In Cameroon Transgender Women Given Five-Years in Prison

Click to expand Image Njeuken Loic (known as “Shakiro”) and Mouthe Roland (known as “Patricia”), two transgender women, in a Douala prison. © Private, Douala, Cameroon, March 2021 On May 11, a Cameroonian court sentenced two transgender women to five years in prison and fines of 200,000 CFA (USD $370) under a law that forbids […]

Tunisia Jails Repatriated Women With Suspected ISIS Ties

Click to expand Image The Palace of Justice in Tunis, Tunisia, on January 29, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo / Hassene Dridi (Tunis) – Families of women and children with ties to suspected members of the Islamic State (ISIS) who were recently repatriated to Tunisia say that all of the women are in detention, Human […]

Afghan Women, Girls Should Not Pay for Their Government’s Abuses

Click to expand Image Women and children walk along the Nadir Khan hilltop overlooking Kabul, Afghanistan, March 2017. © 2017 Rahmat Gul/AP Donor countries to Afghanistan say they want to keep protecting the human rights of women and girls, even as international troops prepare to depart the country. But a bill introduced in the United […]

Generation Equality: Accelerating Progress on Women’s Rights

Click to expand Image Marcelina Bautista, leader of Centro de Apoyo y Capacitación para Empleadas del Hogar, a domestic workers organization, celebrates the beginning of a pilot program extending access to social security and healthcare benefits for domestic workers, Mexico City, Mexico.  © 2019 El Universal/RCC Agency/GDA via AP Beginning today, governments, corporations, and civil society are converging physically and virtually in […]

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 […]