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This Week in Women’s Rights 2018–10–29


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

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

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/10/29

“The United Nations Human Rights Council has said France’s face veil ban is a violation of women’s rights, as it called for a review of the “sweeping” legislation.

In a landmark ruling on Tuesday, the body found that the French law, passed in 2010, violated the rights of two French women, who were fined in 2012 for concealing their faces in public. They had filed a complaint in 2016.

“The Committee found that the general criminal ban on the wearing of the niqab in public introduced by the French law disproportionately harmed the petitioners’ right to manifest their religious beliefs, and that France had not adequately explained why it was necessary to prohibit this clothing,” the UN experts said in a statement.”


“Women’s rights activist Maria Caicedo Muñoz was found dead in Rio Macay, Cauca department Friday. She was a Women’s Committee of the Association of Campesino Women of Argelia, as informed by the Peoples’ Prosecutor on Saturday.

“We reject the murder of Maria Caicedo Muñoz, social leader, in Argelia [Cauca]. We stand in solidarity with her family and the communities she represented,” the organization wrote in its Twitter account.

Caicedo was part of a group which championed women’s rights, in the region, which is linked to the Campesino Association of Workers of Argelia (Ascamta).”


“The 12th National Women’s Congress will open on October 30 in Beijing. The congress, held every five years, is expected to review a work report delivered by the 11th Executive Committee of the All-China Women’s Federation, deliberate draft amendments to the federation’s constitution and elect a new executive committee.

Then the delegates from all walks of life, including civil servants, academics, entrepreneurs, teachers, doctors, will voice their opinions on issues relating to women’s rights.

In particular, this year’s session will have 49 representatives from state-owned enterprises under central administration.”


OTTAWA, Canada, Oct 29 2018 (IPS) — Canada, which has been described as one of the world’s most progressive countries, has legitimized gay rights, vociferously advocated gender empowerment, offered strong support for abortion rights — and recently became the world’s first major economy to legalize recreational marijuana.

Canada’s Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau

Currently the fifth largest donor to the UN’s development agencies — and holding the Presidency of the G7 comprising the world’s leading industrialized nations– it is planning to run for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council for 2021–22.

Host to the 7th International Parliamentarians’ Conference (ICPI) on population and development in Ottawa last week — and having hosted the first such meeting in 2002 — Canada has also launched a Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP).”


“(CNN)The Duchess of Sussex — formerly known as Meghan Markle — said “Bravo New Zealand” during a heartfelt speech on Sunday marking the 125th anniversary of women’s right to vote.

The Duchess, who is in New Zealand on the final leg of a Pacific tour with husband Prince Harry, said that the country’s women’s suffrage movement had “paved the way” for women and minorities around the globe.

In 1893 New Zealand became the first country in the world to give women the right to vote in parliamentary elections.”



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