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News items on women's rights from around the world

Somali woman who reported rape sentenced

Nineteen-year-old will be confined to home for six months and journalists who reported the story are to go to jail.


European Parliament fails to pass report on women's reproductive rights

The European Parliament erupted in internal bickering on Tuesday (10 December) after an alliance of right-wing MEPs managed to sweep a report on sexual and reproductive rights for women from the table.


Effort to Help Filipino Women Falters, U.N. Says

A new effort to protect women from rape and help them deliver babies in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines remains troubled and inadequate, the United Nations and international aid groups said this week.


India top court reinstates gay sex ban

India's top court has upheld a law which criminalises gay sex, in a ruling seen as a major blow to gay rights.


Lebanese Women's Right to Nationality and Full Citizenship Campaign Holds Record-breaking Sit-in

This November the Lebanese Women's Right to Nationality and Full Citizenship Campaign, led by the Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) Lebanon/CRTD.A, realized important new achievements in its mobilization efforts, including record-breaking numbers of protestors in its November 25 sit-in. 


Pressure Grows to Protect Domestic Workers

The founding of a global federation of domestic workers is a sign of the growing strength of the movement, and a key moment to assess progress for workers long excluded from basic labor protections, said the International Domestic Workers Network (IDWN), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and Human Rights Watch. There are an estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide – the majority of whom are women and girls, and many of whom are migrants.


Lebanon: Women Refugees From Syria Harassed, Exploited

Women refugees from Syria are being sexually harassed by employers, landlords, and even faith-based aid distributors in Lebanon, Human Rights Watch said. Human Rights Watch interviewed a dozen women who described being groped, harassed, and pressured to have sex.


Groups Sue Government of El Salvador Over Treatment of Beatriz, Criminalization of Abortion

“Do you remember Beatriz?” is the question feminists in El Salvador are asking today as they announce the filing on November 29 of a lawsuit on behalf of Beatriz with the Inter-American Human Rights Commissionin New York against the Salvadoran government for violations of human rights.


Indigenous women call on the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women to recognise indigenous peoples' collective rights

 “To address the specific situations faced by indigenous women, the collective rights of indigenous peoples must be recognized as part of protecting the individual rights of indigenous persons. Interpretation and application of human rights treaties concerned with individual rights, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), should happen with reference to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”


UN adopts landmark resolution on Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders

The adoption of the first-ever resolution on women human rights defenders by the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee is a step forward in protecting those who face risks and attacks for their work to promote human rights, including women’s rights, Amnesty International (AI), the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), and JASS (Just Associates) said today.



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