Violence Against Women
April 25th is dedicated to the elimination of violence against indigenous women and girls. The prevalence of violence against these women is significantly higher than against non-indigenous women; it is a pandemic inflicted by both indigenous community members and perpetrators from wider society.
In February 2017, Russia’s president Vladamir Putin signed a new law that has effectively decriminalised certain acts of domestic violence against women and children. Dubbed the “slapping law,” the move has sparked an international outcry amongst women’s rights activists and human rights groups.
Executive Director & Founder of IWI shares her story of abuse and redemption in her powerful recount of assault.
Pakistan is a country with deeply entrenched patriarchal mindset and a strong feudalistic value system. Coupled with poverty, it is a society where women are marginalized from policy level to every socio-economic and political sphere of society. Little data is available on women’s health and education, with no census conducted over the last 18 years. According to UNESCO, Pakistan has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world, particularly in regards to women and girls. In this context, women’s progress in many areas of social and political life has a long way to go and the country’s controversial legislative framework represents a further obstacle.
In Part 2 of 17 Days, writer Angelina Kaneva explains that while the media spotlight shines on the fierce competition at the 2016 Olympic Games, with thousands of emotional spectators cheering for their favourite athletes in the joyful atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro, concerns over children and adolescents’ rights violations continue.
With over a million people heading to Rio de Janeiro at the beginning of August for the 2016 Olympic Games, activists express serious concerns that the event will turn into a magnet for human trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Caregiving has long been considered the domain of the female, and women across the world spend disproportionately more time than men in providing care to the young and old alike, often with little or no remuneration. Women who work outside their home countries, or transnational domestic workers, are particularly vulnerable to abuses, including harassment and exploitation by recruiters, employers, and various public and private agents involved in labor migration processes. What is being done to protect their rights?
As Syria and its neighbors continue to be blighted by conflict, forcing millions of civilians to flee for their lives, many Western countries are dealing with heightened anti-refugee rhetoric while their governments introduce greater restrictions to asylum and contemplate military action. Amid these developments, where are the women in negotiation talks?
In the absence of legal reforms that truly protect women from street harassment, Jordanian women are taking steps to stand up for themselves and empower one another.
Thousands of women and men around the world, funded by millions of dollars, are working to
eradicate violence against women. But is it enough?