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Amnesty International and women’s rights


Women’s rights are human rights, says Amnesty International UK.

Rights group Amnesty International (AI) runs a Women’s Human Rights programme, to champion the rights of women and girls and hold governments accountable for ending discrimination and inequality.

It focuses on women, peace and security; women human rights defenders; sexual and reproductive rights and violence against women.

And you can help, and make a real impact, right now, by writing emails supporting women Amnesty International is supporting.

With just a few minutes of your time you can apply pressure to the world’s governments to end human rights violations across the globe.

Please do.

One current campaign is to help two Indigenous women, Inés Fernández Ortega and Valentina Rosendo Cantú, who were raped by Mexican soldiers in separate attacks in 2002. They reported their ordeals, but their cases were dealt with by military courts with a poor record in tackling abuse of civilians by soldiers.

So the women appealed to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

The government eventually admitted responsibility for the rape and abuse of Inés and Valentina, in March 2012 and December 2011 respectively, and began to fulfil its obligations to the women.

But the perpetrators are yet to be brought to justice, and many other steps demanded in the Inter-American rulings have not been dealt with.

Monday 1 October marks two years since the Inter-American Court published its judgements.

On 1 December Mexican President Felipe Calderón will hand over power to his successor. Amnesty International is urging him to take crucial steps in order to comply with the judgements before leaving office.

Please help urge President Calderon to comply with the judgements of the Inter-American Court in full before he leaves office.

For details of how to help, click here.

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