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Tax Justice and Human Rights

Tax Justice and Human Rights

01 May 2015

Friday File – Representatives from human rights organisations, and tax justice experts and activists met this week in Lima, Peru to strategise about ‘Advancing Tax Justice through Human Rights[i].  AWIDs Ana Ines Abelenda was there to explore the linkages between taxation policies and social and gender justice by using human rights instruments and commitments as a powerful tool.

Textile Workers' Rights Should Not be Negotiable

Textile Workers' Rights Should Not be Negotiable

24 April 2015

FRIDAY FILE: On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza, a building housing garment factories, collapsed in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, killing 1,138 people, mostly women textile workers. Two years later, feminists around the world are organizing "24 Hours of Feminist Solidarity" on April 24, 2015 in memory of the victims of this disaster. 

Chile: Abortion Bill Still Restricts Right To Decide About Our Bodies

Chile: Abortion Bill Still Restricts Right To Decide About Our Bodies

17 April 2015

FRIDAY FILE: On January 31, president Michelle Bachelet sent a Bill to the Chilean Congress to decriminalize abortion on three grounds: fetal malformation, when the mother's life is at risk, and where pregnancy is the result of rape. AWID spoke to feminist activists about this Bill and other pending sexual and reproductive health rights issues in this South American country.

Urgent Actions

Pakistan: Human Rights Defender Sabeen Mahmud Shot Dead

28 April 2015

On 25 April 2015, unidentified gunmen shot and killed human rights defender Sabeen Mahmud outside the arts venue she founded in Karachi.

AMARC stands in solidarity with the population of Nepal

28 April 2015

On April 25, Nepal was struck by an earthquake of 7.9 in magnitude at 11:45 local time. The capital, Kathmandu was violently hit. There have been numerous aftershocks since the first wave, making the search and rescue work very challenging. The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters stands in solidarity with the population of Nepal, shares their pain and grief. Furthermore, AMARC offers its sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones in this tragic event. 

GFW call for action for Nepal´s women

28 April 2015

Women in Nepal Need Your Support Now More Than Ever, After Worst Earthquake in 80 Years. In the face of this devastation, Global Fund for Women’s partners are already responding to the needs of women and children in Nepal and India. Our partners – local, women-led groups – are deeply rooted in the communities they serve. They know the specific needs of women after a crisis – needs that most relief efforts overlook, such as supplying sanitary napkins, milk and food for babies and children, or safe shelters for single women and their families.

What Does Young Feminist Organizing Look Like?


Calling young feminists! Help fill in critical information gaps about the priorities and challenges you face by taking our survey. Give it a go!

Securing a just and sustainable world means challenging the power of the 1%

Read the joint call from the leaders of ActionAid, AWID, Civicus, Greenpeace and Oxfam on the eve of the World Social Forum in Tunis


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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Member Profiles

Global Insight Meme

Each week we profile a different institutional and individual AWID member. This week we are featuring members: Global Insight and Fatuma Semgaya! 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

Twenty-Year Sentence Handed to Purvi Patel for Death of Foetus Condemned by Women's Groups

01 April 2015

This article, originally published by The Independent on April 1st, 2015, discusses how the first woman to be sentenced for killing a foetus has been handed a 20-year prison term for feticide and neglect of a dependent, despite claiming she gave birth to a stillborn baby.

Witnesses, Who Say Police Killed Activist, Are to Be Charged in Egypt

01 April 2015

This article, originally published by The New York Times on March 30th, 2015, discusses how Egyptian prosecutors are bringing criminal charges against witnesses who said they saw the police kill an unarmed poet and activist during a demonstration, a lawyer who has seen the charges said on Monday.

Update - Honduras: 18 Months in Prison for Women's Rights Defender Gladys Lanza Ochoa

30 March 2015

On 26 March 2015, Honduras' Tribunal of Tegucigalpa sentenced human rights defender Ms Gladys Lanza Ochoa to 18 months' imprisonment. The sentence comes two months after her conviction on 28 January 2015 on charges of defamation and slander against the Executive Director of the Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Vivienda Social, Urbana y Rural - FUNDEVI (Foundation for Development of Urban and Rural Social Housing).

Issues & Analysis

Sabeen Mahmud: "I Stand up for What I Believe in, but I Can't Fight Guns"

28 April 2015

Sabeen Mahmud alleviated intellectual poverty until the day she was murdered, 24 April 2015. In an interview with Karima Bennoune in 2010 Mahmud explained why she founded a politico-cultural space in Karachi.

"We Want Peace. We're Tired of War"

28 April 2015

In this article, originally published by 50.50 Open Democracy on May 29th, 2013, Julienne Lusenge speaks about her work as a women's human rights defender in the DRC.

At the Margins of Visibility: Recognising Women Human Rights Defenders

27 April 2015

This article, written by Ndana Bofu-Tawamba and published by 50.50 Open Democracy on April 23rd, 2015, discusses how every small act that stands up to patriarchy or to inequality, whether it is asking to go to school, or refusing to marry the man her father chooses, is an act of women's human rights defense.

What's new at AWID?

AWID Executive Director's Speech at the Opening Session of the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Thank you Madam Chairperson and distinguished UN and government leaders. I would like to focus my speech on five key messages, which have been shaped by hundreds of women from around the world.

Sex Workers Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice: Post-2012 AWID International Forum Innovation Seed Grants

Sex Workers Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice: Post-2012 AWID International Forum Innovation Seed Grants

This report shares highlights from the four recipients of AWID’s “Innovation Seed Grants” whose projects focused on advancing the rights of sex workers: the Association of Hungarian Sex Workers, Red Umbrella Project (USA), Debolina Dutta in collaboration with sex worker collectives DMSC and VAMP in India, and Aids Myanmar Association National Network of Sex Work Projects (AMA). 

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 and the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD-IC) are re-launching Our Right to Safety: Women Human Rights Defenders' Holistic Approach to Protection.

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.


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