Supporting Victims/Survivors of Domestic Violence during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

As the coronavirus spreads throughout the U.S., and across the globe, more and more people are being ordered to stay home. Yet, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), “home” is the “most dangerous place for women.”1 For victims/survivors of domestic violence, the ability to leave home to go to safe, public … Continue reading Supporting Victims/Survivors of Domestic Violence during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

Following Harvey Weinstein’s Sentencing, the message to the Rest of the World’s Prosecutors: “Just Try It!”

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Women’s human rights defenders are celebrating an overdue breakthrough in prosecuting sexual assault and harassment. Former film producer Harvey Weinstein was sentenced in New York to 23 years in prison on Wednesday, March 11 for his two sexual assault convictions.  He faces additional charges in Los Angeles.  Many who work against sexual violence see a … Continue reading Following Harvey Weinstein’s Sentencing, the message to the Rest of the World’s Prosecutors: “Just Try It!”

Ukraine delays decision on Universal Periodic Review recommendations on domestic violence

  For the 3rd cycle Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Ukraine, The Advocates for Human Rights submitted a stakeholder report in collaboration with Center “Women’s Perspectives,” a non-governmental agency based in Lviv, Ukraine. The report focused on the prevalence of domestic violence in Ukraine. Domestic violence is a pervasive problem in Ukraine. In 2016, the … Continue reading Ukraine delays decision on Universal Periodic Review recommendations on domestic violence

Building the Capacity of Russian-Speaking Lawyers to Protect Women’s Human Rights 

Members of The Advocates' staff recently returned from Bulgaria, where we finished training 16 lawyers at the first session of our Legal Training Academy on Women's Human Rights (LTA). Through this two-year project, we are building the capacity of lawyers to use international and regional human rights mechanisms to defend women's human rights after all … Continue reading Building the Capacity of Russian-Speaking Lawyers to Protect Women’s Human Rights 

How The Advocates brings the stories of women and children fleeing violence to the international stage

The Advocates is able to help these women and children in two important ways: providing legal assistance in their asylum cases and using their experiences to advocate at the United Nations for law and policy changes in their home country of Guatemala.

Discrimination Hurts. Period.

I am constantly amazed at the accomplishments and bravery of kids my age. Many confront issues that I simply do not have to take on—often with respect to very basic things. I hope that if I was confronted with the same situations, I would be as brave. Parkriti Kandel from Katmandu, Nepal is one such … Continue reading Discrimination Hurts. Period.