FRIDAY FILE - Srilatha Batliwala, Scholar Associate at AWID shares her reflections on the recently concluded MenEngage Global Symposium 2014 in New Delhi, November 10 – 13, 2014.
AWID's Friday Files
FRIDAY FILE: As we commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (25 November to 10 December) under the theme “let’s challenge militarism and end gender-based violence”, AWID speaks to Lisa Davis, Human Rights Advocacy Director at MADRE, and to Nurcan Baysal, Kurdish activist and writer for the Turkish electronic journal T24, to learn more about the sexual and other violations of women’s and girls’ rights with the insurgency of the self-proclaimed "Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” (ISIS).
FRIDAY FILE: As we commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (25 November to 10 December), AWID speaks to Helena Maleno Garzón, researcher on migration and human trafficking, and member of the Caminando Fronteras network, to learn more about the intersections of racism, sexism and violence against Sub-Saharan African migrant women in Morocco and beyond.
Salafists quote Quran on crucifixion and mutilation in online death sentence against award-winning writer
With one of the world’s most inhumane abortion laws, El Salvador prevents women from receiving an abortion under any circumstance—not in cases of rape or incest, not even to save her life. Dozens of women have been criminalized and imprisoned under this draconian law—even in cases of miscarriage, stillbirth and other pregnancy-related health emergencies.
Russian Federation: Arson Attack on Office of Joint Mobile Group after Threats against HRDs Working in Chechnya
This article, originally published by Front Line Defenders on December 15th, 2014, discusses the attack on the Joint Mobile Group (JMG) in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya.
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.
Holistic Protection for #WHRDs
Download and share this set of graphics that explain key components of integral protection for women human rights defenders (WHRDs).
Save the Date! December 16th, 2014: #ICommit Tweetathon!
The #ICommit tweetathon is an effort to share commitments and stories from organizations or individuals that advance collaborative work across generations within the women’s movements. The online conversation will provide in-depth examples (through blog posts from individuals, activists and organizers) and conversation from partners, allies, and members on what it takes to organize effectively across generations. Share your experiences of collaborative organizing across generations! Find out more here.
IM-Defensoras Wins Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights 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.
Women's Rights in the News
This article, originally published by the UN on December 9th, 2014, discusses the murders of two human rights defenders working on land and natural resource issues in the south of Thailand.
Bahrain: Award Winning Repression - EU Gives Human Rights Award to Non-Independent Public Institutions While the State Jails and Tortures Human Rights Defenders
Front Line Defenders is deeply disappointed with the awarding of the Chaillot Prize to two Bahraini national institutions, the Interior Ministry Ombudsman and the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI), amidst a flagrant and widely reported crack-down by the Bahraini government on independent civil society organisations and human rights defenders.
This article, originally published by BuzzFeed on December 8th, 2014, discusses how Russian nationalists and social conservatives appear to be working together to use links with “pro-family” organizations in the U.S. and around the world to promote Russia’s geopolitical agenda - according to emails sent between right-wing activists.
Issues & Analysis
AWID recently spoke with Ayat Mneina, co-founder of the Libyan Youth Movement, on the evolving civil war in Libya following the uprising, and subsequent fall of Gaddafi.
On International Human Rights Day, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) paid tribute to the courage of women human rights defenders across the Gulf region and its neighbouring countries.
This article written by Ruby Johnson and Devi Leiper O'Malley, and originally posted by 50.50 Open Democracy on December 8th, 2014, discusses how fundamentalism is a root cause of multiple forms of violence experienced by young women and trans*youth worldwide.
What's new at AWID?
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.
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.
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.