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sexual violence, rape, abuse, forced marriage, girl soldiers,

acid attacks, femicides

 

 

 

 

One Billion Rising:

Rosario Dawson on why she is joining Eve Ensler's campaign        Video        Guardian        25 September 2012

 

One Billion Rising:

Rosario Dawson

on why she is joining Eve Ensler's campaign

 

Actor and activist Rosario Dawson

explains why she's joining Eve Ensler's

One Billion Rising campaign,

which aims to encourage people around the world

to take action to end violence against women and girls.

 

The campaign has named its 'deadline for justice'

as 'V Day', 14 February 2013

 

YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSXBXdUqL5c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Are Man - End Violence Against Women        21 June 2011

 

 

 

 

We Are Man - End Violence Against Women

June 21, 2011

YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZYhaodUPqSU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

women's rights & gender equality        UK

 

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/series/
womens-rights-and-gender-equality-in-focus

 

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/nov/29/
end-the-violence-womens-rights-defenders-killed-2015-16-days-activism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

women's rights        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2017/12/26/
572975177/with-womens-rights-as-a-focus-attention-turns-to-gillibrand

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/01/
opinion/the-next-arab-spring-womens-rights.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

women's sexual rights / reproductive rights        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/
reproductive-rights-developing-countries

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/apr/01/
a-big-wake-up-call-survey-shows-work-still-to-be-done-on-womens-sexual-rights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

expand and protect the rights of all women        USA

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/20/
510706246/protesters-prepare-for-womens-march-after-trumps-inauguration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

feminism        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/12/24/
570602012/7-global-women-show-why-feminism-is-the-word-of-the-year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

violence against women        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/12/23/
676048334/6-fearless-women-who-were-an-inspiration-in-2018

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/11/30/
671872574/u-n-report-50-000-women-a-year-are-killed-by-intimate-partners-family-members

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/05/07/
609056431/4-ideas-to-stop-violence-against-girls-a-walking-school-bus-sports-talk-and-more

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/13/
nyregion/documenting-violence-against-women-even-if-its-hard-to-look.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/10/
world/un-finds-alarmingly-high-levels-of-violence-against-women.html

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2013/06/20/
193475321/who-finds-violence-against-women-is-shockingly-common

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

violence against women: 1 billion rising        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/series/
violence-against-women-1bn-rising

 

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/feb/14/
one-billion-rising-to-end-violence-against-women-global-
day-of-action-and-dancing-live-coverage

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/sep/24/
one-billion-rising-end-violence-women

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society
the-womens-blog-with-jane-martinson/2012/sep/24/
join-one-billion-rising-violence-women

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/video/2012/sep/28/
fatou-bensouda-1bn-rising-video

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/video/2012/sep/28/
congo-rape-victim-1bn-rising-video

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/video/2012/sep/27/
nicola-adams-1bn-rising-video

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/video/2012/sep/26/
jane-fonda-1bn-rising-video

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/video/2012/sep/26/
ai-jen-poo-1bn-rising-video

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/video/2012/sep/25/
rosario-dawson-1bn-rising-video

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/video/2012/sep/24/
violence-against-women-ruby-wax-video

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/video/2012/sep/24/
violence-against-women-robert-redford-video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

violence against women worldwide

 

https://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/violence-against-women  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

family / domestic violence        UK

 

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/27/
we-are-the-men-of-a-childhood-where-the-monsters-of-family-violence-were-real

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

domestic killings        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/10/nyregion/
murder-40-bronx-new-york.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

intimate partner violence    IPV        USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/14/
opinion/the-one-sided-gun-war-of-the-sexes.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One in 10 girls worldwide

face serious sexual violence        UK        2014

 

Unicef finds

120m young females

endure rape

and forced sexual acts,

with high rates

of murder and violence

against all children

 

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/sep/05/
one-10-girls-worldwide-serious-sexual-violence-rape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sexual Misery of the Arab World | اقرأ المقال بالعربية        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/14/
opinion/sunday/the-sexual-misery-of-the-arab-world.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sexual violence in conflict / Wartime sex violence / Sexual assault in a war zone       FR / UK / USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/15/
world/asia/kashmir-pakistan-shelters-assault.html

 

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=50uxB_RNfUw - video - 12 July 2017

 

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/video/2014/jun/12/
zainab-bengura-sexual-violence-conflict-video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sex trafficking, sex workers, nrothels        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/jul/06/
living-hell-of-bangladesh-brothels-sex-trafficking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sex trafficking        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/07/30/
625786252/she-was-tricked-into-a-computer-store-job-that-wasn-t-there

 

http://www.npr.org/2016/04/24/
475473650/human-trafficking-politics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sex workers

Sex workers take steroids -

Bangladeshi sex workers 'plump up' for clients

Video    Guardian Investigations    9 April 2010

 

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=KGKBMvtDY68

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violence against women:

help us build a global picture        UK        2014

 

It’s estimated that one in three women

will be beaten or raped in her lifetime

– that’s 1 billion women.

 

Why does violence occur?

 

Have you been involved

in a campaign to fight it?

 

Share your stories with GuardianWitness

and help us build a global picture of violence

against women.

 

Your stories will feed in

to our coverage of One Billion Rising

which will call for women and men to rise up

and demand justice for victims of gender violence.

https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/
52e7e4aee4b00e514a1dd12e?INTCMP=mic_231930

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

abuse        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/23/
613604818/head-of-southern-baptist-seminary-removed-over-remarks-on-rape-abuse-of-women

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

domestic abuse        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/06/
617265314/for-survivors-of-domestic-abuse-in-papua-new-guinea-volunteers-offer-safe-havens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Au Maghreb, le tabou du viol        Mediapart        22 December 2019

 

 

 

 

Au Maghreb, le tabou du viol        Mediapart        22 December 2019

 

Dans "Enjamber la flaque où reflète l’enfer",

l’écrivaine et poétesse algérienne Souad Labbize

explore et explose sans répit

le tabou des violences sexuelles,

en deux langues, l’arabe et le français.

 

Elle est l'invitée de Mediapart

ainsi que son éditrice française Oristelle Bonis.

 

Animé par Rachida El Azzouzi.

