In light of increasing climate change, the concept of Low Carbon Development (LCD) has entered the development lexicon and policy maker jargon.
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This Friday, to mark the eighth anniversary of the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, we will celebrate women around the world standing on the frontlines.
There’s hardly a moment when Honduran human rights defender Bertha Cáceres is not worrying about what may happen to her for defending the rights of her community, the Lenca Indigenous People. The risk is so high that she's been forced into hiding.
This post is part of WITNESS' series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, a global solidarity campaign that runs every year from November 25 – December 10. During this year’s campaign, we will launch a video series to accompany our Guide to Interviewing Survivors of Sexual and Gender-based Violence.
Twenty five years after Gita Sen and Caren Grown made an appeal for development practitioners to use the diversity of feminisms as a starting point to work towards achieving more just societies, Anastasia Chung asks why this appeal is overlooked in gender and development paradigms today
The Activist Mothers of Xalapa have united their individual power as mothers to create a collective political motherhood that has resisted many patriarchal institutions in the past, and could well be the driving force of a new society based on nurturing life instead of selling it, says Alda Facio.
The bill allows women to be stripped of family property, including their home, upon the divorce or death of their husband.
The Honduran general elections on Nov. 24 could determine whether the impoverished Central American nation will be able to stem its epidemic of violence or see it spin dangerously out of control. The lives of thousands of Hondurans depend on the nation’s ability to begin to restore fair elections and democratic institutions.
As Philippines grasps the devastating scale of the destruction unleashed by Super Typhoon Haiyan, the global community must prioritize those who are being disproportionately impacted by this natural disaster—women and girls.
The shocking sexism displayed in a video of Stirling University men's hockey team is a stark example of the misogyny women students are experiencing in the name of 'banter'
“I got married when I was 14 and I already had four children at 20,” recalls Nafia Brahim. In her fifties now, she is working hard so that no other woman loses control of her life.
More than a decade after United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) was adopted, the absence of women from formal peace negotiations has revealed a gap between the aspirations of global and regional commitments and the reality of peace processes.
Amidst a rise in sexual violence in the world’s war zones, the United Nations has begun appointing women to head some of the key political and peacekeeping missions in conflict areas – and also created Gender Advisers as a second line of defence.
The Philippines - Powerful Typhoon - Women Victims - Painful Losses - Shattered Homes, Lives, Dreams
On the news, round the clock, we see the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in The Philippines.
In the last two years, thousands of garment factory workers have fainted en masse in Cambodian garment factories.
Thai women were among the first women in Asia granted voting rights, in 1932. However, when it comes to religion, women in Thailand continue to struggle for equality and social acceptance.
I have recently returned from St. Petersburg, where nationalist thugs assaulted gay pride demonstrators in June of this year after Putin passed a law forbidding “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors.” The documentary “Children 404” describes these developments. Since the passage of Putin’s punitive bill, anti-LGBT violence and harassment is on the rise.
What is the link between a bucket of water and education? In many communities around the world, it’s up to women and girls to provide water for their homes but when a girl has to walk for miles to fetch water, she doesn’t have time to go to school or study.
Growing up with an abusive father, Ouyporn Khuankaew learned a distorted version of the Buddhist teaching on karma: her mother had done something in a past life to deserve the violence. Now, as a radical feminist lesbian, she teaches activists that Buddhism can be a way to fight oppression
This month marks the anniversary of a terrible event: the October 2012 attempt on Dr. Denis Mukwege's life at his home in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). I had just met Dr. Mukwege the previous month following an unforgettable speech at the United Nations, in which he drew attention to the sexual violence crisis in his home country of the DRC and elsewhere.
Join me for a sneak peek into the push and pull behind the Bank’s recent history on reproductive health.
Middle Eastern dictators love to use their "enlightened" treatment of women to justify their rule. They shouldn't get away with it.
