It’s up to
us to ‘reframe the narrative’ of development, to move beyond the historic thrust of capital and war and to say no impunity for the murder of
Indigenous women. Jennifer Allsopp reports from WILPF's Centenary Conferencein the Hague.
feels as if the entire world has been given over to the most perverse notions
of 'safety' that are really about death
and destruction, cruelty and conflict, grandiosity and greed. Marion
Bowman reports from the Nobel
Women’s Initiative conference in the Netherlands.
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.
profile of today’s front line activist is different to that of the freedom
fighter of old. We need to see her in her wholeness. Jennifer Allsopp reports
from the Nobel Women’s Initiative conference in the Netherlands.
human rights defenders are under attack. The Nobel Women's Initiative conference
convenes today to deepen the understanding of the risks, and to develop strategies to
strengthen efforts to defend the defenders.
With the continued failure of the UN to implement the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders twenty years after it was passed, women human rights defenders are still their own best support and protection network.
Hillary Rodham Clinton will need to listen
to listen to the voices of women working at grassroots on the frontline, and be
prepared to use her power, should she win, to defend the human rights defenders.
The Nation of the Lubicon Cree is on the frontlines of environmental destruction, as it challenges the forces behind resource extraction and environmental and cultural genocide, and seeks justice for all.
Last month the North Korean government gave its permission for
an international women's peace walk across the demilitarized zone which separates it from South
Korea. The women are waiting to hear the South Korean government's decision.
A coalition of women human rights defenders
in Canada is demanding an end to state complicity, and a culture of impunity in
the genocidal violence against Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirited
If President Rouhani honours his promises and 'de-securitises' the general atmosphere, the work of women human rights defenders could lead to significant and tangible change towards ensuring human rights for Iranian citizens.
Women from Colombia, Syria, Nicaragua and Iraq are implementing multi-layered prevention strategies in their communities against rape being used as a weapon of war, offering immediate protection and countering stigma.
We're living in an undeclared war, staring into the eyes of death daily. People
who don’t know the kind of insecurity women human rights defenders confront every day can’t
imagine how hope helps us to survive.
Without recognising the work
of women who seek to protect human rights domestically, the UK government risks
seeing the activist’s role as a stage of international development rather than
as a core function of democracy.
demanding democratic participation in Northern Ireland's peace process are using
human rights principles to confront the hostility and exclusion they face from
those in control of decison-making
The new book Men
in Charge? shows that the assumption that God gave men authority
over women is a theological fiction that became a legal fiction, whose main
function now is to sustain gender inequality.
The striking disconnect between the juristic and legal constructions of
gender roles in Muslim legal tradition and the lived realities of many Muslim
women is revealed in Musawah's Global Life Stories project.
religious fundamentalism is a dangerous political activity. It is not a
distraction from ‘real’ politics - the demands of social justice and civil liberties - but a pre-condition
for achieving them.
Can Turkey's government eschew gender equality, demonise the country's dynamic women's movement, and still prevent
gender-based violence? Can a party that rejects gender equality be a force for democratisation?
In conversations with Karima Bennoune, Tunisian intellectual Amel Grami shares her analysis of the political crisis in Tunisia during the rule of the Ennahda party, and the strategies needed to defeat fundamentalism.
The fight to protect the world's girls, whether from sexual
exploitation or abduction, is not about saving individuals. It is about
profound structural change in the
hierarchical power relations of patriarchy.