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AWID's Friday Files

Gender Mainstreaming at the African Development Bank: Issues and Challenges

Gender Mainstreaming at the African Development Bank: Issues and Challenges

15 August 2014

FRIDAY FILES – September 1st, 2014 marks the first anniversary of the creation of the Special Envoy on Gender at the African Development Bank[i] (ADB). AWID spoke to Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, the first Special Envoy on Gender Issues at ADB, to learn more about the Bank's main goals and challenges for gender equality.

Patriarchy allows child marriage and female genital mutilation to flourish

Patriarchy allows child marriage and female genital mutilation to flourish

08 August 2014

FRIDAY FILE : This week's ‘Friday File’ is a blog post written by our Young Feminist Activism team on the recent Girl Summit in London originally published on the Guardian's Poverty Matters blog.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's New Mandate Has A Gender Agenda

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's New Mandate Has A Gender Agenda

01 August 2014

FRIDAY FILE – In December 2013 Michelle Bachelet won a landslide victory in the first ever presidential race between two women candidates, giving her a second term in the top decision making position in Chile. AWID spoke to feminist Sociologist Teresa Valdés, Coordinator for Chile's Gender and Equity Watch, about women's expectations and challenges to be addressed.

Urgent Actions

Mauritania: Protect Human Rights Defender Aminetou Mint El-Moctar

19 August 2014

Equality Now and the international human rights community are extremely concerned about death threats against prominent human rights defender, Ms. Aminetou Mint El-Moctar. 

Azerbaijan: Ongoing arbitrary detention and deterioration of the health condition of Ms. Leyla Yunus

18 August 2014

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Azerbaijan.

Kazakhstan: Human Rights Lawyer Ms Zinaida Mukhortova Held Under Compulsory Psychiatric Treatment

18 August 2014

On 2 July 2014, human rights lawyer Ms Zinaida Mukhortova was detained by six unidentified individuals in plain clothes in the city of Balkhash, Kazakhstan, and transferred to Balkhash psychiatric clinic. 

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.

Visit the new website...

Member Profiles


Each week we profile a different institutional and individual AWID member. This week we are featuring members: The Reproductive Health Training Center (RHTC) and Osai Ojigho. 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

Gender Discriminatory Nationality Laws Addressed and Risk of Statelessness Reduced by Suriname

20 August 2014

On 10 July 2014, Suriname’s National Assembly passed the Draft Law on Nationality and Residency (“the Law”), amending Law No. 4 of 24 November 1975 on Surinamese Nationality and Residence.

Pacific Islands inch towards gender equality with female appointments

19 August 2014

Three women take helm at regional body, heralding gradual progress towards closing gender gap in male-dominated region

Azerbaijan Detains Activists Amid Karabakh Tensions

15 August 2014

Baku accused of exploiting rising violence to charge dissidents with treason.

Issues & Analysis

The Guardian view on Ireland’s new abortion law: no choice at all

20 August 2014

Ireland’s abortion act promised access to abortion at least in a few cases. In practice, it seems to have made no difference at all

A pregnant, suicidal rape victim fought Ireland's new abortion law. The law won

19 August 2014

Anti-abortion activists claim that legal restrictions are in the best interests of women, but they never are.

Ireen Dubel on the results of the Millennium Development Goals for women

18 August 2014

At the beginning of this millennium, UN Member States agreed to achieve significant results in terms of poverty, education, health and the environment by 2015. Ireen Dubel, ​​women's rights specialist at Hivos, gave her own progress report on Millennium Development Goal 3: Men and women have the same rights.

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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