violence against woman

First Person: ‘No daughter of mine will be cut’

Like 95 per cent of women in her Ugandan community, Margaret Chepoteltel underwent female genital mutilation (FGM) as a child, subjecting her to lifelong health problems. Today, she is raising awareness of the dangers of FGM, as part of a…

Romanian Court Slams Law Banning Discussion of Gender in Education

Cristian González Cabrera / Researcher, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program Law Curtailed Rights to Freedom of Expression, Health, Non-discrimination Romania’s Constitutional Court this week struck down a law parliament adopted in June 2020 that would have, among other things, banned…

Bangladesh: Pivotal Moment to Stop Violence Against Women

Enforce Policies, Provide Services, End Barriers and Corruption in Justice System Women and girls in Bangladesh are facing increased domestic violence during the Covid-19 pandemic, highlighting long-term systemic barriers to legal recourse, protection, and social services, Human Rights Watch said…

New UN report highlights link between gender, climate and security

Even as countries buckle under the devastating social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, they must consider the links between gender inequality and crisis, particularly in communities affected by climate change and conflict. That’s the premise of a new…

Violence Against Women: Why the UN Secretary-General Got it Wrong

In his remarks on the recent International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – see ‘Violence Against Women is Fundamentally About Power’ – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres inadvertantly demonstrated why well-meaning efforts being undertaken globally to reduce…

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

By UN Women* One in three women around the world experience violence in their lifetime, often in the hands of someone they know, love and trust. Of all women who were victims of homicide globally in 2012, almost half were…