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History shows that all-boy classrooms might actually benefit girls

May 31, 2011

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May 31, 2011In recent years, the apparent decline in boys’ academic success rates has troubled politicians, researchers, and educators. It has been described as an educational crisis and a failure of the traditional school setting. The decline has spurred scores of potential solutions to the problem, including the adoption of same-sex classrooms as a way […]

Talking about the taboo: Women’s menstrual practices and sanitation in Africa

May 29, 2011

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May 28, 2011University of Maryland researcher Vivian Hoffmann has studied poverty, migration, and economic development in Africa and elsewhere, and she has first-hand experience with issues facing women in the developing world. Now, through a $1.3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she will lead a team of researchers in a project […]

Kandahar women risk paying the ultimate price in pursuit of higher learning

May 29, 2011

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By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The Canadian-funded textbooks and computers aren’t overly expensive — certainly not compared to the price Afghan women risk having to pay for using them. The sort of mundane learning most westerners have long taken for granted carries a persistent and very real threat for female students […]

Families sue Ugandan government over women’s deaths in childbirth

May 29, 2011

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The families of two women who died following obstructed labour begin an historic legal action today, in a bid to force the Ugandan government to tackle the shortages of doctors and midwives, drug stock-outs and absence of emergency transport that kill 16 women a day. Pregnant women wait to enter the maternity ward of the […]

Our Bodies, Their Battleground

May 28, 2011

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Our bodies, their battleground IRIN | Film | Gender Issues | Our Bodies, Their Battleground

Female Saudi doctor appeals to top court for right to choose a husband

May 28, 2011

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A Saudi man walks past women in a crafts tent at a fair in Riyadh. Women face a host of strictures.Hassan Ammar/Newscom/File Samia fled to a women’s shelter rather than be forced by her male relatives to marry a less educated cousin. Her case illustrates women’s growing fight against Saudi Arabia’s guardianship system. By Caryle […]

Violence against women rises in El Salvador

May 28, 2011

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Some analysts say that ‘femicides’ increase with the chaos of organized crime, though motives in El Salvador and the rest of Central America and Mexico remain unclear. Add captionAminta Molina participates in an anti-violence campaign by the Feminist Collective for Local Development in Suchitoto, El Salvador. The sign she allowed the group to paint outside […]

‘I felt like my life was over’: Woman allegedly raped describes humiliation of having to apologise in front of church congregation

May 28, 2011

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By Daily Mail ReporterLast updated at 12:10 PM on 24th May 2011 A teenage churchgoer raped by a fellow believer was humiliatingly forced to apologise to her entire congregation for getting pregnant out of wedlock. Tina Anderson, who has waived her legal right to anonymity, was then ‘banished’ by church leaders to another state more […]

LAOS: Family pressures exacerbate trafficking

May 28, 2011

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Photo: Contributor/IRINReturning to the village can be tough VIENTIANE, 26 May 2011 (IRIN) – Trafficked girls have few prospects upon their return home and often the family can push them back into leaving, warn aid workers. “We have to consider that often someone in the village convinces them to leave and sometimes it’s one member […]

Census: US men narrowing the gender gap of old age

May 28, 2011

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By HOPE YEN, Associated Press – Thu May 26, 5:38 pm ET WASHINGTON – Women still outlive men, but the gender gap among U.S. seniors is narrowing. New 2010 census figures, released Thursday, show men are reducing women’s population advantage, primarily in the 65-plus age group. It’s a change in the social dynamics of a […]

Pakistan: Impunity for rape, abduction and forced conversion of women

May 28, 2011

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The father of two girls, who had been abducted and raped by Muslims, was told to forget them. Pakistani police refuse to investigate rape of Christian and Hindu women and their forced conversion to Islam. Friday, May 27, 2011 The Masihi Foundation of Pakistan reports that two Christian girls of the Punjab region of Pakistan […]

Abandon the knife: In the Pokot community in Kenya young girls are starting to fight against the brutal rite of female circumcision

May 28, 2011

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People and Power Last Modified: 26 May 2011 13:48 The World Health Organisation estimates that between 100 to 140 million girls and women live with the consequences of circumcision or female genital mutilation, a right of passage and a prerequisite to marriage in many societies. Physically and psychologically painful it is without health benefits and […]

May 28, 2011

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Posted by AlisonClarke WVoN co-editor on May 27, 2011 Sexual violence is widespread in armed conflicts around the world, according to a new report published yesterday by the Nobel Women’s Initiative. “War on Women: Time for Action to End Sexual Violence in Conflict” examines studies of sexual violence in five regions of the world, explores […]

