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: Kidnapped, raped and wed against their will, a brutal tradition

Kidnapped, raped, wed against their will: Kyrgyz women’s fight against a brutal tradition At least 12,000 women are still abducted and forced into marriage every year in Kyrgyzstan. But pressure is growing to finally end the medieval custom   By Mauro Mondello  ...

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban imposes new dress code for women in universities

Taliban imposes new dress code, segregation of women at Afghan universities By Frud Bezhan   RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi (03.09.2021) - https://bit.ly/3jRzfOE - The Taliban has imposed a new dress code and gender segregation for women at private universities and...

IRAN: Officials report increase in child marriages in 2020

IRAN reports increase in child marriages Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (20.08.2021) - https://bit.ly/3BDj6SD - Iranian officials have reported an increase in the overall number of child marriages last year compared to 2019.   According to the Statistics Center...

USA: Texas 6-weeks abortion ban takes effect with the Supreme Court silent

Texas 6-weeks abortion ban takes effect, with high court mum By Jessica Gresko, Paul J. Weber and Mark Sherman   AP (01.09.2021) - https://bit.ly/3yDbY7c - Texas law banning most abortions in the state took effect Wednesday, with the Supreme Court silent on an...

AFGHANISTAN: What do the Taliban’s religious rules mean for Afghan women?

Sharia law: What do the Taliban’s religious rules mean for Afghan women? A Taliban spokesperson said the group is committed to the rights of women “within the framework of Islamic law” - so what does that mean? Katie Strick dives in   By Katie Strick   Evening...

AFGHANISTAN: GAMAG urges UN member countries to help women journalists

GAMAG urges UN member countries to help women journalists GAMAG (17.08.2021) - https://gamag.net/news/ - The Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG) is deeply concerned about the situation of women, media professionals, and women journalists in particular after...

AFGHANISTAN: A woman in Kabul: ‘Now I have to burn everything I achieved’

AFGHANISTAN: An Afghan woman in Kabul: ‘Now I have to burn everything I achieved’ A university student tells of seeing all around her the ‘fearful faces of women and ugly faces of men who hate women’   By a Kabul resident   The Guardian (15.08.2021) -...

EUROPEAN UNION: Top EU Court sets limits on workplace head-scarf ban

EU: Top EU Court sets limits on workplace head-scarf ban Ruling sets out conditions on when such prohibitions comply with the bloc’s antidiscrimination laws   By Laurence Norman and Noemie Bisserbe   Wall Street Journal (15.07.2021) -...

PAKISTAN: Outcry in Pakistan over beheading of ex-ambassador’s daughter

PAKISTAN: Outcry in Pakistan over beheading of former ambassador’s daughter By Miriam Berger   The Washington Post (27.07.2021) - https://wapo.st/3leNgqF - The name Noor Mukadam has ricocheted through Pakistani news and social media since the 27-year-old daughter...

ALGERIA: War against women/ Femicide cases denounced

ALGERIA: War against women By Dalia Ghanem   Middle East Institute (08.02.2021) - https://bit.ly/3fd4Wz1 - On Jan. 26, an Algerian journalist from the public channel TV4 Tamazight, Tinhinane Laceb, was murdered by her husband. Just two days earlier, on Jan. 24,...

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