In commemoration of the United Nations International Human Solidarity Day, UN Women's HeForShe movement issues an urgent call for men around the world to stand together in solidarity with each other and with women, to end sexual harassment.
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The United Nations human rights wing has called on the Latin American nation, El Salvador, to immediately halt the application of a law that unduly penalizes women for abortion-related offenses and to review all cases to ensure their compliance with international human rights standards.
"I was so desperate, I had lost hope. Committing suicide seemed the only escape from the abuse, back then," Fatima* said in an interview earlier this month. "I didn't know how to handle the pain." A mother of eight, Fatima has been married for about two decades.
From the rise of the #Metoo movement to numerous new laws on violence against women and the conviction of the 'butcher of Bosnia' for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, including sexual violence, this timeline is a selection of some of the noteworthy moments for women's rights and gender equality from around the world this year.
A 48-hour Hackathon in Sarajevo brought gender and tech experts together with youth from all around the country to generate new tech solutions to combat violence against women and girls. Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017 Throughout 16 Days of Activism, UN Women reached out to the youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina, asking them to generate ideas for technology solutions that would help prevention of violence against women and girls.
Sexual violence against women and girls in conflict-affected countries[ 1] is being used as a tactic of war, with devastating consequences for women across the globe.
Senior UN officials are calling for an end to violence against women and an end to impunity for sexual abuse.
'SheFighter' Self-Defence Stokes Self-Confidence in Refugee Women Refugee women are at heightened risk for gender-based violence during the difficult experience of forced displacement. In Jordan, one group is getting a chance to learn self-defense a "SheFighter" technique that also focusses on building the women's self-esteem.
In a year when the #metoo hashtag has inspired women across the globe to tell their personal tales of harassment and unwanted sexual advances in the workplace, a team of female television reporters in northern Afghanistan is promising to "leave no sister behind" by telling the often harrowing stories of Afghan women and girls trapped by abuse and gender-based violence.