The submission deals with our concern about human rights violations faced by women and girls in the Russian Federation, focusing on the Russian Federation’s obligation under Article 2 (obligation to prevent torture, including through legislative measures) of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment to address domestic violence, female genital mutilation, and discrimination in the law with regards to the exemption from punishment of offenders, including rapists, who marry their victims.
Because FGM affects women and girls on every continent except for Antarctica, there must be a global strategy and international cooperation to end the harmful practice by 2030. Ahead of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, here’s an overview of the global movement to end this harmful practice.
To mark the end of an unprecedented year we’ve rounded up some moments of light amongst the darkness in the fight for gender equality.
GEORGIA, TBILISI, December 7, 2020 - Georgia has one of the highest rates of child marriage in Eastern Europe, but the problem is being widely overlooked. Although Georgian legislation states that marriage is prohibited under the age of 18 under any circumstance, many girls are married off as minors – sometimes against their will. The practice, together with other factors, arises out of gender inequality.
Produced in collaboration with Goga Khatiashvili (the author), this publication aims to address the culture of silence around child and forced marriage in Georgia. Though many in Georgia may consider child marriage to be a thing of the past, a 2018 UNICEF report found that among women aged 20-24, 14% were married by the age of 18 in Georgia.
This submission outlines the gaps in the protection of the rights of women and girls in Sierra Leone with regard to sexual violence, harmful practices, legal equality and human trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Every October 11th, the world comes together to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child. Whilst it is a day to celebrate global progress in protecting and promoting girls’ rights, this year, against the backdrop of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear to see how much work we have still to do. With recent projections from UNFPA/UNICEF showing that the impact of COVID-19 could potentially result in an additional 13 million child marriages taking place between 2020 and 2030 that could otherwise have been averted.
In its 44th session, the UN Human Rights Council has passed a strong resolution on the ‘Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation’ (FGM). Submitted by Burkina Faso on behalf of the group of African States, the resolution calls upon all governments to take “comprehensive, multisectoral and rights-based measures to prevent and eliminate female genital mutilation”.