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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 […]