women’s rights

Women’s Rights in the Arab World and Gender Budgeting on Focus

Posted in Financial Flows on November 1st, 2012 by

The uncertain fate of women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa region was one of the most relevant concerns at the 12th International Forum of the Association for Women’s Rights In Development (AWID), held last week in Istanbul. After the Forum, Canadian activist Kate McInturff called on feminists “working at the international level” […]

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Posted in Sexuality on October 25th, 2012 by

The current dominant economic system has profound impacts on women’s sexual and reproductive rights and LGBTQI rights—including and beyond the commodification of sex, sexuality and women’s bodies. Times of economic crisis often lead to even greater attempts to control sexuality and further limit access to sexual and reproductive health services and rights, especially for women […]

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Culture & Religion

Posted in Culture & Religion on October 25th, 2012 by

In all countries of the world there are cultural practices that hinder and in some cases prevent women’s and entire communities’ full enjoyment of their human rights.  Different forms of gender-based violence are commonly justified in the name of culture, tradition or religion. Agendas grounded in the political manipulation of religion or culture often work […]

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Economic Rights And Justice For Domestic Workers

Posted in Labour & Work on October 24th, 2012 by

FRIDAY FILE: Domestic workers contribute greatly to the global economy. They bolster local and foreign economies by taking on care-giving roles, and migrant workers send home remittances that form a substantial part of their home countries’ gross domestic product. Yet for a long time domestic labour has been unregulated and domestic workers have experienced violations […]

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Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice

Posted in Plenary 1, Plenary 4 on October 24th, 2012 by

Cindy Clark and Lydia Alpízar Durán. Between 19 and 22 April 2012, close to 2,240 women’s rights activists and allies gathered in Istanbul under the banner of Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice. In organizing this 12th AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights and Development, the intention was to explore how economic power is impacting women […]

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The Other Financial Crisis: Growth and crash of the microfinance sector in India

Posted in Access to and control of resources on October 24th, 2012 by

Christa Wichterich. Abstract. Christa examines the integration of women into the financial market and the role borrowers of microcredits play. She argues that lending to women and microcredits as a main source of income has brought a financialization of everyday life to Indian villages resulting in a feminization of indebtedness. Introduction In recent years, India has […]

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