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.

In Yemen and around the world, obstetric fistula strikes the most vulnerable women

UNFPA (22.05.2020) - https://bit.ly/2zmMqTh - Five years ago, Marwa* was a child bride living in the port city of Al Hudaydah. “I was almost 17 years old, and happy with my new life. I was a new bride and I got pregnant fast. I thought life was smiling at me,” she...

Somalia sees “massive” rise in FGM during lockdown and Ramadan

By Emma Batha   Thomson Reuters Foundation (18.05.2020) - https://reut.rs/2LVFgrI - Somalia’s coronavirus lockdown has led to a huge increase in female genital mutilation (FGM), with circumcisers going door to door offering to cut girls stuck at home during the...

EU: Online child sex abuse rises with COVID-19 lockdowns

Sexual abusers are trying to exploit children's growing exposure to the internet during the pandemic.   By Francesco Guarascio & Nick Macfie   Thomson Reuters Foundation (18.05.2020) - https://tmsnrt.rs/2LIXRHq - Online sex abuse of children in the...

PAKISTAN: Teenage girls shot dead by relatives over online footage

Father of one victim and brother of the other arrested in connection with the murders.   By Hannah Ellis-Petersen   The Guardian (17.05.2020) - https://bit.ly/3bKqyOA - Two female teenagers in Pakistan have been murdered by family members after a video...

WORLD: Protecting sexual and reproductive health and rights and promoting gender-responsiveness in the COVID-19 crisis

Government Offices of Sweden (06.05.2020) - https://bit.ly/3brcwBo - We, the Ministers of South Africa, Sweden, Argentina, Australia, Albania, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cabo Verde, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Fiji, France, Germany,...

Sudan bans female genital mutilation, UNICEF vows to help support new law

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) welcomed the landmark move by Sudan’s transitional government this week to criminalize female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), with a three-year jail sentence for offenders.   UN News (02.05.2020) -...

It is time for the world to start caring for the caregivers

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic underlines the urgent need for safety nets for domestic workers.   By Nisha Varia Al Jazeera (01.05.20202) - https://bit.ly/2A1rBN5 - Few workers have cause to celebrate May 1, International Workers' Day, this year. COVID-19 has...

AFGHANISTAN: Women with disabilities face systemic abuse

Barriers, discrimination in health care, education.   HRW (27.04.2020) - https://bit.ly/2Yzlda3 - Afghan women and girls with disabilities face high barriers, discrimination, and sexual harassment in accessing government assistance, health care, and schools,...

Ensuring Russia’s sex workers’ rights essential for wider gender equality

Ensuring sex workers’ rights was essential, not just for the workers themselves, but for any country’s wider society, including public health.   By Ed Holt   IPS (27.04.2020) - https://bit.ly/2YcVMuQ - Despite seeing a shift in attitudes towards them in...

World Bank: Tanzania loan should promote all girls’ education

New Q&A on discrimination against pregnant students, young mothers.   HRW (24.04.2020) - https://bit.ly/2Sd8WUM - The World Bank should work with the Tanzanian government to ensure that all pregnant girls and adolescent mothers can attend public schools,...

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