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Amina Has Been Arrested (Damascus)

Amina Has Been Arrested (Damascus) | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
Earlier today, at approximately 6:00 pm Damascus time, Amina was walking in the area of the Abbasid bus station, near Fares al Khouri Street. She had gone to meet a person involved with the Local Coordinating Committee and was accompanied by a friend. Amina told the friend that she would go ahead and they were separated. Amina had, apparently, identified the person she was to meet. However, while her companion was still close by, Amina was seized by three men in their early 20’s. According to the witness (who does not want her identity known), the men were armed. Amina hit one of them and told the friend to go find her father. One of the men then put his hand over Amina’s mouth and they hustled her into a red Dacia Logan with a window sticker of Basel Assad. The witness did not get the tag number. She promptly went and found Amina’s father. The men are assumed to be members of one of the security services or the Baath Party militia. Amina’s present location is unknown and it is unclear if she is in a jail or being held elsewhere in Damascus.I have been on the telephone with both her parents and all that we can say right now is that she is missing. Her father is desperately trying to find out where she is and who has taken her. Unfortunately, there are at least 18 different police formations in Syria as well as multiple different party militias and gangs. We do not know who took her so we do not know who to ask to get her back. It is possible that they are forcibly deporting her. From other family members who have been imprisoned there, we believe that she is likely to be released fairly soon. If they wanted to kill her, they would have done so. That is what we are all praying for. I will post any updates as soon as I have them.
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To Be Or Not To Be A Feminist?

To Be Or Not To Be A Feminist? | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
Looking at the wave construct of feminism, Mayra David writes about where we are now, in terms of equality, motherhood and gender roles, and how all of that is playing out in the political sphere.“People don’t really understand how strong ideology can be,” says Rebecca Walker. “I think sometimes of that group and that feminism as being close to a cult. I feel I had to de-programme myself in order to have independent thought. It’s been an ongoing struggle.” These are Rebecca Walker’s feelings toward her upbringing in general, and toward her mother, in particular. Her mother is Alice Walker, cultural icon, champion of the feminist movement, author of The Color Purple. For her part, Alice Walker has never really said anything on the subject of her estrangement from her daughter. Her daughter, by the way, who is herself quite a prominent feminist. Confusing? So who’s the real feminist? Frankly, it all reads like a math problem: If Alice Walker is a feminist, and her daughter Rebecca is a feminist, but the feminism each ascribes to contravenes the other, who is the true feminist? If Alice came first, does that make Rebecca an anti-feminist or just anti-Alice Walker? And if it’s true the elder Walker “resigned” as Rebecca’s mother, does that mean she is against mothering, or is this simply a family affair gone public? The truth is nobody can, in all actuality, be against “mothering”. That would be like being against life. And no reasonable person can really be against feminism (especially when they advocate for women’s well being). That would be like being against equality for women, and nobody here is against equality for women. Still, herein lies the crux of the whole confusion. One way to clear it up is not to ask, is she a feminist? But rather: which kind of feminist is she?
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Bringing feminism into Indian classrooms

Bringing feminism into Indian classrooms | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
This post is by Smriti Singh. It’s quite a challenge teaching pre-college sociology to adolescent girls and boys, but our semi-formal discussions of gender norms and values has helped me see the importance of bringing feminism into Indian classrooms.Some of the first remarks I got about myself from the class were related to my physical appearance. They came from young girls, who appreciated my relatively “thin” body and related it immediately to my appearing attractive. I was so surprised by their comments that I decided to probe deeper into the issue of body politics and this widely-held presupposition that “thin is in” (aka pretty). So, I asked the class, “Why is being thing considered synonymous with being pretty?” A female student responded: It’s because of the fashion magazines. The fashion designers design clothes for these thin women and only if you’re thin can you wear all these clothes and look pretty. I then asked, “Is being thin worth all this effort?” and “If most women are naturally not wafer thin, why is this body frame projected as a benchmark of prettiness?” One female student responded: It is worth it, because everybody looks at thin women as pretty, you can wear all the dresses you like, and that makes you look pretty. I quickly responded with another question, “Why are these dresses made so small, when there aren’t enough women who are thin enough to wear them?” Since the class was silent, I decided to take this idea further by explaining how it’s part of a larger market-economic logic that feeds into the promotion of a certain idea of what makes female bodies beautiful.As a feminist and teacher, I realize that feminism is not just about the historical trajectory of the women’s movement for political, social and economic rights. Nor is it restricted to the celebration of the contributions of some very remarkable women towards the creation of the world order as we know it today. To me, feminism is moving deeper into the consciences of individual women to bridge them to the sociological-historical-political context of subordination. Feminism is most relevant to these wars, the ones young girls fight each day, with the world and with themselves, to make better sense of womanhood. Feminism belongs in these lives. It belongs in schools and in classrooms.
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Going home for dinner key to gender equality

