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Men Don’t Recognize ‘Benevolent’ Sexism: Study

June 30, 2011

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by Laura Stampler Do most people recognize sexism in their daily lives? And what does it take to get them to shake their sexist beliefs? In a recent study titled “Seeing the Unseen” psychologists Janet Swim of Pennsylvania State University and Julia Becker of Philipps University Marburg, Germany, set out to answer these questions. Over […]

Empowering women helps fight poverty and other social ills, UN official stresses

June 30, 2011

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27 June 2011 – Empowering women and advancing their rights is not only the right thing to do but it can lead to progress on a range of issues, including the fight against poverty, hunger and violence, the head of the United Nations agency tasked with promoting women’s rights said today. UN Women Executive Director […]

Indians pay surgeons to turn girls into boys

June 30, 2011

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Indian doctors have been accused of conducting sex change operations on young girls whose parents want sons to improve the family’s income prospects. There are now seven million more boys than girls aged under six in the country Photo: ALAMY By Dean Nelson, New Delhi 9:30PM BST 27 Jun 2011 Madhya Pradesh state government is […]

Study on football: Women get up faster

June 30, 2011

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June 29, 2011When women play football (soccer), the individual interruptions, for instance for substitutions or to cheer a goal, are a lot shorter than when men play. In particular after injuries men remain on the ground significantly longer. This is what sports scientists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen discovered after analyzing 56 football games and […]

Shedding Light on Dictatorship’s Sex Crimes

June 29, 2011

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By Marcela Valente ESMA, from torture centre to human rights museum. Credit:UNESCO BUENOS AIRES, Jun 28, 2011 (IPS) – It’s been nearly three decades since Argentina’s 1976-1983 military dictatorship came to an end, but the sex crimes committed against political prisoners are just now starting to draw more attention, after being pushed into the background […]

Breast Ironing Affects One in Four Girls in Cameroon

June 28, 2011

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The practice of “breast ironing” – described as brutal by girls here – is on the rise in Cameroon. The procedure involves flattening young girl’s growing breasts with hot stones in order to curb the country’s skyrocketing teen pregnancy rate. In rural areas, young girls also report frequent sexual assaults. Still, advocates say breast ironing […]

Child Smugglers Risk Life for a Few Dollars

June 28, 2011

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Children such as these are used as smugglers across the India-Bangladesh border.  Credit:Sujoy Dhar/IPS. By Sujoy Dhar BENAPOLE, Bangladesh, Jun 28, 2011 (IPS) – Thirteen-year-old Jamal is a Bangladeshi bootlegger who carries goods from Haridaspur town in the Indian state of West Bengal to the border district of Jessore in southwest Bangladesh, playing cat-and-mouse with […]

World turning blind eye to 10 million child brides each year, charity warns

June 28, 2011

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UK must help to cut level of forced marriages for girls under 18, says Plan UK report Tracy McVeigh, social affairs editorguardian.co.uk, Sunday 26 June 2011 00.08 BST An Indian groom with his underage bride during a mass marriage programme in the village of Malda, northeast of Kolkata. Photograph: Strdel/AFP/Getty Images One girl below the […]

US state department concerned by lack of UK help for abused embassy staff

June 28, 2011

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International diplomats don cloak of immunity to mask trafficking of domestic servants from their home countries Ewen MacAskill in Washington and Caroline Daviesguardian.co.uk, Monday 27 June 2011 20.21 BST The US state department has expressed concern about the abuse of domestic staff working in foreign embassies in London, saying repeated allegations of mistreatment have not […]

Preferring Boys to Girls

June 28, 2011

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June 24, 2011By CATHERINE RAMPELL China isn’t the only country where parents have a distinct preference for baby boys rather than baby girls. Americans prefers XY to XX in their offspring, too — and have wanted boys rather than girls for the last 70 years. A recent Gallup poll asked Americans which sex they would […]

33% of women experience ‘crisis pregnancy’

June 28, 2011

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 28 June 2011 Pregnancy – Financial concerns an issue for some A new report has found more than a third of women described their pregnancy as a crisis pregnancy and half were partly because of financial concerns. The study by the Health Service Executive’s Crisis Pregnancy Programme and the Equality Authority surveyed more than 2,000 […]

Men Say ‘I Love You’ Before Women Do

June 27, 2011

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Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior WriterLiveScience.com – Thu Jun 23, 5:51 pm ET Dump the stereotype of the manly commitment-phobe. A new study finds that not only do men often say “I love you” first in relationships, they’re often happier than women when they hear the three little words said to them. The bigger happiness boost […]

Colombian Women Say ‘No Sex’ Until Dirt Road Is Paved

June 26, 2011

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By Dan Molinski, Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRESJune 24, 2011 BOGOTA -(Dow Jones)- More than 250 women in a remote town in southwest Colombia are refusing to have sex with their partners until the central government follows through with a decades-old plan to pave the town’s only access road. “These women, and all of the rest […]

