On Human Rights Day 2020 we want the UN Human Rights system to survive COVID-19

 Through meaningful consultation with feminist, LGBTIQ, and other human rights and social justice movements, the Special Procedures have persistently called on states to uphold rights related to gender and sexuality from a systemic and intersectional lens that addresses the root causes of discrimination.

We demand greater transparency and accountability from the Human Rights Council

The HRC and the UN human rights system have missed a great opportunity to make virtual and hybrid meetings an improvement in real access and participation. Modalities this year have tended to exacerbate the flaws of in-person meetings, making virtual meetings less accessible than before, including by transferring responsibilities to participants.

Everyone has the right to life-saving interventions during or outside of crises

Joint Civil Society Statement International Safe Abortion Day 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Item 8 General Debate

Please note that an abbreviated version of this statement was delivered orally on 1 October 2020 to fit the time requirements of the Human Rights Council. 

We make this statement on behalf of 354 organizations and 643 individuals.

Gains in advancing women’s and girl’s human rights at the HRC44

Joint Statement by Sexual Rights Initiative, Center for Reproductive Rights, Choice for Youth and Sexuality, Association of Women’s Rights in Development and Association for Progressive Communications, welcoming the gains in advancing women’s and girl’s human rights at the 44th Session of the Human Rights Council

The resolution on elimination of discrimination against women and girls, led by Mexico, and co-sponsored by 63 States as of 17 July 2020 focused on multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination faced by women and girls and the

How ‘efficient’ can the HRC really be if it restricts civil society contributions to its work?

Joint statement for HRC44 virtual meeting of the HRC President with NGOs 

We acknowledge the challenges confronting OHCHR, member states and CSOs as we attempt to resume critical human rights work while taking seriously health risks associated with COVID-19. We appreciate the efforts made to overcome these challenges, including by increasing remote and online participation. We would like to bring to your attention some of the barriers to participation we have experienced in this session.

You are not alone, compañeras! Solidarity with Consorcio Oaxaca

AWID condemns the death threats received by Consorcio Oaxaca and the journalist Soledad Jarquín on June 15th, 2020 related to their campaign “Hasta que la justicia llegue” (Until Justice Comes) demanding justice for the femicide of María del Sol Jarquín.

Add your voice to The People’s Declaration for Beijing+25

Here at AWID we decided to write a People’s Declaration for Beijing+25 to raise the bar on gender equality agendas  — and we want you to write it with us.

HRC41: Critical Gains Despite Backlash

Despite concerted opposition by some States and anti-rights organizations who tried to undermine the existing legal framework on women’s rights and on sexual and reproductive health and rights, the Human Rights Council stood strong and delivered strong resolutions that highlight critical human rights abuses facing women and girls.

A resolute voice in times of backlash

AWID welcomes the report of the Working Group on Discrimination Against Women on the causes of deprivation of liberty. 

Urgent opposition to the Digital Trade Rules in the World Trade Organization

We join over 300 civil society groups urging WTO members to abandon their push for “e-commerce” negotiations proposed by Big Tech transnational corporations and focus urgently on transforming global trade rules for shared prosperity for all.