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Testimony reveals systematic abduction a

September 28, 2015

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Testimony reveals systematic abduction and abuse of thousands of women and girls as young as 12, held in ‘rape camps’ across Unity state

Pope Francis’ call to Congress last week

September 28, 2015

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Pope Francis’ call to Congress last week to end capital punishment has sparked renewed interest in efforts by anti-death-penalty activists to halt the execution of Kelly Gissendaner, the only woman on Georgia’s death row, scheduled for Tuesday.

Rania Abouzeid writes about prostitution

September 28, 2015

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Rania Abouzeid writes about prostitution and women’s rights in Iraq, as the Islamic State and militias seize control of the country.

State can’t force women to have their t

September 28, 2015

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State can’t force women to have their tubes tied, nor would it want to, says minister.

Millennium development goals report says

September 28, 2015

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Millennium development goals report says African leaders must build on progress, seek fresh finance and beef up data to meet the new global goals

Report alleges serious setback for democ

September 28, 2015

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Report alleges serious setback for democracy as 40,000 removed from jobs and police and media figures imprisoned

Pope Francis, you are likely a wonderful

September 28, 2015

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Pope Francis, you are likely a wonderful person but you apparently have little sense of justice when it comes to the marginalized and still disenfranchised Indigenous peoples of America.

The juvenile offender could be executed

September 28, 2015

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The juvenile offender could be executed but hackers claiming to be with the Anonymous hacktivist network vow to wreak online havoc for Saudi Arabia in retaliation

How did it come to be that America’s pr

September 27, 2015

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How did it come to be that America’s prison population is the largest in the civilized world, and what hope is there of changing the course of this…

Three companies that had been using Sout

September 27, 2015

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Three companies that had been using South Carolina inmate labor and paying below $2 an hour must now pay the inmates minimum wage.

Domestic violence is a serious issue fac

September 27, 2015

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Domestic violence is a serious issue facing society and judges. But in the 1960s, it did not get the serious attention it does today. Like incest, sexual abuse and child abuse, it was relegated to the shadows, and its victims suffered privately.

The battles for the vote, the right to w

September 27, 2015

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The battles for the vote, the right to work and to control fertility have been won – in the rich world at least. Individuals suffer sexual violence and discrimination. But deplorable though their suffering is, it cannot detract from the extraordinary advances women have made in the past 150 years. Today’s blazing rows about young […]

A recent surge in homicides comes at a t

September 27, 2015

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A recent surge in homicides comes at a time when Kansas City had been making significant strides in efforts to prevent them through the Kansas City No Violence Alliance. But while KC NoVA’s efforts focus on known violent criminals and their associates, officials say that a number of September’s killings have involved situations such as […]

The report, ‘Gender Injustice: System-L

September 27, 2015

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The report, ‘Gender Injustice: System-Level Juvenile Justice Reforms for Girls’ was carried out by the National Crittenton Foundation and the National Women’s Law Center. http://ow.ly/SIDjN

https://news.vice.com/article/mexican-ba

September 25, 2015

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https://news.vice.com/article/mexican-babies-might-have-been-sold-for-up-to-20000-to-american-couples

Since August, inmates at Pelican Bay sta

September 25, 2015

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Since August, inmates at Pelican Bay state prison say they have been awoken every half hour by guards in a practice that amounts to sleep deprivation

“The Kite Runner,” Khaled Hosseini’s 200

September 25, 2015

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“The Kite Runner,” Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 novel, featured a pivotal and highly controversial scene in which one of the young male protagonists is raped by an older youth. That harrowing section of the best-selling book highlighted the rampant sexual abuse of children in Afghanistan. Now, a revelation—even more horrifying—has implicated real-life U.S. soldiers serving in […]

In a symbolic political move, the House

September 25, 2015

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In a symbolic political move, the House of Representatives voted in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood. Although it’s clear that the White House would veto the legislation, the misguided action by Congress shows how disconnected politicians are from the realities Americans face when it comes to health care. In fact, some Republicans in Congress are […]

A sex workers’ group wants the law banni

September 25, 2015

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A sex workers’ group wants the law banning prostitution abolished. Around 1,000 members of the Hanteo National Union, the Korean sex workers’ organization, rallied in Jongno, Seoul, Wednesday to condemn the law for threatening their right to make a living selling sex. “Sex workers are persecuted minorities and the current law has threatened their livelihood,” […]

Israel’s security cabinet voted unanimou

September 25, 2015

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Israel’s security cabinet voted unanimously Thursday evening to permit the use of sniper-fire against stone throwers in circumstances where an officer’s life is not at imminent risk. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed the changes and declared the increased measures were a “fight against those who throw rocks and firebombs, and shoot fireworks.”

The British government has said it will

September 25, 2015

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The British government has said it will “urgently” raise with Saudi Arabia the case of a juvenile sentenced to ‘crucifixion’– but has given no indication that it will withdraw a controversial bid for a contract with the Saudi justice system, while criticism of the US grows for its silence on the case.

EXCLUSIVE: There are just 333 women and

September 25, 2015

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EXCLUSIVE: There are just 333 women and 123 children trapped in Calais’ encampment without money and safety, many sleeping six-to-a-tent for fear of being raped at night when men drink and fight.

The BDS movement will continue its campa

September 25, 2015

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The BDS movement will continue its campaign against the Israeli company as it opens a new factory in Bedouin area.

In Casamance, a region located in the so

September 25, 2015

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In Casamance, a region located in the south of Senegal, women play a fundamental role in artisanal fish processing, a traditional way of storing and adding value to fresh fish when the catch exceeds what can be consumed.

