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Sri Lanka's Muslim Personal Law Reforms Action Group Releases Report on Muslim Women’s Struggle for Justice and Equality in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s Muslim Personal Law Reforms Action Group releases report on Muslim women’s struggle for justice and equality in Sri Lanka

In November, 2016, Sri Lankan women’s rights activists Hyshyama Hamin and Hasanah Cegu Isadeen completed ‘Unequal Citizens: Muslim women’s struggle for justice and equality in Sri Lanka’ – a one-year...Read More »

Call for submission on femicide watch

On 25 November 2015, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, The Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Ms. Dubravka Šimonović called on all States to establish a “femicide watch”, or a “gender-related killing of women” watch.

In her most recent report to...Read More »

UN Human Rights Council adopts resolution to undertake investigation into alleged human rights abuse in Sri Lanka

The Human Rights Council   adopted a resolution by a vote of 23 in favour, 12 against and 12 abstentions, in which it requested the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by...Read More »

Women's groups and Civil Society Organizations come out with statement against draft Interfaith Marriage Law in Myanmar

Several women’s groups and CSOs have released a statement against the much criticized draft Interfaith Marriage Law, on the brink of being legislated in Myanmar. The draft law restricts Buddhist women from marrying outside of their religion, requiring that non-Buddhist men convert to Buddhism before marriage. The couple must also obtain written consent from the bride’s...Read More »

India's combined 4th and 5th periodic report up for review at the 58th session of the CEDAW

At the 58th session of the CEDAW, to be held in Geneva in July, 2014, India’s combined periodic report (4th and 5th) will be up for review before the Committee.

You can find the entire periodic report submitted by the Indian government here.

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Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women submits report on India based on her country mission in 2013

The SR on Violence against Women, Rashida Manjoo has submitted her report on her country mission to India, from 22nd April to 1st May on 2013. In the report, the Special Rapporteur examines violence against women in the country, including root causes and consequences, and the implications of such violence on the effective...Read More »

UN SR on extreme poverty and human rights submits report on unpaid care work

The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona submitted a report on women care workers whose contribution usually goes unrecognised, and almost always unremunerated. The report notes that unequal responsibilities in care work (including domestic work) stand as a barrier to gender equality, especially amongst...Read More »

UN High Commissioner for Human Rightsovernbment welcomes Nepal's Supreme Courts decision against amnesty for serious human rights violations.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has welcomed the decision taken by the Supreme Court of Nepal declaring that amnesties should not be granted for serious human rights violations committed during the internal conflict in Nepal which raged for 10 years. Earlier, in March of 2013, Nepal’s...Read More »

Nearly a quarter of men surveyed by UN Report in Asia Pacific admit to committing rape

In a UN led study on men and violence against women carried out in 6 countries in the Asia Pacific region, around 25% of the men surveyed have admitted to raping at least once in their lives. The study, carried out by the UN, collected data from more than 10,000...Read More »

A tribute to Sunila Abeysekera


Sunila Abeysekera, a champion of women’s rights and human rights in Sri Lanka passed away in Colombo at the age of 61. Ms Abeysekera was a tireless human rights campaigner, focussing particularly on the plight of people living in war affected areas. She also campaigned for women’s rights,...Read More »

Report released by Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission reveals widespread sexual violence by the police

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission has revealed in a report that almost 15% of all sexual assaults and honor killings in Afghanistan are carried out by the police. For over two years the Commission documented 124 cases of violence against women by police: 41 murders and 83 cases of rape....Read More »

Afghan appellate court releases in-laws of child bride, after they had been convicted by lower court for torturing her

In a decision that is likely to land a serious blow to the hopes of a large number of women fighting cases of domestic and sexual violence in Afghanistan, an Appellate Court ordered the release of three members of a family who had been convicted and sentenced to ten years...Read More »

Two women arrested in Bangladesh for marrying each other

Police in Dhaka have arrested two women for marrying each other. They are now faced with the prospect of life imprisonment, apart from threats to their lives from the religious conservative section of Bangaldesh. With this, Bangladesh has violated its solemn commitment to the UNHRC during last year’s UPR to...Read More »

'Women's Human Rights' published in Europe by Cambridge University Press



‘Women’s Human Rights’ edited by Anne Hellum and Henritte Sinding Aasen on the CEDAW has been published by Cambridge University Press in Europe. The book is a compendium of several essays by different authors writing about and critically...Read More »