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=C5uF_1xXCzk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'They said they would rape me':

defenders of women's rights speak out – video

G        Tuesday 29 November 2016        07.00 GMT

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/video/2016/nov/29/
international-women-human-rights-defenders-day-video-activists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rape        FR

 

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=C5uF_1xXCzk - Mediapart - 22 December 2019

 

 

L'Amour violé est un film français de Yannick Bellon

réalisé en 1977 et sorti en 1978.

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27Amour_viol%C3%A9
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rape        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/rape

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/video/2016/nov/29/
international-women-human-rights-defenders-day-video-activists

 

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/30/
sexual-violence-women-where-rape-is-norm-editorial

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/04/
rape-protests-spread-beyond-india

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rape        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/23/
613604818/head-of-southern-baptist-seminary-removed-over-remarks-on-rape-abuse-of-women

 

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/09/
542468265/countries-around-the-world-move-to-repeal-marry-your-rapist-laws

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/01/30/
512050363/gang-rape-of-two-teens-leads-to-an-unusual-step-a-trial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wartime rape        UK

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/apr/11/
angelina-jolie-addresses-g8-rape-video

 

 

 

 

sex slaves > rape        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/13/world/middleeast/
to-maintain-supply-of-sex-slaves-isis-pushes-birth-control.html

 

 

 

 

USA > forced marriage > rape        USA

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/26/
opinion/sunday/it-was-forced-on-me-child-marriage-in-the-us.html

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/03/11/
470075802/kidnapped-and-raped-at-age-13-shes-finally-found-justice

 

 

 

 

war > mass rape        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/12/world/africa/
un-reports-systematic-rape-in-south-sudan-conflict.html

 

 

 

 

fistula        USA

 

internal injury

caused by childbirth

(or occasionally by rape)

that leaves (...)

incontinent, humiliated

and sometimes stinking

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/20/
opinion/sunday/the-worlds-modern-day-lepers-women-with-fistulas.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

girl soldier        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/28/world/americas/colombia-
farc-child-soldiers.html

 

 

 

 

surrogacy        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/apr/28/
paying-for-baby-trouble-with-renting-womb-india

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boston Globe > Big Picture

World's Most Dangerous Countries for Women        July 20, 2011

 

Targeted violence against females,

dismal healthcare and desperate poverty

make Afghanistan

the world's most dangerous country

in which to be born a woman,

with Congo a close second

due to horrific levels of rape.

 

Pakistan, India and Somalia

ranked third, fourth and fifth, respectively,

in the global survey

of perceptions of threats

ranging from domestic abuse

and economic discrimination

to female foeticide

(the destruction of a fetus in the uterus),

genital mutilation and acid attack.

 

A survey compiled

by the Thomson Reuters Foundation

to mark the launch of TrustLaw Woman*,

puts Afghanistan at the top of the list

of the most dangerous places

in the world for women.

 

TrustLaw asked 213 gender experts

from five contents to rank countries

by overall perceptions of danger

as well as by six categories of risk.

 

The risks consisted of health threats,

sexual violence, non-sexual violence,

cultural or religious factors,

lack of access to resources

and trafficking.

 

The collection of images that follow

were provided by Reuters

to illustrate the dangers women

face in those 5 countries.

-- Paula Nelson

 

(*TrustLaw Woman is a website

aimed at providing free legal advice

for women’s' groups around the world.)

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/07/
worlds_most_dangerous_countrie.html

 

 

 

 

Human Rights Watch

Stopping Violence Against Women Worldwide        August 3 2010

http://www.hrw.org/news/2010/08/03/
stopping-violence-against-women-worldwide

 

 

 

 

Women’s Refugee Commission        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/31/us/
catherine-oneill-advocate-for-women-and-children-dies-at-70.html

 

 

 

 

violence against women / sexual violence against women        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/mar/26/
domestic-violence-against-women 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/feb/24/
sexual-violence-women-cult-masculinity

 

 

 

 

sexual violence against women        USA

https://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/
how-photojournalists-cover-sexual-violence-against-women/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Albania        FR

 

https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/culture-idees/150817/
le-monde-fascinant-des-vierges-jurees-revisite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Africa > child brides        USA

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/07/22/
538540106/former-child-bride-is-pedaling-her-way-to-a-brighter-future

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/26/
457511842/new-report-says-child-brides-in-africa-could-more-than-double-by-2050

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

African women        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/07/13/
422542729/sold-into-sex-slavery-the-plight-of-african-women-migrating-to-europe

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/
opinion/sunday/the-backlash-against-african-women.html

 

 

 

 

African girls        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/06/02/
528478817/who-threatens-you-researchers-asked-teen-girls-affected-by-conflict

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Africa > Burkina Faso        FR

http://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2016/08/19/
dans-un-village-burkinabe-le-rapt-coutumier-des-petites-ecolieres_4984830_3212.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Africa > Ethiopia        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/01/30/
512050363/gang-rape-of-two-teens-leads-to-an-unusual-step-a-trial

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/03/11/
470075802/kidnapped-and-raped-at-age-13-shes-finally-found-justice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arab women        USA

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/10/
empowering-arab-women-through-literacy/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Argentina        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/16/
opinion/argentine-women-call-out-machismo.html

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jun/08/
argentina-murder-women-gender-violence-protest

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/24/world/americas/
a-mothers-search-in-argentina-leads-to-a-fight-against-sex-trafficking.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asia > abuse / exploitation of Asian girls        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/29/
-sp-untold-story-culture-of-shame-ruzwana-bashir

 

 

 

 

Asia-Pacific > rape        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/sep/10/asia-pacific-
rape-survey

 

 

 

 

Philippines > contraceptives        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/video/2017/jul/10/
at-11-years-old-theyre-getting-pregnant-the-women-smashing-catholic-taboos-in-the-philippines-video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bahrain

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6_jMoACSt0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangladesh

 

Felani, 15 years old Bangladeshi girl.        7 January 2011

 

Her father fixed her marry in Bangladesh.

 

So, she is returning to Bangladesh

with her father from Nayadilli, India

- work place of her father.

 

On Friday, 7th January, 2011 at 6am

she and her father was climbing

the barbed wire boundary

between Bangladesh and Indian border

(exact location:

International Border No. 947,

between 3 and 4 s pillar

of Anantapur, Fulbari)

using a ladder.

