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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 […]

USA – Major gay marriage cases in federal court and where they stand

May 28, 2012

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Battles over same-sex marriage have been raging in the federal courts for several years. Two general areas of litigation could reach the US Supreme Court within a year. One is a challenge toCalifornia’s ban on same-sex marriages under Proposition 8. The other seeks to invalidate the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which limits the […]

For Native American Women, Scourge of Rape, Rare Justice

May 23, 2012

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Native Americans are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault in remote Alaskan villages like Emmonak, women’s advocates say. EMMONAK, Alaska — She was 19, a young Alaska Native woman in this icebound fishing village of 800 in the Yukon River delta, when an intruder broke into her home and raped her. The man left. Shaking, the […]

KYRGYZSTAN Justice Elusive for Kidnapped Brides

May 6, 2012

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By Azita Ranjbar* BISHKEK, May 4, 2012 (IPS/EurasiaNet) – Even though she was kidnapped, pressured into marrying a man from a nearby village, and then abandoned without means to sustain herself and the couple’s two young children, Totugul can’t rely on Kyrgyzstan’s courts for help. Totugul’s story is common in Kyrgyzstan, especially in rural areas. […]

Justice and Cash for Sex Trafficking Victims

April 25, 2012

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by Ms. MagazineApril 24, 2012  Written by Caroline Heldman Last week, U.S. district judge Lynn Hughes set an important legal precedent in the fight against human trafficking in the U.S. He ruled that five teenaged survivors of sex slavery in Houston will receive the entire proceeds from the sale of their traffickers’ property. As U.S. […]

Still no justice for women survivors of wartime rape in Bosnia and Herzegovina

April 12, 2012

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March 28, 2012 It is time the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina enacted its 2010 commitment to ensure justice, truth and reparation for hundreds of survivors of wartime sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a briefing published today. “Nearly two decades after the end of the war, hundreds of women continue to live with the […]

Q&A with Hanan Abdalla, director of a new film that explores the lives of Egyptian women since the Arab Spring

April 11, 2012

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Posted on April 9 2012 This week, “In the Shadow of a Man”, a film commissioned by UN Women, is taking the compelling stories of four Egyptian women to the Istanbul Film Festival, as part of a string of international screenings. The documentary premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, and will […]

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 […]

How the “Pro-Life” Movement Puts Women Behind Bars

March 24, 2012

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March 17,2012 In Alabama, the claim that eggs, embryos and fetuses have separate legal rights has led to the jailing of 60 women. Numerous organizations and leaders who identify themselves as pro-life have assured the public that their efforts to re-criminalize abortion and establish the unborn as separate legal persons will not result in the […]

Where Pimps Peddle Their Goods

March 20, 2012

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By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOFPublished: March 17, 2012 Ashley Gilbertson/VII, for The New York TimesOnce, pimps routinely advertised Alissa on Backpage.com. She escaped, and now she is a college senior. I WENT on a walk in Manhattan the other day with a young woman who once had to work these streets, hired out by eight pimps […]

Human Rights Watch writes to PMO re Soni Sori’s case

March 7, 2012

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Reblogged from kracktivist March 7, 2012. Dr. Manmohan Singh Honorable Prime Minister of India South Block, Raisina Hill New Delhi 110011 India +91-11-23019545 / +91-11-23016857 Dear Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: I am writing on behalf of Human Rights Watch to draw your attention to the case of Soni Sori, a tribal woman accused by the […]

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 […]

In India, a ‘Blame the Victim’ Mentality

February 29, 2012

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By NILANJANA S. ROYPublished: February 28, 2012 NEW DELHI — When the West Bengal sports minister, Madan Mitra, offered his opinion of the character of a woman who was raped after leaving a Kolkata nightclub, he joined a long line of Indian officials who appear happy to blame the victim. “She has two children, and […]

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. […]

For Punishment of Elder’s Misdeeds, Afghan Girl Pays the Price

February 17, 2012

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By ALISSA J. RUBINPublished: February 16, 2012 Andrea Bruce for The New York TimesShakila, 10, was abducted and held for about a year as part of a traditional Afghan form of justice known as “baad.” ASADABAD, Afghanistan — Shakila, 8 at the time, was drifting off to sleep when a group of men carrying AK-47s […]

Sexual Assault and the Passive Voice

February 14, 2012

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by Rhiannon Root University of Nebraska February 14, 2012 For many, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of romantic love. We buy our sweethearts candy, chocolates, flowers and mushy greeting cards. We stress out about our relationships and wonder if our boyfriend or girlfriend cares as much about us as we do them. However, a parallel […]

Alleged rape victim arrested in Ireland for refusal to testify

February 13, 2012

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Eastern European woman was told by judge to stand in front of three accused and point out her alleged assailants Henry McDonald, Ireland correspondent guardian.co.uk, Sunday 12 February 2012 A woman who alleged that she was the victim of a gang rape in the Republic of Ireland has been arrested and temporarily imprisoned after refusing […]

CAMBODIA: The impact of truth-seeking on mental health

February 4, 2012

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Photo: Alan M.Thornton for TPO CambodiaHong Sarath pictured outside Tuol Sleng prison in Phnom Penh, which judges in the on-going Khmer Rouge tribunal referred to as a “factory of death” PHNOM PENH, 3 February 2012 (IRIN) – On 3 February, judges in the Extraordinary Chamber of the Courts in Cambodia (ECCC) – more commonly known […]

CAMBODIA: The impact of truth-seeking on mental health

February 4, 2012

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Photo: Alan M.Thornton for TPO CambodiaHong Sarath pictured outside Tuol Sleng prison in Phnom Penh, which judges in the on-going Khmer Rouge tribunal referred to as a “factory of death” PHNOM PENH, 3 February 2012 (IRIN) – On 3 February, judges in the Extraordinary Chamber of the Courts in Cambodia (ECCC) – more commonly known […]

Enduring myths about rape victims lead to acquittals, says chief prosecutor

January 30, 2012

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Alison Saunders says jurors arrive at court with preconceptions about women which affects how they consider evidence Nick HopkinsThe Guardian, Monday 30 January 2012 Alison Saunders of the Crown Prosecution Service says women can become amost demonised by the media and that this affects preconceptions of female rape victims. Photograph: Felix Clay The demonisation of […]

Enduring myths about rape victims lead to acquittals, says chief prosecutor

January 30, 2012

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Alison Saunders says jurors arrive at court with preconceptions about women which affects how they consider evidence Nick HopkinsThe Guardian, Monday 30 January 2012 Alison Saunders of the Crown Prosecution Service says women can become amost demonised by the media and that this affects preconceptions of female rape victims. Photograph: Felix Clay The demonisation of […]

Cameroon Rape Victims Confront Legal Gauntlet

January 25, 2012

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By Irene Zih FonWeNews correspondentWednesday, January 25, 2012 Rape victims in Cameroon can get medical treatment at hospitals and file a police report to set a case in motion, but providing evidence to prove that rape occurred can be difficult. Others don’t report incidents at all because of poverty or shame. DOUALA, Cameroon (WOMENSENEWS)–Sophie Mixte, […]