Human Rights & Gender

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EU trade policy mostly neglected integrating a gender perspective. Introducing complementary policies and binding implementation mechanisms could mitigate negative effects. 

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The German federal government sees Egypt as a state that can guarantee regional stability. But especially the support of the regime as-Sisi increases the instability in the region. It's time for a new approach to Egypt.

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Caroline Ausserer spoke with Zhan Chiam, employee at ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association), about the recent report of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on LGBTI asylum-seekers and -refugees.

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In 2006 human rights experts elaborated the Yogyakarta Principles. Their question: What is known about human rights law in relation to gender identity? An Interview about the impact of the principles so far.

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It is necessary to ensure the participation of women's organisations, women and the civil society in the EU-CELAC Action Plan on Gender 2015 - 2017. In this paper women's organisations share their main concerns and make proposals.

Homophobia, discrimination and social exclusion are part of the day-to-day life of LGBTI persons in Honduras due to cultural background, religious fundamentalism and impunity. The event report examines if the European Union can help to overcome impunity of crimes against human rights defenders and LGBTI activists.

 

Feminicide and Violence against women in Latin America and the European Union: The 8th Conference on Feminicide "The Duty of Due Diligence to Eradicate Feminicide" examined what has been done in the framework of the EU-CELAC since the adoption of 2013-2015 Action Plan on gender.

 

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Event Reports

Could the European Neighbourhood Policy and other EU foreign policy initiatives contribute to the improvement of the LGBTI rights situation in the region?

 

Find here the comprehensive report of our capacity building 'Europe, Let’s Speak Out for LGBTI Rights in Africa'.

What are the effects and consequences of the media treatment of violence against women on feminicide?

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Violence Against Women - a definition

Rather than a new form of violence, gender-related killings are the extreme manifestation of existing forms of violence against women. Such killings are not isolated incidents that arise suddenly and unexpectedly, but represent the ultimate act of violence which is experienced in a continuum of violence. Women subjected to continuous violence and living under conditions of gender-based discrimination and threat are always on – death row, always in fear of execution.

Globally, the prevalence of different manifestations of gender-related killings is reaching alarming proportions. Culturally and socially embedded, these manifestations continue to be accepted, tolerated or justified – with impunity as the norm. States‘ responsibility to act with due diligence in the promotion and protection of women‘s rights is largely lacking as regards the killing of women.

Rashida Manjoo, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women

For more information, please contact

Patricia Jimenez
Director Global Dialogue Programme
Tel. +32-2-743 41 03
Email: patricia.jimenez@eu.boell.org

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Beijing+20 - Women’s rights worldwide – time for implementation once and for all

Beijing+20

"WHEREAS

1.       Respect for human rights is a founding value for the Union, as stated in the Treaty on European Union and in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

2.       It is important to promote common values, such as respect for human rights, as well as a common understanding that human rights are universal and apply to all.

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“Movements, Borders, Rights? Feminist Perspectives on Global Issues in Europe“, Final Conference Statement

Feminism must be more political in confronting the current multiple crises!

This is the key message from the international conference “Movements, Borders, Rights? Feminist Perspectives on Global Issues in Europe” which took place in Brussels 24-25 October 2017.

Click here for full statement of the conference.

Voices on Feminicide

Conferences on Feminicide

The 7th Conference on Feminicide took place March 6 2014 in Brussels, Belgium.

The purpose of the 6th Conference on Femicide/Feminicide was to identify the content that should be included in the new space for dialogue between the EU and CELAC on gender issues.

The conference took the opportunity to assess the current situation in Latin America and the implications of EU policies.

In November 2009, the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union organised the 2nd conference on Feminicide and a Strategy Meeting.

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