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Gender & Development: Information and Communication Technology (ICTs)

In July 2018 , the international journal Gender & Development will e xamine the theme of information and communication technology (ICTs), through the lens of gender equality and women’s right


G&D is a unique journal, producing content on three themes each year – in March, July and November - to inform and influence development policymakers, practitioners and researchers about placing women’s rights and gender equality at the centre of their work.

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Russia: Government vs. Rights Groups

For the past four years, the Kremlin has sought to stigmatize criticism or alternative views of government policy as disloyal, foreign-sponsored, or even traitorous.  It is part of a sweeping crackdown to silence critical voices that has included new legal restrictions on the internet, on freedom of expression, on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, and on other fundamental freedoms.

Source: Human Rights Watch

In solidarity with those arrested in Turkey, we call for their immediate release.

The WHRD IC is deeply concerned about the recent detention of eight Turkish human rights defenders and two IT trainers and calls for their immediate and unconditional release. Among those who were detained from a human rights workshop are prominent members of the women’s rights movement, which is a clear attempt to destabilize and demoralize women who engage in legitimate and important activism to defend and promote human rights.

Source: Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) / AWID

Turkey: Detention of eight human rights defenders

Join Front Line Defenders to urge the authorities in Turkey to immediately release the eight human rights defenders and two consultants, arrested on 5 July. We ask them to take all necessary measures to guarantee the physical and psychological integrity and security of HRDs in the country.

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Re-branding hate?: ultra-conservative organising under a "family-friendly" banner

Diverse groups are joining international “pro-family” alliances. Their common cause? To block and roll back feminist and sexual rights gains.

Source: Open Democracy 50.50

Feminist perspectives on the Palestinian prisoner hunger strike

In April, 1,500 Palestinian prisoners launched the largest collective hunger strike in years under the banner of freedom and dignity. AWID interviewed Palestinian feminist activists to learn more about what the hunger strike means to them and what they want feminists around the world to know about the strike.

Source: AWID

Feminist perspectives on the Palestinian prisoner hunger strike

In April, 1,500 Palestinian prisoners launched the largest collective hunger strike in years under the banner of freedom and dignity. AWID interviewed Palestinian feminist activists to learn more about what the hunger strike means to them and what they want feminists around the world to know about the strike.

Source: AWID

Feminist perspectives on the Palestinian prisoner hunger strike

In April, 1,500 Palestinian prisoners launched the largest collective hunger strike in years under the banner of freedom and dignity. AWID interviewed Palestinian feminist activists to learn more about what the hunger strike means to them and what they want feminists around the world to know about the strike.

Source: AWID

So, this is your first Beirut Pride. Wonderful! Let’s talk.

Mentioning the civil war does not localize Pride

Localizing Pride would entail breaking the very framework through which Pride emerges in the first place and building something else entirely. For one week, we are invited to unite under a rainbow and check our problems at the door. Forget about your parents getting evicted, all these strenuous water bills, the sheer impossibility of actually planning to live a decent and sustainable life in Lebanon. No, the issue is that you are gay and that there is homophobia around you.

Source: Hashtag Beirut

The World Congress of Families: A prime example of today’s anti-rights lobby

On Thursday 25 May 2017, ultra-conservative activists and policy-makers will come together for the World Congress of Families (WCF) under the title “Building Family-Friendly Nations: Making Families Great Again”.  A new report released this week, documents the rise in numbers, increased coordination, and increasingly strategic approaches of anti-rights actors operating in international spaces, and the significant impact they have made so far.

Source: AWID