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World Report 2020

World Report 2020 is Human Rights Watch’s 30th annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarises key human rights issues in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events from late 2018 through November 2019.

Human Rights Watch Global 2020
Leaving No-one Behind: Access to social protection for all migrant women

This policy brief discusses the barriers that migrant women face in accessing social protection and provides recommendations for States to meet their obligation to overcome these, particularly in relation to health care, maternity protection and essential services for victims and survivors of violence. It points to a range of positive actions that can be taken, including the creation of a supportive legal and regulatory framework, the design and implementation of policies and services that are responsive to the needs of migrant women and the separation of service provision from immigration enforcement activities.

Michael Stewart-Evans et al, UN Women Global 2020
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A call for a global response

This report shines a spotlight on the presence of FGM/C in over 90 countries around the world. It highlights the need to act to end FGM/C without delay. It is a clarion call from survivors of FGM/C across cultures, communities, and countries to governments, the international community, and donors to recognise FGM/C as a global issue, requiring urgent global attention. Each of these women was cut. Now they are breaking the cycle of tradition and patriarchy by speaking out against FGM/C or sharing their experiences of being cut.

Equality Now, End FGM European Network and US End FGM/C Network Global 2020
Continuities of Gendered Violence in Conflict Making Political Economy Visible: Insights of young Feminists from the global South

Through case studies of countries and areas both in conflict and post-conflict in Mozambique, Palestine, South Africa, and Liberia, DAWN offers fresh perspectives on how violence against women is deeply embedded in local political economies of war, conflict, and transition.The case studies shed light on a multiplicity of forms in which violence against women manifests in different contexts and at various levels, and provide a rich variation for the study of gendered and violent relations in political economies of conflict.

Angela Collet et al, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) Africa 2020
The Domestic Abuse Report 2020: The Annual Audit

The Domestic Abuse Report 2020: The Annual Audit presents an overview of the domestic abuse support services available in England and information on the provision and usage of domestic abuse services in England during the financial year 2018–19. It is the latest in The Domestic Abuse Report series, which builds on the Women’s Aid Annual Survey to provide a comprehensive evidence base on provision in the domestic abuse support sector year on year.

Sarah Davidge, Lizzie Magnusson and Maia Samuel, Women's Aid Global 2020
Bending the Curve Towards Gender Equality by 2030

Bending the Curve looks at progress in 129 countries (across five regions of the world, representing 95 per cent of the world’s girls and women and focuses on five issues that are critically important to gender equality and for which there were sufficient data available to analyse. This new research sheds light on what progress has been made on a set of key gender equality issues and how much faster the world needs to move in order to reach key targets linked to the SDGs. These targets, and all gender-relevant aspects of the SDGs, are fundamental to the fulfillment of girls’ and women’s rights and to the achievement of sustainable development for all.

Equal Measures 2030 Global 2020
Women, Business and the Law 2020

Women, Business and the Law 2020 is the sixth in a series of studies that analyse laws and regulations affecting women’s economic opportunity in 190 economies. Data in Women, Business and the Law 2020 are current as of September 1, 2019. The indicators are used to build evidence of the relationship between legal gender equality and women’s entrepreneurship and employment. By examining the economic decisions women make as they go through different stages of their working lives, as well as the pace of reform over the past two years, Women, Business and the Law makes a contribution to policy discussions about the state of women’s economic opportunities.

Wold Bank Group Global 2020
Safe Ride: Tackling gender norms and preventing sexual harassment on public transportation

This guidance addresses the key questions around how to change gender norms and the corresponding behaviour within the informal and formal transportation sectors to decrease gender based violence for adolescent girls when using transportation services.

Carmen Leon-Himmelstine and Fiona Samuels, Alex Munive and Anja Stuckert, Plan International Global 2020
Comparative Legal Review of the Impact of Gender Stereotyping on Judicial Decisions in Violence against Women Cases across the Pacific Island Region

This report commissioned by Sisters For Change explores the link between gender bias and stereotyping and violence against women and girls. The report analyses the development of international and regional standards and jurisprudence on State obligations to eliminate gender bias and stereotyping and identifies case studies of good practice from Commonwealth jurisdictions including Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, which have produced pioneering case law and domestic legislation explicitly targeting gender bias. The purpose of this report is to highlight positive developments in international and regional standards, domestic legislation and case law trageting gender bias and stereotyping to inform and improve judicial decision-making in cases of violence against women and girls across the Pacific Island region and the wider Commonwealth.

Jaspreet K. Singh, Hansdeep Singh, Erin Thomas and Natalie Druce of the International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination, Sisters For Change Pacific 2020
Child Protection & Resilience: A PRUV research report

In a rapidly urbanising world, the number of children living in informal settlements in urban areas is growing. The life that these children face can be characterised by chronic insecurity and precarious living conditions. But beyond the challenges are stories of adolescents’ resilience, optimism and coping mechanisms. Qualitative research in two informal urban settlements in Nairobi, Kenya, explores how adolescents perceive the risks in their community and the kinds of coping strategies they mobilise in order to manage and mitigate adversity and insecurity.

