COVID-19 Has Not Stopped Sexual Harassment at Work: It Has Just Moved Online

Извор: WUNRN – 03.10.2020

Has workplace sexual harassment been curtailed by COVID-19? Advocates say no: for many women it has shifted online instead. Illustration by: Inge Snip.

When a high-profile journalist approached Emily* on Twitter with an offer of work, she recalls being “a bit star-struck”. Their direct messages and email conversations could be “very flirtatious”, but Emily continued talking to him as “I thought it might lead to something more, workwise.”

It wasn’t long before “flirtatious” became something else, however. “There was a demanding level of banter to keep up with, and I found it really stressful,” Emily told openDemocracy. “Then one evening he suggested sending me a picture of himself naked from his workplace.”


France - Growing Anger at Physical & Verbal Abuse Towards Women Over Their Dress in Public - Attack Example

Извор: WUNRN – 25.09.2020

A picture of Elisabeth’s bruised face was posted on the Twitter account of France Bleu Alsace. Photograph: Twitter/France Bleu Alsace

Agence France-Presse in Paris

Student says she was punched in face in Strasbourg by three men who said ‘look at that whore’

24 Sep 2020 - French police have opened an investigation after a young woman said she was attacked by three men and beaten in public for wearing a skirt.


Consequences of the COVID-19 Lockdown on Stalking Victimisation

Извор: WUNRN – 21.09.2020 - Website Includes References.

Also Via SVRI – Sexual Violence Research Initiative

Kelly BracewellPaul Hargreaves, and Nicky Stanley Published September 2020


Stalking involves repeated unwanted communication, harassment, and intrusive behaviour. This brief report draws on a service evaluation undertaken immediately prior to and during the 2020 COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic creates a paradox when considering safety in the home, but it is important to recognise the dangers this presents to many victims of stalking. The information presented in this report is based on existing literature and early evidence from semi-structured interviews and discussions with 15 victims and six practitioners.


Back to School Anxiety Is at an All Time High - Tips for Teens & Parents

Извор: WUNRN – 18.09.2020

Photo credit: Melodie Jeng

By Tony Porter, CEO, A Call to Men

September 8, 2020 - Students are facing so many changes as they return to school this year. The pandemic is forcing all new ways of learning—some students will go back virtually, some on a very limited in-person schedule, and some returning to a full schedule with new mandates to protect the health of the school community. And if living through a global pandemic wasn’t enough, Black and Brown students are living through what is likely the most traumatic time in our history since the Civil Rights movement. In addition to the trauma of witnessing violence against Jacob Blake, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, Black families are coping with the effects of historical trauma and intergenerational racism.


Access to Justice for People with Disabilities - Launch of International Principles & Guidance - Gender

Извор: WUNRN – 04.09.2020

Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Disability and Accessibility

International Principles and Guidelines on Access to Justice for Persons with Disabilities

ADVANCE EDITED VERSION Geneva, 2020 Endorsed by International Disability Alliance, International Commission of Jurists

UN Press Release:


Vital Role of Law in the COVID-19 Response - Right to Health - Gender

Извор: WUNRN – 02.09.2020

Direct Link to Full 8-Page IDLO Publication

At both global and local levels, the law is a powerful tool for advancing the right to health and addressing public health emergencies. Now more than ever, strong legal capacity is needed to support effective national and international responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.



Feminist Reflections on Sexual Exploitation & Abuse in the Aid Sector

Извор: WUNRN – 01.09.2020

August 19, 2020 - Mendy Marsh, VOICE - Sarah McCook and Emma Fulu, The Equality Institute, Melbourne, Australia

While sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) in the aid sector have been the focus of numerous assessments, reviews and investigations, the problem continues unabated. This article examines how notions of aid worker altruism, and a related patriarchal culture of saving face in aid agencies, characterize organizational and public responses to SEA. At all levels, including senior management, aid workers are often inclined to ignore or hide the problem—including their own perpetration and abuses of power—for the sake of protecting their agencies’ reputations and their own positions.


UN experts launch ground-breaking guidance on access to justice for people with disabilities

Извор: Висок комесаријат за човекови права при ОН – 28.08.2020

GENEVA (28 August 2020) – Lawmakers, lawyers, judges and prison officers today received much-needed support from UN experts to make sure people with disabilities can use justice systems around the world as easily as anyone else, in line with international standards.

The three UN bodies that deal with disability rights teamed up to issue the first-ever guidelines to help countries implement existing obligations to ensure effective access to justice for people with disabilities.

“The guidelines respond to the challenges that people with disabilities face in accessing justice on an equal basis with others,” said Catalina Devandas, UN special rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities. “Many barriers prevent that access. Just to name a few, court houses or police stations are often not accessible, or court officials and police officers may not think that those with disabilities can take part in legal proceedings or have the capacity to instruct a lawyer. We want to help countries dismantle obstacles and parallel systems that prevent access to the existing guarantees and rights by all people.”



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