Rwanda genocide: Verdict due for female former minister

June 26, 2011

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By Will RossEast Africa correspondent24 June 2011 Hundreds of thousands of people died in the genocide Judges at the UN-backed court for Rwanda are to hand down a verdict for one of the first women charged with genocide before an international court. Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, 65, was a government minister in 1994 in Rwanda when 800,000 […]

Outcry in America as pregnant women who lose babies face murder charges

June 25, 2011

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Friday, 24 June 2011 – Women’s rights campaigners see the creeping criminalisation of pregnant women as a new front in the culture wars over abortion Rennie Gibbs is accused of murder, but the crime she is alleged to have committed does not sound like an ordinary killing. Yet she faces life in prison in Mississippi […]

Indonesia urged to ban female circumcision

June 25, 2011

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AAP June 24, 2011RIGHTS groups including Amnesty International urged Indonesia to revoke a regulation which they say legalises female circumcision in the mainly Muslim country. Women’s rights activists called on the government to withdraw a decree issued by the health ministry in November authorising certain medical professionals to carry out the procedure on baby girls. […]

Rape in wartime: Listening to the victims

June 25, 2011

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By Ashley Fantz, CNNJune 24, 2011 A Congolese woman tells a health worker how she was raped by three members of the military. (CNN) — It began as a headache. Then her throat started to feel tight. A dull pain welled in her chest and her joints ached. But Victoria Sanford continued to do the […]

Silence lifted: The untold stories of rape during the Holocaust

June 25, 2011

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(CNN) — The soldiers came for her at night. They took the girl to a barrack and forced her to watch a woman get raped. The drunken men then set loose a dog to rip off the raped woman’s breasts. Blood was everywhere. The woman passed out. The young witness was next. Five soldiers held […]

Syrian men promise to marry women who were raped

June 25, 2011

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By Gul Tuysuz, Published: June 20 KHIRBET AL-JOUS, Syria — A group of men have committed themselves to an unlikely way of challenging the violence that has swept Syria in recent months, pledging to marry women they have never met. In this village near the Turkish border, Syrians fleeing their country’s security forces have established […]

Israeli bus company advocates segregated seats despite court ruling

June 25, 2011

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Haaretz.com Published 02:38 21.06.11 Supreme Court ruled in landmark case in January that public buses cannot forcefully segregate men and women.By Yair Ettinger One of Egged’s ‘mehadrin’ bus lines from Jerusalem to Bnei Brak.Photo by: Olivier Fitoussi The Egged bus company has allegedly violated a Supreme Court ruling which forbids segregation on public transportation buses […]

June 25, 2011

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Kishwar Desai June 19, 2011 Frightening inequities persist despite modernisation, writes Kishwar Desai. Sonia Gandhi is one of four powerful women in India who lead political parties, but there is still no gender equality within their party ranks. Photo: Reuters YET another case of a brutal assault on a girl has grabbed headlines in India. […]

Girl’s murder a sign of the plight of India’s women

June 25, 2011

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>Kishwar Desai June 19, 2011 Frightening inequities persist despite modernisation, writes Kishwar Desai. Sonia Gandhi is one of four powerful women in India who lead political parties, but there is still no gender equality within their party ranks. Photo: Reuters YET another case of a brutal assault on a girl has grabbed headlines in India. […]

Women in the Crossfire

June 25, 2011

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Liesl Gerntholtz The wars in Libya and the Congo highlight the vexing problem of rape as a military weapon by Liesl Gerntholtz Published in: The Mark June 8, 2011Iman Obeidi became famous in March when she burst into the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli and accused Libyan forces of raping her. She was quickly taken by […]

With reported rapes, the DSK case is the exception

June 25, 2011

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by Marianne MollmannPublished in: LA TimesJune 7, 2011 The charges filed recently against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn have perpetuated a myth: that the U.S. justice system moves swiftly and effectively to resolve allegations of sexual assault. In the wake of Strauss-Kahn’s arrest, the media, particularly in Europe, have highlighted the perceived equality and fairness […]

Wal-Mart Ruling Puts Big Chill on Female Workers

June 25, 2011

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by Corinna BarnardWeNews editor Saturday, June 25, 2011 The High Court’s decision this week to disqualify about 1.5 million female Wal-Mart workers from bringing a class action gave mega corporations a big win over the workers. Three of the four dissenting justices were women. (WOMENSENEWS)–One of the best analysis pieces this week about the big […]