Going home for dinner key to gender equality | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
Ms Morphet says long, family-unfriendly hours are killing off women's chances of progressing into senior management positions. "The most important thing we have to do is look after women through their 30s," she said yesterday. "I've got daughters that age myself, and I'm watching them come in and out of their careers with babies. "The most important thing to keep women on their way to senior executive roles ... is to ensure that men and women take accountability for the domestic environment." Ms Morphet said simple cultural changes, such as making sure people to go home for dinner, could make a difference. "If we can encourage a go-home-for-dinner culture, so that everyone has a chance to do what they have to do with their day, then we are more likely to get women working in corporate roles," she said. "Many companies expect management to be there for such late hours. "With all the technology we've got, they should go home for dinner and work on the dining room table afterwards instead of making corridor decisions late at night. "Women who have got young children can't do that unless they've got a partner who can go home." Ms Morphet said she leads by example. "The upside of being a working mother is that it forces you to go home for dinner," she says. "You do literally pack up, put stuff in your bag, go home and have dinner and then when the kids are doing their homework, you do yours, too."
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Muslim girl 'stoned to death over beauty contest in Ukraine'

Muslim girl 'stoned to death over beauty contest in Ukraine' | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
A teenage Muslim girl was stoned to death under 'Sharia law' after taking part in a beauty contest in Ukraine. Katya Koren, 19, was found dead in a village in the Crimea region near her home. Friends said she liked wearing fashionable clothes and had come seventh in a beauty contest. Her battered body was buried in a forest and was found a week after she disappeared.
Police have opened a murder investigation and are looking into claims that three Muslim youths killed her, claiming her death was justified under Islam. One of the three - named as 16-year-old Bihal Gaziev - is under arrest and told police that Katya had 'violated the laws of Sharia'. Gaziev has said he has no regrets about her death. Stoning is a divisive subject among Muslims, with some groups interpreting it as Islamic law and others disagreeing. According to Amnesty International's annual report on death sentences worldwide, issued in April, there were no reports of judicial executions carried out by stoning in 2010.
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Egyptian general admits 'virginity checks' conducted on protesters

Egyptian general admits 'virginity checks' conducted on protesters | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
A senior Egyptian general admits that "virginity checks" were performed on women arrested at a demonstration this spring, the first such admission after previous denials by military authorities.The allegations arose in an Amnesty International report, published weeks after the March 9 protest. It claimed female demonstrators were beaten, given electric shocks, strip-searched, threatened with prostitution charges and forced to submit to virginity checks. At that time, Maj. Amr Imam said 17 women had been arrested but denied allegations of torture or "virginity tests." But now a senior general who asked not to be identified said the virginity tests were conducted and defended the practice. "The girls who were detained were not like your daughter or mine," the general said. "These were girls who had camped out in tents with male protesters in Tahrir Square, and we found in the tents Molotov cocktails and (drugs)." The general said the virginity checks were done so that the women wouldn't later claim they had been raped by Egyptian authorities. "We didn't want them to say we had sexually assaulted or raped them, so we wanted to prove that they weren't virgins in the first place," the general said. "None of them were (virgins)."
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Draft laws in Lebanon fall short on equality

Draft laws in Lebanon fall short on equality | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
Everyone expected Dana to become a math teacher when she graduated college. Hard-working and contemplative, Dana sketched out her plans in a very different direction, landing a career in the highly specialized field of actuarial sciences. She tires of explaining to people the many tasks that her number-crunching job involves. But it is clear that beneath her calm demeanor, she feels a passionate connection with her work, and in more ways than just one. But Dana must wrestle with the fact that her field remains in very nascent stages in Lebanon, making the ceiling for self-improvement seem increasingly lower each time she advances in her work. She must also deal with another difficult reality: that she is a woman in a profession almost completely saturated with males, a scenario that she says has forced her to endure considerable gender discrimination. Dana’s story is similar to those of many other women in Lebanon, and not only those in male-dominated fields. For these women, legal amendments passed last week – and currently up for parliamentary review – which removed some of the social security and inheritance tax differentiations between the genders, fall short of combatting widespread gender discrimination in the workplace. The amendments would extend to women certain rights afforded to men under the current legislation, which gives males a tax break of LL2.5 million if he is married, with an additional LL500,000 for each child that he has. Women currently do not receive those tax breaks, unless her husband happens to be physically unable to work. The parliamentary committee also agreed to increase maternity pay to 100 percent from the current two-thirds of pay and to prolong maternity leave from seven weeks to 10. But experts and activists say the ammendments will fail to improve the status of scores of women who face discrimination in the workplace.
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Saudi Arabia woman driver released

