States must respect, protect and fulfil the rights of WHRDs

Oral statement at the 40th session of the Human Right Council on the crucial role of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) and feminist activists and their right to engage at international and regional levels without any discrimination, violence, threats and reprisals. 

Privacy is a fundamental right not just for the most powerful and privileged

The right to privacy is a fundamental human right, to be enjoyed by all. This statement was delivered at the UN Human Rights Council 40th Session, on March 1st, 2019.




Social protection must remain a universal right

Ahead of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 63) on social protection, feminist activists have a chance to leverage our collective power to counter the backlash on our rights and our lives by fascist, fundamentalist, authoritarian and corporate actors.

AWID and FEMNET express deep concerns about the ongoing privatization and corporate capture of social protection that is undermining human rights at an unprecedented scale.

Statement on the use of the AWID acronym and reference to the AWID Forum by the Zanele Mbeki Foundation

The Association for Women's Rights in Dvelopment does not have any affiliation or responsibility for the African Women in Dialogue program convened by the Zanele Mbeki Foundation based in South Africa. Despite our directly expressed concern to the Zanele Mbeki Foundation, the African Women in Dialogue program has chosen to use the acronym AWID and describe their convening as the AWID Forum. 

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.


The Human Rights Council must condemn attacks on abortion rights defenders

In support of the September 28 “Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion”, 223 civil society organizations from around the world have endorsed this joint statement on abortion rights.

Calling on states to halt the dismantling of our human rights systems

AWID and partners call out the dismantling of human rights mechanisms and express solidarity with the Coalition of African Lesbians.

Accountability is needed for violations against indigenous women defenders

Feminists support the Special Rapporteur's call for justice on the attacks on and criminalization of indigenous peoples defending their rights.

Women from movements around the globe speak with one voice at United Nations to ensure safety for all

Frontline women activists representing over 20 countries will remind member states of their legal obligation to protect human rights on 20th anniversary of human rights declaration.

Major gains made for women’s and girls’ rights at the Human Rights Council

Feminists welcome the major gains on women’s and girls’ rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights at the Human Rights Council.