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Investigating Alleged Widespread and/or Systematic Forced Sterilizations in Peru

Juan Pablo Perez Leon Acevedo 10th June 2015

On 20 April 2015, the Peruvian Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) re-opened an investigation into alleged forced sterilizations of over 2000 persons, mainly peasant and indigenous women. They were allegedly surgically sterilized without their consent through the National Programme on Reproductive Family Planning (NPRFP) (1996-2000) during ex-President Alberto Fujimori´s mandate. Indeed, around 300000 persons went […]

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Addressing ‘Revenge Porn’ in Namibia

Ndjodi Ndeunyema 5th June 2015

In recent years, there have been reports of sexually explicit material involving Namibian citizens and residents circulating on social media platforms. This is usually circulated without consent. The practice has proven scandalous, being labelled as ‘revenge porn’ or ‘sex tapes’ in the popular print media. In one extreme incident, a video is reported to have […]

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Violence against Women in Pakistan – Between Law and Reality

Menaal Safi Munshey 24th April 2015

The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap 2014 report places Pakistan as the second lowest performing country in the world in terms of gender equality. In Pakistan’s rural areas instances of violence against women in the form of so-called ‘honour’ killings, child marriages, acid attacks, and domestic and sexual abuse are frequent. These crimes are […]

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“It’s time for women to break the glass ceiling” FM Nicola Sturgeon Places Women and Violence at the Heart of Human Rights and Scottish Legislation

Janine Ewen 1st April 2015

On Thursday the 26th of March, a conference organised by Scottish Women’s Aid took place at the George Hotel in Edinburgh. The theme and named heading of the day was, ‘Violence Against Women (VAW): a Human Rights Violation’. Informal and formal agencies gathered to learn on the progress in combatting women and violence from an […]

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CEDAW Inquiry into Grave Violence Against Aboriginal Women in Canada

Meghan Campbell 24th March 2015

On March 6, 2015 the CEDAW Committee released its second inquiry into grave and systemic violations of CEDAW under the Article 8 of the OP-CEDAW. This inquiry was initiated by the Feminist Alliance for International Action and the Native Women’s Association of Canada. These two organisations alleged grave and systematic violations of CEDAW in relation […]

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