A new effort to protect women from rape and help them deliver babies in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines remains troubled and inadequate, the United Nations and international aid groups said this week.
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India's top court has upheld a law which criminalises gay sex, in a ruling seen as a major blow to gay rights.
This November the Lebanese Women's Right to Nationality and Full Citizenship Campaign, led by the Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) Lebanon/CRTD.A, realized important new achievements in its mobilization efforts, including record-breaking numbers of protestors in its November 25 sit-in.
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There have been many victories, but still the violence continues. The refusal to hold perpetrators to account is a 'global plague' – and this year the campaign will focus on justice
A paradigm shift in funding from human rights toward 'investments' and 'business solutions' is threatening women’s rights organizing and the rights-based approach to development. We need greater understanding of these new trends and engagement with new players. A contribution to the “funding for human rights” discussion.
"We have to gain more ground with human rights advocacy organizations": Interview with Vanessa Coria Castilla of Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights
On September 21 the website of the Health Network of Latin American and Caribbean Women (RSMLAC: Red de Salud de las Mujeres Latinoamericanas y del Caribe) was attacked and taken down. This attack occurred immediately after the launch of several activities tied to #28SAbortoLegal, the September 28th social media campaign to legalise abortion, and the dissemination on September 19th and 20th of a photo album and some posters.
AWID's Friday Files
First Resolution on Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders Adopted at the UN Amid Strong Conservative Opposition to Already Agreed Rights
FRIDAY FILE – On 27 November 2013 the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee adopted the first-ever resolution on women human rights defenders. But, this advance in protecting those who face risks and attacks for who they are and their work to promote women’s human rights came with strong opposition from conservative governments and consistent interference from the Holy See, which resulted in crucial language being compromised.
FRIDAY FILE: In the latest interview forming part of AWID’s commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, AWID speaks to feminist lawyer Alda Facio[i] about some of the advances and challenges to women’s human rights in Latin America, especially related to violence against women in all its forms.
FRIDAY FILE: AWID spoke to Sara Álvarez Medrano, a young Mayan lesbian feminist about her experiences living as a lesbian in her community, the discrimination she has faced and her feminist and spiritual journey.
FRIDAY FILE: The 2013 World Conference of Indigenous Women "Progress and Challenges Regarding the Future we Want" held from October 28-30 2013, in Lima, Peru, was attended by about 300 Indigenous women leaders from Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, the Artic, Russia and the Pacific.
FRIDAY FILE - Threats against the local leaders and women human rights defenders (WHRDs) continue to form part of a strategy of intimidation used by the actors of the armed conflict in Colombia.
In our latest report released on 18 November 2013– The African Report on Child Wellbeing 2013: Towards Greater Accountability to Africa’s Children – we ranked Africa’s most and least child-friendly governments based on a range of factors, indicators and data, including child marriage.
The Swiss government has published a statement on the need for a stand-alone goal on gender equality (with 3 sub-goals: Equal economic opportunities, Freedom from violence against women and girls and equal participation and leadership) in the post-2015 framework, as well as supporting the integration of gender into other goals.
Including Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Youth Sexual and Reproductive Rights & Human Rights
As the Post-2015 Development Agenda process heads into its sixth meeting of the Open Working Group (OWG6) on SDGs, the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) has focused its second brief, in a series on Including Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, on the inter-linkages of sexual and reproductive rights as 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.
Human rights activists across the country are deeply disappointed today, 11 December 2013, with the decision of the Supreme Court in Suresh Kumar Kaushal v. Naz Foundation to overturn the historic Delhi High Court judgement of 2009, which decriminalised homosexuality in India.
On Human Rights Day, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project commemorates the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and yesterday’s 15th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and calls on states to intensify their efforts to fulfill their responsibility to promote and protect all human rights.
Syria: Abducted human rights lawyer Razan Zaitouneh and her three colleagues must be released unharmed
Four Syrian activists abducted in the Damascus suburbs, apparently in relation to their human rights and humanitarian work, must be released immediately and unconditionally, 16 human rights organizations said today.