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Women's rights around the globe: behind the data

What issues are covered, data sources, key areas such as abortion rights and education, and challenges for the future 


Central American women put their lives on the line for human rights

Solidarity is at the heart of an initiative that seeks to protect women activists facing harassment, death threats and violence


The Libyan Youth Movement: Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow

AWID recently spoke with Ayat Mneina, co-founder of the Libyan Youth Movement, on the evolving civil war in Libya following the uprising, and subsequent fall of Gaddafi.


The Incredible Courage of Women Human Rights Defenders in the Middle East

On International Human Rights Day, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) paid tribute to the courage of women human rights defenders across the Gulf region and its neighbouring countries.


Young Feminists: Resisting the Tide of Fundamentalisms

This article written by Ruby Johnson and Devi Leiper O'Malley, and originally posted by 50.50 Open Democracy on December 8th, 2014, discusses how fundamentalism is a root cause of multiple forms of violence experienced by young women and trans*youth worldwide. 


The Women Who Defend Human Rights - Alejandra Ancheita

Alejandra Ancheita, the newest Laureate of the 2014 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders visited Brussels in November 2014. Protection International (PI) was able to sit down with her. 


With Mali in Political Turmoil, High FGM Rates Persist

In the primarily Francophone and Anglophone region of West Africa, Mali is said to have one of the highest rates of female genital mutilation, with about 91 percent of girls and women having undergone the circumcision — a rate that has not only stayed stubbornly high but may also be inching upward. Younger females are also being subject to the procedure — cutting of their genitalia — starting at infancy.


"Truth Needs Witnesses": The Murder of Saïd Mekbel

This article, originally posted by 50.50 Open Democracy on December 3rd, 2014, pays tribute to Algerian journalist Said Mekbel who was assassinated 20 years ago in Algiers.


Stand in Solidarity with Courageous Women's Human Rights Defenders

Op-ed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein


Women and Girls with Disabilities Must Be No Longer the ‘Forgotten Sisters’!

As we discuss the impacts of violence and militarism on our lives and the women, peace and security framework, we must not forget women and girls with disabilities and effects of the intersections of gender and disability, the ‘forgotten sisters” in these discussions! Women with disabilities work for peace in the home to peace in the world: We challenge militarism and seek to end gender-based violence against all women! December 3, International Day for Persons with Disabilities, falls in the midst of the 16 Days Campaign, stressing that gender-based violence is an international human rights violation, affecting all women, including women with disabilities.



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