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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Eve Ensler To Testify Before U.S. Senate Committee on Rape and Violence Against Women in Democratic Republic of the Congo

PRWeb News Release – Wednesday 13 May, 2009

Playwright and V-Day Founder Eve Ensler will testify on the topic of rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday, May 13 at 2:30 p.m. before a joint hearing “Confronting Rape and Other Forms of Violence Against women in Conflict Zones” of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs and the new Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women’s Issues. Senators Barbara Boxer and Russel D. Feingold will preside over the hearing.

New York, NY (Vocus/PRWEB ) May 13, 2009 — Playwright and V-Day Founder Eve Ensler will testify on the topic of rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday, May 13 at 2:30 p.m. before a joint hearing “Confronting Rape and Other Forms of Violence Against women in Conflict Zones” of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs and the new Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women’s Issues. Senators Barbara Boxer and Russel D. Feingold will preside over the hearing.

Ensler will share her experiences and knowledge of the issue, and provide recommendations for change. Since 2007, she has traveled to the DRC on numerous occasions and spoken out through articles, speeches, and advocacy placing a global spotlight on the wide-scale atrocities committed against women and girls in Eastern DRC. Together with Congolese women, UNICEF and V-Day have mounted a global campaign entitled STOP RAPING OUR GREATEST RESOURCE: Power to The Women And Girls of the DRC, raising awareness and funds, and developing strategies and programs to empower women on the ground. . .

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U.S.-born reporter obtained secret Iran report: lawyer

Zahra Hosseinian – Reuters News – Wednesday 13 May, 2009

U.S.-born journalist Roxana Saberi, released from prison on Monday, stands outside her home in Tehran May 12, 2009. Saberi is in good spirits and may leave Iran next week after she was acquitted on charges of spying for the United States, her lawyer said on Tuesday. Image: REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

U.S.-born journalist Roxana Saberi, released from prison on Monday, stands outside her home in Tehran May 12, 2009. Saberi is in good spirits and may leave Iran next week after she was acquitted on charges of spying for the United States, her lawyer said on Tuesday. Image: REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s case against U.S.-born journalist Roxana Saberi was based on her acquiring a confidential government report on the U.S. invasion of Iraq, one of her defense lawyers said on Wednesday.

Saleh Nikbakht gave details about the charges against Saberi two days after an appeal court cut her eight-year jail sentence for spying to a two-year suspended term and she walked free after more than three months in Tehran’s Evin jail.

He said the 32-year-old freelance reporter had copied the report, which was prepared by a strategic research body at the Iranian president’s office ahead of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. But she never used the information, he said. . .

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In Colombia, rape now being prosecuted as weapon of war

In May 2007, only 12 cases of sexual violence were filed with prosecutors appointed to carry out Colombia’s special Justice and Peace Law. Today that number stands at 228

Sibylla Brodzinsky – The Christian Science Monitor – 11 May, 2009

Bogotá, Colombia – Amelia had spent years counseling a woman who was raped by a right-wing warlord and suffered an unwanted pregnancy. So when the woman called her for advice after the warlord threatened to return to take away the child, Amelia rushed to go see her.

The two women stayed up late discussing how to protect the child in an isolated farmhouse in Colombia’s Antioquia Province. Suddenly, three masked gunmen burst into the house and warned Amelia to “stop messing in other people’s business.” The men then raped both women.

“They said I should take this as a warning,” Amelia says, adding that the men had told her not to leave the house for three days. When she left, she told no one what had happened to her. . .

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US reporter leaves jail in Iran, lawyer says

Associated Press release – 9:30 am EST – Monday 11 May, 2009

AP - FILE - This undated file photo released by the family of imprisoned Iranian-American shows journalist …

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TEHRAN, Iran – A lawyer for a U.S. journalist jailed in Iran says she has been freed from prison after an appeals court suspended her eight-year jail sentence.

Roxana Saberi, a 32-year-old dual Iranian-American citizen, was convicted last month of spying for the U.S. and sentenced to eight years in prison. An appeals court reduced her jail term on Monday to a two-year suspended sentence.

Her lawyer, Abdolsamad Khorramshahi, tells The Associated Press that she was released and is “now out of jail.” . . .

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