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01 Apr 2011 - 11:18Change.org, women's rights
URL: news.change.org/stories/police-sexual-as . . .

Police Sexual Assault Victim Arrested for Recording Officer Misconduct
by Alex DiBranco

Twenty-year-old Tiawanda Moore went to Chicago Police Headquarters to report being fondled by an officer. But Internal Affairs didn't want to take her complaint. After asking for new investigators and being refused, Moore turned on her Blackberry recorder to document this second instance of police misconduct. When the investigators realized they were being taped, they promptly arrested Moore for eavesdropping, a charge that carries a sentence of up to 15 years.

Meanwhile, as Moore awaits trial in May, no disciplinary action has been taken against the officer who groped her. (Not to mention the officers who refused to accept her complaint. Moore's lawyer, Robert Johnson, reports that officials "claim the investigation is not completed" -- even though it's been over half-a-year since Moore attempted to make her complaint. As the "investigation" drags on for no apparent reason, the police officer has not been temporarily suspended, and is free to continue assaulting and harassing other women.

The Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women has taken up Tiawanda Moore's cause and launched a petition on her behalf on Change.org, calling for Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez to drop the eavesdropping charges and for the police sexual misconduct investigation to be undertaken in a timely manner.


01 Apr 2011 - 11:06Amecopress/CIMAC
URL: www.amecopress.net/spip.php?article6538

Congreso sobre Liderazgo Femenino
Solicitan la paridad de género en cargos de poder en México
por Anayeli García Martínez

México, DF, 01 abr. 11. AmecoPress/Cimac.- Legisladoras e integrantes de organismos electorales se comprometieron a cerrar filas para fomentar la participación política de las mujeres y alcanzar la democracia paritaria.

Durante la inauguración del Congreso Internacional Participación Política y Liderazgo Femenino, que se lleva a cabo del 31 de marzo al 1 de abril, la presidenta de la Comisión de Gobierno de la Asamblea Legislativa del Distrito Federal (ALDF), Alejandra Barrales, y la consejera del Instituto Federal Electoral (IFE) María Macarita Elizondo subrayaron la importancia de que las mujeres estén en los espacios de toma de decisión.

En el encuentro -que reunió a consejeras electorales, magistradas, alcaldesas, gobernadores, legisladoras y secretarios de 13 países del mundo-, Barrales dijo que “le hace bien a la sociedad” que haya más mujeres en la política y en los órganos legislativos y electorales.


01 Apr 2011 - 10:44Association for Women's Rights in Development
URL: www.awid.org/Library/AWID-s-Wiki-on-Moni . . .

AWID’s Wiki On Monitoring And Evaluation

We are pleased to announce the launch of AWID’s Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Compendium in wiki format.

The aim of the wiki is to gain deeper insight into how different M&E frameworks, approaches, and tools have been used and adapted by women’s organizations to capture the complexity of changes in women’s rights and gender equality work. To that end, we provide a brief overview and critical analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of some of the leading M&E frameworks, approaches, and tools. The Compendium is intended to be a living document and has been designed to be updated regularly by members of the women’s rights community with particular attention on sharing organizations’ experiences in using these tools.


31 Mar 2011 - 09:45New York Times
URL: www.nytimes.com/2011/03/30/world/europe/ . . .

The Female Factor
Taking the Gender Fight Worldwide

PARIS — “I am a woman, a Socialist, divorced and agnostic,” the new defense minister told the generals of her Roman Catholic country. “But we will work together very well.”

Michelle Bachelet, who in 2002 became Chile’s first female defense minister and four years later the country’s first female president, has never shied from challenging the status quo. Now the first head of U.N. Women, the three-month-old U.N. agency for gender equality and female empowerment, Ms. Bachelet is doing it again — this time turning some traditional notions of feminism on their head.

“We need men. We need to obtain big important male champions,” Ms. Bachelet, a 59-year-old daughter of a general and single mother of three, said brightly during a recent interview in Paris.

She hired a man as one of her two deputies — “that wasn’t by chance, I wanted gender equality” — and courts male chief executives to sign up to seven principles for female empowerment. A new three-year gender awareness program for peace negotiators focuses as much on training male mediators about rape in conflict zones as on grooming future female mediators.


