YourTerm FEM

Helping to raise awareness of women’s rights through appropriate terminology

Gender equality is a global issue that should be of worldwide interest. Although a lot has been done so far, there is still some way to go to achieve full equality of rights and opportunities between women and men. In order to make it possible, it is fundamental that people raise awareness of the problem and have the right means to talk about it. 

YourTerm FEM focuses on a range of women’s right-related issues and contributes to talk about gender equality by providing a broad audience, including health professionals, researchers, policymakers, humanitarian workers, legal sector workers and ordinary citizens, with an accurate multilingual terminology.

Practically, this project aims to create a multilingual terminological database containing concepts that are crucial to address women’s right issues, such as domestic violence, sexual violence, gender-based discrimination, economic justice, pay equity, women’s health, reproductive and justice rights, women’s representation in the media and global feminist issues.


YourTerm FEM: Framing Women’s Rights


Find and use the relevant terminology resources.


Consult the concepts and terms of the ongoing project and connect with the partners in the project.



FGM: International Day of Zero Tolerance

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International Women’s Day: history, myths and traditions

March 8th is, since 1921, the day to remember the social, political and economic struggles of women all around the world. Where does this celebration come from and why is it celebrated on this day? The first Women’s Day was celebrated on February 28, 1909, in New...

The IATE Term of the week is “CEDAW – Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women”

This week we have chosen “CEDAW – Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women” since today it is the International Women’s Day. This event reminds us of the remarkable goals achieved by women in the last century and their current...

IATE Term of the Week: Beijing Declaration

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The etymology of “woman” in different languages

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Interpreting in gender violence settings: the SOS-VICS project

One in three women in the European Union has suffered a form of gender-based violence (FRA 2014). The Speak for Support (SOS-VICS) project, led by the University of Vigo, Spain, was a project cofunded by DG Justice to research how to improve communication between...

IATE Term of the Week: Gender Employment Gap

One of the common values that unites the European Union is that of equal opportunities: all citizens should have the same possibility to improve their lives and participate in the labour market regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. Inspired...

IATE Term of the week: Gender Parity Index

Tomorrow (11th February) the entire world is celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Although over the past 15 years the global community has put a special effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science, there is still a long way...

YourTerm FEM: Framing Women’s Rights

This is the second article in a series of articles on the latest developments in Terminology without Borders, which has its origins in YourTerm MED. This was the initial project on medical terminology to be set up in cooperation with Translators without Borders (TWB)...


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