A NEW fund dedicated solely to women’s causes was launched yesterday in Dublin by President Mary McAleese.
The Women’s Fund for Ireland aims to address problems facing women and girls in Ireland including poverty, violence and improving access to healthcare and education. It will also support grassroots projects in areas such as the arts, literacy and support for carers.
THIS THURSDAY (April 15th) the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. House of Representatives will be holding a hearing on violence against women. As stated in the official hearing notice,
Violence against women includes sexual, physical, or emotional abuse by an intimate partner, family member or others, abuse and harassment by figures of authority, human trafficking for purposes of forced labor or sex, and cultural practices such as female genital mutilation, forced/child marriages, dowry-related violence and honor killings.
To address these timely issues, the Commission has invited the following witnesses:
Panel I: Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-MA) Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX)
Violence against women is a widespread phenomenon in Pakistan, a Muslim-majority nation of 175 million where most people are poor, only half the adults can read and extremist ideologies, including the Taliban's, are gaining traction.
But a new bill banning domestic violence has come before Parliament. The bill lays out a broad definition of domestic violence beyond assault, including emotional abuse, stalking and wrongful confinement. Depriving a spouse of money or other resources needed to survive is also considered a violation.
The bill strives to cover everyone in a household, including elderly parents, children and husbands. It also sets up local "protection committees," which are required to include women and empowered to file complaints on behalf of victims.
Abusers can face months or years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines if they violate court protection orders, the bill says.
In Johannesburg last week nearly 300 rights advocates and politicians brainstormed for three days about how to make governments in 10 countries of southern Africa friendlier to women. Gender Links, a nongovernmental organization based in Johannesburg, planned the summit with the financial help of donors and partners. The group expected about 120 delegates; 273 showed up. The three-day convention drew women and men who presented practical strategies and programs that have improved women's influence, safety, housing and education.
Jennifer Buffettis a member of the ICRW Leadership Council, a team of high-profile visionaries helping to advance ICRWs mission to empower women, achieve gender equality and fight poverty in the developing world. Each understands the important role ICRW plays in showing that investing in women and girls creates sustainable social and economic change. They know that when women and girls have the confidence to reach their full potential, their families, communities and countries prosper.
Official statistics point to rape as the fastest growing crime in India, even when compared to murder, robbery and kidnapping. Despite assurances from law enforcement, the federal Home Ministry's National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) states that every 30 minutes an Indian woman is raped. Since 1971 when rape cases were first recorded officially, the NCRB has registered a 678% increase in the crime.
Given the patriarchal mindset sweeping largely across all castes and classes of India, the power imbalance between genders is manifesting in these incidents of rape as acts of sexual, physical and emotional aggression. The fault also can be seen in the inadequacies of law enforcement and legal machinery.
The National Council for Research on Women in partnership with the US National Committee for UNIFEM present Strategic Imperatives for Ending Violence against Women: Linkages to Education, Economic Security and Health June 11-12, 2010 Hunter College, CUNY, West Building, New York City
Hosted By The Women and Gender Studies Program and Roosevelt House, Hunter College, CUNY (City University of New York)
Despite tighter laws and policies, domestic violence is on the rise at all levels of society, according to the Council of Europe, a grouping of 47 nations that promotes human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Its last report in 2006 indicates that 12 to 15 percent of European women above 16 suffer domestic abuse in a relationship.
Across differences in the social and legal environment, women suffer verbal, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, and then live with the consequences - chronic pain, sexually transmitted diseases, eating and sleeping disorders, alcohol abuse, job loss.