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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 “Now I’m falling in love with a 50-year-old man who tells me that I’m very withdrawn, that I don’t pay much attention to him,” she explained in the living room of her home.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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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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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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Women Journalists Targeted In Terai

Press Release: IFEX – Scoop World (New Zealand) – Thurs 15 Jan, 2008

Nepal: Women Journalists Targeted In Terai

The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) and other IFEX members, as well as the United Nations human rights office in Nepal, have condemned the brutal murder of a journalist and women’s rights activist, as well as death threats made against another women reporter in the Terai region of southern Nepal.

Uma Singh, a reporter at Radio Today FM and the daily paper “Janakpur Today”, and member of Women’s Human Rights Defenders in Dhanusha, was attacked on 11 January by a gang of around 15 unidentified men armed with “khukhuris” – curved knives traditional to Nepal.

According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the men burst into the room she rented in Janakpur, in the southern district of Dhanusha, and stabbed her repeatedly in front of other tenants. She died while being transferred to a hospital in Kathmandu. . .

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Female journalist murdered by mob

From correspondents in Kathmandu, Nepal – The Australian – Mon 12 Jan, 2008

A FEMALE journalist who wrote about women’s rights and criticised political leaders has been stabbed to death in southern Nepal, officials and colleagues said today.

“Uma Singh was attacked by around 15 armed people who stormed into her rented apartment Sunday evening and stabbed her,” said Shambhu Koirala, a local official from Sarlahi, 90km southeast of Kathmandu.

Singh, 24, worked for a local daily newspaper and radio station and her editor said he believed people angered by her coverage could have been responsible for her death. . .

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Iranian to be blinded with acid for doing same to woman

Shirzad Bozorgmehr – CNN – Sunday 13 Dec, 2008

TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) — An Iranian woman, blinded by a jilted stalker who threw acid in her face, has persuaded a court to sentence him to be blinded with acid himself under Islamic law demanding an eye for an eye.

Ameneh Bahrami refused to accept “blood money.” She insisted instead that her attacker suffer a fate similar to her own “so people like him would realize they do not have the right to throw acid in girls’ faces,” she told the Tehran Provincial Court.

Her attacker, a 27-year-old man identified in court papers as Majid, admitted throwing acid in her face in November 2004, blinding and disfiguring her. He said he loved her and insisted she loved him as well. . .

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