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02 Nov 2008 - 08:23la Casa del Encuentro
URL: www.lacasadelencuentro.com.ar/principal. . . .


EN ARGENTINA, LA CASA DEL ENCUENTRO INVITA AL EVENTO DE DENUNCIA A LA TRATA “ELLAS NO PUEDEN ESPERAR MÁS”, EL 3 DE NOVIEMBRE

Argentina.- La Asociación Civil “La Casa del Encuentro” invita a participar en el evento artístico-cultural “Ellas no pueden esperar más”, por las mujeres y niñas desaparecidas y secuestradas a partir del periodo democrático por las redes de trata para la prostitución, el cual se llevará a cabo en la ciudad de Buenos Aires, frente al Congreso de la Nación, el 3 de noviembre a las 18:00 hrs.

El evento es convocado por organizaciones de mujeres, sociales, feministas, barriales, sociedades de fomento, polí­ticas y personas independientes, y a través del acto público se exigirá la aparición con vida de todas las mujeres y niñas desaparecidas y secuestradas por las redes de trata para la prostitución, exigiendo también una reforma a la Ley de Trata, cárcel en todos los casos a proxenetas y tratantes, y que los secuestros, desapariciones de mujeres y femicidios se declaren delitos de Lesa Humanidad.

Entre las actividades, habrá un performance político titulado “Todos ellos son los culpables”, una fogata con los símbolos que sostienen la trata y la prostitución, radio abierta, y ronda alrededor del Congreso.

Mas informacion....
www.lacasadelencuentro. com.ar/principal.htm



02 Nov 2008 - 08:16CIMAC noticias
URL: www.cimacnoticias.com/site/08103105-Dura . . .


Violencia psicológica puede terminar en feminicidio
Durango: por violencia, 9 de cada 10 mujeres acuden al Promudemu

Por Gustavo González López/enviado

Gómez Palacio, Dgo., 31 oct 08 (CIMAC).- Aquí, en el segundo municipio más importante de la entidad duranguense, nueve de cada diez mujeres que acuden con un psicólogo lo hacen por violencia familiar. “Esto se debe a que además de que en el país, en la entidad y en la localidad se padece una crisis económica, también estamos viendo una crisis de valores humanos que se manifiesta en un no respeto a las mujeres en su más íntima integridad como ser humano”.

Así lo considera la Procuradora Municipal de la Defensa de la Mujer (Promudemu) en este municipio, Rosalía Gamboa García, quien explica que esta violencia psicológica “es muy grave”, ya que puede detonar la violencia física y que puede terminar en la pérdida de un órgano, daños cerebrales, suicido o feminicidio.

En entrevista exclusiva con Cimacnoticias, la responsable de otorgar atención a las mujeres maltratadas en este municipio de la Comarca Lagunera añade que aunque la violencia física es la más visible, la psicológica origina daños mentales y morales.

Gamboa García explica que cuando surge la violencia psicológica “las mujeres se debilitan en su sistema inmunológico y les afecta su salud: viene la diabetes, la hipertensión arterial e infartos debido al estrés; y más aquellas que viven la etapa de menopausia, ya que los estrógenos son una fuerte medida de prevención de los infartos y como ya no gozan de este tipo de hormonas, vienen los paros cardiacos, aunque ya se tienen casos de adolescentes de 16 años que sufren algún tipo de violencia”.

Por eso, señala la Procuradora, cuando las mujeres llegan con estos problemas, son atendidas por cuatro áreas: trabajo social, área psicológica, el área legal y la médica.

Lo que se ha detectado, agrega Gamboa Carcía, es que llegan mujeres que sólo inician un proceso legal y al no estar soportadas por una terapia psicológica, truncan este vía. Pero “nos queda claro que nosotras no podemos ni debemos en ningún momento --de acuerdo a la Ley de Acceso de las Mujeres a una Vida Libre de Violencia-- mediar, conciliar o influir en la decisión que tomen”.

Pero hay talleres de reflexión dentro de la Promudemu para que salgan más fortalecidas, restablecerlas e incorporarlas a un ámbito laboral. Además, tienen que estar bien en su salud física, psicológica y emocional: aquí las fortalecemos al cien por ciento y salen a buscar trabajo con sus defensas bien restauradas, apunta la funcionaria municipal.

PROBLEMA DE SALUD PÚBLICA

Continua....
http://www.cimacnoticias.com/site/08103105-Durango-por-violen.35434.0.html



02 Nov 2008 - 07:48National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
URL: www.ncdsv.org/expertwitness_dv.html


Expert Witness Training

Mark Your Calendar

The National on Domestic and Sexual Violence and
The University of Texas at Austin

Present the third

Establishing Expertise as an
Ethical Expert Witness

A training designed for attorneys, domestic violence service
providers and professionals who are interested in being
considered as expert witnesses in court cases involving domestic violence.

January 12-13, 2009

The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Austin, Texas

Training at a Glance

Presenters have substantial experience as expert witnesses in court cases involving domestic violence. The training will address the issues listed below, include case studies and allow participants to evaluate an expert witness on the stand.

* Role of advocates and expert witnesses

* Types of cases where expert witnesses are beneficial

* Immigration issues

* Writing reports for court

* Rules of evidence and what is discoverable

* How to position yourself as an expert witness

* Ethical considerations as an expert witness

* Federal laws

* NEW section on expert witnesses in child custody cases

* The training is on Monday, January 12 from 9 am until 5:30 pm and
Tuesday, January 13 from 9 am until 3:30 pm. Please make travel arrangements to stay to the end of the training. Transportation will be provided from the hotel to the training site each day.

