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The Globe’s Fight for Equal Rights

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This post focuses on the steps taken towards gender equality in the past couple of years to recognize and honor strong equal rights advocates around the world. 

Argentina

Ni Una Meno’s feminist movement against violence towards women has spread throughout the nation.

Brazil

Marielle Franco—an Afro-Brazilian politician and LBTQI activist—was murdered in an attack but pushed the country towards reforms.

Canada

Implemented their feminist philanthropy project in 2017 and pledged more than $300 million to fund gender equality globally.

Chile

Countless protests have decriminalized abortion.

East Africa

Launch of the Young Women’s Leadership Initiative to bring girls and mentors from Kenya and Tanzania to work together to promote change and equality in their communities.

Egypt

Mozn Hasan founded Egyptian women’s human rights organization Nazra. In fact, Mozn Hassan accepted the 2016 Right Livelihood Award 

Guatemala 

The first successful prosecution of two former members of the military for sexual violence committed during Guatemala’s military conflict

Ireland

Protests have decriminalized abortion, and former president Mary Robinson discussed grassroots women’s response to climate change.

Nigeria

In 2016, 21 of the 200 girls kidnapped from their school by the extremist group Boko Haram were released and returned home due to the pressure from women’s groups. 

Pakistan

The government will implement separate hospital wards for the transgender community for their protection.

Saudi Arabia

Made it legal for women to drive and attend soccer games

Syria

UN Special Envoy for Syria established the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board who push for democratization and the protection of rights. 

Ukraine

Katerina Gandzyuk was murdered by far-right extremists for defending women’s rights.

Uruguay

The first conviction for femicide since it became a crime in October 2017.

This is NOT an exhaustive list. Only some of the highlights!

Sources 

https://www.insider.com/wins-accomplishments-women-2018-11https://www.globalfundforwomen.org/10-best-moments-for-womens-rights-2016/ https://www.globalfundforwomen.org/10-best-moments-for-womens-rights-2016/

Ariel Zhou

Ariel is a student at Vestavia Hills High School and a member of the Springboarders program.

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