'Changing the labour law for maternity leave in Kenya with HeRWAI' 

Fida Kenya worked on maternity leave provision in the labour law. As a result of their analysis they concluded that the provisions resulted in discrimination between groups of women, since they gave the right to maternity leave to women working in some sectors, but not in others (e.g. the army and the parliament), and also between women and men, because women had to forego their right to annual leave if they took maternity leave. After a lengthy lobbying process – slowed-down considerably by the political unrest in 2007/2008 – during which Fida joined hands with the labour unions and other NGOs, the law was changed according to their recommendations that came out of the HeRWAI analysis. The analysis was done in the testing phase of HeRWAI 2005. The actual result was achieved in 2008. 

An overview of results can be found here.

More examples of HeRWAI cases can be found at our Resource Center.

'Arbitrary arrest and detainment of sex workers in the UK research with RighTGuide'

X:talk, a London based sex worker-led co-operative, used the RighT guide to examine the impact of the UK anti-trafficking policy (ATP). Ava Caradonna, sex worker and spokeswoman for x:talk, at the presentation of the outcomes of their study: “What the x:talk report has highlighted is that, rather than assisting and supporting trafficked people, anti-trafficking policies have been most effective at putting the safety, health and even the lives of sex workers at risk.

Their findings show that anti-trafficking laws have been applied in the UK to arbitrarily arrest and detain sex workers and others working in the sex industry, while failing to protect the rights of trafficked people, particularly in other sectors than the sex sector. The report ‘Human Rights, Sex Work and the Challenge of Trafficking. A human rights impact assessment of anti-trafficking laws in the UK’ describes how the implementation of the anti-trafficking policy has resulted in an increase in arrests and convictions for prostitution and immigration crimes and contributed to a climate of fear among migrant sex workers, leaving them more vulnerable to exploitation and rights abuses. Sex workers are more likely to be displaced from places of work, and service providers are finding it harder to find sex workers and maintain services to them. Problems with the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) leave those trafficked into non-sexual labour at risk of being classified as ‘illegal’ immigrants, rather than as victims of crime, and more vulnerable to arrest and detainment in contravention of their rights. Mechanisms guaranteeing the return of property to trafficked people or compensation for crimes committed against them are lacking.

The full report can be downloaded here

'DOVA used for the preparation of an Inquiry into CEDAW Committee'

A team of South African NGO´s have used DOVA’s step by step questions, to help them prepare their recently submitted request for an Inquiry to the committee of the Convention of the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, CEDAW. In the request, they make the case that women in South Africa are experiencing grave and systematic violations of their Human Rights because of the extremely high levels of Domestic Violence. The research shows that although the South African state has put mechanisms in place to address Violence Against Women, including Domestic Violence, little has changed in practice. Their evidence strongly indicates, that the South African state actors fail to adhere to due diligence standards, so do not live up to their Human Rights obligations. By submitting the Inquiry request, the CEDAW committee is invited to come to South Africa to see what is happening and to guide and assist South Africa in finding approaches that do help to stop the violence and to make South Africa live up to the commitments they made.

A copy of the inquiry request can be found here



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