Young People's Rights

U.N. Committee Calls on Bangladesh to End Child Marriage and Address Adolescent Health

(PRESS RELEASE) The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has called on the government of Bangladesh to take active measures to end child marriage and to improve access to adolescent friendly health services…

Texas Policy Harms Undocumented Women

Undocumented women in Texas often do not seek needed health care for fear of being stopped at checkpoints, while others are refused care due to their undocumented status…

Medical Panel in India Grants Legal Abortion to Pregnant 14-Year-Old Rape Survivor

(PRESS RELEASE) Four gynecologists informed the Supreme Court of India today that they determined a 14-year-old rape survivor, known as X, should receive a legal abortion…

Supreme Court of India Allows Medical Panel to Grant Legal Abortion to Pregnant 14-Year-Old Rape Survivor

(PRESS RELEASE) Four gynecologists will determine whether a pregnant 14-year-old rape survivor can obtain a legal abortion, according to a ruling today by a two-judge panel in the Supreme Court of India…

Fighting for Girlhood

At age 15, Gita should have been cramming for math tests and gossiping with friends. Instead, she was forced to leave her family and the school she attended in the midwestern hills of Nepal to marry a man eight years older…

U.N. Human Rights Council Passes Resolutions to End Violence Against Women and Child Marriage

(PRESS RELEASE) This week the U.N. Human Rights Council—principal body at the U.N…

African Union Commits to Ending Child, Early and Forced Marriage

(PRESS RELEASE) African nations this week pledged to eradicate child and forced marriage in the region at the African Union Summit, according to African Union Goodwill Ambassador to End Child Marriage Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda…

Violence against Women and Reproductive Rights in the Americas

The numerous forms of violence that are committed against women pose an obstacle to their individual development, violate their rights, and limit their freedoms…

Kenyan High Court: Education Sector Fails to Protect Students from Sexual Abuse

(PRESS RELEASE) The Teachers Service Commission (TSC)—the main teachers union in Kenya tasked with recruiting and employing teachers, and determining disciplinary actions—failed to protect students from sexual assault, according to a recent High Court of Kenya decision…

Our Work in Focus

The Monitoring Tool provides a means to monitor the implementation of specific State obligations in the field of reproductive rights…
In July 2011, the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) urged the governments of Nepal, Costa Rica, and Zambia to improve their record on reproductive rights…
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”…