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WIIS and the Embassy of Liechtenstein - Women's Rights & Gender Equality Under Threat

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Women and gender champions are facing unprecedented levels of violence and repression. Wars and authoritarian regimes are threatening Women, Peace and Security activists and survivors. In Afghanistan, the Taliban are threatening the human rights of women and children, while other authoritarian regimes are restricting civil spaces and social cohesion. Some governments have also used COVID-19 to restrict civil space and engage in increased levels of repression against civilian populations. Gender-based violence is rising alongside the highest increase in early/forced child marriage and child trafficking documented in over 25 years. Meanwhile, social safeguards to protect women and children from violence have weakened, including limiting access to social safe haven spaces. Now, more than ever, it is vital to examine these current, intersecting challenges. Women In International Security and the Embassy of Liechtenstein, Washington DC hosted a virtual policy roundtable discussion on, Wednesday September 22, 2021 at 12 pm EDT, where expert panelists will examine these issues and make recommendations for moving forward.