Gender

Legislating for Trans Equality: Recent Developments in the United Kingdom and Ireland

Legislating for Trans Equality: Recent Developments in the United Kingdom and Ireland

In January 2016, the House of Commons Select Committee on Women and Equalities published a landmark report on ‘Transgender Equality’. Among the Committee’s many recommendations was a proposal to amend...
Advancing the Right to Education in South Africa

Advancing the Right to Education in South Africa

James Rooney is one of the Oxford Human Rights Hub/Rhodes University Travelling Fellows. The Fellowship is a partnership between the Oxford Human Rights Hub, Rhodes University in South Africa, and...
Who Benefits From India’s Move to Ban Commercial Surrogacy?

Who Benefits From India’s Move to Ban Commercial Surrogacy?

The press release on the latest draft Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill (the Surrogacy Regulation Bill) categorises India as “a surrogacy hub for couples from different countries”, but raises alarm...
Canada to Hold National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Canada to Hold National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

On August 3, 2016, the government of Canada announced a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (the “Inquiry”). The Commission’s mandate is “to examine and report...
Is the two-thirds gender rule discourse engendering double invisibility in public life for other vulnerable groups in Kenya?

Is the two-thirds gender rule discourse engendering double invisibility in public life for other vulnerable groups in Kenya?

It is asserted that an enduring democracy is one that secures the meaningful participation of youth, women, persons with disabilities, the elderly, minorities and other marginalised groups in public life...
Guilty of Rape, But Not Punished

Guilty of Rape, But Not Punished

On 3 February 2016, the Criminal Division of the Court of First Instance of Ghent in Belgium found a 33-year old man guilty of rape, but decided to suspend the...
Velásquez Paiz et al v Guatemala: Femicide in Guatemala – Part II

Velásquez Paiz et al v Guatemala: Femicide in Guatemala – Part II

On 19 November 2015, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (‘the Court’) handed down a decision on gender-based violence in Guatemala. This decision comes at a time when Guatemala has...
Velásquez Paiz et al v Guatemala: Gender Stereotypes and Lack of Justice – Part I

Velásquez Paiz et al v Guatemala: Gender Stereotypes and Lack of Justice – Part I

In November 2015, a decade after the sexual assault and murder of a young Guatemalan woman, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (‘the Court’) released a ground-breaking judgment further clarifying...
LGB, T and LGBT

LGB, T and LGBT

This post reflects on a recent clarification sought by the Indian government regarding whether or not the term ‘transgender’ — as used in NALSA v Union of India — covers...
Statelessness as a Rising Human Rights Issue in Tajikistan

Statelessness as a Rising Human Rights Issue in Tajikistan

The right to a nationality — or as Hannah Arendt put it: “a right to have rights” — has been recognised in various human rights instruments. Despite this, statelessness —...
Whole Women’s Health: A Call for Evidence-Based Regulation of Abortion

Whole Women’s Health: A Call for Evidence-Based Regulation of Abortion

Decades ago, the medical profession helped build the public-health case for decriminalising abortion, and the Supreme Court of the United States appealed to medical science in deciding Roe v Wade....
The Intersection of Age, Gender and Disability in the Prosecution of Sexual Violence in India

The Intersection of Age, Gender and Disability in the Prosecution of Sexual Violence in India

This post examines a petition made to the Indian Supreme Court by a rape victim’s mother. The petitioner avers that her daughter’s case should be tried in a court set...

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