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AWID's Friday Files

Land Day 2015: Activism And Challenges For Palestinian Women And Girls

27 March 2015

FRIDAY FILE: Palestinians, and people globally who stand in solidarity with Palestine, commemorate Land Day every March 30. On this day in 1976 thousands of Palestinians embarked on a general strike and protests against the Israeli government’s announcement to confiscate large portions of Palestinian lands for new Israeli settlements. The protests resulted in six Palestinians being killed, and hundreds injured and arrested by Israeli forces. Land Day has been commemorated every year since.  

CSW59 –Beijing Betrayed

CSW59 –Beijing Betrayed

20 March 2015

FRIDAY FILE – Two decades after the Fourth World Conference on Women, women and girls around the world deserve better than this year’s CSW outcomes. At this time of celebration and affirmation of Beijing and commitment to accelerated implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, what women don’t need is an outcome weakened by its lack of engagement with women on the ground and lacking in vision and commitment.

 Invisibility Is Not A Shield To Save Us From Lesbophobia

Invisibility Is Not A Shield To Save Us From Lesbophobia

13 March 2015

FRIDAY FILE:  The first Lesbian March in Rosario, Argentina, to commemorate the Lesbian Visibility and Fight Against Lesbophobia Day, took place on March 7, and gathered more than a hundred people. AWID spoke to activists about the relevance of this day

Urgent Actions

Egypt: Judicial Harassment of Human Rights Defender Ms Azza Soliman

25 March 2015

On 23 March 2015, legal representatives of human rights defender Ms Azza Soliman obtained information on the formal charges being brought against her. On 4 April 2015, Azza Soliman will face trial before the Abdeen Misdemeanour Court on charges including unauthorised protests and breach of security and public order. 

Bahrain: Travel Ban Imposed on Human Rights Defender Ms Ghada Jamsheer

25 March 2015

Human rights defender Ms Ghada Jamsheer was stopped at Bahrain International Airport on 14 March 2015 by security authorities and was informed that she was not permitted to travel as the Prosecutor General had ordered a travel ban against her. She had not received any written notification of such a ban.

Cameroon: Threats and Smear Campaign against Human Rights Defenders Maximilienne Ngo Mbe and Alice Nkom

18 March 2015

On 10 March 2015, it was reported that a presenter from the television channel Afrique Media verbally attacked human rights defender Ms Maximilienne Ngo Mbe, during a radio broadcast by Radio Balafon, a private radio channel in Douala. 

Securing a just and sustainable world means challenging the power of the 1%

Read the joint call from the leaders of ActionAid, AWID, Civicus, Greenpeace and Oxfam on the eve of the World Social Forum in Tunis


Sign the petition to #FreeTheFive!

China alert

Five prominent Chinese feminist activists were detained for protesting sexual harassment on public transportation in Hong Kong.

Sign the petition, initiated by the Association for the Advancement of Feminism

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.

Visit the special focus section...

Member Profiles

SDO Meme

Each week we profile a different institutional and individual AWID member. This week we are featuring members: Sanayee Development Organization (SDO) and Sandhya Sitoula! 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

Women's Rights in the News

Kabul Mob Attack: Women Help Bury 'Wrongly Accused' Farkhunda

23 March 2015

This article, originally published by BBC News on March 22nd, 2015, discusses how the coffin of a woman, killed by a mob in Kabul on an apparently false charge, has been carried by women, marking a break with Afghan funeral customs.

In Tunisia, Two Violent Attacks against Women of the LBT Community

18 March 2015

n only one week, two friends and members of Chouf were horrifacally attacked. One of the members of our office was raped by a man who threatened her with a knife to her throat, and another member was beaten by a group of men because of her sexual orientation. The attackers asked her to « show how she could fight if she wanted to marry a woman ».

Aya Chebbi Gives Speech at UN Women's Celebratory Event for 20th Anniversary of Beijing Conference

18 March 2015

Aya Chebbi is a Tunisian blogger and activist who participated in WELDD training on political participation training in Cairo in December 2013.  She was invited to speak at the Planet 50-50 by 2030 event.  

Issues & Analysis

The UN Leaves Women’s Rights Defenders in the Cold

25 March 2015

This article, originally published by Pass Blue on March 20th, 2015, discusses how the United Nations has so far given lukewarm political support to defenders of gender rights worldwide — particularly women who defend women’s rights, a dangerous occupation in many regions.

Honduran Women Refuse to Be Silenced in Face of yet Another Setback

18 March 2015

Even in a country where struggle is a way of life for feminists, the imprisonment of the celebrated women’s rights defender Gladys Lanza marks a fresh low.

Egyptian women's rights: no time for dissent

16 March 2015

The act of dissent should match the need for equality, rather than the time for equality. In the fight for a right, there are no divisions.

What's new at AWID?

AWID Executive Director's Speech at the Opening Session of the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Thank you Madam Chairperson and distinguished UN and government leaders. I would like to focus my speech on five key messages, which have been shaped by hundreds of women from around the world.

Sex Workers Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice: Post-2012 AWID International Forum Innovation Seed Grants

Sex Workers Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice: Post-2012 AWID International Forum Innovation Seed Grants

This report shares highlights from the four recipients of AWID’s “Innovation Seed Grants” whose projects focused on advancing the rights of sex workers: the Association of Hungarian Sex Workers, Red Umbrella Project (USA), Debolina Dutta in collaboration with sex worker collectives DMSC and VAMP in India, and Aids Myanmar Association National Network of Sex Work Projects (AMA). 

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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