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.
AWID's Friday Files
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 Silence, Families of Sisters in Spirit, Native 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.
FRIDAY FILE: Three months after the enactment of the Framework Law for true Equality between Women and Men in France, AWID spoke to women’s and LGBTQI rights activists about the various components of French policy on gender equality, to learn more about its limitations.
Cambodia: Seven Land Rights Defenders Sentenced to One-Year Imprisonment and Fine for Peaceful Protest
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.
This article, originally published by Front Line Defenders on November 14th 2014, announces that the Ibn Rochd Center for Studies and Communication will be ceasing its activities as of 31 December 2014 as a prelude to shutting-down completely by 31 January 2015.
This article, originally published by Front Line Defenders on November 11, 2014, discusses the case of human rights defender and community leader, Ms Bárbara Díaz Surín, who is currently in detention on fabricated charges of murder. She is being held at the Santa Teresa pre-detention centre for women and will remain in detention until her next hearing, which is due to take place in February 2015.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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Women's Rights in the News
The UN Asia-Pacific regional countries acknowledging their failure to fulfil 20-year old Beijing commitment of achieving gender equality and women empowerment have called for a “stand-alone” goal in the post-2015 agenda to make a fresh effort.
Extractive Industries neglect community engagement policies, increasing vulnerability of world’s rural poor
African CSO Press Release on Beijing+20 Review: Governments Must Re-Dedicate to Women's & Girls' Rights Commitments
Women's rights organizations meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 14-16 November have called on African governments to re-dedicate themselves to upholding national, regional and international laws and policies that advance women's rights and gender equality on universal human rights standards already agreed upon and protect them from social moral and cultural arguments and positions.
Issues & Analysis
It has never been more imperative to take action toward ending gender-based violence. On November 25, 2014, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) will stand committed, along with women and human rights activists, by launching the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign.
Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa Press Release: Trans Day of Remembrance 2014
Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa celebrates the international trans day of remembrance. This day has significance for transgender and gender non-conforming people all over the world, a day in which we remember and celebrate the lives lost to violence on account of people’s gender identity.
Uganda Network of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Persons: “My Identity, My pride” Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)
Kampala, Uganda - On this day annually, the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is observed to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people (transphobia) and to bring attention to the continued violence and harassment endured by the transgender community globally.
What's new at AWID?
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.
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.
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.