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Witchcraft Accusations Perpetuate Women's Oppression in Sub-Saharan Africa

Witchcraft Accusations Perpetuate Women's Oppression in Sub-Saharan Africa

27 February 2015

FRIDAY FILE - Following the recent announcement by local NGOs that more than 700 women accused of witchcraft had been murdered in Tanzania in a year, AWID spoke with Valerie Yvette Banlog, Founding President of the NGO Femme Action et Développement En Zone CEMAC (FADEC - Women Action and Development in CEMAC Areas) to discuss violence against women accused of witchcraft and the absence of appropriate and effective responses.

A Gendered Lens on the Current Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

A Gendered Lens on the Current Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

20 February 2015

FRIDAY FILE - The latest World Health Organization's (WHO) Ebola situation report estimates the death toll in the current Ebola virus epidemic at nearly 9,400 with close to 23,300 people infected[1], AWID spoke to Liberian activists to learn more about the impact of the epidemic on women and girls in the region.

Proposed reparations make violence against trans* people visible in Argentina

Proposed reparations make violence against trans* people visible in Argentina

13 February 2015

FRIDAY FILE:  A bill making provisions to economically compensate victims of gender identity-based institutional violence was submitted past November in Argentina. AWID interviewed trans activist, and one of the bill’s authors, Marlene Wayar[1], on its scope and some of the pending debates in the country on discrimination and criminalization.

Urgent Actions

Petition: End the Right to Rape

25 February 2015

International Women's Day is 8th March. Sign the petition by the International Women's Development Agency to demand action and tell the world that no man has the right to rape.

Morocco: Raid on the main office of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights

18 February 2015

On the evening of 15 February 2015, more than 40 plain-clothes officers raided the headquarters of the Association Marocaine des Droits Humains – AMDH (Moroccan Association for Human Rights). Officers surrounded the premises and refused to present identification or allow staff to enter the office. 

India: Human rights defender Teesta Setalvad at ongoing risk of detention

18 February 2015

On 13 February 2015, the Indian Supreme Court ordered a stay on the arrest of human rights defender Ms Teesta Setalvad and her spouse, Mr Javad Anand, until 19 February 2015. The human rights defender, her spouse and three other individuals are being investigated for allegedly embezzling funds intended for the construction of a memorial to the victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots. 

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

Huvadhoo Aid

Each week we profile a different institutional and individual AWID member. This week we are featuring members: Huvadhoo Aid (HAD) and Natasha Leite! 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

Somali-Canadian Trans Woman Sumaya Dalmar Found Dead in Toronto

25 February 2015

In what has already been a year of horrifying violence and tragedy for trans women of color, a young Somali-Canadian trans woman was lost this weekend in Toronto. Sumaya Dalmar, known also as Sumaya Ysl, was found dead on Sunday morning at the age of 26.

LGBT Activists in Cameroon Face Threats and Violence

25 February 2015

This article, originally published by France 24 on February 25th, 2015, discusses how allies and defenders of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Cameroon are facing grave dangers.

Azerbaijan/EU: Use Official Visit to Free Activists No More Business as Usual in the Face of Crackdown

25 February 2015

The European Union special representative for human rights should use his visit to Azerbaijan beginning February 23, 2015, to insist that the authorities release dozens of activists and journalists imprisoned on politically motivated charges, Human Rights Watch, International Partnership for Human Rights, and Front Line Defenders said today.

Issues & Analysis

Whose Lives Matter in Current Day Egypt?

25 February 2015

This article, written by Semanur Karaman and published by Daily News Egypt of February 21st, 2015, discusses how the scope of attacks against human rights defenders in Egypt has reached a limit that is no longer tolerable.

Sudan: Mass Rape by Army in Darfur

16 February 2015

Sudanese army forces raped more than 200 women and girls in an organized attack on the north Darfur town of Tabit in October 2014, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) should take urgent steps to protect civilians in the town from further abuses.

Women Stand Their Ground against Big Coal

11 February 2015

Battles between coal mining companies, the municipalities that host them and affected local residents are now drawing blood with last week’s rubber-bullet shootings and arrests of activists (including key women organisers) fighting coal and demanding a decent life in Emahlahleni (formerly Witbank).

What's new at AWID?

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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