03/12/2013 | United Nations Liaison Officer
The lives of lesbians are shaped by a range of factors, including social and economic rights, the respect for women's rights and gender equality, and the respect for LGBT rights. The situation of lesbians often remains largely unknown and unaddressed. There is a lack of visibility in the women's movement on the one hand, and little recognition or visibility also in the mainstream LGBT movements. >>>
Actress Portia de Rossi opens up about her life before she came out and married comic Ellen DeGeneres. While in the closet, she had an eating disorder and planned to start dating once she saved enough money to live a more secluded life. In 2005, after deciding to come out, she was able to handle her eating disorder. >>>
Sure, everybody knows about Portia and Ellen. But there are likely many other fantastic pairings you never knew about or totally forgot about or vaguely remember but not really anymore! THIS IS IMPORTANT HERSTORY. >>>
Lebanon has banned the screening of a film about homosexuality and another on short-term "pleasure marriages" practised in some Muslim communities, in a blow to its reputation as a bastion of tolerance in a deeply conservative region. >>>
This summer 2013 Marseille hosted the Europride from 10 to July 20. In this framework was organized by EuroLESBOpride by the groups Centre Evolutif Lilith in partnership with the Coordination Lesbienne en France and Lesbians of Colour.
Under Philippine law, a woman may be accused of adultery or having sexual relations with a man that is not her husband. Adultery may be substantiated with the presentation of circumstantial evidence. However, under the same law, a man may only be accused of concubinage.
Philippine Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Libran N. Cabactulan has assumed the chairmanship of the Bureau for the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, a move seen as the international community’s recognition of the Philippines’ leadership. In a statement, Ambassador Cabactulan said the Philippines is thankful for the “confidence placed by the international community” in an important UN body. >>>
In deep sorrow, the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC) mourns the loss of Sunila Abeysekera, one of our founding members and a courageous women human rights defender who had fought and contributed greatly to human rights and justice in Sri Lanka, in the South Asian region and globally. Sunila passed away in Colombo on 9 September, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. >>>
Yemen's rights minister said Saturday that she will press for the minimum age of marriage to be raised to 18, after the reported death of a young girl on her wedding night. Eight-year-old Rawan was said to have died last week from internal bleeding after sexual intercourse, following her marriage to a man in his 40s in the northeastern province of Hajja.
Four men were sentenced to death on Friday for raping and murdering a woman in New Delhi last December, satisfying a public clamour for them to be hanged for a crime that forced India to confront its culture of violence against women. >>>
VSO releases a new report, "Women in Power: beyond access to influence in a post-2015 world", putting a spotlight on gender inequality at all levels of society.
It draws on the experiences of VSO volunteers and women’s rights campaigners from around the world to provide real-life stories that illustrate some of the barriers women face in political participation.
It is a sad moment for human rights activists in Sri Lanka and around the world. And it is a sad moment for all of us at Urgent Action Fund. Today we also honor the leadership and passion she brought to our organization.
Al Nahar, Lebanon, has reported that an eight year old child bride died in Yemen on her wedding night after suffering internal injuries due to sexual trauma. Human rights organizations are calling for the arrest of her husband who was five times her age. >>>
In July 2012 the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women made a series of recommendations for the protection of the rights of women. However, a year later many of these recommendations remain largely unimplemented. The failure to take concrete steps to tackle gender-based discrimination and violence leaves women and girls at continued risk of human rights abuses, and calls in to question the government’s commitment to protecting and promoting their rights. >>>
The Communications Associate will assist with all aspects of the implementation of the strategic communications plans for key programmatic initiatives that fall under the work of the Women, Girls & Population portfolio and the Girl Up campaign.