Gender and sexuality

The enjoyment of the dual rights of freedom of expression and freedom of information differs considerably for individuals based upon their sex, sexuality and gender identity. A person’s ability—or inability—to speak freely, participate in public debate, report the news safely and securely, access information, and harness digital technologies is often contingent upon whether or not their sex, sexuality and gender fits within societal conventions, and whether or not their identity grants them access to power. Across the world, research and trends show that being female, or identifying as a woman or LGBTQI person, results in a greater likelihood of poverty, oppression, and exclusion, from spheres of public interaction and decision-making. Women and LGBTQI persons face at times almost insurmountable barriers, including stigmatization, sexual harassment, bans on solidarity and pride marches, criminalisation for wearing certain types of clothing, and physical and sexual violence. These are but a few examples of what is an acute and enduring global problem – one that has a tendency to be invisible, or when acknowledged lack long-term meaningful solutions. In order to fully and meaningfully promote and defend the universality of freedom of expression and freedom of information, violations including censorship, threats, and attacks must be understood through the eyes and experiences of women and LGBTQI persons, and the specific and unique threats that women and LGBTQI people face in expressing themselves must be addressed.

Malaysia: End harassment of critic of government’s stance on LGBTQ+ issues
06.08.2020 3 min read

Malaysia: End harassment of critic of government’s stance on LGBTQ+ issues

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HRC44: Action needed on violence against women journalists
07.07.2020 6 min read

HRC44: Action needed on violence against women journalists

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ARTICLE 19 pays tribute to Queer Egyptian activist Sarah Hegazy
25.06.2020 7 min read

ARTICLE 19 pays tribute to Queer Egyptian activist Sarah Hegazy

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Iran: Policing women on social media
22.05.2020 6 min read

Iran: Policing women on social media

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HRC43: Oral statement during Item 3 General Debate
06.03.2020 2 min read

HRC43: Oral statement during Item 3 General Debate

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HRC43: Secretary General launches session with call to action
25.02.2020 12 min read

HRC43: Secretary General launches session with call to action

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BLOG: Michelle Ferrier, PhD: Tackling online violence and abuse against women journalists: what media houses can do
20.02.2020 7 min read

BLOG: Michelle Ferrier, PhD: Tackling online violence and abuse against women journalists: what media houses can do

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Facebook must be more transparent and accountable over harmful content takedowns
21.01.2020 4 min read

Facebook must be more transparent and accountable over harmful content takedowns

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UN: Commitments on paper to protect journalists not enough
16.01.2020 11 min read

UN: Commitments on paper to protect journalists not enough

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