* Registration is $225.00. The deadline is December 22, 2008.
Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided both days.

More information is available at http://www.ncdsv.org/expertwitness_dv.ht ml

* CEUs for social workers and CLEs for attorneys will be available.

* Lodging is available at the Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention
Center (300 East 4th Street) at the special rate of $97, plus applicable
taxes. Reservation information is available at
http://www.ncdsv.org/expertwitness_d v.html. Reservations are due by

December 14, 2008.

Sponsored by

Sponsored by:

* Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, The University of
Texas at Austin School of Social Work, Center for Social Work Research
* The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
* National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence



01 Nov 2008 - 17:41Bobbette
bobbettecantrell@hotmail.com


What a wonderful and informative website. I have looked at literally hundreds of websites and your site rates #1 with me. I have been a DV volunteer for some time and I'm always looking for new material, articles or information about the DV movement and your site has it all. Keep up the good work and know that at least one person out there appreciates all the work and information you give. Also, I'm sending my compliments to whoever designed the site.

Thank you,
* Bobbette



01 Nov 2008 - 12:13Association for Women's Rights in Development
URL: www.awid.org/forum08/

Association for Women's Rights in Development

About the Forum

From November 14-17, 2008, at the Cape Town International Convention
Center, up to 1,500 women's rights leaders and activists from around
the world will converge on Cape Town, South Africa at the 11th AWID
International Forum to discuss the power of movements.

What is AWID?
The Association for Women's Rights in Development is an
international membership organisation that works to strengthen the voice, impact and influence of women's rights advocates, organizations and movements internationally to effectively advance the rights of women.

What is the Forum?
The International Forum on Women's Rights and Development is both a conference and a call to action. The largest recurring event of its kind, the AWID Forum brings together women's rights leaders and activists from around the world every three years to strategize,
network, celebrate, and learn in a highly charged atmosphere that
fosters deep discussions and sustained personal and professional growth.

Delegates to the Forum participate in four days of plenary speeches,
interactive sessions, workshops, debates, and creative sessions
geared to powerful thinking on gender equality and women's human rights. Delegates also participate in informal caucuses, gala events, cultural activities, and social and political events geared
to global and regional networking and alliance-building.

Delegates who participate fully in the Forum not only empower
themselves with new tools and resources, but they also,
collectively, re-politicize the gender and development community,
strengthen alliances between women, and engage in work and thinking that is truly transformative rather than simply palliative.

Who can participate?
Participation in the AWID Forum is open to anyone who works or has
an interest in women's rights, international development, and social justice. AWID particularly welcomes women and men from the Global South, young women, and marginalized groups that have had difficulty getting their agenda heard on a global stage.

What can I expect from the Forum?
You can expect to be enlightened, provoked and inspired by an
exceptional group of thoughtful, forward-looking and fiercely
committed women and men. You can expect to move beyond simply
talking to getting involved in global action plans and campaigns
that will emerge out of the Forum, but will last well beyond it. You
can expect to work hard and gain an abundance of new skills, new
knowledge, new colleagues, and new ideas for the long road ahead.
You can expect to be welcomed, nurtured, fortified and challenged by
a group of like-minded activists, academics and practitioners. And
finally, you can expect to have more fun than you thought was
possible at a conference!

For more information...
www.awid.org/forum08/



01 Nov 2008 - 12:08Feminist Peace Network
URL: www.feministpeacenetwork.org


New Feminist Peace Network Bulletin
www.feministpeacenetwork.org



01 Nov 2008 - 12:06Drum Beat
URL: www.comminit.com/en/drum_beat_467.html


Great set of resources, updates, and reports about and for women in journalism

Current issue of Drum Beat
www.comminit.com/en/drum_beat_467. html



31 Oct 2008 - 19:45Pagina 12, Argentina
URL: www.pagina12.com.ar/diario/elpais/1-1140 . . .


CON LA NUEVA LEY YA FUERON RESCATADAS 110 MUJERES Y HUBO 82 DETENCIONES

Jaque a la trata

La voluntad política de combatir la trata y la herramienta que significa la nueva ley permitieron en los últimos seis meses concretar tres o cuatro procedimientos por semana. Un mapa de la prostitución posibilitó conocer la realidad en todo el país: hay zonas de eclutamiento, e “adiestramiento” y de distribución.


Por Mariana Carbajal

Ciento diez mujeres, casi la mitad niñas y adolescentes, fueron rescatadas en distintos allanamientos del infierno de las redes de trata para explotación sexual en los últimos seis meses, según las estadísticas del Ministerio de Justicia a las que tuvo acceso PáginaI12. La decisión política de combatir a las mafias que lucran con cuerpos femeninos, sumada a la aplicación de la nueva ley, está dando resultados. Cada semana se realiza un promedio de tres a cuatro procedimientos en cabarets y burdeles: en un total de 85 procedimientos practicados entre mayo y el jueves último fueron detenidas 82 personas, acusadas de formar parte de esas bandas en alguno de sus eslabones: como reclutadores, a cargo del traslado de mujeres o como proxenetas.

Con el testimonio de víctimas liberadas se armó el mapa de la trata en el país: hay regiones de reclutamiento, zonas con centros de “ablandamiento” o “adiestramiento”, ciudades en las que se produce la distribución y reventa de chicas y provincias receptoras (ver aparte).

