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'Shadow pandemic' of violence against women to be tackled with $25m UN fund

At least 30% will go to the women-led grassroots organisations that have been ‘critical’ through Covid pandemicThe UN is to spend $25m (£19m) from its emergency fund to address what has been called the “shadow pandemic” of gender-based violence against women displaced by wars and disasters.The money will be divided between the UN population fund (UNFPA) and UN Women, and at least 30% of it must be given to women-led local organisations that prevent violence and help survivors access medical and ...
Tags: Gender, Women, Life and style, World news, Domestic Violence, United Nations, Global development, Un, Lebanon, UNFPA, Sexual Violence, Women's rights and gender equality


Saudi Arabia considers clemency for female activists ahead of G20

Summit host mulling whether detentions do it more harm than good, UK ambassador says Saudi Arabia is considering clemency for jailed female activists ahead of its hosting of the G20 summit this month, the Saudi ambassador to the UK has said.The kingdom has been under growing pressure on its human rights record ahead of the summit, which is to be held virtually on 21 and 22 November. This includes the fate of a group of women who were prominent in the campaign for the right to drive. One of the t...
Tags: UK, Human Rights, Saudi Arabia, G20, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Women's rights and gender equality


Russia loses UN vote over women's rights in conflict zones

Security council resolution that many feared would weaken human rights is rejected by UK, US and other statesAttempts by Russia to introduce a UN security council resolution, which activists said would have unravelled the rights of women in conflict have failed as 10 countries abstained on a crucial vote on Friday.The UK, US, Germany and France were among the abstaining member states, which meant the resolution did not gain the nine votes required to pass. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, France, Russia, World news, United Nations, Global development, Un, UK US, Peace and reconciliation, UK US Germany, Women's rights and gender equality


Women Deliver racism investigation verdict described as a 'slap in the face'

Complaints of ‘white saviourism’ and harassment at the group led to the review, which found no individual responsibleThe results of an investigation into allegations of racism and harassment at one of the world’s most high profile women’s rights organisations has been described as a “slap in the face” to those who complained.Investigators concluded this week that no single person was responsible for the “challenges” at the group, Women Deliver, which had undergone a period of rapid growth “durin...
Tags: Race, Women, Life and style, World news, Global development, Women's rights and gender equality


'We have a right to be at the table': four pioneering female peacekeepers

Twenty years after a landmark UN resolution, leading figures share insight on women’s vital role in mediating conflictIn October 2000, the UN security council adopted resolution 1325 – the first resolution that acknowledged women’s unique experience of conflict and their vital role in peace negotiations and peacebuilding. Twenty years on, we speak to four women helping keep the peace around the world. Continue reading...
Tags: Activism, Africa, Americas, World news, Colombia, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Philippines, Global development, South Sudan, Un, UN Security Council, Farc, Yemen, Peace and reconciliation, Conflict and arms


Russia makes bid to water down UN commitments on women's rights in conflict

Move comes on 20th anniversary of first resolution to recognise women’s unique and disproportionate experience of war and political upheavalRussia has introduced a new UN security council resolution that could threaten the rights of women in conflict by attempting to water down previously agreed commitments on human rights.Negotiations are ongoing and it is doubtful they will conclude ahead of a special virtual meeting on Thursday to discuss women’s role in peace and security efforts. Continue r...
Tags: Russia, World news, United Nations, Global development, Un, Peace and reconciliation, Women's rights and gender equality


Russia makes bid to water down UN commitments on female peacekeepers

Move comes on 20th anniversary of first resolution to recognise women’s unique and disproportionate experience of conflictRussia has introduced a new UN security council resolution that could threaten the rights of women in conflict by attempting to water down previously agreed commitments on human rights.Negotiations are ongoing and it is doubtful they will conclude ahead of a special virtual meeting on Thursday to discuss women’s role in peace and security efforts. Continue reading...
Tags: Russia, World news, United Nations, Global development, Un, Peace and reconciliation, Women's rights and gender equality


Saudi women's summit accused of 'whitewashing' record on rights

Sister of jailed activist, Loujain al-Hathloul, says attendees legitimise regime that silences womenThe sister of a jailed Saudi activist has criticised a G20-linked women’s summit hosted by Riyadh this week as a disturbing attempt to whitewash the country’s dismal record on women’s rights.Loujain al-Hathloul has been in prison for more than two years without trial after campaigning for an end to Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving and its system of male guardianship, which effectively relegates...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, G20, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Riyadh, Loujain al Hathloul, Women's rights and gender equality


