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What Are the Roots of Gender Inequality? Women’s Rights, Race and Reproduction

June 2, 2012

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Released: 6/1/2012 Newswise — Throughout history, women have faced intense discrimination—from a lack of legal rights and very little independence from their husbands, to being thought to have inferior brains. In many societies, women have long been viewed as less than fully human. American society has come a long way in recognizing and protecting women’s […]

“Hysteria” Shows The War on Women Is Nothing New

May 28, 2012

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by Julie M. RodriguezMay 27, 2012 Tanya Wexler’s new romantic comedy “Hysteria” is deeper than it appears on the surface. The film uses the real and little-known history of the vibrator and hysteria in Victorian England as a backdrop for the fictional story of an ambitious young doctor, Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) and Charlotte Dalrymple […]

Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights: A Global Call To Action

May 28, 2012

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by Jessica PiekloMay 28, 2012 Today is International Day of Action For Women’s Health and a renewed push to ensure that every woman and girl has her right to bodily autonomy recognized worldwide. To mark the day the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights is launching its Call for Action 2012: “Full Recognition of Young […]

Gag Me: Stop a Global Reproductive Health Disaster

May 23, 2012

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by Mindy TownsendMay 22, 2012 The opposition to abortion rights have become even more powerful in recent years. In 2011 alone, 69 anti-choice measures were passed in 26 states. While this is very bad news for women across the country, acceptance of this type of extreme morality policing has another victim: developing countries. Enter the […]

Women’s rights in Mali ‘set back 50 years’ by new ‘Family Code’ law

May 1, 2012

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Opposition to legislation dashes equality hopes in West African country’s strongly patriarchal society Soumaila T Diarra Guardian Weekly, Tuesday 1 May 2012 Village voice … Binta Samake: ‘We are different from men; we don’t have the power of decision’. Photograph: Andrew Esiebo/Panos Farima Samake, a widow living in the village of Gwelekoro in the south […]

To Foster Food Security Support Women’s Land Rights

April 30, 2012

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by Jessica PiekloApril 30, 2012 Millions of people across the world suffer from food insecurity, but a growing body of evidence is uncovering one way to address this problem: land rights. Take India, for example. A preliminary study of a land purchase program in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, which provided beneficiaries with plots […]

The Word on Women – Forced sterilization and the Millennium Development Goals

April 27, 2012

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By Widney Brown | Yesterday at 4:53 PM | Comments ( 1 ) Two reports by the BCC this month raise the spectre that the United Nations Millennium Development Goals which include reducing maternal mortality and ensuring environmental sustainability may actually be undermining women’s sexual and reproductive rights. The BBC has reported on the UK […]

Female circumcision anger aired in India #FGM

April 27, 2012

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Reblogged from kractivist By Rupam Jain Nair | AFP – Tue, Apr 24, 2012 AFP Eleven years ago, Farida Bano was circumcised by an aunt on a bunk bed in her family home at the end of her 10th birthday party. The mutilation occurred not in Africa, where the practice is most prevalent, but in […]

Women See Worrisome Shift in Turkey

April 26, 2012

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By DAN BILEFSKY and SEBNEM ARSUPublished: April 25, 2012 Daniel Etter for The New York TimesA victim of domestic abuse in a women’s shelter in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 31, 2012. She has fled her husband and does not want to reveal her identity.  ISTANBUL — Gokce, a soft-spoken 37-year-old mother of two, has lived […]

The Word on Women – Lesbians strive to end economic, social discrimination

April 23, 2012

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By Lisa Anderson23-04-2012 Lesbians Da Na (R) and Bu Xiu (not their real names) pose for their wedding photographs on Valentine’s Day at Qianmen street in Beijing February 14, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Lee ISTANBUL (TrustLaw) – Discrimination hurts many women economically and socially, but it has an even greater and sometimes dangerous impact on lesbians, according […]

Economic Crisis Hits Gender Budgeting

April 22, 2012

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By Jennifer Hattam ISTANBUL, Apr 22, 2012 (IPS) – Worldwide, women are largely responsible for managing family budgets, controlling 65 percent of global spending. But, women’s needs are often ignored when it comes to government budgeting, delegates at an international meet in the Turkish capital observed. Over the last 10 years, there has been a […]

