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NEPAL Religious Practices Oppress Women

July 28, 2011

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By Sudeshna Sarkar KATHMANDU, Jul 28, 2011 (IPS) – The recent gang-rape of a Buddhist nun and her expulsion from her sect have sparked a debate about the deep-rooted religious traditions and biases that foster discrimination and violence, especially against women, in this South Asian state. The public outcry against the nun’s expulsion forced the […]

NEPAL Religious Practices Oppress Women

July 28, 2011

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By Sudeshna Sarkar KATHMANDU, Jul 28, 2011 (IPS) – The recent gang-rape of a Buddhist nun and her expulsion from her sect have sparked a debate about the deep-rooted religious traditions and biases that foster discrimination and violence, especially against women, in this South Asian state. The public outcry against the nun’s expulsion forced the […]

Gender and Trade

July 28, 2011

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Otaviano CanutoVice President, Poverty Reduction, World Bank7/27/11 Gender inequality and discrimination can affect many areas of life, from a women’s access to basic health services to her prospects for education and future earnings. Accordingly, in order to overcome these disparities, development practitioners have begun to collect gender-disaggregated data and address gender elements in the design […]

Gender and Trade

July 28, 2011

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Otaviano CanutoVice President, Poverty Reduction, World Bank7/27/11 Gender inequality and discrimination can affect many areas of life, from a women’s access to basic health services to her prospects for education and future earnings. Accordingly, in order to overcome these disparities, development practitioners have begun to collect gender-disaggregated data and address gender elements in the design […]

The Roxbury International Film Festival fighting against gender mutilation

July 28, 2011

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Melissa Santos, Boston Feminism Examiner July 27, 2011 The Desert FlowerCredits: http://afrolumi.blogspot.com/2010/12/waris-dirie-fgm.html In 1965, Waris Dirie was born in a small region of Somalia called Gallcaio. A victim of genital mutilation and a forced marriage to an older man, she decided to flee from her country and found herself working in London at a local […]

The Roxbury International Film Festival fighting against gender mutilation

July 28, 2011

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Melissa Santos, Boston Feminism Examiner July 27, 2011 The Desert FlowerCredits: http://afrolumi.blogspot.com/2010/12/waris-dirie-fgm.html In 1965, Waris Dirie was born in a small region of Somalia called Gallcaio. A victim of genital mutilation and a forced marriage to an older man, she decided to flee from her country and found herself working in London at a local […]

Venus, Mars and Myth Of Gender Stereotypes

July 28, 2011

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Jul. 27 2011 – 9:31 amBy Niobe Way The modern classic, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, will soon celebrate its 20th birthday, and a major motion picture is in the works. The book that sold more than 30 million copies and has been translated into 40 languages argues that men and women […]

Venus, Mars and Myth Of Gender Stereotypes

July 28, 2011

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Jul. 27 2011 – 9:31 amBy Niobe Way The modern classic, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, will soon celebrate its 20th birthday, and a major motion picture is in the works. The book that sold more than 30 million copies and has been translated into 40 languages argues that men and women […]

Remembrance and vitriol: Amy Winehouse and the ugly face of social networking

July 27, 2011

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Sheree SartainWVoN Co-editor Amy Winehouse has been dead for just three days, but already the vitriolic outpouring on social media networks has surpassed the expressions of remembrance by fans. Winehouse was a talented woman. She was also extremely troubled and her untimely death is a personal tragedy. But this public display of hatred transcends the […]

Remembrance and vitriol: Amy Winehouse and the ugly face of social networking

July 27, 2011

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Sheree SartainWVoN Co-editor Amy Winehouse has been dead for just three days, but already the vitriolic outpouring on social media networks has surpassed the expressions of remembrance by fans. Winehouse was a talented woman. She was also extremely troubled and her untimely death is a personal tragedy. But this public display of hatred transcends the […]

Sex, Parenting and Feminism

July 27, 2011

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July 25, 2011By Monica J. Casper A few days ago, my partner Bill walked into our older daughter’s room, where the clunky desktop Mac is located, and to his shock and chagrin found our younger daughter viewing porn on the Internet. Apparently, our bright, tech-savvy child had googled the term “sex” and navigated her way […]

Sex, Parenting and Feminism

July 27, 2011

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July 25, 2011By Monica J. Casper A few days ago, my partner Bill walked into our older daughter’s room, where the clunky desktop Mac is located, and to his shock and chagrin found our younger daughter viewing porn on the Internet. Apparently, our bright, tech-savvy child had googled the term “sex” and navigated her way […]

Asian brides for sale

July 27, 2011

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The mail order bride industry is flourishing in Asia, but is it also leading to sex trafficking and domestic violence? 101 East Last Modified: 21 Jul 2011 10:32 http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/101east/2011/07/201172183247237880.html