 

Her father, Nuru Mia crossed first.

But at the time of Felani's clothes

got entangled in the wire.

She was frightened

and started screaming.

 

Hearing her scream,

the BSF members

started shooting at her,

at 6.15 am.

 

She was asking for water till her death,

about 30 minutes after shooting

but nobody there because of the afraid

of BSF’s bullets.

http://blog.akmnahid.com/countries/bangladesh/
bsf-killed-innocent-bangladeshi-girl-117.html

 

 

http://blog.akmnahid.com/countries/bangladesh/
bsf-killed-innocent-bangladeshi-girl-117.html 

 

http://www.nl-aid.org/domain/human-rights/
bangladesh-india-human-rights-hanging-on-the-border-fence/

 

http://bdlawhouse.blogspot.fr/2011/01/
writ-filed-to-stop-border-killings-by.html

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd-mCpsEDPA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangladesh > Niloy Chakrabati

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/07/
430343843/another-bangladeshi-blogger-hacked-to-death-for-secular-views

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/07/
machete-gang-kills-secular-bangladeshi-blogger-niloy-chakrabarti

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33819032?
post_id=10150561093784984_10150563465229984#_=_

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangladeshi child brides        UK

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2015/aug/25/
bangladeshi-child-brides-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangladesh > forced marriage        USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/12/
nyregion/muslim-abuse-womens-shelter.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangladesh > sex trafficking, sex workers, brothels        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/jul/06/
living-hell-of-bangladesh-brothels-sex-trafficking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brazil > rampant violence        USA

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/07/24/
487043309/for-brazils-women-laws-are-not-enough-to-deter-rampant-violence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brazil > rape        USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/2016/05/28/
479866072/gang-rape-shocks-brazilians

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/05/27/
479796108/outcry-follows-gang-rape-in-brazil-raising-alarms-about-sexual-violence

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/25/world/americas/
rapes-in-brazil-spur-class-and-gender-debate.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cameroon

 

Widows in Cameroon:

'They should be free to live their lives'        UK        2013

 

The death of a husband

means stigma, destitution and abuse

for many of the world's poorest widows.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/jul/01/
widows-cameroon-free-lives-project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

violence against women worldwide > Russia > Chechnya

 

 

 

 

Зачем чеченское ТВ показало, как родственник Рамзана Кадырова бьет женщину? | Новости        Video        BBC News - Русская служба        25 October 2019

 

Смотрите актуальные новости

о событиях в мире, политике, бизнесе и культуре.

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=oplJDepj0KM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boston Globe > Big Picture

Young women in Chechnya        USA        April 30, 2012

 

Photojournalist Diana Markosian

spent the last year and half

covering Russia's volatile

North Caucasus region.

 

This year she started

a personal project

entitled

"Goodbye My Chechnya"

documenting the lives

of young Chechen women

as they come of age

in the aftermath of war.

 

She writes,

"For young women in Chechnya

the most innocent acts

could mean breaking the law.

 

A Chechen girl caught smoking

is cause for arrest;

while rumors of a couple

engaging in pre-martial relations

can result in her killing.

 

The few girls who dare to rebel

become targets

in the eyes of Chechen authorities.

 

After nearly two decades

of vicious war

and 70 years of Soviet rule,

during which religious participation

was banned,

modern-day Chechnya

is going through Islamic revival.

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2012/04/
young_women_in_chechnya.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chile        USA

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/03/
541372893/chilean-lawmakers-ease-abortion-restrictions-but-will-the-court-agree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

China > domestic abuse        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/25/world/asia/
china-suspends-death-sentence-for-li-yan.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colombia

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/24/
lens/capturing-the-strength-of-women-who-survived-acid-attacks-in-colombia.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/01/
opinion/abuse-women-colombia-silence.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC) > rape and sexual violence        UK

 

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2013/aug/12/
democratic-republic-congo-women-peace

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/11/
congo-rapes-g8-soldier

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2013/apr/11/
congo-rape-galley-pictures

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/apr/11/
angelina-jolie-addresses-g8-rape-video

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/26/
uk-congo-tackle-warzone-rape

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/feb/14/
dying-raped-woman-congo-drc

 

 

 

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC) > Rachel Mwanza        FR

http://www.liberation.fr/monde/2014/02/24/
rachel-mwanza-cendrillon-du-congo_982601

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dubai        USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/10/
world/middleeast/princess-latifa-sheikha-dubai.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

France        FR

 

http://www.lemonde.fr/les-decodeurs/visuel/2017/11/25/
a-la-maison-au-travail-ou-dans-la-rue-les-chiffres-des-violences-contre-les-femmes
_5220284_4355770.html

 

https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/france/251117/
macron-annonce-un-plan-de-lutte-contre-les-violences-faites-aux-femmes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghana        UK

 

 

 

Wumbi Yindana, 71, lives in Kukuo.

 

‘Some [women] are neglected,

something bad has happened to them

and most of them are very depressed,’

says local politician Musa Atta Tanimu

 

 

Cast out:

the women of Ghana’s ‘witch’ village – in pictures

 

Around 80 women accused of witchcraft

live in Kukuo village in Nanumba, Ghana.

 

As women age in rural Ghana, signs of dementia,

mental health issues or even menopausal symptoms

can result in them being declared ‘witches’

and pushed out of their community.

 

Around 80 women live in such exile in Kukuo ‘witch village’

G

Wed 5 Feb 2020    02.00 EST

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2020/feb/05/
cast-out-the-women-of-ghanas-witch-village-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2020/feb/05/
cast-out-the-women-of-ghanas-witch-village-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guatemala        UK

 

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/aug/26/
guatemala-rape-early-pregnancy-sex-education-catholic-church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

child marriages in Guatemala        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/02/08/
opinion/sunday/exposures-child-bride-mother-stephanie-sinclair.html

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/10/24/
450276762/the-girl-who-broke-free-building-a-new-life-in-america-15girls

https://www.unfpa.org/sites/default/files/pub-pdf/MarryingTooYoung.pdf

 

 

 

 

historic trial in Guatemala        2016        USA

 

It's believed to be

the first time any national court

has held a trial

to prosecute sex slavery

during an armed conflict.