Plan International Global 2020
Gender-based violence and environment linkages: The violence of inequality

Gender-based violence and environment linkages: The violence of inequality establishes a knowledge base for understanding and accelerating action to address GBV and environmental linkages. Developed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of the Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT) partnership, this publication aims to raise awareness and engage actors working in environmental and sustainable development, gender equality, and GBV policymaking and programming spheres to inform rights-based, gender-responsive approaches to environmental policy, programmes and projects.

Itzá Castañeda Camey et al, IUCN Global Gender Office Global 2020
Top Policy Lessons in Women’s Property Rights

This policy brief summarises top policy lessons from the Africa Gender Innovation Lab's work in securing property rights for women.

World Bank Africa 2020
Comparative Legal Review of Harassment and Sexual Exploitation Laws across the Commonwealth

This report explores the prevalence of discrimination, harassment, violence and sexual exploitation in Namibia and discusses a series of recent case studies demonstrating gaps in legal protection. The report considers international and regional human rights conventions and legal standards relevant to harassment, hate speech and sexual exploitation and analyses the criminal offences, civil wrongs and civil remedies which currently exist in Namibia to tackle physical, verbal and online harassment. The report concludes with a detailed examination of three different models of harassment laws from the Commonwealth countries of the United Kingdom (England and Wales); South Africa and Canada. Four separate volumes of appendices related to this report are also available to download in PDF format, providing excerpts of legislation on discrimination, harassment and sexual exploitation from across the regions of the Commonwealth – Africa, Asia, Caribbean and the Americas, Europe and Pacific – as well as relevant international and regional conventions and directives. They are available here: https://www.sistersforchange.org.uk/2020/03/16/comparative-legal-review-of-harassment-and-sexual-exploitation-laws/

Legal Assitance Centre, Sisters For Change on behalf of the Equality & Justice Alliance Commonwealth 2020
World Social Report 2020: Inequality in a rapidly changing world

This report examines the impact of four such megatrends on inequality: technological innovation, climate change, urbanisation and international migration. While these megatrends and the policies aimed at managing them interact with each other in multiple ways, the focus of this report is exclusively on the direct effect of each megatrend on inequality. The World Social Report 2020 documents deep divides within and across countries despite an era of extraordinary economic growth and widespread improvements in living standards. The report also underscores how gender, along with ethnicity, race, place of residence and socioeconomic status, continue to shape the chances people have in life.

UNDESA Global 2020
Reporting to Authorities: Girls’ and young women’s experiences of reporting street harassment

This report looks at the rates and experiences of reporting street harassment to authorities across five major cities: Lima, Madrid, Kampala, Deli and Sydney.

Plan International Global 2020
Women in Politics: 2020

The “Women in politics: 2020” map, created by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women, presents global rankings for women in executive, government, and parliamentary positions as of 1 January 2020. It shows all-time highs for the number of countries with women Heads of State and/or Heads of Government, and for the global share of women ministers, parliamentary speakers, and parliamentarians. Still, 25 years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which set the international target for reaching gender balance in political decision-making, women are underrepresented across all levels of power.

UN Women Global 2020
The impact of PPPs on gender equality and women’s rights

As public-private partnerships (PPPs) are increasingly promoted, concerns about their impact are rising. This briefing explores the effect of PPPs on gender equality and women’s rights – highlighting concerns over increasing costs to governments alongside threats to the provision of universal, gender-transformative public services. It concludes that the ideologically driven promotion of PPPs should be replaced by a much more nuanced and evidenced approach.

Gender & Development Network Global 2020
Regional legal and policy instruments for addressing LGBT exclusion in Africa

The vulnerability of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons in Africa to public health and other risks is heightened by their exclusion from socio-economic opportunities and services. This article analysed existing regional-level legal and policy instruments and treaties for the opportunities they offer to tackle the exclusion of LGBT persons in Africa.

Chimaraoke Izugbara et al, Africa 2020
Harmonising customary law and women’s rights: Decisions of South Africa’s Constitutional Court

This briefing paper commissioned by Sisters For Change and authored by Prof. Thandabantu Nhlapo analyses seminal decisions of the South African Constitutional Court addressing conflicts between customary law and women’s constitutional equality rights. The first part of the paper discusses the meaning and the position of customary law in the South African legal system. The paper then explores the implications of legal dualism before considering key decisions of the Consitutional Court (and decisions of lower courts on key issues which the Constitutional Court has not yet addressed) under five themes: marriage and divorce; inheritance; access to land; traditional leadership; and domestic violence.

Thandabantu Nhlapo on behalf of Sisters For Change Africa 2020
Sex & Power 2020

The report presents a breakdown of percentages of women in power across politics, business and public life; an analysis of women's representation in politics, businnesses, the arts and more, as well as the state of affairs for women of colour - who are simply missing altogether from the highest levels of many sectors; conclusions and recommendations, including improvements to gender pay gap reporting and the introduction of mandatory reporting on the gender pay gap by ethnicity.

Sanmeet Kaur, The Fawcett Society Global 2020