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The UN Leaves Women’s Rights Defenders in the Cold

This article, originally published by Pass Blue on March 20th, 2015, discusses how the United Nations has so far given lukewarm political support to defenders of gender rights worldwide — particularly women who defend women’s rights, a dangerous occupation in many regions.

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Honduran Women Refuse to Be Silenced in Face of yet Another Setback

Even in a country where struggle is a way of life for feminists, the imprisonment of the celebrated women’s rights defender Gladys Lanza marks a fresh low.

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Egyptian women's rights: no time for dissent

The act of dissent should match the need for equality, rather than the time for equality. In the fight for a right, there are no divisions.

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Disposable Girls

The fight to protect the world's girls, whether from sexual exploitation or abduction, is not about saving individuals. It is about profound structural change in the hierarchical power relations of patriarchy.

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Salaam and Paz: The Word for Peace Is Women

This article, originally published by Open Democracy 50.50. on March 6th, 2015, discusses how women’s activism, caretaking and community-building is often relegated to the category of service provision, but sustainable peace depends upon it. 

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The Women Who Defend Human Rights - María Martín

Protection International spoke with María  Martín, a lawyer by training and has worked as consultant, researcher, and legal advisor in human rights institutions in Latin America, mainly on matters relating to protection of (women) human rights defenders, about criminalisation patterns and how it specifically affects women who defend human rights.

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Six Female Human Rights Defenders You Should Know

In this article, originally published by the Daily Life on March 5th, 2015, Samah Hadid introduces readers to six women human rights defenders who are fierce, courageous and inspiring champions for the freedom of others.

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Movements, money and social change: how to advance women’s rights

At the UN CSW underway in New York, a statement signed by almost 1000 women’s rights organizations calls out the lack of ambition for the scale of the issues at stake, and for real resources and accountability.

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Let's Talk about Women's Rights: 20 Years after the Beijing Platform for Action

UNRISD is marking the twentieth anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, the outcome of the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women, with this Think Piece Series Let’s Talk about Women’s Rights: 20 Years after the Beijing Platform for Action. Leading feminist thinkers from around the world have been invited to critically review progress on women’s rights and gender equality, informing the Beijing+20 debate through a critical and forward-looking discussion. 

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El Salvador and ‘Las 17’

This article, originally published by The New York Times on March 2nd, 2015, talks about how El Salvador has one of the world’s most draconian abortion statutes. It criminalizes abortion on all grounds, including when the mother’s life or health is in danger, and in cases of rape. Women and girls cannot access an abortion even if continuing their pregnancy will kill them, or if their fetuses are not viable.

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