 

Two former military officers

stand accused of murder,

kidnapping and keeping

nearly a dozen indigenous women

as domestic laborers and sex slaves

during the country's 36-year civil war.

 

The war resulted

in 200,000 deaths

and 45,000 disappearances.

 

Most of the genocide

and other crimes

targeted Mayans.

http://www.npr.org/2016/02/13/
466630760/in-historic-trial-mayan-women-accuse-ex-military-officers-of-sex-slavery

 

http://www.npr.org/2016/02/13/
466630760/in-historic-trial-mayan-women-
accuse-ex-military-officers-of-sex-slavery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guinea        FR

 

https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2018/12/29/
monsieur-le-president-la-guinee-doit-proteger-ses-filles-de-l-excision-du-viol-et-du-mariage-precoce
_5403467_3212.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Levit

 

Hong Kong’s Indentured Servants

By GRATIANE DE MOUSTIER        NYT        FEB. 13, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/14/opinion/hong-kongs-indentured-servants.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hong-Kong > Hong Kong’s indentured servants        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/14/
opinion/hong-kongs-indentured-servants.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indonesia > rape

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/26/world/asia/indonesia-
chemical-castration.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan > rape        USA

 

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/01/
540849317/jordan-begins-to-scrap-law-allowing-rapists-to-evade-punishment-by-marrying-vict

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenya > rape        UK

 

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2013/jul/31/
kenyan-grandmothers-self-defence-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kirghizistan        FR

 

http://www.lemonde.fr/m-actu/article/2017/12/22/
kirghizistan-le-pays-des-epouses-volees_5233510_4497186.html

 

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=qFc7OHje54Y - AFP - 14 June 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

femicides > Latin America        USA

 

http://www.coha.org/femicide-looms-over-latin-america/

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/03/19/
469932998/what-did-you-expect-the-question-that-women-are-sick-of-hearing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liberia        USA

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/03/15/
470558289/at-16-she-was-raped-by-her-boyfriend-nobody-wanted-to-talk-about-it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Libya

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGTA2g1FZYM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malaysia > Women's rights        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/02/world/asia/
irene-fernandez-champion-of-oppressed-dies-at-67.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malawi        USA

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/07/22/
538540106/former-child-bride-is-pedaling-her-way-to-a-brighter-future

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mauritania > rape        FR

 

https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/060817/
mauritanie-les-victimes-de-viol-coupables-de-leur-propre-sort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexico        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/09/
813699719/mexican-women-stay-home-to-protest-femicides-in-a-day-without-us

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/19/
world/americas/mexico-violence-women.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/26/
world/americas/mexico-women-domestic-violence-femicide.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peru        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2017/feb/10/
quipu-the-phone-line-calling-for-justice-in-peru-video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Qatar        UK

 

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/nov/05/
michelle-obama-in-qatar-outdated-laws-and-traditions-rob-girls-of-education

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russia        FR

 

https://blogs.mediapart.fr/daniel-ac-mathieu/blog/050220/20
-chiffres-sur-les-violences-domestiques-en-russie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rwanda > abortion        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/may/21/
rwanda-to-release-50-women-jailed-for-having-abortions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rwanda > teen mothers        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2019/mar/15/
no-tomorrow-for-me-rwanda-teen-mothers-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1994 > Rwanda > Genocide

Sexual violence in conflict / Wartime sex violence        FR

 

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=50uxB_RNfUw - video - Médiapart 12 July 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sierra Leone        USA

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/11/09/
455012815/for-some-teen-girls-surviving-a-rape-can-mean-losing-an-education

 

http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2015/04/06/
397272538/visibly-pregnant-girls-are-banned-from-school-in-sierra-leone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Female Genital Mutilation > Somalia        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/09/14/
647850751/two-young-sisters-die-after-undergoing-female-genital-mutilation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rape > Somalia        UK

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/07/
rapists-rewarded-somali-woman-cleared

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rape > Somalia        USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/30/
opinion/somalia-rape-laws.html

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/01/30/
581552354/somaliland-debates-a-tough-new-penal-code-for-rape-and-sexual-offences

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/01/30/
512050363/gang-rape-of-two-teens-leads-to-an-unusual-step-a-trial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Somaliland > FGM        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2017/aug/11/
female-genital-mutilation-in-somaliland-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Somaliland > rape        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/01/30/
581552354/somaliland-debates-a-tough-new-penal-code-for-rape-and-sexual-offences

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Africa > attacks on women / domestic abuse        UK

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/17/
south-africa-macho-society-oscar-pistorious

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Sudan > child marriage        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2018/jun/25/
brave-girls-south-sudan-gunshot-wounds-hunger-hope-in-pictures-kate-holt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Syria

 

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=g-CX8Ol_h9Y - June 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tunisia        FR / USA

 

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=Ck1jgBos_Ks - Mediapart - 23 april 2019

 

https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/201018/
les-femmes-tunisiennes-revent-d-egalite-devant-l-heritage

 

https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/150817/
tunisie-en-finir-avec-la-traite-des-jeunes-aides-menageres

 

http://www.lemonde.fr/europe/article/2017/08/07/
en-turquie-les-femmes-defendent-leur-droit-a-s-habiller-comme-elles-veulent
_5169604_3214.html

 

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=2AHI2QWCnYo - NYT - 9 June 2015

 

https://www.npr.org/2012/03/05/
147980270/womens-rights-in-the-age-of-the-arab-spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

violence against women worldwide > Turkey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acid Attacks: "My son could've been in my arms"        BBC        21 September 2017

 

 

 

 

Acid Attacks: "My son could've been in my arms" (FULL DOCUMENTARY) - BBC Stories        21 September 2017

 

On average in 2016,

there were two acid attacks a day.

 

2017 is now projected to be the year

with the highest number of attacks

ever recorded in the UK.

 

Over the past few years

there has been a change

in the way acid has been used.

 

No longer just associated

with shame or honour attacks,

acid is now a weapon used by moped thieves

as well as a means of settling gang disputes.

 

We follow four separate acid attack victims

who highlight this growing trend.

