HRC 35 | Recognizing the critical role of WHRDs to support and implement the Sustainable Development Goals

Women Human Rights Defenders are at the forefront of rights struggles. WHRDs are targeted because of our work, including for what we do, the fact that we do it, and the identities we carry.

Why feminists should engage in the HRC

AWID works with partners to share key knowledge, convene civil society dialogues and events, and influence negotiations and outcomes of the 35th session of the Human Rights Council. We met with Meghan Doherty, Cynthia Rothschild and Alejandra Sardá-Chandiramani, who are involved in this process. They reflect on their perspective.

Webinar summary: Corporate power and women's economic justice

Women’s economic justice is not just about integrating women in to a given economic model – it is also about improving women’s control over economic r esources, access to decent work and control over their own time; pursuing climate justice, limiting corporate power and resisting austerity ; and promoting self - determination and autonomy for women in economic decision - making at all levels, from t he household to national parliaments to international institutions.

Less than a month to go!

Recently, we introduced five of AWID’s incredible members in the first part of our series “Member Musings ahead of the AWID Forum”. They shared what gets them excited about the Forum, how they or their movement will contribute to building collective power for rights and justice, and how being in Bahia, Brazil with thousands of other activists help strengthen the diverse work they do. 

Feminist propositions for a just economy: time for creative imaginations

Close your eyes and imagine the global economic systems of your dreams. One in which feminist theory and practice are integrated and concepts like market, growth, and profit are replaced with solidarity, sharing of resources and collective well being.

Challenging corporate power for gender justice: highlights from a cross-movement dialogue

Over 35 participants from diverse regions and movements gathered in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 29 February to 2 March 2016. The three day dialogue aimed to learn from the powerful stories of women and movements and to strengthen cross-movement solidarity across them.

UN Starts with Gender Equality Focus Preparing for its 2014 DCF and Post 2015

FRIDAY FILE: Almost twenty years after the 1993 Vienna World Conference on Human Rights, the Vienna Policy Dialogue entitled “Advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women: the role of development cooperation”, took place in Vienna, Austria from 13 to14 December 2012[1].

By Anne Schoenstein[2]

UN DCF: Can Development Cooperation Work for Gender Equality?

FRIDAY FILE: From 5-6 July 2012, AWID, together with other civil society organizations (CSOs), participated in the 2012 United Nations Development Cooperation Forum (DCF). The DCF is one of the new functions of a strengthened Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and a component of ECOSOC’s High-level Segment, which focuses on a range of issues relevant to the implementation of the internationally agreed development goals (IADG), including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Women mobilizing for profound changes in development cooperation

FRIDAY FILE: The release of recent figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) show that, despite an increase over 2009, donor countries are way off track on delivering on their aid disbursement commitments. Women’s organizations are mobilizing for profound changes in the system to better meet development needs and guarantee respect for women’s rights.

By Ana Inés Abelenda and Anne Schoenstein

Feminist with vision, courage and commitment

Rama is a young Senegalese feminist, researcher and writer. In her early twenties, she wrote her first novel La dernière lettre. A year later she was selected as a MILEAD fellow of the Moremi initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa.