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World March of Women condemns Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, Palestine

The World March of Women condemns the extreme violence used by Israel in the Gaza Strip and demands the immediate cessation of all hostility in this and other Palestinian territories.

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Statement by ARROW on the Resolution by the Human Rights Council, 26th session on its narrow formulation on the ‘Protection of the family’

Statement by the Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW), a non-governmental organisation in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council on the Resolution by the Human Rights Council, 26th session on its narrow formulation on the ‘Protection of the family’.

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IFUW calls for the compilation and public dissemination of gender & age-specific disaggregated data to monitor MDGs progress and as part of Post-2015 Development Goals

The International Federation of University Women (IFUW) calls on all governments, regional agencies and other relevant bodies to incorporate a gender-specific perspective in gathering, analysing and publishing indicators of development, so that gender disparities and biases can be properly identified and addressed. The compilation and publication of data, which specifically examines the participation of girls and women in society, is needed immediately so as to track the progress being made in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Jewish activists light children’s dolls on fire at Yad Vashem to protest Gaza attack

Saturday, 12th July, a group called Jews Against Genocide (JAG) held a memorial service for Palestinian children killed by Israel in its current attack on Gaza. JAG set aflame to a pile of dolls covered in red paint at Yad Vashem, Israel’s holocaust memorial museum. Jews Against Genocide (JAG) is a movement of Jews from all over the world, including Israelis, who are protesting against Israel’s intent to commit genocide against the non-Jewish indigenous people of Palestine.

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Wrap Up of the Sexual Rights Initiative at the UN Human Rights Council 26

The 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council took place from 10 – 27 June 2014. Below are some highlights of sexual rights-related to Resolutions, discussions, UPR outcomes and parallel events that the SRI engaged with during this session.

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Pillay alarmed at mounting civilian toll in Gaza, appeals to all sides to abide by international law

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday expressed alarm at the Israeli military operations resulting in the killing of Palestinian civilians in Gaza, as well as the indiscriminate firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel. She appealed to all sides to abide by their obligations under international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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Restriction on Religious Freedom of Muslim Women Legitimate, says Strasbourg Court

On 1 July, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) issued its judgment in S.A.S. v France, in which it considered a French law in force since 2011 which bans the concealment of one’s face in public. The applicant, a Muslim woman who sometimes wears a niqab or burqa in public, complained that the law violated her rights to respect for her private life, freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination, amongst others, under the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR).

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#WeAreAfrica: U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit should include African civil society

President Obama will host the first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit next month in Washington, DC (August 4–6). Despite the president's rhetorical commitments to the important role of civil society, these critical voices will likely be sidelined and not included in the official proceedings. 

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PWWSD Advocacy Statement 10 Years Since the ICJ Decision on the Separation Wall

July  9th,  2014, marked 10 years since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision indicating that the Israeli Separation Wall is illegal by international law. The Palestinian Working Women's Society for Development (PWWSD) invites human rights organizations, individual activists, and all those who seek justice to speak out against this ongoing crime. We call for an end to Israeli war crimes, and a demand for equality, human dignity, and fulfilled human rights for all Palestinians.

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A Plea To The New High Commissioner For Human Rights: Defend Women's Rights

The new High Commissioner has the opportunity to grasp the torch lit by his predecessors and fully embrace and defend an uncompromising stance for women’s equality - and his legacy will be judged on his commitment to doing so.

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