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=A6Sgle6lQsk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United Kingdom

 

 

 

 

acid attacks        UK

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=A6Sgle6lQsk - BBC - 21 September 2017

 

 

 

 

Shalifea Ahmed murder        UK

 

The prosecution said

Iftikhar Ahmed,

a 52-year-old taxi driver,

and his wife,

Farzana Ahmed, 49,

from Warrington, Cheshire,

killed the teenager

at the family home

on 11 September 2003

because they believed

she had brought shame

on the family

with her desire to lead

a "westernised" lifestyle.

 

Shafilea

had defied her parents' wishes

for an arranged marriage in Pakistan

to a much older man.

 

Her body was found

on a Cumbrian riverbank

in February 2004.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/aug/03/
shafilea-ahmed-parents-guilty-murder

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/shafilea-ahmed 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/aug/03/
shafilea-ahmed-parents-guilty-murder

 

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/aug/03/
shafilea-ahmed-death-tragedy-women-fate

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/aug/03/
shafilea-ahmed-life-death-timeline

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/aug/03/
shafilea-ahmed-history-of-violence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uganda        UK / USA

 

 

 

Linette Kirungi, 28, in her office in Kampala,

where she is a programme officer at End Acid Violence Uganda.

 

Due to her own experience, she helps other survivors.

 

Linette was attacked with acid by her boyfriend in 2012

because she wanted to focus on her career first and not marry him.

 

Photograph: Sumy Sadurni/AFP via Getty Images

 

Acid attack survivors in Uganda - in pictures

Acid attacks have been on the rise in Uganda.

Organisations such as End Acid Violence Uganda

are pushing for a law that would see

harsher punishments for perpetrators such as a ‘no bail policy’,

satisfactory compensation for victims,

and implementation of a medical care policy

paid for by the government.

End Acid Violence Uganda officers

make regular home visits to survivors

to offer support and guidance.

The Guardian

Tue 18 Feb 2020    07.00 GMT

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2020/feb/18/
acid-attack-survivors-in-uganda-in-pictures

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2020/feb/18/
acid-attack-survivors-in-uganda-in-pictures

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/08/21/
432922451/an-ex-husband-can-no-longer-demand-a-refund-of-the-bride-price

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zimbabwe        USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/02/
opinion/zimbabwe-elections-mugabe-fear-women.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amnesty International > Egyptian women protesters

forced to take ‘virginity tests'        2011

https://www.amnesty.org/en/press-releases/2011/03/
egyptian-women-protesters-forced-take-e28098virginity-testse28099/

 

 

 

 

activist > Ayaan Hirsi Ali

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/05/
books/review/ayaan-hirsi-alis-heretic.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

economic violence > migrant workers > Alem Dechasa        UK

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/09/
alem-dechasa-ethiopia-lebanon

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/20/
ethiopia-suicide-maid-beaten-beirut

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2012/mar/15/
ethiopian-maid-publicly-abused-suicide-lebanon-video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

battered women        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/mar/21/
double-imprisonment-battered-women

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/apr/05/
domestic-violence-charity-funding

 

 

 

 

Muslim women confronting prejudice

in their fight against extremism        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/apr/29/
muslim-women-fighting-islamic-extremism

 

 

 

 

domestic violence        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/02/18/
what-should-feminists-focus-on-next/dont-overlook-domestic-violence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women's aid poster

added 4 April 2012

http://www.womensaid.org.uk/
landing_page.asp?section=000100010028&sectionTitle=Free+resources - broken link

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

beat        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2012/mar/15/
ethiopian-maid-publicly-abused-suicide-lebanon-video

 

 

 

 

domestic violence charity > Women's Aid

https://www.womensaid.org.uk/

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2009/apr/05/
domestic-violence-charity-funding 

 

 

 

 

be sexually assaulted

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/
the-womens-blog-with-jane-martinson/2012/apr/19/
london-worst-place-women

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/15/
health/nearly-1-in-5-women-in-us-survey-report-sexual-assault.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

arranged / forced marriage > UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/forced-marriage 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/may/28/
thousands-enslaved-in-forced-marriages-across-uk-investigation-finds

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/16/
forced-marriage-outlawed-ministers-curb-practice

 

 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/may/21/
shafilea-ahmed-killing-chester-crown-court

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/may/21/
shafilea-ahmed-murdered-parents-court

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/11/
forced-marriage-pakistan-matrimony-laws

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/dec/14/
forced-marriage-illegal-uk

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/mar/08/
religion

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2008/jan/11/
ukcrime1

 

 

 

 

forcing someone into marriage

in England and Wales

will carry a maximum

seven-year jail sentence

under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/16/
forced-marriage-outlawed-ministers-curb-practice

 

 

 

 

arranged marriage        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/02/
561589498/pakistani-bride-charged-with-poisoning-husbands-milk-inadvertently-killing-17

 

 

 

 

forced marriage        USA

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/12/
nyregion/muslim-abuse-womens-shelter.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/21/
us/woman-breaks-through-chains-of-forced-marriage-
and-helps-others-do-the-same.html

 

 

 

 

forced marriage > child marriage > USA

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/26/
opinion/sunday/it-was-forced-on-me-child-marriage-in-the-us.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

virginity tests

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/12/06/
785493554/why-virginity-tests-are-making-news-in-the-u-s-and-afghanistan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

domestic abuse        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/mar/21/
honour-crime-domestic-abuse

 

 

 

 

USA > Domestic Violence    Act        USA

 

Violence Against Women Act,

the landmark 1994 law

that is key to efforts

against domestic violence,

sexual assault and stalking.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/14/opinion/backward-on-domestic-violence.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/16/
opinion/renew-the-violence-against-women-act.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/13/us/
politics/senate-votes-to-expand-domestic-violence-act.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/14/
opinion/backward-on-domestic-violence.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/27/us/
politics/senate-votes-to-renew-violence-against-women-act.html

http://family.findlaw.com/domestic-violence/
federal-domestic-violence-legislation-the-violence-against-women.html

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/vawa_factsheet.pdf

 

 

 

 

domestic violence        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/society/domestic-violence  

 

 

 

 

tackle domestic violence        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/public-leaders-network/blog/2012/mar/29/
positive-deviance-tackle-domestic-violence

 

 

 

 

domestic violence against women        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/mar/08/
international-womens-day-hurdles-obstructing-equality

