Category Archives: Blog

Category Archives: Blog

Category Archives: Blog

Category Archives: Blog

Category Archives: Blog

Category Archives: Blog

Category Archives: Blog

Category Archives: Blog

Category Archives: Blog

Category Archives: Blog

Adoption of General Recommendation No. 35 on Gender-based Violence against Women, Updating General Recommendation No. 19

On behalf of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, We are pleased to share with you the advanced, unedited text of the GR. We hope you can help us disseminate it and make of it an effective tool for enhanced protection of women and girls from all forms of […]

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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 parents. Violations could result in a 10-year prison […]

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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 exercise of human rights by […]

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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 women who live in poverty, […]

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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 government had established a Truth […]

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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 men and 3000 women form […]

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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, sexual and reproductive rights, the rights […]

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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. The report, rejected by the […]

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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 imprisonment by a lower court […]

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