UN working group on discrimination against women submits its annual report on discrimination in public and political life

The UN Working Group on discrimination against women submitted its annual report, recording current achievements in women’s political representation and looking at challenges to women’s equal, full and effective participation in political and public life in the context of human rights and democracy. It identifies and addresses issues crucial for...Read More »

Domestic Violence Act passed by Sindh Assembly in Pakistan

The Sindh Assembly unanimously adopted the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2013. The passage of this Act came after 5 years of struggle by the Aurat Foundation, in collaboration with activists, jurists, lawyers and women legislators. The Act defines domestic violence as inclusive of but not limited to, all acts of...Read More »

OHCHR submits report on discrimination against women on nationality related matters to HRC

The Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General submitted its report on discrimination against women on nationality related matters, including the impact on children to the Human Rights Council. The report examines how women in certain countries do not enjoy equal rights with men to acquire, change and retain...Read More »

Special Rapporteur on Violence against women, its causes and consequences finalises country mission to Bangladesh

DHAKA (29 May 2013) – At the end of her 10-day visit to Bangladesh, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Ms. Rashida Manjoo, delivered the following statement:

“I have been mandated by the Human Rights Council to seek and receive information on violence against women,...Read More »

Report on the CEDAW Committee Asia Pacific Regional Consultation for the Proposed General Recommendation on Human Rights of Women in Situations of Conflict and Post-Conflict

The CEDAW Committee mandated the Working Group to elaborate options for this General Recommendation on Women in Conflict and Post-conflict Situations through a global consultation, and a series of regional consultations. The first regional consultation was rganized in the Asia Pacific region with the support of the United Nations Entity...Read More »

Special Rapporteur on Violence against women, its causes and consequences finalises country mission to India

NEW DELHI (1 May 2013) – At the end of her official country mission to India, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Ms. Rashida Manjoo, delivered the following statement:


“I have been mandated by the Human Rights Council to seek and receive information on violence...Read More »

Marriage equality is in the air as France, New Zealand, Uruguay and 3 states in United States say yes!

April of 2013 had turned out to be a great month for marriage equality, with three countries, France, New Zealand, and Uruguay legalising same sex marriages; in addition to three states in United State of America adopting marriage equality.


New Zealand– New Zealand parliament extended civil union rights to its gay citizens...Read More »

Calls for accountability for security and safety in garment industry in the midst of building collapses in Bangladesh

The Dhaka High Court has directed the Bangladesh Bank to impose restrictions on withdrawal or transfer of money by the owners of Rana Plaza and the owners of the five factories situated in the Plaza, the building that collapsed in Dhaka killing hundreds of people. The Court, taking suo moto...Read More »

Retrenchment and Indirect Discrimination

Women’s rights advocates often appear to enjoy seizing a clear case of direct discrimination against women – one so obviously unfair that it is a pleasure to sink their teeth into it and fight for justice that has been so clearly denied. However, beyond these important cases, there is another...Read More »

No straitjacket formula to determine consent in rape: SC

While adjudicating upon a case of alleged rape, where the question of consent was the issue, the Supreme Court observed that sex with the consent of the girl on a promise to marry her will not constitute rape unless it was shown that such consent was obtained by the man...Read More »

Woman! Adjust!?!

About fifteen years ago, when a colleague joined my office, she was aghast with what she heard in the Court on the very first day of work. It was a matrimonial case and the Judge simply was forcing the wife to go back to her husband although she was completely...Read More »

Is the UPR achieving (what it demanded/expected) for women on sexuality issues in India?

This article appeared in the “Sexuality Policy Watch Newsletter”.

Click to read: Is the UPR achieving (what it demanded/expected) for women on sexuality issues in India? By Madhu Mehra, Director of Partners for Law in Development

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Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai: uniting the struggle for peace and education with struggle against imperialism and cultural relativism. A struggle to make the indivisibility of rights under CEDAW a reality in Swat.

The following article is by Derrick O’Keefe, co-writer of Afghan MP Malalai Joya’s political memoir, A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who...Read More »

The Op-Cedaw: Not a Big, Bad Wolf But an Indispensible Guide Dog

It is worth probing why only 104 of the 186 state parties to CEDAW have ratified the Optional Protocol (OP-CEDAW). What holds state parties committed to implementing the substantive obligations of CEDAW back from embracing additional mechanisms of redress that advance women’s equality? The communications procedure for individual complaints to...Read More »

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