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Brazil: Indianara Siqueira and The Transrevolution

Indianara Siqueira is president of the group Transrevolução and representative for the South-East region at RedTrans Brasil, which is part of RedLac Trans for the whole South America. She is a prostitute and parlamentary consultant of MP Jean Wyllys.


Special Rapporteur: Combat Impunity and Enact Laws to Protect Human Rights Defenders

This article, originally published by International Service for Human Rights on October 14th 2014, discusses the priorities as defined by the new UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Michel Forst in his inaugural report.


Can The Sakharov Prize Save Leyla Yunus?

On October 21, the European Parliament will announce the 17th annual Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought, a distinction that comes with a 50,000-euro award ($64,000) and entry to a select club of some of the world's most respected human rights defenders.


Indigenous Peoples’ Day is over. Now what?

Well, Indigenous Peoples’ Day — what some still think is Columbus Day — has come and gone. After a day of celebrating indigenous resistance across the Americas, what’s an activist to do with their holiday hangover?


Claiming rights, facing fire: young feminist activists

The increased violence against young women human rights defenders needs to be matched by funders prepared to respond more directly to the priorities identified by young people. Ruby Johnson says shifting the framework of how funders work with young people is essential.


The Human Rights-Based Approach, the Right to Development, and the North-South Divide

The north-south divide between member states at the Human Rights Council continued to intensify during its 27th session. Why has the growing polarisation between a cross section of global north and global south States come up in both formal events and informal negotiations?


#FergusonFridays: Not all of the Black freedom fighters are men: An Interview with Black Women on the Front line in Ferguson

As we marched from West Florissant to the Ferguson Police Department on that sweltering day in August, a bevy of voices carried through the air like a canon with a very specific target. Two young women armed with a megaphone, climbed on top of a cement wall above the crowd. “If Mike don’t get it, shut it down! If we don’t get it, shut it down!” they screamed. The crowd soon echoed the chant. In front of us, members of the Ferguson Police Department stood in a row, their faces expressionless; their gazes everywhere but nowhere. Regardless, the chants got louder. One man who joined the women above stepped down, chuckled and said, “I guess she got this.” And he was right. She did.


Women in Tanzania set for equal land rights – let’s make sure it happens

The country’s new constitution is a great milestone, but it still has to be implemented – a challenge that also remains elsewhere


We can no longer ignore Ebola’s wider impact – particularly on women

Women are not only more likely to be infected; their education, healthcare, food security and livelihoods are also suffering


Investing in girls doesn’t end the cycle of violence

This year’s theme for International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) is Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence. While ending gender-based violence is a vitally important issue, the UN missed the opportunity entirely to tackle the root causes that allow violence to be a cycle. In its communication materials around the girl child, the UN states: “Investing in girls is the right andsmart thing to do.”



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