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.

EU: Launching of the first Interactive Map on FGM Laws, Policies and Data in Europe/ 28 May 2021, International Day for Women’s Health

EU: Launching the first Interactive Map on FGM Laws, Policies and Data in Europe On Friday, 28 May 2021, International Day for Women’s Health, End FGM EU launched the FGM in Europe online interactive map in a high-level launch event with European decision-makers....

POLAND: 100 days since Poland banned abortion; Polish women fighting back

By Sandrine Amiel   Euronews (12.05.2021) - https://bit.ly/2Rzz5zW - Maja, a 27-year-old from a small town in the northeastern Polish region of Podlasie, was neither financially nor emotionally ready for another child when she found out she was pregnant.  ...

FRANCE: Frenchwoman shot, burnt alive by husband near Bordeaux

France 24 (05.05.2021) - https://bit.ly/3h3wubX - A 31-year-old French mother of three was burned alive by her husband, who chased her down the street and shot her in the legs before dousing her in a flammable liquid and setting her alight, police said Wednesday. The...

EU: Bérengère Marques-Pereira: “Preventing abortion questions the right to health”

Newsline (16.04.2021) - https://bit.ly/3ejcnog - In an interview with Le Monde, the political scientist Bérengère Marques-Pereira worried about violations of abortion rights in Europe and condemned the “ethical political colonization” of the Catholic Church.  ...

MALI’s failure to ban FGM challenged in West Africa’s top court

After years of unsuccessfully campaigning for an anti-FGM law in Mali, rights groups file complaint at the ECOWAS court   By Nita Bhalia   Thomson Reuters Foundation (12.04.2021) - https://tmsnrt.rs/32W4j6l - Mali's failure to outlaw female genital...

EGYPT toughens penalties for Female Genital Mutilation; activists sceptical

Most of the 28 countries in Africa where FGM is endemic have banned FGM, although enforcement is generally weak   By Menna A. Farouk   Thomson Reuters Foundation (26.04.2021) - https://tmsnrt.rs/2R3Bl1K - Egypt has toughened penalties for female genital...

EUROPE: Istanbul Convention – Symbol of Cultural Division of Europe

Novinite (16.04.2021) - https://bit.ly/3sOZztL - The so called “Istanbul Convention” once seemed relatively uncontroversial: a 25-page document meant to reduce violence against women across Europe.   But a decade later, the initiative, known as the Istanbul...

AFGHANISTAN: Herat woman whipped by taliban for alleged affair

The Herat Department of Women’s Affairs on Wednesday said that Taliban fighters publicly lashed a woman from Oba district over reports that she had an affair with a man.   Tolo News (14.04.2021) - https://bit.ly/2Qq7tge - The video footage, which was widely shared on...

UNICEF: Joining forces for a research agenda on violence against children and women

By Aník Gevers, Elizabeth Dartnall, Alessandra Guedes, and Claudia García-Moreno   UNICEF (07.04.2021) – https://bit.ly/3txkzqf - There is growing global recognition of the intersections between violence against women and violence against children. Currently...

WORLD: The rocky road to gender equality: Are women better off now than in 1970?

By Kristyna Foltinova   Table of contents Gender equality 50 years ago and now Russia, falling below the world average Hungary, one step away from gender equality Iran, a paragon of gender inequality? Interactive guide to gender inequality Interesting data points...

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