Asian brides for sale

July 27, 2011

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The mail order bride industry is flourishing in Asia, but is it also leading to sex trafficking and domestic violence?101 East Last Modified: 21 Jul 2011 10:32 http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/101east/2011/07/201172183247237880.html

Church apology over ‘forced adoptions’ in Australia

July 27, 2011

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The Irish Times – Tuesday, July 26, 2011PÁDRAIG COLLINS in Sydney THE AUSTRALIAN Catholic Church issued an apology yesterday over what have been called “forced adoptions”. It is thought more than 150,000 women had babies taken against their will in Australia between the 1950s and 1970s by churches and adoption agencies. Psychiatrist Geoff Rickarby, who […]

Church apology over ‘forced adoptions’ in Australia

July 27, 2011

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The Irish Times – Tuesday, July 26, 2011PÁDRAIG COLLINS in Sydney THE AUSTRALIAN Catholic Church issued an apology yesterday over what have been called “forced adoptions”. It is thought more than 150,000 women had babies taken against their will in Australia between the 1950s and 1970s by churches and adoption agencies. Psychiatrist Geoff Rickarby, who […]

Iraqi Kurdistan: Law Banning FGM a Positive Step

July 27, 2011

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Bill Shows Commitment to End Violence Against WomenJuly 25, 2011 Many women and girls in Iraq’s Kurdish region are subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). A new report from Human Rights Watch says the local government isn’t doing enough to stop this dangerous and debilitating practice. With HRW’s Samer Muscati and a report from the […]

Iraqi Kurdistan: Law Banning FGM a Positive Step

July 27, 2011

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Bill Shows Commitment to End Violence Against WomenJuly 25, 2011 Many women and girls in Iraq’s Kurdish region are subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). A new report from Human Rights Watch says the local government isn’t doing enough to stop this dangerous and debilitating practice. With HRW’s Samer Muscati and a report from the […]

Middle school boys admit to sex attack

July 27, 2011

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Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff WriterWednesday, July 27, 2011 REDWOOD CITY — Three boys have admitted to sex-related crimes in connection with the assault of two 12-year-old girls during a Redwood City school field trip, a San Mateo County prosecutor said Tuesday. Two boys, ages 13 and 14, admitted to lewd and lascivious conduct and […]

Countering Gender Discrimination and Negative Gender Stereotypes: Effective Policy Responses

July 27, 2011

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Posted on July 13 2011 | Deputy Director Lakshmi Puri | Speeches UN Women Deputy Director and Assistant Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri moderated a panel discussion on “Countering Gender Discrimination and Negative Gender Stereotypes: Effective Policy Responses” during the Coordination Segment of the Substantive Session of ECOSOC in Geneva, 13 July 2011. The following is her […]

Countering Gender Discrimination and Negative Gender Stereotypes: Effective Policy Responses

July 27, 2011

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Posted on July 13 2011 | Deputy Director Lakshmi Puri | Speeches UN Women Deputy Director and Assistant Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri moderated a panel discussion on “Countering Gender Discrimination and Negative Gender Stereotypes: Effective Policy Responses” during the Coordination Segment of the Substantive Session of ECOSOC in Geneva, 13 July 2011. The following is her […]

MEXICO Women Journalists Face Double Threats

July 27, 2011

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By Daniela Pastrana Ángeles Mariscal, second left, in Senate public hearing. Credit:Gonzalo Ortuño/IPS  MEXICO CITY, Jul 26, 2011 (IPS) – The murder of journalist Yolanda Ordaz, whose body was found Tuesday in the eastern Mexican city of Veracruz, once again threw into relief the dangers that reporters face in this country, which in the case […]

MEXICO Women Journalists Face Double Threats

July 27, 2011

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By Daniela Pastrana Ángeles Mariscal, second left, in Senate public hearing. Credit:Gonzalo Ortuño/IPS  MEXICO CITY, Jul 26, 2011 (IPS) – The murder of journalist Yolanda Ordaz, whose body was found Tuesday in the eastern Mexican city of Veracruz, once again threw into relief the dangers that reporters face in this country, which in the case […]

NICARAGUA Court Downgrades Rape to "Fit of Passion"

July 27, 2011

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Fátima Hernández at a protest in front of the Supreme Court. Credit:Oscar Sánchez/IPS By José Adán Silva MANAGUA, Jul 25, 2011 (IPS) – The rape of a young woman that has become a symbolic case in Nicaragua was ruled a “crime of passion” by the Supreme Court in a verdict that is suspected to have […]

NICARAGUA Court Downgrades Rape to "Fit of Passion"

July 27, 2011

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Fátima Hernández at a protest in front of the Supreme Court. Credit:Oscar Sánchez/IPS By José Adán Silva MANAGUA, Jul 25, 2011 (IPS) – The rape of a young woman that has become a symbolic case in Nicaragua was ruled a “crime of passion” by the Supreme Court in a verdict that is suspected to have […]

Gender wage gap – Your period may be to blame.