Saudi Arabia woman driver released | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
Manal Al Sharif was released from custody today by Saudi police after a world wide campaign in her support. Her lawyer Adnan Al Saleh told Arab News that her release orders had been issued by Al khobar police. "We don't know if she is actually out of the prison as we speak,” he said. “But, yes, her release orders have been issued," he was quoted as saying. Manal was arrested one day after she posted footage on the video-sharing website YouTube showing her behind the wheel of a car.
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Stop Rape Now - Take Action

Stop Rape Now - Take Action | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
There's a lot we can do to stop the use of rape as a weapon of war.UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UN Action) unites the work of 13 UN entities with the goal of ending sexual violence in conflict. It is a concerted effort by the UN system to improve coordination and accountability, amplify programming and advocacy, and support national efforts to prevent sexual violence and respond effectively to the needs of survivors. UN Action HAS THREE MAIN PILLARS:
Country Level Action: support joint strategy development and programming by UN Country Teams and Peacekeeping Operations, including building operational and technical capacity.
Advocating for Action: action to raise public awareness and generate political will to address sexual violence as part of a broader campaign to Stop Rape Now.
Learning by Doing: creating a knowledge hub on the scale of sexual violence in conflict, and effective responses by the UN and partners.
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Protest Of "Rape Cop" Acquittals Fails To Tap Rage

Protest Of "Rape Cop" Acquittals Fails To Tap Rage | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
Between the steaming concrete and downtown gridlock, several hundred protestors gathered yesterday evening in front of the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse to protest the acquittal of former NYPD officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata, who were accused of raping a drunk woman in her East Village apartment in late 2008, and to promote a petition and a list of demands for the NYPD. If anyone looked uncomfortable, it was because of the heat: the protest itself was largely good-natured, if loud, and missing was a palpable sense of anger. Attendees proclaimed to be outraged, but it seemed a proper sort of outrage, a politely civic disapproval out of balance with the gravity of the events that precipitated it. Reverend Billy Talen, former mayoral candidate and perennial agitator, took the bullhorn and spoke of how our society has been desensitized by "violent signals" that emanate from the people in charge, saying that the "rape of our land, the rape of our resources, the rape of our women," is a shameful mantra in American society. Pointing to a small line of trees in the parking lot, he said "I want to offer a prayer to these trees," before someone shouted "this is about rape!" He then led the crowd in throaty cheers of "End Rape Now!" Kelley, a smartly-dressed Manhattanite who was with her boyfriend, told us that the verdict was a "serious injustice" that couldn't be ignored. "I've been sexually assaulted by the police before. In Rhode Island, an officer said that giving him a blowjob would make my reckless driving ticket go away. I know how it feels to be abused by the police." Joe, an artist from Brooklyn who had painted "Don't Trust The NYPD" on his torso, said that the verdict confirmed what he already knew: "The NYPD are above the law. That's just not right."
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Nobel Peace Prize Winners Campaign Against Rape As Weapon Of War

Nobel Peace Prize Winners Campaign Against Rape As Weapon Of War | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
Recently, we've heard reports that Gadhafi's forces are being encouraged to rape women affiliated with the rebels in Libya, and around the world thousands of rapes take place during armed conflicts every day.Now three Nobel Peace Laureates, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi and Mairead Maguire, are trying to find a way to combat the problem. Earlier this week, they held a conference Quebec that brought together women from around the world to discuss ways to address sexual violence.They also spoke to Canadian parliamentarians about the issue, and are now trying to send a message to leaders around the globe. As part of their Day of Action to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, they're asking people to contact elected officials and demand they fight to end rape as a weapon of war. A sample letter is available on the UN Action Stop Rape Now website, and you can also follow the campaign using the #endrapeinwar hashtag.
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Release Women's Rights Activists (Iran)

