women's rights

‘It is appalling that virtually the only references to women relate to the home and family’ - Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.

تتمخض النكبات والكوارث في حياتنا‏,‏ أو ما تسمي أحيانا أحداث مؤسفة‏'‏ عن أمهات فقيرات ينتحبن علي دماء أولادهن المراقة‏ , تشرب الارض الدماء, ترتدي النساء الحداد, ثم تخلعه أولا تخلعه, وتتكرر الأحداث, تعود الأمهات المنكوبات الي النحيب, وتشرب الأرض الدماء.

جدلية حقوق المرأة من أقدم الأمور المتشابكة التي كتب ودوّن بالوثائق عنها المؤرخون والحقوقيون وعلماء الاجتماع وغيرهم، إلاّ أنها ظلت الجانب الخاسر في المعركة لأن طبيعة توارث ثقافة الرؤية الدونية لها جعلها في نطاق وظيفتها البيولوجية في المتعة والإنجاب وعمل السخرة

Tunisian civil society is rallying in support of a young woman who was raped by police officers in what they say is part of a broader assault on women's rights by religious conservatives.There is widespread outrage after 27-year-old victim was summoned by the investigating judge on Wednesday to face chargers of "indecency" from the two men accused of raping her, in what many argue is an attempt by the authorities to intimidate her.

On National Women's Day, UN Women congratulates the Government and people of Tunisia on their leadership in women's empowerment and gender equality.Calls on the Tunisian people and Government to continue championing gender equality in the constitutional revision process.

“I want to make one thing clear: we women in Lebanon are NOT victims. Our tenacity and resilience, which we have gained through our own process of self-empowerment, allow us to continue waging a battle against patriarchy, which exists across the world and in many different religious contexts.”

On 9 May 2012, Manal al-Sharif was awarded the Havel Prize for Creative Dissent at the Oslo Freedom Forum in Norway. This came shortly after al-Sharif was honored as one of TIME’s100 Most Influential People in the World at a Gala in New York City. Such events have given rise to a pattern: just as numerous pictures and videos of activists attending various conferences and receiving numerous awards surface, waves of criticism pour in. Their motives are viewed with suspicion, worthiness is questioned, and a movement’s progress is reassessed.

Women’s human rights discourse and movements have become entangled within a culture-versus-rights dualism. Yakin Ertürk argues that this is a false dualism which serves both private patriarchy and public patriarchy of neo-liberal globalisation


In conversation with Jessica Horn, a leading Malian women’s rights activist identifies the roots of the crisis in Mali, and the opportunistic use of the crisis by Malian and international Islamic fundamentalists to gain a popular foothold in the north of the country


Jessica Horn: Were there any early warnings that this crisis would emerge? 

Farida Shaheed is a sociologist with over 25 years’ research experience on women’s issues (including rural development, women and labour and legal rights), especially in Pakistan and South Asia. She is a long-time UNRISD collaborator, and joins us with an interview on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Her article on politics, religion and gender in Pakistan has been published in a special issue of Cahier du Genre entitled “Religion et politique: Les femmes prises au piège”. In this interview, she speaks to UNRISD about International Women’s Day, laws on women’s rights in Pakistan and some of the challenges in implementing them.

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