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.
From the perspective of the gender and climate change community, COP19 got off to a fairly good start, with the first ever UNFCCC in-session workshop on gender and climate change held on the Tuesday of the first week (described in greater length later in this issue).
On the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November 2013), the UN Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI) is pleased to release a joint statement with Education International and the Global Education First Initiative. It is a call to action to end violence against women and girls as well as all forms of gender-based violence, especially within and around schools.
WLUML 16 Days Campaign Statement: Exposing and eliminating violence in the home to violence on the streets!
According to a study by the World Health Organisation this year, 35% of women worldwide have experienced a form of violence.
The Women’s Wisdom Initiative offers a healing and empowering creative arts workshop, called Traveling Postcards, to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.
On 1 December 2013, the 50-member Constituent Assembly tasked with amending the suspended 2012 constitution came to an end. A preliminary reading of the Constitution, with an eye to safeguarding women’s rights, shows that, as well as the favorable constitutional provisions on economic and social rights, civil and political rights and public freedoms, Egyptian women for the first time have won the right to full citizenship.
Indigenous women call on the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women to recognise indigenous peoples' collective rights
“To address the specific situations faced by indigenous women, the collective rights of indigenous peoples must be recognized as part of protecting the individual rights of indigenous persons. Interpretation and application of human rights treaties concerned with individual rights, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), should happen with reference to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”
On 2 December 2013, the Appeals Board of the Karaganda Regional Court rejected the appeal filed by Zinaida Mukhortova's lawyers.