The founding of a global federation of domestic workers is a sign of the growing strength of the movement, and a key moment to assess progress for workers long excluded from basic labor protections, said the International Domestic Workers Network (IDWN), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and Human Rights Watch. There are an estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide – the majority of whom are women and girls, and many of whom are migrants.
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Women refugees from Syria are being sexually harassed by employers, landlords, and even faith-based aid distributors in Lebanon, Human Rights Watch said. Human Rights Watch interviewed a dozen women who described being groped, harassed, and pressured to have sex.
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In light of increasing climate change, the concept of Low Carbon Development (LCD) has entered the development lexicon and policy maker jargon.
This Friday, to mark the eighth anniversary of the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, we will celebrate women around the world standing on the frontlines.
There’s hardly a moment when Honduran human rights defender Bertha Cáceres is not worrying about what may happen to her for defending the rights of her community, the Lenca Indigenous People. The risk is so high that she's been forced into hiding.
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First Resolution on Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders Adopted at the UN Amid Strong Conservative Opposition to Already Agreed Rights
FRIDAY FILE – On 27 November 2013 the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee adopted the first-ever resolution on women human rights defenders. But, this advance in protecting those who face risks and attacks for who they are and their work to promote women’s human rights came with strong opposition from conservative governments and consistent interference from the Holy See, which resulted in crucial language being compromised.
FRIDAY FILE: In the latest interview forming part of AWID’s commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, AWID speaks to feminist lawyer Alda Facio[i] about some of the advances and challenges to women’s human rights in Latin America, especially related to violence against women in all its forms.
FRIDAY FILE: AWID spoke to Sara Álvarez Medrano, a young Mayan lesbian feminist about her experiences living as a lesbian in her community, the discrimination she has faced and her feminist and spiritual journey.
FRIDAY FILE: The 2013 World Conference of Indigenous Women "Progress and Challenges Regarding the Future we Want" held from October 28-30 2013, in Lima, Peru, was attended by about 300 Indigenous women leaders from Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, the Artic, Russia and the Pacific.
FRIDAY FILE - Threats against the local leaders and women human rights defenders (WHRDs) continue to form part of a strategy of intimidation used by the actors of the armed conflict in Colombia.
November 25 was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. To mark this occasion, we have compiled a selection of free* articles from across different subject areas such as Gender, Development and Ethnicity on the issue of women and their exposure to violence.
The Struggle of Doña Crisanta against a mining corporation in Guatemala
Scoping Study of Good Practices for Strengthening Women's Inclusion in Forest and Other Natural Resource Management Sectors
Joint Regional Initiative for Women’s Inclusion in the UN's Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).
AWID is pleased to launch a special focus section on CSW 57. Follow the proceedings and keep up to date on events, news, analysis, and official and CSO statements in preparation for and coming out of the two-week meeting.
AWID is alarmed by the escalating violence in the North Kivu province of the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and is dismayed by the lack of international response to protect civilians and women human rights defenders. We stand in solidarity with our sisters in DRC and our partners who are working closely to ensure that WHRDs in the area are out of harm's way.
On June 22, 2012, the Paraguayan Senate found President Fernando Lugo guilty of impeachment charges in a 39 to 4 vote, resulting in his removal from office.
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 20-22 June 2012 marking the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).
Two years after a 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti’s capital of Port-Au-Prince, on Tuesday, 12 January 2010 the nation is still trying to rebuild their country and their lives.
Today marks eight years since November 29thwas declared the International Day of Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) during the first International Consultation of WHRDs in 2005 and in a few days we will also mark the 15 year anniversary since the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders (Resolution 53/144 of the General Assembly of the United Nations).
As part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence in Mongolia, the NGO National Center Against Violence are holding a photography exhibition including the stories and photos of four survivors of domestic violence (who are now safe) across Ulaanbaatar in various locations over the period of the campaign.
We are pleased to announce the REF Activism Tool Kit towards fighting Gender Violence. As part of our contribution to the 16 days of Activism against Violence against Women, the Red Elephant Foundation has created an e-Resource called Activism 101. It comprises fact-sheets that offer complete information that would be ideal for anyone interested in being an activist for the cause.