Let’s talk about being well in our Feminist Futures

Cultivating self/collective care and wellbeing is both deeply personal and deeply political. When we nurture wellbeing at the personal level, we improve our ability to care and have compassion for others. We are interested not in hiding from our busy lives and stress, but in finding and sharing ways to fully embody our politics and principles, making our contributions sustainable.

What’s in store for a feminist internet

This article discusses what women from the South Asian region, and the global South at large, want from a feminist Internet. It draws heavily from experiences acquired during the work that the Digital Rights Foundation does. 

CSW 61 marred by US travel bans

Since 1947 the Commission on the Status of Women is a multilateral space for government, NGOs and activists to promote gender equality and women’s rights. But the CSW61 was marred by the spectre of travel bans. The restrictions spurred doubts from a number of  human rights organizations about the legitimacy of the US as a venue.

Women Human Rights Defenders: Targeted for identity and activism

AWID’s 5th online tribute to Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) who have died in recent years, commemorates sixty feminists and activists. Thirty eight of these defenders died violently, and were murdered as a result of who they were, their identities, and the rights they defended. 

IM-Defensoras' speech at the Human Rights Defenders Memorial Project in Dublin

Front Line Defenders, in partnership with a network of more than 20 national and international organisations, is currently working on the development of an International Human Rights Defenders Memorial, which will document the cases of all those human rights defenders killed since the adoption of the UN Declaration of Human Rights Defenders in 1998.

Bahrain: Ghada Jamsheer remains in jail despite poor health

Women’s rights defender, writer and blogger Ghada Jamsheer remains in jail in Bahrain serving a combined ten-month sentence for exercising her right to free expression on Twitter.

Visionary, Defiant and Resilient: Bahrain’s Dissenting Women

The Gulf State of Bahrain is known for its extravagance. Gloating over multi-million dollar investments in tourism, sports and banking, the kingdom does not shy away from showing off with the Grand Prix races, or celebrity visitors the likes of Kim Kardashian.

Open letter to President Obama to help free jailed human rights defenders in the Gulf prior to the GCC Summit

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
United States

Dear President Obama,

As you prepare to meet with leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on 21 April, we the undersigned organisations urge you to press for the release of all detained human rights defenders across the Gul

Condemnation of Terrorist Attack Targeting Media Organizations in Afghanistan

AWID, as part of the Women’s Political Participation Committee in Afghanistan, condemns the cowardly and inhumane attack that targeted the progressive Tolo TV and Kaboora Production network.

Politicizing Self-Care and Wellbeing in Our Activism as Women Human Rights Defenders

Stress, burn out, uncontrollable emotional outbursts, depression, anxiety, migraines and cancer, are some of the effects that human rights defense work has on WHRDs around the world, and the ones that often make them quit their important work. AWID spoke with Jessica Horn, Senior Advisor for the African Institute for Integrated Responses to Violence Against Women and HIV/AIDS (AIR) about the politics of self-care and well being for women human rights defenders (WHRDs).