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Abuse of Native American women – an interview with Charmaine White Face

May 25, 2012

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Posted on 25 May 2012Emine DilekWVoN co-editor For the first time in its history, the United Nations decided this year to open an investigation into the way in which the US government treats Native Americans, now and in the past. Led by human rights professor and Native American, James Anaya, the human rights inquiry will […]

Egypt: New child marriage laws are a step backwards

May 3, 2012

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02 May 2012 20:46Source: member // Plan International Plan considers child marriage a ‘violation of human rights.’ PLAN Child rights organisation Plan International has expressed deep concern at new marriage laws proposed by the Egyptian parliament. An Egyptian MP has confirmed the drafting of a new law to lower the permitted age for girls to […]

‘Honour killings’: murder by any other name

May 1, 2012

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‘Honour killings’ are spreading at an alarming rate, and not just in the Middle East. What makes a man kill a family member? Elif Shafak guardian.co.uk, Monday 30 April 2012 Tulay Goren. Photograph: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire/Press Association Images Gonay Ogmen is the son of a Christian Armenian family in Istanbul. In December 2010, in the […]

Try Walking In My Shoes

April 27, 2012

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CHELSEA GORROW | April 26, 2012 Click, clack. Click, clack. Clickity, clack. That was the sound of high heels on the sidewalk Wednesday afternoon. But the clacking sounds weren’t generated by women. Oh no, the sounds were generated by men – men in suits; men in ties; men in uniform. Despite the rain, nearly 20 male […]

Women See Worrisome Shift in Turkey

April 26, 2012

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By DAN BILEFSKY and SEBNEM ARSUPublished: April 25, 2012 Daniel Etter for The New York TimesA victim of domestic abuse in a women’s shelter in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 31, 2012. She has fled her husband and does not want to reveal her identity.  ISTANBUL — Gokce, a soft-spoken 37-year-old mother of two, has lived […]

Bumpy ride in US Congress for Violence Against Women Act

April 20, 2012

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Posted on 19 April 2012Deborah CowenWVoN co-editor This week, the bill to reauthorise the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) will make its way through congress in the United States. The 1994 Act, which established domestic violence and stalking as federal crimes, and provided funding for victim support and services, has generally been regarded as a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Death of Rape Victim in Morocco Sparks Calls for Legal Reform

April 6, 2012

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By KRISTEN MCTIGHEPublished: April 5, 2012 RABAT, MOROCCO — On March 10, Amina Filali, 16, died in a hospital in Larache, a small town in northern Morocco, after swallowing rat poison. Allegedly raped at knife point by a man nearly 10 years older, she had committed suicide after being forced to marry her rapist to […]

Where Men Now Fear to Tread

April 4, 2012

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By Hannah Rubenstein No man, except for those raised here as children, lives in Umoja village in Kenya. Credit:Hannah Rubenstein/IPS UMOJA, Kenya, Apr 4, 2012 (IPS) – No man, except for those raised here as children, lives in Umoja village in Kenya; one has not for two decades. It is a village only of and […]

Sex and Sharia: Muslim women punished for failed marriages

April 2, 2012

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By Charlotte Rachael ProudmanNotebook – A selection of Independent views -, OpinionMonday, 2 April 2012 Today I received another telephone call from a young Muslim woman, Nasrin, who pleaded with me to help her obtain an Islamic divorce. After fleeing a forced marriage characterised by rape and physical violence, Nasrin applied for an Islamic divorce […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Women and the Leadership Gap

March 5, 2012

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Mar 5, 2012 It’s been almost a half-century since the modern women’s movement began. So why aren’t more women in positions of power? Leslie Bennetts reports. When a Congressional committee hearing presented an all-male panel of witnesses to discuss female contraception last month, Rep Carolyn Maloney made news by demanding, “Where are the women?” Her […]

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Reflects on Oscar Win and What it Means for Pakistan

February 29, 2012

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By Sadia Ashraf, February 29, 2012 / followed by  “Pakistan’s First Oscar Win Explores Efforts to End Acid Violence in Pakistan” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s Oscar Academy Award win for Pakistan last Sunday, a first for the country, is a bittersweet victory. While the country rejoices in the worldwide recognition of an Oscar for Saving Face as […]

Peta’s vegan sex ad shows it has tofu for brains

February 17, 2012

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Flirting with domestic violence imagery in your shock-tactic marketing is not the way to promote an animal-free diet Arwa Mahdawi guardian.co.uk, Thursday 16 February 2012 This article contains content of sexual nature. If you don’t like it, jog on. If you are still reading, it may have something to do with the fact that shock […]

Gender and conflict in Iraq

February 16, 2012

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By Mehrunisa Qayyum, February 15, 2012 “Violence emanates from the man, so we have to have projects that make him aware of this circumstance,” said Zainab Sadeq Jaffer, an Iraqi human rights attorney who presented at the US Institute for Peace Conference entitled “Women Fighting for Peace”. Others may argue that violence is not a […]

