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

Iran: Proposed laws reduce women to ‘baby making machines’

article lifted from: Amnesty International Iran: Proposed Laws reduce women to 'baby making machines' Women in Iran could face significant restrictions on their use of contraceptives and be further excluded from the labour market unless they have had a child, if two proposed laws are approved, says a new report by Amnesty International published today. You Shall Procreate: Attacks on women’s sexual and reproductive rights in Iran details the extreme lengths the Iranian authorities are going to in order to encourage repeated childbearing in a misguided attempt to boost the country’s declining population figures.…Read more

ISIS International Newsletter – 20 Years after Beijing

  an Isis International e-newsletter, offers news, information and commentary on women’s activism and rights around the globe Isis International takes its name from Isis, an ancient mother goddess, who symbolizes creativity, knowledge and women’s power. Our logo is the symbol of women open to give and receive knowledge, creativity and empowerment.   20 years after Beijing Feminists and women activists prepare for the Beijing+20 Asia-Pacific review   The 3rd Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, August 18-30, 2014 Women continue to lobby and push governments for full…Read more