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What Makes a 21st Century Mom?

May 13, 2012

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May 10, 2012 Moms will be moms. Photo courtesy of Flickr user Sean Dreilinger It’s never been easy to be a mom. I don’t speak from personal experience, of course, but my mother had eight kids and, as I remember it, that was no slice of heaven. You could make the case that all the […]

The State of The World’s Mothers

May 12, 2012

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by Suzi ParraschMay 11, 2012 As the mother of two teenagers, my greatest concern tonight is what to put on the dinner table, chicken or fish, pasta or pizza? A world away, in Ethiopia’s Amhara region, 32 year old Alemeneshe, pictured here breastfeeding her one year old son Ayalres, has far graver things to worry […]

A culture of premature sexualisation

May 1, 2012

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guardian.co.uk, Monday 30 April 2012 and its inaugural body confidence awardsheld at the Palace of Westminster (Body language, 21 April). As a mother of three young children and head of a girls’ school, I have long been concerned about the growing premature sexualisation of our children and have campaigned against this. As parents, we must […]

We need a ‘beyond bars’ approach to jailing women followed by Vulnerable men in jail

May 1, 2012

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When women with children are sent to prison, who is being punished? Carlene Firminguardian.co.uk, Tuesday 24 April 2012 A cell at Bronzefield women’s prison, in Middlesex. Every year, 18,000 children see their mothers go to prison. Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian I will never forget the first time I visited a women’s prison. I […]

The Criminalization of Bad Mothers

April 27, 2012

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Lynsey Addario for The New York TimesTimmy Kimbrough at home with his daughter Josie, 2, and his stepdaughters, Nicole, 13, and Brooke Borden, 10, left. His wife, shown in the framed photograph, is in jail. By ADA CALHOUNPublished: April 25, 2012 On a rainy day just after Thanksgiving, Amanda Kimbrough played with her 2-year-old daughter […]

Sext Up Kids (VIDEO)

April 23, 2012

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by Annie Urban April 22, 2012 At Care2, we’ve written numerous times about the increased sexualization of children and teenagers. From Toddlers and Tiaras to crotchless thongs for girls to teens texting pornographic images, our children are being sexualized and exposed to sexual imagery and situations an earlier ages and in a more intensified fashion […]

Gender identity and children who struggle with it

April 23, 2012

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By Janice D’ArcyPosted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/23/2012 Gender nonconformity is a new term for many of us, but for some families it’s an issue that has gone unrecognized for too long. Increasingly, more families with children who struggle with gender are speaking out and asking for more rights and more inclusion. One high-profile story […]

The Bride Price: Consequences of Child Marriage Worldwide

April 16, 2012

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Uploaded by ICRW on Mar 12, 2008 The Bride Price: Consequences of Child Marriage Worldwide is a video containing moving images by Stephanie Sinclair – recipient of the 2007 UNICEF Photo of the Year – on the many issues of child marriage. Sinclair’s photos include compelling images of child brides in Afghanistan, Ethiopia and India. […]

Fighting human trafficking to end violence against women and children

April 6, 2012

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5 Apr 2012Listen/Download Reintegration of victims of trafficking in Albania It is estimated that, across the globe, 2.4 million people are forced to endure the crime of human trafficking at any one time. They do so in forced labour, in domestic servitude, in sexual exploitation, and in every country and every region of the world. […]

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Sexual violence forcing girls out of school

April 6, 2012

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Photo: Ana Santos/ IRINThe threat of sexual violence prevents girls in PNG from attending school PORT MORESBY, 6 April 2012 (IRIN) – In the Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea (PNG) sexual violence against young girls, and the shame and stigma that follows, is forcing many out of school and others into early marriage. A […]

The Backpage dilemma

April 1, 2012

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Is it possible to rid the online classified site of child trafficking without shuttering its adult section? By Tracy Clark-FlorySunday, Mar 25, 2012 (Credit: luxorphoto via Shutterstock/Salon) This week saw a renewed effort, led by the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof, to pressure Village Voice Media’s online classified site Backpage.com to shutter its adult section. […]

Women Bearing the Brunt of Austerity in Britain

March 7, 2012

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By BETH GARDINERPublished: March 6, 2012 MANCHESTER, ENGLAND — Sometimes Jennifer Bradshaw dreams of a job in finance, and last year she thought about going back to school to become a nurse. She would do anything, she said, that would give her the chance to get ahead — and to meet the bills that seem […]

PAKISTAN: Abducted and forced into a Muslim marriage

February 28, 2012

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Photo: Tariq Saeed/IRINHindus marking a ritual occasion feel increasingly threatened in Pakistan KARACHI, 27 February 2012 (IRIN) – Sixteen-year-old Ameena Ahmed*, now living in the town of Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan’s Punjab Province, does not always respond when her mother-in-law calls out to her. “Even after a year of `marriage’ I am not used […]

