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.

Ireland must prioritise female healthcare, urges women’s council

Group seeks free contraception, universal pension system and support for lone parents.   By Shauna Bowers   The Irish Times (20.01.2020) - https://bit.ly/369TcWN - Ireland has had a “litany of historic health scandals” affecting women and female healthcare...

WORLD: The UN unveils 6 themes in a big year pushing for women’s rights

By Stéphanie Fillion   PassBlue (20.01.2020) - https://bit.ly/2TJAani - As the countdown to this year’s main events celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women has begun, UN Women has announced six themes to anchor the two Generation...

USA: A well of grief: the relatives of murdered Native women speak out

Native American women and girls are targeted at rates that far outweigh other American women, and are 10 times more likely to be murdered.   By Sara Hylton   The Guardian (13.01.2020) - https://bit.ly/30qH4iU - On a warm summer day in 2018, Lissa Yellow-bird...

Iran’s sole female Olympic medalist says she’s defected

By Vasco Cotovio   CNN (12.01.2020) - https://cnn.it/2Re9pVt - Iran's sole female Olympic medalist, Kimia Alizadeh, has announced that she's permanently left her country for Europe.   "Let me start with a greeting, a farewell or condolences," the 21-year-old...

How blackmail, harassment forced Pakistani women from university

Many parents pull out their daughters from Balochistan University after CCTV footage was used to blackmail students.   By Iman Sultan   Al Jazeera (09.01.2020) - https://bit.ly/35AkogX - Rahila* had missed the deadline to submit her application for admission...

SAUDI ARABIA: Repressive site for Dakar Rally

As Amaury Sport Race proceeds, women activists sit in prison.   HRW (03.01.2020) - https://bit.ly/2uzRlxr - The Amaury Sport Organisation should use its decision to move the Dakar Rally to Saudi Arabia to denounce the persecution of women’s rights advocates in...

WORLD: Ruled out of work: Refugee women’s legal right to work

By Daphne Jayasinghe   International Rescue Committee (15.12.2019) - https://bit.ly/2syv9CN - Refugee women seeking jobs and economic opportunities must navigate a labor market mired in complex and gender discriminatory rules and regulations. Burdened with the...

ECOWAS court deems Sierra Leone pregnant girl ban discriminatory

Sierra Leone government policy banning pregnant girls from attending school breaches the right of girls to access education, according to a ruling handed down by the Economic Community of Economic State (ECOWAS) Court of Justice on Thursday, and said that this policy...

Unnao rape case: Indian woman set on fire on way to hearing dies

An Indian woman who was set on fire on her way to testify against her alleged rapists has died of her injuries.   BBC News (07.12.2019) - https://bbc.in/2Rz3o7x - The 23-year-old died late on Friday after suffering cardiac arrest at a Delhi hospital. She had 90%...

WORLD: Women and climate change: the challenges women face to be considered as key actors

By Priti Darooka   The Land Portal (04.12.2019) - https://bit.ly/2Rz5bcL - I want to thank IWRAW Asia Pacific for organising a two day strategic dialogue on Women Human Rights and Climate Justice. Some of the points shared here are points discussed at this...

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