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.

KYRGYZSTAN: Revolt over violence against women and police inertia

Demonstrations in several cities after the kidnapping and killing of Aizada Kanatbekova, 26. The kidnapper, Zamirbek Tenizbaev, 36, wanted to marry her. He had already been convicted several times for violence. Some policemen are suspected of being involved in the...

INDIA/PAKISTAN: In South Asia, coronavirus and poverty are forcing girls as young as 8 into marriage

Forced marriage has long been a problem in India and Pakistan, but the pandemic has made things worse by forcing millions out of work Girls are seen by some as a financial burden from the moment they menstruate. For desperate families, marrying them off seems an easy...

EU: Pay transparency directive, a milestone in closing the gender pay gap?

European Women’s Lobby (19.03.2021) - https://bit.ly/39VC8IS - The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) welcomes the recently adopted legislative proposal on pay transparency by the European Commission, which has been long overdue. While there are many positive measures in...

UK: Four-fifths of young women in the UK have been sexually harassed, survey finds

Exclusive: YouGov poll reveals extent of abuse and lack of faith in authorities’ ability to deal with it   By Alexandra Topping   The Guardian (10.03.2021) - https://bit.ly/3shlz0W - A UN Women UK survey found 80% of women of all ages said they had...

TURKEY withdraws from European treaty protecting women against domestic violence

By Zeynep Bilginsoy   AP News (20.03.2021) - https://bit.ly/3skP0PN - Turkey withdrew early Saturday from a landmark European treaty protecting women from violence that it was the first country to sign 10 years ago and that bears the name of its largest city....

USA: Gender identity and women’s rights activists in conflict

HRWF presents you hereafter an article published by Brandon Shiowalter in the Christian Post on 9 March under the title “Hundreds of women unite to protest against Biden’s transgender executive order, Equality Act” By Brandon Showalter   The Christian Post...

POLAND: Polish women mark Women’s Day protesting abortion ban

By Vanessa Gera   AP News (08.03.2021) - https://bit.ly/3lclQ2v - Women’s rights activists in Poland marked International Women’s Day on Monday caught between reasons to celebrate and a heavy sense that they are facing a long battle ahead.   This year’s...

IRAQ passes law addressing women survivors of Yazidi genocide

The landmark bill formally recognizes the Yazidi genocide and the trauma of sexual violence, but the community still faces grave security concerns and missing men, women and children.   By Joe Snell   AL-Monitor (02.03.2021) - https://bit.ly/3kW8xTF -...

UNITED KINGDOM/ WORLD: Report on Gender and Freedom of Religion or Belief

Section Gender and FORB of the Commentary on the Current State of International Freedom of Religion or Belief (2020) https://appgfreedomofreligionorbelief.org/media/2020-APPG-commentary-final.pdf   APPG (01.03.2021) - Stakeholders of the All-Party Parliamentary...

AFRICA/FGM: UK – FGM Policies May Be Alienating Some African Diaspora Communities

By Nazia Parveen and Aamna Mohdin   WUNRN (18.02.2021) - https://bit.ly/2ZHWzDu - Safeguarding policies introduced to protect women and girls against female genital mutilation (FGM) are instead eroding trust and alienating African diaspora communities, a study...

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