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It’s time to legalize prostitution

June 2, 2012

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The law is out of step with sexual mores By Jason Itzler / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Stephan Gladieu/Getty Images MOUND HOUSE, NEVADA – JANUARY 2008: Tea time at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, a legal brothel owned by Dennis Hof, in Lyon County, one of the fews counties in the […]

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 […]

Argentina gender rights law: A new world standard

May 14, 2012

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By MICHAEL WARREN, Associated Press BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Activists say Argentina now leads the world in transgender rights after giving people the freedom to change their legal and physical gender identity simply because they want to, without having to undergo judicial, psychiatric and medical procedures beforehand. The gender identity law that won congressional […]

U.S. Acceptance of Gay/Lesbian Relations Is the New Normal / Poll: Most Americans support same-sex unions

May 14, 2012

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May 14, 2012For third year, majority says gay/lesbian relations are morally acceptableby Lydia Saad PRINCETON, NJ — The slight majority of American adults, 54%, consider gay or lesbian relations morally acceptable. Public acceptance of gay/lesbian relations as morally acceptable grew slowly but steadily from 38% in 2002 to 56% in 2011 and is now holding […]

Trans Community Celebrates Groundbreaking Gender Identity Law

May 11, 2012

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By Marcela Valente Students at a new secondary school in Buenos Aires that caters to members of sexual minorities. Credit:Courtesy Bachillerato Popular “Mocha Celis” BUENOS AIRES, May 10, 2012 (IPS) – Under a new law that recognises a broad range of rights for transvestites, transsexuals and transgender persons in Argentina, they will have the right […]

Same-Sex Marriage Support Shows Pace of Social Change Accelerating

May 11, 2012

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By PETER BAKERPublished: May 11, 2012 WASHINGTON — When Bill Clinton was president, he waited until almost 1 in the morning in 1996 to sign a bill defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. He did not like it, but was unwilling to veto it 45 days before an election. Sixteen […]

Where in the World Is Same-Sex Marriage Legal?

May 10, 2012

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It’s not just those liberal Northern Europeans who have embraced homosexual unions. BY URI FRIEDMAN | MAY 10, 2012 The debate over gay marriage has shot up to the top of the U.S. political agenda in recent days, with Vice President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan expressing support for same-sex marriage, North Carolina […]

Argentina Makes Sex-Change Surgery a Legal Right

May 10, 2012

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By MICHAEL WARREN Associated Press BUENOS AIRES, Argentina May 10, 2012 (AP) Adults who want sex-change surgery or hormone therapy in Argentina will be able to get it as part of their public or private health care plans under a gender rights law approved Wednesday. The measure also gives people the right to specify how […]

Indonesia Islamists Stall Gender Equality Bill

May 9, 2012

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Kafil Yamin | May 09, 2012 The fate of a gender equality bill pending in Indonesia’s parliament and aligned with the United Nations convention on the elimination of all forms discrimination against women (CEDAW) has become uncertain after falling afoul of powerful Islamist groups. No fewer than six major Islamic organizations have formally objected to […]

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 […]

Morocco Still Divided Over Marriage of Minors

May 3, 2012

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By Abderrahim El Ouali CASABLANCA, May 2, 2012 (IPS) – The widespread practice of marrying minors continues to be one of the most incendiary legal and political issues in Morocco today, causing open confrontations between hard-line Islamists and moderates throughout the country. Speaking on national television last month, Mohammed Abdenabawi, an official of the Ministry […]

Tennessee: Miscarriage Will Be Murder — Legislature Passes Embryo Bill

April 28, 2012

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by David Badash on April 24, 2012 The Tennessee House last week voted 80-18 to make miscarriage — or the killing of any fertilized egg — murder. Last night, the Tennessee Senate passed by a 28-2 margin a companion version of the bill. The bill specifically includes all embryos “at any state of gestation in […]

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. […]

Nepal’s Third Gender and the Recognition of Gender Identity

April 25, 2012

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Kyle KnightPosted: 04/24/2012 On Dec. 27, 2007, the Supreme Court of Nepal issued a decision that has been called “arguably the single most comprehensive judgment affirming protections for gender identity anywhere in the world.” The decision in Pant v. Nepal was overwhelmingly in favor of the petitioners, a group of local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, […]

Fear of Honor Killings

April 24, 2012

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DPAOther women are not so lucky. Arzu Özmen was murdered after she tried to escape her family. Here, a tribute in front of the bakery where she worked in Detmold. GERMANY: Bahar ran away early on a winter morning, one-and-a-half years after her mother was murdered. She helped her younger siblings get ready for school, […]

Forced faith or force of faith?

April 21, 2012

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Waris Husain21-04-2012 Three females from Hindu families appeared before Pakistan’s Supreme Court this week in a case involving their alleged abduction and forced conversion to Islam. When the young women were asked in private proceedings whether they had been abducted or forcibly converted, the women replied in the negative, requesting to return to their husbands, […]

For colleges, rape cases a legal minefield

April 18, 2012

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Dinand Library on the campus of Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass. Edwin Bleiler, who was expelled from Holy Cross in Massachusetts on the day he was supposed to graduate in spring 2011, for allegedly sexually assaulting another student. AP PHOTO By JUSTIN POPEThe Associated Press – Published: April 18, 2012 A closed-door encounter between […]

Uzbekistan’s policy of secretly sterilising women

April 16, 2012

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By Natalia AntelavaBBC World Service12 April 2012 The BBC has been told by doctors that Uzbekistan is running a secret programme to sterilise women – and has talked to women sterilised without their knowledge or consent. Adolat has striking looks, a quiet voice and a secret that she finds deeply shameful. She knows what happened […]

