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Haiti quake creates new crisis among women, girls

August 31, 2011

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By Jacqueline CharlesMiami Herald PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Fourteen-day-old Alexandro Joseph has never seen a doctor and 7-month-old Lovemika Belzi has suffered from diarrhea since the day she was born. In the sprawling camps that continue to dot this broken capital after last year’s devastating earthquake, health and human rights officials warn of an another crisis: […]

Haiti quake creates new crisis among women, girls

August 31, 2011

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By Jacqueline CharlesMiami Herald PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Fourteen-day-old Alexandro Joseph has never seen a doctor and 7-month-old Lovemika Belzi has suffered from diarrhea since the day she was born. In the sprawling camps that continue to dot this broken capital after last year’s devastating earthquake, health and human rights officials warn of an another crisis: […]

Patchy Healthcare Adds to Miseries of Women and Girls

August 31, 2011

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By Inaki Borda Haitian women and girls living in makeshift camps run a high risk of sexual violence. Credit:UN Photo/Sophia Paris NEW YORK, Aug 30, 2011 (IPS) – “I just gave birth on the ground…I had no drugs for pain during delivery,” one Haitian mother tells Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a report released Tuesday […]

Patchy Healthcare Adds to Miseries of Women and Girls

August 31, 2011

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By Inaki Borda Haitian women and girls living in makeshift camps run a high risk of sexual violence. Credit:UN Photo/Sophia Paris NEW YORK, Aug 30, 2011 (IPS) – “I just gave birth on the ground…I had no drugs for pain during delivery,” one Haitian mother tells Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a report released Tuesday […]

Hymens, Sexuality, and Control

August 31, 2011

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Nawal Beauvoir* “A woman can never achieve her self-realization and bloom as a woman without having fully explored her sexuality, and having done so on her own terms and not those of society.” *** When I was in my early twenties, my dream was to become a modern, independent woman. What that meant for me […]

Hymens, Sexuality, and Control

August 31, 2011

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Nawal Beauvoir* “A woman can never achieve her self-realization and bloom as a woman without having fully explored her sexuality, and having done so on her own terms and not those of society.” *** When I was in my early twenties, my dream was to become a modern, independent woman. What that meant for me […]

Anne Sinclair: still standing by her man

August 30, 2011

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When Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged with sexual assault, he knew he could count on one ally – his formidable and well-connected wife Elizabeth DayThe Observer, Sunday 28 August 2011 On the first night of Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s house arrest in New York, his wife, Anne Sinclair, sent out for dinner. The couple were in a luxury […]

Anne Sinclair: still standing by her man

August 30, 2011

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When Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged with sexual assault, he knew he could count on one ally – his formidable and well-connected wife Elizabeth DayThe Observer, Sunday 28 August 2011 On the first night of Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s house arrest in New York, his wife, Anne Sinclair, sent out for dinner. The couple were in a luxury […]

After the Taliban: Swat women on changing life

August 30, 2011

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28 August 2011 Swat in north-west Pakistan is still recovering from a period of militancy several years ago. Men and women deemed un-Islamic were killed by the Taliban and their bodies dumped on the street. Hundreds of girls’ schools were destroyed before the army ousted the militants in 2009. A local school girl and Swat’s […]

After the Taliban: Swat women on changing life

August 30, 2011

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28 August 2011 Swat in north-west Pakistan is still recovering from a period of militancy several years ago. Men and women deemed un-Islamic were killed by the Taliban and their bodies dumped on the street. Hundreds of girls’ schools were destroyed before the army ousted the militants in 2009. A local school girl and Swat’s […]

Toilet Queue Starts Women’s Day in Delhi Slums

August 30, 2011

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By Aditi BishnoiWeNews correspondentTuesday, August 30, 2011 Thousands of women in the sprawling shantytowns outside of New Delhi face a long queue for a grimy toilet and dirty water. Even though the government recognizes women’s special need for sanitation and water, no special provisions are made. NEW DELHI (WOMENSENEWS)–Thousands of women living in resettlement colonies […]

Toilet Queue Starts Women’s Day in Delhi Slums

August 30, 2011

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By Aditi BishnoiWeNews correspondentTuesday, August 30, 2011 Thousands of women in the sprawling shantytowns outside of New Delhi face a long queue for a grimy toilet and dirty water. Even though the government recognizes women’s special need for sanitation and water, no special provisions are made. NEW DELHI (WOMENSENEWS)–Thousands of women living in resettlement colonies […]

During Ramadan, Women Are Still in the Kitchen

August 30, 2011

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29 August 2011Sara YasinUnited Kingdom “Questioning the distribution of labour in a household is not exclusive to Muslim households. In retrospect, I think that would have been a crucial time to re-negotiate how we distributed domestic work throughout the household. Not just during Ramadan, but for the whole year.” *** As a child, Ramadan was […]

