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Beauty, body image and the media – guest blog by Bidisha

June 1, 2012

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Posted on 31 May 2012. Bidisha* writer, critic and broadcaster Yesterday a cross party group of MPs produced yet another report on the subject of what is fast becoming a national body image crisis (see WVoN story). Everywhere we look, we are surrounded by unrealistic, unattainable and often fabricated images of the human body – […]

Sudanese woman sentenced to stoning death over adultery claims

June 1, 2012

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Intisar Sharif Abdallah tried without access to lawyer and is being detained with four-month-old baby, prompting outcry David Smith in Johannesburg guardian.co.uk, Thursday 31 May 2012 A Sudanese woman in El Fasher. The country’s embassy in the UK claims rights groups are not interested in the welfare of women in Sudan. Photograph: AFP/Getty A young […]

End Child Marriage

May 30, 2012

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Girls Not Brides is a global partnership to end child marriage and give girls opportunities to fulfill their potential. ICRW has been involved in the Girls Not Brides partnership since its inception and is among the member organizations that support this alliance. In this video from Girls Not Brides, Graça Machel, Mary Robinson and Desmond […]

Kenyan Girls Use ‘Talking Box’ to Write What’s Wrong

May 28, 2012

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By Rose OdengoWeNews correspondent Monday, May 28, 2012 Some schoolgirls in Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum, are writing down their problems and submitting them to a message box. Schools are using the information to alleviate everything from molestation to family financial pressures. NAIROBI, Kenya (WOMENSENEWS)–It is 2:30 p.m. in Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum. Under a vengefully […]

Trapped after being forced to say ‘I do’

May 28, 2012

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May 28, 2012 Punitive measures against girls forced into child marriages should not find a place in government policies, programmes and practices Child brides are not criminals. They cannot be compared to children accused of committing crimes. Anyone who hears a story of a girl forced into marriage before she turned 18 will tell you […]

Rural education offers Morocco’s women promise of a quiet revolution

May 21, 2012

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Women in remote parts of Morocco are benefiting from a literacy scheme that also teaches civil rights, numeracy and beekeeping Posted by Santorri Chamley Monday 21 May 2012 Fatima Kadmire (left), one of the beneficiaries of the literacy programme for women in Beni Zuli. Photograph: Santorri Chamley In a tiny classroom at the Maison de […]

Girls face ‘sexting’ threat from peers

May 17, 2012

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A report commissioned by the NSPCC, conducted in collaboration with King’s College London, reveals the level that ‘sexting’ has reached among teenagers, with schoolgirls facing increasing pressure to provide sexually explicit pictures of themselves, a threat that appears to come from friends and peers rather than strangers. Professor Rosalind Gill, from the Department of Culture, […]

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 […]

A Real Girl, 14, Takes a Stand Against the Flawless Faces in Magazines

May 4, 2012

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By JIM DWYERPublished: May 3, 2012 In Julia Bluhm’s ballet class, girls arrived and often declared that they were having a fat day. Or that their skin was pimply or blemished. Or that they looked disgusting. When she hears complaints in her middle school, where she is in the eighth grade, Julia said, she has […]

Pinterest’s gender trouble

May 2, 2012

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012 As a host of male-centered “pinning” sites arrive, can the female-centric phenomenon continue its success?By Mary Elizabeth Williams It’s one of the biggest online success stories of the decade, attracting a staggering 10 million monthly uniques faster than any site in history. But what makes the rise of the image-sharing Pinterest […]

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 […]

Child marriages blight Bangladesh

April 25, 2012

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By Angus CrawfordBBC News Oli, bottom right, is trying to educate parents about the perils of child marriage Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with 20% of girls becoming wives before their 15th birthday, even though 18 is the minimum age allowed by law. Why? “It is the […]

Education as a platform for economic participation: thinking beyond 2015

April 23, 2012

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Be mindful of the post-2015 agenda. This was Amina Az-Zubair’s closing message of her keynote address at the recent World Bank Colloquium, Getting to Equal in Education: Addressing Multiple Sources of Disadvantage to Achieve Learning. With much of the focus on the 2015 deadline of the MDGs, Az-Zubair raised an important and often overlooked point: […]

Millennium Goals Mock Nepal’s Slave Girls

April 21, 2012

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By Naresh Newar These former slave girls face extreme poverty. Credit:Naresh Newar/IPS DANG, Nepal , Apr 20, 2012 (IPS) – Five years after Nepal abolished Kamalari, a system of girl slavery, thousands of young women are still awaiting promised rehabilitation and support from the new democratic republic. Some 11,000 ‘liberated’ Kamalari girls, many of them […]

Gloria Steinem “Feminist approaches to combating sex trafficking and prostitution”- Responses

April 13, 2012

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Reblogged from kracktivistUp against the epidemic of trafficking-Neha Alawadhi, April3, 2012 “Prostitution is not inevitable, it is only about unequal distribution of power,” said author/activist Gloria Steinem talking about “Feminist approaches to combating sex trafficking and prostitution” here on Monday. Speaking at a Press conference and later at an interaction with students of Jawaharlal Nehru […]

