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Moral ‘Crimes’ Land Afghan Women in Jail

March 30, 2012

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By ROD NORDLANDPublished: March 28, 2012 KABUL, Afghanistan — Asma W., 36, ran away from her husband after he beat her, threw boiling water on her, gave her a sexually transmitted disease and announced that he would marry his mistress. Fawzia, 15, took refuge with a family that drugged her and forced her into prostitution. […]

Rep. Gwen Moore on Her Own Sexual Assault, Violence Against Women Act

March 30, 2012

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by Patricia Murphy Mar 29, 2012 12:13 AM EDT Rep. Gwen Moore took to the House floor Wednesday to share her personal experience of sexual assault. She tells Patricia Murphy why the Violence Against Women Act must be passed—and how this Congress has a preoccupation with ‘putting women in their place.’ Rep. Gwen Moore is […]

On the front lines of sexual violence fight

March 30, 2012

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Women’s Center speaker a leader in efforts to combat assault using new media, technology Nancy Schwartzman, keynote speaker at the 32nd annual Women’s Center banquet Wednesday, made the 2009 documentary “The Line,” which chronicles her experiences after being raped in Israel. She also helped develop a “Circle of 6” app that helps women connect quickly […]

Not For Sale: The Sex Industry Sell Out

March 30, 2012

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Reblogged from Surviving prostitution and addiction Sunday, 25 March 2012 The one and only reason that I am against prostitution and pornography is that I am for people. I believe in people. Male and female we deserve more than this, this narrow view of sexuality and gender, this web of lies concocted and perpetuated by […]

Look Behind the Closed Doors

March 30, 2012

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Reblogged from rmott62 After my post yesterday, I have felt I have to write more, get closer into the realities of pushing prostitution indoors. I want to confront why it is possible to believe that it must be safer – I want to look at some of the many myths that make that illusion. I […]

The Aftermath

March 30, 2012

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Reblogged from Survivors Connect NetworkFree Irish Woman, FreeIrishWoman on 2012/03/30 By FreeIrishWoman In the wake of every traumatic experience humans are re-traumatised, in new and unfamiliar ways, which combine to create the occurrence of an aftermath. Often the newly-discovered politics and the integral confusions of these repercussions are at least as traumatic as the experiences […]

Rural women’s empowerment: A long road ahead

March 30, 2012

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Published: 27/03/2012 © FAO/G. Napolitano Advancing rural women’s economic empowerment and access to decent rural employment, supporting associations in giving them a stronger voice in decision-making, and fostering their better access to land are three priority areas in enabling rural women to realize their full potential for food and nutrition security. The UN Inter-Agency Task […]

Muslim lesbian couple fight deportation

March 28, 2012

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By Tom Godfrey, QMI AGENCY TORONTO – A Muslim lesbian couple who claim they will be killed if deported to their native Israel due to their sexuality is being given a second chance to remain in Canada. Iman Musa and Majida Mugrabi, of Toronto, arrived in Canada from Tel Aviv in 2007 and filed unsuccessful […]

When Home Is No Refuge for Women

March 28, 2012

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By NILANJANA S. ROYPublished: March 27, 2012 NEW DELHI — This month, two women’s stories, told courageously, helped to underline the reality of domestic violence in India. Nita Bhalla, a journalist, wrote for the BBC about being physically assaulted by her partner. Meena Kandasamy, a poet and writer on social issues, wrote movingly in Outlook, […]

One Tibetan woman’s tragic path to self-immolation

March 27, 2012

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Tsering Kyi had witnessed the erosion of her family’s way of life and the repression of her fellow students’ protests. This month she doused herself in five litres of petrol and set herself alight Jason Burke in Dharamsalaguardian.co.uk, Monday 26 March 2012 Tibetan monks hold placards showing others who had set themselves on fire to […]

I never said yes: Sarah’s story

March 27, 2012

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Posted on 27 March 2012 Nicole Campbell, Pips Taylor and Sarah Lauren Scott Four hundred and sixty days ago my life was changed forever. Four hundred and sixty days ago I was raped. I was 19 years old, carefree and trying to figure out the balance between education, being a mother to my beautiful son, […]

Time to lay responsibility at the rapist’s door

March 27, 2012

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A government campaign that shifts the focus of rape prevention from ‘vulnerable’ young women on to the perpetrators is welcome Carlene Firminguardian.co.uk, Tuesday 27 March 2012 A young woman holds a placard at a ‘slut walk’ demonstration. A new government campaign wants those who commit sexual violence to be challenged to recognise it as such. […]

