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National Assembly Passes Law to Ratify ILO Violence and Harassment Convention

(Paris, July 23) “The world of work must not be a source of anxiety or insecurity for women.” ”France now intends to be a model in the implementation of [the] Convention, by ratifying it as soon as possible.” France’s Minister of Labor, Elisabeth…
Protestors marching to demand the end of femicide and violence against women in Paris, France, November 23, 2019. 
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Parliament Should Support Ratification and Improve Protections in National Law

Two years after a landmark treaty to combat workplace violence and harassment was adopted, France has taken an important step towards domesticating the effort. On Wednesday, France’s Council of Ministers approved the ratification of the ILO…
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Ratify ILO Violence and Harassment Convention, Make National Reforms

“Together, governments and social partners, we say NO to violence and harassment and YES to building a better world of work.” France’s Labour Minister Muriel Pénicaud gave these remarks last year when the International Labour Organization (ILO)…
People holding signs against sexual harassment at work protest cuts to France's Ministry of Women's Rights budget, July 21, 2017.
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Arms Sales to Rights-Abusing Countries Fuel Atrocities Against Civilians

Last week, the French government published its latest report on arms exports, documenting sales and transfers throughout 2019. After Qatar, the governments of Saudi Arabia and Egypt received the greatest amounts, accounting for €1.4 billion and €1.0…
French-made Leclerc tanks of the Saudi-led coalition are deployed on the outskirts of the Yemeni port city of Aden during a military operation, August 3, 2015.
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On World Water Day, Marginalized Populations Still Lack Access to Basic Hygiene Measures

  Today is World Water Day, but as the world braces for the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is little to celebrate. The need for good hygiene like handwashing is key to protecting public health and responding to the virus.…
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Other Dangerous Crowd Control Weapons Remain in Use

This week, France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announced that French police would stop using the controversial GLI-F4 tear gas grenade. This move is long overdue, but doesn’t address serious concerns about other weapons…
Protester picks up a tear gas grenade during a police charge on December 8, 2019 on the Champs Elysees, Paris.
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New Law Would Let Lesbian Couples, Single Women Get In Vitro Fertilization

Update: On June 29, 2021, the French Parliament adopted the new bioethics law with 326 votes for and 115 against. The first article of the bill allows lesbian couples and single women access to medically assisted procreation. All women in…
French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn gives a speech to introduce the debate on a bill that would give single women and lesbian couples access to in-vitro fertilization, at the National Assembly, in Paris
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Montreal Summit Provides Important Platform to Support Global Justice

In a first-of-its-kind summit, the world’s female foreign ministers will meet in Montreal today and tomorrow to discuss a range of global challenges, from advancing peace and security to eliminating violence against women and girls in…
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Appoint Strong Experts, Press All Parties to Cooperate

Bombing and shelling of civilians. Denial of access to food and medicine. Landmines and cluster bombs. Torture and abduction. Child soldiers. For more than two years, international, regional, and Yemeni human rights groups called on the…
Saudi-led coalition aircraft struck three apartment buildings in Sanaa on August 25, 2017, killing at least 16 civilians, including seven children, and wounding another 17, including eight children. After an international outcry, the coalition admitted to
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First Nations Leadership is Key to Addressing Polluted Drinking Water

Canada has unveiled a new approach to fixing the drinking water crisis faced by indigenous First Nations peoples. Carolyn Bennett, minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), reaffirmed the 2016 budget commitment to $1.8 billion over…
Canada's Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, February 24, 2016.
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Investigation Supports Human Rights Watch’s Research Findings Without Addressing Systemic Problems

A long-awaited report into policing in northern British Columbia confirms many of the critical shortcomings raised by rights groups in the past, but falls short of adequately addressing issues affecting Indigenous communities, and Indigenous women and…
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Will Justin Trudeau Fulfill his Promises to First Nations Women?

One year ago, Justin Trudeau took office as Canada’s 23rd prime minister and promptly fulfilled a major campaign promise by appointing a diverse and gender balanced cabinet that “looks like Canada.” When a reporter asked why appointing women was a…
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France’s highest administrative court, the Conseil D’Etat, has called time, at least for now, on the shameful “burkini bans” adopted by mayors across the country, in effect orders that prohibited wearing “religious clothing” on the beach. The court,…
Protesters demonstrate against France's burkini ban outside the French Embassy in London, August 25, 2016.
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Banning Burkini in Wake of Terror Attacks Creates Dangerous Confusion

A woman is confronted by state officials in a public place and forced to change her clothing, while another is fined for failing to wear “an outfit respecting good morals and secularism.” Unbelievable in a country like France? No, it happened on French…
A Muslim woman wears a burkini, a swimsuit that leaves only the face, hands and feet exposed, on a beach in Marseille, France, August 17, 2016.
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Around the World, Indigenous Peoples Suffer Violence, Discrimination, and Exclusion

The rights of indigenous peoples around the world are more often breached than observed – something we should remember today, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. According to the United Nations, the world has an estimated 370…
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Inquiry Should Examine Police Misconduct, Accountability Gaps

Yesterday the Canadian government unveiled highly anticipated plans for a national public inquiry into the murders and disappearances of indigenous women and girls across Canada. Over two years and with a budget of $53.86-million (US $41.13-million), five…
Canada's Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett (L), Status of Women Minister Patricia Hajdu (2nd L) and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould look on as Algonquin leader Claudette Commanda (R) says a prayer at the start of a news conference
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Upcoming Inquiry Needs to Probe All Allegations, Including Involvement of Police

The Canadian government is on the verge of launching a historic national public inquiry into the murders and disappearances of hundreds of indigenous women and girls. What remains to be seen is how much scope and power the inquiry will be given to delve…
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A Leader in Rejecting Weapons So Deadly to Civilians

France has completed the destruction of its stockpile of 34,876 cluster munition rockets and artillery projectiles that contained 14.9 million explosive submunitions, meeting a key obligation of the international ban treaty. It has also strongly condemned…
A pile of shoes during the annual demonstration by NGO Humanity and Inclusion denouncing antipersonnel landmines and cluster munitions in Lyon on September 20, 2014.
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Unlike most world leaders, newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t afraid to identify himself as a feminist. To the contrary, on Twitter and again in a recent interview with the Toronto Star, Trudeau said, “I am a feminist. Proud to be…
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