From The Guardian: In Rwanda, women hold much political power, and make up 56% of the country's parliamentarians, including the speaker. By law, at least 30% of the seats in government (including local government) must be held by women. With more women in office, big changes have been made. Violence against women is decreasing, and more girls are going to school. In addition, women now have the right to own land and property, and to separate their economic assets from their husbands.
From Human Rights Watch: Human Rights Watch has been fighting for the rights of domestic workers such as nannies and housekeepers in Lebanon as well as other areas of the Middle East and Asia. Many of these domestic workers do not get a day off, work up to 18 hours a day, and often have their wages withheld. In addition, many suffer abuse at the hands of those that they work for.
You're coming, aren't you? Just two weeks left to register for the NCRW/USNC UNIFEM conference, Strategic Imperatives for Ending Violence against Women: Linkages to Education, Economic Security and Health. Click here to register TODAY! After all, you wouldn't want to miss Abby Disney (of Pray the Devil Back to Hell fame), Zainab Salbi (Founder of Women for Women International) and Nancy Dorsinville (Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of the UN Special Envoy to Haiti) discussing violence against women in the global hot spots, now would you? These amazing human rights activists are coming together for the conference keynote panel to address policies in place that address the multiple linkages between the socio-economic and cultural standings of women and their connections to gender-based violence.
From Reuters: A new exhibit in Philadelphia at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University hopes to draw attention to the killings and violence perpetuated against women in Juarez, Mexico. Over 700 women have been murdered since the 1990's, and much of the violence is sexual in nature. Curators hope that the exhibit will "encourage others to action and to open their eyes, and their minds and their hearts to this poignant situation in Juarez." The exhibit runs until July 16.
Join the National Council for Research on Women and the U.S. National Committee for UNIFEM June 11-12th at Hunter College for Strategic Imperatives to End Violence Against Women: Linkages to Education, Economic Security and Health. Register today!
On May 4, 2010 I sat in a packed room of women (and a few men) coming together to raise awareness of women and girls efforts in the reconstruction of Haiti after the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake and its aftershocks. While Haiti has subsided from the headlines of most mainstream media, this assembly of women, which included women from all parts of the African Diaspora, proves Haiti is still on our minds and in our hearts. But the major recurring question of the evening was, now what? What does this room, packed to capacity, full of progressively minded individuals do when we leave here? The forum, with its panel and audience sought to answer that.
For the first time in 2010, the US Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report will assess efforts made by governments and others within the United States to address trafficking. Because the Center has led the way to assist state legislators in the 50 states to develop effective laws and policies, we believe that our comments to the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Office will be invaluable to this assessment.
Rape-aXe is a latex sheath containing sharp barbs that latch onto the penis when a man tries to rape a woman. The device can only be removed surgically.
In South Africa, which has been dubbed the rape capital of the world, women are begging for access to the device, its creator says. A 2006 Interpol study found that a woman is raped every 17 seconds in South Africa. A separate study found that of more than 20,000 reports of rape across South Africa, only 8 percent led to a conviction, according to a 2009 Amnesty International report.