UN report on sexual violence during conflict singles out worst offenders

February 24, 2012

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Special Representative Margot Wallström presents the Secretary-General’s report on conflict-related sexual violence to the Security Council. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine 23 February 2012 – The annual United Nations report documenting conflict-related sexual violence around the world today for the first time names some of the military forces, militia and other armed groups that are suspected of […]

Gender and the tyranny of the ‘normal’

February 24, 2012

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Sensationalist news stories about gender dysphoria only serve to isolate sufferers of this condition Philippa Perryguardian.co.uk, Thursday 23 February 2012 A still from the film Ma Vie en Rose, which tells the story of Ludovic, a small boy who dresses like a girl. Photograph: Blue Light In the past, the major difficulty with gender identity […]

Women, Victims of War, Have No Seat at Negotiating Table

February 24, 2012

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By Thalif Deen For a long time, Zambian women’s participation in politics has ended at voting. Credit:Richard Mulonga/IPS UNITED NATIONS, Feb 23, 2012 (IPS) – When the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held its inaugural meeting in London back in 1946, the U.S. delegate, Eleanor Roosevelt, read an open letter to “the […]

Together we can end child marriage: building momentum in South Asia

February 22, 2012

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Every year an estimated 10 million girls are married before they turn 18. Nearly half of them live in South Asia. In February 2012, Girls Not Brides brought together over 70 organisations from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, to discuss how to create change across the region. All were united in the […]

TRANSGENDER CHILDREN: Sex-changing treatment for kids: It’s on the rise

February 21, 2012

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Associated Press,  Feb. 19, 2012CHICAGO — A small but growing number of teens and even younger children who think they were born the wrong sex are getting support from parents and from doctors who give them sex-changing treatments, according to reports in the medical journal Pediatrics.It’s an issue that raises ethical questions, and some experts […]

Why does it matter if a child has a same-sex crush?

February 21, 2012

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The ripples caused by a boy of seven coming out as gay shows society has a way to go before it views LGBT people equally Tom Katsumiguardian.co.uk, Monday 20 February 2012 Members of the cast of Glee. Photograph: Channel 4 A blogger for the Huffington Post has caused ripples online recently by writing that her […]

In Sudan, Seeing Echoes of Darfur

February 20, 2012

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By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOFPublished: February 18, 2012 A GREAT humanitarian catastrophe and vicious ethnic cleansing is unfolding here in the remote and impoverished region where Sudan and South Sudan come together. For some in the Nuba Mountains, living in thatch huts far from electricity or paved roads, the sharpest acquaintance they are making with 21st-century […]

For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Outside Marriage

February 18, 2012

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By JASON DePARLE and SABRINA TAVERNISEPublished: February 17, 2012 LORAIN, Ohio — It used to be called illegitimacy. Now it is the new normal. After steadily rising for five decades, the share of children born to unmarried women has crossed a threshold: more than half of births to American women under 30 occur outside marriage. […]

Women prisoners should be allowed out to visit their children, judge rules

February 18, 2012

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By Charles WalfordLast updated at 7:58 AM on 15th February 2012 Female prisoners should be allowed temporary release from jail to visit their children, a High Court judge has ruled. Kenneth Clarke was wrong to try to stop two women prisoners being allowed time out of prison to see their children, said Mrs Justice Lang. […]

Haredim increasingly open to addressing sexual abuse

February 15, 2012

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By JEREMY SHARONExperts say attitudes changing within ultra-Orthodox community on reporting sexual abuse of minors. By Marc Israel Sellem Specialists and professionals this week highlighted a changing attitude within the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community toward reporting suspected sexual abuse of minors. During a two-day conference on children’s well-being at Ben-Gurion University, which ended on Tuesday, experts […]

Ten Facts About Prostitution

February 11, 2012

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ourtesy of the Demand Change! campaign. Download a sheet on Myths and Facts, and a Job Description for prostitution, (courtesy of End Prostitution Now). FACT 1: Prostitution is not an issue of ‘choice’. Many women ‘choose’ to enter prostitution through lack of choice and a large number are coerced by pimps or traffickers. 75% of […]

Will the ‘girl effect’ really help to combat poverty?