During Ramadan, Women Are Still in the Kitchen

August 30, 2011

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29 August 2011Sara YasinUnited Kingdom “Questioning the distribution of labour in a household is not exclusive to Muslim households. In retrospect, I think that would have been a crucial time to re-negotiate how we distributed domestic work throughout the household. Not just during Ramadan, but for the whole year.” *** As a child, Ramadan was […]

CAMBODIA-THAILAND: Men trafficked into "slavery" at sea

August 30, 2011

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PHNOM PENH, 29 August 2011 (IRIN) – Taing Ky* and his cousin were told they would be gardeners in Thailand, but instead they were forced to work on Thai fishing boats. Photo: David Swanson/IRINMore Cambodian men than women are trafficked Each year, hundreds of Cambodian men, many impoverished farmers, are lured from their homes with […]

CAMBODIA-THAILAND: Men trafficked into "slavery" at sea

August 30, 2011

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PHNOM PENH, 29 August 2011 (IRIN) – Taing Ky* and his cousin were told they would be gardeners in Thailand, but instead they were forced to work on Thai fishing boats. Photo: David Swanson/IRINMore Cambodian men than women are trafficked Each year, hundreds of Cambodian men, many impoverished farmers, are lured from their homes with […]

Beyond suffrage: How far have women come since?

August 30, 2011

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By EVE WEINBAUM AND RACHEL ROTHLos Angeles TimesPosted on Mon, Aug. 29, 2011 Today we celebrate the anniversary of female suffrage, a victory that took more than 70 years of political struggle to achieve. After women won the right to vote in 1920, socialist feminist Crystal Eastman observed that suffrage was an important first step […]

Beyond suffrage: How far have women come since?

August 30, 2011

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By EVE WEINBAUM AND RACHEL ROTHLos Angeles TimesPosted on Mon, Aug. 29, 2011 Today we celebrate the anniversary of female suffrage, a victory that took more than 70 years of political struggle to achieve. After women won the right to vote in 1920, socialist feminist Crystal Eastman observed that suffrage was an important first step […]

Culture Drives Gender Gap in Spatial Abilities, Study Finds

August 30, 2011

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Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior WriterDate: 29 August 2011 Time: 03:00 PM ET Studies show that men outscore women in tests of spatial abilities, including the sorts of mental rotation tasks needed to do puzzles. But a study published Aug. 29 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that patriarchal cultures could […]

Culture Drives Gender Gap in Spatial Abilities, Study Finds

August 30, 2011

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Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior WriterDate: 29 August 2011 Time: 03:00 PM ET Studies show that men outscore women in tests of spatial abilities, including the sorts of mental rotation tasks needed to do puzzles. But a study published Aug. 29 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that patriarchal cultures could […]

The Math Gender Gap: Nurture Trumps Nature

August 30, 2011

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By Maia Szalavitz Tuesday, August 30, 2011 Getty Images Rural India might not seem a likely place to study the roots of gender differences in math performance. But a new study of two tribes living in the northeast of the country offers intriguing evidence that biology alone does not determine women’s math aptitude (or lack […]

The Math Gender Gap: Nurture Trumps Nature

August 30, 2011

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By Maia Szalavitz Tuesday, August 30, 2011 Getty Images Rural India might not seem a likely place to study the roots of gender differences in math performance. But a new study of two tribes living in the northeast of the country offers intriguing evidence that biology alone does not determine women’s math aptitude (or lack […]

Survivor of human trafficking and sex slavery on set for film shooting in Kirkland

August 28, 2011

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By CARRIE WOODKirkland Reporter EditorAug 27 2011 A Russian mob had taken her identity long ago inside a dark warehouse. But now, on a sunny afternoon, the Korean-American walked past the long white trailers that lined Seventh Street in the Norkirk neighborhood, stopping at her dressing room marked with her name – Chong Kim. A […]

Survivor of human trafficking and sex slavery on set for film shooting in Kirkland

August 28, 2011

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By CARRIE WOODKirkland Reporter EditorAug 27 2011 A Russian mob had taken her identity long ago inside a dark warehouse. But now, on a sunny afternoon, the Korean-American walked past the long white trailers that lined Seventh Street in the Norkirk neighborhood, stopping at her dressing room marked with her name – Chong Kim. A […]

Female Trafficking Soars in Iraq

August 28, 2011

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Al-Battaween, the red light street in Baghdad. Credit:Rebecca Murray/IPS. By Rebecca Murray BAGHDAD, Aug 27, 2011 (IPS) – Rania was 16 years old when officials raped her during Saddam Hussein’s 1991 crackdown in Iraq’s Shia south. “My bothers were sentenced to death, and the price to stop this was to offer my body,” she says. […]

