The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women made a groundbreaking decision in favor of a Russian lesbian couple.
It was the first time the 23-member CEDAW committee accepted and decided a same-sex case in its more than 40-year history.
“Our sacrifice makes at least some sense,” O.N., 33, and D.P., 29, the Saint Petersburg lesbian couple who took Russia to task for refusing to recognize an attack they endured six years ago was a hate crime, wrote in an email interview. “It confirms our position that we were deprived of the opportunity to achieve justice and protection in our own country.”
The couple added that the decision was “important for us” and they are proud that “our case has become historic,” they wrote. The couple called it “one of the steps toward Russia without homophobia.”
The couple requested that only their initials be used for safety reasons.
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