War on Women: Time for Action to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

May 28, 2011

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>Posted by AlisonClarke WVoN co-editor on May 27, 2011 Sexual violence is widespread in armed conflicts around the world, according to a new report published yesterday by the Nobel Women’s Initiative. “War on Women: Time for Action to End Sexual Violence in Conflict” examines studies of sexual violence in five regions of the world, explores […]

More women than ever are happy to carry condoms

May 28, 2011

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Posted by Lindsay Keith WVoN co-editor on May 27, 2011 More women than ever are happy to carry condoms, following a campaign by Leicester City and Leicestershire County Teenage Pregnancy Partnerships. Surveys that they carried out following the safe sex campaign showed an almost 50% increase in young women carrying condoms. For many years young […]

Rising Cost of Living in Kenya Forces Women Into Prostitution

May 28, 2011

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As prices skyrocket in Kenya, more women report turning to prostitution to feed their families. The government increased the minimum wage here earlier this month, but labor experts say it’s not enough to combat rising prices. Meanwhile, authorities report difficulty enforcing laws banning prostitution as health experts struggle to provide the sex workers health care […]

The importance of ‘inner values’: Female sparrows test the genetic make-up of their mates

May 28, 2011

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27 May 2011 – How do females select partners? Darwin’s initial idea that the fittest males would be the most desirable and would therefore be most likely to secure partners has represented a cornerstone of evolutionary theory since the publication of “The Descent of Man” in 1871. Darwin proposed that secondary sexual characteristics enabled females […]

Happy guys finish last, says new study on sexual attractiveness

May 28, 2011

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24 May 2011 – Women find happy guys significantly less sexually attractive than swaggering or brooding men, according to a new University of British Columbia study that helps to explain the enduring allure of “bad boys” and other iconic gender types. The study – which may cause men to smile less on dates, and inspire […]

Cultured men are happier and healthier

May 28, 2011

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23 May 2011 – Men who visit art galleries, museums, and the theatre regularly tend to enjoy better health and are more satisfied with life, reveals a study published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The study found that both men and women who play musical instruments, paint or visit the theatre […]

Why women are still left doing most of the housework

May 28, 2011

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(PhysOrg.com) – 24 May 2011 – An Oxford University study says if current trends continue, women will probably have to wait until 2050 before men are doing an equal share of the household chores and childcare. According to the paper published in the latest issue of the journal Sociology, ‘substantial and persistent obstacles’ remain. The […]

Female rappers tout their sexiness, keep silent about domestic skills

May 28, 2011

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24 May 2011 – Male rappers see the “independent woman” as an educated, bill-paying person who will care for an average guy without making demands, while female rappers stress their sexual prowess and keep mum about their domestic skills, according to a Baylor University researcher’s study. But despite their very different takes on independent women, […]

Crime Victims’ Institute studies adolescent sex and laws

May 28, 2011

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24 May 2011 – While statutory rape laws have been enacted to protect minors from sexual abuse by adults or peers, more teenagers are engaging in sexual activity before the legal age of consent and are facing sexual assault charges. A recent study by the Crime Victims’ Institute at Sam Houston State University examines various […]

Research study reveals profile for female drink-drivers

May 28, 2011

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(Medical Xpress) – 25 May 2011- Female drink-drivers are more likely to be older, better-educated and divorced, widowed or separated, research has shown. The study by academics at The University of Nottingham found that emotional factors and mental health problems were common triggers in alcohol-related offences committed by women. And they also discovered that rehabilitation […]

SRI LANKA: Women "key" to water projects

May 28, 2011

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POLONNARUWA, 27 May 2011 (IRIN) – Women could prove key to the success of Sri Lanka’s rural water and sanitation projects, experts and villagers say. Photo: Amantha Perera/IRINWomen bear the brunt of collecting water As a five-year project to reduce time spent collecting water and to ensure safe drinking water jointly launched by the Asian […]

Does our personality affect our level of attractiveness?

