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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 […]

Human Rights Watch Report Finds Immigrant Women Suffer Sexual Abuse To Avoid Job Losses, Deportation

May 20, 2012

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By Ashley Portero: Subscribe to Ashley’s RSS feed May 18, 2012 4:54 PM EDT While the U.S. House of Representatives advanced a version of the Violence Against Women Act that would limit protections for immigrant women this week, Human Rights Watch released a new report that documents an epidemic of sexual harassment and sexual violence […]

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 […]

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 […]

Breaking the Silence

April 18, 2012

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Take Back the Night aims to curb violence against women, empower victimsBy Kevin Osborne · April 17th, 2012 · News “It takes two people to speak the truth: One to speak and another to hear.” – Henry David Thoreau Organizers of the annual Take Back the Night vigils and marches across the United States often […]

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 […]

The Global Problem of Gender Inequality

April 11, 2012

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Nake M. Kamrany and Catherine RobinsonPosted: 04/11/2012 Egregious gender inequality still exists globally despite of substantial national and international measures that have been taken towards gender equality. Only four out of over 135 nations have achieved gender equality including Costa Rica, Cuba, Sweden, and Norway. Yemen was scored the lowest across all dimensions. Measures of […]

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 […]

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 […]

A 365 Day-a-Year Problem

April 6, 2012

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04/ 4/2012K. SujataPresident/CEO, Chicago Foundation for Women A month of sexual assault awareness is good, but what women really need is year-round action. If you are reading this, chances are you know that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. You are probably also mindful of the startling statistics: rape harms one in five women in […]

Fighting human trafficking to end violence against women and children

April 6, 2012

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5 Apr 2012Listen/Download Reintegration of victims of trafficking in Albania It is estimated that, across the globe, 2.4 million people are forced to endure the crime of human trafficking at any one time. They do so in forced labour, in domestic servitude, in sexual exploitation, and in every country and every region of the world. […]

U.S. Culture War With Women at Its Center

April 4, 2012

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By LUISITA LOPEZ TORREGROSAPublished: April 3, 2012 NEW YORK — For all the alarm and outrage that conservative Republicans have ignited lately with actions perceived as attacks on U.S. women’s rights, there has been a fierce counteroffensive that is giving activists on the other side a larger voice and greater visibility than in recent years. […]

International women’s group begins mapping sexual violence in Syria

April 2, 2012

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By Al Arabiya with Agencies Sunday, 01 April 2012 The international group, Women’s Media Center, has begun to document acts of sexual violence in Syria in a bid to prosecute future human rights violations and crimes. (File photo) A women rights’ group is using new crowd-sourcing techniques to track rape and other sexual violence across […]

ANTI-PROSTITUTION PLEDGE

April 1, 2012

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Current law requires all organizations that receive PEPFAR funding to have a policy that explicitly opposes prostitution and sex trafficking. This policy, known as the anti-prostitution pledge, or the Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath (APLO), has been shown to have a negative impact on prevention efforts because it undermines the most effective approaches to working with sex […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]