Significant opposition to a UN resolution to protect women HRDs raises questions about how to balance local contexts and values with universal human rights, as well as remind us of the very real risks that these women face every day.
“Whether [President Banda] will be able to overcome centuries of entrenched homophobia and help Malawi become one of the few African countries without anti-gay laws remains to be seen, but her political savvy and credentials in the women’s rights movement make her a fairly strong candidate.”
Last week the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission hosted their annual “Celebration of Courage” Gala and I was there (and accidentally chatted with Judith Butler!).
“I mean, we would not have violence against women or any issues of women’s rights on the agenda if we had waited for the human rights boys to say it was time.”
Argentina, Chile and Cuba all made strides in LGBT rights last week! What a wonderful world we live in!
Because supporting gay pride is very much like burning the Koran, somehow?
“To push for peace is ultimately a personal sacrifice, for leadership is not easy. It is born of a passion, and it is a commitment.”
With a new prime minister who supports gay rights, maybe Jamaica will finally see equality.
“All people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, are entitled to enjoy the protections provided for by international human rights law.”
Candace Gingrich-Jones on Rachel Maddow = Pure Bliss.
In Nabagesera’s words, “the struggle for human rights is one struggle and no human rights defender should be left to do this work alone. Courage is our virtue, and freedom is our goal.”