31 Mar 2011 - 09:22Vanguardia
URL: www.vanguardia.com.mx/raiceshistoricasde . . .

El libro "Raíces profundas. La violencia contra las mujeres"

Raíces históricas de la violencia de género

.Aunque en los últimos tiempos la violencia machista ha sido estudiada desde numerosas perspectivas, se ha investigado muy poco sobre su legitimación histórica.

Madrid, España.-En la villa vasca de Gernika, María San Juan, una mujer casada, presenta una denuncia contra Lope de Albiz, a quien acusa de acoso y de dos intentos fallidos de agresión sexual. Podría tratarse del penúltimo caso de violencia de género, pero los hechos sucedieron mucho tiempo atrás: se remontan a finales del siglo XV.

¿Cuál es el origen de la violencia de género? ¿Cuándo germinó la idea de que el cuerpo de la mujer podía ser posesión del hombre? El libro "Raíces profundas. La violencia contra las mujeres", trata de dar respuesta a estos interrogantes sobre un fenómeno que resulta tan difícil de erradicar porque está peligrosamente anclado en la sociedad.


30 Mar 2011 - 09:35DCAF
URL: www.dcaf.ch/Publications/Publication-Det . . .

DCAF Gender and Security Programme

DCAF releases updated compilation of International and Regional Laws and Instruments Related to Security Sector Reform and Gender

In recent years, international and regional organisations have adopted a number of important standards concerning the need to address gender issues in security processes and institutions. These include the new Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security.

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces developed a detailed compilation of the international and regional norms and standards concerning gender issues and the security sector as an annex to its 2008 Gender and Security Sector Reform Toolkit. This annex serves as a reference point for anyone working on security sector reform (SSR) or gender and security issues. It has now been fully updated to reflect developments in the United Nations, European Union, African Union and other regional organisations.

The updated compilation sets out key laws, instruments and norms to guide SSR processes, with particular sections on police reform, defence reform; justice reform; penal reform; border management; parliamentary oversight of the security sector; national security policy-making; civil society oversight of the security sector; SSR assessment, monitoring and evaluation; and gender training for security sector personnel.

The updated compilation of International and Regional Laws and Instruments Related to SSR and Gender can be

downloaded here:

For more information, please contact gender@dcaf.ch

30 Mar 2011 - 08:47Tibra Foundation
URL: www.thepetitionsite.com/1/save-eman/



Human Rights Organizations, US Government
Sponsored by: Tibra Foundation

Eman is a courageous Libyan woman who broke the formidable walls of shame and fear, to speak publicly to reporters about being a rape victim, in a conservative environment where rape is a taboo subject. She risked not only her reputation but also her own life, to demand justice and the protection of her human rights. The Gaddafi media have already mobilized to assassinate Eman's character through smears and further publicized violations of her legal rights. And in the regime's known pattern of operating, Eman faces further torture, bodily harm and worse to come.

Your signing this petition is urgently needed for saving Eman and thereby empowering all Libyan civilians threatened by a tyrant who has openly declared war against them.

Hana Naas
Managing Director
Tibra Foundation


30 Mar 2011 - 08:40American Bar Association now
URL: www.abanow.org/2010/03/the-international . . .

The International Models Project on Women’s Rights Unveils Prototype of IMPOWR Wiki in Wake of International Women’s Day

The International Models Project on Women’s Rights, established by the American Bar Association, is creating a comprehensive and collaborative online database of information on gender-equality law reform efforts around the world. Today the first prototype for this comprehensive Web site tool will be unveiled at demo.impowr.org.

The prototype content focuses on reform laws and efforts on acid violence attacks against women in Bangladesh. When the database is ready to be launched later this year, it will include information on more than 100 countries and will be searchable by country, as well as specific topic areas that include: civic life, health care, marriage and family relations, economic and social life, crimes and violence, and access to justice. Wiki entries will be contributed by experts from around the world and will describe: the current state of law in each topic area; law reform projects that have been or should be undertaken in those areas; the role of law enforcement; as well as community traditions and history vis-à-vis the effectiveness of implementation of reforms.


29 Mar 2011 - 09:36Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo,
URL: content.undp.org/go/newsroom/2011/march/ . . .

