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.

IRAN: Iranians asking whether to abolish or keep headscarf

Iranians asking whether to abolish or continue headscarf requirement Middle East Monitor (18.11.2022) - https://bit.ly/3GuI5NU - Iran - Following the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini this September, the controversy over Iran's headscarf requirement resurfaced,...

SPAIN: New stricter rape law to be reviewed after rulings reducing jail sentences

New stricter rape law to be reviewed Recent rulings led to reduce some jail sentences; judges accused of ‘misapplying the law’   By Graham Keeley   Euronews (16.11.2022) - https://bit.ly/3Vca60E - Spain is to review a new law to give victims of sexual...

IRAN: The fight against the veil, a symbol of patriarchal norms

IRAN: The fight against the veil, a symbol of patriarchal norms The veil in Iran has been an enduring symbol of patriarchal norms – but its use has changed depending on who is in power   By Amy Motlagh   The Conversation (14.11.2022) - https://bit.ly/3hQ21QV...

ALGERIA: Violence against women exposed at the UN in Geneva

Violence against women exposed at the UN Gender-based violence, sexual abuse and the accusations of rape Khadiyatu Mohamud against Brahim Ghali. Speech of Hans Noot, representative of Human Rights Without Frontiers. HRWF (10.11.2022) – On 11 November, Algeria’s human...

JORDAN: Custody laws maintain a sexist discriminatory status quo

Custody laws maintain a sexist status quo Despite important strides made by social movements advocating for women’s rights and led by Arab women in the region, there is still a long way to go to combat gender discrimination.   By Lara Bellone d’Altavilla  Open...

IRAN: Police fire on Mahsa Amini mourners, 40 days after her killing

Police fire on Mahsa Amini mourners Iranian police are reported to have fired on protesters in Saqqez, home city of Mahsa Amini who died in custody after being arrested for allegedly wearing her hijab "improperly”   By David Gritten   BBC (27.10.2022) -...

AFGHANISTAN: Woman dies by suicide before the Taliban stone her

Woman dies by suicide in Afghanistan before Taliban could stone her for running away from home The Print (16.10.2022) - https://bit.ly/3T4UueR - A woman in Afghanistan’s Ghor province died by suicide before Taliban forces could kill her for running away from home,...

UKRAINE: Sexual violence and rapes by Russia

Sexual violence and rape as abuses of power in Russia’s war on Ukraine   Presentation at the hearing “Sexual violence and rape as abuses of power” held by the FEMM Committee of the European Parliament on 13 October.   By Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without...

HUNGARY’s government further tightens abortion law by decree

Hungary tightens abortion law by decree In a sign of the extreme-right flexing its muscles, Hungary’s government amended the law to now require women requesting an abortion to prove they have seen the foetus’s vital signs.   Reporting Democracy (13.09.2022) -...

RUSSIA: Female genital mutilation, a hidden issue in Dagestan

Female genital mutilation in Dagestan Призыв к партнерству: У нашей НПО есть проект по публикации статей о правах человека в России на английском и русском языках для охвата российских граждан. Организации, имеющие сайт, ориентированный на российское общество, могут...

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