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This Week in Women’s Rights 2018–03–04


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

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

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/03/04

“Inspired by the struggles of working class women and led by the early socialist movement, a strategy formed to hold an annual day to demand equal rights, suffrage, an end to sexual discrimination and for a new social order — and given the anti-capitalist spirit, most often socialist. The first International Women’s Day was observed on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. More than one million women and men showed their support of women by participating in public events.

In 1977 following the long-standing movements for women to participate equally in society, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed a day for women’s rights and international peace. Following the United Nations’ lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women’s Day. IWD has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration. In many countries it is an official holiday. In Canada, more than 40 events will be held this year.”


Women’s rights watchdog Medica Afghanistan on Sunday reported that at least 40 Afghan women were forced to endure humiliating gynecological examinations in Kabul, Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif during the course of 2017.

The organization said these tests had been traumatic and in violation of women’s rights.

According to Medica Afghanistan, those who “failed these examinations” were then kicked out of their homes and left destitute.

“Our government has confirmed that these examinations are a cultural practice with no foundation in the law. With this public acknowledgment and the recent enactment of the Prohibition of Torture Law, our intent is to ensure that we bring justice to our clients who have survived these examinations. Over the last few months, we have counselled clients, engaged with judges and prosecutors and filed various petitions and official letters to put an end to this unlawful practice. We are preparing ourselves to find a way to remedy (the situation for) our clients and ensure they are adequately compensated,” Medica Afghanistan said in a press release.”


“Thousands of people joined a march in central London calling for gender equality and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote.

The event, organised by the charity Care, was the sixth annual #March4Women, which is held each year on or near International Women’s Day on 8 March.

Organisers promised an “uplifting and inspiring” march, which aimed to shine a spotlight on the inequality women and girls face worldwide.

Politicians from different parties, as well as groups representing all religions stood shoulder to shoulder as they marched on the same historic route taken by the suffragettes last century.”


“ANKARA — Turkish police on Sunday fired tear gas to break up a women’s rights march in Ankara with some 15 protesters reportedly detained.

The protesters, mainly from the Ankara Women’s Platform, an NGO promoting women’s rights, had gathered in the Turkish capital for the march called ahead of International Women’s Day on Thursday.

“We are getting stronger in solidarity,” read one banner as riot police moved in and fired tear gas after the group ignored calls to disperse, AFP photographers at the scene said.

Fifteen women were detained by police, the private Dogan News Agency reported.”


WARSAW, POLAND (AP) — Some 2,000 women with colorful banners have walked through Poland’s capital city for an annual Women’s Day march in defense of women’s rights, including unrestricted right to abortion.

The 19th Warsaw “Manifa” march on Sunday focused on Poland’s strict anti-abortion law. It was enacted 25 years ago and allows pregnancies to be terminated for three reasons: when a woman’s life or health is threatened, the fetus is incurably sick or irreversibly damaged or a pregnancy results from a criminal act.

Poland’s right-wing ruling party wants to ban the possibility of abortion of sick fetuses, a plan that has drawn vehement protests from women’s organizations.”



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