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.

RUSSIA: Branded foreign agents, domestic violence groups fear for the future

Branded foreign agents, Russia’s domestic violence groups fear for the future Activists say the crackdown is intensifying even as reports of abuse doubled with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.   By Samantha Berkhead and Uliana Pavlova   The Moscow...

TAIWAN: Elimination of violence against women and the Tai Ji Men case

Elimination of violence against women and the Tai Ji Men case Webinar organized on 23 November 2021: Contribution of Human Rights Without Frontiers   By Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers HRWF (29.11.2021) - There is no country in the world where women...

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban rules increasingly block female aid workers

Taliban blocking female aid workers Discriminatory Rules Hinder Lifesaving Assistance Human Rights Watch (04.11.2021) - https://bit.ly/3r3oM6p – Taliban rules prohibiting most women from operating as aid workers are worsening the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan....

IRAN- New law violates women’s rights to sexual & reproductive health

IRAN: Population Law Violates Women’s Rights Denies Access to Essential Reproductive Health Care, Information   Human Rights Watch (10.11.2021) - https://bit.ly/3naIw5S - Iran’s new population law further violates women’s rights to sexual and reproductive health...

UK: ‘Honour-based’ offences soared by 81% in last five years

‘Honour-based’ offences soared by 81% in last five years Lawyer calls for improved education on issue and says figures are likely to show ‘tip of the iceberg’   By Haroon Siddique   The Guardian (31.10.2021) - https://bit.ly/3nQnpF5 - The number of...

AFGHANISTAN: Misogynistic policies: How have women coped under the Taliban?

Misogynistic policies & Men-only meetings: How have women coped under the Taliban? After the Taliban swept to power in Afghanistan, press conferences were convened in which Talib spokespersons assured the international community that women's rights would be...

PAKISTAN: Escapee from forced marriage speaks out on Intl Day of the Girl Child

Escapee from forced marriage speaks out on Intl Day of the Girl Child Girls from religious minorities are targeted for forced conversions through sham marriages across South Asia.  Public called to sign an open letter to the Pakistani PM and post a picture wearing...

KYRGYZSTAN: Kidnapped, raped and wed against their will, a brutal tradition

Kidnapped, raped, wed against their will: Kyrgyz women’s fight against a brutal tradition At least 12,000 women are still abducted and forced into marriage every year in Kyrgyzstan. But pressure is growing to finally end the medieval custom   By Mauro Mondello  ...

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban imposes new dress code for women in universities

Taliban imposes new dress code, segregation of women at Afghan universities By Frud Bezhan   RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi (03.09.2021) - https://bit.ly/3jRzfOE - The Taliban has imposed a new dress code and gender segregation for women at private universities and...

IRAN: Officials report increase in child marriages in 2020

IRAN reports increase in child marriages Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (20.08.2021) - https://bit.ly/3BDj6SD - Iranian officials have reported an increase in the overall number of child marriages last year compared to 2019.   According to the Statistics Center...

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