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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 “Now I’m falling in love with a 50-year-old man who tells me that I’m very withdrawn, that I don’t pay much attention to him,” she explained in the living room of her home.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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Violence Against Women: A Hidden Pandemic in the Arab World

CéSAR CHELALA – Middle East Times – 2 March, 2008

VIOLENCE OFTEN PREVAILS -- Although physical violence and sexual violence are easier to see, many women consider psychological abuse and humiliation even more devastating than physical violence. The photo shows women at a refugee camp at Tawilah, north Darfur in 2007. (Sipa Photo via Newscom)

VIOLENCE OFTEN PREVAILS -- Although physical violence and sexual violence are easier to see, many women consider psychological abuse and humiliation even more devastating than physical violence. The photo shows women at a refugee camp at Tawilah, north Darfur in 2007. (Sipa Photo via Newscom)

NEW YORK — Recent reports that Qatar will ratify the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) soon calls attention to the problem of domestic violence in the Arab world, which is presently underrecognized and underreported. Its persistence, and its effects, cast an ominous shadow on Arab women’s basic human rights.

That violence against women is considered normal behavior in many countries doesn’t diminish its seriousness or its negative impact on the physical and mental health of women worldwide. Its persistence throughout the world – despite other obvious social measures of progress – indicates the need to confront it with more effective policies.

Domestic violence – violence that occurs in the home or within the family – is the most common kind of gender violence, and affects women regardless of age, education or socioeconomic status. . .

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US Muslim media Bridges TV exec charged with beheading co-producer wife

Police say a western New York television executive who sought to improve the image of Muslims in the media beheaded his wife after she filed for divorce. (Feb. 17 AP news report)

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Muslim TV exec accused of beheading wife in NY

CAROLYN THOMPSON – Associated Press – Wed 18 Feb, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The crime drips with brutal irony: a woman decapitated, allegedly by her estranged husband, in the offices of the television network the couple founded with the hope of countering Muslim stereotypes.

Muzzammil “Mo” Hassan is accused of beheading his wife last week, days after she filed for divorce. Authorities have not discussed the role religion or culture might have played, but the slaying gave rise to speculation that it was the sort of “honor killing” more common in countries half a world away, including the couple’s native Pakistan.

Funeral services for Aasiya Hassan, 37, were Tuesday. Her 44-year-old husband is scheduled to appear for a felony hearing Wednesday. . .

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