El Salvador: Las mujeres se unen para aprobar una nueva ley contra la violencia

La semana pasada se publicó oficialmente una ley innovadora dirigida a frenar los altos niveles de violencia contra las mujeres en este país centroamericano, donde se registra la tasa de homicidios de mujeres más alta del mundo. Este hecho histórico tiene lugar después que la ley fuera aprobada hace cinco meses con el apoyo de la abrumadora mayoría de los miembros de la Asamblea Legislativa.

La primera Ley Especial Integral para una Vida Libre de Violencia contra las Mujeres contiene 61 artículos para defender los derechos de las mujeres mediante políticas de detección y prevención de la violencia, además de establecer medidas de protección y asistencia a las víctimas.

La ley, que entra en vigor el año que viene, fue aprobada después de que el 25 de noviembre de 2010, ‘Día Internacional para la Eliminación de la Violencia contra las Mujeres’, cuando 4.000 mujeres llevaran a cabo una marcha ante el edificio de la Asamblea Nacional para exigir su aprobación.

“Hemos visto parlamentarias de distintos partidos discutir sobre otros asuntos, pero en esta ocasión nos unimos para lograr un objetivo común: que se garanticen los derechos de las mujeres, y se respeten”, dijo Carmen Elena de Escalón, miembro de la asamblea y secretaria del Grupo Parlamentario de Mujeres.

La ley castigas todas las formas de violencia contra las mujeres: desde el asesinato (entre 20 y 35 años de prisión para los condenados), a la burla, desacreditación o el aislamiento de las mujeres en sus lugares de trabajo, comunidades o escuelas (multas de entre 2 y 25 veces el salario mínimo mensual o trabajos comunitarios).

Menos del seis por ciento de los 477 asesinatos de mujeres habidos entre enero y octubre de 2010 acabaron en condena, y de las cerca de 7.000 denuncias de delitos sexuales habidas entre 2008 y 2009, sólo 436 resultaron en condena.


29 Mar 2011 - 09:32UN Development Programme
URL: content.undp.org/go/newsroom/2011/march/ . . .

El Salvador: Women in parliament unite on new law against violence

Salvadorian parliamentarians celebrate the approval
of the new law that addresses violence against women
(Photo: El Salvador Legislative Assembly)

A groundbreaking law aimed at halting high levels of violence against women in El Salvador, the Central American country with the world’s highest rates for murder of women, was officially made public last week following approval five months ago by the overwhelming majority of members of the national legislative assembly.

The First Comprehensive Law for a Life Free of Violence against Women contains 61 articles to uphold the rights of women through policies on detection and prevention of violence, and victim assistance and protection, among other measures.

The law will come into force next year and was endorsed after 4,000 women marched to the national assembly building to demand the Bill’s approval on 25 November 2010—‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’.

“We have seen women parliamentarians from different parties arguing among each other about other issues, but on this occasion we united to pursue a common aim: that the rights of women be granted—and respected,” said Carmen Elena de Escalón, an assembly member and secretary of the Salvadorian Women’s Parliamentary Group.

The law punishes all forms of violence against women: from female murders (with 20-35 years of imprisonment for those convicted), to mocking, disparaging or isolation of women in their workplaces, communities or schools (with fines of between 2-25 times the national monthly minimum wage or through community work).

Less than six percent of the 477 women who were murdered between January and October 2010 resulted in convictions and of nearly 7,000 reported cases of sexual crimes, only 436 resulted in convictions between 2008 and 2009.


29 Mar 2011 - 09:22George Marx, A Men's Project
URL: AMensProject.com

I'm very happy to report that A Men's Project (AMP) has moved to a new location at:


More importantly the new site has been beautifully designed and will be much easier to use now and in the future.

George Marx

29 Mar 2011 - 09:05ips gender wire
URL: ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=54804

At Home, and In Hell
By Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR, Mar 11, 2011 (IPS) - "Life is next to hell as we pass the entire day and night inside four walls of our houses. Militancy and the local male-dominated culture are the reasons for the women’s problems," says Jabeena Bibi, 38, a resident of Khyber Agency, one of the seven tribal districts of the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) of Pakistan.

For a woman to leave home is a threat to male Pakhtun honour, Jabeena tells IPS. Such male views are dominant across this region with a population of five million alongside the porous 2,400 km border with Afghanistan, and in the adjacent Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province.