May 28, 2011

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(Medical Xpress) – 27 May 2011 – Part of what determines how much success you will have in the dating world is whether you have a good sense of whether people find you attractive. A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that certain personality traits contribute […]

Where are India’s millions of missing girls

May 24, 2011

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23 May 2011 – India’s 2011 census shows a serious decline in the number of girls under the age of seven – activists fear eight million female foetuses may have been aborted in the past decade. The BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi explores what has led to this crisis. Kulwant has three daughters aged 24, […]

PAKISTAN: Women’s secret drug-taking hurting families

May 24, 2011

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Photo: Kamila Hyat/IRINA woman buys drugs at a local pharmacy in Lahore, Pakistan. Many turn to pharmacies to meet drug needs LAHORE, 23 May 2011 (IRIN) – Late each night, Rizwana Bibi* opens the metal box she keeps under her bed to check on her stash of drugs and pops a pill so she can […]

Gang blinds Indian woman, accused of witchcraft, with scissors

May 24, 2011

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RAIPUR, India | Sat May 21, 2011 10:59am BST (Reuters) – Eleven people stormed into a house in a central Indian village and assaulted a woman whom they accused of witchcraft, blinding her and her husband by stabbing them in the eyes with scissors, police said on Saturday. The incident took place on Friday in […]

Women in Kenya Challenge Gender Stereotypes at Work

May 23, 2011

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Women in Kenya say that they are breaking gender barriers in the workplace by taking on jobs traditionally considered “masculine.” Although they have made progress, they say they still face resistance in their families and society.by Joanne Wanjala Reporter, Monday – May 23, 2011 by Joanne Wanjala, GPI Reporter NAIROBI, KENYA – Everlyne Chasia, 28, […]

Business booms for Danish sperm

May 23, 2011

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Kellie Lombard’s family has three children by the same Danish sperm donor By Paul Henley, BBC News, Copenhagen19 May 2011 Selecting a potential father for your children, it turns out, is not unlike shopping online. “A lot of our clients typically want their donor to be at least 180cm [5ft 11in] tall and have blue […]

Bride Kidnapping: A Tradition Or A Crime?

May 23, 2011

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Although bride kidnapping is officially a crime in Kyrgyzstan, few cases reach the courtroom (illustrative photo from the Kyz Korgon Institute, an Kyrgyz NGO that campaigns to eliminate the practice). May 21, 2011 By Farangis NajibullahSome 200 people took to the streets in a northern Kyrgyz province earlier this week to protest the longstanding practice […]

23 women charged after child porn sting

May 22, 2011

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Published: 20 May 11 16:07 CETA Swedish prosecutor filed charges Friday against 24 people for possessing and distributing child pornography, in a case that has drawn widespread attention as all but one of the defendants are women. The only man, 42-year-old Lars Skoglund, was considered the ringleader who had distributed large quantities of pornographic material […]

Indian women demand inquiry into police violence

May 22, 2011

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CNN-IBNUpdated May 21, 2011 New Delhi: National Commission for Women (NCW) acting Chairperson Yasmeen Abrar on Saturday alleged that crime against woman in Uttar Pradesh is very high and demanded an enquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the violence and alleged police atrocities in Bhatta and Parsaul villages of Greater Noida. Yasmeen […]

Female foeticide reaching ‘epidemic’ level in Kashmir

May 22, 2011

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Until recently, Indian-administered Kashmir was thought to be a good place for a girl to be born. Not any more. The BBC’s Geeta Pandey reports from Srinagar. The Kashmir Valley, which has been in the grip of an armed insurgency against Indian rule for the past two decades, has now turned on its girls, killing […]

Trial of Texas teenager filmed trying to suffocate her baby in hospital bed

May 22, 2011

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Posted by Sian Lower on May 20, 2011 A teenage mother has been caught on tape attempting to smother her baby in a hospital. Hidden video cameras caught the 18 year-old placing a blanket over her four month-old son’s mouth, and then clamping her hand over his face until his air supply was cut off. […]

New York woman set fire to daughter in ritual

May 22, 2011

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APFriday, 20 May 2011 A woman in New York has admitted setting fire to her young daughter during a voodoo ritual, scarring her body, prosecutors said. Marie Lauradin pleaded guilty on Wednesday to assault by pouring flammable liquid over her then-six-year-old daughter and igniting it at their home in 2009. Prosecutors say Lauradin poured the […]

India’s unwanted girls

May 22, 2011

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20 May 2011 A shortage of women in Haryana has led some Indian men to seek wives from other states, but the “imported” brides often struggle to adapt, writes the BBC’s Soutik Biswas. Sreeja has struggled to come to terms with Haryana’s patriarchal society On the face of it, Sreeja leads a contented life with […]

Saudi woman who defied driving ban and posted a video of herself driving is detained

