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R.K.B.’s employer accused her of having an affair with a male colleague and dismissed her from the position but did not dismiss the male colleague, and threatened to “spread rumours about her relationships with other men” to pressure her to sign a document, attesting that she had been paid all her benefits upon termination. R.K.B. presented a claim to the Committee, alleging that her employer, a hairdressing salon, had unfairly terminated her contract of employment based on gender stereotypes.

The petition was presented by advocates of the Nepalese organization, Pro Public, to protect the international and constitutional rights of thousands of women employees working in cabin and dance restaurants and massage parlors. These businesses have spread throughout urban areas in Nepal over the last ten years with women compromising more than 80% of all employees.

The plaintiff filed an injunction aimed at guaranteeing the right of a 12 year-old girl to her mental health, among other rights. The girl became pregnant in early 2011 and started presenting symptoms of anxiety and depression, as diagnosed by different physicians, who recommended the interruption of her pregnancy.

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Nepal
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United Kingdom
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India
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Women & ESCR
Social Movements & Grassroots Groups
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Belgium
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Monitoring
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The Women and ESCR working group of ESCR-Net, in partnership with the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Network of East-West Women, is pleased to announce a Call for Applications to participate in the training programme of the Fifth Round of the Women’s Human Rights Training Institute (WHRTI).

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Brazil

Prior to the International Donor Conference for Haiti in March of 2010, ESCR-Net drafted a letter to the states attending to urge them to follow a human rights-based approach to international assistance to Haiti.