FRIDAY FILE: In the latest interview forming part of AWID’s commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, AWID speaks to feminist lawyer Alda Facio[i] about some of the advances and challenges to women’s human rights in Latin America, especially related to violence against women in all its forms.
AWID's Friday Files
FRIDAY FILE: AWID spoke to Sara Álvarez Medrano, a young Mayan lesbian feminist about her experiences living as a lesbian in her community, the discrimination she has faced and her feminist and spiritual journey.
FRIDAY FILE: The 2013 World Conference of Indigenous Women "Progress and Challenges Regarding the Future we Want" held from October 28-30 2013, in Lima, Peru, was attended by about 300 Indigenous women leaders from Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, the Artic, Russia and the Pacific.
The Committee of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH) is one of the country’s main human rights organizations. Its work includes seeking justice for current human rights abuses by the security forces and for “disappearances” in the 1980s, and training local human rights activists. Their brave work places them at great risk.
We thank you and the various organizations and peoples all over the worlds for responding to the Filipino people’s appeal for relief support for the victims of typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan.
Amnesty International supporters worldwide today begin a 16-day global campaign challenging violence against women and girls exacerbated by increasingly militarized societies or "militarism".
Special Tribute to Sunila Abeysekera on this International Women Human Rights Defenders’ Day
Today is international Women Human Rights Defenders Day and we are commemorating Sunila Abeysekera, a tireless defender of human rights in Sri Lanka. She will invariably be remembered as a mother, activist, writer, critic, feminist, and singer with a wonderful sense of humor! Listen to Sunila sing in this tribute we’ve put together in honor of her work, life and contributions to women’s movements. To read about other women human rights defenders who are no longer with us please visit our exhibit.
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.
Each week we profile a different institutional and individual AWID member. This week we are featuring members: Caribbean Development Activists & Women’s Network (Caribbean DAWN) and Nina Tumaini! If you are an AWID member and would like to be profiled, please write to email@example.com
Read more Institutional member profiles here
Read more Individual member profiles here
Women's Rights in the News
The founding of a global federation of domestic workers is a sign of the growing strength of the movement, and a key moment to assess progress for workers long excluded from basic labor protections, said the International Domestic Workers Network (IDWN), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and Human Rights Watch. There are an estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide – the majority of whom are women and girls, and many of whom are migrants.
Women refugees from Syria are being sexually harassed by employers, landlords, and even faith-based aid distributors in Lebanon, Human Rights Watch said. Human Rights Watch interviewed a dozen women who described being groped, harassed, and pressured to have sex.
Issues & Analysis
In light of increasing climate change, the concept of Low Carbon Development (LCD) has entered the development lexicon and policy maker jargon.
This Friday, to mark the eighth anniversary of the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, we will celebrate women around the world standing on the frontlines.
There’s hardly a moment when Honduran human rights defender Bertha Cáceres is not worrying about what may happen to her for defending the rights of her community, the Lenca Indigenous People. The risk is so high that she's been forced into hiding.
What's new at AWID?
The adoption of the first-ever resolution on women human rights defenders by the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee is a step forward in protecting those who face risks and attacks for their work to promote human rights, including women’s rights, Amnesty International (AI), the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), and JASS (Just Associates) said today.
The Status of Financing for Women's Rights Organizing and Gender Equality
By Angelika Arutyunova and Cindy Clark
Key highlights of AWID's work carried out during 2012
We are excited to announce the launch of a new “AWID Membership Activities and Resources” webpage on awid.org!
We are delighted to announce the launch of AWID’s Online Resource Women’s Rights and Transitions to Democracy: An Annotated Bibliography!