprisonment of women for reasons related to abortion with aggravated murder sentences of up to 40 years.

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