Philippa H. Stewart, Human Rights Watch

Philippa H. Stewart

Human Rights Watch

United Kingdom

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Past articles by Philippa:

Interview: Cut Down on the Cusp of Glory

After training for hours on end, year after year, some women athletes – particularly those competing on the world stage – are getting their careers and successes ripped away because of “sex testing,” practices, which are invasive and medically unnecessary procedures based on disputed science that dictates what “natural” testosterone levels can be for women, and the role it plays in performance. → Read More

Stories of South Africa’s Powerful Women Doing Extraordinary Things

On August 9, 1956, 20,000 women of all races marched through the streets of Pretoria, South Africa in defiance of apartheid. For South Africa’s black women in particular, the struggle for equality extended well beyond the end of apartheid in the 1990s. → Read More

Witness: Beaten, Electrocuted, Tortured – Life for Boys in Egypt’s Prisons

Children as young as 12 have been tortured in Egypt’s prisons. Horrific accounts of what happened to them include being suspended from ceilings until their shoulders dislocate, beaten repeatedly, electrocuted, and forced into stress positions. → Read More

UK LGBT Hate Crimes Stats Make Shocking Reading

New hate crimes data for the United Kingdom shows a shocking number of incidents targeting LGBT people. → Read More

The Kids Are All Right, but the Planet Isn’t

The children we spoke to knew that the rights of millions of other children they had never met were at risk because of climate change and government inaction. → Read More

Interview: Playing in Poisoned Dust

Thousands of children in Kabwe, Zambia, risk lead poisoning just by playing outside because the earth and dust are so contaminated. → Read More

Interview: Protecting All Workers, Everywhere

In a massive leap forward for workers everywhere, the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted a new treaty protecting people from violence and harassment at work. → Read More

Interview: Behind the Internet’s ‘Quiet Revolution’

Eliot Higgins went from working alone in an empty office to creating a digital investigative group that has revolutionized information gathering – Bellingcat – because he wanted to win an argument on the internet. → Read More

Russia’s Film Distributor Censors Gay Scenes Out of Rocketman

While shocking, it’s not terribly surprising that the homosexuality has been diluted from a film about one of the world’s most iconic gay men because of the Russian government’s desire to marginalize and demonize the LGBT community. → Read More

Interview: Keeping Armies out of Schools

During times of war around the world, students, teachers, and schools have frequently come under attack from armies and armed groups. → Read More

Witness: Abused in Class for Being Sick

Physical abuse of students is widespread in Lebanon, despite it being illegal since the 1970s. “Fadi” was had Leukemia, and instead of helping him school staff berated him, hurling verbal insults and physically abusing the young boy. → Read More

UK Schools Should Do Right by LGBT Students

Debate is growing in the UK over schools teaching children about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender identities and relationships. → Read More

A Bleak 24 Hours for Women’s Rights in the US

Five different US states this week moved anti-abortion bills up the legislative food chain, in what seems to be yet another attack on women’s reproductive rights. → Read More

Interview: Killing in the Name of Cows

Vigilante groups in India are beating up and sometimes killing people they suspect of slaughtering cows. Research consultant Jayshree Bajoria speaks to Philippa Stewart about the violence blighting the country. → Read More

The BBC is Failing Women on Abortion

People heading to BBC Action Line for information about accessing safe abortion following the death of a character in Call the Midwife – a television drama set in the 1950s which also airs in the US – couldn’t find anything. → Read More

Witness: Supporting Women’s Rights in Poland Could End Your Career

Ewa Wnorowska has dedicated her life to helping students at a school for children with disabilities in Poland and then a photograph threw her life into turmoil. → Read More

Interview: The Law Damaging Russia's LGBT Children

Human Rights Watch interviewed LGBT children in Russia about the law’s devastating effect on their lives. Researcher Kyle Knight spoke with Philippa Stewart about his new report and how Russia can help protect its LGBT youth from further harm. → Read More

Interview: Giving a Green Light to Abuse in Russia

Domestic violence was already pervasive in Russia. Then in February 2017, parliament decriminalized first instances of battery among family members. Some took this as confirmation that beating their wives is acceptable. → Read More

The Courage of Women in Mauritania

Rape survivors in Mauritania have nowhere to turn to get help from the government. → Read More

US: Harmful Surgery on Intersex Children

[[nid:307053 field_ne_alignment=center]] (Chicago, July 25, 2017) – Doctors in the United States continue to perform medically unnecessary surgeries that can inflict permanent harm on intersex children, Human Rights Watch and interACT said in a report released today. Despite decades of controversy over the procedures, doctors operate on children’s gonads, internal sex organs, and genitals when… → Read More