February 10, 2012

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Many development organisations see empowering girls – and enabling them to delay childbearing – as a powerful means to tackle poverty, but the evidence so far doesn’t bear this out Girls sell coffee in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Photograph: Alamy The call to invest in adolescent girls has been sweeping the development field in recent years. […]

DEVELOPMENT-NIGER Three Million Children Threatened by Hunger

February 5, 2012

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By Ousseini Issa A young child suffering from malnutrition at a nutritional recovery center in Maradi region in central-east Niger. Credit:UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi BOBOYE, Niger, Feb 4, 2012 (IPS) – Women have been left in charge of many of the households in the village of Zamkoye-Koïra, in western Niger, as food shortages have driven male family […]

DEVELOPMENT-NIGER Three Million Children Threatened by Hunger

February 5, 2012

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By Ousseini Issa A young child suffering from malnutrition at a nutritional recovery center in Maradi region in central-east Niger. Credit:UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi BOBOYE, Niger, Feb 4, 2012 (IPS) – Women have been left in charge of many of the households in the village of Zamkoye-Koïra, in western Niger, as food shortages have driven male family […]

Working Moms: Looking for More Than a Paycheck

February 5, 2012

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ScienceDaily (Jan. 24, 2012) — Working mothers may be busy, but they like it that way. A recent study of employed moms finds that most would work even if they didn’t have to, but they’re also looking for new ways to negotiate the demands of mothering and the pressures to be an “ideal” employee. Unlike […]

Working Moms: Looking for More Than a Paycheck

February 5, 2012

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ScienceDaily (Jan. 24, 2012) — Working mothers may be busy, but they like it that way. A recent study of employed moms finds that most would work even if they didn’t have to, but they’re also looking for new ways to negotiate the demands of mothering and the pressures to be an “ideal” employee. Unlike […]

Photos of Armed Children Ignite Scandal in Venezuela

February 4, 2012

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By Humberto Márquez Children with rifles photographed in front of a mural of Christ carrying a machine gun. Credit:Colectivo La Piedrita CARACAS, Feb 3, 2012 (IPS) – A radical political group based in a working class neighbourhood of the Venezuelan capital has sparked a furore by publishing photographs of children from the community, with their […]

Photos of Armed Children Ignite Scandal in Venezuela

February 4, 2012

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By Humberto Márquez Children with rifles photographed in front of a mural of Christ carrying a machine gun. Credit:Colectivo La Piedrita CARACAS, Feb 3, 2012 (IPS) – A radical political group based in a working class neighbourhood of the Venezuelan capital has sparked a furore by publishing photographs of children from the community, with their […]

UNICEF Funding Falls Short Leaving Millions of Children at Risk

February 4, 2012

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By Bari Bates UNICEF’s funding shortfall could leave millions of children like these searching for a living in garbage. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS BRUSSELS, Feb 3 , 2012 (IPS) – If the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) had 1.28 billion dollars it could help 97 million people around the world. It could relieve five million drought-affected […]

UNICEF Funding Falls Short Leaving Millions of Children at Risk

February 4, 2012

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By Bari Bates UNICEF’s funding shortfall could leave millions of children like these searching for a living in garbage. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS BRUSSELS, Feb 3 , 2012 (IPS) – If the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) had 1.28 billion dollars it could help 97 million people around the world. It could relieve five million drought-affected […]

Mobile Phone Data Reveals Human Reproductive Strategies

February 1, 2012

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The pattern of calls and texts between humans reveals how women invest more heavily in their main relationship than men; and how this changes as they age. kfc 01/31/2012 Various studies have shown that the frequency of contact between individuals is a reliable indicator of the emotional link between them. So it should come as […]

Mobile Phone Data Reveals Human Reproductive Strategies

February 1, 2012

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The pattern of calls and texts between humans reveals how women invest more heavily in their main relationship than men; and how this changes as they age. kfc 01/31/2012 Various studies have shown that the frequency of contact between individuals is a reliable indicator of the emotional link between them. So it should come as […]

ZAMBIA: Chinese Underage Sex Scandal Sparks Emotive Debate

January 31, 2012

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By Lewis Mwanangombe Daliu, 46, a carpenter from China never imagined himself in the dreadful confines of a stinking and overcrowded Zambian jail where conditions are so terrible that they lead to gastronomic disorders and skin diseases within days of confinement. But that is how the dice has fallen for Zhang and three other expatriate […]

ZAMBIA: Chinese Underage Sex Scandal Sparks Emotive Debate

January 31, 2012

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By Lewis Mwanangombe Daliu, 46, a carpenter from China never imagined himself in the dreadful confines of a stinking and overcrowded Zambian jail where conditions are so terrible that they lead to gastronomic disorders and skin diseases within days of confinement. But that is how the dice has fallen for Zhang and three other expatriate […]

Finding hope after sexual abuse

January 26, 2012

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Help available through local centresBy Michael Peeling, Your Brant Connection26/01/2012 Jan Vanderstelt poses with his sculpture Hope, which is inscribed with a number of phrases commonly used by abuse victims. MICHAEL PEELING/YOUR BRANT CONNECTION BRANTFORD – Jan Vanderstelt doesn’t accept the idea that, as a victim of abuse, he can’t thrive and live “a normal […]

