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.

SIERRA LEONE: Discriminatory ban on pregnant girls attending school is lifted

Amnesty International (30.03.2020) - https://bit.ly/3bGXJmq - Following today’s ministerial statement to overturn with immediate effect the ban on pregnant girls attending schools, Marta Colomer, Amnesty International’s Acting Deputy Regional Director for West and...

EU: Coronavirus puts women in the frontline

EIGE (25.03.2020) - https://bit.ly/2R0DBUz - In Europe, we are all adjusting to new ways of living because of the effects of the coronavirus. We are learning what it means to self-quarantine, work from home, home-school children, lose a job or even a loved one. Each...

WORLD: Report published about FGM/C: A call for a global response

End FGM European Network (17.03.2020) - https://bit.ly/3afJQvc - Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting (FGM/C) is happening in far more countries around the world than widely acknowledged, and the number of women and girls who are affected is being woefully...

SOUTH KOREA: Shocked public wants Telegram trafficker identified

By Ser Myo-Ja Korea Joongang Daily (23.03.2020) - https://bit.ly/3adU5Ap - Following the arrest of a 26-year-old who allegedly kept dozens of women, including underage girls, in sexual slavery and offered chats showing videos of violent sex through an instant...

Chinese social justice activist ‘disappeared’

Li Qiaochu’s last tweet: ‘Let’s go through the tough time together’.   By Yaqiu Wang   HRW (11.03.2020) - https://bit.ly/3dcZwS6 - Li Qiaochu, a Beijing-based women’s rights and labor activist, tweeted on January 24 about the Chinese authorities’ attempted...

Famous Belgian lawyer does not hire women because of #MeToo

By Maïthé Chini The Brussels Times (09.03.2020) - https://bit.ly/2TQY9Rk - A Belgian high profile lawyer, Sven Mary, recently stated in an interview with a Belgian newspaper that his law firm no longer hires women because of the #MeToo movement.   When a woman...

Several injured as conservatives throw stones at Women’s Day March in Pakistan

RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal (08.03.2020) - https://bit.ly/3cJf9Aj - Several people were reportedly injured as social and religious conservatives clashed with International Women's Day demonstrators in Islamabad on March 8.   RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal reported that...

U.S. “maximum pressure” on Iran hurts the women it claims to help

To help justify its coercive measures against the Islamic Republic, Washington often evokes Iranian women’s struggles for inclusion and equality. But evidence from today’s Iran shows that U.S. policies are instead contributing to holding women back.   By Azadeh...

WORLD: States should not use religious beliefs to justify women and LGBT+ rights violations

OHCHR (02.03.2020) - https://bit.ly/2TEwt0u - States should repeal gender discriminatory laws grounded on religious beliefs and must address gender-based violence carried out in the name of religion by non-State actors, said a UN expert in a report presented to the...

Argentina president to introduce bill to legalise abortion

If the bill is approved, Argentina will be the largest jurisdiction to legalise the procedure in Latin America.   By Natalie Alcoba   Al Jazeera (02.03.2020) - https://bit.ly/2PL73NM - Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez will send a bill to Congress in a...

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