I was born with a rare congenital diseas

September 25, 2015

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I was born with a rare congenital disease that only two other people in the world have. And I was bullied for it and branded ‘the world’s ugliest woman.’ Here’s my story.

LAWRENCE — In the aftermath of the murde

September 25, 2015

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LAWRENCE — In the aftermath of the murder-suicide that claimed the life of Matilde Gabin in July, Vilma Lora said she was saddened to see the victim-blaming that occurred.

SAN MIGUEL TECOMATLAN, Mexico (AP) — Unl

September 25, 2015

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SAN MIGUEL TECOMATLAN, Mexico (AP) — Unlike the families of the 43 students who disappeared a year ago, Julio Cesar Mondragon’s loved ones were left with a body to bury. But there is little comfort in that, because Mondragon’s corpse bore witness to the horror of his final moments.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/re

September 25, 2015

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http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/release-uk-resident-shaker-aamer-guantanamo-150925154711572.html

More and more US businesses are offering

September 25, 2015

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More and more US businesses are offering to cover the cost of sex reassignment and hormone therapy for transgender employees—a gesture that’s relatively cheap for employers because few people use it, and goes a long way to show a commitment to diversity. And soon, it may become illegal for employers’s health plans not to offer […]

Seventy-one percent of low-income colleg

September 25, 2015

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Seventy-one percent of low-income college kids are going hungry due to lack of money. Seven percent are unable to buy food for an entire day. And this is true even for undergrads at elite colleges.

A young Saudi man has been sentenced to

September 25, 2015

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A young Saudi man has been sentenced to beheading and crucifixion for attending an anti-government rally. Demand his release! (50750 signatures on petition)

… As a teen mother, we are expected to

September 25, 2015

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… As a teen mother, we are expected to fail and I wasn’t going to be that. I was going to be educated and financially responsible for my children. But it was impossible to do that trying to be everywhere at once….

Hundreds of full-time New York City work

September 25, 2015

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Hundreds of full-time New York City workers are homeless and in San Francisco bus drivers sleep in their cars to save money: this is a never-ending crisis

The new law is only the second in the co

September 25, 2015

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The new law is only the second in the country that allows women to get a year’s prescription at one time.

Yazidis urge International Criminal Cour

September 25, 2015

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Yazidis urge International Criminal Court to investigate their persecution as a potential case of genocide

Prominent Chinese dissident and rights l

September 23, 2015

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Prominent Chinese dissident and rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng breaks his silence to describe solitary confinement and torture.

Some of the most wrenching effects of th

September 23, 2015

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Some of the most wrenching effects of the law can be seen in the area of parental rights. Chemical endangerment is considered a form of child abuse, and a woman accused of exposing her baby to drugs in utero is at risk of losing custody of all her children, not just her newborn.

Bundeswehr snipers with Heckler & Koch G

September 23, 2015

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Bundeswehr snipers with Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifles, the weapon of choice for German soldiers, Mexican drug barons and Islamic State terrorists.

The documentary 1971 (2014) tells the gr

September 23, 2015

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The documentary 1971 (2014) tells the gripping story of a group of peace activists who broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania on March 8, 1971. They called themselves the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI and their aim was to expose abusive, anti-dissent practices by the Bureau. The activists found what they wanted […]

Study ranks the states on the rate of wo

September 23, 2015

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Study ranks the states on the rate of women murdered by men in advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October Washington, DC — More than 1,600 women were murdered by men in 2013 and the most common weapon used was a gun, according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) study When Men Murder…

BOGOTA, Sept 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundat

September 23, 2015

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BOGOTA, Sept 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Veteran Salvadoran head teacher Francisco Zelada is used to working in the shadow of death threats and violence, part of the rising tide of gang violence in El Salvador that has carved up city neighbourhoods and made targets of teachers and children.

Over the last few months, unusual missiv

September 23, 2015

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Over the last few months, unusual missives began arriving in the post office box of the Hearts on a Wire Collective, a grassroots collaboration between transgender people who meet weekly at the William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia and transgender prison inmates around the state.

Most Congolese women who are raped by st

September 22, 2015

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Most Congolese women who are raped by strangers are forced out of their homes

La Tunisie est le pays arabe où les droi

September 22, 2015

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La Tunisie est le pays arabe où les droits des femmes sont les mieux protégés. Mais les celles-ci doivent aujourd’hui faire face à la “salafisation” rampante de la société.

La crise financière a dévasté la Grèce.

September 22, 2015

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La crise financière a dévasté la Grèce. Ma famille, mes amis et mes voisins luttent quotidiennement face à la pauvreté, au chômage de masse et à la perte de leur logement tandis que des jeunes comme moi ont dû quitter la Grèce pour trouver un futur. C’est ainsi que les grecs survivent à la crise….

Some western leaders are willing to over

September 22, 2015

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Some western leaders are willing to overlook the atrocity on the behalf of ‘tolerance’

Some 32 police officers from three major

September 22, 2015

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Some 32 police officers from three major units have been transferred en masse to inactive posts for alleged involvement in the trafficking of Rohingya migrants

A juvenile prisoner is reportedly facing

September 20, 2015

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A juvenile prisoner is reportedly facing “death by crucifixion” in Saudi Arabia after his final appeal has been dismissed by the court.

WFP short on cash to feed refugees, so M

September 20, 2015

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WFP short on cash to feed refugees, so McDonald’s, DreamWorks, Cargill, Facebook, Twitter donating advertising time instead

Police union condemns conditions in Poll

September 20, 2015

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Police union condemns conditions in Pollsmoor prison as “inhumane” after prisoners are infected by rat-borne disease.