May 22, 2011

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By Associated Press, Published: May 21 RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Authorities detained a Saudi woman on Saturday after she launched a campaign against the driving ban for women in the ultraconservative kingdom and posted a video of herself behind the wheel on Facebook and YouTube to encourage others to copy her. Manal al-Sherif and a […]

Metropolitan Police pays damages over slave case women

May 22, 2011

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20 May 2011 The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has been ordered to pay £5,000 each to four women for failing to investigate allegations of slavery. The women, who had arrived in London from Nigeria as children, said they were beaten and emotionally abused by families they were forced to work for. The High Court said […]

French women attack misogyny in Strauss-Kahn case

May 22, 2011

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Sat, May 21 2011 PARIS (Reuters) – Angry French feminists say local media have been awash with male chauvinist comments since the arrest of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on charges he attempted to rape a New York hotel maid. Feminist organizations published a petition saying they were “stunned by the daily flood of misogynist […]

Church and state clash over sex and condoms in the Philippines

May 21, 2011

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By Kathy Marks, Asia-Pacific CorrespondentThursday, 19 May 2011 A 13-year battle between church and state in the Philippines, one of the world’s most devoutly Catholic nations, has come to a head over government plans to provide free condoms and sex education. Catholic bishops have threatened to excommunicate President Benigno Aquino over a reproductive health bill […]

How power corrupts male sexuality

May 21, 2011

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May 19, 2011 The list is almost too long to name. One-time US presidential contender John Edwards. Israel’s former president Moshe Katsav. Golf superstar Tiger Woods. IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn has joined a plethora of men at the pinnacle of power and the top of their game who have faced ruin thanks to a sex […]

Buying sex, not T-shirts, is ‘a better way to help Cambodian women’

May 21, 2011

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Posted by Emine Dilek on May 20, 2011 Ken Silverstein, a journalist for Slate, argues that buying sex might be a better way to help Cambodian women than buying a T-shirt. He asserts that for young women, work in the sex industry – which includes hostess bars, karaoke bars, massage parlors, and freelance prostitution – […]

US syphilis study victims found

May 21, 2011

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Thursday 19 May 2011 by Ben Chacko Guatamalen authorities have identified 1,300 people who were subjected to a US syphilis experiment without their consent in the 1940s, Vice-President Rafael Espada announced on Wednesday. The investigation in the country began after US records of the programme, which ran from 1946 to 1948, were uncovered in 2010. […]

The Sex Difference in Sex Scandals

May 21, 2011

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Lane Wallace – Lane Wallace is an author, pilot and entrepreneur who has written several books for NASA. She won a 2006 Telly Award for her work on the documentary, Breaking the Chain. May 19 2011, 4:30 PM ETWhy do these kinds of scandals so rarely happen with female politicians? Nearly two years ago, when […]

Media: Stop victim blaming coverage of IMF Chief’s alleged sexual assault!

May 21, 2011

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“Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have more to worry about than a possible prison sentence.” That was the first sentence in an article in the New York Post today about the IMF Chief accused of sexually attacking a woman in a New York City hotel. The article then proceeds to “out” the alleged victim for living in […]

DR Congo rape study ‘questionable’

May 21, 2011

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18 May 2011A new study on rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo is based on out-of-date and questionable figures, a Swedish academic has told the BBC. It concluded that 48 women and girls are raped every hour in DR Congo. But Maria Eriksson Baaz says it is difficult to collect reliable data in DR […]

Women prefer tall men because they are “better at fighting”

May 21, 2011

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Posted by Penny Hopkins on May 19, 2011Comment on and summary of story from Indian Express, May 19, 2011 In what is clearly a crucial contribution to the future of humanity, a new study by Utah University has shown that women prefer tall men because they are “better at fighting.” Apparently, men hit hardest when […]

Trafficked children ‘sold in UK for £16,000’

May 21, 2011

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18 May 2011 Children smuggled into the UK are being sold on British streets for up to £16,000 each, MPs have heard in a debate on human trafficking. The DUP’s David Simpson, MP for Upper Bann, said it was a “disgrace”. Conservative MP Mark Field said human trafficking was the “modern equivalent of slavery” and […]

Brutal murder stirs Palestinian debate on women’s rights

May 21, 2011

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By DAVID E. MILLER / THE MEDIA LINE 05/18/2011 09:59 PA promises reforms to ensure greater equality between men and women after the “honor killing” of Aaya Barad’iyya by her uncle. A slain Palestinian woman, murdered by her uncle and three other men for disgracing the family, has evoked widespread public debate on the age-old […]