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The Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill: Can It Live Up to Its Name?

The Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill: Can It Live Up to Its Name?

The Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill (WEGE) is currently before Parliament in South Africa. One of its main aims is to ‘give effect to the letter and spirit of the Constitution’ by promoting gender equality. Such legislation might be considered a welcome step for a country infamously struggling to grant its women their constitutionally-guaranteed rights [...]

Stereotyping as Direct Discrimination?

Stereotyping as Direct Discrimination?

The Hungarian Equal Treatment Authority (ETA) found that the entrance policy of a music club violated anti-discrimination legislation. The club in Budapest only charged men for entrance but not women. Whose equality was at stake? The complaint to the ETA was submitted by a male consumer. The complainant argued the he had to bear a [...]

Silencing Rape on U.S. College Campuses: Evaluating the Clery Act

Silencing Rape on U.S. College Campuses: Evaluating the Clery Act

The Steubenville rape verdict a few months ago has sparked a broader conversation about the United States’ endemic “rape culture”, and the responsibility of innocent bystanders and institutions to report sexual violence. One place where the silencing of sexual violence is an ongoing problem is on U.S. college campuses.  Under the Clery Act  — named [...]

Marriage Equality in New Zealand – Part II: Public Interest Litigation

Marriage Equality in New Zealand – Part II: Public Interest Litigation

By Max Harris Editor’s Note: Last week, Max Harris examined the religious exemptions of New Zealand’s recently passed Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013.  Today, he takes a closer look at the issues that the Act raises about public interest litigation. As noted last week, on April 17, the New Zealand Parliament passed the [...]

Engendering the Judiciary – a South African Perspective

Engendering the Judiciary – a South African Perspective

Recent statistics and debates in South Africa highlight that the country’s transformative vision has not stretched as far as the judiciary and legal sector. Since this is the very sector tasked with protecting, interpreting and enforcing the rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights so as to bring about social justice and the transformation of [...]

Marriage Equality in New Zealand – Part I: Religious Exemptions

Marriage Equality in New Zealand – Part I: Religious Exemptions

By Max Harris – On 17 April, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013 following a powerful nationwide campaign—led by the Campaign for Marriage Equality, Legalise Love, and others. The Act received Royal Assent from the Governor-General (the standard procedure for legislation in New Zealand) on 19 April and [...]

Rape and Reform in India: No Legal Fix for a Systemic Problem

Rape and Reform in India: No Legal Fix for a Systemic Problem

by Shishir Bail and Sudhir Krishnaswamy -  The brutal rape and mutilation of a 5-year-old girl in Delhi last week has sparked fierce protests reminiscent of the national outrage invoked by the December 2012 gang-rape of a student, also in Delhi. Very quickly political parties have joined these protests to demand swift ‘justice’. Late last year, the [...]

Unprecedented Step Taken in South Africa to Address Gender Transformation in the Judiciary

Unprecedented Step Taken in South Africa to Address Gender Transformation in the Judiciary

On the 12th of October 2012, the South African Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) was served with an unprecedented complaint regarding the lack of Gender Transformation in the Judiciary.  The Commission of Gender Equality was created by Chapter 9 of the South African Constitution of 1996 as a means of supporting Constitutional Democracy. Its duty [...]

Election of the new Belgian Judge to the ECtHR: An all-male short list demonstrates questionable commitment to gender equality

Election of the new Belgian Judge to the ECtHR: An all-male short list demonstrates questionable commitment to gender equality

  On the 24thApril 2012, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) elected the new Belgian judge to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), Paul Lemmens, from an all male short list presented to PACE by the Belgian Government, in contravention of its Council of Europe obligations. Although the European Convention does [...]

Elusive Equalities Workshop: Registration Now Open

Elusive Equalities Workshop: Registration Now Open

The Oxford Human Rights Hub (OxHRH) is hosting its inaugural workshop, ‘Elusive Equalities: Sex, Gender and Women’, from 11-12 September at Pembroke College in Oxford. The workshop will explore current challenges to achieving gender equality and how human rights frameworks can be used to address these challenges. There is an exciting line-up of speakers and participants, including leading [...]

A Quick Overview

Blog posts have been coming in thick and fast over the last month. To help you get up to speed, the editorial team has put together a quick summary of some of the major themes. Justice Verma Committee on Indian sexual violence laws The Justice Verma Committee submitted its report on the reform of India’s [...]