Special Feature Reports
The Global Legal Review team brings you in-depth analysis of women’s rights abuses from leading researchers in their respective fields.
Mi Cuerpo, Mis Derechos!
A Closer Look at El Salvador’s Discrimination Laws: Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights
The following analysis will seek to highlight the ongoing issues that hinder Salvadoran women’s opportunities to obtain sexual and reproductive rights, services and resources in El Salvador. It will emphasise the legal gaps that neglect women’s rights to choose or access particular services, with special attention to abortion, birth control and family planning methods. Through developed legislation, updated penal code and with respect to international obligations, El Salvador has the potential to fulfil its duties to protect its women’s sexual and reproductive rights
through appropriate change.
The Trafficking of Nigerian Women and Girls into Prostitution: A Case Study of Italy
In 2017, the number of Nigerian women who arrived in Italy from Libya almost doubled. According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), 80 per cent of the 11,009 Nigerian women who registered in Italy that year were the victims of trafficking. In 2015 this figure stood at 5,600 women and in 2014, 1,450. The IOM estimates 71 per cent of all migrants embarking on the journey to the Mediterranean become victims of trafficking. Pivotally, there are increasing numbers of unaccompanied minors making these perilous journeys and who end up on the streets. This situation raises the alarm that vast numbers of children are at risk of forced prostitution. According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Nigerian traffickers are exploiting the migration crisis in Europe to bring young girls to Libya and then across the Mediterranean to Italy. This paper focuses on the plight of Nigerian women and girls who are trafficked to Italy for sexual exploitation and forced into prostitution. My research details how they are recruited and the vulnerabilities traffickers prey on, as well as outlining the abuse the exploiters inflict while journeying to Italy. The paper concludes with the procedures in place to protect and assist women and girls to escape the cycle of abuse and exploitation experienced upon arrival in their destination country.
The Women’s Rights Movement and the Resistance against GBV in India
This report aims to give an overview on the women’s rights movement in India, starting from
the 20th century and the issue of intimate partner violence and gender-based violence. It aims
to point out weaknesses in the current legal system such as the lack of recognition of marital
rape as a crime and examines prevailing societal structures and factors which increase the
risk of violence occurring in the first place. It aims to stress an inclusive and comprehensive
approach to the problem of gender-based violence and point out possible areas for action.