Irish Government Defeats ‘Woman’s Life At Risk’ Abortion Bill

April 20, 2012

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by Steve WilliamsApril 19, 2012 The Irish Government has led a 111-20 defeat on a vital abortion access bill that would legislate a woman’s right to seek a termination if her life is in danger from the pregnancy. The bill, a private member bill put forward by Clare Daly of the Socialist Party, aimed to […]

Feminists hail explosion in new grassroots groups

April 11, 2012

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Dozens of new organisations are springing up around the UK, campaigning on issues from lads’ mags to benefit cuts Alexandra Topping guardian.co.uk, Monday 9 April 2012 Feminists from Camden school for girls with Isabella Woolford Diaz (third left). Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian It was the lads’ mags – with semi-naked women in suggestive […]

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 […]

Rural women’s empowerment: A long road ahead

March 30, 2012

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Published: 27/03/2012 © FAO/G. Napolitano Advancing rural women’s economic empowerment and access to decent rural employment, supporting associations in giving them a stronger voice in decision-making, and fostering their better access to land are three priority areas in enabling rural women to realize their full potential for food and nutrition security. The UN Inter-Agency Task […]

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 […]

Women Urge Morocco’s Parliament to Repeal Law on Sexual Violence

March 19, 2012

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012Park Ji-won, Arirang News Protesters are chanting loudly, each holding a picture of a young girl. This is a 16-year-old Amina El-Filali, who committed suicide earlier this month, after six months of forced marriage to a man who raped her. Her death sparked a demonstration by hundreds of women outside of the […]

Arab Spring Fails to Allay Women’s Anxieties

March 10, 2012

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By RANA F. SWEISPublished: March 7, 2012 Rana F. Sweis for The International Herald TribuneA participant at a meeting in Sousse, Tunisia, last month on changes in the Arab world. After recent elections, women remain underrepresented in the region’s parliaments. AMMAN — Like many Tunisians, Maroua Ben Salah, 23, never imagined that her life and […]

In Art, a Strong Voice for Chinese Women

March 10, 2012

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By DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOWPublished: March 7, 2012 BEIJING — It almost wouldn’t be a real Chinese art opening without security officials barging in and ordering paintings off the wall. By that yardstick alone, the Saturday opening of Bald Girls, a feminist art show in the 798 arts district of Beijing, was a tremendous success. Plainclothes […]

The Spectacular Triumph of Working Women Around the World

March 8, 2012

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Mar 7 2012 An appreciation of how far women have come in the world economy — and how far they still have to go, even in the U.S. Reuters Growth is complicated. But there are a few easy rules. One such decree is that you cannot expect to have a fully functioning economy if you […]

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 […]

Women and the Leadership Gap

March 5, 2012

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Mar 5, 2012 It’s been almost a half-century since the modern women’s movement began. So why aren’t more women in positions of power? Leslie Bennetts reports. When a Congressional committee hearing presented an all-male panel of witnesses to discuss female contraception last month, Rep Carolyn Maloney made news by demanding, “Where are the women?” Her […]

International Anti-Street Harassment Week: 10 Things You Can Do To Stop Street Harassment

March 4, 2012

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Soraya Chemaly 02/22/2012 March 18-24 is International Anti-Street Harassment Week and it should be taken seriously as a matter of equality, access to public space and civil rights. “Meet Us On The Street” is the rallying call for International Anti-Street Harassment Week, a movement started by the organization Stop Street Harassment. Last year, marches took place […]

Fact Sheet: U.S. Work for Abandonment of Female Cutting

February 22, 2012

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18 February 2012 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson February 18, 2012 2011/254 FACT SHEET The U.S. Government Working for the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is a traditional practice that ranges from nicking to total removal of the external female genitalia. An estimated 100 to 145 million women […]

GENDER EQUALITY AND DEVELOPMENT

February 10, 2012

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GENDER EQUALITY ANDDEVELOPMENT

They live on in cyberspace

February 8, 2012

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Shubhi TandonFebruary 6, 2012 THE INITIATOR: Deepika Thathaal. Photo: Special Arrangement Memini, a new website is a memorial to women who lost their lives to ‘honour’ violence. According to the United Nations and The International Campaign Against Honour Killing at least 5,000 women and girls worldwide are murdered each year to preserve ‘family honour’. Many […]

