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Women's voices on the Gaza war

On 8 July 2014, Israeli commenced bombarding Gaza from land, sea and air. Four women describe living under these circumstances.


Turkey struggles with femicide as domestic violence mounts

On a single day -- July 2 -- three women were murdered by their husband in Turkey. The following day, a young woman was killed by her 16-year-old brother. Since then, there have been several murders of women by their husband or a close male relative. The Turkish government continuously fails to tackle the issue, and instead tries to defend itself from any responsibility or blame. This week, Sunday's Zaman spoke with several representatives from women's organizations in İstanbul and discussed the many facets of the nationwide femicide (killing of women).


Little help for CAR rape survivors

The presence of armed groups and continued fighting causing displacement across the Central African Republic (CAR) has led to an escalation of insecurity leaving women and girls vulnerable to forced marriage and extreme violence, including rape.


11 Years of the Maputo Protocol: Women’s Progress and Challenges

Eleven years ago, African states made formidable progress by jointly adopting the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa, also known as the Maputo Protocol - regarded as one of the most progressive women’s and human rights instruments in the world. 


Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR): The African Agenda

“When we allow sexual and reproductive health to include rights, as Africans we are accepting to be influenced by western culture that of accepting persons with different sexual orientations which is not in line with our African culture”. African Leader. 

These were the sentiments of an African leader negotiating on behalf of Africans at the global level at the Commission on Status of Women 58th Session in March 2014. It has been four months ever since the Agreed Conclusions were adopted and these sentiments are stuck in my head and I wonder when was SRHR narrowed down to promotion of persons with different sexual orientation (LGBTI). 


The Effects of Israeli Occupation, Ilegal Settlements and the Separation Wall on Palestinian Women's Livelihoods

The Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development (PWWSD) held its fourth Exhibition, entitled “Palestinian Handmade Products by Women” on June 15th and 16th, 2014, along with the Women’s Local Shadow Councils established by  the organization, in the Protestant Hall in Ramallah. The products displayed for sale included hand-made chocolates, cross-stitched dresses, jewelry, and olives. 


Rojava: YJA Calls For A Common Front For Women

Leyla Agirî, a member of the coordinatıng body of Yekitiya Jinen Azad (YJA) – Union Of Free Women – has given an interview to Özgür Gündem in which she speaks about the YJA’s role as a common front for all women and the direction of the women’s revolution in the region more generally.


‘We are the unstoppable momentum’

Like many women’s rights organisations, Womankind Worldwide attended the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict last month. We were lucky that twelve of our partners from Africa, Asia and Latin America could join us and share their expertise and experience of working to end violence against women and girls.


Tracing the Birth of and Advocacy for the Ratification and Implementation of the AU Protocol on Women’s Rights

11 years ago, on the 11th of July 2003, The African Union (AU) Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa was adopted. It is also known as the ‘Maputo Protocol’ alluding to the city where it was adopted, or the African Women’s Protocol (hereafter referred to as the Protocol).


Reducing child deaths: the millennium development goal that is slipping away

UN urges final push on global targets that have shown little improvement, notably those related to women and children.



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