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This Week in Women’s Rights 2018–02–14


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

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

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/02/14

“The European Parliament’s Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) committee will spend two days in Hungary. The three-member delegation will consult with women’s rights NGOs and members of the government about what progress Hungary has made in the field in the past couple of years, reports.

The delegation consists of delegation leader Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats MEP Maria Noichl from Germany, Greens-European Free Alliance MEP Terry Reintke also from Germany, and Austrian Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party MEP Angelika Mlinar. According to’s information, Tuesday evening the delegation will dine with Fidesz vice-president and undersecretary for family and youth Katalin Novák and undersecretary with the Ministry of Justice Pál Völner, whom the delegation will ask why Hungary still has not ratified the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.”


“International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements — from the political to the social — while calling for gender equality.

It has been observed since the early 1900s and is now recognised each year on March 8. Is is not affiliated with any one group, but brings together governments, women’s organisations, corporations and charities.

The day is marked around the world with arts performances, talks, rallies, networking events, conferences and marches.”


KARACHI: Special Assistant to Sindh Chief Minister Irum Khalid has said that human rights activist and lawyer late Asma Jahangir gave confidence to women in Pakistan and made tireless efforts to highlight and protect their rights.

She was speaking at a seminar organised at the Arts Council on Monday. Asma Jahangir, a renowned pro-women rights personality, died in Lahore on Sunday due to a heart attack.

The seminar was organised by Women Development Department, government of Sindh, to commemorate the International Women’s Rights Day and to raise voice for the rights of women and create awareness among the women about their rights and their role in national development.”


“If you’ve heard of Bitcoin — the first decentralized digital currency that functions without a central bank or other third-party intermediary — you may have also heard of the transformative technology behind the cryptocurrency: blockchain. Put simply, blockchain is an immutable ledger — a series of data points strung into time-stamped blocks that cannot be modified and that are distributed across a global network of computers.

Blockchain, however, can do far more than power cryptocurrencies. From securing personal records to contracts to payments, it may also drive the next frontier of women’s economic empowerment.”


““When you fight for women’s rights, and when you advocate for women’s rights, you necessarily, immediately, advocate for democracy,” says FEMEN activist Inna Shevchenko.

Democracy, she argues, “is not only about counting silent hands” — it is about pluralism, and allowing the confrontation of different opinions. “It’s about hearing many, many voices and, of course, necessarily, hearing women’s voices.”

Shevchenko spoke to us on the sidelines of last year’s World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg. The theme for the November 2017 event was: ‘‘Is Populism a Problem?” The prominent feminist from Ukraine had a clear answer: populists are “one of the main obstacles for progress of women’s rights.””


“The Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) hopes to continue the national conversation surrounding women’s rights and workplace equality in the 2018 legislative session.

CWEALF, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to empowering women and girls in Connecticut, is primarily focusing its 2018 efforts on implementing paid family and medical leave and combating the gender wage gap, said CWEALF Policy Manager Maddie Granato.

“The year 2018 has been pegged “The Year Of The Woman” because of all the women running for office, but 2018 being the year of the woman doesn’t have to start on the ballot in November,” Granato said. “It can start now, in February.””


“Saudi women need not wear the abaya — the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of religious faith — a senior member of the top Muslim clerical body said, another indication of the Kingdom’s efforts towards modernisation.

On his radio program, Sheikh Abdullah al-Mutlaq, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars, said Muslim women should dress modestly, but this did not necessitate wearing the abaya.

“More than 90 per cent of pious Muslim women in the Muslim world do not wear abayas,” Sheikh Mutlaq said on Friday. “So we should not force people to wear abayas.””


“CAIRO — Women and human rights organizations in Egypt marked the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Feb. 6 by announcing an “Anti-FGM Action Plan” to create new policies and mechanisms to reduce these practices against women and young girls in Egypt.

According to the most recent gender-based violence survey conducted by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics in 2015, 9 out of 10 women in Egypt have undergone FGM. In 2014, that figure was about 92% of married women aged between 15 and 49, with 78.4% of the operations performed by doctors and nurses.”


“(CNN)Planned Parenthood will announce on Tuesday a new campaign to help expand access to reproductive health care state-by-state, CNN has learned.

The nonprofit is working alongside state lawmakers, advocates for reproductive rights and partners — such as the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, Latino Memphis in Tennessee and the Michigan Progressive Women’s Caucus — to push reproductive rights policies in more than a dozen states and DC this week. The organization, its partners, policymakers and activists plan to advance initiatives in all 50 states by the end of the year.

“This really is growing out of an unprecedented grass-roots movement across the country,” Danielle Wells, Planned Parenthood’s assistant director of state policy media, told CNN. “People are mobilizing, organizing and fighting back on behalf of their health and rights. We are channeling that energy into action, and really going on the offense. Now is time for us to unite together and expand reproductive health care.””



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