NEPAL: No clear route out of servitude for indentured girls

June 25, 2011

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Photo: Courtesy of the Advocacy Project Stronger rehabilitation support is needed KATHAMANDU, 20 June 2011 (IRIN) – Efforts to free thousands of enslaved girls in Nepal and get them into school need more funding and less government bureaucracy, activists say. Since the year 2000, more than 11,000 Kamlaris, girls committed to indentured servitude by their […]

Mental Illness on the Rise Among Women in Rural Nepal

June 25, 2011

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by Tara Bhattarai 06/22/2011 by The Advocacy Project LAGANKHEL, NEPAL – It is midafternoon, and the outpatient department at Nepal’s only mental health facility, called the Mental Hospital, is abuzz with patients. Some wait for their turn to receive care, while others sit on the hospital lawn, crying, talking to themselves or just soaking in […]

Government, NGOs Uproot Culture of Domestic Violence in Brazil

June 25, 2011

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by Thais Moraes 06/20/2011 RECIFE, BRAZIL – Monica, 22, who requested her name be changed for safety reasons, lives in Recife, the capital of Pernambuco, a state in northeastern Brazil. She got married at age 21, but says she recently divorced because her husband was verbally abusive and controlling after just a few months of […]

How men’s lifestyles double their risk of an early death

June 20, 2011

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June 17, 2011A University of Sussex psychologist is one of the key authors of a major new report that reveals thatdeath rates of men aged 16-64 is twice that of women in the same age range in the European Union.In The State of Men’s Health in Europe, produced by the European Men’s Health Forum and […]

Domestic workers’ conditions ‘akin to slavery’

June 19, 2011

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09 June 2011Jo Becker demonstrates why the convention for domestic workers being negotiated by members of the International Labour Organisation is long overdue Asma – not her real name – left her village at age 13 to journey to Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta. She had just graduated from elementary school, but was being pressured to marry […]

Making Noise About Violence and Women

June 19, 2011

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by Marianne Mollmann Published in: The Huffington PostJune 9, 2011 Violent women are making news these days. Last week, the singer Rihanna released a music video, Man Down, depicting a woman (herself) assassinating the man who had sexually assaulted her. This week, the BBC reports that the number of women convicted for domestic violence in […]

In Turkey, He Loves You, He Beats You

June 19, 2011

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June 15, 2011 A Turkish woman shouts slogans on March 8, 2009 in Istanbul where more than 5,000 women gathered to mark International Women’s Day. Purple symbolizes feminism in Turkey.© 2009 Getty Images As told by Gauri van Gulik, researcher and advocate, Women’s Rights Division Unlike some of the other women I spoke with, Hamiyet […]

Daughters Too Benefit from Influence of Good Dads

June 19, 2011

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By Peggy DrexlerWeNews guest authorSunday, June 19, 2011 When Peggy Drexler’s daughter went to work with her husband at his clothing retailer, she saw how it transformed her. In this Father’s Day excerpt from her book “Our Fathers, Ourselves,” Drexler raises questions about the influence fathers may have on their daughters. (WOMENSENEWS)–As I write this, […]

Historic Decision at the United Nations: Human Rights Council Passes First-Ever Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

June 19, 2011

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June 17, 2011 (Geneva) – In a groundbreaking achievement for upholding the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity (L.9/Rev.1). The resolution, presented by South Africa along with Brazil and 39 additional […]

Sex selection and the rise of Generation XY

June 19, 2011

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A new book explores western involvement in what has become a scourge of the developing world: sex selection of babies Ed Pilkington in New Yorkguardian.co.uk, Friday 17 June 2011 Sex selection of babies across the developing world has created many societies with too many men. Photograph: Muhammed Muheisen/AP  In 1979 China signed a $50m four-year […]

“They have killed our children”, Syria’s women speak out

June 19, 2011

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Posted by Simon King on June 16, 2011WVoN co-editor Note- Some of the links within this article contain images that readers may find disturbing. They’re difficult to spot at first, the women of Syria’s revolution. The restraints that prevent almost all foreign media from visiting the country also limit access to sites of unrest within […]

Stronger legislative policies can lower global HIV/AIDS deaths

June 19, 2011

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Shubhi Tandon – Women News Network – WNN Breaking Keith Haring AIDS poster ‘Ignorance=Fear’ United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) latest report has called for strengthening of measures to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide by focusing on youth, especially young women. Adolescent girls and young women make up more than 60 per cent of all […]

Social media used ‘to abuse women’

June 18, 2011

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ELAINE EDWARDSirishtimes.com – Last Updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 Social networking sites and text messaging are increasing features in the abuse of young women, with abusive partners using technology to monitor and control them, according to the organisation Women’s Aid. Publishing its annual statistics for 2010, the charity said there were 13,575 disclosures of abuse […]

