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AWID's Friday Files

Building Strategic Alliances For Women Workers’ Rights Post 2015: The Role Of Macroeconomic Policy

Building Strategic Alliances For Women Workers’ Rights Post 2015: The Role Of Macroeconomic Policy

18 April 2014

FRIDAY FILE – In this week’s Friday File Savi Bisnath, PhD Associate Director at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), discusses the importance of macroeconomic policy and building strategic alliances for women workers to advance their rights post 2015. As presented at an event[i] at the recent Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58).

Constitutional Reform and Women’s Rights in Nicaragua

Constitutional Reform and Women’s Rights in Nicaragua

11 April 2014

FRIDAY FILE: A Constitutional reform was passed in Nicaragua on January 27, 2014 and entered into force on February 10th, which will allow consecutive presidential re-election as well military personnel to hold government posts. AWID spoke to Azahalea Solís, from Movimiento Autónomo de Mujeres de Nicaragua (MAM- Autonomous Women’s Movement) about the reform, women´s rights and the recent repression during the International Women’s Day (March 8th) demonstration.

CSW58 – Too Much Time Spent Pushing Back

CSW58 – Too Much Time Spent Pushing Back

04 April 2014

FRIDAY FILE – This year’s negotiations at the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) saw women’s rights advocates, organisations and movements working extremely hard to retain existing human rights language, obligations and commitments, and attempting to push forward language that contained clear commitments for gender equality and women’s human rights; but present also, were strong fundamentalist forces pushing back on any, and all, advancement of rights language.

Urgent Actions

Egypt: Three women, Abrar Al-Anany, Menatalla Moustafa, Yousra El Khateeb, jailed on trumped-up charges

23 April 2014

The Egyptian authorities have detained three female students on trumped-up charges. The women are prisoners of conscience, held solely for the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

Malaysia: Dismissal of the motion filed by Ms. Lena Hendry to strike out the charges against her

23 April 2014

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Malaysia. 

Mexico: Attack and harassment of WHRD Ms Carmen Ruiz Martínez

16 April 2014

On 10 April 2014, human rights defender Ms Carmen Ruiz Martínez was followed by two unknown women while going to the market in the town of Juchitán. The women grabbed her as to force her to go with them, but she managed to escape. 

Special Focus: CSW 58

CSW58 took place in New York from 10 - 21 March, 2014. Check out our Special Focus Section for official and CSO statements, news, analysis and resources from the meeting.

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.

Visit the special focus section...

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.

Visit the new website...

Member Profiles


Each week we profile a different institutional and individual AWID member. This week we are featuring members: Somali Women Vision (SWV) and Violeta Momcilovic! 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

Egypt: Keeping Women Out – Sexual violence in the public sphere

22 April 2014

New report published on 16 April 2014 by FIDH, Nazra for Feminist Studies, New Women Foundation and the Uprising of Women in the Arab World.

India: Supreme Court recognizes transgenders as 'third gender'

16 April 2014

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on Tuesday created the "third gender" status for hijras or transgenders. Earlier, they were forced to write male or female against their gender.

Update: Russian Federation – Court rejects appeal on 'Foreign Agents Law' by Anti-Discrimination Centre 'Memorial'

14 April 2014

On 8 April 2014, St Petersburg City Court upheld the decision of a lower Court obliging Anti-Discrimination Centre Memorial (ADC 'Memorial') to register as a 'foreign agent'. 

Issues & Analysis

LGBTI Rights Violations in Uganda (March 2014)

23 April 2014

Interview with FIDH Deputy Secretary General, Alice Mogwe. After the adoption into law of a bill criminalizing homosexuality in Uganda, national and international civil society organizations are highly concerned with the safety of certain vulnerable communities. Other African countries may also take suit.

El Salvador: meet the women who dare to challenge the anti-abortion state

17 April 2014

El Salvador's strict abortion laws mean a woman can be charged with homicide for suffering a miscarriage. But a high-profile case that drew global condemnation may prove a catalyst for change

Interview with Colombian WHRD Aida Quilcué

16 April 2014

All through the Americas, from Canada down to Argentina, women human rights defenders fight for the rights and lands of Indigenous peoples.

What's new at AWID?

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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