Women's rights activists on Saturday reaffirmed their goal to “remove all gender discrimination from the Constitution” during a conference held by the "My nationality is my family's right” coalition.
Women's Rights in the News
Islamic member states of the United Nations Council for Human Rights (UNHCR) rejected on Friday paragraphs violating the Islamic law in the council's resolution on the elimination of all forms of violence against women, noting that the member states must make sure that their laws and national policies are consistent with the rejected demands.
Isolated human genes may not be patented, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday. The case concerned patents held by Myriad Genetics, a Utah company, on genes that correlate with increased risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
The Seimas of Lithuania on Tuesday gave its initial backing to a proposed abortion ban bill after 46 MPs voted in favour, 19 were against and 25 abstained.
The Council has held a series of discussions on women’s rights over the course of the past week. In the interactive dialogue with the Working Group on discrimination against women in law and practice, States considered challenges to women’s representation in decision-making positions, including during periods of political transition.
El Salvador's government gave permission Thursday for doctors to perform a premature delivery for a seriously ill woman whose pregnancy attorneys say is putting her life at risk.
Nigeria’s House of Representatives voted Thursday to ban gay marriage and outlaw any groups actively supporting gay rights, endorsing a measure that also calls for 10-year prison sentences for any “public show” of affection by a same-sex couple.
In a stunning decision made worse by the length of time it took to be handed down, the Supreme Court of El Salvador gave a young woman a death sentence on Wednesday by denying “permission” for an abortion needed to save her life.
Dr. Henry Morgentaler, who led the abortion movement in Canada, has died at age 90. Mortgentaler emerged in 1969 as one of Canada's most controversial figures when he broke the law at the time, and opened the country's first abortion clinic in Montreal.
While Namibia has put in place a strong legal framework to address the various forms of gender-based violence and sexual exploitation, ineffective implementation prevents Namibian women from enjoying their rights to life, security of person and bodily integrity, a United Nations report on ‘Extreme Poverty and Human Rights' in Namibia has found.
In Argentina, a group of women calling themselves the “Mothers of Ituzaingó” are fighting against the spraying of Monsanto pesticide Roundup.
Victims of violence, in particular domestic violence, will soon be able to count on EU-wide protection, after the European Parliament voted with an overwhelming majority (602 votes in favour, 23 against, 63 abstentions) to endorse the European Commission's proposal for an EU-wide protection order.
Police in the Georgian capital Tbilisi failed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) activists as thousands of people violently attacked a Pride event today in what Amnesty International said was an ineffective response to organized and violent homophobia.
Brazil has become the third and largest Latin American country to give a de facto green light to same-sex marriage.
On Wednesday, May 15 the Supreme Court of El Salvador will hear testimony from Beatriz, the 22-year-old woman who has petitioned the court to allow her to have a life-saving abortion, a procedure prohibited under all circumstances in El Salvador and punishable by lengthy prison terms.
The conviction of Guatemala’s ex-president General Efraín Ríos Montt for genocide and crimes against humanity during his time in office is a historic step in the nation’s long struggle for justice, Amnesty International said.
Canada: Supreme Court Judge shuts out anti-violence and feminist groups in prostitution case - but allows religious institutions to proceed
Judge Richard Wagner has ruled that sex worker organizations in Ontario and Quebec, and feminists agencies who support their human and labour rights, cannot speak in the Bedford case appeal to be heard on June 13th.
Iowa's Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that the state's health department must include the names of both same-sex spouses on a child's birth certificate.
Three states have recently joined the progressive trend towards recognising in law the equal right to marry regardless of sexual orientation.
The country’s court system says the 1971 Sorcery Act is inappropriate because evidence to prove sorcery related incidences in court is hard.
Sri Lankan trade unions are planning to highlight the rights of women workers as part of the issues that will be raised in the workers’ rallies on May 1.
Five university students launched Miss G Project eight years ago to get gender studies into high schools. It’s finally happening.
While some religious leaders might shy away from establishing a tradition of helping women ascend to high-ranking positions, the Dalai Lama voices a more progressive view: His Holiness says he would be pleased if a woman were to succeed him.
Nobel Peace laureates—including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jose Ramos Horta, Jody Williams and Rigoberta Menchú Tum—are calling on past and present Guatemalan authorities to “respect a legitimate, independent and transparent judicial process” in the trial of former president General Efraín Ríos Montt.
Kate Doyle of the National Security Archive and the Open Society Justice Initiative's riosmontt-trial.org has the most accurate summary I've found of today's confusing and widely mis-reported legal developments in the Guatemala genocide trial of General Rios Montt and former head of intelligence Jose Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez:
With a definitive vote by the lower house of Parliament, France on Tuesday became the world’s 14th nation, and the third in just two weeks, to approve marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Swedes are shaking up their language with a new gender-neutral pronoun.
The Uruguayan Parliament’s adoption of the Equal Marriage Act on 10 April will bolster human rights protections and bring an inclusive society for all a step closer, Amnesty International said.
