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United Kingdom: Bill to Provide Transparency in Pay to Reduce Gender Inequalities

(May 13, 2015) The Equal Pay (Transparency) Bill is about to be debated in the House of Lords. This bill will allow the Secretary of State of the United Kingdom to introduce regulations under section 78 of the Equality Act 2010 that would require employers with more than 250 employees to publish information about the […]

Germany: Gender Quotas for Large Companies and for Federal Bodies

(Mar. 17, 2015) Germany’s Parliament has adopted a law aimed at increasing the number of women in leadership positions in the private and public sectors. The Bundestag, the lower house of Germany’s Parliament, passed the law on March 6, 2015. (Colleen Mallick, German Parliament Approves Gender Quota Legislation for Large Companies, PAPER CHASE (Mar. 6, […]

Brazil: Killing A Woman Due to Gender Now Classed as a Heinous Crime

(Mar. 9, 2015) The killing of a woman due to her gender is now a qualifying circumstance that makes the murder a heinous crime, according to a law approved on March 3, 2015, by the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies. (Câmara Aprova Texto que Torna Assassinato de Mulher Crime Hediondo, VEJA (Mar. 4, 2015).) The new […]

Japan: Supreme Court Upholds Punishment for Sexual Harassment

(Mar. 2, 2015) On February 26, 2015, Japan’s Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Osaka High Court, which had itself reversed an Osaka District Court judgment approving suspension and demotion as punishments for two male managers who repeatedly verbally sexually harassed female employees. (2014 (Ju) No. 1310, S. Ct., 1st petite bench (Feb. 26, […]

Taiwan: Proposed Change to Police Uniforms Act in Order to Comply with CEDAW

(Dec. 4, 2014) On November 27, 2014, Taiwan’s Cabinet approved a draft amendment to the Police Uniforms Act that would permit on-duty policewomen to wear pants year-round. The proposed change, which was put forward by the Ministry of Interior (MOI), is another step towards Taiwan’s full implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination […]

Saudi Arabia: Women Not Allowed to Perform Notary Duties

(Nov. 14, 2014) Notaries public in Saudi Arabia are public employees under the Ministry of Justice, in accordance with article 73 and subsequent articles of the Judiciary Law issued by Royal Decree No. M/78 of 2007 (1428 Hijri). (Text of the Law [in Arabic] (Sept. 2, 2007), Bureau of Experts at the Council of Ministers […]

United Nations: Joint Committee Call to End Harmful Practices Against Women and Children

(Nov. 13, 2014) On November 4, 2014, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women and the Committee on the Rights of the Child released a joint recommendation/comment on the obligation of states “to prevent, respond to and eliminate harmful practices, wherever and in whichever form they occur,” that affect “women and […]

Namibia: Supreme Court Ruling Against Forced Sterilizations of HIV-Positive Women

(Nov. 10, 2014) On November 3, 2014, the Supreme Court of Namibia ruled that three HIV-positive women had been forcibly sterilized, without proper consent, during emergency caesarean deliveries. The Court thereby affirmed an intermediate court ruling from July 2012, determining that the women had not freely given informed consent. (Alexandra Farone, Namibia High Court Rules […]

Uganda: New Law Criminalizes HIV/AIDS Transmission, Requires Pregnant Women to Undergo HIV Testing

(Sept. 17, 2014) In August 2014, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law the HIV and AIDS prevention and control bill, which, among other measures, criminalizes intentional transmission of HIV and requires pregnant women to undergo mandatory HIV testing. (Press Release, Center for Reproductive Rights, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni Signs Callous Law Criminalizing HIV and […]

Council of Europe: Convention to Prevent and Combat Violence Against Women Enters into Force

(Aug. 12, 2014) On August 1, 2014, the Council of Europe (COE) Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence entered into force, following its ratification by 14 signatories, which are all COE Member States: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Italy, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey. […]