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Constitutional Reform and Women’s Rights in Nicaragua

Constitutional Reform and Women’s Rights in Nicaragua

11 April 2014

FRIDAY FILE: A Constitutional reform was passed in Nicaragua on January 27, 2014 and entered into force on February 10th, which will allow consecutive presidential re-election as well military personnel to hold government posts. AWID spoke to Azahalea Solís, from Movimiento Autónomo de Mujeres de Nicaragua (MAM- Autonomous Women’s Movement) about the reform, women´s rights and the recent repression during the International Women’s Day (March 8th) demonstration.

CSW58 – Too Much Time Spent Pushing Back

CSW58 – Too Much Time Spent Pushing Back

04 April 2014

FRIDAY FILE – This year’s negotiations at the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) saw women’s rights advocates, organisations and movements working extremely hard to retain existing human rights language, obligations and commitments, and attempting to push forward language that contained clear commitments for gender equality and women’s human rights; but present also, were strong fundamentalist forces pushing back on any, and all, advancement of rights language.

CSW58: Young Feminists Speak Loudly and Clearly

CSW58: Young Feminists Speak Loudly and Clearly

28 March 2014

FRIDAY FILE: The 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women ended last week Friday.  For many women’s and human rights advocates, organisations and movements it was an important opportunity to encourage member States to really put women’s human rights and gender equality at the centre of development. In this week’s Friday File we hear from young feminists who share their expectations, knowledge and experiences of CSW58.

Urgent Actions

Vietnam: Continued detention of human rights defender Ms Bui Thi Minh Hang

14 April 2014

Front Line Defenders is concerned by the continued detention of human rights defender and blogger Ms Bui Thi Minh Hang. She is held in An Binh prison in Cao Lanh city since 11 February 2014, charged with “causing public disorder.” 

Syria: Woman Yara Faris, on trial for allegedly aiding displaced

08 April 2014

A Syrian woman, Yara Faris, was arrested by Syrian State Security officers on 8 December 2013. She is held in ‘Adra Prison, waiting to be tried by the Anti-Terrorism Court for allegedly assisting in the distribution of food and aid to displaced people.

Sri Lanka: Ms. Balendran Jayakumari and daughter illegally detained and held without charge

08 April 2014

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Ms. Balendran Jayakumari and her daughter Vithushaini (13) both were arrested on 13 March 2014, by officers attached to the Kilinochchi Police Station. Jayakumari has been active in the search of disappeared persons, including members of her own family for several years. 

Special Focus: CSW 58

CSW58 took place in New York from 10 - 21 March, 2014. Check out our Special Focus Section for official and CSO statements, news, analysis and resources from the meeting.

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...

Resource and Learning Hub: Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice

This new website is a resource and learning hub on the AWID 2012 Forum theme: Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice.

Visit the new website...

Member Profiles


Each week we profile a different institutional and individual AWID member. This week we are featuring members: Advocates for Youth and Health Development (AYHD) and Nazia Raja! If you are an AWID member and would like to be profiled, please write to

Read more Institutional member profiles here

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Women's Rights in the News

Update: Russian Federation – Court rejects appeal on 'Foreign Agents Law' by Anti-Discrimination Centre 'Memorial'

14 April 2014

On 8 April 2014, St Petersburg City Court upheld the decision of a lower Court obliging Anti-Discrimination Centre Memorial (ADC 'Memorial') to register as a 'foreign agent'. 

Tulkarem Women give Testimonies about Impact of the Apartheid Wall and Nearby Israeli Factories

09 April 2014

Testimonies by women of Tulkarem living in the vicinity of the Separation Wall and the Israeli chemical factory Geshori, built on confiscated Palestinian land, describe the health, environmental, and socio-economic damage that they suffer.

130 organizations join forces at UN to confront Egypt's human rights crisis

09 April 2014

As Egypt looks ahead to another presidential election, the situation of human rights in the country continues to deteriorate and the promises of social justice made after the 2011 revolution remain unfulfilled. Against this worrying backdrop, a large coalition of some 130 organizations is taking the government to task at the United Nations.

Issues & Analysis

Meet a Defender: Dr Isatou Touray

08 April 2014

Dr. Isatou Touray, co-founder and executive director of Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices (GAMCOTRAP), is committed to ‘knife-dropping’, or ending the brutal custom of FGM in her country.

Widows of the genocide: How Rwanda's women are rebuilding their lives

07 April 2014

Widows' associations, which sprung up after the 1994 massacre, are bucking Rwandan tradition by setting up retirement homes

In Venezuela, a Popular Uprising, or Class Warfare?

04 April 2014

This much is known: at least 33 people are dead and 461 have been wounded. The rest – questions of who, why and what next for Venezuela – has largely been a matter of speculation. 

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, 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.

AWID first reactions to CSW58 draft agreed conclusions

The draft agreed conclusions, or ‘zero draft,’ produced by UN Women to open discussions ahead of the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which will be held in New York between 10 and 21 March 2014, was released on 4 February. AWID offers here initial reactions and analysis as negotiations begin. 

Women Moving Mountains

Women Moving Mountains

The Collective Impact of the Dutch MDG3 Fund

By Srilatha Batliwala

New Actors, New Money, New Conversations

New Actors, New Money, New Conversations

A Mapping of Recent Initiatives for Women and Girls

By Julia Miller, Angelika Arutyunova, and Cindy Clark




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