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PATENT Association has submitted a "Response to supplementary information on Hungary scheduled for review by CEDAW during its 54th Session". The submission was made to the UN Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)....

The Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM), Minority Rights Group Greece (MRG-G), and the Coordinated Organizations and Communities for Roma Human Rights in Greece (SOKADRE) collaboratively submitted an updated "Parallel Report on Greece’s compliance with the UN Convention on the...

Several NGOs collaborated on a submission of the Convention For The Elimination Of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) 54th Session-Cyprus Shadow Report. The submission which focuses on discrimination, violence against women, trafficking in women, education, employment, and healthcare is...

This report was submitted with respect to Article 6 of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which obliges states to “take all appropriate measures, including legislation, to suppress all forms of traffic in women and...

Several NGOs collaborated on a joint "Submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)". This submission tackles women's and girls' healthcare and highlights key areas of concern regarding Angola’s compliance with its obligations under the International...

Fundação Open Society-Angola and Plataforma Mulher em Acção jointly presented a "Shadow Report on the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)" to the United Nations Committee on CEDAW. The publication looks at violence against women, political...

The Center For Economic and Social Rights submitted a "List of Issues on Angola’s Efforts to Reduce Preventable Maternal Mortality and Improve Sexual and Reproductive Health"...

This paper aims to ensure that health providers understand international policy and the human rights basis for upholding women and children’s...

Hungary upholds Romani women’s right to equality in health institutions

In February 2016, a Romani woman gave birth a public hospital in Miskolc, north-eastern Hungary. During labour she cried out with pain and the midwife yelled at her “if you shout once more I will push the pillow into your face”. When the woman apologised, the doctor said to her “if you had shouted once more I would have called the psychiatrist to take away child away and then you wouldn’t receive Child Benefit, because anyway, you gypsies give birth only for the money!”

Right to choose and refuse sterilization reaffirmed by India

In January 2012, up to 53 women underwent a sterilization procedure in Bihar, India, at a sterilization camp managed by an NGO which had been granted accreditation by the District Health Society, apparently without following any formal, transparent process. The women had not been given any counseling regarding the potential dangers and outcomes of the sterilization procedures. They were operated on in a school rather than a hospital, in an unsanitary and unethical manner, all by a single surgeon, under torchlight on top of a school desk, and without running water or sanitary gloves.