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.
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.
FIFCJ will attend the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women. It will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017.
The sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session. This year, the priority theme is Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. As we prepare to attend the meeting, you can visit the UN Women website: www.unwomen.org
Twenty-Two Former United Nations Human Rights Special Rapporteurs Call for the Release of Professor Homa Hoodfar, Imprisoned in Iran. “Today marks her 100th day of imprisonment. Her detention came after a three-month period of unrelenting interrogation sessions and the confiscation of her passports preventing her from leaving Iran. We call for the release of Professor Hoodfar (…) who has dedicated her career to understanding and improving the status of women and promoting gender equality, particularly within Muslim communities.
Read the full Statement here.
UN Women welcomes the many voices amplifying United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s recent strong comment that “It’s high time now” for his successor to be a woman, after 70 years of male leadership.
Not since the birth of the United Nations (UN) has global public interest and engagement been so high in who will be the ninth Secretary-General. This is the first such election since UN Women was formed and the first within the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. There is an appetite as never before to make this moment count for gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners in Iran has been described as the worst crime against humanity since World War II. 28 years after this genocide, the Iranian regime still refuses to acknowledge the executions, or provide any information as to how many prisoners were killed. Based on eyewitness accounts of survivors, the massacre had been prepared for from at least a year before. The order for the massacre came from Khomeini directly in the form of a religious decree (fatwa), calling for the execution of all who remained steadfast in their support for the opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran.
For more information, please visit NCRI Women’s Committee.
While a state of emergency has been declared following the failed coup, the Turkish government has announced the temporarily suspension of the European Convention of Human Rights.
FIFCJ follows the news from Turkey with concern and expresses its solidarity with the 60,000 civil service employees detained or removed from their functions in an internationally criticized purge. We will always defend democracy, its institutions, and the respect of Human Rights.