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Women and Girls with Disabilities in Kyrgyzstan Face a Higher Risk of Sexual Violence and Lack of Access to Justice

May 30, 2023

KYRGYZSTAN, Bishkek, May 29, 2023  – Deficiencies in the legal system and state social policy, including closed reside...

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Countries in Southern Africa Urged to Strengthen Legal Protections against Child Marriage

May 11, 2023

SOUTH AFRICA, Johannesburg, May 10, 2023 – Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries have taken commendable ac...

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Call for governments to repeal personal status laws that discriminate against women

May 3, 2023

USA, New York, May 4, 2023 – Women around the world continue to face huge difficulties because of sex discrimination writte...

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Senate Vote on Resolution to Ratify Equal Rights Amendment Fails

April 27, 2023

Washington D.C., April 27, 2023 – On Thursday, S.J. Res 4 failed to pass the United States Senate although the majority...

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Washington State introduces new law to protect women and girls from female genital mutilation or cutting

April 20, 2023

WASHINGTON STATE, April 20, 2023:  A new bill to protect women and children from female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/...

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Traditional Leaders in Liberia Make Historic Announcement Declaring Ban on Female Genital Mutilation 

February 9, 2023

LIBERIA, Monrovia, February 9, 2023: Safe Hands for Girls – represented by the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Jaha Dukure...

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Call for Governments to Repeal Laws that Discriminate against Women’s Economic Rights

January 31, 2023

UNITED KINGDOM, London, January 31, 2023 – Women worldwide are being made more vulnerable to human rights violations becaus...

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Sexual violence laws in Eurasia enable impunity for perpetrators

January 24, 2023

GEORGIA, Tbilisi, January 24, 2023 – Sexual violence laws in Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan are falling we...

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Inter-American Court of Human Rights landmark ruling in Bolivian sexual violence case strengthens access to justice for girls and adolescents

January 19, 2023

>> Leer en Español BOLIVIA, Cochabamba, January 19, 2023 – A landmark sexual violence case brought by Brisa De A...

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Strengthening Kenya’s policy responses to sexual exploitation and abuse of children

January 12, 2023

KENYA, Nairobi, January 12, 2023 – Kenya has taken commendable action to tackle increases in child sexual exploitation and ...

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African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights to give verdict on case challenging Tanzania’s ban on pregnant girls and adolescent mothers attending school

November 30, 2022

ARUSHA, TANZANIA, November 30, 2022 -The African Court on Human and Peoples Rights will issue its final judgment on the Equal...

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Sex discrimination in violence laws is putting women and girls at greater risk

November 23, 2022

USA, New York, November 23, 2022 – To prevent gender-based violence and hold offenders to account, a strong and well-implem...