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FIDH celebrates the 35th anniversary of the CEDAW Convention

To mark the 35th anniversary of the adoption of the international Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), on 18 December 2014, FIDH launches a series of original and creative tools designed by students at the Paris School of Decorative Art. Today, this universal instrument, which has already contributed to enormous gains for women’s rights across the world, remains as relevant as ever.


Update: Vietnam – Court upholds imprisonment of Ms Bui Thi Minh Hang and two other protesters

On 12 December 2014, the Dong Thap Appellate Court in Vietnam upheld the previous sentence handed down to human rights defender Ms Bui Thi Minh Hang and two other protesters Mr Nguyen Van Minh and Ms Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh, who were imprisoned on charges of “causing public disorder” under Article 245 of the Vietnamese Criminal Code.


A Statement calling for the Protection of Palestinian Women from all Forms of Violence

Today marks the last day of the Global Campaign “16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence”. It is also marks the globally celebrated Human Rights Day. The Israeli occupation however continues to practice constant violations of Human Rights, as are codified in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Human Rights Instruments, and International Humanitarian Laws, through its killings, assassinations, arrest, land confiscations, Judaization policies in Jerusalem which threaten the rights of Palestinian Muslims and Christians, and the ongoing siege on the Gaza Strip.


Statement by the Women Dynamics of the World Social Forum

Sixty six years passed on the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but nevertheless the world is still witnessing continuous violations of human rights, especially women's rights. As all forms of discrimination continue in the most egregious ways and ugliest manifestations where women are vulnerable to methods of violence and exploitation as an unjust result of patriarchal culture, economic and social options -ferocious neoliberalism and globalization. 


IM-Defensoras Statement: For Organizations and Social Movements Free of Violence against Women Human Rights Defenders

In this statement, 130 organizations from around the world pledge to unite their voices and join efforts to eradicate all forms of discrimination and violence against women within their organizations and movements.


Intensifying the European Union's Support to Human Rights Defenders: Civil Society Proposals for the New EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy

This statement, originally published by the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) on December 16th, 2014, discusses how the action points of the European Union (EU) Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy which was implemented in 2012, should be rolled over to the future Action Plan to ensure continuity in commitment and actions undertaken by the EU and member states as support to HRDs is intensified.  


Why tackle the links between illicit capital flows, tax policies and gender justice?

Statement prepared by feminists and allies at the Financial Transparency Coalition and Latindadd Conference “Hidden Money, Hidden Resources: Financing Development with Transparency” Lima, 14 – 15 October 2014.


Jalal Foundation: Statement for the 65thYear of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The adoption of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) 66 years ago continues to be one of the most rewarding steps taken by world leaders to foster development, equality and peace among human beings across the globe. 


Egypt: Feminist Groups and Organizations Collaborate together in order to Present their Vision for a National Strategy to Combat Violence against Women and Adopt a Holistic and Broad Perspective to Eradicate these Crimes from their Roots

A few state institutions have taken preliminary procedures to combat violence against women in Egypt, which include announcing, a few weeks ago, the formation of a committee that is coordinated by the National Council for Women with several ministries and a small number of civil society organizations and initiatives, for the design of a national strategy to combat violence against women, which several feminist organizations and groups and a few human rights organizations have called for it since last year.



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