Economic & Social Rights

FAR welcomes the report of the WGDAWG on the Causes of Deprivation of Liberty and the Extension of Its Mandate

In June 2019, the report Women deprived of liberty was released by the Working Group on discrimination against women and girls­, one of the two special procedures of the Human Rights Council (HRC) comprised of independent human rights experts with mandates to specifically report and advise on women’s human rights. This report is an essential analysis to understand the underlying […]

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The Role of Women’s Human Rights Mechanisms in Advancing a Feminist Agenda and Protecting Human Rights

FAR aims to increase the knowledge and effective utilization of international and regional human rights instruments and mechanisms. This approach strengthens the capacities of women’s rights defenders and organizations, as well as supports their strategies to hold governments accountable for human rights violations against women and girls. As women’s rights and gender equality continue to face backlash and attacks, it is […]

Steering Committee Meetings

Steering Committee annual meeting: March 2018 (CSW)

FAR Steering Committee met in New York, USA, during CSW62. The Steering Committee welcomed new members representing four global regions: Abiola Akiyode Afolabi (Africa); Priyanthi Fernando (Asia); Rosalee Gonzalez (North America – indigenous women); and, Margarita Guille (Latin America). The Steering Committee’s new composition prompted a review of FAR’s purpose and relevance in the larger context of the challenges faced […]

Steering Committee Meetings

Steering Committee Annual Meeting for the period 2018-2019

On January 12-13, 2019, the Steering Committee met to discuss FAR’s strategies, priorities, and activities for the 2019-2020 period. The Alliance reaffirmed its engagement on the priority theme of women and peace (WP) from a feminist perspective, with specific attention to gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual and reproductive rights. The meeting was held in conjunction with a regional consultation convened […]

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Paradigm Shift for the Current Women, Peace and Security Agenda

FAR Steering committee members along with activists from Jordan/Syria, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Yemen, and Sri Lanka engaged in discussing the need for a feminist peace agenda in January 2019.  The meeting was held in Amman, Jordan, and was convened by Center for Women’s Global Leadership, the global coordinator of FAR, in partnership with ABAAD (MENA region) and Women and Media […]

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Harassment and Violence Against Indigenous Women in the World of Work

Indigenous women endure structural gender and race discrimination in the world of work. In many countries, a disproportionate number of domestic workers and informal workers are indigenous women, which increases their vulnerability to violence due to the nature of these activities. Due to their identity, rural origin, gender, age and other factors, they also are denied justice when their human […]

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Global Consultation with Indigenous Women: March 2019

FAR, along with the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), MADRE, and the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute (WHRI), co-sponsored the first global consultation with indigenous women leaders to discuss the development of a new CEDAW General Recommendation on indigenous women’s rights. The meeting was convened by the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI) and attended by indigenous activist women from […]

Gender Based Violence & Sexual and Reproductive Rights

“You Only Get What You Fight For!”: Siva Thanenthiran

Siva Thanenthiran is currently the Executive Director of ARROW in Malaysia. Prior to that, she explored different career choices in her life, which included teaching at a university, running a magazine across three countries and working for the United Nations. Her myriad work experiences helped her discover her passion for writing and learning and form her ideals of working in […]

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Feminist Spaces Remain Notoriously Clueless About Disabled Women’s Needs: Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi Goyal is a young feminist from India working at the intersections of disability and gender. She is committed to changing the lives of women and girls with disabilities. Her work spans research, writing, training, campings, advocacy, and art. She’s the founder and director of Rising Flame Foundation, a small but robust organization focused on building leadership skills of persons with […]