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AWID's Friday Files

LGBTQI Movement Building in Middle East and North Africa

LGBTQI Movement Building in Middle East and North Africa

22 August 2014

FRIDAY FILE - On August 1, 2014, the constitutional court of Uganda overturned the discriminatory anti-gay law passed through parliament on December 20, 2013. However, the decision was based on procedural technicalities rather than on the substance of the law, which goes against freedom of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Gender Mainstreaming at the African Development Bank: Issues and Challenges

Gender Mainstreaming at the African Development Bank: Issues and Challenges

15 August 2014

FRIDAY FILES – September 1st, 2014 marks the first anniversary of the creation of the Special Envoy on Gender at the African Development Bank[i] (ADB). AWID spoke to Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, the first Special Envoy on Gender Issues at ADB, to learn more about the Bank's main goals and challenges for gender equality.

Patriarchy allows child marriage and female genital mutilation to flourish

Patriarchy allows child marriage and female genital mutilation to flourish

08 August 2014

FRIDAY FILE : This week's ‘Friday File’ is a blog post written by our Young Feminist Activism team on the recent Girl Summit in London originally published on the Guardian's Poverty Matters blog.

Urgent Actions

Mauritania: Protect Human Rights Defender Aminetou Mint El-Moctar

19 August 2014

Equality Now and the international human rights community are extremely concerned about death threats against prominent human rights defender, Ms. Aminetou Mint El-Moctar. 

Azerbaijan: Ongoing arbitrary detention and deterioration of the health condition of Ms. Leyla Yunus

18 August 2014

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Azerbaijan.

Kazakhstan: Human Rights Lawyer Ms Zinaida Mukhortova Held Under Compulsory Psychiatric Treatment

18 August 2014

On 2 July 2014, human rights lawyer Ms Zinaida Mukhortova was detained by six unidentified individuals in plain clothes in the city of Balkhash, Kazakhstan, and transferred to Balkhash psychiatric clinic. 

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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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


Each week we profile a different institutional and individual AWID member. This week we are featuring members: The Reproductive Health Training Center (RHTC) and Osai Ojigho. If you are an AWID member and would like to be profiled, please write to

Read more Institutional member profiles here

Read more Individual member profiles here

Women's Rights in the News

New developments in the International Classification of Diseases Revision Process

21 August 2014

GATE (Global Action for Trans* Equality) and STP, International Campaign Stop Trans Pathologization report that the World Health Organization (WHO) has published online its proposals on trans* health in the ICD-11 Beta Draft.

Gender Discriminatory Nationality Laws Addressed and Risk of Statelessness Reduced by Suriname

20 August 2014

On 10 July 2014, Suriname’s National Assembly passed the Draft Law on Nationality and Residency (“the Law”), amending Law No. 4 of 24 November 1975 on Surinamese Nationality and Residence.

Pacific Islands inch towards gender equality with female appointments

19 August 2014

Three women take helm at regional body, heralding gradual progress towards closing gender gap in male-dominated region

Issues & Analysis

The Guardian view on Ireland’s new abortion law: no choice at all

20 August 2014

Ireland’s abortion act promised access to abortion at least in a few cases. In practice, it seems to have made no difference at all

El Salvador: Press Release - Citizens Group for the Decriminalization of Therapeutic, Ethical and Eugenic Abortion

20 August 2014

El Salvador 13 August 2014

To the Salvadoran citizenship, civil society organizations, the media and public institutions, we express the following:

One of the major print media outlets in El Salvador has recently published articles expressing opinions and information related to our organizations and their activities in the defence of women’s rights. Specifically regarding the unjust criminalization and imprisonment of women for reasons related to abortion with aggravated murder sentences of up to 40 years.

A pregnant, suicidal rape victim fought Ireland's new abortion law. The law won

19 August 2014

Anti-abortion activists claim that legal restrictions are in the best interests of women, but they never are.

What's new at AWID?

Enough! An End to Violence and Aggression in Palestine

AWID strongly condemns Israel’s attacks on civilians in Gaza and calls for an immediate end to aggression by all sides.

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.

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

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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