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 characteristics, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. 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 characteristics, sexual orientation and gender fits within societal expectations, and whether or not their perceived identity grants them access to power. Across the world, research and trends show that sexual and/or gender minority individuals have greater likelihood of poverty, oppression, and exclusion, including from spheres of public interaction and decision-making. Sexual and gender minorities 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, systemic oppression and violations including censorship, threats, and attacks must be understood through the eyes and experiences of sexual and gender minorities. The specific and unique threats they face in expressing themselves must be addressed.

International: End gender-based violence and intimidation against female human rights defenders
02.12.2021 3 min read

International: End gender-based violence and intimidation against female human rights defenders

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International: 16 days of activism against gender-based violence
25.11.2021 5 min read

International: 16 days of activism against gender-based violence

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International: End impunity for crimes against journalists
02.11.2021 11 min read

International: End impunity for crimes against journalists

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Italy: Rights under attack as Senate rejects anti-discrimination Bill
28.10.2021 4 min read

Italy: Rights under attack as Senate rejects anti-discrimination Bill

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Ghana: Government must reject anti-LGBTQI Bill
27.10.2021 5 min read

Ghana: Government must reject anti-LGBTQI Bill

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Online harassment against women journalists in the Iranian diaspora
19.10.2021 12 min read

Online harassment against women journalists in the Iranian diaspora

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Afghanistan: We stand in solidarity with citizens, journalists and civil society
17.08.2021 4 min read

Afghanistan: We stand in solidarity with citizens, journalists and civil society

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Brazil: Targets for gaps in education, environment and equality not being met
15.07.2021 5 min read

Brazil: Targets for gaps in education, environment and equality not being met

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Digital Rights: Building Stronger Communities
07.07.2021 4 min read

Digital Rights: Building Stronger Communities

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