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.
Women's Rights in the News
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.
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”
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.
There’s hardly a moment when Honduran human rights defender Bertha Cáceres is not worrying about what may happen to her for defending the rights of her community, the Lenca Indigenous People. The risk is so high that she's been forced into hiding.
Afghanistan's government is considering bringing back public stoning as punishment for adultery
Suffering from the highest maternal mortality rate in Central Asia, Tajikistan has embarked on an ambitious plan to improve access to obstetric care. But statistics on home births show the country has a long way to go.
Doctors call for referendum as woman asks UN to denounce as 'inhumane' prohibition on terminations for medical reasons.
IACHR acknowledges recent steps taken by several OAS Member States to further equality for LGBTI persons
In parallel to troubling information on the levels of discrimination and violence perpetrated against lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex (LGBTI) persons in the hemisphere, the IACHR received promising news about the progress made in the furtherance of equality for LGBTI persons in the Americas, during the months of August, September and October of 2013.
Tuesday was Gender Day at the COP19 climate summit in Warsaw, and many of the events that took place in the National Stadium focused on the topic of gender and its relation with climate change, and tried to shed a light on problems that require action from policy-makers.
UK government pledges £21.6m in crises to prioritise needs of women and girls and ensure protection from sexual violence.
At the Cocody-Anono community health centre, south-east of the Ivorian economic capital of Abidjan, Bertine Bahi* regularly attends awareness sessions on Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) for women living with HIV.
Nihal Saad Zaghloul is an Egyptian woman in her late twenties. Like other young women, she faces the daily risk of sexual harassment on the streets of Cairo. But Egypt’s revolution made her realise that people can unite and that she can make a difference.
(New York) – Honduran government officials should publicly repudiate recent criticism of two leaders of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), Human Rights Watch said today.
An official representing some 10,000 private schools in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province is distancing his association from efforts to ban a book by teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai.
Iran's vice president for women's issues and family affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi, says she is planning to take action against a newly passed law that allows adult caregivers to marry their adopted children or stepchildren.
Movies need to pass test that gauges the active presence of women on screen in bid to promote gender equality
Connecting Our Rights at IGF2013: Women and sexual rights defenders leading progress on equitable, inclusive internet policy
The human rights of women and sexual minorities are being increasingly impacted by the internet, not only through violence and discrimination, but through policies and legislation that do not recognise their specific contexts, concerns and capacities.
Urgent action needed to close 'unacceptable gaps' in access to work and education across Latin America and Caribbean
New U.N. Report Links Adolescent Pregnancy to Human Rights Failures, Calls on States to Address Range of Contributing Issues
The Center for Reproductive Rights commended the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today for linking adolescent pregnancy to an underlying failure to fulfill young women’s human rights in its new flagship report, The State of World Population 2013.
Karama, a regional organization working to end violence against women, held a landmark regional training on women, peace and security, in partnership with the UN Women Fund for Gender Equality and the UNDP, in order to identify priorities in transitional processes and ensure women’s inclusion in building peace and sustaining stability throughout the Arab region.
Zeba, a transgender rights activist in Pakistan who was born with both male and female sex organs, was resting at home in the Imamia Colony neighborhood of Peshawar when the front door was suddenly kicked open.
Acknowledging the devastating impact of sexual violence, particularly when it is used as a weapon of war on women, this week two United Nations bodies—the UN Security Council and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee)—took action to reaffirm the rights to comprehensive reproductive health services for women living in conflict settings.
Another woman posts video online of herself behind the wheel, a day after dozens defied police to demonstrate for right to drive
As reports of the scale and brutality of rape in India emerged in the last year, a secondary practice was also exposed: the high incidence of “virginity tests” by police investigators that doubled the abuse of victims seeking redress. Now, a new report from the Center for Reproductive Rights has directed attention to another, not dissimilar harmful procedure, this time employed against schoolgirls in Tanzania.
The goal to end extreme poverty worldwide by 2030 is now part of the World Bank Group’s (WB) new vision, adopted at its 2013 Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C. in April. The WB also adds the promotion of “shared prosperity” as another goal. The Bank’s strategy based on this vision is set to be unveiled in the 2013 Annual Meetings on 11-13 October.
During disasters, girls fare worse than the rest of the population, according to a new report released on 11 October by child rights NGO Plan International.
This is a video from behind the wheel of a car in Saudi Arabia. The driver- a woman- is committing a crime as it's illegal for women to drive in this country.
Two months ago, a young mother-of-two was stoned to death by her relatives on the order of a tribal court in Pakistan. Her crime: possession of a mobile phone.
DUSHANBE -- A woman is for the first time bidding for the presidency in Tajikistan after an opposition bloc including an Islamic party chose a respected female rights lawyer as its candidate in the majority Muslim country.