Release Women's Rights Activists (Iran) | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
Iranian judicial authorities should immediately release two recently detained women’s rights activists, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. The Campaign added that the Judiciary should end the harassment and arbitrary prosecution of citizens engaged in lawful actions aimed at challenging Iran’s discriminatory laws. Two women’s rights activists and members of the One Million Signatures Campaign, Maryam Bahreman and Mahboubeh Karami, were detained on 11 May and 15 May respectively. Bahreman is being held in an unknown location on charges of “acting against national security.” Karami has begun to serve a three-year prison term for charges including “membership in the [organization] Human Rights Activists in Iran,” “propagating against the regime,” and “assembly and collusion with the intent to commit crimes against national security.” Karami’s severe depression puts her health at risk in prison. “The continuing arbitrary prosecution of women peacefully and lawfully seeking equal rights puts the Iranian government at odds, not only with its own people and international law, but also with people throughout the region who are demanding equality, dignity, and human rights,” stated Aaron Rhodes, a spokesperson for the Campaign. Maryam Bahreman, a journalist, blogger and women’s rights activist, was detained at her home in Shiraz on 11 May on an arrest warrant reportedly issued by the Revolutionary Court of Shiraz. Security agents arrived early in the morning, searching Bahreman’s home, and confiscating some of her personal belongings. Sources told the Campaign that Bahreman’s place of detention is unknown and her family has received no information about her condition or legal situation.
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Nobel laureates gather in Quebec to campaign against rape (Canada)

Nobel laureates gather in Quebec to campaign against rape (Canada) | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
It is a crime that is perpetrated against the most vulnerable members of the world’s most broken societies – one that destroys the lives of its victims and rips apart the fabric of communities. Sexual assault is increasingly being used as a weapon of warfare, especially in clashes that are tribal or ethnic in nature. For that reason, Jody Williams decided it is time the issue was confronted head on. “There has always been rape in war, yes,” says Ms. Williams, the Nobel Peace Prize winner for her work to eradicate land mines. “But using it specifically as a tactic of war seems relatively new and on the scale that we’re seeing it in the Congo, in Darfur, Rwanda, Bosnia, Burma.”Ms. Williams, an American, was joined in Montebello, Que., on Tuesday by two other female Nobel peace laureates – Mairead Corrigan Maguire of Ireland and Shirin Ebadi of Iran – to talk about rape in conflict zones. They invited more than 100 women from around the world to join them, many of whom have experienced sexual violence. “It’s something we all feel uncomfortable talking about,” Ms. Maguire said. “But we really have to face this as perhaps the worst form of violence next to actually killing someone.”
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Afghan women fear setbacks as troops withdraw (Canada)

Afghan women fear setbacks as troops withdraw (Canada) | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
When Lauryn Oates started raising money to send women in Afghanistan to school, she wasn’t sure they would ever emerge from the underground classrooms that kept them hidden from the threat of the Taliban.“We went at this in uncertainty, not knowing if anything was going to change and the best we could do was to make sure girls were going to school in secret schools,” said the 29-year-old, who has been working with Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WA), an organization that has funded education programs for Afghan women since 1996. But things did change in 2001, when Osama bin Laden took aim at the United States, starting a war that would come back to the Middle East and provide some hope for the women living under the strict rule of the Taliban. Today, 50,000 women attend the schools and literacy classes supported by CW4WA in ten of Afghanistan’s provinces. More than 2.2 million girls are enrolled in school, braving daily threats to their safety, to get an education they could only dream of before 2001. The surge in female students is evidence of the gains women have made since the Taliban fell. Women can now vote, run for office, are protected by stronger laws and have voices in institutions like the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Despite the impressive gains, the uncertainty has not disappeared for Oates or the women she works with. Canada’s combat mission in Kandahar is wrapping up in July and will be replaced with a training mission based out of Kabul, but there is fear that the fragile advances will be put at risk in the transition if the government doesn’t set an explicit and detailed plan for protecting and building on the gains made by women. “Women have gone after the opportunities that are there, they are just anxious that that is going to end prematurely if the international forces up and leave before those gains have been consolidated,” said Oates, who has travelled to Afghanistan over 20 times since the Taliban fell. “You see all the programs in Kandahar closing down and that sends a message that we are only in Kandahar so long as the military is here,” she said.The senators argue the government of Canada should make the advancement of women’s rights an explicit priority in its post-conflict training mission. Canada pledges continued support. Women’s rights, including their right to education, have long been a stated priority for the Canadian mission.
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Women's Rights Activist Drops Driving Rights Campaign

