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By: Kristi Heather Kenyon
In practice, no one enjoys “international human rights.” In each of our lives, all rights are local and personal.
By: Kate Gilmore & Rajat Khosla
The interplay between sexuality, sex, sexual and reproductive health and human rights is not a mere question of biology, but of palpable matters of power, politics, ...
By: Jackie Smith
It is now clearer than ever that the protection of global health requires universal recognition of everyone’s basic human rights.
By: Shareen Hertel
If it was difficult to show the interconnections among people and rights before the onset of COVID-19, we have an opportunity to do so now.
By: Lisa Levenstein
Without the ingenuity of feminists from the Global South and networks of committed activists on every continent, we would never have heard the phrase: “Women’s ...
By: David Mattingly
Funders should trust and imitate their frontline partners’ ability to assess their communities’ greatest needs and offer the flexibility to pivot amid a crisis.
By: Stanley Ibe
Many states still fail to realize that protecting the rights of the poor will ultimately make addressing a pandemic—and other global crises—easier.
By: Joe Hoover
Appeals to humanity and the pronouncement of universal standards are empty (or worse) if they don’t begin with the difficult work of identifying and dismantling ...
By: Caio Borges
A new generation of climate cases being brought before Brazilian courts is addressing climate change more directly in an effort to save the Amazon.
By: Sunita Toor
Movements like #MeToo demonstrate the power of solidarity and collective digital action, but they also reveal that feminist activism is not a monolithic movement ...
By: Pardis Mahdavi
In the US, feminism is under attack from the right, the left, and from within—causing American feminists a “triple bind”.
By: Theresa Harris
Building a pipeline for human rights practitioners and scientists who want to work at the intersections of their fields would create opportunities for systemic ...
By: Nelson Camilo Sanchez
The economic crisis from the pandemic could bring solutions from the global South into global North cities that are less accustomed to confronting such issues.
By: Alison Brysk & Miguel Fuentes Carreno
Structural inequalities in women’s rights are exacerbated by the pandemic and leave poor and racialized women most vulnerable to the denial of reproductive rights.
By: LaDawn Haglund
The essentializing of “urban inhabitants” as somehow sharing a destiny ignores inequalities among inhabitants that may require more fundamental restructuring to ...
By: Charity Ryerson
For the majority of the world that lacks significant economic and political power, there is an urgent need to increase our capacity to innovate.
By: Sofia Gruskin
What value do human rights have for advancing protections related to sexuality in the current moment?
By: Sarita Cargas & Kristina Eberbach
Through solid human rights education, academia can realize its potential to contribute to meaningful social change.
By: Anthony Tirado Chase & Gaea Morales
False binaries of communities as local versus cosmopolitan are misleading and make as little sense as limiting activists’ choices to using either local or global ...
By: Shelley Inglis
What is needed to prepare a new generation of human rights practitioners to respond to the challenges of today and tomorrow? What does a new human rights practitioner ...
By: Beatrice Lindstrom & Mario Joseph & Brian Concannon
If the UN Secretary-General is serious that COVID-19 is a “wake-up call” for a multi-lateral response to such crises, he should start by giving cholera victims ...
By: Waqqas Mir
There is inherent value in superior courts acting as a platform that facilitates dialogue between the state and citizens. But how far should courts go in their ...
By: Nora Mardirossian
Trans people experience disproportionate rates of violence and socioeconomic exclusion, leading to poverty, homelessness, and food insecurity. What is the role ...
By: Miles Ashton & Azadeh Shahshahani
The Trump administration is enabling Duterte’s abuses in the Philippines with unconditional support in the name of US foreign policy.
By: Gina Heathcote
Preambles to UNSC resolutions on women, peace, and security only serve to make feminist politics amenable to the larger militarised agenda of the Security Council.
By: Susan M. Akram
Immigration detention is rarely justified and now poses a greater risk to the public given the spread of COVID-19 in ICE facilities.
By: Aintzane Márquez Tejón & Hannah Wilson
Spain is paying little heed to the rights of seasonal workers during the pandemic as long as labour needs are met, and the food supply is maintained—what will spur ...
By: Diana Herrera
The pandemic and decreased recognition of refugees in Ecuador are compounding risks to the already precarious lives of asylum seekers.
By: Catalina Vallejo & Siri Gloppen
With climate litigation, seemingly minor interventions in the legal realm can have a butterfly effect and generate major social and cultural transformations.
By: Sara De Vido
The failure of the UNSC to explicitly guarantee women’s rights to sexual and reproductive health reinforces a patriarchal governance system that is inherently harmful ...
By: Nafees Ahmad
Derogation from human rights obligations may be permitted in a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, but where is the balance between safety and people’s rights?
By: Francesca Feruglio & Maria Silvia Emanuelli & Imogen Richmond-Bishop & Brian Omala
Exclusion in data—which often reflects society’s values and biases about who and what counts—means exclusion in reality when it comes to crises and public policy.
By: John Packer & Slava Balan
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When many governments are still willing to trade the lives of the vulnerable for the economic gains of the wealthiest, we need a human rights-based approach to ...
By: Richard Heede
We can trace the majority of climate-altering emissions to individual fossil fuel companies that have the skills, resources, and moral obligation to help fix the ...
By: Beatriz Botero Arcila
Surveillance thrives in unequal environments, and the pandemic has increased inequality. We need a welfare state for our digital information economy.
By: Paulina Madero Suárez
Can new, non-judicial approaches to gender-based violence and harassment in Mexico effectively supplement judicial avenues?
By: Citlalli Ochoa & Lisa Reinsberg
Advocates’ access to human rights spaces has taken a hit with COVID-19, but this pandemic provides an opportunity to make human rights oversight more inclusive ...
By: Joana Setzer
Is climate litigation against so-called “Carbon Majors” capable of changing behaviour and guiding climate change-responsive adjudication in the long term?
By: Rachel Freed & Joshua Leach
The restoration of asylum rights to domestic violence survivors in the US illuminates the power of strategic litigation to create positive change—but there are ...
By: Hasminah Dimaporo Paudac
In climate litigation in the Philippines against 47 large corporations, a Greenpeace legal team showed that big polluters can be held morally and legally responsible ...
By: Aishu Balaji & Diyana Yahaya & Michelle R. Maziwisa
Trade liberalisation is incompatible with women’s human rights and gender equality when corporations exploit women’s cheap labour as a source of comparative advantage.
By: Kayla Winarsky Green
How can businesses help to reduce the pandemic’s unequal burden on single mothers?
By: Ana Cernov & Iara Pietricovsky & Nathalie Beghin
Budgetary decisions are always political, and these documents are a crucial tool for civil society to protect rights and demand justice.
By: Victoria Adelmant & Philip Alston & Matthew Blainey
Public support in Ireland for taking action against climate change is high, but the government has not adequately mitigated its impact—a recent Supreme Court case ...
By: Tyler Walton
Immigrants have decried the use of detention as migration deterrence for years, but the pandemic has given advocates a new touch point in the collective social ...
By: Dominique Virgil
Prioritizing the launch of Indonesia’s pre-employment card compromises the distribution of existing social assistance programs that could directly help those in ...
By: Sehin Teferra
Ethiopia needs a stand-alone feminist campaign calling for a new vision of job creation that prioritizes dignified work and decent wages for both men and women.
By: Gunnar Ekeløve-Slydal & Liv H. Kvanvig
Governments must partner with faith leaders to battle COVID-19, creating an opportunity to build necessary trust and cooperation with wider parts of the population.
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