Women's rights

Are these countries trying to roll back women's rights?

Poland intends to leave the Istanbul Convention on domestic violence, others may follow
Activists are voicing concern over a indications by several European countries that they will pull out of the Istanbul Convention - a treaty aiming to tackle domestic violence and protect women's rights. 

Poland this week began the process of withdrawing from the agreement. Protest marches have been taking place in the capital Warsaw and also in Turkey, where there is speculation the government has similar intentions.

Attempts to ratify the treaty in Hungary, Bulgaria and Latvia have been defeated and Russia has never signed it.

Writer and women's rights activist Elif Shafak told Newsday that it is no coincidence that countries with rising patriarchy are the one's in the spotlight.

(Photo: Women in Warsaw Poland's plan to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention. Credit: Getty Images)

Team Lioness: the women protecting Kenya's wildlife

"In my community they believe this physical job is only for men"
Meet Team Lioness: a group of female park rangers in Kenya who are just beginning to see family members for the first time in many months as Kenya eases its four month coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

The job of Team Lioness is to protect wildlife from poaching and trafficking in bushmeat - a task which became even tougher during the pandemic. 

Purity Lakara - one of the rangers in Amboseli National Park in the south of Kenya, described some of the risks involved in the job.

(Photo: Purity Lakara. Credit: Team Lioness)

Silence over detained Saudi women's rights campaigner

"We're... trying to advocate for her release and that's the price we're paying"
The Saudi women’s activist, Loujain Al-Hathloul, was one of the most prominent campaigners for women's right to drive in the kingdom. But in May 2018, just before that driving ban was lifted, she was arrested and has been detained ever since.  Her family say she has been tortured and there have been calls from around the globe for her release - including from senior politicians in the US and  the UK. 

She was previously allowed to talk to her family by phone once a week, but for the past six weeks there's been nothing and her on-and-off trial has been delayed again.

Her brother, Waleed al-Hathloul, says he believes the authorities are trying to punish the family for their vocal criticism of her treatment:

"We're speaking out and trying to advocate for her release and that's the price we're paying"

(Photo: AFP Photo/ Twitter account of Loujain Al-Hathloul)