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Economic & Social Rights

In the Battle Over Abortion, Polish Feminists with Disabilities Are Claiming Their Rights*

In a disturbing irony, Poland’s decision to remove the “fetal defect” grounds for abortion will have a disproportionately negative impact on the lives and well-being of women with disabilities. by MAGDA SZAROTA** and SUZANNAH PHILLIPS On Oct. 22, Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal ruled that Poland’s law permitting abortion on grounds of “a severe and irreversible fetal defect or incurable illness that […]

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Nombrarnos feministas

Argentina Casanova [1] Ser mujer en México nos significa salir a las calles en un país en el que la vida de las mujeres está devaluada, con redes sociales y medios que nos descalifican, que exhiben nuestros cuerpos desnudos o destazados, en donde siempre hay un argumento que justifica la violencia. Es el país que aportó el concepto feminicidio porque […]

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Challenges in Activism to End Gender-Based Violence in the Caribbean

Alicia Wallace[1] The English-speaking Caribbean consists of young nations that have been and still are heavily impacted by (neo-)colonialism, paternalism, and neo-liberalism. Small island developing states are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Many of these countries are dependent on tourism as well as the unpaid and underpaid labor of women. While it is seen as a buffet […]

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Your Silence is Deafening and is Now Too Loud

Meena Saraswathi Seshu, Aarthi Pai, and Arvind Narrain[1] It is unfortunate that the CEDAW Committee, which is specifically constituted to hold States responsible for eliminating of all forms of discrimination against women, is itself discriminating against sex workers who made submissions to the Committee, while it was drafting General Recommendation 38 (GR 38) since 2019[2]. Discrimination against women cannot be eliminated if a […]

Headshot of Fatima Outaleb.
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Never Tolerate Violence

Fatima Outaleb, FAR Steering Committee member and Director of Union de l’Action Feminine’s (Union for Women’s Action) Women’s Shelter in Morocco Gender-based violence and discrimination in Morocco is widespread. It affects about 2/3, or 62.80%, of Moroccan women, according to the High Commission for Planning. Additionally, according to the Economic and Social Council, more than 80% of mens’ requests for […]

Radha Paudel is the author of this piece and a FAR member.
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Where is the Conversation on Menstruation Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Radha Paudel, Founder/Secretariat, Global South Coalition for Dignified Menstruation and FAR Member [1] 6 April 2020 was a significant day as the UN Secretary General urged to address Gender-Based Violence (GBV) following the announcement of the COVID-19 pandemic by WHO on 11 March 2020. GBV is considered a `shadow pandemic’ that skyrocketed (30-60%) during this period due to interruptions of […]

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Declaración de las mujeres indígenas amazónicas de la COICA frente a la emergencia por COVID-19 

Tal como lo afirmó hace algunas semanas la Organización Panamericana de la Salud, los Estados tienen la obligación de proteger a las personas más vulnerables de la región como son las poblaciones indígenas que habitan en la cuenca del Amazonas y que albergan a más de 2400 territorios en ocho países. Muchas de estas poblaciones viven en aislamiento y tienen muy limitado acceso […]

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Féministe activiste de défense de droits de la femme – RD Congo

By Basobe Arsene Kanyanduru* Venant de sortir dans une épidémie d’Ebola, la population congolaise faisait des déclarations selon lesquelles la COVID-19 est une pandémie occidentale et ne concerne pas les pays du Sud. Au fil des jours, on a enregistré le premier cas dans la ville province de Kinshasa, la population a sous-estimé disant que c’est une stratégie pour obtenir […]

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“When women with disabilities receive quality education, they can realize what is right and what is wrong for them” Laxmi Nepal

Interviewer: Feruza Ghermawit Who are you? When did you become an activist? I did my school level education in an Integrated School, a kind of inclusive school. Integrated school means that sighted children and blind children study together. I grew up with the sighted people together. I did not study only in the special school for the blind. So from […]

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International Sex Workers Day: Time To Detach Sex Work From Morality

Posted by Abhinita Mohanty* On 2nd June, 1975, hundreds of sex workers occupied the Saint-Nazier church in Lyon, France to protest against harassment by the police, hefty fines levied on them, the arrest of ten sex workers and inhumane working conditions. The plan for a ten-day occupation ended in eight days after the police removed the protesters. However, the movement […]