Honoring Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE): A 2021 Recipient of the Don & Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award

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At the heart of human rights work lies a strong commitment to justice and an ability collaborate with community partners – two qualities which Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) champions. WAVE has been a long-time partner of The Advocates for Human Rights. A network based in Vienna, Austria, WAVE is dedicated to uplifting and protecting … Continue reading Honoring Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE): A 2021 Recipient of the Don & Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award

The Advocates Welcomes UN Special Rapporteur’s Thematic Report on Rape

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UN Photo/Jean-Marc FerréDubravka Šimonović, Special Rapporteur on violence against women.  U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women (VAW) Dubravka Šimonovic has released her thematic report on rape as a grave and systematic violation of human rights and gender-based violence against women.  The Advocates contributed a detailed written response to the Special Rapporteur’s initial request for submissions about local laws on rape and sexual violence. The Advocates also joined the Expert Group Meeting on May 27, 2020 to discuss a wide variety of issues about rape laws and implementation. The Special Rapporteur invited The Advocates’ Women’s … Continue reading The Advocates Welcomes UN Special Rapporteur’s Thematic Report on Rape

Sexual Assault Bill Moves Through Minnesota Senate: Needs Your Support

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On March 24, 2021, many Minnesotans were shocked to learn that state law does not punish the sexual violation of a victim who became intoxicated by drinking voluntarily. The Minnesota Supreme Court, in State v. Khalil, determined that the criminal-sexual-conduct statute applies only if the intoxicant was administered without the victim’s agreement. They overturned Mr. Khalil’s conviction and started a firestorm among members of the public and the … Continue reading Sexual Assault Bill Moves Through Minnesota Senate: Needs Your Support

Racism and Sexism in the Atlanta shootings: Must It Be An Either/Or?

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The recent shootings in Atlanta reveal what happens when racism and misogyny converge in tragedy. We often see only one issue (racism) while ignoring the other (misogyny). Yet the murder of women because they are women, known as femicides, is rampant. Every hour, six women are murdered by a man somewhere in the world. In the United States, an estimated 1,840 women were murdered by men and boys in 2018. And in Georgia, 74 women were killed by men during that same year. Despite the sky-high numbers, we don’t read … Continue reading Racism and Sexism in the Atlanta shootings: Must It Be An Either/Or?

Outrage as Turkish President Erdoğan Withdraws from the Istanbul Convention

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“Turkey’s sudden and unwarranted withdrawal” from the Istanbul Convention said U.S. President Joe Biden “is deeply disappointing”  and “ is a disheartening step backward for the international movement to end violence against women globally.” In the early hours of Saturday, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued a surprise decree withdrawing Turkey from the European treaty … Continue reading Outrage as Turkish President Erdoğan Withdraws from the Istanbul Convention

Establishing the Death Penalty for Rape in Bangladesh Does Little to Protect Victims of Violence Against Women

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16 Days of Activism - November 25 through Human Rights Day, December 10 This October, a wave of protests and rallies spread across Bangladesh following several high-profile sexual assaults. In response, Bangladesh amended the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act to allow the death penalty for rape. This response from the government does not protect women victims of sexual assault, but rather deters them … Continue reading Establishing the Death Penalty for Rape in Bangladesh Does Little to Protect Victims of Violence Against Women