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.

Bangladesh’s child marriage problem is the world’s human trafficking crisis

Why fixing the second issue isn’t possible without addressing the first.   By Corinne Redfern   Foreign Policy (08.11.2019) - https://bit.ly/36VwNxI - First Papiya was forced into marriage at 12 years old. Then she was trafficked into sexual slavery....

Spanish court acquits 5 men of rape on grounds that 14-year-old victim was unconscious

CBS News (01.11.2019) - https://cbsn.ws/2qgpakX - Spaniards are voicing outrage after five men were acquitted of rape on the grounds that their 14-year-old victim had been unconscious at the time. The Barcelona-based court ruled Thursday that the men were guilty of...

CHINA: Rape, abuse and sterilisation in Xinjiang’s ‘boarding schools’ for Uyghurs

A former inmate speaks out. “The screaming, pleading, crying, is still in my head,” she says. According to the UN, around a million minority Muslims are being held in facilities built by Beijing in the region. For Chinese authorities, they are necessary to fight...

The Moroccan Outlaws: A youth social movement challenging obsolete laws on sexuality

An exclusive interview with Sonia Terrab by Human Rights Without Frontiers.   By Brianna Hertford, Human Rights Without Frontiers   HRWF (30.10.2019) – In a recent interview with HRWF, Sonia Terrab, one of the coordinators of the Moroccan Outlaws, shared...

Andorra’s abortion rights revolution

Push to legalize abortion could tip country into constitutional crisis, opponents say.   By Meg Bernhard   POLITICO (22.10.2019) - https://politi.co/2N6qqi7 - There were no demonstrations in Andorra, until feminist campaigners took to the streets.  ...

AUSTRALIA: High Court rules female genital mutilation illegal in all forms

Three people charged with female genital mutilation offences against two primary school-aged sisters could face further punishment after the High Court ruled the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal erred in quashing their convictions.  Warning: This story...

USA: Women are stopped from climbing the corporate ladder because of this worrying trend

By Ellen Wulfhorst   World Economic Forum (21.10.2019) - https://bit.ly/35SwEe8 - Enthusiasm for bringing more women into corporate boardrooms is dimming, but the biggest obstacle to women moving up in the corporate world is the very first step to manager,...

EU: Gender Equality Index 2019: Still far from the finish line

EIGE (15.10.2019) - https://bit.ly/2oItDfG - The EU continues its snail’s pace when it comes to gender equality progress. The latest Gender Equality Index from the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) shows that the EU’s score for gender equality is up...

Raissouni has been pardoned by the King of Morocco, but when will Moroccan citizens no longer be outlaws?

By Brianna Hertford, Human Rights Without Frontiers HRWF (17.10.2019) – HRWF welcomes the news that Morocco’s King Mohammed VI pardoned journalist Hajar Raissouni, her fiancée Professor Rifaat al-Amin and her physician Dr Mohammed Jamal Belkeziz on 16 October...

Ecuador unrest: Amazonian women denounce ‘state violence’

Indigenous protesters accuse security forces of using excessive force as demonstrations continue for tenth day.   By Kimberley Brown   Al Jazeera (13.10.2019) - https://bit.ly/2oHUBE3 - Lineth Calapucha distributed blankets and clothes to other protesters...

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