Tuesday, July 28, 2020

European Observatory on Femicide (EOF)

 The European Observatory on Femicide (EOF) is a research and advocacy initiative on prevention of gender-related killings of women. From 2018-2019, the EOF had been situated within the University of Malta Faculty for Social Wellbeing Gender Studies Department. In the first two years of its establishment, the EOF’s work was coordinated by Dr Marceline Naudi and supported by an international advisory board of experts in the field of preventing violence against women. The EOF forms a network of country research groups in Europe and Israel (as an EU cooperating state).

The EOF’s coordination rotates among its advisory board members. Starting in the year 2020, the coordination is shared by:

Dr Christiana Kouta at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), Cyprus, and

Dr Monika Schröttle at the Institute for Empirical Sociology at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg (IFES), Germany.

The EOF’s work is based in two thematic issues:

·         creating a Europe-wide data collection system to measure and raise awareness about the extent of femicide, and to provide background information for better intervention and prevention,

·         conducting Europe-wide femicide reviews to identify gaps in response to violence against women

Aims and Objectives

·         Monitor and supply data to policy makers and general public to promote prevention, social change and wellbeing of women.

·         Support the effective implementation of legislation and policy n all levels (international, European, national).

·         Contribute to the advancement of research.

·         Improve data accessibility and quality.

·         Promote comparability across states.

·         Gain understanding of local contexts.

·         Work in solidarity with relevant stakeholders in the field.

Contact: eof@cut.ac.cy


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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Israel - 8th Nordic Model Country for Prohibition of Consumption of Prostitution Services - Act Now Enforced

Israel Becomes the 8th Nordic Model Country as It Implements Its Prohibition of Consumption of Prostitution Services Act

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Urgent Action Needed to End Pandemic of Gender-Based Violence, Say Women’s Rights Experts

GENEVA (14 July 2020) – The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a pandemic of gender-based violence and discrimination against women that requires urgent action, say UN and regional experts on violence against women and women's rights.

As countries imposed lockdowns to fight the health pandemic, the world saw “dramatic increases in cases of domestic violence, including violence by intimate partners, sexual violence and femicide,” the seven experts* said today in a joint statement. “Urgent steps must be taken to combat this pandemic within a pandemic.

“The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted existing gaps and deep-rooted gender-based discrimination,” they said.  “Fewer police interventions and the closure of courts, shelters and essential services for victims have emboldened perpetrators and aggravated risks faced by women and girls.”

They also said restrictions on the provision of health and reproductive health services, increased domestic and unpaid care responsibilities, and the burden of providing for the basic needs of family life were taking an additional on both the physical and mental wellbeing of women everywhere.

“The closure of schools poses an additional problem, with millions of girls being kept at home, heightening the risk of sexual exploitation, early pregnancies, rape, early marriages, forced marriages and female genital mutilation,” they said. 

“As the world struggles to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, we call on all States to seize the opportunity to ‘build back better’ by reinforcing and expanding efforts they have already made to promote and protect the rights of women in all spheres of life,” the experts said.


* Dubravka Šimonovic, Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences; Hilary Gbedemah Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women; Elizabeth Broderick, Chair of the UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice; Marceline Naudi, President of the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence of the Council of Europe (GREVIO); Margarette May Macaulay, Inter-American Commission on Human Right's Rapporteur for Women's Rights; Lucy Asuagbor, Special Rapporteur on Rights of Women in Africa; and Tatiana Rein Venegas, President of the Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention.

The Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.


Joint Statement: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=26083&LangID=E



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Monday, July 20, 2020

EU - 2019 Human Rights & Democracy Report - Approved June 15, 2020

The report marks the final phase of implementation of the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy (2015-2019) and confirms that in 2019 the EU demonstrated once more its commitment to protect, support and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide. However, in many parts of the world, challenges remain. Human rights defenders, journalists and media workers are under threat and attack because of their daily work, civic and democratic space continues to be restricted, women’s and girls’ human rights are being violated, and vulnerable groups are often left behind and exposed to further discrimination and inequality.


European Council – Council of the European Union
EU 2019 Human Rights & Democracy Report, Approved on June 15, 2020

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

25th Anniversary – Srebrenica Memorial Day, 11 July 2020

Remembering Srebrenica: Honour Victims and Survivors by Preventing Future Atrocities, UN Experts Urge
Bosnia-Srebrenica Genocide Anniversary July 11 – Women Forever Remember







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A Chinese Feminist's Reflections on the Surveillance State During the Pandemic

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Friday, July 10, 2020

In “official” discussions around climate change, the impact of the military is rarely mentioned.

Anita Wahlberg, Inger Gustavsson and Ingela Mårtensson initiated a project to ask these hard questions. Instead of grilling our planet, these women led the way in grilling those complicit with military institutions about their lack of concern for the environment. Thirty-six different organisations, authorities, political parties in Parliament and the Swedish Armed Forces received the questionnaire. The line of questioning sought to expose glaring exceptions in environmental agreements which allow the military to discount and ignore the consequences of military activity, including weapons testing and large-scale training. Officials responded with vague justifications, dodged responsibility, or declined to answer at all …

 But we can speak truth to their silence and lies! Feminist peace organisations in Gothenburg who took part in planning the questions also gathered the responses and built on them to create a working paper on how military actions affect the environment. Their data and analysis can now be used to engage activists across Sweden – even Greta herself! – to get informed and take action. Rather than building and training arms to fight for a presumed national defence, let us


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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Down the Green Feminist Road - Path to Environmental Peace

Unfortunately, a culture of militarism is a prominent part of education in Italy and has therefore become a normalised part of life.
An agreement between the Ministries of Defence and Education allows the army to visit schools and promote their build-up of arms. High school students are also able to work in army stations. Infiltrating the minds of young people at an early age hides the harm that militarism inflicts ...
WILPF Italy’s members thought it would be important to speak to schools in particularly militarised areas that have a higher risk of environmental destruction.
Cities such as Livorno, Trieste and Palermo host nuclear equipment in their ports. This poses a radioactive threat at a local and global scale, but the Italian government shows little concern about the consequences.
We need to show the military institutions that sweet-talking their way out of their social and environmental responsibilities will not work with the   thinkers of the future!


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