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The Right To Autonomy Over Our Bodies And Loves: The Resolution On Human Rights, Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Furthers Dialogue

The Right To Autonomy Over Our Bodies And Loves: The Resolution On Human Rights, Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Furthers Dialogue

17 October 2014

FRIDAY FILE - AWID spoke to Dawn Cavanagh* of the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) in South Africa and Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI), about the significance of the resolution on Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity recently adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council.  The resolution follows the first ever UN resolution adopted on SOGI three years ago.  

The Fight Against Exploitation Of Underage Domestic Workers In Madagascar

The Fight Against Exploitation Of Underage Domestic Workers In Madagascar

17 October 2014

FRIDAY FILE: Approximately 17.2 million children around the world perform paid or unpaid domestic work for third parties or for an employer. Among them, 67.1% are girls between the ages of 5 and 17. In commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child, celebrated on October 11, AWID interviewed Noro Ravaozanany, President of the Conseil National des Femmes de Madagascar (National Women's Council of Madagascar) to identify the issues and challenges related to the fight against underage domestic labor in Madagascar.

First World Conference on Indigenous Peoples – An outcome that did not roll back rights

First World Conference on Indigenous Peoples – An outcome that did not roll back rights

10 October 2014

FRIDAY FILES: This week Mirna Cunningham[1] and Maria Oberto[2], spoke to AWID about the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), held in New York on 22-23 September, and some of the implications of its outcome documents on advancing the rights of indigenous peoples.

Urgent Actions

Iran: Judicial Harassment against Human Rights Lawyer Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh

20 October 2014

The Observatory has been informed by the League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI) of the judicial harassment faced by Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh, human rights lawyer known for defending juveniles facing death penalty, prisoners of conscience, human rights activists and child victims of abuse. 

Mexico: Upcoming Trial of Human Rights Defender Ms Lucila Bettina Cruz Velázquez

20 October 2014

The Sixth Judge of the District Court in the State of Oaxaca is expected to hand down the verdict in the case of human rights defender Ms Lucila Bettina Cruz Velázquez in the coming days. 

Colombia: Renewed threats against human rights defenders and members of MOVICE

15 October 2014

On 6 October 2014 the Movimiento de Victimas de Crimenes de Estado – MOVICE (Movement of Victims of State Crimes) denounced a series of death threats made against members of the organisation. 

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.

Visit the new website...

Member Profiles

Nazrawit Negash

Each week we profile a different institutional and individual AWID member. This week we are featuring members: Dharti Development Foundation (DDF) and Nazrawit Negash! If you are an AWID member and would like to be profiled, please write to membership@awid.org

Read more Institutional member profiles here

Read more Individual member profiles here

Women's Rights in the News

Egypt adjourns trials of prominent activists

15 October 2014

Sana Seif and 22 others are accused of breaching the country's anti-protest law, a crime that has imprisoned thousands. An Egyptian court has adjourned the trial of 23 activists accused of breaching a bar on protests unauthorised by the government, a crime that has put thousands in prison.

‘My freedom defends yours’: Propaganda and truth about homophobia in Russia

15 October 2014

The scene evoked the standoff between David and Goliath. Except that in Kirill Kalugin’s case, he was surrounded by around half a dozen towering foes – muscle-bound men dressed in Russian paratrooper regalia, who locked elbows and cornered him as they hurled verbal abuse and shoved him around. They made it clear they didn’t like him or his message. 

Women Empowerment Holds the key to Transforming Africa’s Agriculture

15 October 2014

Women groups under the aegis of the African Working Group on Gender and Climate Change (AWGGCC) at the ongoing African Climate Change conference in Marrakech, Morocco have identified increase in women’s access to productive resources such as land, credit, transfer and enhancement of indigenous technology as instrumental to transforming Africa’s agriculture.

Issues & Analysis

Brazil: Indianara Siqueira and The Transrevolution

22 October 2014

Indianara Siqueira is president of the group Transrevolução and representative for the South-East region at RedTrans Brasil, which is part of RedLac Trans for the whole South America. She is a prostitute and parlamentary consultant of MP Jean Wyllys.

Special Rapporteur: Combat Impunity and Enact Laws to Protect Human Rights Defenders

20 October 2014

This article, originally published by International Service for Human Rights on October 14th 2014, discusses the priorities as defined by the new UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Michel Forst in his inaugural report.

Can The Sakharov Prize Save Leyla Yunus?

20 October 2014

On October 21, the European Parliament will announce the 17th annual Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought, a distinction that comes with a 50,000-euro award ($64,000) and entry to a select club of some of the world's most respected human rights defenders.

What's new at AWID?

Where is the Money for Indigenous Women's Rights Organizing? Preliminary Research Results

The following presentation was given at the Resource Mobilization Hub For Indigenous Women’s Rights, an event organized by International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP), the International Indigenous Women's Forum and AWID during IFIP’s World Summit on Indigenous Philanthropy on Friday September 26, 2014. 

Understanding Religious Fundamentalisms for Activists

Understanding Religious Fundamentalisms for Activists

AWID is excited to introduce a new manual for rights activists facing religious fundamentalist opposition to their work. This user-friendly resource manual brings together the innovative research and analysis produced by AWID's Challenging Religious Fundamentalisms (CF) program over the past six years, drawing on the experiences of hundreds of women's rights activists in diverse regions of the world.

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.

Religion, Culture and Tradition: Strengthening Efforts to Eradicate Violence against Women

Religion, Culture and Tradition: Strengthening Efforts to Eradicate Violence against Women

This resource was created (in collaboration and consultation with the credited individuals and organizations) to support the work of rights advocates working in international and regional spaces who are confronting opposition to their efforts using arguments based on religion, culture and tradition.

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