“A las niñas las reservan como las frutillas del postre. Suena horrible pero lo que se cotiza es el genital joven”, graficó el destino de las menores chupadas por redes de trata para explotación sexual la abogada Silvina Zabala, jefa de Gabinete del Ministerio de Justicia y titular de la Oficina de Rescate y Acompañamiento de Personas Damnificadas del Delito de Trata, creada luego de la sanción de la ley de trata. La norma, que tipificó el delito y lo puso en la órbita de la Justicia federal, entró en vigencia el 29 de abril. Desde ese día hasta el jueves último –cuando se rescató a una chica de 16 años–, se contabilizaron 85 procedimientos ordenados por la Justicia y realizados por distintas fuerzas de seguridad, principalmente Policía Federal y Gendarmería. De las 110 mujeres liberadas en seis meses, 55 son mayores y sobre 14 no se precisó la edad. El resto, 41 niñas y adolescentes, de acuerdo con las estadísticas oficiales, entre ellas las hermanitas de 11 y 14 años de Misiones, entregadas por su madre a un rufián y rescatadas a partir de la denuncia de su hermana de 16, que había podido escapar.

Continua....
http://www.pagina12.com.ar/diario/elpais/1-114043-2008-10-27.html



30 Oct 2008 - 20:44La Prensa, Nicaragua
URL: www.laprensa.com.ni/archivo/2008/octubre . . .


Entrevista con Sofia Montenegro, feminista Nicaraguense


“El silencio de corderos, solo sirve a los lobos”

"Creo en el poder de la palabra, en la fuerza del pensamiento", señala la Directora Ejecutiva de Cinco y miembro del Movimiento Autónomo de Mujeres, Sofía Montenegro, en el chat con lectores del Diario LA PRENSA, en el que además sostiene que es feminista y seguirá haciendo uso de la palabra para defender los derechos humanos, "porque el silencio de los corderos, sólo sirve a los lobos".

Montenegro refuta los argumentos esgrimidos por la Fiscalía para investigar a Cinco y al MAN, refiere que al orteguismo le duele que los ciudadanos nicaragüenses "sean indomables" y confiesa que aunque no es su opción ideológica y va en una casilla equivocada, votará por Eduardo Montealegre.

Continua...
www.laprensa.com.ni/archivo/2008/octubre/30/noticias/nacionales/292191.shtml



30 Oct 2008 - 20:20Maria Veronica
paintingda@yahoo.com


hola mi nombre es maria veronica lopez, necesito una orientacion, necesito ayud , por favor, no se adonde mas recurir, estoy de verdad desesperada mi problema con la violencia sigue ya casi tres anos, ya me canse de huir, de esconderme, de cambiar de vivienda de buscar ayuda y no ver resultados, ya no se que mashacer, por favor guienme por favor.



30 Oct 2008 - 19:12Lara Barth, Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala
URL: www.nisgua.org/themes_campaigns/index.as . . .


Women's rights advocate under threat - Guatemala

Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:32 am (PDT)
Hello human rights supporters, Norma Cruz, director of Survivors' Foundation , has endured threats and intimidation over the last couple of weeks. NISGUA has accompanied and collaborated closely with the Survivors' Foundation. The organization provides psychological support to victims of sexual violence and femicide. Please take action to ensure Norma Cruz's safety. See the alert below. Thank you,
NISGUA

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL URGENT ACTIONPUBLIC AI
Index: AMR 34/022/08 24 October 2008

UA Fear for safety/Death threatsGUATEMALA Norma Cruz (f), Director of Fundación Sobrevivientes (Survivors' Foundation)Her relatives and other members of staff

On 19 October at around 12pm a relative of Norma Cruz (whose name is withheld for safety reasons) was stopped by an unknown man driving a pick-up truck while walking home in Guatemala city. Norma Cruz's relative offered the man a cellular phone thinking it was a robbery but was told by the man that it was not and to "get in son of a bitch, get in or you're going to die" (subite hijo/a de la gran puta, subite sino te vas a morir). The relative did as told and got in the back where there were two masked men, one of them holding a gun at the relative. They drove the relative around repeating "you're going to die". The relative was released after 20 minutes one block away from Norma Cruz's home. Norma Cruz is an active women’s human rights defender.

During the morning of 23 October the same relative received three phone calls. In the first one, a male voice said "are you comfortable, you piece of shit, you're going to die" (vás cómodo, verdad cerote? Te vas a morir) after which the call was cut off. The following two calls were cut off when the relative answered. Later that day a green pick-up truck with tinted windows was parked in front of the offices of Norma Cruz's organization, the Sobrevivientes Foundation. Members of staff deemed this suspicious and approached the vehicle in order to talk to the driver, who immediately drove off.

The safety of Norma Cruz, and that of her colleagues and relatives, is at risk.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Sobrevivientes Foundation provides psychological support to women victims of sexual violence and other forms of domestic violence. It also provides legal assistance in cases of killings of women and has investigated high-profile cases of trafficking of people in which government officials could be involved. Sobrevivientes Foundations believes these acts of intimidation are related to a particular case they are currently supporting.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in Spanish or your own language:
- expressing concern for the safety of Norma Cruz, her family and her colleagues in Sobrevivientes Foundation;- urging the President and the Minister of the Interior to ensure that immediate measures are taken and maintained to guarantee the safety of Norma Cruz, her family and colleagues in strict accordance with their wishes;- calling on the authorities to order an immediate, thorough and swift investigation into this incident, with the results made public and those responsible brought to justice;- reminding the authorities of the right of human rights defenders to carry out their activities without any restrictions or fear of reprisals, as set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights and Responsibilities of Individuals, Groups and Institutions to Promote and Protect Universally Recognised Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

APPEALS TO:
President of the RepublicLic. Álvaro ColomPresidente de la RepúblicaCasa Presidencial, 6ª Avenida, 4-41, Zona 1Ciudad de Guatemala, GUATEMALAFax: +502 2221 4423Salutation: Dear President / Estimado Sr. Presidente
Minister of the InteriorSr. Francisco José Jiménez IrungarayMinistro de Gobernación6ª Avenida 13-71, Zona 1,Ciudad de Guatemala, GUATEMALAFax: +502 2413 8658Salutation: Dear Minister / Estimado Sr. Ministro

COPIES TO:
Fundación Sobrevivientes12 calle 11-63, Zona 1Ciudad de Guatemala, GUATEMALA
and to diplomatic representatives of Guatemala accredited to your country.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your section office, if sending appeals after 05 December 2008.