Dublin Call Girl: Sometimes I Want to Go Back to Escorting Again

March 26, 2012

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Reblogged from Survivors Connect Network Sister Survivor Dublin Call Girl has written a brilliant new post about what she calls the pullback – a compelling drive to return to prostitution most of us survivors get after we’ve exited. Prostitution is another country with its own brutal rules. That’s where we’ve been living. We’ve been treated as […]

Reema Abdullah is a role model for Saudi women athletes

March 26, 2012

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Aspiring to be the first Saudi woman to carry the Olympic torch is brave in a country that condemns female physical exercise Eman Al Nafjan guardian.co.uk, Monday 26 March 2012 Reema Abdullah, Jeddah United striker and Olympic hopeful. Photograph: AP The first school I went to in Riyadh was, of course, an all-girls school. I […]

Report: Women Farmers Denied Equal Rights

March 26, 2012

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March 23, 2012Joe DeCapua Photo: Bread for the World Bread for the World says women farmers need equal rights and equal access to resources. A humanitarian group says if women farmers had the same rights as men much more could be done to reduce world hunger. Bread for the World says equal access to agricultural […]

How the “Pro-Life” Movement Puts Women Behind Bars

March 24, 2012

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March 17,2012 In Alabama, the claim that eggs, embryos and fetuses have separate legal rights has led to the jailing of 60 women. Numerous organizations and leaders who identify themselves as pro-life have assured the public that their efforts to re-criminalize abortion and establish the unborn as separate legal persons will not result in the […]

Defining the new male ideal

March 24, 2012

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By Ashley Strickland, Special to CNNMarch 24, 2012 Personal trainer Drew Manning went from being ideal to overweight for his “Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit” campaign (CNN) — Drew Manning thought he had the body of the ideal man: 6 feet 2 inches of tanned musculature, sculpted arms and washboard abs that narrowed to a […]

Watchdog raises questions over impact of Nike’s Girl Hub

March 24, 2012

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The DfID funded scheme has succeeded in energising people to consider girls’ needs but should focus on making a difference Posted by Claire Provost Friday 23 March 2012 On message or missing the point? Girl Hub, a joint initiative between DfID and the Nike foundation, has been reviewed critically by the ICAI. Photograph: Nike foundation […]

Color-coded confessions: Background shades of the marriage process

March 22, 2012

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Reblogged from altmuslimah By Shazia Kamal, March 22, 2012 << From the AltMuslimah Archives >> “He is educated, Mashallah …a lawyer, and the age difference is just right. I talked to his mother, too. She was absolutely delightful, she agreed with me on everything! She is sending his picture through the e-mail right now.” Barely […]

Anti-Discrimination Bill Fast-Tracked After Brutal Gay Bashing

March 22, 2012

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By Marianela Jarroud SANTIAGO, Mar 21, 2012 (IPS) – “We shouldn’t have to live in fear. We’re citizens and voters of Chile, we have jobs, and yet we live in daily fear of being attacked,” said 33-year-old Carla Oviedo, a victim of discrimination on the grounds of her sexual orientation. In 2010, after she had […]

Indian girl trapped in life of cigarette rolling

March 22, 2012

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Reblogged from kracktivist By RAVI NESSMANAssociated Press A pack of Bidi cigarettes (Photo credit: Wikipedia) DHULIYAN, India — Sagira Ansari sits on a dusty sack outside her uneven brick home in this poor town in eastern India, her legs folded beneath her. She cracks her knuckles, then rubs charcoal ash between her palms. With the […]

Max Baucus: Work is Not Done to Combat Domestic Violence

March 22, 2012

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Max BaucusU.S. News & World ReportMarch 20, 2012 Eighteen years ago, Congress took an important step to addressing the rise in domestic violence and sexual assault in this country. I was proud to help lead the effort to pass the Violence Against Women Act in 1994, and I am proud to add my name to […]

The rise of Mormon feminist bloggers

March 20, 2012

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Women are using social media to challenge the patriarchy of the Mormon church Frieda Klotz guardian.co.uk, Monday 19 March 2012 Mormon feminists are increasingly finding kindred spirits online. Photograph: D’Arcy Benincosa On her 30th birthday, which she celebrated in New York City, D’Arcy Benincosa did the wildest thing she could think of: she ordered a […]

Where Pimps Peddle Their Goods

March 20, 2012

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By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOFPublished: March 17, 2012 Ashley Gilbertson/VII, for The New York TimesOnce, pimps routinely advertised Alissa on Backpage.com. She escaped, and now she is a college senior. I WENT on a walk in Manhattan the other day with a young woman who once had to work these streets, hired out by eight pimps […]

The fight for women’s bodies and the race to the White House

March 20, 2012

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Posted on 19 March 2012.Auveen WoodWVoN co-editor Although taxation was predicted as the issue that would dominate the 2012 US presidential election, abortion, birth control and gay marriage have so far been at the forefront of the Republican primaries. This year a record number of states, including Oklahoma, Virginia and Pennsylvania have enacted legislation restricting […]

