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What Are the Roots of Gender Inequality? Women’s Rights, Race and Reproduction

June 2, 2012

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Released: 6/1/2012 Newswise — Throughout history, women have faced intense discrimination—from a lack of legal rights and very little independence from their husbands, to being thought to have inferior brains. In many societies, women have long been viewed as less than fully human. American society has come a long way in recognizing and protecting women’s […]

The third gender’s right to dignity

June 1, 2012

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May 31, 2012 By recognising the rights of the transgender community, the state is not doling out largesse; it is only performing its duty under the Constitution They came beautifully dressed, some a tad brightly, but all beautifully and proudly, there was much chatter, and a lot of sisterhood. It was the public hearing of […]

What PRENDA Would Mean to Women

May 29, 2012

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Miriam Yeung, Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas and Eleanor Hinton HoyttPosted: 05/29/2012 On Wednesday, May 30, the United States House of Representatives will consider the “Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act.” Known as “PRENDA,” the latest version of the bill (there have been at least three) would ban abortions performed on the basis of sex. If this bill becomes law, a […]

‘The Second Sexism’ – discrimination against males

May 22, 2012

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Rebecca Davis22 May 2012 Philosopher David Benatar is a victim twice over. For starters, he is a man – and the thesis of his latest book, The Second Sexism, is that males are subjected to “many and quite serious forms of sex discrimination”. Secondly, there’s the fact that he says his book keeps being wilfully […]

The oldest discrimination in the world

May 9, 2012

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Analysis by Ann Cahill, Europe Correspondent Tuesday, May 08, 2012 THERE is little new about gendercide, other than the 21st century ability to provide a scientific-sounding label, and modern technology’s ability to replace routine killings of baby girls with gender-specific abortions. Generally, this crime is held at a safe distance from our consciousness, pigeon-holed in […]

Does attire define a woman?

April 30, 2012

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Rebika Laishram April 29, 2012 The Hindu All the northeast States have a very rich culture… a testimony to this is the Hornbill festival held annually in Nagaland. — File Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar In a land of salwar kameez and sarees, a young Mongoloid damsel walking around the streets in her shorts with a […]

Akshaya Tritiya: Hotbed of child marriages

April 27, 2012

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On the auspicious day of ‘Akshaya Tritiya’, thousands of child brides become victims of early marriage in India. Chaitra Arjunpuri Last Modified: 24 Apr 2012 Child marriage dates back to India’s ancient period [EPA] “I am one of those unfortunate Hindu women whose hard lot is to suffer the unnameable miseries entailed by the custom […]

Why Do They Hate Us?

April 25, 2012

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The real war on women is in the Middle East. BY MONA ELTAHAWY | MAY/JUNE 2012 In “Distant View of a Minaret,” the late and much-neglected Egyptian writer Alifa Rifaat begins her short story with a woman so unmoved by sex with her husband that as he focuses solely on his pleasure, she notices a […]

The Word on Women – Lesbians strive to end economic, social discrimination

April 23, 2012

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By Lisa Anderson23-04-2012 Lesbians Da Na (R) and Bu Xiu (not their real names) pose for their wedding photographs on Valentine’s Day at Qianmen street in Beijing February 14, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Lee ISTANBUL (TrustLaw) – Discrimination hurts many women economically and socially, but it has an even greater and sometimes dangerous impact on lesbians, according […]

The Gay and Transgender Wage Gap

April 18, 2012

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Many Workers Receive Less Pay Due to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination Reva Iman, 42, a homeless transgender woman, at her provided home in Atlanta. Gay and transgender workers need comprehensive federal protections against discrimination in hiring, firing, and wages.SOURCE: AP/ Erik S. Lesser By Crosby Burns | April 16, 2012 Not all employees […]

Breaking the bonds on marriage

April 15, 2012

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 Katharine MurphyApril 16, 2012 Illustration: Andrew Dyson The discrimination against same-sex couples should end, but progress on the issue can’t be taken for granted. SOME of the most implacable defenders of marriage as a union between a man and a woman don’t make it sound all that enticing. In fact, some of the more recent […]

Opinion: The crisis of gender inequality among African Americans runs deep

April 15, 2012

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Published: Sunday, April 15, 2012, 6:00 AMBy Times of Trenton guest opinion column AP/Courtesy of Du Bois familyThis is a copy of an undated photo of the DuBois family showing W.E.B. DuBois, center, with his wife, Shirley Graham DuBois, left, stepson David DuBois, and daughter, Yolanda DuBois. The photo was published in the 1978 book […]