Women's Rights Activist Drops Driving Rights Campaign | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
A rogue Saudi woman detained last week for posting a YouTube video of herself driving a car was released from jail on Monday after abandoning her campaign to encourage Saudi women to drive. Though it's illegal for women to drive in Saudi Arabia, Manal al-Sharif's Women2Drive movement inspired other Saudi women to helm their family automobiles and videotape themselves breaking the law (see the Women2Drive YouTube channel for more renegade drivers). Al-Sharif, 32, faced stiff resistance from Saudi clerics, with one going so far as advocating a lashing for her transgression, reports The Guardian. Unfortunately, it appears that the conservative clerics have won. A Saudi newspaper has published a statement attributed to al-Sharif in which she appears to abandon her mission: "Concerning the topic of women’s driving, I will leave it up to our leader in whose discretion I entirely trust, to weigh the pros and cons and reach a decision that will take into consideration the best interests of the people, while also being pleasing to God, and in line with divine law."According to The New York Times, "While the statement seems to confirm that Ms. Sharif will not continue to press for protests, it also suggests that she has not, as one Saudi newspaper had claimed, entirely dropped her objections to the ban." The video shows al-Sharif's illegal driving video, which includes her explanation of why the country's law is wrong translated into English.
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Quality education and women's full access to science and technology imperative for achieving gender equality: CSW

Quality education and women's full access to science and technology imperative for achieving gender equality: CSW | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
Quality education and women's full access to and participation in science and technology are imperative for achieving gender equality and women's empowerment. So said the Commission on the Status of Women as it urged Governments and relevant United Nations agencies to take appropriate actions to bolster women's access to education and to specifically strengthen capacities to ensure that science education policies and curricula were relevant to their needs. Those were among the key observations and recommendations at the core of the Commission's agreed conclusions, reflecting the overall theme of the body's fifty-fifth session, "access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women's equal access to full employment and decent work". UN Radio's Jocelyne Sambira reports.
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Bollywood Femme Fatales — Feminism Fail

Bollywood Femme Fatales — Feminism Fail | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
Rani-B is repping for the girls who taking over the world in her latest girl power anthem Who Run The World (Girls).With artists like Lady Gaga, Pink, Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera, etc. laying down chart-topping tracks that speak to a woman’s strength, there is no shortage of examples of independent women for young girls to look up to. Beyonce’s latest hit got us thinking. South Asia has a history steeped with strong women: Jhansi Ki Rani, Mumtaz Mahal, Amrita Sher-Gil, Indira Gandhi – to name just a few. Where the hell are the portrayals of the veritable Kali Ma in mainstream Bollywood music!? Apparently they have been abducted by sari-clad aliens and all we have been left with are the roaches that have survived the ooze – The Bollywood Item Girl. Sadly, even the most staunch feminist won’t be able to resist dancing to the intoxicating instrumentals and heart-pounding beats. But the fact remains that Bollywood is spilling over with a hyper-sexualized, often times vulgar portrayals of the modern Indian woman. We took a look back at some of the latest popular songs and representations of women in commercial Indian cinema and identified the most convoluted examples girl-power.
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A female general without female soldiers - Ha'aretz

A female general without female soldiers - Ha'aretz | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
The exclusion of women from field units serves the interests of conservative forces within the army who see the integration of women as a threat to the army's capabilities. The precedent-setting appointment of the first female major general to serve on the Israel Defense Forces General Staff has generated great excitement, as it is a major milestone in advancing gender equality in the army, the organization that epitomizes masculine superiority. Yet those tendering their congratulations - both men and, especially, women - have chosen to focus on this achievement rather than on the question of to what degree it indeed symbolizes a change in the army's character, or whether it may actually hinder this change. It should be stated clearly that the status of women in the IDF has been in retreat in recent years. And the blame for this lies with the staff of the Ground Forces headquarters and of the Human Resources Branch, both bodies in which Orna Barbivay held senior positions. The organizing framework for the status of women in the army today is a regime of "appropriate integration," which was established due to pressure from religious groups. Ostensibly, this regime is meant to enable religiously observant Jewish men to serve together with women by laying down rules for separating the sexes that nevertheless do not exclude the women. In practice, several factors have combined to lead to women in fact being excluded: the expansion of this regime; its application in practice to all men and women who serve together, rather than only to religious men; and its strict enforcement, with the help of rabbis in uniform and religious field commanders, whose numbers in the army have been growing. When army regulations permit religious men to object to serving together with women in the same combat unit, and when at the same time the number of religious soldiers has increased, it result in substantial barriers to the equal integration of women, particularly into field units. These barriers extend not only to combat roles, which in practice are barred to women in units with a significant percentage of religious soldiers, but also as instructors.
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The GroundBreaking Powerful Conversation With Ms. Betty Makoni