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 […]

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 […]

In Spain, Women Enslaved by a Boom in Brothel Tourism

April 8, 2012

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By SUZANNE DALEYPublished: April 6, 2012 Marta Ramoneda for The New York TimesA prostitute waits for customers on a road in La Jonquera, on the border with France and Spain on December 11, 2011 LA JONQUERA, Spain — She had expected a job in a hotel. But when Valentina arrived here two months ago from […]

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 […]

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 […]

What I think about the new sex work laws

April 2, 2012

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The prostitution laws don’t help the ones who need it most By Fleur de Lit I’m sitting in a king sized bed in a four-star hotel in Toronto reading the decision made by the Ontario Court of Appeals regarding Canadian sex work laws. I’m waiting for room service to bring up my coffee. I decided […]

The Backpage dilemma

April 1, 2012

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Is it possible to rid the online classified site of child trafficking without shuttering its adult section? By Tracy Clark-FlorySunday, Mar 25, 2012 (Credit: luxorphoto via Shutterstock/Salon) This week saw a renewed effort, led by the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof, to pressure Village Voice Media’s online classified site Backpage.com to shutter its adult section. […]

Hermaphrodites push for human rights in Germany

April 1, 2012

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By Andy Eckardt , NBC News Producer MAINZ, Germany – Pink? Or blue? For most parents this is the paramount question when it comes to organizing a baby shower or choosing a color for a newborn’s room. But, what happens if the exact gender of the child cannot be determined? It is estimated that in […]

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 […]

Time to lay responsibility at the rapist’s door

March 27, 2012

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A government campaign that shifts the focus of rape prevention from ‘vulnerable’ young women on to the perpetrators is welcome Carlene Firminguardian.co.uk, Tuesday 27 March 2012 A young woman holds a placard at a ‘slut walk’ demonstration. A new government campaign wants those who commit sexual violence to be challenged to recognise it as such. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Indian girl trapped in life of cigarette rolling

March 22, 2012

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Reblogged from kracktivist By RAVI NESSMANAssociated Press A pack of Bidi cigarettes (Photo credit: Wikipedia) DHULIYAN, India — Sagira Ansari sits on a dusty sack outside her uneven brick home in this poor town in eastern India, her legs folded beneath her. She cracks her knuckles, then rubs charcoal ash between her palms. With the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Moldova: Castration Law Enacted

March 7, 2012

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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSPublished: March 6, 2012 Men convicted of sexually abusing children in Moldova will be castrated under legislation enacted Tuesday. Parliament approved the new law, to become effective July 1, after lawmakers said the impoverished nation was attracting pedophiles from the West. Courts could also impose chemical castration on those found guilty of […]

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 […]

Explainer: Gender Identity issues

February 25, 2012

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Image: Vincent Yu/AP/Press Association Images THIS WEEK, a television advert by bookmaker Paddy Power that was labelled as “deeply transphobic” by an Irish transgender support group was suspended from UK television and most Irish TV stations. The Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) had said that the advert made transgender people feel “mocked and ridiculed” and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kuwait: End Police Abuses Against Transgender Women

January 26, 2012

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Law Against ‘Imitating the Opposite Sex’ Leads to Torture, Arbitrary ArrestsJanuary 15, 2012 (Kuwait City) – Kuwaiti police have tortured and sexually abused transgender women using a discriminatory law, passed in 2007, which arbitrarily criminalizes “imitating the opposite sex,” Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government of Kuwait should repeal the […]

Advocates Hope FBI Changes will Clarify Sex Assault Picture

January 23, 2012

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By Vanessa Miller, ReporterStory Created: Jan 22, 2012 CST CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – With the FBI changing how it defines rape to be more inclusive and comprehensive, human service agencies across Iowa are hoping to finally get a clear picture of the sexual assault problem locally and nationally, and advocates are bracing for a possible […]

USA: Victim turned activist reflects on landmark domestic violence decision

September 4, 2011

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2 September 2011 Jessica Lenahan has become an activist for ending violence against women© Private For the past 12 years, Jessica Lenahan has fought to know the truth about the awful summer night in 1999 that ended in her three young daughters being found dead in the back of a pick-up truck. Legal battles all […]

USA: Victim turned activist reflects on landmark domestic violence decision

September 4, 2011

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2 September 2011 Jessica Lenahan has become an activist for ending violence against women© Private For the past 12 years, Jessica Lenahan has fought to know the truth about the awful summer night in 1999 that ended in her three young daughters being found dead in the back of a pick-up truck. Legal battles all […]

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 […]

Ireland introduces bill criminalising female genital mutilation

July 20, 2011

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Tuesday, 19th July 2011A new bill has been passed in Ireland which criminalises the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). The minister for health in the country, Dr James Reilly, explained that FGM is a “gross violation of women’s human rights”, reports the Irish Times. He added that the new legislation will act as the […]

Ireland introduces bill criminalising female genital mutilation

July 20, 2011

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Tuesday, 19th July 2011A new bill has been passed in Ireland which criminalises the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). The minister for health in the country, Dr James Reilly, explained that FGM is a “gross violation of women’s human rights”, reports the Irish Times. He added that the new legislation will act as the […]

Tough new Ga. sex trafficking law takes effect

July 11, 2011

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By GREG BLUESTEIN, Associated Press – 2 hours ago ATLANTA (AP) — One of the nation’s toughest crackdowns on human trafficking has taken effect in Georgia, striking a delicate balance between tougher penalties for criminals and more treatment for victims that advocates said could be a model for other states seeking to fight the sex […]