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Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's New Mandate Has A Gender Agenda

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's New Mandate Has A Gender Agenda

01 August 2014

FRIDAY FILE – In December 2013 Michelle Bachelet won a landslide victory in the first ever presidential race between two women candidates, giving her a second term in the top decision making position in Chile. AWID spoke to feminist Sociologist Teresa Valdés, Coordinator for Chile's Gender and Equity Watch, about women's expectations and challenges to be addressed.

Youth Strategize for the Post 2015 Development Agenda

Youth Strategize for the Post 2015 Development Agenda

25 July 2014

FRIDAY FILE – From 27-29 June, 21 young people from across Central, Eastern and Southeast Asia, the Pacific, Africa, North America, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, with diverse experiences came together in Hong Kong to strategize for the post-2015 development agenda process currently underway at the United Nations.

Feminist Economics: Looking to the New Global Development Agenda

Feminist Economics: Looking to the New Global Development Agenda

18 July 2014

FRIDAY FILE – AWID attended the recent Annual meeting the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE), to find out what feminist economists are thinking and proposing on key economic justice issues, and remaining challenges for gender equality and women’s rights in the Post 2015 Development Agenda negotiations.

Urgent Actions

Russian Federation: Leading Human Rights Organisations Registered As 'Foreign Agents'

24 July 2014

On 21 July 2014, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation registered five prominent Russian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on the 'Foreign Agents' list.

DRC: Abduction of two women human rights defenders, Ms Médiatrice Riziki and Ms Angélique Navura

23 July 2014

On 17 July 2014, two women human rights defenders Ms Médiatrice Riziki and Ms Angelica Navura, who were released after being abducted for four days by an armed group in eastern DRC, were released following intense negotiations with the leader of the group in question.

Call upon the Parliament of Turkey to hold an emergency meeting to address the rampant femicide occurring throughout Turkey

23 July 2014

We hereby call upon international feminist and LGBTI organizations and individuals to support women's movements in Turkey in our demand that the Parliament of Turkey hold an emergency meeting to address the rampant killing of women throughout the country.

Special Focus: Post 2015 Development Agenda

This special focus section on the Post 2015 Development Agenda aims to shed light on the process underway to shape a new development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015. The section includes critical feminist analysis on the process and key resources including news, publications, statements, campaigns and events.

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Resource and Learning Hub: Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice

This new website is a resource and learning hub on the AWID 2012 Forum theme: Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice.

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Member Profiles


Each week we profile a different institutional and individual AWID member. This week we are featuring members: Breakthrough and Patricia Mulongo. If you are an AWID member and would like to be profiled, please write to

Read more Institutional member profiles here

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Women's Rights in the News

Uganda anti-gay law declared 'null and void' by constitutional court

01 August 2014

Judges strike down legislation on a technicality, but activists say homosexuality remains criminal offence under colonial-era laws

Italy: Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim arrives in Rome

24 July 2014

Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian woman who was spared a death sentence for apostasy and then barred from leaving Sudan, met Pope Francis on Thursday after arriving in Rome to jubilant scenes following intense international efforts to free her.

Iraqi ‘sex workers’ slaughtered amid culture of fear and secrecy

21 July 2014

Apartment blocks near a mosque and a kindergarten daubed with cartoon characters seem an unlikely place for the slaughter of 27 alleged sex workers, but in Baghdad death is never far. 

Issues & Analysis

Myths about People with Disabilities and Sexuality should not be used to support Legalization of Prostitution

30 July 2014

Since the Supreme Court of Canada ruling in the Bedford case struck down some of Canada’s prostitution laws on December 20, 2013, various assertions have been made in favour of the complete decriminalization of prostitution.

We cannot give a woman a cow and expect her to change the world

29 July 2014

Gender equality is not straightforward. Let's look beyond targets and tick-boxes, and explore the complexity of women's lives.

Empowering DR Congo’s Sexual Violence Survivors by Enforcing Reparations

29 July 2014

Before a sexual violence survivor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has her day in court, she must surmount many obstacles. Poor or nonexistent roads and costly transportation may prevent her from going to a police station to report the crime, or to a hospital to receive treatment for the injuries sustained during the violence.

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Enough! An End to Violence and Aggression in Palestine

AWID strongly condemns Israel’s attacks on civilians in Gaza and calls for an immediate end to aggression by all sides.

Our Right to Safety: Women Human Rights Defenders' Holistic Approach to Protection

Our Right to Safety: Women Human Rights Defenders' Holistic Approach to Protection

AWID, in collaboration with the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, has developed this publication in an effort to assess the various mechanisms that have been developed to provide protection to WHRDs at risk, including initiatives developed by national governments, and regional and international human rights bodies.

AWID first reactions to CSW58 draft agreed conclusions

The draft agreed conclusions, or ‘zero draft,’ produced by UN Women to open discussions ahead of the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which will be held in New York between 10 and 21 March 2014, was released on 4 February. AWID offers here initial reactions and analysis as negotiations begin. 

Women Moving Mountains

Women Moving Mountains

The Collective Impact of the Dutch MDG3 Fund

By Srilatha Batliwala

New Actors, New Money, New Conversations

New Actors, New Money, New Conversations

A Mapping of Recent Initiatives for Women and Girls

By Julia Miller, Angelika Arutyunova, and Cindy Clark




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