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The Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) is pleased to publish this report on the ongoing efforts being taken by the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC) and its allies to shed light on the unique challenges women human rights defenders face and to create new...

The main focus of this report is on the context in which WHRDs work, recognizing that the social, cultural, economic and political environment subtantively influences the the challenges WHRDs face and can exacerbate their vulnerability. Identifying context also enables the experience of WHRDs to...

This second updated edition, prepared by the International Commission of Jurists addresses the issue of human rights violations on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. The objective of this document is to compile relevant existing information in order to frame the debate, and...

This report shows how, for many activists and organizations, advocating for "sexual rights" has become a dangerous proposition. It illustrates how the combined forces which conspire, in society after society, to regulate women’s sexuality, lash out at any attempt to...

This manual we gives more space than other security manuals for defenders on the specific issues and obstacles that prevailing societal valuesand legal systems present to LGBTI defenders. We aim at addressing not only the affect of wider societal value systems on...

!is guide is intended as a manual for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists and NGOs in other countries to help them understand how U.S. embassies work; how to call on U.S. diplomats to support their human rights goals; how to access U.S. support,...

The purpose of this document is to provide basic guidance on how non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can use the United Nations (UN) Treaty Monitoring Bodies (referred to as the “Treaty Bodies”) and the Special Procedures of the UN Commission on Human Rights (the...

Patricia Mansilla Martínez, a member of Bolivian Parliament, filed an abstract action of unconstitutionality against articles 56, 58, 245, 250, 254, 258, 263, 264, 265, 266, 269, 315, and 327 of the Criminal Code for discrimination against women. The Court did not consider the constitutionality of articles 254, 315 or 317, as they are no longer in force.

IELSUR, ESCR-Net and the NGO Coalition for an OP-ICESCR organized an open public event and workshop on strategic litigation under the OP-ICESCR on August 14-15 in Montevideo.  Leading domestic organizations in Uruguay attended the event.

The petition in this public interest litigation (PIL) case cited data from the States of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Maharashtra, regarding government practices regarding female sterilization, which lacked counseling or informed consent, lacked pre- and post-operative care, and included unhygienic and un-anesthetized operating conditions, sterilization of minors, coercion and cruelty.  The PIL requested the Court to direct the state governments to comply with the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Guidelines on Standards of Female Sterilization, enacted in October 1999 (“the Guidelines”).