Human Rights & Gender

70 Years of Human Rights. Indivisible. Inalienable. Universal.

Introduction

70 years ago, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We work with our partners around the world towards making democracy and human rights, dignity and freedom a reality for all. The triad of HUman Rights - Democracy- Ecological Sustainability is the basis for our work.

By Barbara Unmüßig

Climate change and human rights – Can the courts fix it?

Overview

Climate litigation is on the rise - in Germany, in Europe and worldwide. What role can courts play in the fight against climate change? This article shows the link between human rights and climate change, its implications, and introduces some of the cases.

By Anne Kling

Striving for Gender Equality

Blog

In the early days of his mandate Erdoğan presented himself as one of the main defenders of women’s rights. However, after 2010 the government focused predominantly on religious themes and defined gender roles more and more traditionally and restrictive. According to surveys, nearly 50% of all Turkish women have experienced domestic violence and the political climate is increasingly discriminating against women.

By Charlotte Joppien

History RePPPeated - How public private partnerships are failing

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A new report exposing how public private partnerships (PPPs) across the globe have drained the public purse, and failed to deliver in the public interest, was launched at the Annual Meetings of the World Bank in Bali. The report entitled “History RePPPeated: How public private partnerships are failing” compiles no less than 10 case studies, showing how and why each PPP project failed to provide value-for-money, transparency and/or humane infrastructure projects.

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Stabilization via change? The European Union’s support for human rights advocacy in Lebanon

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Civil society is identified as a key partner for the European Union (EU) and receiver of financial support in the European Neighbourhood Policy, as civil society is closest to the citizen’s needs, for example in terms of human rights. However, the existing body of research questions whether such aspirations for human rights are compatible with the EU’s main priority in neighbourhood, stabilization. To investigate how this alleged contradiction affects the de facto support for pro-democratic civil society organizations, this research focuses on the question “What are the means of the European Neighbourhood Policy to support Lebanese Human Rights Organizations in their advocacy for Human Rights and Democracy in Lebanon?”Interviews with local experts show that the EU Delegation is striving to cooperate closely with civil society actors to support their human rights advocacy but is limited in their capacity to provide funding to HROs due to a shift of priorities in the newest Single Support Framework (SSF). A comparison of the SSF from before and after stabilization became the main priority, confirms this finding.

Phantom Menace. The Politics and Policies of Migration in Central Europe

Despite the presence of migration in the discourse of politicians, media and the general public in recent years, there is a persistent lack of facts about the life situations and motivations of newcomers to Europe. With this book the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Institute for Public Affairs aim to contribute to a fact-based debate on the politics and policies of migration in Central Europe. 

Feminicide: a Global Phenomenon - Feminicidio: un fenómeno global

A new framework for the cooperation between the European Union and Latin America to promote gender equality and eradicate violence against women and feminicide.

Nuevo marco para la cooperación entre la unión europea y américa latina para promover la igualdad de género y erradicar la violencia contra las mujeres y el feminicidio

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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.

Ms. Dubravka Šimonovic, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women

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Anna SCHWARZ
Head of Global Transformation Programme
Tel. +32 (0)2 743 41 19
Email: anna.schwarz@eu.boell.org

Feminicide: A Global Phenomenon

The fifth edition of “Feminicide: A global phenomenon” covers topics such as feminicide in different countries, the recent call of the UN-Rapporteur and the absolute criminalization of abortion

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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

6th Conference on Feminicide

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.

4th Conference on Feminicide

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

2nd Conference on Feminicide

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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