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 […]

Girls’ and women’s education: UNESCO’s barefoot partner

April 6, 2012

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The Barefoot College, in Tilonia, India, which has trained 300 African grandmothers as solar engineers and thus electrified over 1000 villages, has become the first civil society partner to join UNESCO’s Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education. The Barefoot College has been described as the only school in the world open only to people […]

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 […]

A Chinese High School Has Banned ‘Young Love’

April 6, 2012

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Stan Abrams, China Hearsay | Apr. 5, 2012 AP Photo/EyePress)Waltz class has been canceled And now for something completely different — just because I can. Hard to resist this story about a draconian set of rules at a high school in Hangzhou whose administration seems obsessed with public displays of affection. You have to read the […]

Fears of female genital mutilation revival in Egypt

April 2, 2012

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Posted on 02 April 2012. Auveen WoodsWVoN co-editor Azza El Garf, a prominent member of the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood and one of just 11 female parliamentarians in Egypt, has publicly denounced the 2008 ban on genital cutting (or female genital cutting, ‘FGM’) for Egyptian women. “It is […]

Hindu Girls Targeted in Coerced Conversions

April 1, 2012

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By Zofeen Ebrahim Dhan Bai received a certificate from a madrassa saying her daughter had converted to Islam. Credit:Fahim Siddiqi/IPS. KARACHI, Mar 30, 2012 (IPS) – Bharti, a 15-year-old Hindu girl living in the Lyari area in Karachi, left home for her sewing class last December, never to return. Three days later, her father Narain […]

Financiers and Sex Trafficking

April 1, 2012

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By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOFPublished: March 31, 2012 Damon Winter/The New York TimesNicholas D. Kristof THE biggest forum for sex trafficking of under-age girls in the United States appears to be a Web site called Backpage.com. This emporium for girls and women — some under age or forced into prostitution — is in turn owned by […]

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 […]

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. […]

Look Behind the Closed Doors

March 30, 2012

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Reblogged from rmott62 After my post yesterday, I have felt I have to write more, get closer into the realities of pushing prostitution indoors. I want to confront why it is possible to believe that it must be safer – I want to look at some of the many myths that make that illusion. I […]

Watchdog raises questions over impact of Nike’s Girl Hub

March 24, 2012

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The DfID funded scheme has succeeded in energising people to consider girls’ needs but should focus on making a difference Posted by Claire Provost Friday 23 March 2012 On message or missing the point? Girl Hub, a joint initiative between DfID and the Nike foundation, has been reviewed critically by the ICAI. Photograph: Nike foundation […]

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 […]

French report calls for end to sexualisation of children

March 10, 2012

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Former minister wants ban on beauty contests for under-16s and children’s lingerie in wake of 10-year-old’s Vogue spread Kim Willsher in Paris guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 6 March 2012 Chantal Jouanno, the report’s author, said ‘mini-miss’ beauty pageants encouraged children to dress up as ‘sexual candy’. Photograph: Ruslan Krivobok/RIA Novosti A French government report is calling for […]

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 […]

Donor policies fail to bring real and sustained change for women

March 5, 2012

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For all their talk of empowerment, initiatives by development agencies and donors fail to tackle power imbalances, and do not allow women to realise their own hopes and dreams Posted by Andrea Cornwall Monday 5 March 2012 Women vote in Iran’s parliamentary elections at a mosque in southern Tehran. Photograph: Raheb Homavandi/Reuters The empowerment of […]

The real cost of human trafficking

February 25, 2012

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Posted on 24 February 2012Deborah CowanWVoN co-editor Human trafficking and the buying and selling of human beings has been happening since the earliest of times. But it seems that trafficking is not just the most horrific human rights abuse of modern times, it’s also big bucks for those who deal in the exploitation and misery […]

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 […]

Is the US the only country where more men are raped than women?

February 24, 2012

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The figures on rape may be uncertain, but we could lower the sexual assault rate in American jails – if we had the political will Jill Filipovic for Feministe, part of the Guardian Comment Networkguardian.co.uk, Tuesday 21 February 2012 Inmates at a jail in Phoenix, Arizona. Photograph: Charlie Riedel/AP That’s the claim in this n+1 […]

Global Gender Imbalance Poses Critical Problems for Women

February 22, 2012

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By Charundi Panagoda A group of Chinese boys plays in the mud. By 2013, one in 10 Chinese men of marriageable age will lack a female counterpart. Credit:Jimmiehomeschoolmom/CC BY 2.0 WASHINGTON, Feb 21, 2012 (IPS) – In 2005, there were 163 million more men in Asia, more than the entire female population of the United […]

Gang life: First he builds trust. Then you help out. Next you’re cutting crack

February 21, 2012

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One ex-gang member describes how her life was taken over by a boyfriend, and how the cycle begins at schoolBen Ferguson and Matthew Taylor guardian.co.uk, Sunday 19 February 2012 Lisa remembers the moment she knew her life had been overtaken by the gang. Her boyfriend of six months had called and asked her for a […]