Kenyan efforts to end FGM suffer blow with victims paraded in 'open defiance'

Almost 3,000 girls from the Kuria community have undergone female genital mutilation in recent weeks, despite crackdownKenya has seen a setback in its progress to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) after an open parade in defiance of the government clampdown on the practice took place this week.Almost 2,800 girls from the Kuria community in south-western Kenya have undergone FGM, which involves the removal of the outer layers of female genitalia and sometimes the clitoris, in the past thr...
Tags: Health, Africa, World news, Global development, Kenya, Fgm, Kuria, Female genital mutilation (FGM, Women's rights and gender equality


To tackle sexual violence in Bangladesh the culture of victim blaming must end

There are still those who ask ‘what was she wearing’. An urgent conversation is needed about toxic masculinity and consentThere has been growing outrage among Bangladeshi citizens over the past two weeks at a string of gruesome gang rapes and sexual assaults reported in the media. There is a deep lack of confidence that the victims will ever get justice, as well as anxiety over the traditionally-held view that a woman and her family lose “honour” when she is raped.The question remains: did the w...
Tags: World news, South and Central Asia, Global development, Bangladesh, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Rape and sexual assault, Women's rights and gender equality, Ain O Salish Kendra


Fruits of shared labour: the Indian women joining forces for food security

Rural women in Tamil Nadu are mostly excluded from land ownership, but collective farms can offer self-sufficiencyWhen all the shops closed due to the coronavirus lockdown, pulling together in small collectives was key to remaining self-sufficient for widow farmers in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu.“We had sufficient grains and vegetables at home, while others in the village were seeking government support,” says 46-year-old Poongani, one of the nine widowed Dalit women who form the Sivant...
Tags: India, Women, World news, South and Central Asia, Farming, Global development, Food Security, Tamil Nadu, Dalit, Women's rights and gender equality, Poongani


Goat Power: how herding is empowering women in rural Africa – in pictures

Photographer Chris de Bode teamed up with Farm Africa to tell the story of how owning goats is transforming women’s lives in Ethiopia and UgandaPhotographs: Chris de Bode/Panos PicturesOutdoor exhibition at More London Riverside, on London’s South Bank, until 6 November 2020 Continue reading...
Tags: London, Africa, World news, Poverty, Uganda, Farming, Global development, Ethiopia, South Bank, Farm Animals, Farm Africa, Women's rights and gender equality, Chris de Bode, Chris de Bode Panos PicturesOutdoor, London Riverside


Women's health organisation president resigns following bullying and racism investigation

Françoise Girard and two others cleared of racial discrimination but report finds culture of fear and intimidation at IWHCThe president of a women’s health charity has resigned following an investigation into allegations of racism and bullying within the organisation.The findings of the independent investigation cleared Françoise Girard and two other senior managers at the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) of unlawful racial discrimination or retaliation against employees. Continue r...
Tags: Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Charities, Global development, Françoise Girard, Women's rights and gender equality, International Women 's Health Coalition IWHC


India's classical music and dance 'guru' system hit by abuse allegations

Female musicians say abuse by gurus has been an open secret for years in a culture where ‘toxic and old-fashioned patriarchy’ holds swayOne of India’s most venerated cultural traditions – the centuries-old guru-shishya (disciple) method of learning classical music and dance – has been hit by allegations of sexual abuse.A group of 90 female classical musicians issued a statement in September, alleging sexual abuse and exploitation of female disciples by their gurus. They described a “fear-driven ...
Tags: India, World news, Dance, South and Central Asia, Global development, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Women's rights and gender equality


Forget notions of coronavirus as a great equaliser – women are yet again the hardest hit | Helen Pankhurst

Just like every emergency, Covid-19 is racist, ageist, classist and sexist. The world response to the pandemic must reflect thisIn the early days of coronavirus, there was a view that a global pandemic would act as a great equaliser. “A virus doesn’t discriminate,” they said. “We’re all in this together.” It didn’t take long for such a credulous perspective to vanish.Just like every emergency, every disaster, Covid-19 absolutely does discriminate. It’s ageist, it’s racist, it’s classist and it’s...
Tags: Gender, Science, Women, Life and style, World news, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Helen Pankhurst, Women's rights and gender equality, Coronavirus outbreak


