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AWID's Friday Files

El Salvador - Breaking the Silence on Criminalizing Abortion

El Salvador - Breaking the Silence on Criminalizing Abortion

26 September 2014

FRIDAY FILE: As we commemorate the Day for the Decriminalization of Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean on September 28 we take a look at the situation in El Salvador where abortion is illegal and where many women remain incarcerated because of these laws.

UNGA69: Human Rights and Financing for Development in the Post-2015 Agenda

UNGA69: Human Rights and Financing for Development in the Post-2015 Agenda

19 September 2014

FRIDAY FILE - Discussions on the new development agenda to replace the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in just over a year (with many goals not yet achieved), are reaching crucial stages. United Nations head Ban Ki-moon recently stated that the post-2015 development agenda will be a key part of the 69th UN General Assembly Session (UNGA), starting this week.  We look at some of the ongoing concerns with the debates and negotiations ahead of the 69th UNGA.

Afro-descendant Women’s Organising in Latin America

Afro-descendant Women’s Organising in Latin America

12 September 2014

FRIDAY FILE – In January this year the United Nations declared 2015-2024 The International Decade for People of African Descent. AWID spoke to Vicenta Camusso Pintos, coordinator of the South Cone Region for the Red de Mujeres Afrolatinoamericanas, Afrocaribeñas y la Diáspora, to learn more about Afro-descendant women’s organizing in Latin America over the past two decades.

Urgent Actions

Kenya: Human Rights Lawyer Wendy Wanja Mutegi Receives Threats

30 September 2014

On 23 September 2014, human rights lawyer Ms Wendy Wanja Mutegi was forced to cancel her scheduled community meetings for fear of attack from a group of men who had threatened to harm her if she does not halt her advocacy work on behalf of an indigenous community in Eastern Kenya.

#Sept28 Petition by CRR, IPPF-WHR and Ipas

24 September 2014

We believe in a world where every woman has the right to make decisions about her body, her health, and her future.

Egypt: Provisional release of Ms. Mahienour El-Massry

24 September 2014

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the provisional release of Ms.Mahienour El-Massry, a human rights lawyer known for her activism in favour of judicial independence and prisoners’ rights by organising peaceful protests, support activities for political prisoners and using social media to denounce human rights violations. 

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: Sesithule Vamanani Caring Association (SEVACA) and Priscilla Addai Yeboah! 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

Spanish justice minister resigns after failure of abortion law

25 September 2014

Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, Spanish Justice Minister, announced his resignation from his ministerial position and from politics altogether.

Iraq: Lawyer and Human Rights Defender Samira Saleh Al-Naimi Executed by ISIS in Mosul

24 September 2014

With utmost sorrow and grief, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) received the news of the execution by the so called Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) of lawyer and human rights defender Samira Saleh Al-Naimi in the city of Mosul, Iraq. 

Spain abandons plan to introduce tough new abortion laws

23 September 2014

Government fails to reach consensus over making abortion illegal except in case of rape or when mother’s health is at risk

Issues & Analysis

United Nations Calls on Governments to Promote Safe Pregnancy and Child Birth

30 September 2014

U.N. Human Rights Council Passes 5th Resolution to Address Preventable Maternal Deaths

Emma Watson, trolls and a feminist internet

26 September 2014

By Jac sm Kee. When my news alerts were flooded by Emma Watson’s “game-changing speech” about feminism at the UN at the start of the week, I was excited. I love Emma Watson, which is possibly a spillover love for Hermione and JK Rowling. They are all brilliant and brave plot-drivers, so I clicked on the video link immediately, but within a few minutes, I found myself trying to stem back my feeling of disappointment.

Governments keen to support gender goal but more is needed to improve women’s lives

25 September 2014

This week UN member countries meet in New York to discuss the way forward on what will replace the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. While the support for a gender goal is on the horizon, many more resources are needed to improve women’s lives and close gender gaps.

What's new at AWID?

Where is the Money for Indigenous Women? 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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