NOV 25th International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Every woman and every girl has the right to a life free of violence. Yet this rupture of human rights occurs in a variety of ways in every community, particularly affecting those who are most marginalized and vulnerable. Around the world, more than 1 in 3 women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lives; 750 million women were married before age 18, and more than 250 million have undergone Female Genital Mutilation. Women’s rights activists are being targeted at alarming levels, and violence against women politicians impedes progress on women’s civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights.

Click HERE to read the full Message by UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

Voices of hope

The study by U.K.-based children’s charity, Plan International, interviewed 301 teenage girls and boys in Colombia, Uganda and Spain, about gender roles and stereotypes. “The horrifying testimonies of girls reveal that almost every single experience for them – be it at home, school, in public transport, or on social media – is a reminder that they are judged to be inferior to boys,” said Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, head of Plan International.
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Portugal: New Code of Conduct

A new amendment to the Portuguese Labour code, introduced by Law nº 73/2017, shall enter into force on the first of October of 2017. The new amendment aimes to reinforce the prevention on the practice of harassment at the work place, in the private and public sector. Harassment is defined by Portuguese law as “the undesired behaviour, in particular based in discrimination factors, practiced during the provision of the work or at work, professional training or labour, with the purpose or causing the effect of disturbing or embarrass the person, affect his/her dignity or create an intimidating, hostile, humiliating or destabilizing environment.”, defined by article 29º of the Portuguese Labour Code.

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CSW61 Agreed Conclusions

Each year, the principal output of the CSW is the agreed conclusions on priority themes. Agreed conclusions contain an analysis of the priority theme and a set of concrete recommendations for governments, intergovernmental bodies and other institutions, civil society actors and other relevant stakeholders, to be implemented at the international, national, regional and local level. For now, the document is only available in English.

Click here to gain access to the Draft Agreed Conclusion of CSW61.