The US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs Wade is an act of violence against women and girls, which will serve to limit women’s access to education and employment, their freedom of movement, their economic well being, their voice in civic and political life, and their autonomy over their own bodies.

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The global humanitarian community is failing to meet the needs of women and girls displaced by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and adequately support women- and girl-led organizations on the frontlines of the emergency response, according to a new, seven-part regional assessment from VOICE, in partnership with HIAS. The reports were developed by VOICE’s 10-member assessment team, who spent four weeks speaking to women’s rights organizations, frontline workers, local NGOs, government workers, United Nations agency actors, and internally displaced and refugee populations

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Statistics tell us that women do almost 80% of unpaid care work in the world. Most women have less/little access to and control over resources, hold few positions of power, and have little if any control over decisions that affect their lives. For these women, establishing self-care as a right will do little to change their lived realities. We need to ask: who and what will make it possible for women to challenge everyday norms and expectations by taking care of themselves? What makes it possible for women to prioritize their wellbeing in the way that we are advocating is not ‘nice to have,’ but absolutely essential to their physical, mental and emotional health?

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By Tarangee Mutucumarana, Attorney at Law and Barrister at Law of England and Wales, practicing in Sri Lanka. | Access to justice for victim-survivors of sexual violence globally is restricted by various social, cultural, structural barriers and legal complexities which can be better addressed through a keen analysis of the gatekeepers of law enforcement; the police force.

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Elizabeth Dartnall, Executive Director, the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), and Emma Fulu, Founder and Executive Director, The Equality Institute (EQI), on embracing the wisdom of the crowd and challenging the way we prioritise and fund research on violence against women.

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