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Young Indigenous Activists in Global Advocacy Spaces

Young Indigenous Activists in Global Advocacy Spaces

21 November 2014

FRIDAY FILE:  In October AWID spoke to Mirna Cunningham and Maria Oberto, about the first ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), this week we follow up with Dalí Angel, young indigenous woman activist from the Zapoteca nation in Oaxaca and Latin America Focal Point for the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus[1],  about the Caucus’ involvement in advocacy spaces and some of the challenges they face.

Nicaragua: Decree to Implement Law on Violence Against Women - A Setback for Women's Rights

Nicaragua: Decree to Implement Law on Violence Against Women - A Setback for Women's Rights

14 November 2014

FRIDAY FILE: Nicaragua's Comprehensive Law on Violence Against Women, or Ley 779, is a historical demand of the women's movement, but the Decree to implement is problematic according to feminists in this Central American country.

Struggle for Justice - Missing and Murdered Sisters across Canadian Region of Turtle Island

Struggle for Justice - Missing and Murdered Sisters across Canadian Region of Turtle Island

07 November 2014

FRIDAY FILE - Not so long ago few people knew of the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (#MMIW) in Canada. But in a short span, No More SilenceFamilies of Sisters in SpiritNative Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) and other initiatives have contributed to building such momentum that the crisis of MMIW has finally entered mainstream media and public consciousness. AWID spoke with Audrey Huntley, a founding member of No More Silence, about some of the strategies driven by Indigenous WHRDs.

Urgent Actions

Take Action: Urge Congress to Stand with LGBT Iraqis

26 November 2014

Join the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) in urging the U.S. Congress to help protect the lives of persecuted lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals at risk of grave human rights abuses in Iraq. Call on the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus to stand with LGBT individuals at risk in Iraq—one of the least protected of all groups facing horrific violence in the chaos and conflict of present-day Iraq.

Russian Federation: LGBTI Rights Defender Ms Lena Klimova Charged With "Homosexual Propaganda" as Authorities Threaten to Block Her Online Project

24 November 2014

This article, originally published by Front Line Defenders on November 24th, 2014, discusses the case of LGBTI rights defender Ms Lena Klimova, who has been accused of “propagating non-traditional sexual relationships among minors”, under article 6.21(2) of the Administrative Code.

Cambodia: Seven Land Rights Defenders Sentenced to One-Year Imprisonment and Fine for Peaceful Protest

19 November 2014

This article, originally posted by Front Line Defenders on November 13th, 2014, discusses the case of seven women land rights defenders who were sentenced by Phnom Penh First Instance Court to one-year imprisonment and a fine on charges of obstructing public traffic after protesting in front of Phnom Penh’s City Hall. 

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.

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IM-Defensoras Wins Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award!

IMD 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.

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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.

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Member Profiles

Agnes Kortimai

Each week we profile a different institutional and individual AWID member. This week we are featuring members: Youth Association for Development (YAD) and Agnes Kortimai! 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

Iran Releases British-Iranian Woman on Bail

25 November 2014

Iranian authorities released a British-Iranian woman on bail on Sunday, the semi-official ISNA news agency said.

Celebrating Women's Rights Heroes

25 November 2014

On 25 November 1960, three women known as the Mirabal sisters were assassinated by state agents in the Dominican Republic because they dared to challenge the ruling dictator. These women’s rights heroes – women who became symbols of popular and feminist resistance – are commemorated on this day, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Turkish President: 'Equality between Men and Women Is against Nature'

25 November 2014

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said equality between men and women is “against nature” at a summit in Istanbul.

Issues & Analysis

India sterilizations: Lessons from Bilaspur

25 November 2014

The aftermath of the terrible deaths of women who underwent sterilisation surgeries in Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh has been full of stories about what actually happened. Spurious drugs and an overenthusiastic doctor who cut corners on ensuring quality vie for immediate blame. Beyond these, many have spoken about pervasive biases of gender and caste that wreak havoc on the lives of poor women, and also of family planning policies and programmes that appear to have gone back to the bad old days of the Emergency. Each of these explanations has more than a grain of truth. 

The challenges for women defenders working on business and human rights

25 November 2014

Women defenders and those working on business and human rights represent two groups facing particular risks yet, in Mexico, the State’s response is falling short, says Alejandra Ancheita.

Cuba Has 'Come a Long Way' on LGBT Rights

25 November 2014

More than a dozen Cuban LGBT rights advocates on the morning of Oct. 30 were huddled on the floor along the wall of a large ballroom of a Mexico City hotel during the International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans and Intersex Association’s biennial global conference.

What's new at AWID?

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.

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.

Religion, Culture and Tradition: Strengthening Efforts to Eradicate Violence against Women

Religion, Culture and Tradition: Strengthening Efforts to Eradicate Violence against Women

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.




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