Poverty and economic problems have led to an increasing number of women and girls being forced into prostitution, says the Women’s Rights Committee in a report adopted on Thursday. MEPs call for measures to reduce prostitution by criminalising sex buyers, Europe wide awareness raising campaigns and prevention strategies, especially for socially-excluded, vulnerable and poor persons.
The health and lives of millions of people across the globe are being threatened by government failures to guarantee their sexual and reproductive rights, Amnesty International said today as it launched a global campaign on this issue.
Three women who were forced to travel to Britain to terminate their pregnancies following diagnoses that their babies would not survive outside the womb are taking their cases to the United Nations.
Amanda Mellet, Ruth Bowie and Siobhain Murphy, members of the Terminations for Medical Reasons (TFMR) group, will hold a press conference in Dublin on Wednesday outlining their cases.
On the same day papers will be filed in Geneva with the UN’s Human Rights Committee, which monitors member states’ compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The women will allege that the fact they were forced to leave Ireland to terminate their pregnancies – following diagnoses of fatal foetal abnormalities – amounted to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.
El Sistema de Naciones Unidas en El Salvador conminó al gobierno de ese país a respetar los derechos de las mujeres tras tomar nota del fallo de la Corte Suprema de Justicia que negó a la ciudadana identificada como B.C. el permiso de un aborto terapéutico, en vista del peligro que corre su vida.
Depuis un an, des prédicateurs ont tenu près de 180 conférences dans les facultés britanniques, imposant la ségrégation des filles et des garçons dans les amphithéâtres s’inquiète l’organisation Students Rights.
"LE PLUS. S'il est un domaine où l'égalité homme-femme n'est pas prête d'advenir, c'est celui de la santé. Les deux sexes ne tombent pas malades de la même manière. Mais le cœur du problème, c'est que la médecine, de la recherche aux soins prescrits, n'en tient pas compte."
The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) is pleased to announce the launching of an online tool to support European municipalities and regions working to promote the equality of women and men at the local level. The website was created in the framework of the Observatory on the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life and is available in both French and English.
"European Women’s Lobby publishes feminist overview of women’s rights and gender equality in Europe!
The European Women’s Lobby is pleased to introduce its latest publication Women’s Watch 2012-2013, a feminist overview of women’s rights and gender equality in Europe.
This publication is the first of its kind – a genuinely feminist appraisal of the situation on the ground in 30 European countries with regards to women’s rights and gender equality, judged by the yardstick of the European Women’s Lobby’s ideals. The Women’s Watch report is a snapshot of the situation during a two year period (2012-2013) and looks both at legislation and statistical data with 30 very short country pages.
The report looks at women’s situation and gender equality in three main areas: women in decision-making, women’s economic independence and care responsibilities, and violence against women and women’s sexual and reproductive rights, while also looking at the links between those areas."
La Ley de trata regula penas de entre 1 a 3 años de prisión para los clientes de servicios sexuales de personas víctimas de trata. Quienes promueven la penalización del usuario afirman que "sin clientes no hay trata" y que por lo tanto se los debe hacer responsables para erradicar la explotación sexual.Observatorio Género y Equidad
Great initiative to give visibility and put the girls' needs on the agenda. It is crucial to deepen the knowledge about girls migration in order to develop strategies to empower them and avoid isolation, exploitation and the risk of being trafficked. Further actions and research of this kind are strongly needed.
Moncef Ben Salem, ministre tunisien de l'enseignement supérieur, part en guerre contre le refus des enseignants d'admettre en cours des étudiantes sans visage. A deux jours du verdict qui doit être prononcé dans le procès du doyen de la Manouba, Habib Kazdaghli, symbole de la résistance de l'université contre l'obscurantisme, le pouvoir islamiste persiste à jouer la carte salafiste...
"In Taksim square in the heart of Istanbul, Hayrettin Bulan reads a declaration calling for male brothels. The call is being made by the anti-poverty group "Sefkat Der". The group is fighting for an end to state-run brothels. Bulan says their radical move to call for brothels for women comes out of frustration. They had to change tactics in their anti-prostitution fight, she says. [...]
Opponents of prostitution like Sefkat Der want prostitution to be abolished. But since the state has refused to heed their call so far, the opponents have changed their tactics and are now calling for equality and therefore the introduction of brothels where women can visit male prostitutes..."
Living in the U.S., where our discussions about gender tend to focus on things like whether women can "have it all," it’s sometimes easy to forget that women around the world are dealing with much more basic issues, like being sold into sex...
"A new law expected to be presented to the Turkish cabinet in the next few days will make it impossible for women in the country to gain access to legal abortions, health professionals and human rights activists have warned."