FRANCE: STOP PRESS – French High Council for Equality between Women and Men recommends a constitutional right to access contraception and abortion

The French Haut Conseil à l’Egalité entre les Femmes et les Hommes (High Council on Equality between Women and Men) is an independent, national consultative body charged with the protection of the rights of women and the promotion of equality between the sexes. It was created in 2013 and is composed of 72 members representing the diversity of individuals who support gender equality. Their remit is to share their expertise with the public authorities, involve … Continued


On 21 November 2017, the new WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, signed a Framework for Cooperation in response to the recommendations of the High Level Working Group for the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents. The Working Group, co-chaired by HE Tarja Halonen, former President of Finland, and Hina Jilani of the Elders, presented its report to the World … Continued

Conference of State Parties Session on the rights of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action

  This week the Women’s Refugee Commission participated in the 10th Session of the Conference of State Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities hosted at the United Nations in NYC. This year’s conference focused on humanitarian action, providing WRC and our partners a unique opportunity to influence states, UN agencies, and civil society to pay greater attention to the rights of women, children, and youth with disabilities displaced by … Continued

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