Women's Rights and Gender Equality

Women and girls around the world experience discrimination and ill-treatment in both their personal and public lives at an alarming rate. Sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) can take many forms including but not limited to intimate partner violence, forced marriage, and sex trafficking, and women face challenges in the workplace and education as well as in exercising their reproductive rights. The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women is an international bill protecting the rights of women worldwide, and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights forbids sex-based discrimination in the EU. However, some countries have legal frameworks that actively aid sex-based discrimination or allow SGBV to occur with impunity. Even in countries with legal protections, many challenges remain in the implementation of these laws and in facilitating true empowerment.

HRWF advocates for the rights of all women and girls to live free from persecution and violence, and promotes the equality of men and women within all spheres of society.

Kenya is having another go at passing a reproductive rights bill

Kenya’s Senate is considering a reproductive healthcare bill, which seeks to address reproductive health gaps. This is the second time the bill has come before the senate. It has, once again, drawn fire from religious groups, some politicians and civil society lobbies...

Nowhere to turn for women facing violence in Kashmir

The threat of violence against women is escalating amid coronavirus lockdowns around the globe. But one region that has lived through a military clampdown for nearly a year – Indian-administered Kashmir – could have foretold the surge.   By Safina Nabi   The...

USA: A century after women gained the right to vote, still a lot of work to do on gender equality

About three-in-ten men say women’s gains have come at the expense of men.   By Juliana Menasce Horowitz & Ruth Igielnik   Pew Research Center (07.07.2020) - https://pewrsr.ch/2ZNAumx - A hundred years after the 19th Amendment was ratified, about half of...

Support civil society at the UN Security Council

By Kaavya Asoka   NGOWG (01.07.2020) - https://bit.ly/3eaCtXg - Six months into 2020, during what should be a celebratory year for women’s civil society marking the 20th anniversary of Resolution 1325 (2000), their voices are barely heard at the UN Security...

‘There hasn’t been rehabilitation’: Afghanistan struggles with fate of ‘Daesh wives’

The Afghan government is facing hard decisions over the futures of hundreds of detained radicalised women and their children.   By Elise Blanchard   The Guardian (26.06.2020) - https://bit.ly/38cp8w6 - The “Daesh wives” from the Afghan branch of Islamic...

The all-women law firm helping prisoners get justice in Nigeria

Poor Nigerian inmates can wait years for their cases to go to trial, but now a group of lawyers are fighting the system.   By Nosmot Gbadamosi   Al Jazeera (24.06.2020) - https://bit.ly/2Bmlgg0 - On a breezy February morning at the height of the dry season,...

WORLD: Including widows in the work to “build back better” from COVID-19

Statement for International Widows Day by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.   UN Women (23.06.2020) - https://bit.ly/31n2pfk - Over the past several months, we have seen the myriad ways in...

Iran: Shocking charges against jailed women’s rights activists, who must be released amid second COVID-19 peak

GCHR (22.06.2020) - https://bit.ly/2VyzBgz - The world has been facing a pandemic that left prisoners including human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience very vulnerable among other populations in the Gulf region and neighbouring countries. Since the COVID-19...

Turkish women rage against sexism with topsy-turvy tweets

Ever since last week, Turkish women have been giving their male counterparts a taste of sexist remarks by switching sex in popular sayings or political statements.   By Nazlan Ertan   Al-Monitor (10.06.2020) - https://bit.ly/2NieHhb - An unprecedented flurry...

Kazakh women demand financial support

RFE/RL (09.06.2020) - https://bit.ly/3egDBJW - Women from lower-income families are continuing to demand government assistance as coronavirus restrictions in the Central Asian state are eased.   Some 20 women on June 9 resumed their so-called "silent protest"...

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