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.

Event: Tackling online harassment and abuse against women journalists
30.03.2021 3 min read

Event: Tackling online harassment and abuse against women journalists

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Iran: Joint Letter – Call for the Renewal of the Mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran
12.03.2021 13 min read

Iran: Joint Letter – Call for the Renewal of the Mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran

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HRC46: Grave human rights violations in Iran
09.03.2021 2 min read

HRC46: Grave human rights violations in Iran

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ARTICLE 19 commits to gender parity in leadership positions
08.03.2021 2 min read

ARTICLE 19 commits to gender parity in leadership positions

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HRC46: Counter-terrorism and gender
04.03.2021 2 min read

HRC46: Counter-terrorism and gender

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Malaysia: Abandon criminalisation of LGBTQI community

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Governments must protect women victims of violence
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Governments must protect women victims of violence

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Free expression and the Internet are key to combating violence against women

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HRC45: New UN resolution on the safety of journalists
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HRC45: New UN resolution on the safety of journalists

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