Gender-Based Violence & Environment Linkages

Извор: WUNRN – 06.06.2020

Rooted in discriminatory gender norms and laws and shrouded in impunity, gender-based violence (GBV) occurs in all societies as a means of control, subjugation and exploitation that further reinforces gender inequality. This publication establishes that these patterns of gender-based abuse are observed across environmental contexts, affecting the security and well-being of nations, communities and individuals, and jeopardising meeting sustainable development goals (SDGs). While linkages between GBV and environmental issues are complex and multi-layered, these threats to human rights and healthy ecosystems are not insurmountable.


Gender Stereotyping & International Human Rights Law

Извор: WUNRN – 06.06.2020

International human rights law lays down obligations which States are bound to respect. By becoming parties to international treaties, States assume obligations and duties under international law to respect, to protect and to fulfil human rights. The obligation to respect means that States must refrain from interfering with or curtailing the enjoyment of human rights. The obligation to protect requires States to protect individuals and groups against human rights abuses. The obligation to fulfil means that States must take positive action to facilitate the enjoyment of basic human rights.

Gender Stereotyping & International Human Rights


Gender Equality Toolkit: UN Refugee Agency + Governments Must Protect Rights of Migrants During the Pandemic & Beyond

Извор: WUNRN – 05.06.2020

UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants:

Committee on the Protection of Migrant Workers & Their Families:

COVID-19: Governments must protect rights of migrants during the pandemic & beyond, UN experts urge.

UNHCR – UN Refugee Agency

Direct Link to Full 114-Page UNHCR 2020 Gender Equality Toolkit:



Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on R acial & Ethnic Minorities Needs to Be Urgently Addressed - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Извор: WUNRN – 04.06.202

GENEVA (2 June 2020) – Rising disparities in how COVID-19 is affecting communities, and the major disproportionate impact it is having on racial and ethnic minorities, including people of African descent, have exposed alarming inequalities within our societies, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said Tuesday. She noted that similar inequalities are also fuelling the widespread protests affecting hundreds of cities across the United States.

“The data tells us of a devastating impact from COVID-19 on people of African descent, as well as ethnic minorities in some countries, including Brazil, France, the United Kingdom and the United States,” Bachelet said. “In many other places, we expect similar patterns are occurring, but we are unable to say for sure given that data by race and ethnicity is simply not being collected or reported,” she said.


Human Rights in Childbirth

Извор: WUNRN – 03.06.2020

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, HRiC has been collecting reports of disproportionate human rights violations in maternity care.

The first set of rights violations have been published in a report (available below) and sent to the United Nations.

The world is dealing with unprecedented challenges arising from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and health systems are now focused on social distancing and avoidance of non-urgent, non-COVID related medical care. Unfortunately, the strains on our health systems and the difficulties are not being borne equally by the population – pregnant women in particular still require competent and compassionate labour, birth and postpartum care.


How the Coronavirus Impacts Human Trafficking

Извор: WUNRN – 03.06.2020
June 2, 2020 - The coronavirus is not only claiming hundreds of thousands of lives, but is also causing a global economic crisis that is expected to rival or exceed that of any recession in the past 150 years. Although decisive action and containment measures are helping flatten the curve of infection, such measures inevitably deepen and lengthen the economic recession.

Poverty, lack of social or economic opportunity and limited labour protections are the main root causes and drivers that render people vulnerable or cause them to fall victim to human trafficking. This unprecedented crisis will likely exacerbate all of those factors and result in developments (see Figure 1) that must be noted by anti-human-trafficking communities and stakeholders.


Why Investing in Women Helps Save the Planet

Извор: WUNRN – 01.06.2020

Elena Sam Pec lives in Puente Viejo, Guatemala, a mostly agrarian indigenous community. The women of the village participate in a joint program empowering more than 1,600 rural women to become economically self-reliant. Image: Ryan Brown/UN Photo

By Leah Rodriguez – April 28, 2020

Education, female empowerment, and climate-smart solutions can stop climate change.

Women are more likely to live in poverty, be vulnerable to natural disasters, and experience the direct impacts of flooding and drought. But as activists Greta ThunbergNaomi Kleinand Vanessa Nakate can attest, they also hold the keys to fighting the deep impact of climate change.


Civic Freedom - Repression, Obstruction, Open Space +

Извор: WUNRN – 31.05.2020

CIVICUS Monitor rates the conditions for civil society or civic space. We provide ratings for civic space in 196 countries (all UN member states and Kosovo, Palestine and Taiwan).

At CIVICUS, we see civic space as the respect in policy and practice for the freedoms of assembly, association and expression which are underpinned by the state’s duty to protect civil society.

We view civic space as a set of universally-accepted rules, which allow people to organise, participate and communicate with each other freely and without hindrance, and in doing so, influence the political and social structures around them.



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