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Youth Strategize for the Post 2015 Development Agenda

Youth Strategize for the Post 2015 Development Agenda

25 July 2014

FRIDAY FILE – From 27-29 June, 21 young people from across Central, Eastern and Southeast Asia, the Pacific, Africa, North America, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, with diverse experiences came together in Hong Kong to strategize for the post-2015 development agenda process currently underway at the United Nations.

Feminist Economics: Looking to the New Global Development Agenda

Feminist Economics: Looking to the New Global Development Agenda

18 July 2014

FRIDAY FILE – AWID attended the recent Annual meeting the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE), to find out what feminist economists are thinking and proposing on key economic justice issues, and remaining challenges for gender equality and women’s rights in the Post 2015 Development Agenda negotiations.

Stigmatization and the Role of Associations in the Fight against HIV in Middle East and North Africa

Stigmatization and the Role of Associations in the Fight against HIV in Middle East and North Africa

11 July 2014

FRIDAY FILE: At a recent international conference in Tunis[1] on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Arab Countries, AWID met Jocelyn DeJong, professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at American University in Beirut and coordinator of the Reproductive Health Working Group[2], to learn more about their research on the role of associations in fighting HIV stigmatization.

Urgent Actions

DRC: Abduction of two women human rights defenders, Ms Médiatrice Riziki and Ms Angélique Navura

23 July 2014

On 17 July 2014, two women human rights defenders Ms Médiatrice Riziki and Ms Angelica Navura, who were released after being abducted for four days by an armed group in eastern DRC, were released following intense negotiations with the leader of the group in question.

Call upon the Parliament of Turkey to hold an emergency meeting to address the rampant femicide occurring throughout Turkey

23 July 2014

We hereby call upon international feminist and LGBTI organizations and individuals to support women's movements in Turkey in our demand that the Parliament of Turkey hold an emergency meeting to address the rampant killing of women throughout the country.

Brazil: WHRD Eloisa Samy arrested amidst violent police repression of protests in Rio de Janeiro

22 July 2014

On 12 July 2014, human rights defender Ms Eloisa Samy was arrested during raids carried out by the civil police force, when 19 protesters were arrested and police invaded the homes of protesters and human rights defenders. 

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: Vivian Karimi Foundation and Isaiah Olowabi! 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

Iraqi ‘sex workers’ slaughtered amid culture of fear and secrecy

21 July 2014

Apartment blocks near a mosque and a kindergarten daubed with cartoon characters seem an unlikely place for the slaughter of 27 alleged sex workers, but in Baghdad death is never far. 

World AIDS Conference speakers take aim at countries with anti-gay laws

21 July 2014

Speakers and activists at the World Aids Conference in Melbourne have taken aim at countries with anti-gay laws, stating that they help to allow HIV to spread.

AIDS activists killed in Malaysia Airlines plane crash

21 July 2014

A number of people due to attend an HIV/AIDS conference in Australia were onboard the doomed flight MH17 when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine, according to reports.

Issues & Analysis

Nigerians seethe at the government’s failure to rescue abducted schoolgirls

23 July 2014

Goodluck Jonathan’s response to the Boko Haram crisis has been to hire an American PR firm. Nigerians abroad and at home are shaking their heads in disbelief

One Step Forward, One Step Back: The Fight for Transgender Rights in Latin America

22 July 2014

Recently, the highest court in Italy allowed a couple to remain legally married after one had sex reassignment surgery. In a surreal twist, the Catholic Church recognizes the couple as still married also, because it does not recognize gender reassignment. While it is hard to call this confluence the best of all possible worlds, it might be for now. The rights and freedoms of transgendered persons in other parts of the world, such as Latin America, are decidedly less clear.

HIV: a call for solidarity with the transgender community

21 July 2014

With the prevalence of HIV 50 times higher than that of the general population, societal acceptance and family support are crucial to the emotional wellbeing and health outcomes of LGBT people. Cecilia Chung tells her own story and calls for transgender sisterhood at the AIDS 2014 Conference

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.

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

New Actors, New Money, New Conversations

New Actors, New Money, New Conversations

A Mapping of Recent Initiatives for Women and Girls

By Julia Miller, Angelika Arutyunova, and Cindy Clark




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