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sexist remarks        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/mar/08/
sexist-comments-to-become-criminal-offence

 

 

 

 

wolf-whistles        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/mar/08/
sexist-comments-to-become-criminal-offence

 

 

 

 

whistling        USA

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/19/
807407891/artist-tatyana-fazlalizadeh-wants-you-to-stop-telling-women-to-smile

 

 

 

 

harass        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/06/15/
532977361/why-do-men-harass-women-new-study-sheds-light-on-motivations

 

 

 

 

sexual harassment at work        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/careers/2017/sep/11/
sexual-harassment-at-work-stories-readers-stories-workplace

 

 

 

 

sexual harassment        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/05/
555979858/amid-harassment-reports-harvey-weinstein-takes-leave-of-absence

 

 

 

 

 office harassment        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/oct/09/
office-harassment-things-really-changed

 

 

 

 

street harassment        USA

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/19/
807407891/artist-tatyana-fazlalizadeh-wants-you-to-stop-telling-women-to-smile

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/04/09/
473433505/why-telling-a-woman-to-smile-makes-her-want-to-scream

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/04/06/
473223402/street-harassment-around-the-world-what-s-your-story

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/
opinion/sunday/the-backlash-against-african-women.html

 

 

 

 

street harassers        USA

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/13/
539305445/why-street-harassers-speak-the-same-language-across-the-u-s

 

 

 

 

cat-calling        USA

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/19/
807407891/artist-tatyana-fazlalizadeh-wants-you-to-stop-telling-women-to-smile

 

 

 

 

being catcalled by men        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/04/09/
473433505/why-telling-a-woman-to-smile-makes-her-want-to-scream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sexual harassment        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/nov/21/
he-sexually-harassed-my-13-year-old-daughter-right-in-front-of-me

http://www.guardian.co.uk/military/story/0,,1783534,00.html - broken link

 

 

 

 

sexual harassment        USA

http://www.npr.org/2016/02/07/
465878962/weve-begun-to-draw-the-line-
but-its-tough-to-define-sexual-harassment

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/31/us/
paul-sprenger-lawyer-who-fought-discrimination-dies-at-74.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/15/
opinion/why-herman-cain-is-unfit-to-lead.html

 

 

 

 

groping        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/08/us/
politics/woman-accuses-cain-of-groping-he-denies-charge.html

 

 

 

 

make suggestive remarks        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/nov/21/
he-sexually-harassed-my-13-year-old-daughter-right-in-front-of-me

 

 

 

 

leer        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/nov/21/
he-sexually-harassed-my-13-year-old-daughter-right-in-front-of-me

 

 

 

 

leer        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/05/
opinion/sunday/what-does-a-lifetime-of-leers-do-to-us.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

health > women concealing breast cancers        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/10/22/
450830752/breast-cancer-in-the-developing-world-rising-rates-
shrouded-in-silence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gender equality        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/06/
gender-equality-still-decades-away-un-women

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.N. Finds

‘Alarmingly High’ Levels

of Violence Against Women

 

MARCH 9, 2015

The New York Times

By SOMINI SENGUPTA

 

UNITED NATIONS — The evidence is ubiquitous. The gang rape of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi sets off an unusual burst of national outrage in India. In South Sudan, women are assaulted by both sides in the civil war. In Iraq, jihadists enslave women for sex. And American colleges face mounting scrutiny about campus rape.

Despite the many gains women have made in education, health and even political power in the course of a generation, violence against women and girls worldwide “persists at alarmingly high levels,” according to a United Nations analysis that the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to present to the General Assembly on Monday.

About 35 percent of women worldwide — more than one in three — said they had experienced violence in their lifetime, whether physical, sexual, or both, the report finds. One in 10 girls under the age of 18 was forced to have sex, it says.

The subject is under sharp focus as delegates from around the world gather here starting on Monday to assess how well governments have done since they promised to ensure women’s equality at a landmark conference in Beijing 20 years ago — and what to do next.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, who attended ​the Beijing conference in 1995, is scheduled to speak on Tuesday.

Since the Beijing conference, there has been measurable, though mixed, progress on many fronts, according to the United Nations analysis.

As many girls as boys are now enrolled in primary school, a sharp advance since 1995. Maternal mortality rates have fallen by half. And women are more likely to be in the labor force, though the pay gap is closing so slowly that it will take another 75 years before women and men are paid equally for equal work.

The share of women serving in legislatures has nearly doubled, too, though women still account for only one in five legislators. All but 32 countries have adopted laws that guarantee gender equality in their constitutions.

But violence against women — including rape, murder and sexual harassment — remains stubbornly high in countries rich and poor, at war and at peace. The United Nations’ main health agency, the World Health Organization, found that 38 percent of women who are murdered are killed by their partners.

Even as women’s groups continue to push for laws that criminalize violence — marital rape is still permitted in many countries — new types of attacks have emerged, some of them online, including rape threats on Twitter.

Where there are laws on the books, like ones that criminalize domestic violence, for instance, they are not reliably enforced.

The economic impact is huge. One recent study found that domestic violence against women and children alone costs the global economy $4 trillion.

“Over all, as you look at the world, there have been no large victories in eradicating violence against women,” said Valerie M. Hudson, a professor of politics at Texas A & M University who has developed world maps that chart the status of women. The vast majority of countries, by her metrics, do not have laws that protect women’s physical safety.

In some cases, the laws on the books are the problem, women’s rights advocates say. In some countries, like Nigeria, the law permits a man to beat his wife under certain circumstances. But even when laws are technically adequate, victims often do not feel comfortable going to law enforcement, or they are unable to pay the bribes required to file a police report.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the executive director of the United Nations agency for gender equity and women’s empowerment — known as UN Women — said that for the laws to mean anything, governments around the world have to persuade their police officers, judges and medical personnel to take violence against women seriously.

“I am disappointed, I have to be honest,” she said about the stubborn hold of violence against women. “More than asking for more laws to be passed, I’m asking for implementation.”

According to Equality Now, an advocacy group that tracks laws pertaining to women, 125 countries specifically criminalize domestic violence. But so-called wife-obedience laws still remain in some places. In some others, rapists can get off the hook by marrying those they assault.

