6 Victories for Women’s Rights in 2022.

Despite unprecedented reversals in gender equality this past year, women continue to lead movements to protect their rights globally. From Iranian protests to first-ever female political leaders, these are the important milestones of 2022.
By Erin Pedersen
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Background.

Despite unprecedented reversals in gender equality over the last 12 months, women continue to lead movements to protect their rights globally.

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Colombia's constitutional court voted to decriminalize abortion until 24 weeks of gestation, in Bogota
Women react after Colombia's constitutional court voted to decriminalize abortion until 24 weeks of gestation, in Bogota, Colombia. February 21, 2022. Source: REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez.

Colombia Legalized Abortion.

The Iranian government In February, the country’s constitutional court decriminalized abortion during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Spain Created a Sexual Health Law.

In May, Spain’s parliament presented a bill that prioritized consent to prevent and protect against sexual violence and rape.

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Ukraine Ratified the Istanbul Convention.

In June, Ukrainian members of parliament voted to ratify the Istanbul Convention, the most far-reaching international treaty designed to tackle violence against women and domestic violence.

India Granted Abortion Access to All Women.

In September, India’s Supreme Court ruled that all women, regardless of marital status, have the right to safe and legal access to abortion during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy.

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Iranian Women Fought for Freedoms.

Since the untimely death of Mahsa (Zhina) Amini, who was arrested for “improperly” wearing her hijab, Iranian women and girls have been leading protests against the Iranian regime.

First Female Leaders.

Several countries made history in 2022 by electing or inaugurating their first-ever female political leaders, most notably Honduras and Hungary.

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“Today we send an international message of support to all women who are fighting for their sexual and reproductive rights.” – Irene Montero, Minister of Equality for Spain.”

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