Using Performing Arts to End Violence against Women in Papua New Guinea

February 8, 2012

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Posted on February 3 2012 | News Members of the Seeds Theatre Group performing a drama to end violence against women in the Lae District, Papua New Guinea. (Photo: Pisai Gumar/Nationalpic) Dramatizing violence! That’s the motto of the community-based Seeds Theatre Group to address violence against women and girls in the densely populated communities of […]

They live on in cyberspace

February 8, 2012

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Shubhi TandonFebruary 6, 2012 THE INITIATOR: Deepika Thathaal. Photo: Special Arrangement Memini, a new website is a memorial to women who lost their lives to ‘honour’ violence. According to the United Nations and The International Campaign Against Honour Killing at least 5,000 women and girls worldwide are murdered each year to preserve ‘family honour’. Many […]

BALKANS-SOCIETY First Abused, Then Imprisoned

January 31, 2012

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By Vesna Peric Zimonjic For the first time in Serbian history the issue of abused and incarcerated women is nudging its way into public consciousness. Credit: Ranmali Bandarage/IPS BELGRADE, Jan 31, 2012 (IPS) – The women languishing in Serbia’s Pozarevac Penal Correctional Institution are victims twice over: survivors of decades of domestic violence, they have […]

BALKANS-SOCIETY First Abused, Then Imprisoned

January 31, 2012

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By Vesna Peric Zimonjic For the first time in Serbian history the issue of abused and incarcerated women is nudging its way into public consciousness. Credit: Ranmali Bandarage/IPS BELGRADE, Jan 31, 2012 (IPS) – The women languishing in Serbia’s Pozarevac Penal Correctional Institution are victims twice over: survivors of decades of domestic violence, they have […]

Men against domestic and sexual violence

January 28, 2012

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Jason JohnstonFriday, January 27, 2012 Domestic and sexual violence shatters lives. It tries to hide within the community. Men must get involved to stop the cycle of abuse. SOS Inc. hosted a training session on reaching and engaging men to eliminate abuse from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Lyon County Courthouse Annex Building […]

Men against domestic and sexual violence

January 28, 2012

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Jason JohnstonFriday, January 27, 2012 Domestic and sexual violence shatters lives. It tries to hide within the community. Men must get involved to stop the cycle of abuse. SOS Inc. hosted a training session on reaching and engaging men to eliminate abuse from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Lyon County Courthouse Annex Building […]

How the CDC is overstating sexual violence in the U.S.

January 28, 2012

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By Christina Hoff Sommers, Christina Hoff Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Her books include “Who Stole Feminism?” and “The War Against Boys.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a study suggesting that rates of sexual violence in the United States are comparable to those in the war-stricken […]

How the CDC is overstating sexual violence in the U.S.

January 28, 2012

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By Christina Hoff Sommers, Christina Hoff Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Her books include “Who Stole Feminism?” and “The War Against Boys.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a study suggesting that rates of sexual violence in the United States are comparable to those in the war-stricken […]

Exclusive: Letting Girls Be Girls—A Global Campaign

January 26, 2012

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By Marianne SchnallJanuary 25, 2012This week in Davos, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum will highlight a drive by The Elders to end the practice of child marriage. Girls in Rajasthan, India, where no child marriages have taken place, say villagers, since they learned of the dangers. Photo: Graham Crouch/The Elders Every year, all over the […]

Guatemalans climb volcano in protest against domestic violence

January 23, 2012

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More than 600 women were murdered in the small Central American country last year Around 12,000 Guatemalans have climbed an extinct volcano in a protest against domestic violence. The activists formed what they hope was the world’s longest human chain all the way to the peak of the 3,765m (12,352 feet) Volcan de Agua. Among […]

The New Muslim suffragettes of the United Kingdom

January 18, 2012

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By Charlotte Rachael ProudmanWednesday, 18 January 2012 An increasing number of Muslim women activists are receiving death threats, fatwas and even hate-mail from extremist male and female Muslims. Their crime: Rescuing fellow Muslim women from violent and life threatening situations. With heightened media sensitivity surrounding forced marriage, honour based violence and domestic violence we are […]

KENYA: The downside of male involvement in PMTCT

January 18, 2012

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KISUMU, 16 January 2012 (PlusNews) – Involving men is increasingly being promoted as a key element in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and while its benefits are well-documented – in one Kenyan study it reduced the risks of vertical transmission and infant mortality by more than 40 percent compared with no involvement – […]

Taboos Undercut Nepal’s Marital Rape Law

January 18, 2012

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By Tara BhattaraiWeNews correspondentWednesday, January 18, 2012 Many women in Nepal say they didn’t know that involuntary intercourse within marriage has been outlawed. Women’s advocates say those who are aware would rather call it a form of domestic violence than marital rape. KATHMANDU, Nepal (WOMENSENEWS) — Devaki Poudel, 39, has kept quiet about the abuse […]