******************************

Lara Barth
Grassroots Network Liaison, NISGUA
The Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala
436 14th St., Suite 409, Oakland, CA 94612
tel. (510) 238-8400
fax (510) 238-8444www.nisgua.



30 Oct 2008 - 18:56Human Rights Education Associates
URL: www.hrea.org


Amnesty International Press release
30 October 2008

Tens of thousands of domestic workers in Jordan live in appalling conditions with many forced to work up to 19 hours per day and denied their salary. Amnesty International is urging the Jordanian authorities to ensure that the current review of employment regulations leads to a drastic improvement in their working conditions.

Jordan has some 40,000 registered women migrant domestic workers. Many come from South and South East Asia, mostly from Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. According to recent Amnesty International research, the majority of these women are abused and exploited with little or no protection from the authorities.

In July 2008 the Jordanian Parliament amended the Labour Law. One amendment stipulated that a separate regulation would be issued to define the terms of employment for migrant domestic workers, including their working hours and rest periods. This regulation is currently being prepared by the government.

"We call on the Jordanian authorities to seize this golden opportunity to make the exploitative conditions currently faced by migrant domestic workers a thing of the past," said Philip Luther, Deputy Programme Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.

"Their actions should be bold enough to match the scale of the abuses."

Many women migrant domestic workers:

• live in virtual imprisonment in their employer’s home from the moment they arrive in the country. They are often locked in the home, forced to work long hours and not paid some, or any, of their meagre wages by their employer, who also confiscates their passports.

• suffer from physical, psychological and sexual abuse. They are slapped, kicked, beaten, spat at and threatened with violence, usually by members of the employer’s household. Several have fallen to their deaths in recent years in circumstances recorded as accidents but which remain inadequately investigated and explained. Around ten domestic workers are believed to commit suicide every year.

• are reported to be routinely beaten by representatives of some recruitment agencies shortly after their arrival in Jordan. The aim of this is to frighten workers and discourage them from running away or from making complaints about their employers.

Although new safeguards were introduced in 2003 in the form of a special contract for migrant domestic workers, they appear to have had little impact in practice. The special contract does not specify any punishment for the employer if the contract’s conditions, which include rights to medical care, one day off a week and timely payment of wages, are not met.

The abuse is also reinforced by the climate of impunity enjoyed by recruitment agencies, both in Jordan and in the countries where migrant workers come from, where regulation and monitoring is inadequate.

"The Jordanian authorities must subject the practices of recruitment agencies to proper scrutiny and bring to justice all those responsible for abuses of migrant domestic workers, whether they are employers or representatives of agencies," said Philip Luther.
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HREA - www.hrea.org

Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is an international non-governmental organisation that supports human rights learning; the training of activists and professionals; the development of educational materials and programming; and community-building through on-line technologies.



30 Oct 2008 - 18:44Pan American Health Organization
URL: www.iadb.org/res/publications/pubfiles/p . . .


El estado de la salud sexual y reproductiva en América Latina y el Caribe:
una visión global

Carmen Elisa Flórez, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá

Victoria Eugenia Soto. Université Catholique de Louvain

Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department - Working paper series;
632 - 2008

Available online PDF [61p.] at:
<http://www.iadb.org/res/publicatio ns/pubfiles/pubWP-632_esp.pdf>

“….Est e documento resume el estado de la salud sexual y reproductiva (SSR) en algunos países de América Latina y el Caribe, usando las encuestas de
Demografía y Salud para seleccionar países de acuerdo con la etapa de la transición demográfica en que se encuentran. Los resultados indican avances
en algunas dimensiones, siendo la situación mucho más favorable en los países de fecundidad baja y en los grupos de mayor nivel social. Sin embargo, aún se
presentan vacíos importantes, especialmente en los países de transición rezagada.

La evidencia sugiere que la falta de información y de acceso a los servicios de SSR, al igual que la existencia de barreras sociales y culturales, limitan el ejercicio pleno de la vida SR de las mujeres de los países de fecundidad alta y grupos menos favorecidos….”

“…El documento está organizado en 5 secciones, la primera es una
introducción. En la segunda sección se resume la evolución histórica del concepto de salud sexual y reproductiva y se plantea su relación con el bienestar. En la tercera sección, se analizan algunos de los indicadores de
Salud Sexual y Reproductiva, como son la fecundidad global, la fecundidad adolescente, el conocimiento y uso de métodos de planificación familiar y
los servicios de salud materna. La cuarta sección se centra en algunos
determinantes socio-culturales del uso de métodos de planificación familiar.
En la última sección se presentan algunas reflexiones sobre el estado de la salud sexual y reproductiva en ALC en cuanto a su relación con la calidad de vida/bienestar de la población….”

