UN Special Procedures must Take Concrete Measures to Ensure Civil Society Participation and Engagement with their Mandates

This joint statement was delivered by the Sexual Rights initiative on 16 June 2023, on behalf of the #EmptyChairs Campaign and 15 organizations, during the Annual Civil Society Meeting with Special Procedures.

We welcome the resolution on maternal mortality and morbidity and human rights at the HRC

A comprehensive resolution on preventable maternal mortality and morbidity and human rights in humanitarian settings was adopted by consensus on Thursday September 27, 2018.


Why we need feminism in school?

Jamila Abbas, a member of the Black Feminisms Forum working group shares her vision on why we need feminism in schools.

#BringBackOurGirls: A Year After Chibok Abductions Women And Girls Are Still In Danger

FRIDAY FILE : It’s been one year since the abduction by Boko Haram of 276 female students from their boarding school in Chibok, Borno State in northeastern Nigeria. The #BringBackOurGirls campaign began following the kidnapping but the whereabouts of most of the young girls remains unknown[1]. AWID spoke to Nigerian and Cameroonian feminist activists to learn more about the situation of women and girls in Nigeria and neighboring countries as well as the national and international response, and challenges of taking appropriate and efficient action a year after the Chibok kidnappings.

A Gendered Lens on the Current Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

FRIDAY FILE - The latest World Health Organization's (WHO) Ebola situation report estimates the death toll in the current Ebola virus epidemic at nearly 9,400 with close to 23,300 people infected[1], AWID spoke to Liberian activists to learn more about the impact of the epidemic on women and girls in the region.

Investing in girls doesn’t end the cycle of violence

This year’s theme for International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) is Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence. While ending gender-based violence is a vitally important issue, the UN missed the opportunity entirely to tackle the root causes that allow violence to be a cycle. In its communication materials around the girl child, the UN states: “Investing in girls is the right andsmart thing to do.”

Women and Sports

Sports is masculinised - particularly in the mainstream media but in other spaces as well. What women's rights concerns does this prevalent state of affairs raise?

By Kathambi Kinoti

Young Indigenous Activists in Global Advocacy Spaces

FRIDAY FILE: In October AWID spoke to Mirna Cunningham and Maria Oberto, about the first ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), this week we follow up with Dalí Angel, young indigenous woman activist from the Zapoteca nation in Oaxaca and Latin America Focal Point for the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus[1], about the Caucus’ involvement in

The Fight Against Exploitation Of Underage Domestic Workers In Madagascar

FRIDAY FILE: Approximately 17.2 million children around the world perform paid or unpaid domestic work for third parties or for an employer. Among them, 67.1% are girls between the ages of 5 and 17.

Patriarchy allows child marriage and female genital mutilation to flourish

FRIDAY FILE : This week's ‘Friday File’ is a blog post written by our Young Feminist Activism team on the recent Girl Summit in London originally published on the Guardian's Poverty Matters blog.

By Ghadeer Malek, Rachel Arinii and Nelly Bassily

Young feminists must help steer the fight against wider issues harming girls including poverty, marginalisation and exclusion