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Thursday, July 21, 2016
2015 was UN Women’s fifth year. As we marked this milestone, the United Nations celebrated 70 years of fostering human rights, and governments and civil society assessed 15 years of implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, and of Security...
Thursday, July 21, 2016
The ceasefire, brokered in February 2016, is beginning to fail. As violence once again escalates in Syria, and the international community fails to protect the Syrian women and men from mass atrocities, WILPF believes that addressing the root causes...
Thursday, July 21, 2016
The Guardian has published an article on UN’s campaign to highlight the role of women in peace-building and conflict resolution– hoping that their largely unsung work in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Libya and Palestine will inspire others. A series of five...
Thursday, July 21, 2016
The Human Rights Council decided to appoint, for a period of three years, an Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  It also adopted a resolution on youth and human...
Thursday, July 21, 2016
The Moroccan government approved last month an amendment to the Moroccan Penal Code that liberalizes the nation’s abortion laws. This amendment is the most recent manifestation of efforts to reform the 50-year-old code in accordance with the goals...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Since the beginning of the refugee crisis in Europe, refugee women on Greek islands are in constant fear, according to Amnesty International. Shirin, an Afghan journalist, was once shot at by the Taliban. After fleeing near-fatal attacks in her...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
According to UNFPA, there are 21.2 million people in need in Yemen, 3.4 million of them women and girls of reproductive age. Women & Girls Hub published this article by UNFPA Yemen. Click here to access the full news story. During times of...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
The Guardian has published an article on the views of UN Women’s Executive Director about changing laws blocking women’s economic progress. A global action plan to empower women economically by 2030 will focus on six areas, including addressing...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
OpenDemocracy has published the following report in defense of grassroots women crisis responders. “False claims that deny the impact of grassroots women's crisis responses are diverting much needed resources away from the very people making the...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
The Executive Director of Nazra For Feminist Studies center, Mozn Hassan, was banned from traveling last month. Nazra published the following statement: “The Passport Administration at Cairo International Airport banned this morning feminist...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Returning to Syria after working for the BBC in London, Zaina Erhaim found that all of the citizen journalists reporting on the civil war were men. When she decided to run training sessions for women who wanted to be journalists, she quickly...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter “the Inter-American Commission”, “the Commission”, or the “IACHR”) has ruled repeatedly on impunity for human rights violations as one of the main obstacles to observance of the rule of law...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The Inter‐American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter “the Commission” or “the IACHR”) presents this thematic report in which it examines the dimensions of the problem of sexual violence in Mesoamerica.  It examines the regulatory and...
Friday, July 01, 2016
As the world adopts a new framework to tackle its most acute development problems, UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) has a clear vision for its role. Building on high-impact grant-making since 2009, the Fund is poised to directly support...
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Womankind Worldwide is a women’s rights and international development organization making an impact through the power of partnership. Since it was founded just over 25 years ago Womankind has helped 18 million women and their families. Their vision...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization established in 1995, by Member States, which aims to support sustainable democracy worldwide and assist in the development...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
The Organization of American States, OAS, approves a historical American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 17 years after the first meetings to sign this Declaration. Héctor Huertas, lawyer and indigenous leader of the Guna people in...
Monday, June 13, 2016
This study report on Women in Power and Decision-Making in the Eastern Partnership Countries, 2015 is part of the project Short term high quality studies to support activities under the Eastern Partnership – HiQSTEP, carried out by an international...
Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Summary record of the Joint Biennial Meeting of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE) and the OECD-DAC Network on Gender Equality (GENDERNET) “Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: A game...
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Members of the Working Group, as well as representatives of civil society organizations and academia will evaluate lessons learned and assess the results of the First Round of National Reports on the Protocol of San Salvador. This online event is...
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Foreign ministers of OAS member states will meet from June 14-15, in the Dominican Republic. The General Assembly will be broadcast live on the OAS Website. More information is available here.
