Marianne Mollmann
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Marianne Mollmann is Director of Programs at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission in New York City. Ms. Mollmann previously was a senior policy advisor with Amnesty International's International Secretariat in London where she focused on freedom of expression and sexual rights issues, and a women's rights researcher and advocate with Human Rights Watch in New York. Ms. Mollmann specializes in sexual rights, reproductive rights, women in conflict, economic rights, and anti-discrimination.

Ms. Mollmann has lived and worked in several countries and continents. She is the former co-coordinator of the Women's Working Group of the International Network for Economic Social and Cultural Rights and the former executive director of the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA). Ms. Mollmann holds an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from Essex University and speaks fluent Spanish, French, and Danish.

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Todos Merecemos Justicia

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 12:21 PM

No tienes que ser un activista por los derechos humanos para saber que ser lesbiana, gay, bisexual o transexual puede hacer que te maten en, prácticamente, cualquier lugar del mundo.

Tristemente podemos citar numerosos ejemplos: el asesinato en el 2012 del activista por los derechos LGBT

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We All Deserve Justice

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 5:50 PM

You don't have to be a human rights activist to know that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trans can get you killed pretty much anywhere.

Tragically, we can cite numerous examples: the 2012 assassination of LGBT activist Erick Alexander Martinez Avila in Honduras; the brutal...

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We Are All As Blind To Racism As Men Are To Street Harassment

(3) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 4:09 PM

These past days, a video tracking an actress walking through selected New York City neighborhoods has gone semi-viral. The video depicts the many (many) times the actress is accosted, harassed and even stalked by men, and was commissioned and produced by the anti-street harassment organization Hollaback!

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We Are All Equal; And When We Are Not, It's Time to Step Up

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 4:06 PM

On June 10, the UN Human Rights Council started a three-week session, where -- rumor has it -- a new resolution addressing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity might be discussed.

Here's how that development is simultaneously timely and late.

On June 5, the General...

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Enough With the Bathrooms: Stigma, Stereotypes and Barriers to Trans Equality

(17) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 12:18 PM

Recently, attempts to effectively implement the right to non-discrimination for trans people in the United States has been met with fear-mongering about inappropriate use of public bathrooms.

In Maryland, a lawmaker reportedly expressed concerns that predators and pedophiles might enter women's bathrooms if that state passes a...

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Dress Codes and Other Sorry Excuses for Policing Identity

(12) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 1:38 PM

Last month, the fifth grade parent group at my daughter's school had the first of many conversations about how to mark our children's transition to junior high. Unfortunately, the issue we discussed -- whether the kids would be wearing caps and gowns at the end-of-year celebration -- sidelined a much...

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Why Is El Salvador Letting a Woman Die?

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 6:30 PM

This past month, the world has been watching a 22-year-old pregnant woman in El Salvador die, little by little. I want to say it is like watching an accident happen in slow motion, but this situation is no accident. El Salvador's government is deliberately denying lifesaving treatment to...

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When Health Care Providers Refuse Care, Whose Rights Are at Stake?

(37) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 3:09 PM

Recently, an appeals court in Scotland ruled that a wide range of service providers have a right to object to helping with the provision of abortions, even if the care they provide is not directly related to the termination of a pregnancy. In the original ruling, last year,...

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Women Wake Up Grumpier? Look Around and You'll See Why

(6) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 7:53 PM

This week, Duke University published a new study, which found that women wake up grumpier than men. The study's authors attribute the additional grumpiness to women needing more sleep than men. Me? I think there is just a lot to be grumpy about lately.

First, the

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Ending Violence Against Women Shouldn't Be Controversial -- But it Is

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 3:26 PM

Each year around March 8 (International Women's Day), representatives of world governments come together to draw up a statement that is supposed to communicate the notion that women and men are equal. This has been a key tenet of international relations since the signing of the United Nations Charter in...

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How Do You Prove That Discrimination No Longer Exists?

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 1:19 PM

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives finally passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which reauthorizes funding for the fight against domestic violence in the United States. The bill passed after a prolonged partisan fight over specific protections for Native-American women and lesbian, bisexual, and trans women....

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TV Recognizes Modern Families, So Why Won't Governments?

(6) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 1:20 PM

I don't watch Modern Family, the primetime sitcom depicting "non-traditional" (e.g., same-sex, interracial and inter-generational) couples. Still, I'm struck by how fast family realities change and how slowly laws and societal perceptions about what's "right" reflect those changes.

The couples depicted in Modern Family were surely seen by society at...

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The Death Penalty, Life Imprisonment, and Other Punitive Measures: What's the Point?

(50) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 11:14 AM

If you ask children what the purpose of a punishment is, most will say "to learn your lesson." This is why life imprisonment and the death penalty don't make much sense to them. Yet in the United States alone, 140,000 people are currently serving life sentences, and 41,000...

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Trans Inclusion: Trust, Verify, Eduate

(4) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 8:18 PM

Earlier this month the punditsphere erupted in vicious back-and-forths over the (lack of) space for trans women in mainstream feminism and how to talk about transgender people to begin with.

The comment that led to the storm has since been described by its author, Suzanne Moore, as a

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What We Can Learn About Privacy From Jodie Foster and Steubenville

(24) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 8:40 PM

Last week Jodie Foster received a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes and accepted it by thanking her loved ones and sharing her dislike of intrusions of privacy. Since then she has been subject to much criticism, ranging from swipes at her continued friendship with...

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The Human Rights of Domestic Workers Must Be Recognized

(2) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 3:17 PM

Wednesday morning last week, news broke that Saudi Arabia's authorities had gone ahead with the public beheading of Rizana Nafeek, a young woman accused of killing a baby in her care in 2005 when she was 17 years old. Nafeek insisted the baby had died in...

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Violence Still Prevalent Despite Progress on LGBTI Rights in Latin America

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 8:19 PM

As 2012 came to a close, Sao Paolo joined the jurisdictions that allow same-sex marriage. The joy this news elicited is absolutely warranted. However, it may cover up the fact that equal marriage rights do not mean the end to hostility against those who aren't straight.

Arguably nowhere...

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Myths About Homosexuality Fuel Uganda's 'Kill the Gays' Bill

(44) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 7:27 PM

This week, as we are waiting for the Ugandan parliament to debate whether or not homosexuality should be punishable by death (or at the very least life in jail), it might be helpful to review what could make anyone reach such a murderous conclusion. The short answer is...

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Marriage and Privilege: The Larger Questions of DOMA

(16) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 5:45 PM

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court judges were expected to announce which, if any, cases related to gay rights they would review. At stake are not only the right to marry and federal recognition of marriage-related financial benefits for same-sex couples who are already married. The cases before the...

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Combating Discrimination: The Good News, Sort of

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 3:45 PM

It's that time of year again: Turkeys get pardoned or, more frequently, eaten. Malls get raided. Football gets ignored. Meanwhile, life goes on. And while it is easy to be cynical and disheartened by global news in light of so much hostility and inhumanity, for those of us living in...

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