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.
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The Moroccan Outlaws: A youth social movement challenging obsolete laws on sexuality – 30.10.2019
Raissouni has been pardoned by the King of Morocco, but when will Moroccan citizens no longer be outlaws? – 17.10.2019
MOROCCO: The demand for justice continues to grow – 14.10.2019
Moroccan citizens take a stand against laws criminalising abortion and pre-marital sex – 07.10.2019
The European Commission’s second anti-trafficking report: A call to end the culture of impunity – 18.09.2019
New anti-trafficking research calls for political action to implement gender mainstreaming at EU hotspots – 25.07.2019
A closer look at the UK’s only FGM conviction – 22.05.2019
Swiss court upholds a suspended eight-month prison sentence in a FGM case in 2019 – 10.05.2019