Gender-confused children to have puberty delaying jabs

January 23, 2012

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By parentdish.co.uk, Jan 22, 2012 Six children in Britain will be given hormone injections to delay the onset of puberty because they are convinced they were born the wrong sex. Rex Features Last September we reported on the Californian couple whose son had been given hormone therapy from the age of eight. But now hormone […]

No ‘him’ or ‘her’; preschool fights gender bias

January 23, 2012

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By JENNY SOFFEL – Associated Press | AP – Mon, Jun 27, 2011 STOCKHOLM (AP) — At the “Egalia” preschool, staff avoid using words like “him” or “her” and address the 33 kids as “friends” rather than girls and boys. In this Monday June 20, 2011 file photo, children play in the garden of “Egalia”, […]

Land rights for women can help ease India’s child malnutrition crisis

January 20, 2012

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Despite progress on many fronts, India’s child malnutrition rate rivals that of sub-Saharan Africa. Growing evidence shows a way forward – giving women legal control of the land they farm An Indian child eats mid-day meals organised by the government of Andhra Pradesh at a shanty area in Hyderabad, India. Photograph: Mahesh Kumar A/AP The […]

Why I decided to raise my son ‘gender neutral’

January 20, 2012

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Beck Laxton gave her baby son a neutral name and for months refused to tell anyone if he was a boy or a girl. Now she regularly dresses Sasha, 5, in girls’ clothes. She tells EMMA HIGGINBOTHAM why. Sasha and Beck choose some beads for him to wear SITTING in a circle at a mother […]

Dealing with child-on-child sex abuse not one size fits all

January 8, 2012

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NEW YORK (AP) – Recent high-profile cases of child sex abuse have roused national revulsion against the adults who perpetrated them. Rarely mentioned is the sobering statistic that more than one-third of the sexual abuse of America’s children is committed by other minors. For many of the therapists and attorneys who deal with them, these […]

SIERRA LEONE Child Rights Exist Only on Paper

September 14, 2011

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By Abibatu Kamara and Jessica McDiarmid Street boys congregate in downtown Freetown, Sierra Leone, for free food and care provided by an NGO. Credit:Jessica McDiarmid/IPS FREETOWN, Sep 12, 2011 (IPS) – The six-year-old girl pulls her T-shirt up to show the dozens of pale lines across her back. They are fresh scars from the lashing […]

SIERRA LEONE Child Rights Exist Only on Paper

September 14, 2011

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By Abibatu Kamara and Jessica McDiarmid Street boys congregate in downtown Freetown, Sierra Leone, for free food and care provided by an NGO. Credit:Jessica McDiarmid/IPS FREETOWN, Sep 12, 2011 (IPS) – The six-year-old girl pulls her T-shirt up to show the dozens of pale lines across her back. They are fresh scars from the lashing […]

The anorexia clinic for girls as young as SIX

September 10, 2011

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By Beth HaleLast updated at 9:59 AM on 9th September 2011 A haunting dispatch from inside the hospital that saves children from starving themselves to death… before they’ve even reached their teens Slumped semi-conscious on the sofa, Megan Archer summoned up what little strength she had left and fixed the paramedic attempting to hand her […]

The anorexia clinic for girls as young as SIX

September 10, 2011

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By Beth HaleLast updated at 9:59 AM on 9th September 2011 A haunting dispatch from inside the hospital that saves children from starving themselves to death… before they’ve even reached their teens Slumped semi-conscious on the sofa, Megan Archer summoned up what little strength she had left and fixed the paramedic attempting to hand her […]

Children on the frontlines: the e-waste epidemic in Africa

September 10, 2011

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Source: Karimeh Moukaddem | Mongabay.com A boy pushing a shopping cart load of wires going for burning in the Agbogbloshie ghetto in Accra, Ghana. Photo: Kwei Quartey. In Agbogbloshie, a slum outside the capital city of Accra, Ghana, tons of electronic waste lies smoldering in toxic piles.Children make their way through this dangerous environment, desperate […]

Children on the frontlines: the e-waste epidemic in Africa

September 10, 2011

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Source: Karimeh Moukaddem | Mongabay.com A boy pushing a shopping cart load of wires going for burning in the Agbogbloshie ghetto in Accra, Ghana. Photo: Kwei Quartey. In Agbogbloshie, a slum outside the capital city of Accra, Ghana, tons of electronic waste lies smoldering in toxic piles.Children make their way through this dangerous environment, desperate […]

Nepal’s lost circus children

September 8, 2011

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An investigation into the trafficking of Nepalese children to work in Indian circuses.People and Power Last Modified: 06 Sep 2011 In the border district of Hetauda, in southern Nepal, child trafficking is rife and the lack of border controls makes India an easy destination. For decades, Nepali children, mostly girls, have been sought by Indian […]