Son-preference in many Asian countries leads to women’s rights violation: UN

June 18, 2011

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Sanjib Kr Baruah, Hindustan TimesNew Delhi, June 14, 2011 In an indictment that mirrors the inferior position of women in Indian society, five United Nations agencies have said in a joint statement on Tuesday that preference for sons in many parts of Asia perpetuates a culture of discrimination and violence against women which should be […]

Sterilisation: North Carolina grapples with legacy

June 15, 2011

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By Daniel NasawBBC News, Washington14 June 2011 Ms Riddick, now 57, suffered decades of depression and illness More than 60,000 Americans were sterilised, many against their will, as part of a eugenics movement that finished in 1979, aimed at keeping the poor and mentally ill from having children. Now, decades on, one state is considering […]

One man’s efforts to help girls’ education in Burkina Faso

June 15, 2011

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13 June 2011 – The job of spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General involves working long hours in a highly sensitive political environment, following the 24-hour news cycle and being frequently away from home. Fred Eckhard distributing bonuses to girls in Koudougou, Burkina Faso, aided by Gilberte Saint Cast’s association It would only be natural to […]

Ivorians Who Married Young Warn Others of Hazards

June 15, 2011

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By Patricia A. BadouWeNews correspondentWednesday, June 15, 2011 Female teens in the countryside of Ivory Coast often leave school to start families with older men. It’s a financial strategy that many women here say they have lived to regret. ABOISSO, Ivory Coast (WOMENSENEWS)–Affoue Yobouet, 17, a mother of two, says she doesn’t regret choosing marriage […]

Taunts Derail Sex Workers’ Kids in Kolkata

June 15, 2011

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By Ajitha MenonWeNews correspondentTuesday, June 14, 2011 Sex workers in Kolkata are enrolling their children in school. But the kids often don’t make it through secondary school, when derision from peers, along with pressures to earn a living, intensify. KOLKATA, India (WOMENSENEWS)–Study hard, finish education and find a job. Those were 12-year-old Tanzina Khatun’s rules […]

Liberia Becoming Leader in Eradicating Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

June 15, 2011

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Women’s empowerment has become a growing phenomenon in Liberia, thanks to efforts by nongovernmental organizations, international bodies and the government. But 45 percent of women here say they have experienced sexual and gender-based violence. Using media, law enforcement and innovative programs, Liberia is working to end gender-based violence. by Laura Golakeh Reporter, Tuesday – June […]

Ugandans Debate Legality and Consequences of Pornography

June 15, 2011

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As the Ugandan government solicits public opinion on an anti-pornography bill, opinions are flying on both sides of the debate. While some Ugandans say people have the right to consume pornography, others say it destroys families and increases sexual offenses. by Apophia Agiresaasi Reporter, Wednesday – June 15, 2011 KAMPALA, UGANDA – Kenneth Ojok, 32, […]

Joan Smith: Rape is part of military culture, a secret among soldiers

June 13, 2011

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Sunday, 12 June 2011 Three months ago, a Libyan woman burst into a hotel in Tripoli and told foreign journalists she’d been gang-raped by Colonel Gaddafi’s soldiers. TV crews filmed distressing scenes as Iman al-Obeidi was dragged away by Libyan security forces, despite attempts by reporters to prevent her abduction. Last week a senior figure […]

Protest against atrocities on women and children in Manipur

June 13, 2011

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From ANI Imphal, June 13: Human Rights activists in Manipur staged a mass rally at Imphal on Sunday to protest against the atrocities committed on women and children by anti-social elements and also personnel of security forces. The United NGO Mission, a consortium of 103 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) functioning in the state gave the call […]

Changing the language of prejudice

June 13, 2011

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MELANIE JUDGE: HUMAN RIGHTS Jun 12 2011 11:57 South Africa’s lesbian community continues to feel threatened because rape is not socially condemned. (Madelene Cronjé, M&G) South Africa has been referred to as the global capital of rape. More recently we’ve become the international headliner for “corrective rape”, which refers to the rape of a lesbian […]

Côte D’Ivoire Teens Choose Marriage Over Education to Escape Poverty

June 13, 2011

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by Patricia A. Badou 06/13/2011 ABOISSO, CÔTE D’IVOIRE – Affoué Yobouet, 17, a mother of two, says she doesn’t regret choosing marriage over education. She says marrying an older man, who is more than 30 years her senior, was the best option to attain financial security. by Julien Harneis She lives in a house with […]

Look into my eyes: Marion Cotillard wears ‘breasts’ on her forehead as she tries to make eye contact with men

June 12, 2011

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By Daily Mail ReporterLast updated at 8:48 PM on 9th June 2011 With her enviably curvy figure, its clear why Marion Cotillard is a hit with her male fans. But it seems that brings its own frustrations. Her latest role sees her advertising false breasts for the forehead – to enable men to make eye […]