Child Marriage and the Georgian Example

Child marriage is driven by gender inequality and the belief that women and girls are somehow inferior to men and boys. Many girls who are married off before they turn 18 or are forced into early marriages are made to leave school, depriving them of their right to education and future independence. Child brides are also more …

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Do you want a future of decency, equality and real social justice?

Despite the fact that there have been certain improvements on women’s rights, yet again women and girls continue to suffer the consequences of gender inequality, violence and discrimination all over the world irrespective of their ethnicity, level of education, or their socioeconomic status. Gender inequality recognizes the idea that man and women are not equal; …

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Italy: Femicide and the media

The Research Group on Femicide of the non-profit association Casa delle donne per non subire violenza ONLUS, based in Bologna (Italy), has published its Annual Report on Femicide in the Italian context. The Group examines all the press articles related to femicide on a daily scale and, after various analysis, tries to list all those …

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Influential relationships between language, gender and society

My name is Alba Biosca and I am the WAVE Youth Ambassador in Spain. Although I am currently studying a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, I previously completed a year of Philology, where I spent much of my time learning about Sociolinguistics, and especially the differences between women and men while speaking. I was also …

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Uganda fieldwork: How war affects women

Given my interest in how war affects women, I had been in awe of WAN’s (Women Advocacy Network) work with women after the war between the Ugandan Government and the armed group called the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The subject of reintegration of women who were abducted and taken ‘into the bush’ during the war …

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I Object to Your Objections

Conscientious objection is the objection to comply with a particular requirement on moral or religious grounds. It is a right that is recognized by UN instruments and the European Convention on Human Rights. Whether the decision is driven by cultural and religious beliefs, a lack of information, or by ulterior motives is of little importance …

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Reproductive rights in Croatia: Are there any left?

The status of women in Croatia has been severely downgraded in the recent years. While rapists and abusers keep walking out of courtrooms unpunished, women are slowly being stripped of their rights, one by one. After Ivana Ninčević-Lesandrić, a representative in the Parliament, shared her testimony (1.) of enduring a curettage procedure without anesthesia while …

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Trafficking and Vulnerability

Women are not vulnerable simply because they are women, nor do the women we support in our trafficking provision lack the capacity or the intelligence to make life choices. Many of these women come from societies that do not recognise their equality or view them as “lesser” human beings and they have been made vulnerable …

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