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A choir of lost voices: the murder of Loretta Saunders and Canada's missing women

The murder of Loretta Saunders, a young scholar who researched missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, reveals the structural violence that compounds violence against women, and the stinging injustice of Canada’s 825 lost Aboriginal women. 


Iran: a 'bloody stain' on the nation

The war on women continues to manifest itself in different forms and intensity globally; tarnishing all societies with a ‘bloody stain’. In Iran, hard-liner interpretations of Islamic principles dictate gender norms, violation of which can be fatal.


The Handmaid's Tale of El Salvador

Poverty, misogyny, and Christian fundamentalism in El Salvador lie behind the prison sentences of up to forty years handed down to seventeen women who were arrested for the crime of abortion, but sentenced for murder.


India sterilizations: Lessons from Bilaspur

The aftermath of the terrible deaths of women who underwent sterilisation surgeries in Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh has been full of stories about what actually happened. Spurious drugs and an overenthusiastic doctor who cut corners on ensuring quality vie for immediate blame. Beyond these, many have spoken about pervasive biases of gender and caste that wreak havoc on the lives of poor women, and also of family planning policies and programmes that appear to have gone back to the bad old days of the Emergency. Each of these explanations has more than a grain of truth. 


The challenges for women defenders working on business and human rights

Women defenders and those working on business and human rights represent two groups facing particular risks yet, in Mexico, the State’s response is falling short, says Alejandra Ancheita.


Cuba Has 'Come a Long Way' on LGBT Rights

More than a dozen Cuban LGBT rights advocates on the morning of Oct. 30 were huddled on the floor along the wall of a large ballroom of a Mexico City hotel during the International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans and Intersex Association’s biennial global conference.


Carving a space: reflections on the 2nd MenEngage Symposium, New Delhi, November 10 – 13, 2014

The recently concluded MenEngage Global Syposium 2014 in New Delhi offered its nearly 1000 participants an impressive breadth and depth of discussion and debate on reshaping masculinities and the role of men and boys in building a gender just world.  Bringing together “field people” (activists), “thought people” (academics), “policy people” (government and donor agency representatives), and “ordinary and curious people” (the rest of us!), not to mention a respectable number of feminist activists and academics, the Symposium sought to carve out a new space for those actively working with men and boys to advance gender justice. 


16 Days Campaign Demands an End to Gender-Based Violence and Militarism!

It has never been more imperative to take action toward ending gender-based violence. On November 25, 2014, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) will stand committed, along with women and human rights activists, by launching the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. 


Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa Press Release: Trans Day of Remembrance 2014

Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa celebrates the international trans day of remembrance. This day has significance for transgender and gender non-conforming people all over the world, a day in which we remember and celebrate the lives lost to violence on account of people’s gender identity.


Uganda Network of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Persons: “My Identity, My pride” Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)

Kampala, Uganda - On this day annually, the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is observed to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people (transphobia) and to bring attention to the continued violence and harassment endured by the transgender community globally.



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