The GroundBreaking Powerful Conversation With Ms. Betty Makoni | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
Interviews With African Intellectuals: A Powerful Interview Between Munashe Gumbonzvanda Of TechMasai With Ms. Betty Makoni Concerning Gender Equality In Zimbabwe And Education
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Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh appears in court, in cuffs (Iran)

Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh appears in court, in cuffs (Iran) | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
According to the women's rights website Feminist School, on Sunday morning, Nasrin Sotoudeh was taken from Evin prison to the Iranian Bar Association where a group of lawyers including Ms. Keyhani, a member of the association’s board of directors, examined her case.The school’s website has also reported that the jailed women’s rights activist was seen handcuffed and accompanied by a female police officer as well as two soldiers. “She appeared in the court with a smiling face while looking very confident, something that reassured those present [including] the women’s rights activists who had come to see Nasrin Sotoudeh at the Iranian Bar Association.” In a recent letter to her husband Reza Khandan, who was also present at the court today, Sotoudeh had vowed to continue her battle to seek justice regardless of the court’s decision. “As long as these unjust sentences continue to persist, and as long as the Revolutionary Court continues to hand down shocking sentences, I shall object to these rulings with or without my license to practice law. Protesting unfair sentences does not require license. Tell them [they can] take away my license from me, but not justice!” Sotoudeh is also known for her vocal advocacy in defence of her clients detained in the aftermath of the rigged June 2009 presidential elections in addition to interviews she gave to human rights organisations and media regarding their cases. The writer, lawyer, and activist Nasrin Sotoudeh, is also the recipient of the 2011 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award.
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Large Crowds Protest NYPD Cops' Rape Charge Acquittal

Large Crowds Protest NYPD Cops' Rape Charge Acquittal | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
A crowd of hundreds gathered outside the criminal court in lower Manhattan on Friday evening to protest the acquittal of New Yorkpolice officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata. The protest was organized by a coalition of women's rights groups, including Permanent Wave and Feministing. The purpose of the demonstration, as stated on the Facebook page for the event, was to urge the New York Police Department to implement comprehensive sexual assault training for new officers, along with other preventative measures that will ensure similar incidents do not happen in the future. The organizers are giving Police Commissioner Ray Kelly one week to respond to their demands. "The NYPD are supposed to be stewards of safety, stewards of the law," Michelle Crentsil, a union leader who helped plan the protest, told HuffPost. "It's not just about this case, it's about the entire idea of rape and sexual assault not being taken seriously." Lori Adelman, of the women's rights group Permanent Wave, said she posted the event on Facebook the day before. Within 24 hours, the page had over 1,500 attendees. "New Yorkers deserve to feel safe, and this verdict clearly showed that we have no reason to feel safe in this city," Adelman said at the protest.
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Hundreds of women report rapes by Qaddafi forces

Hundreds of women report rapes by Qaddafi forces | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
At first, the responses to the questionnaire about the trauma of the war in Libya were predictable, if tragic: 10,000 people suffering post-traumatic stress, 4,000 children with psychological problems. Then came the unexpected: 259 women said they had been raped by militiamen loyal to Muammar Qaddafi. Dr. Seham Sergewa had been working with children traumatized by the fighting in Libya but soon found herself being approached by troubled mothers who felt they could trust her with their dark secret.The first victim came forward two months ago, followed by two more. All were mothers of children the London-trained child psychologist was treating, and all described how they were raped by militiamen fighting to keep Qaddafi in power. Dr. Sergewa decided to add a question about rape to the survey she was distributing to Libyans living in refugee camps after being driven from their homes. The main purpose was to try to determine how children were faring in the war; she suspected many were suffering from PTSD.To her surprise, 259 women came forward with accounts of rape. They all said the same thing."I was really surprised when I started visiting these areas, first by the number of people suffering from PTSD, including the large number of children among them, and then by the number of women who had been raped from both the east and west of the country," Dr. Sergewa said in an interview with The Associated Press.Rape has been a common weapon of war throughout the ages, most recently in conflicts from the Balkans in Europe to Sri Lanka in Asia and in sub-Saharan Africa, where Congo has been described as the epicenter of sexual crimes.
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Sara Pathirana's curator insight, May 10, 2013 2:27 AM