ECLAC Calls on Latin American and Caribbean Countries to Make Progress in Protecting the Rights of Indigenous Women
Document highlights the deep inequalities affecting over 23 million indigenous women.
As a result of decades of civil war, many adults and children in South Sudan did not go to school. Government statistics for 2011 show that only 39 percent of primary school students and 30 percent of secondary students are female.
If women, peace and security is part of your working life or institution’s accountability then the numbers 1325, 1820, 1888, 1889, 1960, 2106 and 2117 are really important and meaningful to you. But let’s be honest – most people have no idea what’s behind these numbers and why they matter at all.
Told and retold so many times over the years, our story has become very simple: mainstream white feminism never made space for the perspectives, agendas, and leadership of Black, Latina, Asian, Indigenous, working class, and poor feminists.
The fact that all the court’s cases are focused on Africa does not mean they are without basis. The AU must stand firm with the victims.
In recent years, as women human rights defenders (WHRDs) from the Mesoamerican region we have faced a barrage of attacks for defending equality, justice, our territories, our lives and the dignity of our communities.
Johannesburg, 6 September: A male minister in Sri Lanka offers to marry the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe tells South African envoy Lindiwe Zulu that he loves her, after calling her a street woman. The chief whip of the African National Congress tells the parliamentary opposition leader that she can't walk into the House wearing a short skirt. The list goes on. Despite the growing number of women in decision-making, it's still a man's world.
The prime minister's statements against abortion and in favor of large families have something like the power of unwritten law. That's why some women have joined the anti-government protests and others follow his pronouncements with worry.
Manning has initiated a rare moment of opportunity that makes mainstream silence a bit more difficult.
First Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Conference on Population and Development: Analysis by RESURJ, DAWN, YCSRR and IWHC
From August 12-15, 2013, governments of Latin America and the Caribbean came together in Montevideo, Uruguay, to hold the first Regional Conference on Population and Development. The text adopted on the last day of the conference is the most progressive text in the region yet says this analysis by RESURJ, DAWN, YCSRR and IWHC.
Throughout the media coverage in recent months of the tumultuous events in Egypt, little attention has been paid to Egyptian women, who may have the most to gain or to lose in any new political order that emerges in the country. Social media and dedicated Web sites are filling the gap for many women eager for news, in Egypt and across the Muslim world.
In times of conflict, people facing violence and displacement urgently need essentials like shelter, water and food. However, when dealing with the challenge of providing for people’s most basic needs, too often aid agencies overlook the unique ways in which women are affected. Facing this gap, midwives play crucial roles caring for women in war and conflict zones.
Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN) -- Inside a brightly painted Mogadishu clinic, Salim (not her real name) sits alongside her seven-year-old son, waiting for a check up. Opposite them, a health professional listens to their nightmarish ordeal.
Thirty-four years ago, Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev wrapped Erich Honecker in a firm embrace and planted a wet kiss squarely on the East German president's lips (as captured in the iconic photograph).
Women have suffered most as a result of conflict in DRC and the Great Lakes region – their voices must be heard
Women head just 12% of the largest NGOs in the US and 27% in the UK. So how do the women at the top feel about it?
Egypt's revolutionary moment must not be rewritten by critics who are invested in their own power, writes author, Zilla Eisenstein
Info ladies crisscross the countryside offering the chance to see a loved one, get a blood sugar check or even legal advice.
The global financial crisis led to greater job loss and poverty among women than men while rising food prices and responsibility for social reproduction take excessive tolls on the livelihoods of women.
There have been reports that in war-torn Syria, rape has become an epidemic as both sides seek to de-stabilize, frighten, and ruin the other. But unearthing the stories of these widespread atrocities is difficult, and often impossible. Women in Syria face dire political, personal, and familiar consequences if they admit to being victims—no matter how awful the tale. Janine Di Giovanni traveled into the country and through the surrounding refugee camps to trace the few stories that rape survivors dared to speak aloud.
A comprehensive new assessment of the ancient practice of female genital cutting has found a gradual but significant decline in many countries, even in some where it remains deeply entrenched.