Breaking the cycle

March 19, 2012

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Mary CrooksMarch 18, 2012 Illustration: Matt Davidson. To keep quiet about sexism and verbal put-downs is to condone violence. TRUE story. People hovered in the chemist shop waiting area. She felt one of the guys looking her up and down. Taking his turn to speak with the chemist, he said loudly: ”You can always tell […]

Women Urge Morocco’s Parliament to Repeal Law on Sexual Violence

March 19, 2012

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012Park Ji-won, Arirang News Protesters are chanting loudly, each holding a picture of a young girl. This is a 16-year-old Amina El-Filali, who committed suicide earlier this month, after six months of forced marriage to a man who raped her. Her death sparked a demonstration by hundreds of women outside of the […]

Sudan’s Nuba women “better-equipped” to cope with war than men

March 17, 2012

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10 Feb 2012 17:01Source: alertnet // Katie Nguyen The home of a Nuba tribe family is seen on the side of a mountain in Kadogli town in the South Kordofan state of Sudan June 14, 2010. REUTERS/Mohamed Nurdldin Abdallh By Katie Nguyen LONDON (AlertNet) – What do we know about women caught up in conflicts? […]

The recession’s gender factor

March 17, 2012

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Okabayashi Kazumi, an employee of Toto Ltd., leaves her office in Kitakyushu earlier than her co-workers. Okabayashi is working under the company’s program that allows reduced working hours for employees so that they can take care of their children. (Mainichi) It’s the Year of the Dragon and time to face our fears. But Japanese men, […]

Saving Face: A Conversation with Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

March 17, 2012

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Janis Mackey Frayer, South Asia Bureau Chief | CTV News | Thursday Mar. 8, 2012 Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy accepts the Oscar for best documentary short for ‘Saving Face’ during the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) In 2009, I watched Saira Liaqat in the doorway of the tiny house in […]

Yvonne Ridley: finding feminism in Islam

March 17, 2012

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Posted on 16 March 2012.Lucy Miller WVoN co-editor Yvonne Ridley is a journalist, author, peace activist and film-maker. She was captured by the Taliban in September 2001 after crossing the Afghan border wearing a burqa. After her release she read the Qur’an and subsequently converted to Islam. WVoN spoke to her about feminism, faith and […]

Indian mothers hold mass wedding in ‘village of sex workers’ to save daughters from prostitution

March 16, 2012

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Women in west India hamlet have been sold in sex trade for generations By Philip Caulfield / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, March 11, 2012 A young Indian bride walks with her family on the way to a wedding organized by a local agency in the village of Vadiya, India, on Sunday. A human rights […]

How we can connect with feminism’s global future

March 16, 2012

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In the west, feminism has stalled. But elsewhere, women have found in it a new model of Enlightenment rights and freedoms Naomi Wolf guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 14 March 2012 Women join a protest against Yemen’s then President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Taiz, April 2011, enraged by his remarks that it was against Islam for women to […]

Why Interacting with a Woman Can Leave Men "Cognitively Impaired"

March 16, 2012

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In one experiment, just telling a man he would be observed by a female was enough to hurt his psychological performance. By Daisy Grewal | March 13, 2012 Movies and television shows are full of scenes where a man tries unsuccessfully to interact with a pretty woman. In many cases, the potential suitor ends up […]

St Petersburg bans ‘homosexual propaganda’

March 13, 2012

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Russian city is fourth to adopt anti-gay legislation as politicians and Orthodox Church push for laws to apply nationwide Miriam Elder in Moscowguardian.co.uk, Monday 12 March 2012 A Russian police officer detains a man dressed in a bridal gown during a gay rights protest in Moscow. Photograph: Denis Sinyakov/Reuters Twenty years after homosexuality was decriminalised […]

Twitter’s tales of sexism

March 13, 2012

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On International Women’s Day last week, Linda Grant tweeted her thoughts about why feminism still matters. Thousands of shocking responses – from women and men – proved her point Linda Grantguardian.co.uk, Monday 12 March 2012 This is a story of a tweet. Not the one above, but the one it was responding to. I did […]

I salute Meena Kandasamy, each and every domestic Violence survivor needs to read this

March 13, 2012

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Reblogged from kractivist Meena is my Facebook friend, and I salute her, as it takes extraordinary courage to come out in the open about a violent and an abusive marriage, I hope this step by Meena ,will give the courage to many such women trapped in such abusive relationships to break their shackles ‘With sad-woman […]

We Believe You – rape myths we’re challenging

March 13, 2012

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There are so many myths about rape – about what it is, about who does it, and whom it happens to. Consciously or not, many people in Britain believe these myths, and they’re reflected in the media, and in the criminal justice system. These myths discourage women from coming forward when they’ve been raped. They […]

