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Emma Watson, trolls and a feminist internet

By Jac sm Kee. When my news alerts were flooded by Emma Watson’s “game-changing speech” about feminism at the UN at the start of the week, I was excited. I love Emma Watson, which is possibly a spillover love for Hermione and JK Rowling. They are all brilliant and brave plot-drivers, so I clicked on the video link immediately, but within a few minutes, I found myself trying to stem back my feeling of disappointment.


Governments keen to support gender goal but more is needed to improve women’s lives

This week UN member countries meet in New York to discuss the way forward on what will replace the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. While the support for a gender goal is on the horizon, many more resources are needed to improve women’s lives and close gender gaps.


'Hey ho, Patriarchy has got to go!' Women for Climate Justice at the People's Climate March

Yesterday, on Sunday September 21, women from all over the world took action for climate justice at the People's Climate March in New York City.


Climate and Indigenous Peoples: the real dispute at the UN

With both the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and the Climate Summit underway at the UN, far more important than official declarations will be who is allowed to speak and to be heard. Whose voice matters in this clash of worldviews.


Oscar Pistorius: Shooting to kill

Can a white man be morally absolved if it is decided that he meant to shoot an ‘imaginary black intruder’ rather than his girlfriend? Ché Ramsden explores the dark depths of colonial and apartheid consciousness and its intersection with patriarchy in the Pistorius trial. 


Oscar Pistorius Verdict: We need to talk about domestic violence; we need to talk about prevention

On Valentine’s Day 2013, amputee sprinter and Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp. On Friday 12th September, Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide – meaning the judge believed he was negligent in firing the shots. He was cleared of a premeditated murder. 


Transforming the development agenda requires more, not less, attention to human rights

The UN General Assembly later this month will begin negotiations over the content of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015. The outcomes of these inter-governmental debates will not only determine the model of development advanced in global policy forums over the next fifteen years. They will shape national government priorities, policies and financing decisions in areas from education to ecology, housing to health, climate change to care work.


How Sweden’s Feminist Initiative Party Became First of Its Kind to Win a Seat in European Parliament

Amy Goodman from Democracy Now! interviews co-founder of Sweden’s Feminist Initiative party, Gudrun Schyman, about the Feminist Initiative’s focus on climate change, anti-racism and the connection between intimate partner violence and violence in international relations.


AWID’s presentation at the Human Rights Caucus side-event on human rights and post-2015 process

Below are the talking points delivered by AWIDer Nerea Craviotto during the event "Human rights for all in sustainable development: Is the post-2015 process really delivering?", co-organized by Amnesty International, the Center for Economic and Social Rights and AWID on 11 September 2014.



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