FRIDAY FILE - Discussions on the new development agenda to replace the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in just over a year (with many goals not yet achieved), are reaching crucial stages. United Nations head Ban Ki-moon recently stated that the post-2015 development agenda will be a key part of the 69th UN General Assembly Session (UNGA), starting this week. We look at some of the ongoing concerns with the debates and negotiations ahead of the 69th UNGA.
AWID's Friday Files
FRIDAY FILE – In January this year the United Nations declared 2015-2024 The International Decade for People of African Descent. AWID spoke to Vicenta Camusso Pintos, coordinator of the South Cone Region for the Red de Mujeres Afrolatinoamericanas, Afrocaribeñas y la Diáspora, to learn more about Afro-descendant women’s organizing in Latin America over the past two decades.
FRIDAY FILE: On September 5, 2013 the Domestic Workers Convention (C189), adopted by International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2011, entered into force. A year later, AWID spoke to Andrea Londoño S., Coordinator of the citizens' initiative Hablemos de Empleadas Domésticas (Let's Talk About Women Domestic Workers) from Medellin, Colombia, who outlines the legal landscape, how women domestic workers are organizing, and the challenges they face.
In the early hours of 13 September 2014, unknown assailants attacked the flat of human rights defender Ms Natalia Zviagina in the city of Voronezh.
On 9 September 2014, Ms Dinara Mukanbaeva was struck in the head by an unknown assailant while getting into her car.
On August 30th Bahraini woman human rights defender Maryam al-Khawaja was arbitrarily detained upon her arrival at Bahrain International Airport. Maryam, who is the co-director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, was traveling to Bahrain to visit her father, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who is currently on a hunger strike in Jaw Prison protesting his arbitrary detention. We are deeply concerned about Maryam’s safety in custody as well as the safety of scores of civil society activists unjustly languishing in Bahrain’s prisons.
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.
Each week we profile a different institutional and individual AWID member. This week we are featuring members: Sesithule Vamanani Caring Association (SEVACA) and Priscilla Addai Yeboah! If you are an AWID member and would like to be profiled, please write to email@example.com
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Women's Rights in the News
Over fifty human rights, religious, international development, trade union, women’s, teacher, student, community and investor organizations have released an Open Letter calling on the Canadian government to publicly urge Canadian companies whose apparel products are made in Bangladesh to contribute generously to a trust fund for the approximately 2,500 workers injured and the families of over 1,100 workers killed in the Rana Plaza building collapse.
The website of the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) suffered a complex brute-force attack last Friday, Sept 5.
‘States must not make selective appeals to, or manipulate, tradition, culture or religion to undermine universal human right standards,' panelists have told an event on the sidelines of the 27th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Issues & Analysis
On Valentine’s Day 2013, amputee sprinter and Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp. On Friday 12th September, Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide – meaning the judge believed he was negligent in firing the shots. He was cleared of a premeditated murder.
The UN General Assembly later this month will begin negotiations over the content of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015. The outcomes of these inter-governmental debates will not only determine the model of development advanced in global policy forums over the next fifteen years. They will shape national government priorities, policies and financing decisions in areas from education to ecology, housing to health, climate change to care work.
How Sweden’s Feminist Initiative Party Became First of Its Kind to Win a Seat in European Parliament
Amy Goodman from Democracy Now! interviews co-founder of Sweden’s Feminist Initiative party, Gudrun Schyman, about the Feminist Initiative’s focus on climate change, anti-racism and the connection between intimate partner violence and violence in international relations.
What's new at AWID?
As part of this year's 16 Days Campaign Against Gender Based Violence AWID is once again launching an online tribute that expands upon the 2013 Tribute to Feminists and Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) Who Are No Longer With Us.
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.
AWID, in collaboration with the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, has developed this publication in an effort to assess the various mechanisms that have been developed to provide protection to WHRDs at risk, including initiatives developed by national governments, and regional and international human rights bodies.
The Collective Impact of the Dutch MDG3 Fund
By Srilatha Batliwala
This resource was created (in collaboration and consultation with the credited individuals and organizations) to support the work of rights advocates working in international and regional spaces who are confronting opposition to their efforts using arguments based on religion, culture and tradition.