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Sex trafficking: Maria’s story

Sex trafficking: Maria’s story

The UN Slavery Fund supports a number of NGOs, which rescue and assist victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation and offer specialized support in the reconstruction of their lives.
Ending impunity for femicide across Latin America

Ending impunity for femicide across Latin America

Investigators and prosecutors in Latin America now have a guide to assist in investigation and prosecution of femicide – the killing of women because they are women.
Education unlocks the doors to all other rights

Education unlocks the doors to all other rights

The outgoing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urges a broader approach to the right to education to address the ongoing imbalance of power between men and women in both the public and private spheres.
Child and forced marriage - manifestation of gender discrimination

Child and forced marriage - manifestation of gender discrimination

Human rights experts discuss the causes and challenges of child and forced marriage, and solutions to end and prevent that practice.
Faster change needed to eliminate female genital mutilations

Faster change needed to eliminate female genital mutilations

“Female genital mutilations (FGM) violate the right to the highest attainable standard of health… and when it results in the death of the person that is mutilated, it violates the right to life,” said UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay.
The harms of gender stereotyping

The harms of gender stereotyping

Gender stereotyping is a form of discrimination against women and a contributing factor to many violations of their rights, say experts at the Human Rights Council.
Global summit - exceptional opportunity to end sexual violence in conflict

Global summit - exceptional opportunity to end sexual violence in conflict

A Global Summit aims to identify specific actions by the international community to end sexual violence in conflict.
The right to choose and refuse sterilization

The right to choose and refuse sterilization

States are being urged to legislate to outlaw coercive sterilization and to provide effective redress to those who are unable to have children because of these procedures performed without their knowledge or consent.
Defenders urgently need a safe and enabling space

Defenders urgently need a safe and enabling space

Defending human rights is a dangerous activity in some countries where defenders may be vilified, attacked, arrested, tortured, and even murdered. The UN Human Rights expert on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders condemns these acts and provides, in her final report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, recommendations on ways to create a safe and enabling space for defenders.
Fighting for equality for Romani women and girls in Moldova

Fighting for equality for Romani women and girls in Moldova

Romani women and girls in Moldova often have lower levels of education, significantly higher rates of unemployment and poorer health than the rest of the population, according to a UN Human Rights Office report.
Equal access to land for women

Equal access to land for women

“Despite the fact that many women are legally entitled to equality in access to land, they still experience considerable discrimination in this area,” said the UN Human Rights Office’s Gender and Women’s Rights Advisor in New York, Gaynel Curry.
Josephine Adaza: fighting for freedom of religion in Nigeria

Josephine Adaza: fighting for freedom of religion in Nigeria

Minority Fellow Josephine Adaza calls for religious freedom for the Christian minority in Northern Nigeria.
A call to “Orange the World” to end violence against women

A call to “Orange the World” to end violence against women

Physical violence inflicted by intimate partners is the most common form of violence experienced by women. The UN Human Rights Office supports the UNiTE Campaign to create a symbolic vision of a world free from violence against women.
Ending Forced Marriage Worldwide

Ending Forced Marriage Worldwide

Forced marriage is a global problem, affecting both boys and girls and cutting across countries, cultures, religions and ethnicities.
Achieving equality for women in Tunisia

Achieving equality for women in Tunisia

Women and men in Tunisia’s far-flung regions react positively to a campaign promoting the equal rights of women.
A woman’s mission to eliminate the tradition of FGM in her Kenyan community

A woman’s mission to eliminate the tradition of FGM in her Kenyan community

Female Genital Mutilation is a traditional ritual afflicting millions of girls worldwide. Nice Nailantei Lengete is working towards eliminating the harmful practice of FGM/C in her Masaai community in Kenya.
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.
Women and the Arab spring: an ongoing struggle for equal rights

Women and the Arab spring: an ongoing struggle for equal rights

Women human rights defenders, at the forefront of the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, now say they face ongoing discrimination in their efforts to achieve lasting reforms.
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.
Fighting FGM: Girls’ right to education versus traditional practices

Fighting FGM: Girls’ right to education versus traditional practices

One county in Liberia has succeeded in stopping Female Genital Mutilation practices by ensuring girls are not being pulled out of formal studies during the school year to attend ”bush schools".
Manal Al-Sharif: a driving force for change