Death by gender

April 12, 2012

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Patralekha Chatterjee Apr 12, 2012 A battered, bitten and burnt baby battled for her life in Bengaluru. Sounds like a crass tongue-twister but was a real life horror story which unfolded layer by layer over the past week. As I write, news has just come in: the battle is over. Three-month-old Afreen, who was struggling […]

‘Honour’ Violence and Discrimination

April 12, 2012

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Joanne Payton Founder of HBVA and works with Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation and International Campaign Against Honour Killings. It is impossible to ignore the fact that so-called ‘honour’ crimes are predominantly associated with Muslims, as part of a general public stereotype in which Muslim women are seen as uniquely oppressed, and Islam as […]

The Global Problem of Gender Inequality

April 11, 2012

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Nake M. Kamrany and Catherine RobinsonPosted: 04/11/2012 Egregious gender inequality still exists globally despite of substantial national and international measures that have been taken towards gender equality. Only four out of over 135 nations have achieved gender equality including Costa Rica, Cuba, Sweden, and Norway. Yemen was scored the lowest across all dimensions. Measures of […]

On Shaima Alawadi, family violence, and hate crimes

April 10, 2012

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By Karla Kellam, April 9, 2012 As the facts about the Shaima Alawadi murder case continue to trickle in, it appears more and more that she was the victim of family violence, rather than a hate crime. As somebody who works to prevent family violence at Project Sakinah, this does not come as a surprise […]

Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful

April 10, 2012

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Attractive women should not include a photo with a job applicationMar 31st 2012 You’re hired AT WORK, as in life, attractive women get a lot of the breaks. Studies have shown that they are more likely to be promoted than their plain-Jane colleagues. Because people tend to project positive traits onto them, such as sensitivity […]

Canadian native women heard at Inter-American Commission on Human Rigts

April 10, 2012

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Published on Mon, 2012-04-09 Over the last 30 years, more than 600 aboriginal woman and girls have been murdered or gone missing in Canada. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) addressed this issue for the first time following a petition by Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action […]

Unions take aim at discrimination against Latinas

April 4, 2012

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by: Mark Gruenberg April 2 2012 Photo: At National Day of Action Against Wage Theft rally, San Francisco, Calif., Nov. 18, 2010. Marilyn Bechtel/PW WASHINGTON – With Latinas being among the most-discriminated-against groups in U.S. society, the union movement’s major constituency group for Hispanic-named workers, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement has issued a […]

ANTI-PROSTITUTION PLEDGE

April 1, 2012

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Current law requires all organizations that receive PEPFAR funding to have a policy that explicitly opposes prostitution and sex trafficking. This policy, known as the anti-prostitution pledge, or the Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath (APLO), has been shown to have a negative impact on prevention efforts because it undermines the most effective approaches to working with sex […]

More families now aware of ills of child marriage – Anne Lawal

April 1, 2012

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On April 1, 2012By JOSEPHINE IGBINOVIA Mrs. Anne Lawal is the Senior Programme Officer of Baobab for Women’s Human Rights, a non-governmental organization in the forefront of promoting the rights of women and girls. She spoke with Vista Woman recently in commemoration of the year 2012 International Women’s Day, highlighting progress made on issues affecting […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

U.S. Lags in Legalising Women’s Rights Treaty

March 8, 2012

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By Charundi Panagoda WASHINGTON, March 7, 2012 (IPS) – The United States has fallen behind. Many other countries have already implemented it, but the United States still has yet to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which promotes women’s rights as human rights. In 1945, the United […]

Saritha Prabhu: Contraception issue really about control of women

March 4, 2012

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Mar. 4, 2012 When religious men seek control over women, they try to do it by invoking God’s name and authority. OK, that’s a sweeping statement, so let me explain. I’m referring to the recent tempest over contraception and Catholic-run institutions. At the lowest level, the issue was about contraception and “morning-after” pills. But at […]

Victims find sexual misconduct process ineffective

March 2, 2012

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From 2005 to 2010, there have been a total of 43 incidents of sexual assault reported on the Whitman College campus, according to Whitman’s Clery crime statistics. Of these, 31 were incidents of forcible rape. It is likely that far more rapes have actually occurred over that period, because many go unreported. Some of these […]

Where Abusing Women Is "An Accepted Norm"

February 29, 2012

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Mathilde Bagneres interviews LILLY BE’SOER, founder of Voice for Change, Papua New Guinea Lilly Be’Soer, founder of Voice for Change, a non-governmental organisation for women’s rights in Papua New Guinea. Credit:Mathilde Bagneres/ IPS UNITED NATIONS, Feb 29, 2012 (IPS) – Violence, torture and other forms of cruel treatment are on the rise for women in […]

