FRIDAY FILE – Last July, a high court sentenced the Namibian state for the forced sterilization of three HIV-positive women. In Uzbekistan, authorities continue to deny reported cases. AWID looks into forced sterilizations in both countries and what it means for women’s reproductive rights.
AWID's Friday Files
FRIDAY FILE - AWID interviewed pro-democracy activist and lecturer Dr Ala’a Shehabi* about the current violence and persecution against Bahraini citizens and how women are contributing to the fight for democracy and rights.
FRIDAY FILE - Sudanese people inspired by the Arab spring, and led by women and youth, took the streets of Sudan demanding regime change in 2011. Authorities violently cracked down on these demonstrations, detaining more than 150 women, who were sexually abused or tortured, injured and beaten in the protests.
The Observatory has been informed by Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) about the arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of 13 women human rights defenders, all members of Maitree, a Kolkata based women’s network, in West Bengal.
On 15 June 2013, human rights defenders Ms Wajeha Al-Huwaider and Ms Fawzia Al-Oyouni were sentenced to ten months imprisonment to be followed by a two year travel ban by the District Court in Al-Khobar.
What began as a demonstration to save in Istanbul has turned into a violent wave of repression against protestors throughout Turkey.
Special Focus: UN Women Executive Director
On 15 March 2013, Michelle Bachelet, the first head of UN Women, stepped down as Executive Director of the United Nations entity mandated to promote gender equality, creating a vacancy for this high level position. We hope that by sharing the views of three of the candidates for this key position, we can contribute to making the process more transparent and to ensuring that feminist and women’s rights organizations and movements and other interested parties, are sufficiently informed to send letters of support for their preferred candidate to the UN Secretary General.
Resource and learning Hub: Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice
Visit this new website from AWID to explore key issues and debates from the 2012 Forum and learn more about economic power and the connections with diverse women’s rights issues and agendas.
Women's Rights in the News
Women's rights activists on Saturday reaffirmed their goal to “remove all gender discrimination from the Constitution” during a conference held by the "My nationality is my family's right” coalition.
Islamic member states of the United Nations Council for Human Rights (UNHCR) rejected on Friday paragraphs violating the Islamic law in the council's resolution on the elimination of all forms of violence against women, noting that the member states must make sure that their laws and national policies are consistent with the rejected demands.
Isolated human genes may not be patented, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday. The case concerned patents held by Myriad Genetics, a Utah company, on genes that correlate with increased risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
Each week we profile a different institutional and individual AWID member. This week we are featuring members: NGO Estrategia and Runzun Dagliya! If you are an AWID member and would like to be profiled, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Issues & Analysis
The Take action to end gender-based violence on Facebook, or #FBrape campaign, co-signed by the APC Women´s Rights Programme, triggered interesting, timely and necessary debates around freedom of expression, censorship, privacy and intermediary liability. Read the collection of GenderIT.org Feminist Talk posts that reflect some of the discussion around these hot topics.
Every year, approximately 200 million people around the world are affected by disasters. Of these, 100 million are women or girls, according to the UN’s Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
A report urging the UK to increase funding to women's rights groups is welcome, but the money must reach the right people.
What's new at AWID?
In solidarity with Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) everywhere, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and the Urgent Responses Working Group of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition is pleased to launch the Online Directory of Responses for Women Human Rights Defender at risk in French and Spanish.
World leaders must reject an aid-based model of development and instead pursue an approach that puts human rights and justice at its core, 19 non-governmental organizations urged ahead of a High-Level Panel report to the UN on the future of sustainable development.
The following paper was submitted by AWID to the UNICEF/UN Women Global Thematic Consultation on post-2015 agenda "Addressing Inequalities" (October 2012)
By Julia Miller and Anne Schoenstein
Primer 12 provides an overview of the UN Development Cooperation Forum (DCF). It focuses in on the DCF origins and strategic plans for the future, while emphasizing the importance of the DCF for women's rights and gender equality advocates.