Most countries failing women and girls with Covid response, UN finds

Global gender tracker assesses how governments address violence, strengthen women’s economic security and support unpaid caringCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Most countries are failing to adequately protect women and girls during the fallout from Covid-19, according to a new UN database that tracks government responses to the pandemic.The global gender tracker has looked at how 206 countries and territories address violence against women and girls, support unpaid ca...
Tags: Women, Life and style, World news, Infectious Diseases, United Nations, Global development, Un, Women's rights and gender equality, Coronavirus outbreak


Argentina president under pressure to keep election promise on abortion

Over 1,000 public figures call for Alberto Fernández to stay true to his election pledge despite distraction of coronavirus pandemicPro-choice campaigners are renewing pressure on president Alberto Fernández to make good on his electoral pledge to legalise abortion in Argentina.More than 1,000 public figures, writers, journalists and artists added their names to an advert published in three Argentinian newspapers on Sunday, calling for the government to keep its commitment. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Women, Americas, Society, World news, Global development, Argentina, Abortion, Alberto Fernández, Women's rights and gender equality


El Salvador woman freed after six years in jail following stillbirth

Cindy Erazo was accused of aggravated homicide after an obstetric emergencyA woman sentenced to 30 years in jail after a stillbirth that was judged to be her fault has been released from jail in El Salvador.Cindy Erazo, 29, from San Salvador, was granted conditional freedom on Wednesday after six years in jail. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Women, Americas, Life and style, Society, World news, Global development, Abortion, El Salvador, SAN SALVADOR, Women's rights and gender equality, Cindy Erazo


Female voices 'drowned out' in reporting on Covid-19, report finds

Analysis of stories across six countries including UK found fewer than a fifth of experts quoted on the pandemic were womenCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWomen’s voices have been “worryingly marginalised” in reporting of the coronavirus, partly due to the war-like framing of the pandemic, according to a report analysing stories across six countries.Each woman’s voice in news coverage of the crisis is “drowned out” by at least three men, it said. Continue reading...
Tags: Gender, UK, Media, Women, Life and style, UK News, World news, Global development, Women's rights and gender equality, Coronavirus outbreak


Why doing nothing is a radical act for India's women – photo essay

‘Leisure is a feminist issue’ says Surabhi Yadav, whose photography project captures carefree moments of women around herWhen Surabhi Yadav’s mother, Basanti, died Yadav realised she had never really known her. “I knew her as my mother, but nothing else,” she says. “I asked one of her friend’s how she remembered her and she told me: ‘She was the funniest and goofiest in our group.’ Those were not words I associated with my mother. I thought of her as a very serious person.”Her father was the “fu...
Tags: India, Women, Life and style, World news, South and Central Asia, Feminism, Global development, Yadav, Basanti, Women's rights and gender equality, Surabhi Yadav


Blow for Bangladesh's female crab farmers as Covid stops exports

Family incomes plummet at cooperative that helped empower women as lucrative trade with China is suspendedFemale crab farmers in Bangladesh are struggling to feed their families after exports to China collapsed due to Covid-19, a charity has warned.Despite the crab harvesting season being in full swing in Mongla, southern Bangladesh, continued lockdown across the nation and the closure of lucrative external markets have impacted not only farmers’ livelihoods but also the country’s GDP, which rel...
Tags: China, World news, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Global development, Bangladesh, Mongla, Women's rights and gender equality


The girls and women fighting to stop child marriage – photo essay

Five women affected by child marriage tell their stories – and of their struggles to protect others Text and photographs by Thom PierceTwelve million girls are married every year before they reach 18, according to UN estimates. And in its first set of global statistics on child marriage rates among boys, the UN found one in 30 young men were married as children.Advances have been made, however. Ending child marriage by 2030 is a target in the UN’s set of sustainable development goals, and many c...
Tags: Family, Photography, Marriage, Women, Society, World news, Global development, Un, Child marriage, United Nations Population Fund, Women's rights and gender equality, Thom PierceTwelve


'A race against time': the new law putting Somalia's children at risk of marriage

Child marriage in the country has increased during coronavirus – and now a newly-tabled bill would allow children as young as 10 to marryFardowsa Salat Mohamed was 15 when her cousin asked her parents for her hand in marriage. Her father did not hesitate to say yes. When Mohamed objected, her father asked her to choose between “a curse and a blessing”.“That was not a choice for me, I was basically forced,” she says. “No girl would ever choose to be cursed by her parents so I had to accept the ma...
Tags: Children, Africa, Women, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Somalia, Child rights, Child marriage, Mohamed, Women's rights and gender equality, Coronavirus outbreak, Salat Mohamed