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Foreign Ministers of the Hemisphere, gathered for three days in Santo Domingo during the annual meeting of the hemispheric institution’s highest decision-making body, will discuss “Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development in the...
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
In the context of the 46th OAS General Assembly, the institution’s highest authorities, along with representatives of civil society organizations in the Hemisphere, will exchange views on their main concerns, public policies throughout the region,...
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Hollywood star and human rights activist, Angelina Jolie-Pitt, has been recently appointed as Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics, within its new Centre for Women, Peace and Security (WPS). This position is unpaid and honorary,...
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
After the brutal raping of a 16-year old girl by 30 men in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, different women's groups have carried out actions of rejection, as this demonstration in Goiania. The victim, who said she believed she would die, is now trying to...
Thursday, May 26, 2016
New article published in The Atlantic explores the reasons behind Michel Temer’s decision to establish a white men only government in Brazil. The fact that the new government of Brazil is only made up by white men caused many commentators to...
Friday, May 20, 2016
2010 marked the 60th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights, which sets out a general prohibition on discrimination in its Article 14, and the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the two fundamental texts in the fight against...
Friday, May 20, 2016
The aim of the project was to examine the advisability of creating a new mechanism to address laws that discriminate against women. The terms of reference specified two key objectives. The first was to overview existing UN mechanisms to ascertain...
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
This is a USA-focused guide for American mayors on how to promote gender equality in cities and local government. It features many case studies –one of them on CEDAW implementation in San Francisco- recommendations, links to complementary studies,...
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
During the biannual meeting of the Federal Electoral Tribunal, its president, Constancio Carrasco, has assumed the Presidency and the Technical Secretary of the Observatory of Political Participation of Women in Mexico. At the event, Lorena Cruz,...
Monday, May 16, 2016
Worldwide, several challenges to the full realization of women's rights persist, and women continue face discrimination in access to education, work, social protection, inheritance, economic assets, productive resources and participation in...
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Like other blockbuster media moments, Shonda Rhimes' television show Scandal proves there is a massive audience for American political dramas, especially those featuring a sidelong glance toward largely repressed national and cultural debates about...
Thursday, May 12, 2016
A new article published in The Cap Times focuses on the sexist violence experienced by women who are involved in politics. The article starts citing the words by State Representative Michelle Litjens, who declared: “You have to be pretty strong. I...
Thursday, May 12, 2016
An article published in The Atlantic discusses the negative impacts for women’s political empowerment of the so-called ‘system of beauty’. This expression refers to the systematic referral to women’s appearance, instead of focusing the attention on...
Thursday, May 12, 2016
The Czech Women’s Lobby (CWL), as a network of 30 NGO’s and academic institutions focusing on gender equality, submits this Shadow report with regard to the consideration of the Sixth Periodic Report submitted by the Czech Republic to the United...
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Judith Prat, documentary photographer, has recently published an article on the sustained political struggle of Kurdish women. The article builds upon an interview with Cemile Akgun (vid. Photo) from the association “Mothers for Peace”. After the...
Monday, May 09, 2016
The Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) has published an article on the situation of women defenders of human rights in Mesoamerica. The article highlights the extra difficulty experienced by female human rights activists in a context marked by...
Friday, May 06, 2016
Botswana is considered a middle-income country. The country has also enjoyed a stable democracy since 1996. Botswana is committed to upholding the rule of law and affords its citizens and all people in the country ‘the protection and the enjoyment...
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
With this event The Organization of American States opens a space to debate about the regional advances within the framework of the “Protocol of San Salvador”, accessible here. The debate refers to the importance of promoting and enabling the...
Pam Damoff Pam Damoff is Member of Parliament in Canada
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Pam Damoff is a business professional and community activist who has served as a Town Councillor in Oakville since 2010. Her extensive public service is combined with over 27 years of corporate experience on Bay Street. She has been elected to...

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