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This Spotlight presents some of the most important publications documenting the various manifestations of violence against women in Latin America. In particular, these publications provide an overview of gender violence in different spheres (domestic, urban, etc.), the impacts of violence on women’s lives, and different measures adopted by Latin American countries to prevent, address and eradicate violence against women.

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Limited information exists on the relationship between sexual violence victimization and health among African American women. Using data from a community sample of African American women, we examine the association between current health and lifetime experiences of sexual violence. In-person interviews were completed in 2010. Among interviewees, 53.7% of women reported rape victimization and 44.8% reported sexual coercion in their lifetime. Victims of rape or sexual coercion were significantly more likely to report depression and posttraumatic stress disorder during their lifetime. Among victims whose first unwanted sexual experience was rape or sexual coercion, perpetrators were mostly acquaintances and intimate partners, and over one third were injured and needed services. More attention is needed on the health needs of African American women and their association to victimization status.

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From 21 to 27 January 2016, the confirmation of charges hearing in the Dominic Ongwen case was held at the International Criminal Court (ICC). It is an important case for many reasons, one of which is this post’s subject: the case includes a high number of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) charges, which, if confirmed, would be the broadest range of such crimes ever to come to trial at the ICC. It would certainly illustrate that the positive trend in this respect that started with the Ntaganda case continues, and would consolidate important case law on these crimes.

Dominic Ongwen, an alleged senior commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), is charged with responsibility for 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the LRA in various locations in Northern Uganda from at least 1 July 2002 to 31 December 2005. Importantly, the charges include eight counts of SGBV: rape, torture, and sexual slavery as both war crimes and crimes against humanity, and forced marriage and enslavement as crimes against humanity. This makes it an important case for gender justice at the ICC. The case has the highest number of SGBV charges to date.

However, if the Court’s track-record for sexual violence charges is something to go by, we are in for a rainy day. With Ngudjolo’s acquittal in 2012, and Katanga’s partial convictionin 2014 excluding sexual violence crimes, there have thus far been no successful convictions for SGBV crimes at the ICC. This is a disappointing record for a Court that was heralded as a “model for gender justice” when its Statute entered into force.

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For this week’s Feministing Five, we spoke to Swapna Reddy, current law student and immigrant rights’ advocate. She recently co-authored a letter to the Obama Administration that calls for an end to the government mistreatment of Central American immigrants. Feministing, along with many others, endorsed the letter, so we were especially keen to learn more about one of its co-authors!

Swapna_Reddy_2The letter specifically addresses how a high proportion of Central American mothers targeted by ICE raids have suffered severe sexual abuse and violence. The resulting trauma that these women and their children have experienced, Swapna and others argue, makes them eligible for protection under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973:

These women and children were traumatized both in their home countries and then here in the U.S.—detained at our border under inhumane condition. As such, many of them are suffering from the effects of this trauma, including anxiety, PTSD and depression. They are an extremely vulnerable population and should be treated as such.

When we checked back in with Swapa two weeks after our initial interview, we were thrilled to learn that her letter and work had already generated awareness and initial action in the federal government. You’ll see that exciting update in the interview below.

And now, the Feministing Five with Swapna Reddy!

Suzanna Bobadilla: You’ve recently co-authored a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch decrying immigration raids that started earlier this month. Could you describe the letter’s details and the story behind its creation? 

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Allison Anna Tait (Richmond) has posted to SSRN her essay, The Return of Coverture, 114 Mich. L. Rev. First Impressions (2016).  Here is the abstract:

Once, the notion that husbands and wives were equal partners in marriage seemed outlandish and unnatural. Today, the marriage narrative has been reversed and the prevailing attitude is that marriage has become an increasingly equitable institution. This is the story that Justice Kennedy told in Obergefell v. Hodges, in which he described marriage as an evolving institution that has adapted in response to social change such that discriminatory marriage rules no longer apply. Coverture exemplifies this change: marriage used to be deeply shaped by coverture rules and now it is not. While celebrating the demise of coverture, however, the substantive image of marriage that Justice Kennedy set forth subconsciously uses conventional, historical tropes that construct marriage as a relationship of hierarchy, gender differentiation, and female disempowerment. In this Essay, I describe the ways in which Justice Kennedy used coverture as a positive example of marriage transformation while simultaneously invoking coverture ideals to inform his portrayal of marriage as a fundamental building block of government, the keystone of civil society, and a transcendental, lifelong commitment.

The full essay is available here.

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Premio Nobel de la Paz hace dura crítica a Evo Morales y dice que rebaja de la edad de trabajo de los niños en Bolivia “se opone a leyes universales”

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"Es irónico que, a pesar de todo el progreso y el avance de la globalización, a millones de niños todavía se les niega su infancia, su libertad, su futuro, se les niega la educación y la salud. Y es por eso que cuando uno ve a un niño y llega a saber que el niño está siendo esclavizado, asesinado, prostituido, todo eso es más que suficiente para enojarse. Pero la ira debe ser un sentimiento personal y no un sentimiento egoísta: no debe generar violencia, o una especie de venganza u odio a nadie, sino debe generar energía y poder para luchar por la justicia y la libertad", indicó Kailash Satyarthi.

