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Somali-Canadian Trans Woman Sumaya Dalmar Found Dead in Toronto

25 February 2015

In what has already been a year of horrifying violence and tragedy for trans women of color, a young Somali-Canadian trans woman was lost this weekend in Toronto. Sumaya Dalmar, known also as Sumaya Ysl, was found dead on Sunday morning at the age of 26.

LGBT Activists in Cameroon Face Threats and Violence

25 February 2015

This article, originally published by France 24 on February 25th, 2015, discusses how allies and defenders of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Cameroon are facing grave dangers.

Azerbaijan/EU: Use Official Visit to Free Activists No More Business as Usual in the Face of Crackdown

25 February 2015

The European Union special representative for human rights should use his visit to Azerbaijan beginning February 23, 2015, to insist that the authorities release dozens of activists and journalists imprisoned on politically motivated charges, Human Rights Watch, International Partnership for Human Rights, and Front Line Defenders said today.

Issues & Analysis

Whose Lives Matter in Current Day Egypt?

25 February 2015

This article, written by Semanur Karaman and published by Daily News Egypt of February 21st, 2015, discusses how the scope of attacks against human rights defenders in Egypt has reached a limit that is no longer tolerable.

Sudan: Mass Rape by Army in Darfur

16 February 2015

Sudanese army forces raped more than 200 women and girls in an organized attack on the north Darfur town of Tabit in October 2014, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) should take urgent steps to protect civilians in the town from further abuses.

Women Stand Their Ground against Big Coal

11 February 2015

Battles between coal mining companies, the municipalities that host them and affected local residents are now drawing blood with last week’s rubber-bullet shootings and arrests of activists (including key women organisers) fighting coal and demanding a decent life in Emahlahleni (formerly Witbank).

AWID's Friday Files

Witchcraft Accusations Perpetuate Women's Oppression in Sub-Saharan Africa

Witchcraft Accusations Perpetuate Women's Oppression in Sub-Saharan Africa

27 February 2015

FRIDAY FILE - Following the recent announcement by local NGOs that more than 700 women accused of witchcraft had been murdered in Tanzania in a year, AWID spoke with Valerie Yvette Banlog, Founding President of the NGO Femme Action et Développement En Zone CEMAC (FADEC - Women Action and Development in CEMAC Areas) to discuss violence against women accused of witchcraft and the absence of appropriate and effective responses.

A Gendered Lens on the Current Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

A Gendered Lens on the Current Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

20 February 2015

FRIDAY FILE - The latest World Health Organization's (WHO) Ebola situation report estimates the death toll in the current Ebola virus epidemic at nearly 9,400 with close to 23,300 people infected[1], AWID spoke to Liberian activists to learn more about the impact of the epidemic on women and girls in the region.

Proposed reparations make violence against trans* people visible in Argentina

Proposed reparations make violence against trans* people visible in Argentina

13 February 2015

FRIDAY FILE:  A bill making provisions to economically compensate victims of gender identity-based institutional violence was submitted past November in Argentina. AWID interviewed trans activist, and one of the bill’s authors, Marlene Wayar[1], on its scope and some of the pending debates in the country on discrimination and criminalization.

Women Still Lag Behind in Media in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Women Still Lag Behind in Media in the Democratic Republic of Congo

06 February 2015

FRIDAY FILE – To commemorate World Radio Day on February 13 AWID spoke with Anna Mayimona Ngemba, Director of Union Congolaise des Femmes des Médias [1] (Congolese Union of Women in Media - UCOFEM) to learn more about how radio, and media in general, is used do advance or hinder women’s human rights in Democratic Republic of Congo. 

#ICommit: What Does It Take To Effectively Organize Across Generations?

#ICommit: What Does It Take To Effectively Organize Across Generations?

30 January 2015

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.

New Resources

Observatory on Violence against Women publishes Lobbying Kit on the Istanbul Convention

25 February 2015

The Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention) is an internationally recognised, visionary treaty with great potential to become an effective tool for ending violence against women and girls. This new Council of Europe Convention is an extremely important step towards equality between women and men, and considering this, we believe the process of monitoring this Convention should be transparent, and take into account the views of NGOs and experts with full understanding and knowledge on violence against women.

NGO CSW Forum: Schedule of Events 'Handbook' 2015

25 February 2015

The NGO CSW Forum 2015— has released their “handbook” schedule of events. 

ACHPR: General Comment 2 on Article 14 of the Maputo Protocol on Family Planning, Contraception and Safe Abortion

18 February 2015

The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol) is the main legal instrument for the protection of the rights of women and girls in Africa. Article 14 of the Maputo Protocol guarantees women’s right to health, including sexual and reproductive health.

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

Update: Egypt - Prominent Woman Human Rights Defender (WHRD) and Lawyer Ms. Mahienour El-Massry's Appeal Hearing is Set to May 11, 2015

25 February 2015

On the 18th of February 2015, El Raml 1st Misdemeanors Appeal Court in Alexandria governorate set the date of the appeal hearing regarding the case No. 6868 for the year 2013 of WHRD and Lawyer Mahienour El-Masry along with other 5 activists from Alexandria to be on May 11, 2015. 

Too Little, Too Late: Ministry of Women Races to Report on Beijing+20

25 February 2015

Just three weeks before governments around the world gather in New York to review progress on the Beijing Platform for Action, South Africa’s Ministry of Women hosted a meeting in Kempton Park on 16 February 2015 for civil society organisations to give input into South Africa’s official report to be presented at the 59th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW). 

Transgender Europe Calls for a Stop to the Nightmare that is Legal Gender Recognition in 34 Countries in Europe

25 February 2015

Today, Transgender Europe (TGEU) calls attention to the fact that 34 countries in Europe still do not allow trans people to change their legal name and gender without having to undergo humiliating and abusive procedures. With the release of a new video on legal gender recognition, TGEU demands action to reform gender recognition laws in Europe.

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