Sri Lanka: The Scars Remain: Sexual Abuse In The North And East

January 15, 2012

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By Raisa Wickrematunge Picture Courtesy: http://www.aaminanizar.blogspot.com Going towards the arid North and East, it is a common sight to see women riding bicycles, cycling from village to town to get weekly food supplies. The less well-off women take the bus, and sometimes even hitch rides from passing trucks, as The Sunday Leader witnessed in Batticaloa […]

More than half abused women report suicidal thoughts

January 11, 2012

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Intimate partner violence (IPV) negatively affects women’s mental health all over the world. Public health studies conducted in the USA, Brazil, Vietnam and Ethiopia report strong associations between physical, sexual and psychological IPV and mental symptoms, such as depression and anxiety, memory and concentration problems, and suicidal thoughts and completed suicides. The recently released findings […]

Seeking justice for India’s women

January 9, 2012

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Halfway around the world, the legal fight against domestic violence shares many similarities to our ownJan. 8, 2012 A woman places a candle along with other members of various women’s organizations at a candlelight vigil organized on the eve of the International Fortnight Protesting Violence Against Women in Mumbai, India. Associated Press / ASSOCIATED PRESS […]

Q&A with a Leading Male Voice Against Sexual Violence

January 9, 2012

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By Michael Alan Goldberg Posted Jun. 22, 2011 For nearly three decades, Harvard-educated author, lecturer and activist Dr. Jackson Katz has been one of the nation’s leading male voices against sexism and sexual violence committed by men against women. In his recent book, The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men […]

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 […]

Violence Against Women Act needed now more than ever

January 5, 2012

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By Terri Poore, policy chair, National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, – 01/04/12 11:25 AM ET On December 14th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the initial findings of the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). The full 124-page report is available here. This large-scale, ongoing study is based on […]

Violence Against Women Act needed now more than ever

January 5, 2012

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By Terri Poore, policy chair, National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, – 01/04/12 11:25 AM ET On December 14th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the initial findings of the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). The full 124-page report is available here. This large-scale, ongoing study is based on […]

Nearly 1 in 5 Women in U.S. Survey Say They Have Been Sexually Assaulted

December 31, 2011

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By RONI CARYN RABINPublished: December 14, 2011 An exhaustive government survey of rape and domestic violence released on Wednesday affirmed that sexual violence against women remains endemic in the United States and in some instances may be far more common than previously thought. Nearly one in five women surveyed said they had been raped or […]

Nearly 1 in 5 Women in U.S. Survey Say They Have Been Sexually Assaulted

December 31, 2011

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By RONI CARYN RABINPublished: December 14, 2011 An exhaustive government survey of rape and domestic violence released on Wednesday affirmed that sexual violence against women remains endemic in the United States and in some instances may be far more common than previously thought. Nearly one in five women surveyed said they had been raped or […]

Nepal: Peace Brings More Violence Against Women

December 31, 2011

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By Sudeshna Sarkar A protest campaign in Kathmandu to demand change for women. Credit:Sudeshna Sarkar/IPS. KATHMANDU, Dec 31, 2011 (IPS) – Four months after her murder, you can see Rosy Maharjan flashing the two- finger victory sign – from a Facebook page. With police arresting the 21-year- old’s boyfriend and the people he hired to […]

Nepal: Peace Brings More Violence Against Women

December 31, 2011

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By Sudeshna Sarkar A protest campaign in Kathmandu to demand change for women. Credit:Sudeshna Sarkar/IPS. KATHMANDU, Dec 31, 2011 (IPS) – Four months after her murder, you can see Rosy Maharjan flashing the two- finger victory sign – from a Facebook page. With police arresting the 21-year- old’s boyfriend and the people he hired to […]

Welsh Government campaign on rape and domestic abuse

September 14, 2011

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The Live Fear Free video aims to challenge the normalisation and acceptance of domestic abuse A campaign to tackle sexual violence and domestic abuse in relationships has been launched in Wales. The Live Fear Free campaign aims to challenge attitudes towards rape and abuse in the home, supported by a sexual violence video. Communities Minister […]

Welsh Government campaign on rape and domestic abuse

September 14, 2011

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The Live Fear Free video aims to challenge the normalisation and acceptance of domestic abuse A campaign to tackle sexual violence and domestic abuse in relationships has been launched in Wales. The Live Fear Free campaign aims to challenge attitudes towards rape and abuse in the home, supported by a sexual violence video. Communities Minister […]

Turkey’s evolving feminist movement

September 12, 2011

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By Aaron Stein for Southeast European Times in Istanbul — 07/09/11 Conservative feminists share many of the same interests as liberal feminists — women’s rights, education for women, and stopping domestic violence. [Reuters] Turkish women have theoretically been equal to men since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk introduced the country’s drastic modernisation reforms during the 1920s. Having […]

Turkey’s evolving feminist movement

September 12, 2011

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By Aaron Stein for Southeast European Times in Istanbul — 07/09/11 Conservative feminists share many of the same interests as liberal feminists — women’s rights, education for women, and stopping domestic violence. [Reuters] Turkish women have theoretically been equal to men since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk introduced the country’s drastic modernisation reforms during the 1920s. Having […]