Civil Society Organization (CSO) Survey – Date Extended!

Please see below the announcement that the CSO Survey Deadline has been extended to April 15, 2015.  If you have not done so already, please participate!    Civil Society Organization (CSO) Survey Global Study on the Implementation of UNSCR 1325 NOTICE: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 15, 2015 YOUR VOICES COUNTS. PLEASE JOIN US! You've been invited by the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN), Cordaid, and the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (NGOWG on WPS) to offer your views, concerns and recommendations on…Read more

Sweden adds new gender-neutral pronoun to its dictionary

Direct via The Guardian   The official dictionary of the Swedish language will introduce a gender-neutral pronoun in April, editors at the Swedish Academy have announced. “Hen” will be added to “han” (he) and “hon” (she) as one of 13,000 new words in the latest edition of the Swedish Academy’s SAOL. Is it time we agreed on a gender-neutral singular pronoun? The pronoun is used to refer to a person without revealing their gender – either because it is unknown, because the person is transgender, or the speaker or writer deems the gender…Read more

Africa: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea to Address CSW On Ebola Impact in West Africa

Liberia along with Sierra Leone and Guinea will today, March 18, 2015, lead a joint panel discussion under the topic "Bending The Curve," at the ongoing 59th Session on the Commission of The status of Women (CSW) held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, USA. The discussion will focus on the impact of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on women and girls in the affected Manor River Union (MRU) countries while the panelists for the Mano River Union (MRU) side event will include Liberia's Minister of Gender, Children and Social…Read more

Women’s rights activists using social media to get their message out

News from the CSW Hashtag activism has helped to propel women’s rights to the forefront of political agendas, bringing attention to issues often under-reported by mainstream media, panellists have told an event at the UN in New York. Social media has helped women to share experiences of sexual violence, such as on the HarassMap platform, launched in Egypt, and has kept international attention focused on events that have slipped off the news agenda, such as the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, launched in 2014 after the abduction of more than 300 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria. The…Read more
AWID Executive Director’s Speech at the CSW59 Opening Session

AWID Executive Director’s Speech at the CSW59 Opening Session

VIA Association for Women's Rights in Development 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. Firstly, let’s celebrate. Today, I celebrate women - lesbians, black, indigenous, urban and rural women living in conditions of poverty, workers, disabled women, young and elders, trans & intersex people, leaders from different generations. I celebrate the relentless and tireless work of women and girls, organized in all our diversity, in different groups…Read more