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Ukraine rights group tells top UN body that rape used as weapon of war

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United NationsReuters The United Nations is increasingly hearing accounts of rape and sexual violence in Ukraine, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Monday, as a Ukrainian human rights group accused Russian troops of using rape as a weapon of war. Kateryna Cherepakha, president of La Strada-Ukraine, said her organisation’s emergency hotlines had received calls […]

Women work the COVID frontline but lack a voice, poll shows

India Koraput health worker

Bogota, ColombiaThomson Reuters Foundation Seven in 10 workers on the frontline of the pandemic are female yet women are left out of many COVID-19 response and recovery plans, according to a global survey published on Thursday. The survey, by New York-based women’s rights advocacy group Women Deliver and Paris-based research organization Focus 2030, gathered the […]

Women call for end to domestic violence after lockdowns bring more attacks

Turkey women anti violence protest

Istanbul, Turkey/Rome, ItalyReuters Women around the world on Wednesday marked International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, highlighting how lockdowns due to the pandemic had left many trapped with their abusers and exposed to greater danger. The United Nations said that since the outbreak of COVID-19, all types of violence against women and […]

Most countries failing to address women’s needs during pandemic – UN

Italy women domestic violence

London, UKThomson Reuters Foundation Only one in eight countries worldwide have brought in measures to specifically protect women from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a database of government responses to COVID-19 launched by two UN agencies on Monday.  The crisis offers a chance to reshape societies for a fairer future, but many […]

Beirut blast adds to women’s money and health worries in Lebanon

Beirut port explosion ruins

Amman, JordanThomson Reuters Foundation Almost six weeks after the Beirut port blast nearly blinded her in one eye, Kawthar Halabi has been unable to return to work as she is still having fragments of glass picked out of her flesh. After eight days in hospital, more than 50 stitches, eye surgery and with lingering trauma, […]

Hitting women hard, pandemic makes gender poverty gap wider – UN

Coronavirus Pakistan women

Bogota, ColombiaThomson Reuters Foundation The coronavirus pandemic will widen the poverty gap between women and men, pushing 47 million more women and girls into impoverished lives by next year, and undoing progress made in recent decades, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Worldwide more women than men will be made poor by the economic fallout […]

Paperwork not patrols: South-East Asian policewomen face career obstacles

Thailand police women

Bangkok, ThailandThomson Reuters Foundation Female police officers in South-East Asia are rarely allowed out on patrol and instead given administrative roles that hold back their careers, the United Nations and international police organisation Interpol said last week. Women account for between six to 20 per cent of police officers in the 10-member Association of Southeast […]

From job bans to child marriage, countries told to scrap sexist laws

Women protests Turkey

London, UKThomson Reuters Foundation From parts of the United States where child marriage remains legal to Russia, where women are banned from a host of jobs, almost every country has broken long-standing promises to eradicate discriminatory laws, legal experts said on Monday. Rights group Equality Now urged all governments to review their laws as it […]