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Women’s Day dampened by the murder of trans woman in South Africa

Although South African women remain a force to be reckoned with, it is a country plagued by high levels of gender based violence. The recent attack of a woman in a Johannesburg night club by the South African Deputy Minister of Education sparked controversy in the country and questions the political commitment to violence against women in South Africa.

Source: Transfeminists

Remembering a Warrior: Prudence Mabele

AWDF honors Prudence Mabele, South African activist who defended women living with HIV and others who could not always stand for themwelves.

Source: African Women's Development Fund (AWDF)

Remembering a Warrior: Prudence Mabele

AWDF honors Prudence Mabele, South African activist who defended women living with HIV and others who could not always stand for themwelves.

Source: African Women's Development Fund (AWDF)

HRC35 | Highlights of the Trans Advocacy Week

Sixteen trans and gender diverse activists from fifteen countries across all regions of the world participated in the first Trans Advocacy Week at the 35th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Source: ARC international

Canada launches historic fund for women's rights organizations

AWID welcomes this strategic move from Canada, which puts gender equality and women’s rights at the center of Canada’s International Assistance. We also applaud the work done by the MATCH International Women’s Fund and Nobel Women’s Initiative to call on the Canadian government to fund grassroots women’s organizations.

Source: AWID

What to Expect at HRC35

The 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council will take place from the 6th to the 24th of June 2017. Find below information about anticipated sexual rights-related resolutions, panels and reports, and parallel events taking place during the 35th session.

Source: Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI)

Launch of EU Project: Working with Healthcare Organizations to Support Elderly Female Victims of Abuse (WHOSEFVA)

Elder abuse is a worldwide concern that touches on human rights, gender equality, domestic violence and population ageing. The feminization of aging and its consequences is troubling, particularly given that older women as a group experience unique and com pounding disadvantages.

Source: Working with Healthcare Organizations to Support Elderly Female Victims of Abuse (WHOSEFVA)

Saudi Arabia: King issues decree loosening some guardianship regulations, but women remain under control of men in most areas

On 17 April 2017, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz issued a Royal decree instructing governmental entities in Saudi Arabia to provide services for women without requiring the permission of their male guardians unless mandated by a legal regulation. Yet, two women are currently imprisoned under the Guardianship system.

Source: Gulf Center for Human Rights

WILPF Convening: Reclaiming the United Nations as a Peace Organisation

From 26-28 April 2017, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) hosted a convening with more than one hundred women from around the world in Geneva to discuss how to #ReclaimUN and make the United Nations live up to its charter, be more inclusive and prevent important voices becoming #MissingVoices.

Source: The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai launches FOAA Online!

FOAA Online! is a web-based legal research tool billed as the world’s most user-friendly compilation of legal arguments on assembly and association rights. The ready-made legal arguments, which are based on international law, standards and principles, will assist lawyers, activists and judges involved in freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association (FOAA) cases to uphold the exercise of these rights.

Source: United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association