29 Mar 2011 - 08:40ips gender wire
URL: ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=54931


"Women Must Be Part of the Peace Equation"
Rousbeh Legatis interviews MAVIC CABRERA-BALLEZA, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 21, 2011 (IPS) - Eleven years ago, 192 countries – all the United Nations member states – agreed to step up the integration of women in international peacebuilding and security processes, a promise that has remained largely unmet.

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza notes that by having specific provisions compelling their members to implement and report progress, regional organisations like the European Union and the African Union "are a step ahead" of the United Nations, which lacks a regular accountability mechanism.

As international coordinator of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), consisting of 50 women's and non- governmental organisations (NGOs) from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Latin America, Cabrera-Balleza spoke to IPS about developments and challenges in supporting women around the world.

Excerpts from the interview follow.


29 Mar 2011 - 08:34Brent DiMarco, Sexual Violence Legal News
URL: www.nesl.edu/centers/clsr_svln_online.cf . . .

Sexual Violence Legal News Online
State of Maryland v. Jason Mayers, Maryland Supreme Court

EDITORIAL COMMENT: This is an excellent case because the court expressly rejects the defendant’s contention that physical harm or threat of serious bodily harm is required to show force. The court embraces the idea that lack of consent, alone, is enough. The court explicitly noted that “a timid woman may not resist such an attack as far as a fearless women would" and that this difference does not justify application of a different definition of "force" as a matter of law. In short, the fact that a woman "freezes" is not only NOT evidence of consent, it is also relevant to the prosecution's proof of force, under a totality of circumstances test.

Submitted By: Brent DiMarco -- Law Student

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28 Mar 2011 - 10:33Clyde Fitch Report
URL: www.clydefitchreport.com/2011/03/see-thi . . .

The Clyde Fitch Report
A Provocative New Documentary Play on MST — Military Sexual Trauma


28 Mar 2011 - 10:24UN Women
URL: www.unwomen.org/es/2011/03/michelle-bach . . .

Michelle Bachelet confirma el apoyo de la ONU en pro de la igualdad de género en El Salvador

El Salvador — La Directora Ejecutiva de ONU Mujeres, Sra. Michelle Bachelet, visitará El Salvador este 28 de marzo atendiendo una invitación del Gobierno de la República de El Salvador, a través del Sr. Presidente Mauricio Funes Cartagena.

Durante su estadía inaugurará la primera sede de Ciudad Mujer, en el municipio de Colón, departamento de La Libertad, y participará en la sesión del Consejo de Ministras de la Mujer de Centroamérica (COMMCA) en la que se prevé la creación de un mecanismo regional para prevenir y dar atención especializada a las víctimas de trata (explotación sexual comercial, trabajo forzado, tráfico y comercio de personas), y que El Salvador asuma la presidencia Pro Témpore de ese organismo regional en el segundo semestre del año.


28 Mar 2011 - 10:14Pagina 12, Ar
URL: www.pagina12.com.ar/diario/sociedad/3-16 . . .

Cómo frenar la violencia de género

En el Congreso hay varios proyectos de ley que proponen considerar un delito específico la muerte de una mujer por violencia machista. Una reunión internacional de mujeres acaba de discutir el tema en Buenos Aires. La conclusión fue aconsejar no hacerlo. Los motivos, el debate.

Por Mariana Carbajal


28 Mar 2011 - 09:52ABC news
URL: www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/26/abercr . . .


Abercrombie Padded Bikini Top For 8-Year-Olds Angers Parents (VIDEO)

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28 Mar 2011 - 09:30Bessie Winn
URL: www.huffingtonpost.com/bessie-a-winnafek . . .

Female Genital Mutilation: Who Has the Right to Name It a Crime?
Bessie A. Winn-Afeku.Founder/Executive Director of Thesheismeprogram.org and

Violence against women has no political, social or cultural barriers, and whether it takes form of rape, domestic violence, or sexual violence, it drains women's energies and undermines all women's efforts to further their own and their communities' development. Many of the issues mentioned above are forms of violence perpetuated by men on women. Female genital mutilation or FGM, may, at least in some cases be a bit different as it is regarded as a practice carried through and even initiated by some women on other women: Woman on woman oppression. Therefore by its very nature, FGM is controversial.


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