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.

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...

KYRGYZSTAN: Revolt over violence against women and police inertia

Demonstrations in several cities after the kidnapping and killing of Aizada Kanatbekova, 26. The kidnapper, Zamirbek Tenizbaev, 36, wanted to marry her. He had already been convicted several times for violence. Some policemen are suspected of being involved in the...

INDIA/PAKISTAN: In South Asia, coronavirus and poverty are forcing girls as young as 8 into marriage

Forced marriage has long been a problem in India and Pakistan, but the pandemic has made things worse by forcing millions out of work Girls are seen by some as a financial burden from the moment they menstruate. For desperate families, marrying them off seems an easy...

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