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.

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...

EGYPT: Women with hijab found to face bias and discrimination

Women with hijab found to face bias in Egypt Women wearing hijabs (Muslim headscarves) are being discriminated against by businesses in Egypt, a BBC Arabic investigation has discovered.   By Ahmed Elshamy BBC News (27.08.2022) - https://bbc.in/3QDYWiR - The...

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan women leaders conference held in Istanbul

Afghan women leaders conference held in Istanbul However, the Islamic Emirate said that the rights of women and girls are respected within the framework of Islamic laws in the country By Waheeda Hasan Tolo News (27.08.2022) - https://bit.ly/3B8QG5H - They voiced...

SAUDI ARABIA: Salma al-Shehab sentenced to 34 years in prison

The case of Salma al-Shehab sentenced to 34 years in prison to be raised at the UN Two NGOs have submitted a written statement to the 51st session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva HRWF/ CAP (23.08.2022) – Text of the written statement about the sentencing of...

WORLD: ‘War on Women’ needs forceful response, not glib statements

'War on Women' needs forceful response, not glib statements   By Shada Islam   EU Observer (06.07.2022) - https://bit.ly/3o9l2Oa - Across the world, women's rights are under assault. This global war on women demands urgent international attention — and a forceful...

SUDAN: No fair trial for a woman facing now death by stoning for adultery

Woman faces death by stoning for adultery in the first Sudan stoning case in a decade   Campaigners say sentence amounts to torture amid fears that country’s new regime is rolling back women’s rights.   By Zeinab Mohammed Salih   The Guardian (13.07.2022) -...

UKRAINE: Churches against the ‘gender ideology’ of the Istanbul Convention

Ukrainian Churches against the ratification of the Istanbul Convention, due to the ‘gender ideology’   Orthodox and other Churches in Ukraine are opposed to President Zelensky’s ratification of the Istanbul Convention protecting women against violence and domestic...

USA: Supreme Court overturns the 1973 abortion protections of Roe v. Wade

'Sad day for the country,' Biden says, as Supreme Court overturns abortion protections Euronews (24.06.2022) - https://bit.ly/3HTV0HC - US President Joe Biden said on Friday that “it’s a sad day for the court and the country” after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v....

POLAND: Polish parliament rejects a bill to legalise abortion

Polish parliament rejects abortion bill A bill to legalise abortion has been rejected by right-wing MPs, making Poland one of the few European countries with very strict abortion laws. By Bartosz Sieniawski Euractiv (24.06.2022) -  https://bit.ly/3NoatRw - In 2020,...

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