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 Exactly one year ago, gangs of the so-called Islamic State (IS) tried to carry out genocide in the Southern Kurdish (Northern Iraqi), mostly by Yazidis inhabited city Shingal/Sinjar. On 3 August 2014, IS aimed to occupy Shingal by massacres and ethnic cleansing in the villages around. According to numbers of the UN, due to the massacres that started on 3 August, 5 thousand Kurdish Yazidis got killed, 7 thousand girls and women got kidnapped like trophies, enslaved by IS gangs and sold in slavery markets. Even though some of the women were able to escape, a lot of women committed suicide for escaping from this atrocity. But still thousands of women remain in the hands of IS.

UN Human Rights Council is currently having its 29th session (from 15 June – 3 July 2015).  One of the resolutions being discussed is the regressive 'Protection of the Family' resolution.  

This poses a huge threat to the rights of women and sexual minorities.  Let your government know that you oppose the resolution.

 Ce mardi 23 juin, les Nations unies célèbrent, pour la cinquième année consécutive, la Journée internationale des veuves. En Afrique, comme ailleurs, elles passent trop souvent inaperçues alors qu'elles ont besoin d'aide.

 08 Jun 2015

The Eritrean government may have committed crimes against humanity and was responsible for systematic and gross human rights abuses on a "scope and scale seldom witnessed elsewhere", a year-long United Nations inquiry has found.

Rashida Manjoo, United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, conducted an official visit to Sudan, invited by the Government, to analyse the  causes and consequences of VAW across the Country. She observed that violence against women is an issue of concern in Sudan despite the existence of programme, policies and laws. Reports and interviews refer to the existence of violence in the family and the community, including against women and girl children, whether physical, psychological, sexual or economic.

 19 May 2015

Almost two years since the eruption of the conflict in South Sudan, the situation continues to deteriorate with women and small children making up the majority of most recent casualties, a representative from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the country said today.

GENEVA (11 May 2015)

 A group of United Nations human rights experts* today said that the Government of Paraguay has failed in its responsibility to act with due diligence in the case a 10-year old girl child, who has been refused access to treatments to save her life and preserve her health, including safe and therapeutic abortion in a timely manner.

All over the world, diverse groups use arguments based on anti-rights interpretations of religion, culture and tradition to justify violence and discrimination. This publication from AWID highlights agreements that affirm the universal and interconnected nature of human rights. It can be used by human rights advocates to challenge state and non-state actors attempting to block the development, progress and protection of laws at all levels.

To read the publication please download the pdf.

GENEVA (1 April 2015) – Tanzania should take steps to revise or repeal laws, customs and practices that discriminate against women, a UN Committee has said after considering the case of two widows who were prevented from inheriting their late husbands’ property and were left homeless. 

via AWID

Two decades after the Fourth World Conference on Women, women and girls around the world deserve better than this year’s CSW outcomes. At this time of celebration and affirmation of Beijing and commitment to accelerated implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, what women don’t need is an outcome weakened by its lack of engagement with women on the ground and lacking in vision and commitment.

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