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Tackling Gender Violence in Cuba

Patricia Grogg – Havana Times – 24 May, 2009

Yamila Gonzalez Ferrer. Image: trabajadores.cu

Yamila Gonzalez Ferrer. Image: trabajadores.cu

HAVANA TIMES, May 25 (IPS) – Mercedes Toyo has begun smiling again, but only after years of crying and enduring violence, though painful memories continue to haunt her. “Now I’m falling in love with a 50-year-old man who tells me that I’m very withdrawn, that I don’t pay much attention to him,” she explained in the living room of her home.

Her story is no different from those of other women who have been battered by their partners. The Cuban Constitution and numerous laws assure women’s equality and the protection of the family, but the abuse that occurs in the intimacy of the home doesn’t always escape the fear and prejudice, nor is it reported to the authorities or tabulated in statistics.

“I never thought about going to the police; it would have been worse. Plus, nobody ever does that, everything remained within the family,” said a 55-year-old professional, who also went through that painful experience in her first marriage. . .

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My World: the Homecoming

BBC World Service Radio Station – Friday 22 May, 2009

Image: BBC News

Image: BBC News

Most people would be only too keen to get out of the refugee camps where they spent their childhood but Gemma Tracee Apiku cannot wait to return.

She spent eight years of her young life as a refugee in Southern Sudan after her family escaped Uganda in the 1980s when the Idi Amin regime – in which her father was a soldier – was overthrown.

Life was grim living in the congested transit camps, with up to eight people living in a small hut. . .

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An internally displaced girl, seeking refuge from a military offensive in the Swat valley region, carries water atop her head inside the UNHCR Jalozai camp

Reuters AlertNet – Wednesday 20 May, 2009

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An internally displaced girl, seeking refuge from a military offensive in the Swat valley region, carries water atop her head inside the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) Jalozai camp, about 140 km (87 miles) north west of Pakistans capital Islamabad May 20, 2009. Pakistani forces say they are making progress in their offensive against the Taliban in their Swat valley bastion following U.S. warnings that the militants posed an existential threat. REUTERS/Ali Imam (PAKISTAN CONFLICT POLITICS) REUTERS/STR/PAKISTAN

An internally displaced girl, seeking refuge from a military offensive in the Swat valley region, carries water atop her head inside the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) Jalozai camp, about 140 km (87 miles) north west of Pakistan's capital Islamabad May 20, 2009. Pakistani forces say they are making progress in their offensive against the Taliban in their Swat valley bastion following U.S. warnings that the militants posed an existential threat. REUTERS/Ali Imam (PAKISTAN CONFLICT POLITICS) REUTERS/STR/PAKISTAN

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Burmese Trial of Aung San Suu Kyi Enters Second Day

VOA News – Tuesday 19 May, 2009

Handout photo received and taken on 18 May 2009 from the Democratic Voice of Burma shows people walking past Myanmar soldiers manning a road block in Rangoon

Handout photo received and taken on 18 May 2009 from the Democratic Voice of Burma shows people walking past Myanmar soldiers manning a road block in Rangoon

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi faced a second day of hearings Tuesday as international criticism of her trial grew.

Hundreds of police, some in full riot gear, were deployed along roads leading to Insein prison where the trial is being held behind closed doors.

Twenty-two witnesses are expected to testify against Aung San Suu Kyi in the trial, which her lawyer says could last three months. . .

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GUEST VIEWPOINT: Help girls change the world

Bhavia Wagner – The Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon US) – Monday 18 May, 2009

Greg Mortenson, author of “Three Cups of Tea,” drew an audience of 7,000 people to McArthur Court on May 7. His message was inspiring: Education of girls can change the world.

The quote he emphasized was, “If you educate a boy, you educate an individual. If you educate a girl, you educate a community.” Statistics show that when girls are educated: 1) infant mortality decreases, 2) population growth diminishes and 3) basic health and quality of life improve for everyone.

Friendship With Cambodia is a small-scale version of Mortenson’s work — only instead of educating girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan, we are educating girls in Cambodia,where half the girls and a quarter of the boys never go to school. Poverty is the main reason, but when girls are not valued their disadvantage is doubled. . .

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Air India employees arrested for trafficking women

The Hindu News Update Service – published Thurs 14 May, 2009

Since 2008, six major human-trafficking cases have been cracked in which at least 40 persons were held including different airline staffers, passport officers, agents and women from well-to-do families, who opted illegal means to fly out of the city.

The two-month-old (police investigative) cell has also busted a case in March this year by arresting four persons including two Air India employees and an agent Imtiyaz Raheem Maradia, who is involved in many such cases.

“The accused identified as Deepak Salve and Hemant Morade, employees of Air India, were arrested from the International Airport after our investigation revealed that the duo had illegally took two woman to US on their wives passports,” said police inspector Nishikant Patil of the cell. . .

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Under Pressure, Craigslist to Remove ‘Erotic’ Ads

Brad Stone – The New York Times – Published Wed 13 May, 2009

Jim Buckmaster, chief of Craigslist, said the risk of violence from classified ads in newspapers “has been 1,000 times as great as the danger associated with Craigslist.” Image: Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

Jim Buckmaster, chief of Craigslist, said the risk of violence from classified ads in newspapers “has been 1,000 times as great as the danger associated with Craigslist.” Image: Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

Craigslist, the Web’s largest classified advertising site, said on Wednesday that it would close its erotic services category, which critics have said is a forum that fosters prostitution and other illegal activities.

To replace it, the company has created a category called adult services, in which postings will be reviewed by employees who will look for indications of activity that is illegal or violates the site’s guidelines. The erotic services category would be deleted next Wednesday, Craigslist said.

Craigslist has been under increasing pressure from officials in several states, as violent crimes involving people who had made contact through the site made national headlines. But the changes did not appear to go far enough to satisfy everyone in the growing ranks of Craigslist’s detractors. . .

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