We believe that women & girls can reach their full potential when systems are designed to include their experiences and voices, and existing patriarchal systems are disabled. Our programs expand access to justice and human rights education by using evidence-based solutions that are institutionalized in local communities affecting millions of women & girls.
We believe that the identity of marginalized communities must be safeguarded. This happens when their ethnic, national, religious, linguistic, political, or cultural backgrounds are not seen as antithetical to the State, but rather, as a driving force towards creating a pluralistic society. Ensuring equal dignity for minorities helps to ensure just and equitable systems.
The U.N. Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism is central to how we monitor discrimination globally because of its universal coverage of human rights issues and ability to track States who have explicitly agreed to address human rights gaps by reforming their domestic policy. We train law students and civil society on law as an invaluable advocacy tool.
"Across Africa, domestic violence is the most prevalent form of violence against women and girls, but the authorities often see it as a family matter. Women’s groups say education is the key to helping survivors stand up to and report abuse when it happens." ... See MoreSee Less
Across Africa, domestic violence is the most prevalent form of violence against women and girls, but the authorities often see it as a family matter. Women’s groups say education is the key to helping survivors stand up to and report abuse when it happens.
"Women’s equality depends on access to computers, the internet and mobile phones. But we’ll only beat discrimination in the digital realm if we tackle gender discrimination offline." ... See MoreSee Less
"Victims of hate crimes can sue perpetrators under state and federal hate crime or other civil rights laws for compensatory damages and, in some cases, punitive damages as well. But first they need lawyers.
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law recently began operating a hotline at 844-9-NO-HATE (844-966-4283), through which volunteers can help callers find legal representation. But beyond that, 'there is no real comprehensive network around the country' to connect victims of hate crimes or harassment with lawyers, said Betsy Shuman-Moore, the director of the Hate Crime Project at the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. In the Chicago area, she added, legal resources for hate crime victims have actually decreased in recent years." ... See MoreSee Less
"'By now, there are plenty of survivor accounts that reveal Kim Jong Un's administration is routinely persecuting those who are forced back to North Korea after departing illegally, and subjecting them to torture, sexual violence, forced labour – and even worse,' Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement, referring to the North's leader.
Robertson called on China not to deport the would-be defectors.
The United Nations has said China is required under international law not to return defectors to North Korea, where they could face persecution, torture and possibly death." ... See MoreSee Less
Eight North Korean defectors in China face involuntary repatriation after being detained by Chinese police last month, the Human Rights Watch group and a pastor who has been assisting them said on Monday.
"YouTube said it had identified that its systems 'were not working as intended'.
'We want to clarify that restricted mode should not filter out content belonging to individuals or groups based on certain attributes like gender, gender identity, political viewpoints, race, religion or sexual orientation,' it said in a blog post.
The company also said it would let people report videos they believed had been unfairly restricted and said it would offer more transparency about the types of content that would be filtered." ... See MoreSee Less