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Understanding how crises affect women and men, girls and boys of different ages and disparities is critical to effective humanitarian preparedness and response. Women, girls, boys and men have distinct needs, priorities, responsibilities, limitations and protection needs. They are exposed to differential risks and vulnerabilities but also play unique and important roles in preparedness and in responding to emergencies, conflicts and building peace within their respective communities. Gender equality in humanitarian action is about better targeting and programming and therefore about effectiveness of humanitarian action reaching all segments of the affected population.

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22 Feb 2016 description


Amnesty International welcomes the opportunity to provide the following preliminary observations in advance of the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women’s half- day of general discussion on the gendered-dimensions of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change on 29 February 2016.

02 Feb 2016 description

Liban: Les femmes réfugiées en provenance de Syrie sont exposées à l'exploitation et au harcèlement sexuel

Le manque d'aide internationale et les politiques discriminatoires mises en œuvre par les autorités libanaises créent des conditions propices aux atteintes aux droits humains et à l'exploitation des femmes réfugiées au Liban, écrit Amnesty International dans un nouveau rapport rendu public à la veille de la Conférence des donateurs pour la Syrie, prévue à Londres le 4 février.

19 Dec 2015 description
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17 December 2015: The UN General Assembly today adopted by consensus a resolution which for the first time recognises the distinction between the human right to water and the human right to sanitation.
Amnesty International, WASH United and Human Rights Watch welcome this step and the additional clarification of States’ obligations contained in General Assembly resolution 70/169.

Highlighting the right to sanitation

07 Apr 2015 description
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Afghanistan: Government and international community turning their back on women human rights defenders

Women human rights defenders in Afghanistan who face mounting violence - including threats, sexual assault and assassinations- are being abandoned by their own government despite the significant gains they have fought to achieve, Amnesty International said in a new report today.

21 Jan 2015 description

Egypt: Token reforms fail to end scourge of pervasive violence against women

Women and girls in Egypt face violence on a disturbing scale both at home and in public, including sexual mob attacks as well as torture in state custody, according to a new briefing by Amnesty International.

03 Dec 2014 description

Government Accountability and Donor Support for Rights Essential

20 Feb 2014 description

Widespread and systemic gender discrimination in Nepal has led to hundreds of thousands of women suffering from a reproductive health condition that leaves them in great pain, unable to carry out daily tasks and often ostracized from their families and communities, Amnesty International said in a new report today.

06 Feb 2013 description

Impunity fuels sexual violence

Letting perpetrators in Egypt get away with sexual harassment and assault has fuelled violent attacks against women in the vicinity of Tahrir Square in recent months - continued impunity will only lead to further crimes, Amnesty International warned today in a new briefing.

Based on the accounts of survivors and activists gathered by Amnesty International, mob-led sexual assaults follow a clear pattern.

31 Oct 2012 description


“We have women who may be living among us and who are victims of (wartime) rape. But if you’re not recognized and feel like a victim again, it is easier for you to stay quiet. So everyone stays silent about it. And that is the most distressing side of it, when everyone is silent.”

21 Sep 2012 description

Human Rights Council: Establish an Independent Expert mandate

Written statement to the 21st session of the UN Human Rights Council (10-28 September 2012)

The Human Rights Council (the Council) should support the development of robust and effective human rights and justice mechanisms in South Sudan. Council members and observers should work with South Sudan to establish an Independent Expert mandate.

Human rights situation in Jonglei

20 Sep 2012 description

The flogging in public of a 16-year-old girl by a local mullah in the southern Ghazni province of Afghanistan for an “illicit relationship” with a boy is abhorrent and testifies to the precarious situation of women and girls in Afghanistan, said Amnesty International.

The girl was sentenced to 100 lashes on 16 September, which was carried out in a verdict issued by three Mullahs in Jaghori district of Ghazni province.

20 Sep 2012 description

As conflict continues in Mali, Amnesty International has unearthed evidence that civilians are on the receiving end of horrific abuses that include amputations, sexual violence and extra-judicial executions.

After a 15-day research mission to Mali earlier this month, the organization launched a new briefing revealing such abuses in several locations across the country.

Mali: Civilians bear the brunt of the conflict also documents the recruitment of child soldiers – including in camps located on state land.

09 Jul 2012 description

Amnesty International submits the following information to the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (the Committee), in advance of its examination of combined seventh and eighth periodic report of Mexico, submitted under article 18 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (the Convention).

22 Jun 2012 description

Realizing human rights and achieving sustainable development are inter-dependent and mutually-reinforcing goals. States must ensure that the Outcome Document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development recognizes the centrality of human rights to sustainable development and reaffirms the international human rights framework.

13 Jun 2012 description

Rio + 20: Anchor sustainable development in human rights

World leaders at conference to address need for ‘green economy’

World leaders have a once in a generation chance to create a meaningful link between sustainable development and human rights, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today in a joint statement targeting Environment and Foreign Affairs ministers gathering in Rio.

29 Mar 2012 description

Still no justice for women survivors of wartime rape in Bosnia and Herzegovina

(Sarajevo) It is time the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina enacted its 2010 commitment to ensure justice, truth and reparation for hundreds of survivors of wartime sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a briefing published today.

08 Mar 2012 description

All over the world women and girls are being discriminated against and denied their human rights – simply because of their gender. In many countries, girls are not sent to school, or they are forced to drop out early. In others, women continue to be paid less than men for doing the same work and restrictive laws prevent women from inheriting.

25 Jan 2012 description

Press Release

In advance of the 18th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) focusing on “Boosting Intra Africa Trade” Amnesty International calls on leaders in Africa to put the respect for human rights and the protection of civilians at the forefront of its efforts to address peace and security challenges in Somalia.

24 Jan 2012 description
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Most of the biggest Egyptian political parties have committed to delivering ambitious human rights reform in the country’s transition, but have either given mixed signals or have flatly refused to sign up to ending discrimination, protecting women’s rights and to abolishing the death penalty, Amnesty International said today.

09 Jan 2012 description

Have people's human rights improved throughout 2011 as a result of the uprisings in MENA?

There is no doubt that many people across the region in 2011 suffered gross human rights violations on an extreme scale. For those in - for example - Syria, Yemen, Egypt and Bahrain, the protection of human rights may still seem a distant prospect.