Yasmeen Hassan, the group’s executive director, said that governments need to be reminded that they committed to making their laws fair for women. Cultural differences cannot be an excuse, she said. “It’s always a cop-out for governments to not do what they signed up to do,” she said.

The new round of global development targets that governments around the world will have to agree to later this year, known as Sustainable Development Goals, includes a separate requirement for women’s equal rights, including how they protect their female citizens from violence.

The latest United Nations report draws attention to the rise of “extremism and conservatism,” and without naming any countries or groups, it argues that what they share is a “resistance to women’s human rights.” The assaults and abductions by the Islamic State have brought new urgency to the issue. ​

Ms. Hudson, the academic, said the persistence of violence in so many forms is in part because it can establish domination against women of all kinds, for a broad range of personal and political purposes. A husband can just as easily beat his wife if she is a high school dropout or a college graduate. An entire territory can be claimed if fighters rape the local women — or take them as sex slaves, as is the case of the Islamic State.

“I think violence against women is so darn useful,” she said. “That’s why it’ll be so hard to eradicate.”

Violence can start before birth. Sex-selective abortions, have been reduced in some countries, as in South Korea, but are higher than ever in other places, like India, and are going up sharply in places like Armenia.

Harassment is commonplace. In the United States, 83 percent of girls aged 12 to 16 said they had experienced some form of harassment in public schools. In New Delhi, a 2010 study found that two out of three women said they were harassed more than twice in the last year alone.

Violence against women is often unreported. For instance, a study conducted in the 28 countries of the European Union found that only 14 percent of women reported their most serious episode of domestic violence to the police.

​”​Violence against women has epidemic proportions, and is present in every single country around the world,” said Lydia Alpizar, executive director of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, a global feminist group. “​Yet it is still not a real priority for most governments.” ​

Perhaps the biggest change in 20 years, say those who attended the 1995 Beijing conference, is that the subject is now front and center in public discussion.

“There is actually a great deal more attention being paid today to violence against women,” said Charlotte Bunch, a feminist scholar who attended the Beijing conference. “The truth is, it’s a complex issue that isn’t solved easily.”

U.N. Finds ‘Alarmingly High’ Levels of Violence Against Women,
NYT,
MARCH 9, 2015,
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/10/
world/un-finds-alarmingly-high-levels-of-violence-against-women.html

 

 

 

 

 

Women Hurting Women

 

September 29, 2012

The New York Times

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

 

ARE female leaders better for the world’s women?

It would be nice to think that women who achieve power would want to help women at the bottom. But one continuing global drama underscores that women in power can be every bit as contemptible as men.

Sheikh Hasina, prime minister of Bangladesh, is mounting a scorched-earth offensive against Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank and champion of the economic empowerment of women around the world. Yunus, 72, won a Nobel Peace Prize for his pioneering work in microfinance, focused on helping women lift their families out of poverty.

Yet Sheikh Hasina’s government has already driven Yunus from his job as managing director of Grameen Bank. Worse, since last month, her government has tried to seize control of the bank from its 5.5 million small-time shareholders, almost all of them women, who collectively own more than 95 percent of the bank.

What a topsy-turvy picture: We see a woman who has benefited from evolving gender norms using her government powers to destroy the life’s work of a man who has done as much for the world’s most vulnerable women as anybody on earth.

The government has also started various investigations of Yunus and his finances and taxes, and his supporters fear that he might be arrested on some pretext or another.

“It’s an insane situation,” Yunus told me a few days ago at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, sounding subdued instead of his normally exuberant self. “I just don’t know how to deal with it.”

If the government succeeds in turning Grameen Bank into a government bank, Yunus said, “it is finished.”

Sheikh Hasina, in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, initially agreed to be interviewed by me in a suite at the Grand Hyatt. At the last minute she canceled and refused to reschedule.

Perhaps none of this should be surprising. Metrics like girls’ education and maternal mortality don’t improve more when a nation is led by a woman. There is evidence that women matter as local leaders and on corporate boards, but that doesn’t seem to have been true at the national level, at least not for the first cohort of female leaders around the world.

Bangladesh is actually a prime example of the returns from investing in women. When it separated from Pakistan in 1971, it was a wreck. But it invested in girls’ education, and today more than half of its high school students are female — an astonishing achievement for an impoverished Muslim country.

All those educated women formed the basis for Bangladesh’s garment industry. They also had fewer births: the average Bangladeshi woman now has 2.2 children, down from 6 in 1980. Bringing women into the mainstream also seems to have soothed extremism, which is much less of a concern than in Pakistan (where female literacy in the tribal areas is only 3 percent).

To her credit, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has spoken up for Yunus: “I highly respect Muhammad Yunus, and I highly respect the work that he has done, and I am hoping to see it continue without being in any way undermined or affected by any government action,” she said earlier this year. Two former secretaries of state, George Shultz and Madeleine Albright, have also called on Sheikh Hasina to back off.

She shows no sign of doing so. One theory is that she is paranoid and sees Yunus as a threat, especially since he made an abortive effort to enter politics in 2007. Another theory is that she is envious of his Nobel Peace Prize and resentful of his global renown.

Sheikh Hasina is disappointing in other ways. She has turned a blind eye to murders widely attributed to the security services. My Times colleague Jim Yardley wrote just this month about a labor leader, Aminul Islam, who had been threatened by security officers and whose tortured body was found in a pauper’s grave.

Yunus fans are signing a Change.org petition on his behalf, but I’d like to see more American officials and politicians speak up for him. President Obama, how about another photo op with Yunus?

I still strongly believe that we need more women in leadership posts at home and around the world, from presidential palaces to corporate boards. The evidence suggests that diverse leadership leads to better decision making, and I think future generations of female leaders may be more attentive to women’s issues than the first.

In any case, this painful episode in Bangladesh is a reminder that the struggle to achieve gender equality isn’t simply a battle between the sexes.

It is far more subtle. Misogyny and indifference remain obstacles for women globally, but those are values that can be absorbed and transmitted by women as well as by men.

 

I invite you to comment on this column on my blog,

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    Women Hurting Women, NYT, 29.9.2012,
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/30/opinion/sunday/
    kristof-women-hurting-women.html

 

 

 

 

 

Johann Hari:

Why should I respect

these oppressive religions?