Silent Scream

March 13, 2012

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A short film by Integrate Bristol in partnership with Zed Productions This film was shown on 30th June 2011 at The Watershed Bristol.   SILENT SCREAM is a drama-documentary made by 27 young women who attend schools in the Bristol area. Its primary aim is to persuade the communities that the practice of female genital […]

‘I’ll proudly fight for women and Afghanistan’

March 12, 2012

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Sadaf Rahimi is an unlikely Olympian with a powerful sense of purpose Emine Sanerguardian.co.uk, Sunday 11 March 2012 Sadaf Rahimi, an Afghan boxer, practices at a boxing club in Kabul. Photograph: Musadeq Sadeq/ASSOCIATED PRESS If it’s unusual to see a woman representing Afghanistan at the Olympic Games, her choice of sport is even more surprising. […]

The future of sexual harassment

March 11, 2012

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We’ve come a long way in our attitudes about sex and the office — but not far enough. An expert explains Saturday, Mar 10, 2012 A detail from the cover of “Sex and the Office: A History of Gender, Power, and Desire” These days, it’s impossible to discuss sex in the office without immediately thinking […]

When beauty is rendered as a tool to assert and/or negotiate spaces.

March 11, 2012

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Reblogged from kractivist by Minakshee Rode In a place like Pune University, whenever I look around, particularly, at the post graduate students studying English Literature, Caste and gender studies, one question always bothers me: what do we expect our mind-sets to be? Students are learning just rhetoric and politically correct language specifically in terms of caste. […]

Gender Equity Index 2012: The gap has not reached an “acceptable” level in any country

March 10, 2012

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Published on Thu, 2012-03-08 ■ Mongolia narrowed the gap putting legislation into force■ Brazil reached a low score in political empowerment, although the president is a woman■ Social Watch Italy: “The economic crisis could represent an opportunity to change” The achievements made by women all over the world towards equity in education are still very […]

Madonna, Naked Hunks, and Anal Intercourse: Long Live the Feminine World

March 10, 2012

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Marten WeberPosted: 03/ 9/2012 For most of human history, we lived in male cultures. Men hunted and warred, women raised children, cooked, and gathered or cultivated food. Roles such as these are inscribed into the psyche of many nations and are almost universally codified in sacred texts. Today, we are living in a feminine world […]

French report calls for end to sexualisation of children

March 10, 2012

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Former minister wants ban on beauty contests for under-16s and children’s lingerie in wake of 10-year-old’s Vogue spread Kim Willsher in Paris guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 6 March 2012 Chantal Jouanno, the report’s author, said ‘mini-miss’ beauty pageants encouraged children to dress up as ‘sexual candy’. Photograph: Ruslan Krivobok/RIA Novosti A French government report is calling for […]

Arab Spring Fails to Allay Women’s Anxieties

March 10, 2012

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By RANA F. SWEISPublished: March 7, 2012 Rana F. Sweis for The International Herald TribuneA participant at a meeting in Sousse, Tunisia, last month on changes in the Arab world. After recent elections, women remain underrepresented in the region’s parliaments. AMMAN — Like many Tunisians, Maroua Ben Salah, 23, never imagined that her life and […]

In Art, a Strong Voice for Chinese Women

March 10, 2012

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By DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOWPublished: March 7, 2012 BEIJING — It almost wouldn’t be a real Chinese art opening without security officials barging in and ordering paintings off the wall. By that yardstick alone, the Saturday opening of Bald Girls, a feminist art show in the 798 arts district of Beijing, was a tremendous success. Plainclothes […]

It’s a women’s world: Dedicated activists who are raising awareness of social issues

March 8, 2012

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By Monalisa Das and Harsha Chawla UPDATED: 02:30 GMT, 8 March 2012 The power of blogging to draw attention to social issues became apparent some years ago, when the blog, Blank Noise, started by Jasmeen Patheja succeeded in raising awareness about street sexual harassment. A student of the Srishti School of Art Design and Technology […]

The Spectacular Triumph of Working Women Around the World

March 8, 2012

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Mar 7 2012 An appreciation of how far women have come in the world economy — and how far they still have to go, even in the U.S. Reuters Growth is complicated. But there are a few easy rules. One such decree is that you cannot expect to have a fully functioning economy if you […]

Human rights tops all other rights

March 8, 2012

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March 8 2012 By Navi Pillay Picture: AP Photo/LM Otero I am conscious of the divergent view both within and outside the (the Human Rights) Council on the rights of individuals based on sexual orientation and gender identity. However, I am certain that none among you will be willing to tolerate serious, systematic violations of […]