July 22, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
US President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The order also explicitly bans discrimination against transgender employees of the federal government. The order does not include a ...[read more]
May 30, 2014
by G. Redd
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called on the government of Morocco Thursday to enforce the human rights provisions in its 2011 constitution. While commending the country for its growth since her office's last visit 13 years ago, Pillay noted that the changes to the constitution ...[read more]
January 21, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
The French parliament on Monday began debating new far-reaching legislation that would, if passed, impact elements of gender equality, including abortion rights and wage equality. The bill for equality between women and men was prompted by statistics which showed that, among other things, French ...[read more]
November 27, 2013
by Stephanie Kogut
JURIST Guest Columnist Alan Boynton of McNees Wallace & Nurick discusses Pennsylvania student participation in gender-specific sports...Gender equality is a societal goal that few dispute. In the arena of sports, particularly at the high school level, there is similarly little dispute that ...[read more]
October 30, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, said Tuesday that "harmful practices inflicted on women or girls can never be justified in the name of freedom of religion or belief." Bielefeldt urged governments to ensure that gender equality is adequately ...[read more]
September 22, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Participants of the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference (APPC) hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) declared Sunday that gender equality and reproductive health are indispensable to sustainable development. Ministers and senior officials from ...[read more]
March 6, 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove
Legislators from UN member states on Tuesday discussed the importance of laws against sexual, domestic and gender violence during the second day of the UN women's commission annual session. Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women ...[read more]
October 12, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
The High Court of Botswana on Friday struck down longstanding local customary laws that prevented women from inheriting their family home. Judge Key Dingake ruled that such laws are not in line with the Botswana constitution, which guarantees gender equality. According to the legal rights group ...[read more]
September 28, 2012
by Michael Haggerson
The Swiss Parliament voted 93-87 on Friday against a bill which would ban burqas and other face coverings in public places. Proponents of the bill argued that banning burqas would promote gender equality and improve national security. Those against the bill argued that it was an excessive measure ...[read more]
April 22, 2012
by Caleb Pittman
JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Ziegler of Saint Louis University School of Law says that a challenge to a Kansas law excluding abortion from comprehensive insurance plans could be an opportunity to rethink the constitutional basis of abortion rights...In the ongoing case of ACLU v. Praeger, a Kansas ...[read more]

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