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.

AFRICA/FGM: UK – FGM Policies May Be Alienating Some African Diaspora Communities

By Nazia Parveen and Aamna Mohdin   WUNRN (18.02.2021) - https://bit.ly/2ZHWzDu - Safeguarding policies introduced to protect women and girls against female genital mutilation (FGM) are instead eroding trust and alienating African diaspora communities, a study...

INDONESIA: Indonesian police arrest Christian in forced marriage case

Activists say police action is rare in an area where the practice has almost become a tradition   By Konradus Epa   UCAnews (12.02.2021) - https://bit.ly/3rSrSHI - Police in Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province have charged a Christian man with...

FRANCE seeks to establish age of consent at 15 for sexual relations

France’s government wants to set the age of sexual consent at 15 and make it easier to punish long-ago child sexual abuse, amid growing public pressure and a wave of online testimonies about rape and other sexual violence by parents and authority figures.   By...

PAKISTAN: Virginity tests for female rape survivors outlawed by Pakistani court

By Haroon Janjua   WUNRN (04.02.2021) - https://bit.ly/3jwOSZQ - 6 January 2021, a Pakistani court has outlawed the practice of subjecting female rape survivors to a virginity test in an unprecedented ruling.   Lahore’s high court ruled on Monday that the...

INDONESIA bans mandatory Islamic ‘hijab’ scarves for schoolgirls 

AFP/ Dawn (06.02.2021) - https://bit.ly/3rAuWrY - Indonesia has banned schools from forcing girls to wear Islamic "hijab" headscarves after the case of a Christian pupil pressured to cover up sparked outrage in the world's most populous Muslim nation.   The move...

POLAND strict anti-abortion law: Near total ban – Thousands of people take to streets

Euronews with AFP, AP (28.01.2021) - https://bit.ly/39tFrqU - New anti-government protests broke out in Polish cities on Wednesday, shortly after the country's top court confirmed its highly divisive ruling that will further tighten the predominantly Catholic nation’s...

WORLD: A report on conflict-related sexual slavery denounces…

A report by the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (2020) See https://bit.ly/2M9pVHr   Table of contents   Glossary Foreword Executive Summary Key Findings Recommendations Overview of the Research Defining Conflict-Related Sexual Slavery Links Between...

CHINA: Birth rate push trumps gender equality, with women hit with ‘parenthood penalty’

China’s birth rate is declining so Beijing is encouraging couples to have more children, but employers are worried about extra maternity costs. China still exceeds the global average participation rate for women in the workplace at 60 per cent in 2019, but the rate...

IRELAND: Ireland to lay bare scandal of baby deaths at Church-run homes

Relatives have alleged the babies at mother and baby homes were mistreated because they were born to unmarried women.   Al Jazeera (12.01.2021) - https://bit.ly/3i783Zv - One of the Catholic Church’s darkest chapters will be revisited on Tuesday when an Irish...

IRAN Gov’t approves bill against domestic violence

Masoumeh Ebtekar, vice president for women and family affairs, dedicated the move to ‘worthy and patient Iranian women’ in a tweet.   By Maziar Motamedi   Al Jazeera (04.01.2021) - https://bit.ly/35dPcqk - The government of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani...

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