* * *

This message from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO/WHO, is part of
an effort to disseminate
information Related to: Equity; Health inequality; Socioeconomic inequality in health; Socioeconomic
health differentials; Gender; Violence; Poverty; Health Economics; Health
Legislation; Ethnicity; Ethics;
Information Technology - Virtual libraries; Research & Science issues. [DD/
KMS Area]



30 Oct 2008 - 18:32Rosa
flakitarossy@yahoo.com


Hola mi nombre es Rosa y soy mexicana, tengo 21, entre ilegal, casada con un ciudadano americano por un ano, viviendo con el desde hace cuatro, sufri violencia domestica al principio de este ano estuvo preso por 4 meses,salio con orden de restrincion para tres anos, la cual violo volviendome a molestar, humillar, golpear y amenazandome con un cuchillo, logre escapar dando aviso a las autoridades, ahora esta preso, tengo los reportes policiacos, me robo todo, no tengo trabajo y no se que hacer, me han comentado hacerca de la forma I-360 para obtener un status legal, y no depender de el, no cuento con un abogado pues no tengo dinero, mi pregunta es, si aqui en Orange puedo obtener alguna ayuda, e hablado a algunas lineas para mujeres abusadas pero nada, agradesco de antemano y me puedan ayudar con alguna informacion espero su respuesta...



29 Oct 2008 - 17:58annette
annette67@comcast.net


I would like to sue my soon to be ex husband for damages from almost 2 decades of domestic violence. I would like to do it on my children's behalf and/or mine. I also had bad legal representation (which I put on a credit card because my attorney kept putting me of about it) and would like visitation reduced.
* Any thoughts



29 Oct 2008 - 16:18Alexis Moore
publicpolicy@ncadv.org


MESSAGE FROM NATIONAL COALITION AGAINST DV ABC 20/20 LOOKING FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE LOST THEIR CHILDREN IN THE FAMILY LAW COURTS TO THE ABUSIVE FATHER TO APPLY TO APPEAR ON THE SHOW. HERE IS THE PRESS RELEASE FROM NCADV##
*
* WE DID IT! The ABC News television show 20/20 has heard you loud and clear. They are now considering producing an hour-long story on a MOTHER who has suffered/is suffering from domestic violence and has had a negative experience within the family court system.
*
* This is where YOU come in! If you have a story about a mother whose experience within family court resulted in (1) disbelief of her allegations of abuse and (2) her children being awarded to the abusive father,

please submit it to the Public Policy Office no later than November 30, 2008. Be sure to place "ABC Custody Story" in the subject heading of your email or fax. There is no guarantee your story will be chosen.
*
* We will inform you of 20/20's final decision and the show's air date. Thanks in advance!!!
*
* Story Guidelines
* 1. No more than 1 page. If your story is chosen for further review, you can then provide additional details.
* 2. A mother who lost her children to the abusive father because her allegations of abuse (against her or her children) were found not credible.
* 3. Be willing to appear on television. Your identity can be concealed.
* 4. Contact information of the mother.
* 5. Contact information of the story submitter (if you are NOT the mother).
* 6. Submit to publicpolicy@ncadv.org or 202.745.0088 (fax).
*
* Please email all questions to publicpolicy@ncadv.org



29 Oct 2008 - 10:36Washington Post
URL: www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/ar . . .


Women Run the Show In a Recovering Rwanda

Rwanda's parliament is the world's first where women hold a majority -- 56 percent, including the speaker's chair.

By Stephanie McCrummen
Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, October 27, 2008; Page A01

KIGALI, Rwanda -- On a continent that has been dominated by the rule of men, this tiny East African nation is trying something new.
Here, women are not only driving the economy -- working on construction sites, in factories and as truck and taxi drivers -- they are also filling the ranks of government.

Women hold a third of all cabinet positions, including foreign minister, education minister, Supreme Court chief and police commissioner general. And Rwanda's parliament last month became the first in the world where women claim the majority -- 56 percent, including the speaker's chair.

One result is that Rwanda has banished archaic patriarchal laws that are still enforced in many African societies, such as those that prevent women from inheriting land. The legislature has passed bills aimed at ending domestic violence and child abuse, while a committee is now combing through the legal code to purge it of discriminatory laws.

One lawmaker said the committee has compiled "a stack" of laws to modify or toss out altogether -- including one that requires a woman to get her husband's signature on a bank loan.

"The fact that we are so many has made it possible for men to listen to our views," said lawmaker Espérance Mwiza. "Now that we're a majority, we can do even more."

The unusually high percentage of women in Rwandan government is in part a reflection of popular will in a country of 10 million that is 55 percent female.

But it also reflects the heavy hand of one man, President Paul Kagame, whose photo hangs on the walls of houses, restaurants and shops. It also hovered over the swiveling leather chair of parliament speaker Rose Mukantabana as she opened a session late last week.

Since the 1994 genocide, in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in 100 days of highly organized violence that included the systematic rape of Tutsi women, Kagame, a Tutsi, has enforced a kind of zealous social engineering.

With a population that was about 70 percent female after the genocide, Kagame's new government adopted ambitious policies to help women economically and politically, including a new constitution in 2003 requiring that at least 30 percent of all parliamentary and cabinet seats go to women. The remaining 26 percent of the women in parliament were indirectly elected.


"This was a broken society after the genocide," said Aloisea Inyumba, Kagame's former gender and social affairs minister, who was also a prominent official in his ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front when it was still a rebel group fighting the country's genocidal government. "We made a decision that if Rwanda is going to survive, we have to have a change of heart as a society. Equality and reconciliation are the only options."

