Despite great strides made by the international women’s rights movement over many years, women and girls around the world are still married as children or trafficked into forced labor and sex slavery. They are refused access to education and political participation, and some are trapped in conflicts where rape is perpetrated as a weapon of war. Around the world, deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth are needlessly high, and women are prevented from making deeply personal choices in their private lives. Human Rights Watch is working toward the realization of women’s empowerment and gender equality—protecting the rights and improving the lives of women and girls on the ground.

  • Children's Rights
    We write in advance of the 80th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and its review of Ecuador’s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). This submission addresses articles 2,5, 10, 12, and 16 of the Convention. This submission is based on the 2021 Human Rights Watch report, “Why Do They Want To Make Me Suffer Again?”: The Impact of Abortion Prosecutions in Ecuador and the 2020 report “It’s a Constant Fight”: School Related Sexual Violence and Young Survivors’ Struggle for Justice in Ecuador".
    Protesters in Athens, Greece on March 27, 2021 stand outside the Greek Parliament displaying a banner that reads “your sexism is harming both mother and child” against a new law that introduces presumptive co-custody of children, even in cases of domestic violence.
    Greece: Dangerous Custody Law to Take Effect
  • Europe/Central Asia
    We write to note concerns regarding Chapter 2 of the draft Statutory Guidance, particularly regarding response to Black, Asian, migrant and other women in marginalized groups who experience domestic abuse.