UK sanctions ‘global violators of women’s rights’

British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly walks on Downing Street in London, Britain, March 7, 2023. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Britain on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, announced a package of sanctions against what they described as ‘global violators of women’s rights’ based in Iran, Syria, the Central African Republic and South Sudan.

“These sanctions send a clear message that the perpetrators of abhorrent gender-based violence must be held accountable,” foreign minister James Cleverly said in an emailed statement.

“We are increasing our efforts to stand up for women and girls, and will use all the tools at our disposal to tackle the inequalities which remain.”

The sanctions came alongside the publication of the government’s ‘Women and Girls Strategy’ setting out their plans to tackle gender inequality worldwide.