On 5 November 2014, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women issued General Recommendation No. 32 on the gender-related dimensions of refugee status, asylum, nationality and statelessness of women. The Recommendation highlights the significant impact of gender discrimination on women and girls, recognising that it can create a cycle of statelessness and lead women to flee their own countries to seek asylum.
On 4 November 2014, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) issued joint General Recommendation No. 31/General Comment No. 18 on harmful practices. This marks the first time that two expert United Nations committees have joined forces to set out a common interpretation of the obligations on states to end harmful practices. The Joint Recommendation/Comment comes as CEDAW marks its 35th anniversary and CRC its 25th.
London, 3 November 2014
The Equal Rights Review (the ERR) is the bi-annual peer-reviewed journal on equality produced by the Equal Rights Trust. Launched in 2008, the journal is a resource for those seeking to combat discrimination or promote equality, be they academics, activists, practising lawyers, civil society organisations or others. The Equal Rights Trust invites original unpublished articles for the next and other future volumes of the ERR.
On Friday 17 October 2014, the Equal Rights Trust and the Institute for Human Rights and Peace Studies Mahidol University (IHRP) will launch two major new reports on the human rights of stateless Rohingya in Malaysia and Thailand.
In addition to analysing the discrimination and inequality faced by the Rohingya and recommending steps to combat it, the reports, Equal Only in Name, reveal less well known patterns of discrimination against one of the most excluded, persecuted and vulnerable communities in the world.
Nairobi, 1 October 2014
A major new report revealing the scale of discrimination in Sudan was released today by the Equal Rights Trust in partnership with the Sudanese Organisation for Research and Development (SORD).
London, 30 September 2014
Today, the Equal Rights Trust published Volume Thirteen of The Equal Rights Review (ERR), an interdisciplinary biannual journal intended as a forum for the exchange of legal, philosophical, sociological and other ideas and practical insights for those who are promoting equality. This issue contains a special section on equality and development, as well as an interview on the same issue with David Bull, Executive Director of UNICEF UK, and Gay MacDougall, Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham University.
On Wednesday 1 October 2014, the Equal Rights Trust will hold an embargoed press conference in Nairobi, Kenya at 0830 hrs to launch its major new report In Search of Confluence – Addressing Discrimination and Inequality in Sudan, written in partnership with the Sudanese Organisation for Research and Development.
London, 15 September 2014
On 1 September 2014, in an important step towards greater equality, an amendment to the law regulating the Danish National People’s Register came into effect, allowing transgender people to obtain new official documents reflecting their choice of gender through a simple administrative procedure. The amendment makes Denmark the first European country to allow legal recognition of gender on the basis of self-identification. It is hoped that Denmark’s move will pave the way for change in other countries, eventually ending the requirement that individuals undergo invasive medical procedures or diagnoses in order to receive legal recognition of their gender identity.