My battle against female genital cutting

February 6, 2012

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If China can get rid of footbinding, Africa can get rid of genital cutting – and Senegal might be on track to do just that Sister Fa guardian.co.uk, Monday 6 February 2012 Girls from a community that has abandoned FGC Photograph: Orchid Project/Julia Lalla-Maharajh I have been very lucky in my life. My music and […]

Feminist punk band Pussy Riot take revolt to the Kremlin

February 4, 2012

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Anonymous band with provocative anti-Putin lyrics – who have become a symbol of Russian youth’s discontent – are preparing for their next surprise performance Miriam Elder in Moscow guardian.co.uk, Thursday 2 February 2012 Members of Pussy Riot perform on a platform in front of St Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square, Moscow. Photograph: Anna Artemeva/AFP/Getty Images […]

Feminist punk band Pussy Riot take revolt to the Kremlin

February 4, 2012

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Anonymous band with provocative anti-Putin lyrics – who have become a symbol of Russian youth’s discontent – are preparing for their next surprise performance Miriam Elder in Moscow guardian.co.uk, Thursday 2 February 2012 Members of Pussy Riot perform on a platform in front of St Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square, Moscow. Photograph: Anna Artemeva/AFP/Getty Images […]

Rise of the Phoenix

February 2, 2012

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“A woman must obey her father before marriage, her husband during marriage and her sons in widowhood” ~ Confucius http://kck.st/yX6EmO If you disagree with these assertions on a woman’s role and are shocked by the statistics conveyed in the above demo, then please support this project. WHAT IS MY STORY? Many of you know that […]

Rise of the Phoenix

February 2, 2012

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“A woman must obey her father before marriage, her husband during marriage and her sons in widowhood” ~ Confucius http://kck.st/yX6EmO If you disagree with these assertions on a woman’s role and are shocked by the statistics conveyed in the above demo, then please support this project. WHAT IS MY STORY? Many of you know that […]

Iranian women warn Egyptian women not to make same mistakes

February 1, 2012

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01 February 2012Julie Tomlin WVoN co-editor The message of the Youtube video from Iranian women to Egyptian and Tunisian women is clear: don’t let what happened to us happen to you. From the days of jeans-wearing working women and the first female group of officers in the navy in 1963, the video depicts how women’s […]

Iranian women warn Egyptian women not to make same mistakes

February 1, 2012

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01 February 2012Julie Tomlin WVoN co-editor The message of the Youtube video from Iranian women to Egyptian and Tunisian women is clear: don’t let what happened to us happen to you. From the days of jeans-wearing working women and the first female group of officers in the navy in 1963, the video depicts how women’s […]

Egypt’s Game Changers: Samira Ibrahim and the Women Who Speak Up About Sexual Violence

January 22, 2012

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Jan 21, 2012 10:26 PM EST When the Egyptian army performed a “virginity test” on Samira Ibrahim, she sued, sparking both support and threats of death. How she and others are changing life for women. Egyptians call the Sphinx “abu hol,” the father of terror. But the real father of terror for women in the […]

Turkey’s evolving feminist movement

September 12, 2011

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By Aaron Stein for Southeast European Times in Istanbul — 07/09/11 Conservative feminists share many of the same interests as liberal feminists — women’s rights, education for women, and stopping domestic violence. [Reuters] Turkish women have theoretically been equal to men since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk introduced the country’s drastic modernisation reforms during the 1920s. Having […]

Turkey’s evolving feminist movement

September 12, 2011

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By Aaron Stein for Southeast European Times in Istanbul — 07/09/11 Conservative feminists share many of the same interests as liberal feminists — women’s rights, education for women, and stopping domestic violence. [Reuters] Turkish women have theoretically been equal to men since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk introduced the country’s drastic modernisation reforms during the 1920s. Having […]

Abortion law reform plans criticised by women’s groups

September 3, 2011

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Charities and health bodies call on equalities minister to intervene and protect rights of women to get impartial advice Polly Curtis, Whitehall correspondent guardian.co.uk, Thursday 1 September 2011 Lynne Featherstone is under pressure to seek guarantees over any proposed changes in abortion laws. Photograph: Richard Saker A coalition of women’s groups has written to the […]

