International Women’s Day Debate: The Backlash Against Women’s Rights

PoliticsInternational ♦ Published: March 2, 2016; 16:00 ♦ (Vindobona)

Women throughout the world continue to face discrimination, are denied equal access to participation in public and political life and suffer sexual and gender-based violence and abuse in public places and at home. International Women’s Day is annually held on March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. On March 8th the IWM library organizes a panel discussion called "The Backlash Against Women’s Rights".

Debate on International Women’s Day: The Backlash Against Women’s Rights / Picture: © Wikipedia / Public Domain

“Two decades after the adoption of a landmark global agreement on gender equality, a vicious backlash is threatening to strip women and girls of their rights”, said Amnesty International ahead of a major UN meeting in New York.

The aim of the discussion ‘The Backlash Against Women’s Rights’ is to highlight the rise in violence against women in current conflict zones…