Young girls using Facebook to ‘advertise’ to older gang members

February 20, 2012

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As gang prevention programmes target children at risk of involvement, police warn that girls are particularly vulnerable Matthew Taylor guardian.co.uk, Sunday 19 February 2012 Girls as young as 13 are posting explicit photographs on Facebook to “advertise” themselves to older gang members, police say. The children, who are often already involved on the periphery 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. […]

Lives Cut Short: Trafficking from Mexico to New York

February 2, 2012

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By Zaira Cortes GarciaGlobal Connect! BloggerWednesday, February 1, 2012 NEW YORK–“In Mexico, many girls do not have to play at being prostitutes. They are forced by organized crime into prostitution”, says Silvia Calderon, with a firm voice. The dogs barking and women whispering do not distract Silvia. The Mexican mother tells her story via cell […]

Is the internet harmful to teenage girls?

January 31, 2012

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Caitlin Flanagan’s controversial new book, Girl Land, which argues that the internet has a damaging effect on teenage girls, has led to a furious row among US women Sarah Hughes guardian.co.uk, Monday 30 January 2012 Teenage girls surfing the internet: Flanagan argues it is ‘coursening and deadening’. Photograph: Alamy Few people are as experienced at […]

Is the internet harmful to teenage girls?

January 31, 2012

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Caitlin Flanagan’s controversial new book, Girl Land, which argues that the internet has a damaging effect on teenage girls, has led to a furious row among US women Sarah Hughes guardian.co.uk, Monday 30 January 2012 Teenage girls surfing the internet: Flanagan argues it is ‘coursening and deadening’. Photograph: Alamy Few people are as experienced at […]

Hysteria and the Teenage Girl

January 29, 2012

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By CAITLIN FLANAGANPublished: January 28, 2012 LOS ANGELES CHEERLEADERS with Tourette’s syndrome. Like a fly buzzing against the window, this weird arrangement of words flitted across the edge of my consciousness last week. I kept thinking I should take a minute to track down the Onion piece from which this kooky phrase surely emanated, but […]

Hysteria and the Teenage Girl

January 29, 2012

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By CAITLIN FLANAGANPublished: January 28, 2012 LOS ANGELES CHEERLEADERS with Tourette’s syndrome. Like a fly buzzing against the window, this weird arrangement of words flitted across the edge of my consciousness last week. I kept thinking I should take a minute to track down the Onion piece from which this kooky phrase surely emanated, but […]

Women’s education ‘smartest global investment,’ Ban tells World Economic Forum

January 27, 2012

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at event for the Every Woman, Every Child initiative. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 26 January 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today on business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to increase their investment in women’s education and health to ensure their well-being and encourage their participation in the […]

Women’s education ‘smartest global investment,’ Ban tells World Economic Forum

January 27, 2012

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at event for the Every Woman, Every Child initiative. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 26 January 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today on business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to increase their investment in women’s education and health to ensure their well-being and encourage their participation in the […]

Eyes that haunt: Life as seen by an Ethiopian child bride

January 26, 2012

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Tigist was just 15 when she left school and married her husband Bekele. Gillian Gaynair from the International Center for Research on Women meets them in their home in northern Ethiopia and discovers that attitudes towards child marriage in this remote and beautiful region are beginning to change. Tigist greets us with a shy smile […]

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 […]

Gender equity: Doing the math

January 24, 2012

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As boys and girls become more equal in math skills, everyone benefits. By Rosalind Barnett and Caryl RiversJanuary 24, 2012 Teacher Maria Duarte goes over fractions and division with her fourth grade math class at Los Angeles Elementary School. (Los Angeles Times / June 17, 2011) Do boys lose out when girls start to do […]

Lechery, Immodesty and the Talmud

January 20, 2012

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By DOV LINZERPublished: January 19, 2012 IS it possible for a religious demand for modesty to be about anything other than men controlling women’s bodies? From recent events in Israel, it would certainly seem that it is not. Jennifer Uman Last month, an innocent, modestly dressed 8-year-old girl, Naama Margolese, living in Beit Shemesh, described […]

New Legos aimed at girls raise questions about gender and play

January 19, 2012

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Thu, Jan. 19, 2012By CHRIS O’BRIENSan Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif. — The week before Christmas I found myself staring at the half-empty shelves in the Lego section of the toy store trying to select an appropriate kit for my 6-year-old daughter. If you know Legos, then you know the difficulty of that quest. […]

Among the Adolescents

January 15, 2012

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By EMMA GILBEY KELLER GIRL LANDBy Caitlin Flanagan209 pp. A Reagan Arthur Book/Little, Brown & Company. $25.99. Andrew ZinnCaitlin Flanagan Gather around, ladies, Caitlin Flanagan is back. And this time she’s after your daughters. Having belittled the lifestyle and career aspirations of her peer group in the 2006 book “To Hell With All That: Loving […]