For Immediate Release: Joint Statement on Assassination of Sushmita Banerjee, and the Alarming Rise in VAW
The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), the Violence is Not our Culture Campaign (VNC), and the Women Living under Muslim Laws international solidarity network (WLUML) strongly condemn the killing of Indian writer and activist Sushmita Banerjee outside her home in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.
When Wave of Change, a female-led political movement, was unveiled last week in Afghanistan, it was greeted with applause by women's rights activists.
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) welcomed an unprecedented Ministerial Meeting at the United Nations on September 26 to address violence and discrimination against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.
There are just 1.3 billion women online, compared with 1.5 billion men, which represents an "emerging market" opportunity for device makers, network operators and software developers--with more potential than China and India.
This briefing identifies such areas authorities need to improve in order to effectively tackle hate crimes on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, with illustrative case studies and also provides information on homophobic and transphobic hate crimes in these countries.
LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan -- Five men have been arrested in Afghanistan for their connection to the killing of a top female police officer.
As members of the Righting Finance Initiative, AWID supported along Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), the Center of Concern, Social Watch, and the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) an open panel entitled "Progress and Challenges on Tax Justice and Social Justice in Uruguay" that took place August 16, 2013 in Montevideo.
An Indian court has sentenced the four men convicted in the December gang rape and murder of a young New Delhi woman to death by hanging.
Leading human rights activist Sunila Abeysekera passed away today after suffering from a prolonged illness.
(New York) – A groundbreaking global treaty on the rights of domestic workers goes into legal effect on September 5, 2013, offering vital protections to millions of workers around the world, Human Rights Watch said today. Governments should promptly act to ratify and enforce the Convention concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers (the Domestic Workers Convention), Human Rights Watch said.
On Sunday night, Aminata Touré was named Prime Minister of Senegal. True to Touré’s style, she announced the appointment herself.
NEW DELHI — One woman dies every hour in India because of dowry-related crimes, indicating that the country's economic boom has made demands for dowries even more persistent, women's rights activists said.
Sparked by a women's unnecessary death last year, Ireland now permits live-saving abortions.
Once Pakistan's most powerful man, Pervez Musharraf has been indicted for former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's murder.
Yesterday, Monday, August 19, 2013, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who was the first woman to serve as Deputy President of South Africa (2005-2009), took the oath of office as Executive Director of UN Women. Then Over the weekend, Joyce Banda, first woman President of Malawi, was sworn in as Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community, or SADC (at the same time that H.E Robert Gabriel Mugabe was sworn in as Deputy Chair).
Germany will become the first country in Europe to join a small group of nations which recognise a third or “undetermined” sex when registering births, according to a report in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
Historic Ruling Confirms LGBTI Rights as Internationally Recognized
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Indonesia should stop allowing doctors, midwives and other health workers to carry out female genital mutilation (FGM) on children and babies as young as six months, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (OHCHR) has said.
Many women who helped vote Hassan Rohani into office as Iran's new president did so in the hope that he would push for equality.
Italy has just passed a new law offering better protection for victims of domestic violence. But will this be enough to work against the damaging effect of under-funded safe houses and public figures who still blame women for their abuse?
7 August 2013 – Ahead of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, the United Nations human rights chief today urged States to do more to honour and strengthen their treaties with indigenous peoples, no matter how long ago they were signed.
DAKAR — A new education program in Liberia is teaching women in their 30s, 40s and 50s how to read and write - something that only a quarter of the country’s women can do. The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) said that more such second-chance programs are needed to educate the world’s estimated 516 million women who remain illiterate.
KABUL, Aug 7: The Taliban ambushed a convoy of a female Afghan senator on Wednesday, seriously wounding her in the attack and killing her 8-year-old daughter and a bodyguard, officials said.
For many in socially conservative Georgia, a woman's virginity remains a virtue. Virginity tests are another matter, however.
Peru’s Culture Ministry blocks expansion of Camisea gas project in the Amazon, warning that isolated peoples could become extinct
Peru’s Vice-Ministry of Inter-Culturality (VMI) has issued a critical report temporarily blocking the expansion of Peru’s biggest gas project and claiming that two ‘isolated’ indigenous peoples living in the region could be made extinct if it goes ahead.
A black Mercedes pulls up in a grimy street in Bamako and the back door swings open. A satin-shoed foot emerges beneath a crisp brocade gown and steps gingerly on to the litter-strewn asphalt.
Toxic trade deal: Friends of the Earth decries industry efforts to weaken regulation of chemicals associated with breast cancer, autism, infertility
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing on the launch of negotiations for a U.S.-Europe trade deal, the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
Survivors are demanding free treatment or more compensation to pay for surgery that can cost thousands