January 13, 2012
The International Women’s Human Rights Clinic and the Center for Reproductive Rights jointly submitted a report to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on issues related to the status of women’s reproductive rights in the Philippines. The paper reports on the efforts of the Philippine Government to adopt public health laws that ensure women’s rights. It finds that some specific laws, including a nationwide criminal ban on abortion without any clear exceptions and restrictions on contraceptive information, “constitute an ongoing and immediate threat to women’s life, reproductive health, and rights.”
The IWHR Clinic — along with MADRE, the Commission of Women Victims for Victims (KOFAVIV), the Global Justice Clinic at NYU School of Law (GJC), and the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies at UC Hastings College of the Law (CGRS) — also co-authored a report detailing the sexual exploitation women and girls in Haiti have experienced since an earthquake devastated the country in 2010.
The report is based on interviews with Haitian women and girls. It identifies the causes and consequences of sexual exploitation in Haiti and provides recommendations on developing more effective responses.
The IWHR Clinic submitted a joint report on women’s rights violations in Guatemala to the United Nations Human Rights Committee. The report states that violence and discrimination against women in Guatemala is “rampant” and highlights specific areas of concern including femicide, violence and political discrimination against indigenous women, violence against women in prisons, and human rights violations within the maquilas or sweatshops.
CUNY Law’s IWHR Clinic is widely recognized for its expertise and contributions to gender jurisprudence and practice of human rights. With domestic or international partners, the clinic engages international and regional human rights and other law- and policy-making institutions to redefine and implement human rights to stop gender and sexualized violence, and to advance reproductive and sexual rights, economic and social rights, and women’s participation generally.