Patchy Healthcare Adds to Miseries of Women and Girls

August 31, 2011

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By Inaki Borda Haitian women and girls living in makeshift camps run a high risk of sexual violence. Credit:UN Photo/Sophia Paris NEW YORK, Aug 30, 2011 (IPS) – “I just gave birth on the ground…I had no drugs for pain during delivery,” one Haitian mother tells Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a report released Tuesday […]

Patchy Healthcare Adds to Miseries of Women and Girls

August 31, 2011

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By Inaki Borda Haitian women and girls living in makeshift camps run a high risk of sexual violence. Credit:UN Photo/Sophia Paris NEW YORK, Aug 30, 2011 (IPS) – “I just gave birth on the ground…I had no drugs for pain during delivery,” one Haitian mother tells Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a report released Tuesday […]

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 […]

Gender equality in Tanzania: Beyond political struggles

August 21, 2011

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By The guardian reporter 20th August 2011 Tanzanian woman entrepreneur: Government and civil society organisations should refocus their strategies and gender equality and put more weight on women`s economic survival instead of political emancipation In this article, our special correspondent dwells on the plight of poor Tanzanian women. He asserts that it is also unfortunate […]

Gender equality in Tanzania: Beyond political struggles

August 21, 2011

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By The guardian reporter 20th August 2011 Tanzanian woman entrepreneur: Government and civil society organisations should refocus their strategies and gender equality and put more weight on women`s economic survival instead of political emancipation In this article, our special correspondent dwells on the plight of poor Tanzanian women. He asserts that it is also unfortunate […]

Women’s march to power is painfully slow

August 21, 2011

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By MARIA NZOMOPosted Saturday, August 20 2011 at 18:05 To understand the passion, the anger and the frustration being expressed by Kenyan women and other gender-friendly groups with the implementation the new Constitution, one would need to have a full appreciation of their many years of struggle to achieve them; only to become “contentious issues”. […]

Women’s march to power is painfully slow

August 21, 2011

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By MARIA NZOMOPosted Saturday, August 20 2011 at 18:05 To understand the passion, the anger and the frustration being expressed by Kenyan women and other gender-friendly groups with the implementation the new Constitution, one would need to have a full appreciation of their many years of struggle to achieve them; only to become “contentious issues”. […]

Zimbabwe: Women Dreaming of Equality

August 10, 2011

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Luta Shaba8 August 2011 It comes as no surprise that women have been grossly short-changed in the years since the Global Political Agreement (GPA). Women have always been short-changed in Zimbabwe, despite their critical contributions during both the first and second Chimurengas – the struggles against colonial rule. Some women did voice optimism back in […]

Zimbabwe: Women Dreaming of Equality

August 10, 2011

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Luta Shaba8 August 2011 It comes as no surprise that women have been grossly short-changed in the years since the Global Political Agreement (GPA). Women have always been short-changed in Zimbabwe, despite their critical contributions during both the first and second Chimurengas – the struggles against colonial rule. Some women did voice optimism back in […]

Women seek new avenues of justice

August 6, 2011

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SHOW OF SOLIDARITY: Women clad in black saris, hold candles in Vijayawada on Wednesday. Photo: Raju. V The women were clad in black saris, signifying their strong resentment against instances of sexual harassment, domestic violence and other forms of abuse of the fairer sex. Some of them held candles while others displayed placards that had […]

Women seek new avenues of justice

August 6, 2011

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SHOW OF SOLIDARITY: Women clad in black saris, hold candles in Vijayawada on Wednesday. Photo: Raju. V The women were clad in black saris, signifying their strong resentment against instances of sexual harassment, domestic violence and other forms of abuse of the fairer sex. Some of them held candles while others displayed placards that had […]

U.N. Agencies Duck Taking Stand on Safe Abortion

August 6, 2011

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By Hanna HindstromWeNews correspondentTuesday, August 2, 2011 A woman’s right to safe abortion is increasingly recognized as both a human right and a means to reduce maternal mortality. U.N. agencies–including UN Women in its new strategic plan–are sidestepping this major fight. (WOMENSENEWS)–Broadly welcomed as a “milestone” for women’s rights, UN Women’s strategic plan released in […]