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Women's Rights in the News

Aboriginal women launch their own anti-violence campaign: Goar

22 October 2014

Leaders of the aboriginal women’s movement refuse to give Stephen Harper the last word on their missing and murdered sisters.

Egypt adjourns trials of prominent activists

15 October 2014

Sana Seif and 22 others are accused of breaching the country's anti-protest law, a crime that has imprisoned thousands. An Egyptian court has adjourned the trial of 23 activists accused of breaching a bar on protests unauthorised by the government, a crime that has put thousands in prison.

‘My freedom defends yours’: Propaganda and truth about homophobia in Russia

15 October 2014

The scene evoked the standoff between David and Goliath. Except that in Kirill Kalugin’s case, he was surrounded by around half a dozen towering foes – muscle-bound men dressed in Russian paratrooper regalia, who locked elbows and cornered him as they hurled verbal abuse and shoved him around. They made it clear they didn’t like him or his message. 

Issues & Analysis

Brazil: Indianara Siqueira and The Transrevolution

22 October 2014

Indianara Siqueira is president of the group Transrevolução and representative for the South-East region at RedTrans Brasil, which is part of RedLac Trans for the whole South America. She is a prostitute and parlamentary consultant of MP Jean Wyllys.

Special Rapporteur: Combat Impunity and Enact Laws to Protect Human Rights Defenders

20 October 2014

This article, originally published by International Service for Human Rights on October 14th 2014, discusses the priorities as defined by the new UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Michel Forst in his inaugural report.

Can The Sakharov Prize Save Leyla Yunus?

20 October 2014

On October 21, the European Parliament will announce the 17th annual Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought, a distinction that comes with a 50,000-euro award ($64,000) and entry to a select club of some of the world's most respected human rights defenders.

AWID's Friday Files

Russia’s QueerFest – Staying visible and positive amidst harassment and rights violations

Russia’s QueerFest – Staying visible and positive amidst harassment and rights violations

24 October 2014

FRIDAY FILE - Russia’s QueerFest 2014 was marred by four last-minute venue cancellations, over 40 venue refusals, one bomb threat, frequent visits by aggressive men, and guests being “sprayed with a green, noxious substance”. More than ever before, however, QueerFest demonstrated its necessity and relevance in a country hostile towards LGBTI rights.

The Right To Autonomy Over Our Bodies And Loves: The Resolution On Human Rights, Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Furthers Dialogue

The Right To Autonomy Over Our Bodies And Loves: The Resolution On Human Rights, Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Furthers Dialogue

17 October 2014

FRIDAY FILE - AWID spoke to Dawn Cavanagh* of the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) in South Africa and Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI), about the significance of the resolution on Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity recently adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council.  The resolution follows the first ever UN resolution adopted on SOGI three years ago.  

The Fight Against Exploitation Of Underage Domestic Workers In Madagascar

The Fight Against Exploitation Of Underage Domestic Workers In Madagascar

17 October 2014

FRIDAY FILE: Approximately 17.2 million children around the world perform paid or unpaid domestic work for third parties or for an employer. Among them, 67.1% are girls between the ages of 5 and 17. In commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child, celebrated on October 11, AWID interviewed Noro Ravaozanany, President of the Conseil National des Femmes de Madagascar (National Women's Council of Madagascar) to identify the issues and challenges related to the fight against underage domestic labor in Madagascar.

First World Conference on Indigenous Peoples – An outcome that did not roll back rights

First World Conference on Indigenous Peoples – An outcome that did not roll back rights

10 October 2014

FRIDAY FILES: This week Mirna Cunningham[1] and Maria Oberto[2], spoke to AWID about the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), held in New York on 22-23 September, and some of the implications of its outcome documents on advancing the rights of indigenous peoples.

Conflict, Poverty and Climate Change Remain Challenges to Achieving the MDGs In Ivory Coast, Should be Priorities Post 2015

Conflict, Poverty and Climate Change Remain Challenges to Achieving the MDGs In Ivory Coast, Should be Priorities Post 2015

03 October 2014

FRIDAY FILE – While discussions on the new development agenda to replace the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in just over a year took centre stage at the United Nations 69th session of the General Assembly (UNGA69) last week, AWID takes a look at the reality of women in the Ivory Coast, demonstrating why it is crucial that the new development agenda be based on principles of human rights, equality and sustainability.

New Resources

Sexual Rights Initiative collaborates with national organizations and activists in preparation for UPR20

22 October 2014

The 20th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) will take place at the UN Human Rights Council, in Geneva, from October 27 - November 7 2014. 

Special issue of SUR International Journal on Human Rights

22 October 2014

The Journal celebrates 10 years with 55 articles on the successes and challenges of the human rights movement

A ‘Movement Support’ Organization: The Experience of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)

22 October 2014

This article is from the SUR International Journal on Human Rights, Vol. 11 - Nº 20, June/2014, by Conectas Human Rights. It was co-authored by Rochelle Jones, Sarah Rosenhek and Anna Turley - AWID’s Writer and Editor; Acting Director of Programs, and Director of Information and Communications, respectively.

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

Sudan: Police Beat, Arrest Female Students

22 October 2014

Sudanese authorities should investigate reported abuses, including sexual abuse, of female Darfuri students during a government raid on an all-female dormitory. The authorities should release or charge all those remaining in detention.

Azerbaijan: Hearing Set in Prominent Activist’s Case

22 October 2014

A hearing on whether to extend the pretrial detention of an outspoken Azerbaijani activist is expected during the week of October 20, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. Leyla Yunus, who is in ailing health, has been held since July 30 and her husband, Arif, also ailing, since August 5, both on politically motivated charges.

Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards Go to Border Activists, Lawyer, Latina Organizers

22 October 2014

This article, which was originally posted by The Washington Post on October 14th 2014, talks about the Letelier-Moffitt award ceremony that honored the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders - a nonprofit based in Mexico City.

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