One in three women have suffered physical or sexual violence. With contributions from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, we look at how this shadow pandemic affects every corner of the world.
The United States says yes to same-sex marriage: the world celebrates equal rights
On the 26th of June the Supreme Court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage in all 50 states. The landmark decision triggered jubilation all over the world.
In the United States is no longer possible do adopt laws to ban same-sex marriage. This is what the American Supreme Court has ruled on Friday 26 June by 5 votes to 4. Before the ruling, 37 states, plus the District of Columbia, already adopted same-sex marriages, but now no state is allowed to not celebrate or recognize them.
The Obama administration embraced the ruling with a real explosion of joy, and the President Barack Obama held a speech on the importance of equal rights, starting from the possibility of getting married. Moreover, he launched the hashtag #LoveWins that has quickly become popular all over the world. Numerous both organised and spontaneous demonstrations took place globally. In fact, the 28th of June is a symbolic date for the LGBT world, and the gay pride is celebrated in different cities of the world, from Milan to New York, Manila, and London. In Milan some 100,000 people participated to the Milano Pride, to fight prejudices and say YES to love. The slogan they used was spot on: “Rights feed the planet”, recalling the Expo Milano 2015 motto “Feeding the planet. Energy for life”.
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The Istanbul Convention against gender-based and domestic violence marks its tenth anniversary. We look at what it is, who its signatories are, and what the future might hold.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen reminded us of the gravity of violence against women around the world, and of the Istanbul Convention’s utmost importance.
President Erdoğan has pulled Turkey out of the Istanbul Convention, key in the fight against gender violence, claiming that it favours the LGBT community rather than family values.
Violence against women in Peru has increased as a result of Covid-19 lockdowns as they have been confined to abusive households.
The family of Joys Estefani Qqueccaño, a disappeared woman in Peru, struggle to find her.
Costa Rica celebrated its first same-sex marriage when two women, Alexandra Quiros and Dunia Araya, celebrated their wedding: an “extraordinary moment”.
The pandemic and its restrictions are affecting everyone, without exceptions. However factors like housing, income inequalities, gender, access to technology and working conditions are influencing how people experience the health crisis.
Time magazine’s 100 Women of the Year project sheds light on influential women’s stories, from Amelia Earhart to Greta Thunberg. A selection of some of the greats for International Women’s Day.