July 27, 2011

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011by Jody Dallaire, Dieppe Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunity between Women and Men We’ve all heard jokes about women’s menstrual cycle. But did you know that women’s menstrual cycle is to blame for gender wage discrimination in society? At least, according to Alasdair Thompson, the recently-dismissed chief executive officer (CEO) of the […]

Gender wage gap – Your period may be to blame.

July 27, 2011

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011by Jody Dallaire, Dieppe Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunity between Women and Men We’ve all heard jokes about women’s menstrual cycle. But did you know that women’s menstrual cycle is to blame for gender wage discrimination in society? At least, according to Alasdair Thompson, the recently-dismissed chief executive officer (CEO) of the […]

Teacher gender no issue for pupils

July 27, 2011

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By John Lewis on Wed, 27 Jul 2011 Male teachers are not essential if research involving Otago school pupils is anything to go by. While concern in education circles about the declining number of men in the teaching profession has grown, research by University of Otago College of Education lecturer Steven Sexton shows Otago school […]

Teacher gender no issue for pupils

July 27, 2011

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By John Lewis on Wed, 27 Jul 2011 Male teachers are not essential if research involving Otago school pupils is anything to go by. While concern in education circles about the declining number of men in the teaching profession has grown, research by University of Otago College of Education lecturer Steven Sexton shows Otago school […]

U.S.: Laws "Not Enough" to Tackle Violence Against Native Women

July 26, 2011

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By Kanya D’Almeida WASHINGTON, Jul 25, 2011 (IPS) – Juana Majel Dixon, first vice president of the National Congress of American Indians, said earlier this year that, “Young women on reservations live their lives in anticipation of being raped…They talk about ‘how I will survive my rape‚’ as opposed to not thinking about it at […]

U.S.: Laws "Not Enough" to Tackle Violence Against Native Women

July 26, 2011

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By Kanya D’Almeida WASHINGTON, Jul 25, 2011 (IPS) – Juana Majel Dixon, first vice president of the National Congress of American Indians, said earlier this year that, “Young women on reservations live their lives in anticipation of being raped…They talk about ‘how I will survive my rape‚’ as opposed to not thinking about it at […]

Richard Dawkins, check the evidence on the ‘chilly climate’ for women

July 26, 2011

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As a fellow rational thinker I must take Dawkins to task for a lack of empathy in the ‘elevatorgate’ debate over unwanted flirtation  Emily Bandguardian.co.uk, Sunday 24 July 2011 Faye Banks, young woman engineer of 2004. Research suggests women graduates dislike the culture of the profession. Photograph: Frank Baron for the Guardian  A few weeks […]

Richard Dawkins, check the evidence on the ‘chilly climate’ for women

July 26, 2011

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As a fellow rational thinker I must take Dawkins to task for a lack of empathy in the ‘elevatorgate’ debate over unwanted flirtation  Emily Bandguardian.co.uk, Sunday 24 July 2011 Faye Banks, young woman engineer of 2004. Research suggests women graduates dislike the culture of the profession. Photograph: Frank Baron for the Guardian  A few weeks […]

Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Equality

July 26, 2011

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Vignettes from Asia and Africa (2011) Author: ICOMP, UNFPANo. of pages: 108Publication date: 2011Publisher: ICOMP, UNFPAISBN: 978-983-3017-09-6 This report generates specific, detailed lessons for successful implementation of initiatives that engage men and boys in advancing gender equality and reproductive health. Four case studies from Bangladesh, Philippines, Cambodia and Uganda are presented followed by lessons learnt […]

The plough and the now

July 26, 2011

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Deep-seated attitudes to women have roots in ancient agriculture Jul 21st 2011 | from the print edition FERNAND BRAUDEL, a renowned French historian, once described a remarkable transformation in the society of ancient Mesopotamia. Sometime before the end of the fifth millennium BC, he wrote, the fertile region between the Tigris and the Euphrates went […]

The plough and the now

July 26, 2011

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Deep-seated attitudes to women have roots in ancient agriculture Jul 21st 2011 | from the print edition FERNAND BRAUDEL, a renowned French historian, once described a remarkable transformation in the society of ancient Mesopotamia. Sometime before the end of the fifth millennium BC, he wrote, the fertile region between the Tigris and the Euphrates went […]

Ending ‘son preference’ to promote gender equality

July 26, 2011

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The tradition of inheritance from father to son in many societies coupled with a reliance on boys to provide economic support, to ensure security in old age and to perform death rites are part of a set of social norms that place greater value on sons than daughters. “There is huge pressure on women to […]

