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AWID's Friday Files

What Feminists Want in 2015: Our hopes, dreams and aspirations

23 January 2015

FRIDAY FILE - Amidst the continuous struggle for women’s rights and social justice globally, it is important that we keep our collective hopes alive for a better world. With this in mind, AWID spoke to a number of feminists and women’s rights activists from around the world about their hopes, dreams and aspirations for 2015. Read theirs, and tell us what your hopes, dreams and aspirations for this year are.

AWID Presents Some Highs and Lows for Women’s Rights and Gender Justice in 2014

AWID Presents Some Highs and Lows for Women’s Rights and Gender Justice in 2014

16 January 2015

FRIDAY FILE: 2014 saw an unprecedented increase in conflict, militarism and rising fundamentalisms across the globe, negatively affecting women in a plethora of ways. And while negotiations on the new development agenda - to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that expire this year – took centre stage, women’s rights activists had to fight hard to advance women's human rights. This week AWID presents a visual overview of some of the highs and lows for women’s rights and gender justice in 2014.

We All Can Be Women Human Rights Defenders

We All Can Be Women Human Rights Defenders

09 January 2015

FRIDAY FILE: AWID spoke with Lucinda O’Hanlon, Adviser on Women's Rights from the Women's Rights and Gender Section of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) about the office’s current Campaign “Beijing + 20: Women Human Rights Defenders Campaign”.  

Urgent Actions

Russian Federation: Conviction of Human Rights Defender Lena Klimova

28 January 2015

On 23 January 2015, Dzerzhinky District Court of Nizhny Tagil condemned Ms Lena Klimova to an administrative fine of 50,000 rubles (approximatively €650) for “propagating non-traditional sexual relations among minors,” under Article 6.21(2) of the Administrative Code. 

Colombia: Renewed threats against members of MOVICE in the Departments of Atlántico, Sucre and Magdalena Medio

27 January 2015

Human rights defenders and members of Movimiento de Victimas de Crimenes de Estado – MOVICE (Movement of Victims of State Crimes) and its partner organisations in the Departments of Atlántico, Sucre and Magdalena Medio have received a number of death threats throughout the month of January in the form of pamphlets, phone calls and comments to members of their community. 

Take Action: Free Lina Khattab, Imprisoned Student and Folkloric Dancer

09 January 2015

Lina Khattab was charged with “throwing stones” and “participating in an unauthorized demonstration” on 18 December by military prosecutors at Ofer Military Court. 

Special Focus: Post 2015 Development Agenda

This special focus section on the Post 2015 Development Agenda aims to shed light on the process underway to shape a new development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015. The section includes critical feminist analysis on the process and key resources including news, publications, statements, campaigns and events.

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Holistic Protection for #WHRDs

Download and share this set of graphics that explain key components of integral protection for women human rights defenders (WHRDs).

Member Profiles

Tewa Nepal

Each week we profile a different institutional and individual AWID member. This week we are featuring members: Tewa and Isaac Aggrey! If you are an AWID member and would like to be profiled, please write to

Read more Institutional member profiles here

Read more Individual member profiles here

IM-Defensoras Wins Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award!

IMD Award

As part of IM-Defensoras, AWID is proud and honoured to have received the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award on October 14 in Washington D.C. Above all, this award recognizes the work and courage of women human rights defenders from Mesoamerica and the need for their integral protection as they risk their lives in the pursuit of justice, dignity and peace for all.

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Women's Rights in the News

French Court Convicts Three over Homophobic Tweets, in Case Hailed as a 'Significant Victory' by LGBT Rights Campaigners

27 January 2015

This article, originally published by The Independent on January 22nd, 2015, discusses how a French court has handed out convictions for anti-gay hate crimes on Twitter for the first time, after three people used the hashtag “let’s burn the gays”.

Six women murdered each day as femicide in Mexico nears a pandemic

08 January 2015

José Diego Suárez Padilla has converted his home into a shrine to his daughter, Rosa Diana. Windows fashioned after her blue eyes stare out on the street. A painting of the girl in a white party dress covers a living room wall, overlooking an altar with offerings of chicken and chewing gum. The food has lain there so long that the red chili sauce has congealed.

Nepal to Issue Passports with Third Gender

08 January 2015

Nepal has announced plans to add a third gender category to passports, following a 2007 Supreme Court ruling recognizing third gender. 

Issues & Analysis

Lebanon: Laws Discriminate Against Women

22 January 2015

Lebanon’s religion-based personal status laws discriminate against women across the religious spectrum and don’t guarantee their basic rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Lebanon has 15 separate personal status laws for its recognized religions but no civil code covering issues such as divorce, property rights, or care of children. These laws are administered by autonomous religious courts with little or no government oversight, and often issue rulings that violate women’s human rights.

Charlie Hebdo: "There is no way they will make us put down our pens."

08 January 2015

This article, originally published by Open Democracy 50.50 on January 8th, 2014, discusses how many people of Muslim heritage are combatting Islamist ideology by political means and mass mobilisation.

What's new at AWID?

Our Right to Safety: Women Human Rights Defenders' Holistic Approach to Protection

Our Right to Safety: Women Human Rights Defenders' Holistic Approach to Protection

AWID and the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD-IC) are re-launching Our Right to Safety: Women Human Rights Defenders' Holistic Approach to Protection.

Where is the Money for Indigenous Women's Rights Organizing? Preliminary Research Results

The following presentation was given at the Resource Mobilization Hub For Indigenous Women’s Rights, an event organized by International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP), the International Indigenous Women's Forum and AWID during IFIP’s World Summit on Indigenous Philanthropy on Friday September 26, 2014. 

Understanding Religious Fundamentalisms for Activists

Understanding Religious Fundamentalisms for Activists

AWID is excited to introduce a new manual for rights activists facing religious fundamentalist opposition to their work. This user-friendly resource manual brings together the innovative research and analysis produced by AWID's Challenging Religious Fundamentalisms (CF) program over the past six years, drawing on the experiences of hundreds of women's rights activists in diverse regions of the world.


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