International Day to End Violence against Women, NOV 25

25 November, International Day to End Violence against Women! It's time to fulfil the promise to end violence against women ... UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for action to end violence against women: "Women are beaten in their homes, harassed on the streets, bullied on the internet. Globally, 1 in 3 women will experience physical or sexual violence at some point in her life. In some conflict situations, it may be more dangerous to be a girl or a woman than … [Read more...]

Millennium Development Goals, for people of all ‘abilities’

Opening the door for people of all abilities The global community took a giant step forward during the High-level Meeting on Disability and Development in September to break down barriers for the more than 1 billion persons living with some form of disability. With a historic outcome document adopted, this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, aims to kick-off an action-filled course towards an inclusive society, embracing all human beings. 'About 15 … [Read more...]

Gender Pay Discrimination in Jordan: A Call for Change

The International Labour Organization is working with the Jordanian government and its social partners to help narrow the pay gap between men and women. "I only received a rise of around three per cent, while my male employees received seven per cent." AMMAN (ILO News) – When Amira*, a Jordanian schoolteacher, asked her principal for a pay rise, it was refused. A few months later she was fired. “The official reasons given for my dismissal were weak. I’m sure they wanted to … [Read more...]

SIGI: Discrimination against women persists around the globe hampering development

New York, 05 July—Social and legal discrimination against women remains a major obstacle to economic development in emerging and developing countries, according to the latest edition of OECD’s Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI). Though women’s rights are improving in a number of countries, in others women are still barred from fully contributing to social and economic life. Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, chaired a discussion Thursday, … [Read more...]

ADELE BUTLER – Women of Spirit: China's Unwanted Girls

  ADELE BUTLER - Women of Spirit       China's Unwanted Girls   Today marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and this morning I heard on The Current that there has been some progress in women’s fight for equality but there is still much to be done. I just read the same thing on Yahoo News. "The last century has seen an unprecedented expansion of women's legal rights and entitlements," Bachelet said, pointing to virtually universal voting rights for women, major inroads for … [Read more...]

HIV+ Nepalese women suffer “layers of discrimination”

In the AIDS epidemic in Nepal, the most-at-risk populations are female sex workers, injecting drug users, migrants and men who have sex with men. In 1988, Nepal launched the first National AIDS Prevention and Control Programme. This programme, known as the Short-Term Plan for AIDS Prevention and Control, formed the basis for the First Medium Term Plan 1990-92. This programme was externally reviewed in December 1992 and on the basis of the recommendations made during the review, the Second … [Read more...]

'Homophobic hate crimes on the rise' – NAVI PILLAY

Homophobic hate crimes on the rise, UN human rights chief warns   Hate crimes against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people are rising around the world, the United Nations human rights chief said today, urging governments to do much more to eliminate discrimination and prejudice based on sexual orientation or gender identity.In a video message marking the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said homophobia … [Read more...]

‘Homophobic hate crimes on the rise’ – NAVI PILLAY

Homophobic hate crimes on the rise, UN human rights chief warns   Hate crimes against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people are rising around the world, the United Nations human rights chief said today, urging governments to do much more to eliminate discrimination and prejudice based on sexual orientation or gender identity.In a video message marking the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said homophobia … [Read more...]

The STIGMA must Stop with HIV/AIDS

It is a Civil Right to Live Free from Discrimination on the Basis of HIV/AIDS Status When the Attorney General, Eric H. Holder, Jr., signed the Justice Department’s operational plan (PDF 354 KB) for implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, he underscored the Department’s leadership role in eradicating discrimination against those living with HIV/AIDS. The Civil Rights Division has significant enforcement authority over the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the … [Read more...]

Navi Pillay:International Elimination of Racial Discrimination Day

  International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - March 21, 2011   Navi Pillay (UNHCHR) on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination     United Nations, Geneva, 21 march 2011 - Video statement by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March 2011). March 21 is the International day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The … [Read more...]

ADELE BUTLER – Women of Spirit: Know Your Rights!

      KNOW YOUR RIGHTS !   Years ago I was asked by Equality Now to write a letter to His Excellency Yoweri Museveni, the President of Uganda regarding the Land Act. It seems that even though a woman’s right to property is protected under the Ugandan law, in rural areas this is abused , ignored or overlooked. The letter was written to urge His Excellency to publicly support and ensure the swift passage of the co-ownership amendment to the Land Act which would prevent women like Mariam Kabeere … [Read more...]

TAKE ACTION! – STOP Discrimination Against People with Parkinson's Disease!

 Parkinson's is a devastating genetic disease that impairs motor skill and can silence speech; in worst cases, it can render the sufferer completely unable to move. The last thing anyone with Parkinson's or at risk for the disease should face is discrimination from insurance companies and employers.Urge the Canadian government to stop discrimination against people with diseases like Parkinson's. » Genetic discrimination is a growing problem in Canada, and it can cause people to delay or decline … [Read more...]

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