While many African legislatures have adopted quotas reserving seats for female lawmakers, none has done so as ambitiously as Rwanda. The country's overall attitude toward gender puts it at odds with its neighbors

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29 Oct 2008 - 10:26Cora Weiss
cweiss@igc.org


NGOs Send Protest Letter to SG Over Sexual Abuse
Francis Kokutse

*UNITED NATIONS, Oct 27 (IPS) - A coalition of more than 180
international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has sent a letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asking him to "state publicly and strongly that there will be no impunity for U.N. personnel who engage in any form of exploitation, including sexual abuse." The letter urges the Secretary-General to make his Special Representatives (SRSGs), who are his senior most representatives in U.N. missions, "personally
responsible for any violation, and ask for their resignations in such
cases." Signed by a broad coalition of NGOs -- including the
International League for Human Rights, World Vision International, World Movement of Mothers, the Hague Appeal for Peace, the National Council of Churches of India and Women for Peace in the Netherlands -- the letter is described as one of the strongest protests by NGOs who complain that
the entire credibility of the U.N. system is at stake because little or
no action is taken to punish the offenders.*

**
The letter, delivered last week, says: "We, the undersigned,
congratulate the United Nations and the Security Council for recognising
the experiences of women in conflicts and war. U.N. Security Council resolutions 1325 (2000) and 1820 (2008) articulate the critical role of women in peacemaking and peace building, and that the protection needs
of women during conflict and crisis are essential elements of peace and security."

"Despite these milestones, women and girls continue to experience
alarming forms of exploitation and violence -- including sexual violence
in many countries worldwide. While the U.N. has made many efforts, it is
most disappointing that parts of the system are still implicated in such
abuse in conflict areas. Even one incident is one too many."

"It is time to put words into action. SCR 1820 demands zero tolerance.
We know that you have the means -- and hopefully the willingness -- to
take a historic leadership role in this matter, with the following steps:
* "Assert leadership and take needed action on this matter.
* Do everything in your power to bring any U.N. personnel involved in
sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) to international justice, including
through International Criminal Court (ICC) mechanisms."

"We urge you to do what is right and take immediate action regarding the
steps proposed above. We support you wholeheartedly in this endeavour. We look forward to your response".

Eighty-four public figures, including academics, writers, government
officials, peace advocates, human rights activists, and former U.N.
officials also signed the letter.

The issue of sexual abuse in U.N. missions overseas is expected to be discussed by the Security Council later this week. Ambassador Anwarul
Karim Chowdhury, a former U.N. Under-Secretary-General, was the
initiator of Security Council resolution 1325 in March 2000, when he was president of the Council in his capacity as Permanent Representative of
Bangladesh to the U.N. He recently proposed the preparation of a set of
indicators by June 2009 to monitor implementation of that resolution by
the countries, the U.N. system as well as other multilateral bodies.

The resolution, described as the first in which the Security Council
addressed the role and experience of women in armed conflicts, called on warring parties to adopt "a gender perspective" on peace negotiations and "gender mainstreaming" in all U.N. peacekeeping missions. But more
than eight years later, there are growing complaints that the political
thrust of that historic resolution still remains unimplemented, and that
there is now a need for a fulltime U.N. special representative to pursue turning the resolution into reality.



29 Oct 2008 - 09:33Centro de la Mujer Peruana Flora Tristán
brenda@flora.org.pe
URL: www.flora.org.pe


VOLUNTARIADO ACTIVISTA
UNIVERSITARIO 2008

El Colectivo 25 de noviembre y el Centro de la Mujer Peruana Flora Tristán, en el marco del Día Internacional de la no violencia contra la Mujer, te invitan a la participar en el II VOLUNTARIADO ACTIVISTA UNIVERSITARIO
dirigido a las/los jóvenes universitarios identificados con el rechazo hacia todo tipo de violencia contra la mujer, y que quieran generar espacios de acción y cambio. Este año, el Colectivo 25 de noviembre dirigirá sus actividades a resaltar que el estado peruano no ha cumplido sus obligaciones para prevenir, sancionar y erradicar la violencia contra la mujer.

Las actividades a desarrollarse son las siguientes:

1. Organización de recolección de víveres en universidades para las casas
de refugios afiliadas a RECARE (Red Nacional de Casas de Refugio).
2. Organización de actividades académicas y culturales en las
universidades.
3. Campaña de difusión y pegado de stickers en los campus universitarios
el martes 25 de noviembre.
4. Participación en las actividades públicas programadas.

1ª Reunión de coordinación:
Viernes 31 de octubre
Hora: 15:00-17:00

Lugar: Centro de la Mujer Peruana Flora Tristán.
Parque Hernán Velarde Nº 42 Cercado de Lima (altura cda. 2 Av. Petit Thouars)
Teléfono: 4332000 Anexo 271
Inscripciones: brenda@flora.org.pe

Se entregarán certificados de participación

¡Te esperamos!



29 Oct 2008 - 09:28Ruth Mier y Terán
www.amnistia.org.pe
URL: www.amnistia.org.pe


Este viernes 31: actúa por México

En México una de cada cuatro mujeres ha sufrido violencia física o sexual a manos de su pareja o ex pareja. Esta violencia provoca en las mujeres daño o sufrimiento físico, sexual o psicológico, y en demasiados casos, hasta la muerte. En 2007, el gobierno mexicano adoptó una nueva legislación para garantizar el derecho de las mujeres a disfrutar de una vida libre de violencia, pero esto aún no se ha llevado a la práctica. Amnistía Internacional pide que la nueva legislación se aplique de forma eficaz y sin excepción.

El próximo viernes 31 de octubre nos movilizaremos con la intervención urbana ¿Cuántas más deben morir? frente a la Embajada de México en Lima. Con esta acción, en vísperas del Día de los Muertos, recordaremos a las mujeres fallecidas y exigiremos al gobierno mexicano que aplique de inmediato la nueva legislación.

