Nepal moves to end practice of chhaupadi

After the custom of consigning menstruating women to outdoor sheds claimed three more lives, a new system of penalties offers hope of change. Written by Rojita Adhikari The Guardian Chhaupadi, the practice of banishing girls and women to a hut or shed when they have their periods, is common in Dilu Bhandari’s village in Nepal.…

New UN report on families in a changing world puts “women’s rights at their core”

While women’s rights have advanced over the decades, gender inequalities and other fundamental human rights violations within families persist, according to a report released by the UN’s gender empowerment agency. Written by UN Women UN Women’s new report, Progress of the World’s Women 2019-2020: Families in a Changing World, shows that families, in all their…

Unequal Regard, Unequal Protection 2: Spotlight on Manchester

In this report, Unequal Regard, Unequal Protection 2: Spotlight on Manchester, Sisters For Change (SFC), in partnership with The Manchester Maya Project, turns a spotlight on Greater Manchester, examining local authority responses to domestic abuse and documenting the experiences of Black, Asian, minority ethnic and migrant (BME) women victims and the barriers they face in accessing statutory…

Move to end sexual harassment at work hailed as “milestone for women’s rights”

International Labour Organization adopts treaty designed to establish global standards on workplace violence and harassment which is being hailed as a “milestone for women’s rights”. Written by Kate Hodal The Guardian Millions of women around the world, from domestic workers to CEOs, could soon be legally protected against sexual harassment and violence in their places…

Botswana’s high court decriminalises homosexuality

Botswana’s high court has voted to decriminalise homosexuality in a landmark ruling. Written by Reuters Johannesburg (Reuters) – Botswana decriminalised homosexuality on Tuesday 11 June, with the high court overturning a colonial-era law that punished gay sex by up to seven years in prison. Same-sex relationships are illegal in more than 70 countries worldwide; almost…