Sadly, such conflicts lay hidden and sometimes just ignored where politics matters. I remember there was this case of a Libyan woman who came forth publicly and allegedly, was raped and went through an unspeakable siyuation but was never fairly treated after she decided that enough was enough and wanted to expose the truth. As far as I know, she's moved on with her life somewhere in the Middle East. I am keen to know more on this issue as well as this article, as it is nearly two years old.

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Large Crowds Protest Rape Charge Acquittal Of NYPD Cops

Large Crowds Protest Rape Charge Acquittal Of NYPD Cops | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
A crowd of hundreds gathered outside the criminal court in lower Manhattan on Friday evening to protest the acquittal of New York City police officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata.The protest was organized by a coalition of women's rights groups, including Permanent Wave and Feministing. The purpose of the demonstration, as stated on the Facebook page for the event, was to urge the New York Police Department to implement comprehensive sexual assault training for new officers, along with other preventative measures that will ensure similar incidents do not happen in the future. The organizers are giving Police Commissioner Ray Kelly one week to respond to their demands. "The NYPD are supposed to be stewards of safety, stewards of the law," Michelle Crentsil, a union leader who helped plan the protest, told HuffPost. "It's not just about this case, it's about the entire idea of rape and sexual assault not being taken seriously." Lori Adelman, of the women's rights group Permanent Wave, said she posted the event on Facebook the day before. Within 24 hours, the page had over 1,500 attendees. "New Yorkers deserve to feel safe, and this verdict clearly showed that we have no reason to feel safe in this city," Adelman said at the protest. The officers were acquitted of the rape charges on Thursday, but were convicted of three counts of "official misconduct." They were fired from the force the same day.Mata and Moreno will be sentenced by the State Supreme Court on June 28. They each face up to two years behind bars due to the official misconduct convictions. Had they been found guilty of rape, the pair could have been in jail for up to 25 years.
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Defending the Rights of the Women Who Defend Us

Defending the Rights of the Women Who Defend Us | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
Today, representatives stood up for U.S. servicewomen, and submitted an amendment to the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that would end the unconscionable policy of denying rape survivors serving in the military health coverage for abortion care. The all-powerful House of Representatives Committee on Rules will decide this week whether this amendment — protecting the health and rights of U.S. servicewomen — deserves to get a vote. Sexual assault in the armed services is at crisis levels. Tragically, we see story after story of servicewomen being attacked by their own colleagues. In the fiscal year 2010, according to the Department of Defense, 3,158 military sexual assaults were reported, many of which were reports of rape. As DOD officials have stated, even “one sexual assault is one too many,” but the above number — which is in the thousands — barely scratches the surface. Most servicewomen who have experienced sexual violence do not report the incident. Researchers estimate that up to one-third of women experience an attempted or completed rape during their military service. In the face of this epidemic, federal law denies servicewomen and military families coverage for abortion care, even in cases of rape or incest. By contrast, the federal bans on abortion coverage for women enrolled in Medicaid, disabled women enrolled in Medicare, federal employees (other than members of the armed services), women who receive health care through the Indian Health Service, and women in federal prisons, all include exceptions for rape survivors. (The only other coverage restriction that doesn’t include a rape exception is the ban on abortion coverage for another group of women serving our country — those in the Peace Corps.) Even extreme and unprecedented anti-choice bills pending in Congress include exceptions for rape and incest.
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Hardship and hope for 'Bollywood' bar girls - Radio Australia

Hardship and hope for 'Bollywood' bar girls - Radio Australia | Women of The Revolution | Scoop.it
Bombay or Mumbai as it's now formally known is the home of the Bollywood industry and has a bustling night life. A new book casts a light on a largely unexplored facet of that entertainment scene - Bombay's thousands of so-called "bar dancers". They attract tens of thousands of young women, from poor backgrounds who are keen to make it big in the metropolis. Indian journalist Sonia Faleiro decided to profile the women who work in the bars and the resulting book is called: "Beautiful Thing: Portrait of a Bombay Bar Dancer".
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