Netflix portrayal of female Indian Air Force pilot flies into flak

Gunjan Saxena was one of the first women in the IAF, but her biopic has drawn rebukes from fellow officers over sexism claimsFormer and current members of the Indian military have criticised a Netflix film for portraying the armed forces as rife with gender discrimination.The Indian Air Force (IAF) has written to an Indian censor board, as well as Dharma Productions, which produced the film, and Netflix to complain that Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl “presented some situations that are misleadin...
Tags: Gender, Media, India, World news, Netflix, South and Central Asia, Global development, Air Force, Iaf, Indian Air Force IAF, Women's rights and gender equality, Gunjan Saxena


Selective abortion in India could lead to 6.8m fewer girls being born by 2030

New study shows preference for a son is highest in north of country with Uttar Pradesh having highest deficit in female birthsAn estimated 6.8 million fewer female births will be recorded across India by 2030 because of the persistent use of selective abortions, researchers estimate.Academics from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia projected the sex ratio at birth in 29 Indian states and union territories, covering almost the entire population, taking into account...
Tags: Gender, Saudi Arabia, India, Women, World news, South and Central Asia, Global development, Abortion, Uttar Pradesh, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Women's rights and gender equality


I've seen first-hand the toxic racism in international women's rights groups

White European and American practitioners have not taken charges of discrimination seriously. It’s time to do our homework and learn to changeWe are long overdue a reckoning around race in gender and development work. The number of women who have recently issued public claims of racism or discrimination against global women’s rights organisations is testament to that.The Nobel Women’s Initiative is the latest to come under fire with allegations of toxic workplace practices, joining the Internati...
Tags: Gender, Race, World news, Global development, Women's rights and gender equality, International Women 's Health Coalition IWHC, IWHC


'Peace where rights aren’t trampled': Afghan women's demands ahead of Taliban talks

With negotiations set to begin, women have been sharing their ‘red lines’ on the progress they refuse to see negotiatedFarahnaz Forotan was three when the Taliban had arrived in Kabul. It was 1996. “I have this memory of a snowy day, I was sitting on my mother’s lap, in a minibus, and she was crying. I didn’t understand why she was crying,” Forotan says. It was the day her family became refugees.“It was the civil war, and we had to leave our home and country to live in Iran – alive, but living i...
Tags: World news, Iran, Afghanistan, Taliban, South and Central Asia, Global development, Kabul, Women's rights and gender equality, Forotan


Nobel Women's Initiative founders 'shaken' as seven staff resign

External review launched following collective resignation, which cited need for ‘profound organisational reforms’Five women Nobel laureates said this week they were “profoundly shaken and saddened” by the resignation of seven staff at the organisation created to promote peace, justice and women’s rights.Shirin Ebadi, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Leymah Gbowee, Tawakkol Karman and Jody Williams said while they were aware of challenges within the Nobel Women’s Initiative, they “deeply regret not recognis...
Tags: World news, Global development, Nobel Peace Prize, Jody Williams, Women's rights and gender equality


Covid-19 threatens access to abortions and contraceptives, experts warn

Unplanned pregnancy rates have fallen globally, report finds, but coronavirus could endanger access to servicesRates of unplanned pregnancies have fallen around the world, according to new data published by health research organisation the Guttmacher Institute and the UN Human Reproduction Programme (HRP) on Wednesday.Global rates of unintended pregnancies have fallen from 79 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 49 in 1990 to 64 in 2019, thanks in part to a concerted effort to increase access to contracep...
Tags: Health, Family, Women, Pregnancy, Society, World news, Health & wellbeing, Contraception and family planning, Global development, Abortion, Guttmacher Institute, Reproductive rights (developing countries, Women's rights and gender equality, UN Human Reproduction Programme HRP


Women's health organisation accused of 'institutional racism and bullying'

Investigation launched into the International Women’s Health Coalition following criticism of ‘toxic’ culture, weeks after Women Deliver CEO issues public apologyA global women’s health organisation has launched an independent investigation into claims that it operated a “paralysing” culture of racism and bullying.The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), which advocates for women and adolescent girls, will also conduct an internal review. Continue reading...
Tags: Race, World news, Aid, Global development, International Women 's Health Coalition, Women's rights and gender equality, International Women 's Health Coalition IWHC