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Commission on the Status of Women

At the UN, 'Disappointment and Cautious Optimism' About LBTI Rights

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D.

The distinct human rights concerns of such "multiply marginalized" LBTI (lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex) people were outlined in a Statement in Reaction to Political Statement of the 59th Commission on the Status of Women that was signed by more than 50 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and activists.

On Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: An Interview with UN Women's Lakshmi Puri

ZP Heller | Posted 07.01.2013 | World
ZP Heller

Puri has been a force in elevating UN Women's prominence over the last couple years. Talking to Puri gives one the deep sense of the interconnectedness that UN Women prioritizes in advancing gender equality and women's empowerment.

Rape Is Rape

Kate Muwoki | Posted 06.02.2013 | World
Kate Muwoki

While homophobic and transphobic sentiments seek to minimize the gravity of rape of LGBT people, the fact remains -- rape is rape. And, thanks to the work of women's and LGBT civil society organizations in South Africa, this violence is increasingly being exposed and denounced.