Female Trafficking Soars in Iraq

August 28, 2011

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Al-Battaween, the red light street in Baghdad. Credit:Rebecca Murray/IPS. By Rebecca Murray BAGHDAD, Aug 27, 2011 (IPS) – Rania was 16 years old when officials raped her during Saddam Hussein’s 1991 crackdown in Iraq’s Shia south. “My bothers were sentenced to death, and the price to stop this was to offer my body,” she says. […]

Honey Money: The Power of Erotic Capital by Catherine Hakim – review

August 28, 2011

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Should women trade on their ‘erotic capital’ to get ahead? Elizabeth Day The Observer, Sunday 28 August 2011 Lip service: according to Catherine Hakim, all women should exploit their erotic charms to get ahead. Photograph: Alamy There is so much to object to in this book that it is hard to know where to start. […]

Honey Money: The Power of Erotic Capital by Catherine Hakim – review

August 28, 2011

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Should women trade on their ‘erotic capital’ to get ahead? Elizabeth Day The Observer, Sunday 28 August 2011 Lip service: according to Catherine Hakim, all women should exploit their erotic charms to get ahead. Photograph: Alamy There is so much to object to in this book that it is hard to know where to start. […]

The gender struggle in India

August 28, 2011

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As India evolves from a traditional to a modern society, what challenges are Indian women facing?The Cafe Last Modified: 27 Aug 2011 08:35 India has produced a female president, a prime minister, business tycoons and countless Bollywood starlets. But becoming a successful Indian woman depends on the caste you are born into and what part […]

The gender struggle in India

August 28, 2011

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As India evolves from a traditional to a modern society, what challenges are Indian women facing?The Cafe Last Modified: 27 Aug 2011 08:35 India has produced a female president, a prime minister, business tycoons and countless Bollywood starlets. But becoming a successful Indian woman depends on the caste you are born into and what part […]

Slow climb for women in the workplace

August 28, 2011

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Sun-Herald editorial August 28, 2011 THE imperative of equality for women in the workforce has undergone a philosophical shift. Forty-odd years ago, when international feminism was nascent and in Australia the Women’s Electoral Lobby was being formed, the call for redressing gender imbalance was all about discrimination. In the second decade of a new century […]

Slow climb for women in the workplace

August 28, 2011

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Sun-Herald editorial August 28, 2011 THE imperative of equality for women in the workforce has undergone a philosophical shift. Forty-odd years ago, when international feminism was nascent and in Australia the Women’s Electoral Lobby was being formed, the call for redressing gender imbalance was all about discrimination. In the second decade of a new century […]

Recent attacks on women in the north and east of Sri Lanka – impunity and lack of rule of law.

August 27, 2011

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Attached here is the full report from Sri Lanka’s Women’s Action Network, which is based on testimonies mainly of minority Tamil and Muslims affected by this recent wave of violence. Statement by women on the recent attacks on women, impunity and the lack of the rule of law. This report is based on interviews given […]

Recent attacks on women in the north and east of Sri Lanka – impunity and lack of rule of law.

August 27, 2011

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In the month of August 2011 many women in the north and the east of Sri Lanka have been attacked individually, and the female population terrorized more generally, by unidentified men, attackers now colloquially referred to as ‘Grease Yakas’. These incidents and the response of law enforcement and government agencies indicate a larger problem in […]

How an Ethiopian slave became a South African teacher

August 27, 2011

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25 August 2011Sandra Rowoldt ShellUniversity of Cape Town Bisho Jarsa, trained as a domestic servant, went on to become a teacher When Neville Alexander used to visit his maternal grandmother Bisho Jarsa as a boy, he never suspected the extraordinary story of how she had come from Ethiopia to the South African city of Port […]

How an Ethiopian slave became a South African teacher

August 27, 2011

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25 August 2011Sandra Rowoldt ShellUniversity of Cape Town Bisho Jarsa, trained as a domestic servant, went on to become a teacher When Neville Alexander used to visit his maternal grandmother Bisho Jarsa as a boy, he never suspected the extraordinary story of how she had come from Ethiopia to the South African city of Port […]

Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

August 27, 2011

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Introduction The United Nations Commission on Human Rights in resolution 1994/45, adopted on 4 March 1994 , decided to appoint a Special Rapporteur on violence against women, including its causes and consequences. The mandate was extended by the Commission on Human Rights in 2003, at its 59th session in resolution 2003/45. In the same resolution […]

Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

August 27, 2011

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Introduction The United Nations Commission on Human Rights in resolution 1994/45, adopted on 4 March 1994 , decided to appoint a Special Rapporteur on violence against women, including its causes and consequences. The mandate was extended by the Commission on Human Rights in 2003, at its 59th session in resolution 2003/45. In the same resolution […]