This week the Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis supports an ongoing crackdown on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), a group that represents about 80 percent of nuns in the United States.
A series of shocking events rocked the genocide trial today, including courtroom theater by the defense and legal proceedings which put the oral and public debate heard thus far at risk.
Today, on the afternoon of 18 April in Nebaj, the office of UDEFEGUA, the Protection of Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) and Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) Unit Guatemala (Unidad de Protección de Defensoras y Defensores de Derechos Humanos) was raided. The raid occurred after the illegal ruling by Judge Patricia Flores to suspend the trial concerning the criminal responsibility of two military personnel for committing the genocide and crimes against humanity.
Rights activists in Kyrgyzstan are campaigning against a parliamentary proposal to bar women under the age of 23 from travelling abroad without their parents’ consent.
Statement by United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Hawa Bangura
Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince AlWaleed bin Talal, a nephew of King Abdullah, has thrown his support behind allowing Saudi women to drive, saying it makes economic sense.
Malawi President Joyce Banda on Friday assured all women in the country that she will continue championing women empowerment and right in the country, disclosing that she has ascended the Domestic Violence Bill in into law.
Canada is looking further into the case of a teenage girl who hanged herself after an alleged rape and months of bullying, after a photo said to be of the assault was shared online and no charges were filed against four teenage boys being investigated.
Mexico: Man sentenced to 38 years in prison for the killing of human rights defender and journalist Regina Martinez
On 10 April 2013 the Third Court of First Instance of the Judicial District of Xalapa sentenced Jorge Antonio Hernandez Silva, “El Silva”, to 38 years and two months in prison, for the homicide and robbery of human rights defender and journalist Regina Martínez Pérez in April 2012.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) says hundreds of women were killed in so-called honor killings in the country last year.
Vote in lower house of Congress makes Uruguay the third country in Americas and 12th in world to allow gay marriage.
In Egypt, women's rights groups are pushing back against some Islamists' attempts to blame women for an upsurge in sexual harassment.
Two elderly women were beheaded in Papua New Guinea after being tortured for three days, a report said Monday, the latest in a string of sorcery-related crimes.
Women's rights supporters on Saturday marched through Bogota for the right of women to behave and dress as they like, drawing a thousand protestors.
A leading Fijian political activist has accused the interim government of ignoring women in the country's draft constitution.
The anti-pornography Bill would outlaw "provocative" clothing on women, censor film and television and restrict personal internet use.
A senior United Nations official today [March 1] welcomed the recent decision by Cambodia’s genocide tribunal to annul a previous ruling that would have prevented it from trying crimes of sexual violence committed during the Khmer Rouge regime.
The Uruguay Senate, in approving a bill on April 2, 2013, to legalize same-sex marriage, has moved to guarantee marriage equality and diminish discrimination, Human Rights Watch said. The vote was 23 to 8. Uruguay would be the 12th country to approve same-sex marriage nationwide.
Lithuania Held Liable by European Court for Human Rights for Failure to Investigate Effectively into Complaints of Domestic Violence
European Court of Human Rights releases judgment in Valiuliene v. Lithuania. State held liable for failure to investigate effectively into complaints of domestic violence. The crimes of silence and the complicity of inaction.
The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today denounced the recent murder of Somali radio journalist Rahma Abdulkadir and called for an investigation into the crime.
Hamas passes new law ordering gender segregation in schools that will go into effect in September.
UN agency for Palestinian refugees says it has been forced to cancel Gaza marathon after Hamas reverses previous approval
To ensure a gender-sensitive approach to climate finance, women’s particular vulnerabilities must be recognized and women included in the planning, experts said during a Twitter chat with the Global Gender and Climate Alliance.
Colleagues and friends mourn death of Rahma Abdulkadir, who is the third journalist killed in the country this year
Women’s rights group Fouada Watch criticised President Mohamed Morsi’s initiative regarding women, rejecting its contents completely.
Colombia: Claudia Julieta Duque gets opportunity to achieve justice after years of psychological torture
Front Line Defenders recently received a letter from Claudia Julieta Duque describing her feelings of 'vindication' after the arrest was ordered of seven former members of the disbanded Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad ( Administrative Department of Security DAS).
The use and abuse of national law to impair, restrict and criminalise the work of human rights defenders is a contravention of international law and must end, according to a landmark resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council today.
Violence linked to culture was the main reason for a 20 percent rise in deaths and injuries of females in Afghanistan last year, U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan Jan Kubis said on Monday.
The election of a controversial evangelical preacher, known for his vocal hardline views on homosexuality and racist remarks, as the chairman of the Brazilian legislature's human rights committee has earned the condemnation of religious groups and sparked protests around the country.
15 March 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that Michelle Bachelet had informed him of her intention to step down as head of the United Nations entity mandated to promote gender equality.
International Women’s Day, March 8, was established at a 1910 European socialist women’s conference. It was proposed by German socialist Clara Zetkin, who recognized the struggles of women workers in the United States as well as in Europe. The goals of this annual event were to recognize the common struggles of working women, to build international solidarity among them, and to forge alliances to oppose war.