More than 15 women groups attended a panel discussion during the Human Rights Council Sixth Session on 20 September 2007, to highlight the growing problem of forced marriages among women and girls as young as eight.
Jahangir's report states that a large number of the violations of the right to freedom of religion or belief are committed by non-state actors, whether members of religious groups themselves or others.
The UN Human Rights Council should vote to maintain all country-specific rapporteurs and should reject limits on the Council’s ability to address human rights abuses proposed by some of the world’s worst human rights violators, Freedom House said today.
At a meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York (February–March, 2007), 155 women’s NGOs submitted an open letter to the UN Member States and the UN Secretary General, welcoming the strong impetus for a specific women’s entity in the UN.
Leyla Pervizat is a Turkish feminist researcher and activist who played a pivotal role in lobbying for the UN resolution on elimination of crimes against women and girls committed in the name of honour. An interview by Soheila Vahdati.