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2 JANUARY The "Arab Spring" uprisings start in the Middle East and North Africa. Photo credit:

3 FEBRUARY Egyptian uprising topples Hosni Mubarak's 29 year presidency. Photo credit: Al Jazeera

4 February: Popular demonstrations in Libya calling for political change are met with violence. Photo credit: Wikimedia

5 February: Women march at the World Social Forum in Senegal, Dakar. Photo credit: AWID

6 MARCH Cote d'Ivoire: Post election crisis leads to economic crisis and aggravates violence against women. Photo credit: FRHDP_solidaires

7 March: Côte d'Ivoire- Hundreds of women march on International Womens Day in Abidjan to protest against the killing of 7 women by security forces during the post election crisis. Photo credit: Associated Press

8 March: Earthquake and tsunami devastate parts of Japan, causing tens of thousands of deaths, injuries and displacements. Photo credits: Al Jazeera,Wikimedia

9 APRIL Kosovo gets first woman President, Atifete Jahjaga Photo credit: Captain Tulu

10 April: Liberia- Oxfam calls on the international community to pay greater attention to the worsening refugee crisis in Ivory Coast and the region. Photo credit: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

11 April: New electoral law in Tunisia prescribes gender parity in Constituent Assembly elections. Photo credit: Wassim Ben Rhouma

12 MAY Camila Vallejo, leads the students protest in Chile. Photo credit: Agencia Brasil

13 May: The Supremo Tribunal Federal of Brazil rules that civil unions are legal. Photo credit: Asociación Vox

14 JUNE June: ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers is passed. Photo credits: Independent Media Center and Wikimedia

15 Women2Drive campaign starts in Saudi Arabia. Activist Manal al-Sharif is detained for driving and later convicted and sentenced. Photo credit: saudiwave and Wikipedia

16 June: UN passes resolution on sexual orientation and gender identity. Photo credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

17 UN takes measures to define relationship between internet rights and human rights. Photo credit: UN News Centre

18 June: First International Widows Day celebrated on June 23. Photo credit: UN

19 JULY Thailand elects first woman Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra. Photo credit: PTP

20 July: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) granted consultative status to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA). Photo credit: ILGA

21 July: New penal code in Mexico includes femicide as a crime for the first time. Photo credit:

22 July: South Sudan becomes 54 th African State. Photo credits: and

23 July: UN Human Rights Council elects Laura Dupuy Lasserre, from Uruguay, as its first female President. Photo credit: UNHRC

24 July: Singer Susana Baca becomes first Afro-Peruvian woman appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Culture. Photo credit: Monocityjim

25 AUGUST Drought and famine in Somalia leave thousands displaced, mostly women and children. Photo credit: wikipedia and Oxfam

26 August: Mexican journalists Ana María Marcela Yarce Viveros y Rocío González Trápaga are murdered. Photo credit: Notimex

27 August: A new law is passed in Algeria to increase female candidates on electoral lists. Photo credit: World News

28 SEPTEMBER Occupy Wall Street protests begin. Photo credit: Wikimedia

29 September: Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and first African woman to win Nobel Prize passes away. Photo credit: efeverde

30 September: Saudi women granted the right to vote and contest in municipal elections in Photo credit:

31 OCTOBER Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Yemeni opposition leader Tawakkul Karman and Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee share the Nobel Peace Prize. Photo credit:

32 October: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi killed. Concerns raised about introduction of sharia laws by new regime. Photo credit : Evan Hill/Al Jazeera

33 October: Four inspiring women journalists from around the world are honoured by the International Women's Media Foundation 's Courage in Journalism Award - Adela Navarro Bello, Parisa Hafezi, Chiranuch Premchaiporn and Lifetime achievement award - Kate Adie. Photo credit: Vince Bucci/PictureGroup

34 October: Filipino baby girl is marked worlds 7 billionth person. Photo credit: All voices

35 October: Palestine gains UNESCO membership. Photo credit: Blog Gamacero

36 October:Buthaina Kamel becomes first woman in Egypt to campaign for the highest political office. Photo credit: IPS

37 NOVEMBER Pakistan passes new bill to protect womens rights. Photo credit: EPA/http://rferl.org

38 November: 12th Latin American and Caribbean Feminist Gathering (EFLAC) takes place in Bogota, Colombia. Photo credit: Gabriela De Cicco

39 November: All political and civil society actors in Democratic Republic of Congo, including the 11 presidential candidates sign a declaration for the elimination of sexual violence in DRC. Photo credit: Le Congo

40 DECEMBER Gambian Lawyer Fatou Bensouda is appointed as first woman and first African Chief Prosecutor of the ICC. Photo credit:

41 December: 1st Asia Pacific Feminist Forum takes place in Chang Mai Thailand. Photo credit: APWLD

42 December: Norma Andrade, WHRD, is attacked and shot in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Photo credit: Amnesty International

43 December: Dominican human rights activist, Sonia Pierre, passes away. She worked for the rights of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic and their children. Photo credit:

44 December: Portia Simpson-Miller elected Prime Minister of Jamaica. Photo credit: Office of the Prime Minister of Jamaica


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