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.
AWID's Friday Files
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.
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.
On 27 April 2015, the Southern Mindanao office of Karapatan, Alliance for the Advancement of People's Rights, was attacked by unknown men.
On 25 April 2015, unidentified gunmen shot and killed human rights defender Sabeen Mahmud outside the arts venue she founded in Karachi.
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.
Call for Participation at the 2016 AWID Forum
This invitation is for those who believe in futures free from gendered oppressions, the realization of full rights for people and planet, and self-determination from the body to the nation.
Contribute to shaping the conversation at the 2016 Forum by submitting a proposal to organize a session.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Read more Institutional member profiles here
Read more Individual member profiles here
Women's Rights in the News
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.