NEPAL: Reintegration challenges for displaced women, girls

August 27, 2011

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KATHMANDU, 26 August 2011 (IRIN) – Nepal’s efforts to help conflict-affected women and girls gain a stronger footing in society may not be enough for the widows, rape victims and former Maoist combatants now tainted by social stigma, activists say. “Because women have held guns and left their homes, because they were sexually assaulted, people […]

NEPAL: Reintegration challenges for displaced women, girls

August 27, 2011

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KATHMANDU, 26 August 2011 (IRIN) – Nepal’s efforts to help conflict-affected women and girls gain a stronger footing in society may not be enough for the widows, rape victims and former Maoist combatants now tainted by social stigma, activists say. “Because women have held guns and left their homes, because they were sexually assaulted, people […]

What’s fueling Bible Belt divorces

August 27, 2011

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By Katia Hetter, Special to CNNAugust 25, 2011 Southerners tend to run to the altar earlier, but also more often to divorce court, experts say. (CNN) — While the Bible Belt is known for its devotion to traditional values, Southerners don’t do so well on one key family value: They are more likely to get […]

GCSE results: Gender gap widens in record-breaking year

August 25, 2011

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25 August 2011 Girls have increased their lead over boys in top-grade in GCSEs, in another record-breaking year of results.The performance gap between boys and girls has now reached its the widest ever – 6.7 percentage points – at the top grades of A* and A. More exam entries overall were given the A and […]

GCSE results: Gender gap widens in record-breaking year

August 25, 2011

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25 August 2011 Girls have increased their lead over boys in top-grade in GCSEs, in another record-breaking year of results.The performance gap between boys and girls has now reached its the widest ever – 6.7 percentage points – at the top grades of A* and A. More exam entries overall were given the A and […]

Researchers compare non-medical vaginal surgery to genital mutilation

August 25, 2011

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Posted on 24 August 2011 Vaginal reconstruction surgery that is carried out even when medically unnecessary is similar to the female genital mutilation carried out predominantly in Africa, say researchers at the Elizabeth Garret Anderson Hospital in London. This claim comes after a study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology found that […]

Researchers compare non-medical vaginal surgery to genital mutilation

August 25, 2011

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Posted on 24 August 2011 Vaginal reconstruction surgery that is carried out even when medically unnecessary is similar to the female genital mutilation carried out predominantly in Africa, say researchers at the Elizabeth Garret Anderson Hospital in London. This claim comes after a study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology found that […]

130 women killed in Juárez this year; Chihuahua AG says fight for women’s rights painful and slow

August 25, 2011

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Marisela Ortega Lozano / El Paso TimesPosted: 08/25/2011 04:33:25 AM MDT As violence against women escalates in Juárez and Chihuahua state, Chihuahua prosecutors acknowledged the long struggle held in the region to claim women’s rights. Chihuahua’s Attorney General Carlos Manuel Salas gathered Tuesday with members of a Mexican committee on femicides in México City to […]

130 women killed in Juárez this year; Chihuahua AG says fight for women’s rights painful and slow

August 25, 2011

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Marisela Ortega Lozano / El Paso TimesPosted: 08/25/2011 04:33:25 AM MDT As violence against women escalates in Juárez and Chihuahua state, Chihuahua prosecutors acknowledged the long struggle held in the region to claim women’s rights. Chihuahua’s Attorney General Carlos Manuel Salas gathered Tuesday with members of a Mexican committee on femicides in México City to […]

Helene Is a Survivor, Not a Victim

August 24, 2011

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24 August 2011 Marie Targonski-0’Brien “…how can I possibly refer to someone like Helene as a victim when the only way I see her is as a survivor?” In The Democratic Republic of Congo, the voice of a woman is seldom heard. While the torment of rape and sexual violence ripples throughout a country stricken […]

Helene Is a Survivor, Not a Victim

August 24, 2011

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24 August 2011 Marie Targonski-0’Brien “…how can I possibly refer to someone like Helene as a victim when the only way I see her is as a survivor?” In The Democratic Republic of Congo, the voice of a woman is seldom heard. While the torment of rape and sexual violence ripples throughout a country stricken […]

To Prevent Violence, Insist Men Stop the Abuse

August 23, 2011

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By Rob OkunWeNews commentatorTuesday, August 23, 2011 A recent editorial about a domestic violence murder case in Massachusetts placed the onus on stopping this violence on women. Rob Okun says the responsibility lies with men too, and that it’s time for men to speak up. (WOMENSENEWS)–In the drive to end violence against women, even well-meaning […]