Manal Al-Sharif: a driving force for change

Manal Al-Sharif, a women’s rights activist in Saudi Arabia, participated in the UN Social Forum in Geneva on a panel discussion on the role of social media and activism.
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.
Women in Casamance unite for peace

Women in Casamance unite for peace

Weary of the three decade-long civil strife in the region of Casamance, southern Senegal, women’s associations speak-up for the peaceful and inclusive resolution of the conflict.
Violence against women: a focus of the Papua New Guinea Human Rights Film Festival

Violence against women: a focus of the Papua New Guinea Human Rights Film Festival

The annual Human Rights Film Festival in Papua New Guinea focuses on violence against women as one of its themes in 2012.
Women’s cultural rights: empowering and transformative

Women’s cultural rights: empowering and transformative

Farida Shaheed, UN expert in the field of cultural rights, proposes to shift the paradigm from one that views culture merely as an obstacle to women’s rights to one that seeks to ensure women’s equal enjoyment of cultural rights.
Consolidating the rights of women in conflict and post-conflict situations

Consolidating the rights of women in conflict and post-conflict situations

Human rights experts examine protecting the rights of women in conflict and post-conflict situations in French speaking African countries.
Not a single girl should be forced to marry - UN experts

Not a single girl should be forced to marry - UN experts

The first International Day of the Girl Child denounces a slavery-like reality for victims of forced marriages worldwide.
Globalization – a paradox of perils and opportunities

Globalization – a paradox of perils and opportunities

The importance of people-centred development in an increasingly globalized world is the focus of this year’s Social Forum in Geneva.
Busting the myth that sterilization can end AIDS

Busting the myth that sterilization can end AIDS

An alarming number of women living with HIV around the world are still subjected to forced and coerced sterilization or abortion because of their HIV status.
Supporting women human rights defenders

Supporting women human rights defenders

“Although much progress has been made in realizing women’s rights, we must acknowledge that we still live in a world where women face serious inequalities in all spheres of life—at home, at work, in communities and in politics,”.
Strengthening the protection of women and girls with disabilities, a priority

Strengthening the protection of women and girls with disabilities, a priority

The Chief of the Rule of Law, Equality and Non Discrimination Branch in the UN Human Rights Office states that strengthening the protection of women and girls with disabilities remains a priority.
Empowering women and girls through sport

Empowering women and girls through sport

Discrimination against women and girls in sport and physical education is widespread in several countries around the world.
Human Rights Chief Pillay visits the world’s newest State: South Sudan

Human Rights Chief Pillay visits the world’s newest State: South Sudan

On a visit to the world’s newest State, South Sudan, Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay urges the Government to ratify all of the main human rights treaties.
Promoting women’s rights in conflict and post-conflict situations

Promoting women’s rights in conflict and post-conflict situations

Access to justice, equal participation of women in peacebuilding, economic opportunities for women in post conflict situations and violence are some of the challenges faced by women in conflict and post-conflict situations.
Women: vital actors of change

Women: vital actors of change

Some of the world’s leading human rights activists, politicians and thinkers gather at the UN in Geneva to reflect on the impact of the global climate, food and financial crisis on women and the role women play in promoting peace and human rights.
Making “secret plans” to stop tribal fighting and end violence against women

Making “secret plans” to stop tribal fighting and end violence against women

After decades of tribal violence that engulfed the district of Kup, in the mountains of Papua New Guinea, three women mobilised their communities to stop tribal fighting.
“Man up” to end violence against women

“Man up” to end violence against women

Jimmie Briggs, an advocate for the rights of women, founded the Man Up campaign to mobilize young people to take action in their own countries to fight violence against women and girls.
Political transitions provide opportunities to promote women’s human rights

Political transitions provide opportunities to promote women’s human rights

Political transitions provide a unique opportunity to promote the human rights of women.
16 days of activism: fighting against sorcery related killings

16 days of activism: fighting against sorcery related killings

Monica Paulus, a human rights defender from Papua New Guinea, fights against sorcery related killing. “Women accused of sorcery are victims of extreme abuse and horrendous killings,” she says.