dcsimg
English Site French Site Spanish Site Russian Site Arabic Site Chinese Site OHCHR header
Make a donation to OHCHR


Feature stories

 

Women’s rights in political transitions

Women’s rights in political transitions

A group of leading human rights advocates share their views on political transitions and women’s enjoyment of their rights in their respective countries at an event organized by the UN Human Rights Office.
ICPD Beyond 2014: advancing human rights for all women

ICPD Beyond 2014: advancing human rights for all women

The ICPD Beyond 2014 International Conference on Human Rights provided an interactive forum for highlighting human rights achievements since the landmark 1994 Programme of Action, while addressing the current challenges impacting sexual and reproductive health rights.
Discrimination faced by rural women impacts negatively food security

Discrimination faced by rural women impacts negatively food security

The UN independent expert on the right to food deplores the negative impact of discrimination faced by rural women on food security, in his new report to the Human Rights Council.
Ending gender-based violence and discrimination: Youth as agents of change

Ending gender-based violence and discrimination: Youth as agents of change

UN Human Rights Chief recognizes the crucial role of youth to effect positive transformative change by addressing stereotypes that perpetuate violence against women and girls, at an interactive event with youth activists.
Women are powerful drivers of progress when free to claim their rights

Women are powerful drivers of progress when free to claim their rights

Inspiring women leaders share their personal experience on the enabling factors that have allowed them to assume positions of leadership at the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council.
A case of domestic violence in Mexico: Grettel’s quest for justice

A case of domestic violence in Mexico: Grettel’s quest for justice

The Mexican Supreme Court orders a local tribunal to reinstate attempted murder charges against a man who almost killed a young woman.
A long way to go: progress in combatting violence against women in Afghanistan

A long way to go: progress in combatting violence against women in Afghanistan

The latest United Nations report on violence against women in Afghanistan describes renewed concerns that “conservative elements resistant to women’s rights are again gaining strength.”
Advancing Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in Mexico

Advancing Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in Mexico

"Indigenous women suffer two types of discrimination, as indigenous people and as women," says UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay.
Combating laws that negatively affect women’s everyday lives

Combating laws that negatively affect women’s everyday lives

Despite the progress already made in adopting equality laws, many women do not fully enjoy human rights
Religion, belief and women’s rights

Religion, belief and women’s rights

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay warns against the reassertion of discriminatory practices against women amid political transition in the Middle East and North Africa.
International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay urges solidarity with women in every corner of the world working for positive change in their communities.
From herding goats to protecting women’s rights

From herding goats to protecting women’s rights

Jane Meriwas escaped motherhood at an early age and vowed to protect and promote education for other young girls in her community.
Human rights defender from Gaza advocates for women

Human rights defender from Gaza advocates for women

Zeinab-Al-Ghonaimy, human rights defender from Gaza, advocates for an end to discrimination against women.
Right to education to achieve development

Right to education to achieve development

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay discusses with African research scholars the role of women of science in development.
Competition for Reporting on Human Rights in DRC

Competition for Reporting on Human Rights in DRC

Canadian NGO, Journalists for Human Rights and OHCHR launch a competition for best news features on human rights in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Meryl Streep urges action against gender discrimination

Meryl Streep urges action against gender discrimination

Actress Meryl Streep adds her voice to those calling on Governments round the world to take action to revoke discriminatory laws against women and girls.
Women in Congo seek justice

Women in Congo seek justice

Sexual violence is a hallmark of the conflict in Eastern Congo. Justice for most of the women has been elusive.
Protecting forcibly displaced women from discrimination and violence

Protecting forcibly displaced women from discrimination and violence

Justice for victims of sexual violence and discrimination a central requirement, says the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Silence is Violence

Silence is Violence

A new UN report focuses on threats and attacks against women participating in public life and the widespread but under-reported problem of rape.
High Commissioner: Make equal rights a daily reality for all women

High Commissioner: Make equal rights a daily reality for all women

We strive to make equal rights a daily reality in the lives of all women, High Commissioner said in a landmark lecture on women’s rights.
Inequality before the law

Inequality before the law

Fourteen years on from the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, the repeal of discriminatory laws is a continuing struggle.
Double Odds: Women overcoming Multiple Discrimination

Double Odds: Women overcoming Multiple Discrimination

A special side-event at the Durban Review Conference discusses discrimination not just on the basis of race but also gender.