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AWID's Friday Files

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.

#BringBackOurGirls: A Year After Chibok Abductions Women And Girls Are Still In Danger

#BringBackOurGirls: A Year After Chibok Abductions Women And Girls Are Still In Danger

10 April 2015

FRIDAY FILE : It’s been one year since the abduction by Boko Haram of 276 female students from their boarding school in Chibok, Borno State in northeastern Nigeria. The #BringBackOurGirls campaign began following the kidnapping but the whereabouts of most of the young girls remains unknown[1]. AWID spoke to Nigerian and Cameroonian feminist activists to learn more about the situation of women and girls in Nigeria and neighboring countries as well as the national and international response, and challenges of taking appropriate and efficient action a year after the Chibok kidnappings.

Urgent Actions

Western Sahara: Home of human rights defender Aminatou Haidar attacked

27 April 2015

On 14 April 2015, the home of human rights defender Aminatou Haidar was attacked by Moroccan police as she hosted United Nations representatives to discuss human rights abuses against the Sahrawi people.

Paraguay – Human rights lawyer Julia Cabello Alonso risks suspension for criticising Supreme Court decision

20 April 2015

Human rights lawyer Julia Cabello Alonso faces a possible one-year suspension from practicing law or disqualification from the Paraguay Bar Association for her outspoken activism in defense of indigenous communities in Paraguay.

Cameroon: Assault and anonymous threatening calls against HRD Tilder Kumichi Ndichia

15 April 2015

As of 9 April 2015, human rights defender Ms Tilder Kumichi Ndichia has been receiving anonymous threatening phone calls. The threats began following her return to Yaoundé from Isaibal, a village located in the North West Region of Cameroon, where she was following up on a case of domestic violence against a woman.

What Does Young Feminist Organizing Look Like?

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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

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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

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Each week we profile a different institutional and individual AWID member. This week we are featuring members: Isis-WICCE and Simangele Daisy Mavundla! If you are an AWID member and would like to be profiled, please write to membership@awid.org

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

Challenging the Power of the One Percent

14 April 2015

When you are faced with the task of moving an object but find it is too heavy to lift, what is your immediate and most natural response? You ask someone to help you lift it. And it makes all the difference.

Protect Women Human Rights Defenders' Right to Privacy

07 April 2015

In recent years, revelations of mass governmental surveillance have propelled the right to privacy into the public eye and discourse. However, equal attention needs to be given to surveillance practices by individuals against each other, as well as by the private sector and non-state actors.

“If I were told that I only have one day left to live, I would spend it fighting for human rights" - Mutabar Tadjibaeva

30 March 2015

This article, originally published by FIDH on March 27th, 2015, talks about the life of 52-year-old Uzbek journalist and activist Mutabar Tadjibaeva, who arrived in France in 2009 as a political refugee.

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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