Gender and sexuality

Two-thirds majority in Ireland want abortion decriminalised

8 July 2015, 08:30PM

Our new opinion poll on public attitudes to abortion in Ireland shows the Irish government is under growing pressure to reform its anti-abortion law, one of the most restrictive in the world.

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Ukraine: Homophobic violence mars gay pride rally in Kyiv

7 June 2015, 08:26AM

Despite efforts by police today, Ukrainian authorities should have done more in advance to prevent violent attacks against gay Pride marchers several of whom were injured today, Amnesty International said.

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Ireland: A chance to make history – for us all

22 May 2015, 12:43PM

In less than 24 hours, Ireland will go to the polls in a referendum that is truly historic, the first time any nation has asked its people to vote ‘Yes’ and end discrimination against LGBTI people in its civil marriage laws. If passed, Ireland will become the first country anywhere in the world to guarantee its people the equal constitutional right to marry the person they love, regardless of their sexual orientation, following a popular vote.

Women defending human rights in Afghanistan are at risk of violence, sexual assault and targeted assassinations. © Flickr / DVIDSHUB

World turning its back on Afghan women’s rights defenders

7 April 2015, 03:30PM

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, said Amnesty International in a new report.

Authorities in China have cracked down on organisations promoting women's rights and other causes. © Flickr / World Bank Photo CollectionA

China: Drop charges against women detained for campaigning against sexual harassment

12 March 2015, 02:55PM

The Chinese authorities must immediately drop charges and release five women activists who were detained for calling for an end to sexual harassment, Amnesty International said.

Women and girls in conflict zones are particularly vulnerable to rape, forced marriage and sexual slavery. © Flickr / Ira Gelb

Global backlash against women’s rights is having devastating toll

8 March 2015, 10:07AM

Two decades after the adoption of a landmark global agreement on gender equality, a vicious backlash is threatening to strip women and girls of their rights.

Nagaland: Members of a mob who lynched rape suspect must be brought to justice

7 March 2015, 08:02AM

Members of a mob who lynched a man suspected of rape in Dimapur, Nagaland must be brought to justice urgently.

This man was beaten for taking part in a Pride march in Russia. © AFP / Olga Maltseva

Amnesty’s ‘Pocket Protests’ for PRIDE at Sydney’s Mardi Gras

18 February 2015, 10:25AM

Amnesty International is launching its pocket protest network at one of biggest LGBTQI parades in the world, asking people to join the fight for equality by sending one simple text message.

El Salvador: Pardon for woman jailed for miscarriage, a triumph of justice

23 January 2015, 08:18AM

A pardon granted by El Salvador’s Parliamentary Assembly to a young woman imprisoned after suffering a miscarriage is a triumph of justice and gives hope to the other 15 women languishing in jail on similar charges.

Marlene was charged with having an abortion after she had a miscarriage at 18 years old © Amnesty International

El Salvador must reverse “terrible injustice” and free woman imprisoned for miscarriage

22 January 2015, 08:41AM

El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly must vote today to overturn horrifying injustice and pardon a woman imprisoned for 30 years after having a miscarriage.

Ireland: transgender people ‘short-changed’ by new bill

20 December 2014, 10:08AM

Ireland must allow transgender people to have their gender legally recognized in a quick, transparent and accessible manner, Amnesty International said after the country’s Gender Recognition Bill was published this week.

Gambia: “Aggravated Homosexuality’’ Offence Carries Life Sentence

21 November 2014, 07:07PM

Gambia’s recent passage of a homophobic law puts the already persecuted lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community at even greater risk of abuse.

Gambia must stop wave of homophobic arrests and torture

18 November 2014, 09:19PM

The arrest, detention and torture of eight people since the beginning of the month as part of a crackdown on “homosexuality” by the Gambian authorities reveals the shocking scale of state-sponsored homophobia.

Iran’s jailing of Ghoncheh Ghavami is appalling

2 November 2014, 08:46PM

British “volleyball protester” Ghoncheh Ghavami was jailed for a year for “spreading propaganda against the system” by a court in Iran yesterday, locked up simply for peacefully having her say about how women are discriminated against in Iran.

Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai, winners of the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 © AFP Photo / Chandan Khanna / Wole Emmenuel

Malala Yousafzai, Kailash Satyarthi true inspirations for children’s rights

10 October 2014, 10:24PM

Congratulations to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai on winning the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

Dropped anti-abortion bill must usher in protection of women’s rights in Spain

24 September 2014, 09:19PM

The abandoning of a draconian anti-abortion bill that threatened the health, dignity and lives of women and girls in Spain is a step in a positive direction, Amnesty International said.

Chad: Proposed anti-gay law will fuel homophobia

23 September 2014, 10:48PM

A draft Bill in Chad would criminalise same sex conduct, threatening jail sentences of between 15 and 20 years, and a fine of between CFA francs 50,000 to 500,000 ($100 and $1000.)

Ireland’s new abortion guidelines endanger the lives and rights of women and girls

19 September 2014, 11:15PM

Ireland’s latest guidelines on abortion are mere window-dressing that will confuse health professionals and endanger women’s lives and rights, said Amnesty International.

Pakistan: Malala arrests must help protect human rights defenders

12 September 2014, 10:24PM

Today’s arrest of the suspects in the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai offers an important opportunity for the authorities to address their poor record in protecting human rights defenders in Pakistan.

Uganda: Anti-Homosexuality Law struck down in step towards stopping discrimination

1 August 2014, 08:56PM

The striking-down of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act is a step towards stopping state-sponsored discrimination in its tracks, said Amnesty International.

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