Using data from the 2009 General Social Survey (GSS) on Victimization, this article looks at the prevalence and nature of self-reported violence against Aboriginal women in the ten Canadian provinces.
In 2009, close to 67,000 Aboriginal women aged 15 or older living in the Canadian provinces reported being the victim of violence in the previous 12 months. Overall, the rate of self-reported violent victimization among Aboriginal women was almost three times higher than the rate of violent victimization reported by non-Aboriginal women.
Close to two-thirds (63%) of Aboriginal female victims were aged 15 to 34. This age group accounted for just under half (47%) of the female Aboriginal population (aged 15 or older) living in the ten provinces. Young females were also highly represented among non-Aboriginal victims.
The majority of violent incidents against Aboriginal women committed outside of a spousal relationship did not result in injury (84%) and did not involve the use of a weapon (89%). Comparable findings were seen among non-Aboriginal women.
Over three-quarters (76%) of non-spousal violent incidents involving Aboriginal women were not reported to the police, a proportion similar to that for non-Aboriginal women (70%).
Among victims of spousal violence, close to six in ten Aboriginal women reported being injured during the 5 years preceding the survey, compared to four in ten non-Aboriginal women (59% versus 41%).
Similar to non-Aboriginal women, about 4 in 10 Aboriginal women (42%) stated that they were very satisfied with their personal safety from crime.
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health finds that more than 400,000 women are raped in the Democratic Republic of Congo every year, an average of 1,100 women a day. Around 60 percent of victims were forced to have sex by their husbands or partners. The study used nationwide data collected by the government between 2006 and 2007.
From the press release:
A new study based on examination of government-collected and nationally representative data from the Democratic Republic of Congo shows that levels of rape and sexual violence against women in the country are 26 times higher than official United Nations estimates. The study, spearheaded by The Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research, Graduate Program in Public Health, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, is published in the American Journal of Public Health.
Tia M. Palermo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine, Graduate Program in Public Health, and colleagues, found in their analysis that more than 400,000 women ages 15 to 49 in the DRC had experienced rape in a 12-month period in 2006 and 2007. That is the equivalent to 1,152 women raped every day, 48 raped every hour, or four women raped every five minutes.
Violence against women and girls is one of the most intractable and complex issues on the global policy agenda that will affect one out of three women during her lifetime. According to the United Nations, this phenomenon is a major obstacle to achieving equality, development, and peace. To build a collective response, the National Council for Research on Women, in partnership with the US National Committee for UN Women (previously, UNIFEM USNC), gathered experts at Hunter College in New York for a joint conference (June 11-12, 2010).
Submitted by sbanerjee on Thu, 03/24/2011 - 10:18am
The Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies at Lehman College, City University of New York, cordially invites you to a conference that will offer participants new ways of understanding contemporary violence in Central America and identify ways to stop violence against women, as well as enhance women's participation in the strengthening rule of law, access to justice and the consolidation of democracy. The workshop will focus on the ways Guatemalan, Salvadoran, and Costa Rican legal practitioners, rights advocates and victims can support one another and advance regional development of rule of law through collaborative advocacy, coalition building and the strengthening of juridical institutions.
Public Conference: Date: Thursday, April 7, 2011 Time: 9:30 am- 5:45 pm Location: East Dining Hall, Lehman College, Bronx, NY Reception following, 6:00pm- 7:30pm, at the Leonard Lief Library, Lehman College
Submitted by sbanerjee on Mon, 03/07/2011 - 2:45pm
For this year's International Women's Day, New York University's Wagner Women's Caucus (WWC) is pleased to present a Special Screening of the Documentary REDLIGHT. This important documentary looks at the issue of child trafficking and sex trafficking in Cambodia (a full summary follows below).
After the screening there will be a special Q&A with the Filmmaker and Founder of RedLight Children, Guy Jacobson, and Co-Founder and President of the Nomi Network, Diana Mao.
Co-Sponsors for the event are APASA, SCJR, WISS, Humanus Group, IPSA, WPA, The Nomi Network, and RedLight Children. Location: Rudin Family Forum, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Floor New York, NY 10012 (The Puck Building) Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 3:00-6:00 PM RSVP: http://wagner.nyu.edu/events/wwc-03-08-2011
Women's eNews: Acid attacks against women, a form of gender terrorism are used to disfigure and isolate the victims. A new report from four New York organizations shows that Bangladesh is one country that has taken measures to protect women and prevent attacks.
"Bangladesh was singled out from two neighboring countries for its strong measures to stop acid attacks on women in a Jan. 27 report.
In a study of the crime in Bangladesh, Cambodia and India, researchers found that Bangladesh had taken the most proactive approach to decreasing the attacks by enacting legislation, a no-bail policy for perpetrators and forming a national council to regulate corrosive solutions and enact a policy of treatment and rehabilitation for victims.
Whether the attacks follow a perceived wrongdoing or are simply the response of a spurned suitor, thousands of women in the South Asian region around Bangladesh have had sulphuric acid sprayed or poured onto their faces, eliminating facial features, causing blindness and fusing skin together, forcing them into a life of health problems and social isolation."
Guardian: Violence against women is on the rise in Mexico, where the militarized campaign against drug cartels has also resulted in a surge in female deaths.
"Since President Calderon began to take on Mexico's crime cartels in 2006, the country's drug war has taken a total of 34,612 lives, nearly half of which were claimed solely in 2010. Unbeknown to many, the deaths resulting from organised crime have also coincided with the murder of over 4,000 women since 2006 from causes unrelated to the nation's drug war.
While violence toward women is not new to Mexico, the estimated number of female deaths suggests a callous disregard by Mexico's government of this growing phenomenon. According to human rights organisations, femicides rose by 130% between 2009 and 2010, resulting in a total of 446 murdered women only last year. This worsening epidemic has led local authorities throughout the country to downplay the mounting violence by misclassifying murders, attributing deaths to drug violence, or simply under-report the figures."
Rita Henley Jensen is Founder and Editor in Chief of award-winning nonprofit news service Women's eNews (www.womensenews.org) and its sister site Arabic Women’s eNews (www.awomensenews.org). A former senior writer for the National Law Journal and columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, Jensen has won an armload of awards, including the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Alumni award, the Alicia Patterson fellowship, and the Lloyd P. Burns Public Service prize. Jensen is also a survivor of domestic violence and a former welfare mother who earned degrees from Ohio State University and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
Mallika Dutt is the President and CEO of Breakthrough, a global human rights organization that uses the power of media, pop culture and community mobilization to inspire people to take bold action for dignity, equality and justice. Ms. Dutt has served as Program Officer for Human Rights at the Ford Foundation's New Delhi Office and as the Associate Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University. She is a founder of SAKHI for South Asian Women. Ms. Dutt is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and currently serves on Boards of WITNESS, the Open Society Institute US Programs, and Games for Change, and on the Rights Working Group Steering Committee.