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‘Honor’ killings debunked, demystified and redefined

April 24, 2012

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Women lay flowers on the grave of a woman killed by her husband in the province of Hatay. (PHOTO: AA, AHMET ÖZEL) 22 April 2012 / ALLYSON NEEL , İSTANBULNicole Pope challenges everything you thought you knew about “honor” killings in her new book, “Honor Killings in the 21st Century.” Pope, who has dedicated the […]

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 […]

Merlene Davis: More men are needed in effort to end sexual violence

April 10, 2012

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By Merlene Davis — Herald-Leader columnistPosted: 12:00am on Apr 10, 2012 Donald McPherson During my son’s first elementary school basketball practice, I remember catching my breath when his coach warned the young boys not to play like little girls. It was not the last time I would hear similar words hurled at young boys when […]

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 […]

5 questions with Jackson Katz, gender violence prevention advocate

April 8, 2012

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April 8, 2012 By Nancy Chipman PowersDetroit Free Press Staff Writer Q: Tell me what initially sparked your interest in preventing gender violence and focusing on males preventing abuse? A: It was a number of things. My first and second years in college were the key years. I was enjoying my freedom away from home, […]

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 […]

The jails are full of Soni Soris

April 4, 2012

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Reblogged from aktivist Divya Trivedi, Hindu Women prisoners reveal the shocking conditions of their confinement –custodial violence, which has no sanction under law, is a part and parcel of the system Following a minor altercation with the warden in Ward No. 8 of Tihar Jail, Zohara Baratali received severe blows on her lower abdomen that […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Argentine Women Refused Legal Abortions in Cases of Rape

March 2, 2012

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By Marcela Valente BUENOS AIRES, Mar 2, 2012 (IPS) – For over 90 years, a law in Argentina has allowed women who become pregnant as a result of rape to have an abortion. However, hospitals often refuse to carry out the procedure, instead referring the women to the justice system. Argentine law penalises doctors who […]

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 […]

Society needs to realise the horrific consequences of sex-selective abortions

February 25, 2012

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UK doctors who allegedly offer sex-selective abortions should look to India to see the emotional and social disaster they create Kishwar Desai guardian.co.uk, Friday 24 February 2012 The claim that doctors in the UK have been caught agreeing to conduct sex-selective abortions is extremely shocking – but certainly not surprising. At a time when doctors […]

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 […]

Looking For Unicorns

February 12, 2012

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Reblogged from mott62 February 11, 2012 – Posted by rmott62 I am tired and exhausted by how “discussions” round prostitution are controlled by a constant search for two unicorns. The unicorn of the prostituted women who have never had bad experiments, is completely in control, has no past experiences of sexual violence, and is able […]

The Journey: A Short Film on Sex Trafficking

February 12, 2012

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REB LOGGED FROM FOR SALE July 12, 2011By A Article about \”The Journey: A Short Film on Sex Trafficking\” This film is EXTREMELY GRAPHIC! If you are going to watch it, proceed with caution. If you have been abused or still have episodes of post traumatic do NOT watch it! It includes scenes with sexual […]

Gloria Steinem on Rape in War, Its Causes, and How to Stop It

February 8, 2012

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Feb 8 2012 A victim of a 2011 mass rape attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo poses for a photo, her identity concealed for security reasons / AP It doesn’t matter where you look; sexualized violence is intrinsic to conflict. Qaddafi’s soldiers committed rape in the last days of Libya’s regime. The Egyptian military […]

“More Than Opportunistic”: Rape as a Tool of War in Burma

February 2, 2012

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February 01, 2012 | Kristen Cordell News reports coming out of Burma and the border areas of Thailand detail increases in the number and severity of sexual assaults. We were in the country in late November, and the report we issued called attention to ongoing sexual and gender-based violence – and the complete lack of […]

“More Than Opportunistic”: Rape as a Tool of War in Burma

February 2, 2012

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February 01, 2012 | Kristen Cordell News reports coming out of Burma and the border areas of Thailand detail increases in the number and severity of sexual assaults. We were in the country in late November, and the report we issued called attention to ongoing sexual and gender-based violence – and the complete lack of […]

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 […]

Rape: A horrific global phenomenon

January 31, 2012

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VERONICA PULUMBARIT, GMA News January 29, 2012 This is the first in a monthly series of articles about Violence Against Women. Many Filipinos abroad become victims or rape and other sexual abuses. Disseminating information about gender-based violence is a way of empowering women. Rape, one of the worst human rights violations, happens everywhere. The stories […]

Rape: A horrific global phenomenon

January 31, 2012

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VERONICA PULUMBARIT, GMA News January 29, 2012 This is the first in a monthly series of articles about Violence Against Women. Many Filipinos abroad become victims or rape and other sexual abuses. Disseminating information about gender-based violence is a way of empowering women. Rape, one of the worst human rights violations, happens everywhere. The stories […]

Indian engineer develops online map to show horrors of gender abuse

January 27, 2012

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By Nita BhallaFri Jan 27, 2012 NEW DELHI (TrustLaw) – A villager in Kerala has developed the country’s first online mapping platform that documents the multitude of abuses, rapes and murders committed daily against women there, to awaken people to the extent and horrors of such crimes. Despite strong laws, girls and women in largely […]

