Grave violations of women’s human rights continue to occur worldwide with terrifying regularity. Women throughout the world face systematic gender-based discrimination and are regularly denied the right to life and security of person, full legal capacity, health care, education, employment, inheritance, and freedom of movement. Women still do not have full access to economic and political decision-making processes in their families, nations, or international institutions. Too often, governments allow crimes against women to go unpunished, continuing a culture of impunity for family members, state agents, and others who discriminate or commit violence against women.
In addition to the compelling moral reasons for focusing on women within a broad-based human rights agenda—their poor conditions, continued discrimination, and gender-based violence—there are two crucial strategic reasons for doing so. First, women are unique in that, unlike other groups struggling to achieve their rights, they are part of every community on earth. To bring women together as a group is to literally cut across all boundaries of race, ethnicity, national identity, and, of course, class. Second, it is widely acknowledged in development and poverty alleviation circles that women’s traditional roles within families and communities as caregivers—especially for those most at risk, such as children and the elderly—mean that help provided to them is help provided to all.
Since the early 1990s, Global Rights has worked to ensure that women everywhere can enjoy the full range of human rights. We currently run women’s rights-focused programming in Afghanistan, the Maghreb region of North Africa, and Nigeria.
Report: Challenges with Addressing Domestic Violence in Compliance with
the Convention Against Torture 47th Session of the Committee Against
Torture 2011 | English | Arabic
Living with Violence: A National Report on Domestic Violence in Afghanistan 2008 | English
Conditions, not Conflict: Promoting Women's Human Rights in the Maghreb through Strategic Use of the Marriage Contract 2008 |
English | Français| العربية
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NEWS & EVENTS
Global Rights Maghreb Regional Director, Stephanie Willman, quoted in New York Times article Morocco Slow to Enforce Laws on Women's Rights »
On the Blog: Rise Up for Women »
On the Blog: Making Women’s Rights Real, Not Virtual »
On the Blog: Moving Forward: Protecting Women's Rights »
Global Rights Maghreb Regional Director, Stephanie Willman Bordat expresses concern about women's rights in the region in USA Today article Arab Spring reforms still leaving women out in the cold »
Stephanie Willman Bordat, Global Rights' Maghreb Regional Director, on PRI's The World Rape Victim’s Death Sparks Protest Against Marriage Law in Morocco »
On the Blog: We Must Commit to Protect Women »
Global Rights' Maghreb Regional Director, Stephanie Willman Bordat, is quoted in New York Times Article Death of Rape Victim in Morocco Sparks Calls for Legal Reform »
On the Blog: Empowering Women: Real Tools, Real Change »
Video: Zahira's Story »
Global Rights' Maghreb Regional Legal Officer, Saida Kouzzi, is quoted in TIME article Silent No More: The Women of the Arab Revolutions. Click here to read the article! »
Global Rights Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day! »
Photo of the Week: Rabat, Morocco »
IMPACT IN THE FIELD
Learn about the work that Global Rights’ partners are doing on the ground with the help of our training and technical assistance »