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This Week in Women’s Rights 2018–01–21


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/01/21

“Members of a leftist women’s rights group, GABRIELA Alliance of Filipino Women, in the Philippines are urging president Rodrigo Duterte to take “a concrete and clear position” over the controversial “comfort women” statue that was unveiled in the capital city of Manila in December.

“The Philippines needs to have a national policy on these women’s quest for justice. We lack a concrete and clear policy on this,” Joms Salvador, the secretary general of GABRIELA Alliance of Women, told Xinhua News.

The Philippines erected a seven-feet bronze statue in the busy city district of Roxas Boulevard in Manila in December, drawing ire from several human rights groups, including women organizations.”


“Several photos and videos posted to social media during the recent Iran anti-government demonstrations have shown women removing their hijabs to protest the Iranian dress code and one woman raising her fist in the air as she walked through a cloud of tear gas.

The images are notable in that Iran severely restricts women’s rights, from what they are allowed to wear in public to the jobs they hold, to not being allowed to watch men’s sports in stadiums.”


“The African Union has taken several initiatives to demonstrate its commitment to eliminating injustices against women in Africa. The most recent has been a meeting aheadof the African Union (AU) summit scheduled for later this year to highlight the continent’s commitment to gender equality.

Other examples include the African Women’s Decade (2010–2020), adopting the African Union Gender Policy and creating a fund for African women. In addition, the AU declared 2016 the year of human rights with a particular focus on the rights of women.

Fifteen years ago the AU adopted the Maputo Protocol under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to boost the protection of women. Its implementation was meant to be overseen by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, a human rights body set up under the African Charter. And the process was meant to be monitored by the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa.”


“ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Demonstrations in support of female empowerment are scheduled in cities across the country Sunday, a day after hundreds of thousands of people across the globe marched, chanted and protested.

Marches are scheduled in several cities, including Miami, Melbourne and Munich.

On Saturday, many not only supported women’s rights, but also denounced President Donald Trump’s views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights and women’s rights on the anniversary of his inauguration.

The 2017 rally in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of similar marches, created solidarity for those opposing Trump’s views, words and actions. Millions of people around the world marched during last year’s rallies. Participants on Saturday talked about the news avalanche of politics and gender issues in the past year. They said they were galvanized by the #MeToo movement, which has been credited as countering widespread sexual abuse and misconduct.”


“Demonstrators gathered by the thousands in New York on Saturday to voice opposition to the Trump administration and rally support for strong voter turnout among women in the 2018 elections and beyond.

The event was one of more than 250 scheduled for this weekend across the U.S. to mark the first anniversary of the women’s marches held in Washington, New York and other big cities following the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

The rally at New York’s Central Park kicked off on Saturday with demonstrators singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” to loud applause. Ann Toback, executive director of the Workmen’s Circle, a Jewish-advocacy group, spoke of immigration rights.”



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