Indian engineer develops online map to show horrors of gender abuse

January 27, 2012

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By Nita BhallaFri Jan 27, 2012 NEW DELHI (TrustLaw) – A villager in Kerala has developed the country’s first online mapping platform that documents the multitude of abuses, rapes and murders committed daily against women there, to awaken people to the extent and horrors of such crimes. Despite strong laws, girls and women in largely […]

How Our Cell Phones Link Us to Congo’s Sexual Violence Epidemic

January 13, 2012

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The ‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ star on the scourge of violence against women Actress Robin Wright arrives at the 18th Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Tribute at The Four Seasons Hotel on October 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo: Getty Images). My newest film, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, opened over the holidays. […]

CANADA U.N. to Probe Missing and Murdered Native Women

January 11, 2012

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By Jillian Kestler-D’Amours MONTREAL, Jan 10, 2012 (IPS) – As a United Nations committee initiates an inquiry procedure into the alarming number of missing and murdered Native women across Canada, human rights groups are hoping that an on-the- ground investigation by the international body will finally help stem systematic violence against Native women. “We’re hoping […]

Sahar Gul’s Story, A Clear Image of Women’s Life in Afghanistan

January 11, 2012

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Monday 9 January 2012, by Basir Ahang On December 27th, 2011, 15 year old Sahar Gul was discovered imprisoned in her in-law’s musty, dark cellar by the Baghlan Province Police. Seven months earlier, while living in Badakhshan Province, Sahar had been forced into marriage. The police report stated the young girl had been imprisoned, tortured […]

Million Names Million Voices: Break the Silence to End Violence against Women & Girls

January 11, 2012

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Pakistan is saying NO to violence against women and breaking the silence with its One Million Signature campaign! UN Women Pakistan, in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Rights, the End Violence against Women Alliance in Pakistan and UN partners, launched the “One Million Signature Campaign” during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. […]

It’s time to remove the gender bias

January 9, 2012

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Jan. 8, 2012 Since 1927, federal law has treated forcible rape as a gender-specific crime, with women as the primary victims. But on Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice stepped into the 21st century, announcing the rape of males will be treated with equal severity as those of females. Once based on ” … the […]

Leveson inquiry should address media sexism, women’s groups demand

December 30, 2011

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Press accused of perpetuating violence against women through sexual objectification and damaging representation Alexandra Topping guardian.co.uk, Thursday 29 December 2011 Singer Charlotte Church during her appearance at the Leveson inquiry into the news industry. Photograph: Reuters Lord Justice Leveson should widen his investigation into the practices and ethics of the British press, and tackle the […]

Leveson inquiry should address media sexism, women’s groups demand

December 30, 2011

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Press accused of perpetuating violence against women through sexual objectification and damaging representation Alexandra Topping guardian.co.uk, Thursday 29 December 2011 Singer Charlotte Church during her appearance at the Leveson inquiry into the news industry. Photograph: Reuters Lord Justice Leveson should widen his investigation into the practices and ethics of the British press, and tackle the […]

Women activists say ‘no’ to sexual and gender-based violence in Chad

September 12, 2011

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Source: UNICEF | Cheryl Uys-AllieA brave mother, Hadjara Oumarou, sat under a tree with her estranged husband, Oumar Sidik, outside their local village courthouse here in Chad’s Tandjilé District. Their 10-year-old daughter Amira (not her real name) sat between them. They were at the courthouse because Mr. Sidik had sold Amira for the equivalent of […]

Women activists say ‘no’ to sexual and gender-based violence in Chad

September 12, 2011

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Source: UNICEF | Cheryl Uys-AllieA brave mother, Hadjara Oumarou, sat under a tree with her estranged husband, Oumar Sidik, outside their local village courthouse here in Chad’s Tandjilé District. Their 10-year-old daughter Amira (not her real name) sat between them. They were at the courthouse because Mr. Sidik had sold Amira for the equivalent of […]

Men who understand sexism and rape culture

September 10, 2011

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Posted on 09 September 2011Jane OsmondWVoN Co-Editor Recently at WVoN we have been thinking about the comments on some of our stories, following a few heated debates with men who have a habit of derailing the discussion with their chorus of ‘what about the men’? Bearing in mind the vicious nature of the Guardian’s Comment […]

Men who understand sexism and rape culture

September 10, 2011

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Posted on 09 September 2011Jane OsmondWVoN Co-Editor Recently at WVoN we have been thinking about the comments on some of our stories, following a few heated debates with men who have a habit of derailing the discussion with their chorus of ‘what about the men’? Bearing in mind the vicious nature of the Guardian’s Comment […]

New documentary film to stop violence against women and girls

September 3, 2011

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31 August 2011 Credit: Sonke Gender Justice A new documentary film following the lives of four people in Africa aims at challenging patriarchy, end men’s violence against women and promote gender equality. Produced by Sonke Gender Justice and MenEngage, the film titled A Way to Justice: Engaging Men for Women’s Rights and Gender Transformation focuses […]

New documentary film to stop violence against women and girls

September 3, 2011

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31 August 2011 Credit: Sonke Gender Justice A new documentary film following the lives of four people in Africa aims at challenging patriarchy, end men’s violence against women and promote gender equality. Produced by Sonke Gender Justice and MenEngage, the film titled A Way to Justice: Engaging Men for Women’s Rights and Gender Transformation focuses […]

Recent attacks on women in the north and east of Sri Lanka – impunity and lack of rule of law.