Ending ‘son preference’ to promote gender equality

July 26, 2011

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The tradition of inheritance from father to son in many societies coupled with a reliance on boys to provide economic support, to ensure security in old age and to perform death rites are part of a set of social norms that place greater value on sons than daughters. “There is huge pressure on women to […]

Menses need not be a barrier in sex

July 26, 2011

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Pooja Kulkarni Jul 25, 2011, 11.47am IST Menses need not be a barrier in sex (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images) Sex can be a lot of fun even when a girl is menstruating. Read on… ? What does one do if one feels horny at ‘that’ time of the month? Many treat sex like a forbidden fruit […]

Menses need not be a barrier in sex

July 26, 2011

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Pooja Kulkarni Jul 25, 2011, 11.47am IST Menses need not be a barrier in sex (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images) Sex can be a lot of fun even when a girl is menstruating. Read on… ? What does one do if one feels horny at ‘that’ time of the month? Many treat sex like a forbidden fruit […]

Families Cry Out for Palestinian Prisoners

July 26, 2011

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By Eva Bartlett For eight years, Umm Bilal has not been able to see her son in Israeli prison.  Credit:Eva Bartlett/IPS. By Eva Bartlett GAZA CITY, Jul 25, 2011 (IPS) – “We could enter the Guinness book of records for the longest running weekly sit- ins in the world,” Nasser Farrah, from the Palestinian Prisoners’ […]

Families Cry Out for Palestinian Prisoners

July 26, 2011

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By Eva Bartlett For eight years, Umm Bilal has not been able to see her son in Israeli prison.  Credit:Eva Bartlett/IPS. By Eva Bartlett GAZA CITY, Jul 25, 2011 (IPS) – “We could enter the Guinness book of records for the longest running weekly sit- ins in the world,” Nasser Farrah, from the Palestinian Prisoners’ […]

Kung Fu Grannies Combat Rape in Kenya

July 26, 2011

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As government, police and residents struggle to reduce rape incidences in Kenya, a group of grannies in a Nairobi slum is taking matters into their own hands. A local organization here trains elderly women to defend themselves against attackers. by Rose Odengo 07/26/2011 by Rose Odengo, GPI Reporter NAIROBI, KENYA – Shanty houses made from […]

Kung Fu Grannies Combat Rape in Kenya

July 26, 2011

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As government, police and residents struggle to reduce rape incidences in Kenya, a group of grannies in a Nairobi slum is taking matters into their own hands. A local organization here trains elderly women to defend themselves against attackers. by Rose Odengo 07/26/2011 by Rose Odengo, GPI Reporter NAIROBI, KENYA – Shanty houses made from […]

Where are the men of Dadaab?

July 25, 2011

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Residents of the world’s largest refugee camp are mainly women and children, raising questions about the fate of men.Azad Essa Last Modified: 21 Jul 2011 16:28 Azad EssaWomen and children fleeing SomaliaMore than 80% of those of those fleeing Somalia are women and children   The wind hollers, whipping up dust that scratches at our […]

Where are the men of Dadaab?

July 25, 2011

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Residents of the world’s largest refugee camp are mainly women and children, raising questions about the fate of men.Azad Essa Last Modified: 21 Jul 2011 16:28 Azad EssaWomen and children fleeing SomaliaMore than 80% of those of those fleeing Somalia are women and children   The wind hollers, whipping up dust that scratches at our […]

Sailing to Yemen with human traffickers

July 25, 2011

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Journalist who took the human smuggling voyage from Djibouti to Yemen gives a first-hand account of migrant beatings. Glen Johnson Last Modified: 18 Jul 2011 12:12 The Horn of Africa smuggling trade could involve more than 70,000 people and be worth more than $20m each year, according to a 2010 report fom Chatam House think-tank […]

Sailing to Yemen with human traffickers

July 25, 2011

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Journalist who took the human smuggling voyage from Djibouti to Yemen gives a first-hand account of migrant beatings. Glen Johnson Last Modified: 18 Jul 2011 12:12 The Horn of Africa smuggling trade could involve more than 70,000 people and be worth more than $20m each year, according to a 2010 report fom Chatam House think-tank […]

Indian women alter SlutWalk to better match country’s conservatism

July 25, 2011

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By Rama Lakshmi, Published: July 22 | Updated: Sunday, July 24, 2:44 AM View Photo Gallery — In India, a toned-down protest against sexual harassment: A “SlutWalk,” will take place in New Delhi on July 3. Women across the globe have participated in these walks, dressing provocatively in protest. New Delhi — A young man follows […]

Indian women alter SlutWalk to better match country’s conservatism

July 25, 2011

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By Rama Lakshmi, Published: July 22 | Updated: Sunday, July 24, 2:44 AM View Photo Gallery — In India, a toned-down protest against sexual harassment: A “SlutWalk,” will take place in New Delhi on July 3. Women across the globe have participated in these walks, dressing provocatively in protest. New Delhi — A young man follows […]