Regional Articles Archives for May 2014

“If you want women’s votes in 2014 put 75 billion on the table for better ARVs,” is the challenge that Malawian activist leaders have put on the table in the run-up to the 2014 general elections. While Malawi’s bid to ensure 50% representation of women in politics may not be realised in this election cycle, HIV positive women activists are standing up boldly to voice their demands to presidential and parliamentary candidates.

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When #BringBackOurGirls became the number one trending hashtag on twitter, it became clear that a global call for action was underway. Started by a group of campaigners in Abuja, Nigeria, this hashtag was an urgent call to attract global attention to the kidnapping of over 200 school girls by the armed group Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria on April 14th.

This year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Belém do Pará Convention. As we commemorate this important event, we celebrate the feminist movements that, by invoking the Convention, have influenced the drafting of laws on violence against women, undertaken awareness campaigns, and supported legal and health services for women throughout the Americas.