This article, originally published by The Independent on January 22nd, 2015, discusses how a French court has handed out convictions for anti-gay hate crimes on Twitter for the first time, after three people used the hashtag “let’s burn the gays”.
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French Court Convicts Three over Homophobic Tweets, in Case Hailed as a 'Significant Victory' by LGBT Rights Campaigners
José Diego Suárez Padilla has converted his home into a shrine to his daughter, Rosa Diana. Windows fashioned after her blue eyes stare out on the street. A painting of the girl in a white party dress covers a living room wall, overlooking an altar with offerings of chicken and chewing gum. The food has lain there so long that the red chili sauce has congealed.
Nepal has announced plans to add a third gender category to passports, following a 2007 Supreme Court ruling recognizing third gender.
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Lebanon’s religion-based personal status laws discriminate against women across the religious spectrum and don’t guarantee their basic rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Lebanon has 15 separate personal status laws for its recognized religions but no civil code covering issues such as divorce, property rights, or care of children. These laws are administered by autonomous religious courts with little or no government oversight, and often issue rulings that violate women’s human rights.
Embracing deviance, diversity and discussion – a response to Carving A Space: Reflections On The 2nd MenEngage Symposium
Nikki van der Gaag responds to Srilatha Batliwala’s thought-provoking piece about the second MenEngage symposium, held in Delhi last November.
This article, originally published by Open Democracy 50.50 on January 8th, 2014, discusses how many people of Muslim heritage are combatting Islamist ideology by political means and mass mobilisation.
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FRIDAY FILE: In December 2014, AWIDs Young Feminist Activism (YFA) programme launched the #ICommit campaign to brainstorm, share, learn about what it takes to effectively organize across generations. This week we take a look at some of the responses to the conversation.
FRIDAY FILE - Amidst the continuous struggle for women’s rights and social justice globally, it is important that we keep our collective hopes alive for a better world. With this in mind, AWID spoke to a number of feminists and women’s rights activists from around the world about their hopes, dreams and aspirations for 2015. Read theirs, and tell us what your hopes, dreams and aspirations for this year are.
FRIDAY FILE: 2014 saw an unprecedented increase in conflict, militarism and rising fundamentalisms across the globe, negatively affecting women in a plethora of ways. And while negotiations on the new development agenda - to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that expire this year – took centre stage, women’s rights activists had to fight hard to advance women's human rights. This week AWID presents a visual overview of some of the highs and lows for women’s rights and gender justice in 2014.
FRIDAY FILE: AWID spoke with Lucinda O’Hanlon, Adviser on Women's Rights from the Women's Rights and Gender Section of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) about the office’s current Campaign “Beijing + 20: Women Human Rights Defenders Campaign”.
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.
The paper discusses the need for recognising women as food producers. Women should be at the centre of any food security strategy as it is the most cost-effective measure to reduce hunger and malnutrition for all. Seed policies should recognise women's role in seed systems and should balance the need for innovation for preservation and enhancement of crop diversity. Failure to recognise their role will result in misguided policies and programmes with higher levels of poverty and food and nutrition insecurity.
The lobby to industrialise food production in Africa is changing seed and land laws across the continent to serve agribusiness corporations. The end goal is to turn what has long been held as a commons into a marketable commodity that the private sector can control and extract profit from at the expense of small holder farmers and communities.
Women’s lives are impacted by a myriad of issues such as the frequent lack of basic services; inequality; lack of accountability of States, corporations and other global actors; discriminatory cultural stereotypes, beliefs and the impact of harmful practices; religious fundamentalisms and development agendas which exclude consideration of the rights and experiences of women and differences between women. Within this context, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) are the two key human rights instruments which provide a forum for demanding realization of women’s human rights.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
The article, originally published by the OHCHR on January 27th, 2015, discusses how UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein was deeply disturbed by the death of at least 20 people during clashes between security forces and protestors in Egypt since Friday. He urged Egyptian authorities to take urgent measures to bring an end to the excessive use of force by security personnel.
Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) joins fellow human rights activists around the globe to condemn in the strongest possible terms the violence against non-South African individuals living and working within our borders and calls on our government to take urgent action to both protect all people in South Africa, and to prosecute strongly those perpetrating violence against others.
On 26 January 2015, the Court of Appeal upheld the convictions – with slightly reduced sentences – in two cases against 10 women land rights rights defenders, namely Ms Tep Vanny, Ms Nget Khun, Ms Song Sreyleap, Ms Kong Chantha, Ms Pan Chunreth, Ms Bop Chorvy, Ms Nong Srengand, Ms Heng Pich, Ms Im Srey Touch, Ms Phoung Sopheap, as well as Ven Seung Hai.