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.

NIGERIA: Female student in Nigeria beaten to death over ‘blasphemy’

Female student in Nigeria beaten to death over ‘blasphemy’ Witnesses say police failed to disperse mob of fellow students in Sokoto who set victim on fire following WhatsApp comments   The Guardian (12.05.2022) - https://bit.ly/39P3fI6 - A female student...

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban order Afghan women to wear burqa in public

Taliban order Afghan women to wear burqa in public The militants took back control of the country in August last year, promising a softer rule than their previous stint in power between 1996 and 2001, which was marked by human rights abuses.   Times Now...

TURKMENISTAN: “Beauty Ban”: Severe restrictions on women’s appearance

“Beauty Ban”: Severe restrictions on women's appearance, ability to travel By Farangis Najibullah   RFE/RL (04.05.2022) - https://bit.ly/3P16a0x - In Turkmenistan, women are no longer allowed to wear "tight-fitting" clothes, dye their hair, or use beauty...

UK: Femicide – 125 women killed by men March 2021 – 2022

Femicide - 125 women killed by men March 2021 - 2022 See the full list and pictures HERE   By Joan Smith   Telegraph (03.03.2022) - https://bit.ly/3s0VHbq - Some of their faces are familiar, but dozens more we are seeing for the first time.   Their names are...

FRANCE: Trial of female circumcision: a mother sentenced

Trial of female circumcision: a mother sentenced The court has decided: the law takes precedence over tradition. TV5 Monde (05.04.2022) - https://bit.ly/3xjxjFH - Jurors and magistrates have decided: the law takes precedence over tradition. In Le Mans, a mother was...

U.N. : Gender Parity in UN’s Treaty Bodies: Challenges and Solutions

U.N. : Gender Parity in UN’s Treaty Bodies: Challenges and Solutions By Judge Aruna Devi Narain and Ms. Marcia Vaune Jocelyn Kran O.C.    Diplomat Magazine (03.04.2022) - https://bit.ly/3v4VN2r - Women have a right to participate in public and political life and...

IRAN bans women from entering football stadiums, again

Iran bans women from stadiums, again Women were not allowed to attend the last World Cup qualifying match played yesterday in Mashhad. Out of 12,500 tickets sold online, at least 2,000 were reserved for women. Women stage a protest outside the stadium for a right won...

AFGHANISTAN : Taliban turn away girls from secondary schools

Taliban turn away girls from secondary schools The New Arab (2303.2022) - https://bit.ly/3uxITKp - The Taliban ordered girls' secondary schools in Afghanistan to shut Wednesday just hours after they reopened, an official confirmed, sparking confusion and heartbreak...

IRAQ: 20-year-old girl who converted to Christianity murdered after Tik Tok Video

20-year-old girl who converted to Christianity murdered after Tik Tok Video Christian News (10.03.2022) - https://bit.ly/3t2IRdR - A 20-year-old girl- who converted to Christianity has been murdered after releasing a TikTok video.   Iman Sami was killed on 7th...

IRAN: Honor killings will continue as long as laws protect killers

Honor killings will continue as long as Iran’s laws protect killers Widespread practice of child marriage means more young girls Will be murdered   Center for Human Rights in Iran   Center For Human Rights in Iran (10.02.2022) - https://bit.ly/3BdK8B8 - Mona...

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