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.

Europe’s thermonuclear debate on privacy and child sexual abuse

Everyone from Ashton Kutcher to Australia’s eSafety commissioner has weighed in.   By Nicholas Vinocur   POLITICO (20.11.2020) - https://politi.co/39iu8BQ - Should platforms like Facebook and Instagram be able to scan for evidence of child sexual abuse and...

Witchcraft accusations and cataracts: The effects of open-fire cooking in Tanzania

By Rumbi Chakamba   Devex (17.11.2020) - https://bit.ly/2J7if7l - Three years ago, 66-year-old Christine Chizimu woke up to find a dead snake in front of her house in Kihumulo village in northwestern Tanzania. Soon afterward, her brothers accused her of being a...

Lee Hyo-jae, champion of women’s rights in South Korea, dies at 95

Ms. Lee was a prominent activist and a founder of women’s studies programs. She also stood up to the country’s dictators.   By Michael Astor   The New York Times (14.11.2020) - https://nyti.ms/3f86edt - When Lee Hyo-jae learned of a university colleague’s...

UK report calls out Saudi Arabia over women’s rights abuses

UK legislator Baroness Helena Kennedy demands world leaders shun G20 meeting in Riyadh over jailed women activists.   Al Jazeera (12.11.2020) - https://bit.ly/3f8jaQx - A report released by a member of the United Kingdom’s House of Lords has called on the world’s...

‘I won’t be the last’: Kamala Harris, first woman elected US vice-president, accepts place in history

With victory speech, California senator brings tears to eyes of crowd in Delaware.   By Lauren Gambino   The Guardian (08.11.2020) - https://bit.ly/2Ie65cw - Kamala Harris accepted her place in history on Saturday night with a speech honoring the women who...

LEBANON: Broken promises on women’s rights

UN review should focus on increased protection against violence, bias.   HRW (04.11.2020) - https://bit.ly/3nfm7BH - Lebanese authorities are falling short of their international legal obligations to protect women and girls from violence and end discrimination...

Egyptians outraged over some schools forcing girls to wear the hijab

A 13-year-old girl was recently forced to wear the hijab at her school in Egypt, which prompted a wave of condemnation that revealed similar practices across the country.   Al-Monitor (30.10.2020) - https://bit.ly/3mLP73K - Controversy has recently surfaced in...

Women reportedly subjected to forced gynecological exams in Qatar

Policies criminalize and punish pregnant women outside of wedlock.   By Rothna Begum   HRW (27.10.2020) - https://bit.ly/3egMN1H - On October 2, Qatari authorities removed 13 women from an Australia-bound Qatar Airways flight and subjected them to forced...

Polish court outlaws almost all abortions

Protests will be difficult to organize due to the worsening coronavirus outbreak.   By Wojciech Kość   POLITICO (22.10.2020) - https://politi.co/3dXUedS - A top Polish court on Thursday tightened one of the EU's toughest abortion regulations by ruling that...

Colombia sees surge in femicides amid uptick in violence

Femicide Observatory records 86 killings of women and girls in September, the highest monthly total since 2017.   By Megan Janetsky   Al Jazeera (20.10.2020) - https://bit.ly/34t1USc - Letica Estacio hoped the wave of gender-based violence that surged during...

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