Whenever a religious belief is criticised,
its adherents say they're victims of 'prejudice'


Wednesday, 28 January 2009

The Independent

 

The right to criticise religion is being slowly doused in acid. Across the world, the small, incremental gains made by secularism – giving us the space to doubt and question and make up our own minds – are being beaten back by belligerent demands that we "respect" religion. A historic marker has just been passed, showing how far we have been shoved. The UN rapporteur who is supposed to be the global guardian of free speech has had his job rewritten – to put him on the side of the religious censors.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights stated 60 years ago that "a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief is the highest aspiration of the common people". It was a Magna Carta for mankind – and loathed by every human rights abuser on earth. Today, the Chinese dictatorship calls it "Western", Robert Mugabe calls it "colonialist", and Dick Cheney calls it "outdated". The countries of the world have chronically failed to meet it – but the document has been held up by the United Nations as the ultimate standard against which to check ourselves. Until now.

Starting in 1999, a coalition of Islamist tyrants, led by Saudi Arabia, demanded the rules be rewritten. The demand for everyone to be able to think and speak freely failed to "respect" the "unique sensitivities" of the religious, they decided – so they issued an alternative Islamic Declaration of Human Rights. It insisted that you can only speak within "the limits set by the shariah [law]. It is not permitted to spread falsehood or disseminate that which involves encouraging abomination or forsaking the Islamic community".

In other words, you can say anything you like, as long as it precisely what the reactionary mullahs tell you to say. The declaration makes it clear there is no equality for women, gays, non-Muslims, or apostates. It has been backed by the Vatican and a bevy of Christian fundamentalists.

Incredibly, they are succeeding. The UN's Rapporteur on Human Rights has always been tasked with exposing and shaming those who prevent free speech – including the religious. But the Pakistani delegate recently demanded that his job description be changed so he can seek out and condemn "abuses of free expression" including "defamation of religions and prophets". The council agreed – so the job has been turned on its head. Instead of condemning the people who wanted to murder Salman Rushdie, they will be condemning Salman Rushdie himself.

Anything which can be deemed "religious" is no longer allowed to be a subject of discussion at the UN – and almost everything is deemed religious. Roy Brown of the International Humanist and Ethical Union has tried to raise topics like the stoning of women accused of adultery or child marriage. The Egyptian delegate stood up to announce discussion of shariah "will not happen" and "Islam will not be crucified in this council" – and Brown was ordered to be silent. Of course, the first victims of locking down free speech about Islam with the imprimatur of the UN are ordinary Muslims.

Here is a random smattering of events that have taken place in the past week in countries that demanded this change. In Nigeria, divorced women are routinely thrown out of their homes and left destitute, unable to see their children, so a large group of them wanted to stage a protest – but the Shariah police declared it was "un-Islamic" and the marchers would be beaten and whipped. In Saudi Arabia, the country's most senior government-approved cleric said it was perfectly acceptable for old men to marry 10-year-old girls, and those who disagree should be silenced. In Egypt, a 27-year-old Muslim blogger Abdel Rahman was seized, jailed and tortured for arguing for a reformed Islam that does not enforce shariah.

To the people who demand respect for Muslim culture, I ask: which Muslim culture? Those women's, those children's, this blogger's – or their oppressors'?

As the secular campaigner Austin Darcy puts it: "The ultimate aim of this effort is not to protect the feelings of Muslims, but to protect illiberal Islamic states from charges of human rights abuse, and to silence the voices of internal dissidents calling for more secular government and freedom."

Those of us who passionately support the UN should be the most outraged by this.

Underpinning these "reforms" is a notion seeping even into democratic societies – that atheism and doubt are akin to racism. Today, whenever a religious belief is criticised, its adherents immediately claim they are the victims of "prejudice" – and their outrage is increasingly being backed by laws.

All people deserve respect, but not all ideas do. I don't respect the idea that a man was born of a virgin, walked on water and rose from the dead. I don't respect the idea that we should follow a "Prophet" who at the age of 53 had sex with a nine-year old girl, and ordered the murder of whole villages of Jews because they wouldn't follow him.

I don't respect the idea that the West Bank was handed to Jews by God and the Palestinians should be bombed or bullied into surrendering it. I don't respect the idea that we may have lived before as goats, and could live again as woodlice. This is not because of "prejudice" or "ignorance", but because there is no evidence for these claims. They belong to the childhood of our species, and will in time look as preposterous as believing in Zeus or Thor or Baal.

When you demand "respect", you are demanding we lie to you. I have too much real respect for you as a human being to engage in that charade.

But why are religious sensitivities so much more likely to provoke demands for censorship than, say, political sensitivities? The answer lies in the nature of faith. If my views are challenged I can, in the end, check them against reality. If you deregulate markets, will they collapse? If you increase carbon dioxide emissions, does the climate become destabilised? If my views are wrong, I can correct them; if they are right, I am soothed.

But when the religious are challenged, there is no evidence for them to consult. By definition, if you have faith, you are choosing to believe in the absence of evidence. Nobody has "faith" that fire hurts, or Australia exists; they know it, based on proof. But it is psychologically painful to be confronted with the fact that your core beliefs are based on thin air, or on the empty shells of revelation or contorted parodies of reason. It's easier to demand the source of the pesky doubt be silenced.

But a free society cannot be structured to soothe the hardcore faithful. It is based on a deal. You have an absolute right to voice your beliefs – but the price is that I too have a right to respond as I wish. Neither of us can set aside the rules and demand to be protected from offence.

Yet this idea – at the heart of the Universal Declaration – is being lost. To the right, it thwacks into apologists for religious censorship; to the left, it dissolves in multiculturalism. The hijacking of the UN Special Rapporteur by religious fanatics should jolt us into rescuing the simple, battered idea disintegrating in the middle: the equal, indivisible human right to speak freely.

An excellent blog that keeps you up to dates on secularist issues is Butterflies and Wheels, which you can read here http://www.butterfliesandwheels.com/notes.php .

If you want to get involved in fighting for secularism, join the National Secular Society here http://www.secularism.org.uk/join.html .

Johann Hari: Why should I respect these oppressive religions?,
I,
28.1.2009,
http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/
johann-hari-why-should-i-respect-these-oppressive-religions-1517789.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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