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.

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...

TANZANIA: Australian women’s rights activist faces charges

Supporters says charges against Zara Kay, who has had her passport confiscated, are ‘politically motivated’.   By Daniel Hurst   The Guardian (03.01.2021) - https://bit.ly/393rFK8 - An Australian ex-Muslim women’s rights activist faces “politically...

SAUDI ARABIA begins trial of women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul

Closed trial in ‘terrorism court’ starts more than two years after her imprisonment for peaceful activism.   By Emma Graham-Harrison   The Guardian (10.12.2020) - https://bit.ly/3oSfbLv - Saudi Arabia has put a women’s rights activist, Loujain al-Hathloul,...

ASIA: Pandemic fallout hampers women’s sport in Asia

Optimistic growth forecasts threatened as men's games are given priority.   By John Duerden   Nikkei Asia (10.12.2020) - https://s.nikkei.com/382tjLx - This year started promisingly for women's sport in the Asia-Pacific. On March 8, more than 86,000 people...

PALESTINE: How one woman with a disability builds a life in Gaza

People with disabilities find strength despite discrimination.   By Paul Aufiero   HRW (03.12.2020) - https://bit.ly/3gn4RYS - “I think I wouldn’t have achieved so much in my life without my disability,” said Doaa Qashlan, a university graduate and...

LATIN AMERICA: The fight against the criminalisation of abortion goes on

By Daina Beth Solomon & Cassandra Garrison   Reuters (01.12.2020) - https://reut.rs/3orDvUe - Several weeks pregnant and about to start a job away from home, Lupita Ruiz had no doubts about wanting to end her pregnancy, despite knowing she could face jail...

SCOTLAND becomes first country to provide period products for free

Tampons, sanitary towels and other period products will have to be available free of cost in Scotland.   By Pierre-Paul Bermingham   POLITICO (25.11.2020) - https://politi.co/2JqD0us - Scotland became the first country in the world to make feminine hygiene...

HAITI: Lifetime ban for football chief

Players demand end to sexual abuse in sport.   HRW (24.11.2020) - https://bit.ly/37kfGqH - Football’s lifetime ban for Haitian soccer federation president Yves Jean-Bart is an important step forward to protect children and young women athletes in sport from...

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