En paralelo a la intervención, representantes de Amnistía Internacional se reunirán con el embajador mexicano para presentarle el informe de Amnistía La lucha de las mujeres por la seguridad y la justicia. Violencia familiar en México.

¡Actúa ya!

Ruth Mier y Terán
Coordinadora de voluntariado y activismo
Amnistía Internacional
www.amnistia.org.pe
241- 2114 / 241-5625



28 Oct 2008 - 09:56CIMAC noticias
URL: www.cimacnoticias.com/site/08102707-La-E . . .


Inició 2ª etapa de campaña ¡Simplemente no lo aceptamos!
La Explotación Sexual Comercial Infantil es una guerra contra las niñas

De la redacción

México DF, 27 oct 08 (CIMAC).- Urgen medidas legislativas, administrativas y de acción social que permitan enfrentar la batalla que se libera en contra de las niñas víctimas de la Explotación Sexual Comercial Infantil (ESCI) en México, delito que se comete dentro de una perversa normalidad donde las mujeres viven de manera cotidiana una violencia estructural.

Así lo afirmó ayer el presidente de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos del Distrito Federal (CDHDF), Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria, durante la presentación de la Segunda Etapa de la Campaña Contra la ESCI, ¡Simplemente, no lo aceptamos!, que realiza Infancia Común AC, organismo que tiene como objetivo la incidencia social a través de agendas ciudadanas y opinión pública, tomando como base la investigación amplia y responsable del fenómeno, y cuya frase de campaña es “Hay una guerra invisible contra las niñas”.

La violencia es de tal magnitud, señaló el Ombudsman capitalino, que México ha tenido que acuñar el término feminicidio para dar cuenta de una problemática como la que sucede en Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, pero que se reproduce en todo el país y en muchas otras naciones, donde sistemáticamente se agrede a las mujeres.

Álvarez Icaza Longoria recordó que el principal espacio de inicio de la violencia y el maltrato hacia niñas y mujeres es precisamente el hogar: “Se ha ubicado que los principales agresores son las personas que les son más cercanas, como el esposo, el padre, los hermanos o el padrastro”, agregó.

Las expresiones de esta guerra, explicó, son tan cotidianas como impactantes: insultos, amenazas, críticas destructivas, silencios incómodos e indiferencia; justamente lo que despedaza la autoestima de las niñas, además de que de manera sistemática se les educa para obedecer, para agacharse y para callarse.

Aliada imprescindible de la guerra contra las niñas, dijo el Ombudsman capitalino, es la legislación ambigua e insuficiente que garantiza recursos al agresor y desprotege a las víctimas de la ESCI: “El Estado abdica de su responsabilidad de protegerlas; no hay refugios que les permitan iniciar un proceso judicial en condición de resguardo, ni existen políticas públicas para apoyarlas en los procesos judiciales, que son muy largos”.

Ante tal desprotección, exhortó a generar acciones de Estado y de un entorno seguro para las víctimas, a través de albergues en todas las Delegaciones para que niñas y mujeres estén a salvo de sus agresores, con todo el respaldo del Ministerio Público.

INFORME SOBRE ESCI

Continua...
www.cimacnoticias.com/site/08102707-La-Explotacion-Sexu.35369.0.html



28 Oct 2008 - 09:15National Organization for Women
URL: secure.grassroots.com/noonprop4/



Dear ,

We're emailing you together for the first time, because the situation is critical. Never before have all of us ? leaders of the National Organization for Women (NOW), NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), and Feminist Majority Foundation ? joined together to ask for your immediate help.

Our message is urgent. We must defeat Proposition 4 in California. Right now polls show we are down by just two points - 46-44 percent - so we can still turn it around. This draconian, deceptive so-called parental notification ballot measure will endanger teens, especially vulnerable teens. Please donate today so we can make the final push we need to win. https://secure.grassroots.com/noonprop4/

We have twice defeated such a measure in California. But this time, the proposal is far more dangerous and deceptive. It is reputed to be the most deceptive measure on the 2008 California ballot, and we can't let them fool the voters into hurting at-risk teens.

You can be sure that if we lose this anti-abortion measure in California, it will sweep the nation. Scared, pregnant teens who cannot go to their parents may feel forced to take matters into their own hands, seeking back-alley abortions, or even considering suicide. This law puts these vulnerable young women in danger. That's why we've joined together to ask for your help.

We must act now, before it's too late. Please join us by donating now to help us defeat Prop 4. https://secure.grassroots.com/noonprop4/

The Knights of Columbus just put in an addition $175,000 to pass Prop 4. We must match the Knights of Columbus and then some, to make our final ad buy for the No on Prop 4, Protect Teen Safety TV ad campaign.

Together, we can stop this dangerous ballot measure in its tracks. We're counting on you for our last crucial media buy. We don't have a moment to lose.

If we don't stand up for teen safety, who will? Please donate right now. https://secure.grassroots.com/noonprop4/

For Women's Lives,

Eleanor Smeal,
Feminist Majority Foundation

Kim Gandy,
National Organization for Women

Cecile Richards,
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Nancy Keenan,
NARAL Pro-Choice America

P.S. We promise every dollar will go immediately toward No on Prop 4 media ad buy. Please donate now before it's too late. https://secure.grassroots.com/noonprop4/

Contributions to the Campaign for Teen Safety - No on 4 are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes. The Campaign is required to report the true source of all contributions



27 Oct 2008 - 23:20elmundo.es
URL: www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2008/10/26/comuni . . .


UN CENTENAR DE EXPERTOS EN VALENCIA

Reclaman una sección de prensa especializada en la violencia contra la mujer

Actualizado domingo 26/10/2008 18:53 (CET)
EUROPA PRESS

VALENCIA.- Valencia acoge este lunes y el próximo martes el I Congreso Internacional Mujer y Medios de Comunicación 'Violencia contra la mujer, ¿información o espectáculo?', en el que participarán un centenar de expertos y donde surgirán debates sobre aspectos concretos como la conveniencia de la puesta en marcha de una sección especializada en los medios.

