Patricia Grogg – Havana Times – 24 May, 2009
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 “Now I’m falling in love with a 50-year-old man who tells me that I’m very withdrawn, that I don’t pay much attention to him,” she explained in the living room of her home.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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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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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)
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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Mike Thomson – BBC news, Central African Republic – Monday 8 Dec, 2008
North of the DRC is the Central African Republic
Marie trembles as she tells me about the day when Jean-Pierre Bemba’s Congolese troops came to her town.
“We heard gun-shots as they went from house to house,” she says in Bossangoa in the Central African Republic.
She struggles to contain her emotions as she recounts how she and her husband cowered next to their children as the awful sounds outside their home drew closer. . .
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