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 […]

Female Neo-Nazis Not Just Hangers-On

February 9, 2012

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By MELISSA EDDYPublished: February 8, 2012 BERLIN — The image of a far-right extremist in Germany has changed, with shaved heads and steel-toed boots replaced by long, tousled hair, a décolleté decorated with a swastika and wide blue eyes staring out from behind wire-rimmed glasses. EastWest Filmdistribution GmbHAlina Levshin as Marisa in the film “Kriegerin,” […]

Guatemala Heeds the Cries of Femicide Victims

February 1, 2012

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By Danilo Valladares Demonstrators demand that the disappearance of Cristina Siekavizza and her children be investigated. Credit:Danilo Valladares/IPS GUATEMALA CITY, Jan 31, 2012 (IPS) – The relentless wave of femicides in Guatemala, which has one of the highest female murder rates in the world, has prompted actions by the government, civil society groups, and two […]

Guatemala Heeds the Cries of Femicide Victims

February 1, 2012

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By Danilo Valladares Demonstrators demand that the disappearance of Cristina Siekavizza and her children be investigated. Credit:Danilo Valladares/IPS GUATEMALA CITY, Jan 31, 2012 (IPS) – The relentless wave of femicides in Guatemala, which has one of the highest female murder rates in the world, has prompted actions by the government, civil society groups, and two […]

Pregnant, and Pushed Out of a Job

January 31, 2012

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By DINA BAKSTPublished: January 30, 2012 FEW people realize that getting pregnant can mean losing your job. Imagine a woman who, seven months into her pregnancy, is fired from her position as a cashier because she needed a few extra bathroom breaks. Or imagine another pregnant employee who was fired from her retail job after […]

Pregnant, and Pushed Out of a Job

January 31, 2012

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By DINA BAKSTPublished: January 30, 2012 FEW people realize that getting pregnant can mean losing your job. Imagine a woman who, seven months into her pregnancy, is fired from her position as a cashier because she needed a few extra bathroom breaks. Or imagine another pregnant employee who was fired from her retail job after […]

Sex education standards encourage teaching of sexual identity, anti-bullying in schools

January 11, 2012

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By Associated Press, WASHINGTON — Young elementary school students should use the proper names for body parts and, by the end of fifth grade, know that sexual orientation is “the romantic attraction of an individual to someone of the same gender or a different gender,” according to new sexual education guidelines released Monday by a […]

Latina lesbians face discrimination: study

August 8, 2011

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ESTHER CEPEDA eejaycee@600words.com August 7, 2011 4:20PM Updated: August 8, 2011 2:08AM To be studied is to be acknowledged, and if you are a Hispanic woman who is either a lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer — or questioning whether you are any of the above — your time has come. The first research of its kind, […]

Latina lesbians face discrimination: study

August 8, 2011

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ESTHER CEPEDA eejaycee@600words.com August 7, 2011 4:20PM Updated: August 8, 2011 2:08AM To be studied is to be acknowledged, and if you are a Hispanic woman who is either a lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer — or questioning whether you are any of the above — your time has come. The first research of its kind, […]

Suppression of women’s rights persists despite progress on discrimination – UN

July 31, 2011

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Silvia Pimental 29 July 2011 – The United Nations committee tasked with ensuring compliance with the global treaty to end discrimination against women today noted that there has been progress towards improving the lot of women in some countries, but discriminatory practices continued to limit their human rights. During its 49th session, the Committee on […]

Suppression of women’s rights persists despite progress on discrimination – UN

July 31, 2011

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Silvia Pimental 29 July 2011 – The United Nations committee tasked with ensuring compliance with the global treaty to end discrimination against women today noted that there has been progress towards improving the lot of women in some countries, but discriminatory practices continued to limit their human rights. During its 49th session, the Committee on […]

Female ‘farmer’ sows seeds of gender bias

July 29, 2011

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Jul 28, 2011, 11.24PM ISTSAMBALPUR: In a classic example of how male members of society fix gender role for women in patriarchy, a tribal woman was allegedly outcast from her community for performing a “male act” : sowing paddy seeds in the field. She was driven out by the villagers’ body after she refused to […]

Female ‘farmer’ sows seeds of gender bias

July 29, 2011

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Jul 28, 2011, 11.24PM ISTSAMBALPUR: In a classic example of how male members of society fix gender role for women in patriarchy, a tribal woman was allegedly outcast from her community for performing a “male act” : sowing paddy seeds in the field. She was driven out by the villagers’ body after she refused to […]