La iniciativa está promovida por la Conselleria valenciana de Bienestar Social, desde la que se pretende propiciar una reflexión entre periodistas, sociólogos, juristas, políticos, agentes sociales y expertos del ámbito universitario y policial para consensuar un documento que fomente las buenas prácticas en la información sobre la violencia contra la mujer.

Entre las propuestas que surgirán de este debate multidisciplinar, los ponentes ya han avanzado la necesidad de un área o bloque informativo de nueva denominación que se llamaría 'asuntos sociales', en el que los tratamientos de interés humano y social estarían sometidos a una especialización periodística.

Con esta acción se pretende evitar "la orientación negativa que le está dando la sección de 'sucesos' o la falta de especialización que supone el área genérica de 'sociedad', que actúa como cajón de sastre y recoge todos los contenidos que no caben en las clásicas macrosecciones", han destacado.

Esta nueva sección contaría con periodistas especializados en 'asuntos sociales' en medios escritos, audiovisuales o digitales que asumirían el tratamiento y la responsabilidad de la información sobre la violencia contra la mujer.

Para facilitar la transmisión social de las opiniones expertas en relación con esta materia, han indicado desde el Comité Científico de Cimmco, que también sería importante forjar a directores de comunicación que asumieran la función del periodismo de fuente. Estas figuras procurarían cuidar los mensajes en la comunicación persuasiva, sobre todo en publicidad.

"La especialización periodística en las secciones de 'asuntos sociales' en España deben plantearse como una prioridad y asociarse a la creación de un Centro de Estudios para la Información de Calidad en Asuntos Sociales", han adelantado.

Esta propuesta formará parte de un documento de recomendaciones de buenas prácticas dirigido a los medios de comunicación que Cimmco promulgará bajo el nombre de 'Declaración de Valencia'. El documento resultante puede ser de gran utilidad como orientador del trabajo informativo a la hora de abordar la violencia contra la mujer.

El Congreso, organizado por la Conselleria de Bienestar Social, en colaboración con la Fundación Tolerancia Cero y la Fundación COSO, cuenta con la presidencia de Honor de Su Alteza Real la Princesa de Asturias, Doña Letizia Ortiz, en su doble condición de mujer y periodista.



27 Oct 2008 - 22:35Senator Barbara Boxer
barbara.boxer@enews.senate.gov


Dear Friend:

I am pleased to let you know that Congress recently passed, and the President signed into law, important legislation to protect Americas children. The PROTECT Our Children Act (S.1738), previously called the Combating Child Exploitation Act, was introduced by Senator Joe Biden, and I was proud to be an original cosponsor.

Our legislation was a common-sense approach, with several elements to reduce both violence against and the exploitation of children, while giving law enforcement officials the tools they need to track down and prosecute the perpetrators of these crimes.

None of us likes to think about crimes perpetrated against children. Yet, we must. Today, children from 12 and 17 years of age are more than twice as likely as adults to be victims of violent crime. This important bill aims to change that statistic

Millions of Americans became part of the effort to pass this important legislation by calling, writing, and emailing their elected officials. I commend every person who was part of the effort.

Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer
United States Senator



27 Oct 2008 - 10:17Tratamieno de Víctimas de Violencia Doméstica
lucinia@ilanud.or.cr


Seminario “Tratamiento de victimas de violencia doméstica” Costa Rica 27 al 29.11.08
Archivado en: Cursos y formación, Latinoamérica, Violencia Machista — heterodoxia @ 5:07 pm

La Dra. Gioconda Batres, Directora del Programa Regional de Capacitación en Violencia de Género y Trauma del Instituto Latinoamericano de las Naciones Unidas para la Prevención del Delito y Tratamiento del Delincuente (ILANUD) con sede en San José, Costa Rica, te invita a participar en el seminario “Tratamieno de Víctimas de Violencia Doméstica” y “Tratamiento del desorden disociativo de identidad”. Será del 27 al 29 de noviembre de 2008, en el Colegio de Trabajadoras Sociales de Costa Rica.

Horario: 8:00 a 5:00 PM Sábado de 8:00 AM a 4:00 PM

Incluye: Materiales, refrigerios y certificado de aprovechamiento por 24 horas

Imparte: Dra. Gioconda Batres, Coordinadora Académica y conferencistas invitados.

Dirigido a: Profesionales y estudiantes avanzados de las distintas disciplinas que integran

el área de Salud Mental, Educación y Derecho.

Temario:

• Violencia de género

• Dinámica de la violencia doméstica y sus ciclos

• Femicidio

• Violencia en el noviazgo

• Políticas nacionales y la ley de penalización.

• Propuestas de tratamiento para víctimas de violencia doméstica

• Intervención en crisis

• Seguridad y valoración del riesgo

• Tratamiento de las secuelas

• Evaluación Forense

• Recuperación como madre

• Modelo Grupal de Tratamiento

• Manual cognitivo conductual dirigido a mujeres sobrevivientes de violencia

• Historia del Desorden Disociativo de Identidad.

• Introducción al Desorden Disociativo de Identidad

• Bases teóricas del Desorden Disociativo de Identidad

• Tratamiento del Desorden Disociativo de Identidad

• Análisis de un caso clínico

Para información adicional y solicitar el formulario de inscripción al curso escribir a: lucinia@ilanud.or.cr



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