Gender and Feminisms

30.08.2020

Feminists Protests in Chile

Feminists Protests in Chile

With cacerolazos (pots and pans protest), canvases, protest signs and panflets handed out by the subway exit Chile protested today against the the city of Temuco’s court, which only ruled house arrest for Martín Pradenas, who is indicted for sexual abuse and the rape of five women. “It’s been years… »

29.08.2020

Why women’s rights and digital rights go hand-in-hand on Namibian Twitter

Why women’s rights and digital rights go hand-in-hand on Namibian Twitter

Activists wage a fight for abortion rights on Twitter In Namibia, amid the fourth wave of feminist uprisings in the technology age, activists flocked to social media platforms like Twitter to organize an online campaign to legalize abortion. As part of the campaign, feminist activists launched and disseminated an … »

20.08.2020

Put Gender Equality at the Heart of the Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery

Put Gender Equality at the Heart of the Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery

By Valeria Esquivel Valeria Esquivel is Senior Employment Policies and Gender Officer, Employment, Labour Markets and Youth Branch, International Labour Organization (ILO) The pandemic is disproportionately affecting women workers. Governments should prioritize policies that offset the effects the COVID-19 crisis is having on their jobs. »

14.08.2020

Egypt: Survivors of sexual violence and online abuse among prosecuted women TikTok influencers

Egypt: Survivors of sexual violence and online abuse among prosecuted women TikTok influencers

The Egyptian authorities must immediately put an end to their crackdown on women TikTok influencers prosecuted on absurd charges of “indecency” and “violating family principles and values”, Amnesty International said today. Women who reported sexual assault, violations of their right to privacy and online abuse are among social media influencers… »

13.08.2020

Belarus protests: Women line the streets of Minsk to protest Lukashenko’s crackdown

Belarus protests: Women line the streets of Minsk to protest Lukashenko’s crackdown

Brutal police crackdowns in Belarus prompted hundreds of women to protest in Minsk. France’s Emmanuel Macron raised the issue of “violence” with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. The UN has joined the chorus of disapproval. Hundreds of women took to the streets of Minsk on Wednesday to vent their anger at a crackdown enforced by… »

13.08.2020

Poland Punishes LGBT Rights Activist with Pretrial Detention

Poland Punishes LGBT Rights Activist with Pretrial Detention

Authorities Should Release Margot Szutowicz in Line with Calls by European Parliament and Council of Europe Warsaw police have arrested a nonbinary activist, Margot Szutowicz, who has been placed in pretrial detention, in the latest example of Polish authorities’ anti-LGBT actions. Forty-eight other people, from a crowd of LGBT rights… »

05.08.2020

A Queer Cry for Freedom: Meet the LGBTQ Palestinians Demanding Liberation

A Queer Cry for Freedom: Meet the LGBTQ Palestinians Demanding Liberation

It happened all at once, without any coordination. Suddenly, all 150 protesters were on the street — lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, queers, and their allies. All proudly Palestinian, marching from Haifa’s German Colony to the Baha’i Gardens. “A queer cry for freedom,” they chanted. Courageous and beautiful, the demonstration, which… »

31.07.2020

‘Heart-Breaking’ Accounts of Women Detained in DPRK

‘Heart-Breaking’ Accounts of Women Detained in DPRK

By Jaya Ramachandran A new UN report says that women forcibly returned to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are subjected to torture, ill treatment, sexual abuse, and other violations. The report published by the UN Human Rights office (OHCHR) on July 28… »

21.07.2020

UN Gathering To Call for Robust and Urgent Actions to Advance Gender Equality

UN Gathering To Call for Robust and Urgent Actions to Advance Gender Equality

By Caroline Mwanga Twenty-five years after its adoption the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, member states and observers, civil society organizations, gender equality leaders, CEOs, and heads of academia will gather virtually on July 21 in a multi-stakeholder hearing. The purpose is to bolster priority actions at the global… »

13.07.2020

The state of LGBTQ+ rights in India: An interview with Supreme Court Advocate Saurabh Kirpal

The state of LGBTQ+ rights in India: An interview with Supreme Court Advocate Saurabh Kirpal

“There is, however, a very long way to go” On September 6, 2018, India’s Supreme Court ruled that consensual homosexual acts would no longer constitute a crime. The historic move reversed Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which was a legacy from British colonial rule. The change… »

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