International Women Human Rights Defenders’ Day.
The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), formerly the Association for Women in Development, is an international, feminist, membership organization committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women’s human rights. A dynamic network of women and men around the world, AWID members are researchers, academics, students, educators, activists, business people, policy-makers, development practitioners, funders, and more… In 1982, toward the end of the United Nations Decade for Women, 26 people from North American development agencies, agricultural universities and community organizations gathered to discuss the role of women as agents and beneficiaries of the development process. They founded AWID, a professional association where people concerned with women in development could dialogue across sectors and improve their effectiveness as professionals in this new field. AWID is working to build on our successes and challenge new obstacles to advance the rights of women by working with women’s rights advocates, organizations and movements worldwide to both increase our visibility and capacity to make change happen. As AWID we believe that collectively we need to be able to transform social norms, institutions, laws, economic policies, other social movements as well as ourselves in order to ultimately guarantee the rights of women and girls around the world. Since 2006, the Executive Director of AWID has been Lydia Alpízar Durán and its current Board President is Myrna Cunningham Kain. Formerly headquartered in Washington D.C., the organization now has offices in Toronto, Mexico City and Cape Town and staff working across the globe. This article lists some of the women who had paid with their lives for various causes that they represented during 2017.
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