Although the caste system was made illegal in 1962 in Nepal, it is still very much active throughout the country. The caste system is firmly embedded into Nepali culture in a complex structure that is difficult to untangle.
Kavinya Makau is Programme Officer at Equality Now’s Nairobi Office and Coordinator of the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) Campaign. To mark the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Maputo Protocol, Kavinya spoke to Girls Not Brides about how African civil society can make the most out of this ground-breaking Protocol and its implications for efforts to address child marriage.
Scores of women have been subjected to sexual violence during the political turmoil in Cairo and it's time for them to fight.
Before March, 2103 — when the Argentinean Cardinal Bergoglio was elected Pope — we began discussing the content of the SPW Newsletter No 13 and raised the possibility of focusing on the papal visit scheduled for the World Youth Day in July in Rio de Janeiro. This choice was not accidental as, in 2007, when Ratzinger made his first visit to the country, SPW in partnership with Latin American Center on Sexuality and Human Rights (CLAM) published a thorough analyses of the Brazilian sexual and reproductive rights landscape and of the potential negative impact on its future unfolding (read the working paper The Pope’s visit to Brazil: context and effects).
I am white and female, like the almost-white jury that acquitted Zimmerman of murdering Trayvon Martin. But I am also an anti-racist feminist. My head spins.
It remains a fact that gender parity is a challenge for women across the globe. Yet the African continent boasts an exemplary legal instrument that guarantees comprehensive rights to women -The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women, which will be marking it 10 year anniversary on July 11, 2013.
Nevin Öztop from Kaos GL, Turkey sat down for an interview with Egyptian feminist Kholoud Bidak, an activist working for the Nazra for Feminist Studies in Cairo, Egypt.
“In March 2011, it was the army that did the virginity tests to 18 women who were caught from Tahrir.” says Kholoud Bidak, an Egyptian feminst activist who works for the Nazra for Feminist Studies in Cairo.
The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women must pay special attention to the vulnerable situation of indigenous women in the DRC
Fifteen organisations working with indigenous women, including Forest Peoples Programme, have joined forces to emphasise the injustice and multiple forms of discrimination suffered by indigenous women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (the Committee).
Members of the European parliament’s development committee voted Tuesday on a text — or opinion — on the issue of sexual and reproductive health and rights in the context of the EU’s development cooperation framework.
ROME, Jul 7 2013 (IPS) - The scandal around the under-age prostitute that former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi allegedly had sex with is not about just that one girl: an estimated 10,000 under-age girls become victims of sexual exploitation every year in Italy.
It’s a battle, being a woman in an Arab country, but perhaps the dire conditions makes us fighters.
Contrary to the rather random speculation that recently ousted Australian PM Julia Gillard might be an addition to the candidates for the top post at UN Women, the list of nominees is in fact moving quickly in the other direction. Two candidates appear to have emerged from a field of at least five confirmed nominees.
A new online campaign has been launched to demand U.S. Congress action on women's rights as it tackles immigration reform.
In the past two years much has been said about how Egypt’s popular uprising has affected women. All too often Egyptian women have been portrayed in absolute terms, as victims of a revolution that is in itself still a fluid work in progress. But as the one-year anniversary of Mohamed Morsi’s ascent to the presidency approaches, it’s clear that the struggle for equality will require new ideas.
After several months of public speculation at the United Nations, two candidates are now in tight contention for the executive director post of UN Women, the main agency tasked with promoting the treatment and rights of women worldwide since it began operating in January 2011.
This is such a simple concept that I can’t believe we still have to say it, but we do: The legal right to an abortion means nothing to the person who can’t get to a clinic, the person who can’t speak the language spoken in a clinic, the person who doesn’t have enough money to pay for an abortion, and the person who doesn’t have the required documentation.
Last week, for the first time ever, an international body asked questions about the Vatican’s handling of widespread and systemic rape and sexual violence.