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Feminist Activist, Women’s Rights and Human Rights Activist, Peace Builder

Is it really a whole year since we lost Sunila Abeysekera? She remains such a strong presence in the global feminist movements, a shining light and inspiration for all of us. Feminist activist, women’s rights and human rights activist, peace builder since the early 1970s, she is remembered and celebrated by countless people whose lives she touched.


A Feminist Brief: Post 2015 Development Agenda

As member states meet in New York at the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly, the Post-2015 Women's Coalition released this brief analysis to reiterate the need to ensure the realization of women’s rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment in any development agenda post-2015.


Understanding ISIS: A Women's Rights Perspective

Today, President Obama will announce his plan for military action in Iraq and Syria. His strategy to defeat the ISIS militants who invaded Iraq in June will likely include a call for more airstrikes. After the brutal beheadings of two US journalists by ISIS militants, US support for military intervention is growing. 


Young People 'Want In' on Post-2015 U.N. Goals

Fourteen years ago when the United Nations met to create a plan to eliminate poverty worldwide, it left out key voices in the discussion: young women. We want to change that in helping to set the Post-2015 Development Agenda.


Dubbed Terrorists, Mayans Fight Back Against Guatemalan Mining Projects

In the town of San Miguel Ixtahuacán, Guatemala, such as Doña Crisanta and other WHRDs, continue to peacefully protest against the presence of the Marlin gold mine, despite their continued persecution, criminalization, and intimidation by the State.


Women – the Pillar of the Social Struggle in Chile’s Patagonia Region

In few places in Chile are women the pillars of community, grassroots rural and environmental movements as they are in the southern wilderness region of Patagonia. It is a social role that history forced them to assume in this remote part of the country.


Why have women been excluded from peace-building in Sudan?

Sudanese women contribute greatly to their communities during war, but they have been left out of the formal peace process


Pope Francis has done little to improve women’s lives

Women do not seem to have a place in the pope’s vision of a Catholic church that cares for the world’s poor people


The Killing of Margarita Murillo in Honduras

Margarita Murillo was shot and killed early Tuesday morning in the village of El Planón, located within the municipality of Villanueva in northern Honduras. 


Ethiopia’s game-changing abortion law

After decades battling high maternal death rates - at least a third of which were due to botched abortions - Ethiopia took a stand: it prioritized newborn and maternal health, and in 2005 it relaxed its abortion law in an effort to save women’s lives. 



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