Qatar: Male Guardianship Severely Curtails Women’s Rights

Click to expand Image A girl and a woman fly a kite along the promenade by the Doha corniche in the Qatari capital on March 16, 2020. © 2020 AFP via Getty Images (Beirut, March 29, 2021) – Qatar’s discriminatory male guardianship system denies women the right to make many key decisions about their lives, […]

Turkey: End Probe of Women Over Shouted Slogans

Click to expand Image Women and the LGBTQI community celebrate the upcoming International Women’s Day in Istanbul, Turkey on March 6, 2021. ©2021 AP Photo/Erhan Demirtas/NurPhoto (Istanbul) – Turkish authorities should immediately put a stop to the criminal investigation opened into women’s rights activists for shouting slogans at a March 8, 2021 International Women’s Day […]

Kazakhstan’s ‘First’ Women’s March

Click to expand Image International Women’s Day march in Almaty, Kazakhstan, March 8, 2021.  © 2021 Human Rights Watch By Vika Kim International Women’s Day 2021, on Monday, was the first time authorities in Almaty, Kazakhstan allowed a march celebrating the day to proceed. I joined the five-kilometer march along one of the city’s main roads, with hundreds […]

Time for a Female UN Secretary-General?

Click to expand Image U.N. headquarters Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. © AP Photo/Jeenah Moon There have been nine United Nations secretaries-general over the past 75 years, from all corners of the earth. But they’ve had one thing in common—they’ve all been men. “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” That’s UN Sustainable Development […]

A Gold Medal for Sexism in Japan

Click to expand Image Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee President Yoshiro Mori delivers a speech during the Tokyo 2020 Executive Board Meeting in Tokyo, Japan, March 30, 2020. © 2020 Issei Kato/Pool Photo via AP The Olympic system likes to claim that sport is “one of the most powerful platforms for promoting gender equality and empowering […]

Malaysia’s Highest Court Strikes Down State Gay Sex Ban

Click to expand Image LGBT Rainbow Flag © 2008 Ludovic Berton (Wikimedia Commons) Malaysia’s Federal Court on February 25 ruled that a state law banning consensual same-sex conduct was unconstitutional. While the ruling leaves intact a federal statute criminalizing same-sex relations, it does bring relief to those who have faced persecution from religious enforcement agencies […]

US: Biden Acts to Undo Trump Damage to Women’s Health

Click to expand Image A woman walks past a mural on a Family Health Options clinic in the Kibera slums in Nairobi, Kenya, May 16, 2017. © 2017 Reuters (Washington, DC) – United States President Joe Biden has issued a presidential memorandum that is an important first step to repair harm to sexual and reproductive health and […]

Mexican Senate Takes a Step to Protect Women with Disabilities

Click to expand Image Women with disabilities demonstrate against violence in Mexico City, Mexico, March 8, 2020.  © 2020 Mexicanas con Discapacidad This week, Mexico’s Senate approved a reform to the country’s General Law for Women’s Access to a Life free from Violence by including disability as one of the elements prosecutors and courts must evaluate when […]

End Abusive Sex Testing for Women Athletes

Women athletes, largely from the Global South, are targeted and harmed by “sex testing” regulations. Women being observed under the regulations, and in some cases being compelled to undergo a medical examination, amounts to policing women’s bodies based on arbitrary definitions of femininity and racial stereotypes. Sport governing bodies – including World Athletics and the […]

No Equality in Sport Until We Stop Policing Women’s Bodies

Click to expand Image Caster Semnya wins the women’s 800m during the IAAF Doha Diamond League 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, May 3, 2019. © 2019 Jiro Mochizuki/Image of Sport via AP Madeleine Pape, an Australian Olympic runner, competed against South Africa’s Caster Semenya in the 2009 Berlin World Championships and lost. Those […]