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Human Rights and Covid-19

"It is essential that governments remain vigilant against racist, xenophobic or stigmatising acts, and provide wide access to unbiased information on the public health situation, availability of services, and the measures undertaken." -   Dunja Mijatović, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Coronavirus cases have been ramping up throughout the major parts of the world for the last two months. The virus has botched up every sphere of life.  Health systems of approximately all affected nations have been collapsed which are being exposed badly and unfit to provide the basic right to health to their citizens. No vaccine has been found yet to mitigate the effects of coronavirus for rapid recovery. Human Rights Watch is committed to reporting on the human rights dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic.Their research has identified 40 questions to guide a rights-respecting response to this crisis that addresses the needs of groups most at risk, includin

Gender Inequality in Brazil

What is Gender Inequality? Quoting the European Institute for Gender Equality, the definition of gender inequality is: "Legal, social and cultural situation in which sex and/or gender determine different rights and dignity for women and men, which are reflected in their unequal access to or enjoyment of rights, as well as the assumption of stereotyped social and cultural roles". This inequality might affect an individual's living experience, and while some differences are empirically grounded, others appear to be socially constructed.  Gender Inequality in Brazil The new report of the European Comission for the Latin America and Caribbean, published at the end of January, 2020, affirms that gender equality and women's autonomy should be the new model for the development and progress of the region.  This report, entitled "Women's autonomy in changing economic scenarios" highlights that "gender inequalities are an obstacle to

Violence against women and femicides in Brazil

On a Women's Right protest in Brazil, it reads, "Brazil 5º place on the femicide ranking" In the last decades, women have been fighting for their rights and it's notorious how, in many aspects, they have conquered a lot of battles and managed to amplify their rights and gain a voice. But the differences still persist and when it comes to Brazil, the number of cases of violence against women is the most touching aspect regarding gender inequality.  In 2019, 1.6 million of women were beaten or suffered strangulation attempt, while 22 million (37,1%) of brazilian women went through some kind of harassment. 42% of violence cases happened in the home environment and after suffering from any form of violence, 52% didn’t look for help or accused/filed a complaint against the aggressor, according to the NGO Brazilian Forum of Public Security. These statistics made the executive-director of the Forum, Samira Bueno, raise the question: is there any safe places in B

Refugees and the pandemic: Covid-19 Crisis

  “Refugee artisans and tailors in Kenya's #Kakuma camp have started to produce kitenge  masks to show their commitment and #solidarity as part of the society. These masks will soon provide additional protection to help prevent the spread of #COVID19” - ​Dra Fathiaa   Abdhalla ( via twitter) in the ​Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya  In March of 2016 after more than one million people – mostly refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war – crossed from the Turkish coast to Greece in the course of a year, and with that it was really important an agreement to be signed with The EU and Turkey. On 28 February of 2016, the Turkish government announced that It would no longer prevent asylum seekers and migrants from leaving Turkey, unleashing scenes of chaos and sending the Greek government scrambling to prevent people from crossing its borders."What did we do yesterday? We opened the doors," Erdoğan told the Turkish parliam