August 27, 2011

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Attached here is the full report from Sri Lanka’s Women’s Action Network, which is based on testimonies mainly of minority Tamil and Muslims affected by this recent wave of violence. Statement by women on the recent attacks on women, impunity and the lack of the rule of law. This report is based on interviews given […]

Recent attacks on women in the north and east of Sri Lanka – impunity and lack of rule of law.

August 27, 2011

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In the month of August 2011 many women in the north and the east of Sri Lanka have been attacked individually, and the female population terrorized more generally, by unidentified men, attackers now colloquially referred to as ‘Grease Yakas’. These incidents and the response of law enforcement and government agencies indicate a larger problem in […]

Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

August 27, 2011

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Introduction The United Nations Commission on Human Rights in resolution 1994/45, adopted on 4 March 1994 , decided to appoint a Special Rapporteur on violence against women, including its causes and consequences. The mandate was extended by the Commission on Human Rights in 2003, at its 59th session in resolution 2003/45. In the same resolution […]

Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

August 27, 2011

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Introduction The United Nations Commission on Human Rights in resolution 1994/45, adopted on 4 March 1994 , decided to appoint a Special Rapporteur on violence against women, including its causes and consequences. The mandate was extended by the Commission on Human Rights in 2003, at its 59th session in resolution 2003/45. In the same resolution […]

130 women killed in Juárez this year; Chihuahua AG says fight for women’s rights painful and slow

August 25, 2011

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Marisela Ortega Lozano / El Paso TimesPosted: 08/25/2011 04:33:25 AM MDT As violence against women escalates in Juárez and Chihuahua state, Chihuahua prosecutors acknowledged the long struggle held in the region to claim women’s rights. Chihuahua’s Attorney General Carlos Manuel Salas gathered Tuesday with members of a Mexican committee on femicides in México City to […]

130 women killed in Juárez this year; Chihuahua AG says fight for women’s rights painful and slow

August 25, 2011

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Marisela Ortega Lozano / El Paso TimesPosted: 08/25/2011 04:33:25 AM MDT As violence against women escalates in Juárez and Chihuahua state, Chihuahua prosecutors acknowledged the long struggle held in the region to claim women’s rights. Chihuahua’s Attorney General Carlos Manuel Salas gathered Tuesday with members of a Mexican committee on femicides in México City to […]

To Prevent Violence, Insist Men Stop the Abuse

August 23, 2011

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By Rob OkunWeNews commentatorTuesday, August 23, 2011 A recent editorial about a domestic violence murder case in Massachusetts placed the onus on stopping this violence on women. Rob Okun says the responsibility lies with men too, and that it’s time for men to speak up. (WOMENSENEWS)–In the drive to end violence against women, even well-meaning […]

To Prevent Violence, Insist Men Stop the Abuse

August 23, 2011

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By Rob OkunWeNews commentatorTuesday, August 23, 2011 A recent editorial about a domestic violence murder case in Massachusetts placed the onus on stopping this violence on women. Rob Okun says the responsibility lies with men too, and that it’s time for men to speak up. (WOMENSENEWS)–In the drive to end violence against women, even well-meaning […]

Child Bride in Jordan Puts Daughters on Same Path

August 22, 2011

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By Iqbal TamimiWeNews correspondentMonday, August 22, 2011 What kind of mothers subject their daughters to drudgery, deny them education and threaten them with early marriage and other human rights abuses? The answer, one family’s story suggests, are women who’ve gone through just that themselves. AMMAN, Jordan (WOMENSENEWS)–Fawzeya, a 70-year-old Palestinian-Jordanian woman living in a Palestinian […]

Child Bride in Jordan Puts Daughters on Same Path

August 22, 2011

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By Iqbal TamimiWeNews correspondentMonday, August 22, 2011 What kind of mothers subject their daughters to drudgery, deny them education and threaten them with early marriage and other human rights abuses? The answer, one family’s story suggests, are women who’ve gone through just that themselves. AMMAN, Jordan (WOMENSENEWS)–Fawzeya, a 70-year-old Palestinian-Jordanian woman living in a Palestinian […]

2011 World Humanitarian Day

August 19, 2011

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August 19 is World Humanitarian Day – a celebration of people helping people. The day recognizes the sacrifices and contributions of humanitarian aid workers who risk their lives to give others help and hope. It is also about inspiring action and considering what each of us can do to help make the world a better […]

2011 World Humanitarian Day

August 19, 2011

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August 19 is World Humanitarian Day – a celebration of people helping people. The day recognizes the sacrifices and contributions of humanitarian aid workers who risk their lives to give others help and hope. It is also about inspiring action and considering what each of us can do to help make the world a better […]

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