En el marco de una invitación al Congreso del Futuro, el Premio Nobel de la Paz (2014), Kailash Satyarthi, habló con América Solidaria sobre la ira, la infancia y su lucha a favor de ella. La siguiente entrevista fue realizada por la periodista de América Solidaria, María José Hess:

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Graffiti in Bogota, Colombia, calling for the decriminalization of abortion.

(WOMENSENEWS)—Governments in Latin America are drawing criticism for issuing directives at women in Latin America to avoid pregnancies as a means of curbing the Zika virus.

"Once again, governments put the burden on women to protect themselves from any risks," Paula Avila-Guillen, a programs specialist at the U.S.-based Center for Reproductive Rights, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. She said health ministries should also be addressing men's roles in the problem.

Monica Roa, vice president of strategy and external relations at the international rights group Women's Link Worldwide, which has regional offices in Latin America and Europe, said the burden should not rest on women alone.

"Women who are pregnant should have information about the possibility of interrupting the pregnancy if the law allows it in that country," Roa said in an interview with NPR on Jan. 27. "In the countries where the law doesn't allow for [abortion], I think the debate [about reproductive rights] should be on the table and discussed in the context [of the Zika virus infections]."

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On February 1, in a courtroom in Guatemala City, an historic trial will begin. Presiding Judge Yassmin Barrios – the same judge who presided over the Rios Montt genocide trialin 2013 – and her two colleagues will hear evidence against two former military officials for sexual violence, sexual slavery and domestic slavery as crimes against humanity. According to the Prosecutor, for up to six years Qek’chi Mayan women of rural communities were forced to take turns every two or three days washing, providing tortillas, cooking, cleaning and being raped at the military outpost of the community of Sepur Zarco, located on the border between the townships of Panzós and El Estor.  Fifteen of the survivors, backed by a coalition of women’s groups, brought a complaint in 2011 against the commander of the base, retired colonel Esteelmer Reyes Girón, and Heriberto Valdéz Asij, the former military commissioner (the Army’s local representative in rural areas) in the region. In addition to the crimes against humanity charges, Reyes is charged with murdering Dominga Coc and her two young daughters on the base. Valdez will face additional charges of forced disappearance.

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Sarah Deer is a law professor at William Mitchell College and a 2014 MacArthur Fellow (submitted photo)

Author Sarah Deer

Despite what major media sources say, violence against Native women is not an epidemic. An epidemic is biological and blameless. Violence against Native women is historical and political, bounded by oppression and colonial violence. This book, like all of Sarah Deer’s work, is aimed at engaging the problem head-on—and ending it.

The Beginning and End of Rape collects and expands the powerful writings in which Deer, who played a crucial role in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2013, has advocated for cultural and legal reforms to protect Native women from endemic sexual violence and abuse. Deer provides a clear historical overview of rape and sex trafficking in North America, paying particular attention to the gendered legacy of colonialism in tribal nations—a truth largely overlooked or minimized by Native and non-Native observers. She faces this legacy directly, articulating strategies for Native communities and tribal nations seeking redress. In a damning critique of federal law that has accommodated rape by destroying tribal legal systems, she describes how tribal self-determination efforts of the twenty-first century can be leveraged to eradicate violence against women. Her work bridges the gap between Indian law and feminist thinking by explaining how intersectional approaches are vital to addressing the rape of Native women.

Grounded in historical, cultural, and legal realities, both Native and non-Native, these essays point to the possibility of actual and positive change in a world where Native women are systematically undervalued, left unprotected, and hurt. Deer draws on her extensive experiences in advocacy and activism to present specific, practical recommendations and plans of action for making the world safer for all.

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Para las mujeres salvadoreñas que sufren abortos espontáneos, el trauma físico y emocional de perder a un hijo no es más que el principio de una dura experiencia que incluye un tratamiento medico pésimo, arrestos sin consejo legal y encarcelamientosde hasta 40 años. Mujeres que han sido víctimas de la ley anti-aborto disciplinaria en El Salvador, y que o bien están encarceladas o ya han cumplido penas de prisión, describen sus atormentadas experiencias entre rejas y explicancomo sus vidas han sido afectas para siempre

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For Salvadoran women who suffer a miscarriage, the physical and emotional trauma of losing a child can be the start of a life-changing ordeal consisting of poor medical treatment, arrest without recourse to legal advice and imprisonment for up to 40 years. Women who have fallen foul of El Salvador’s punitive anti-abortion law, and are either serving time or have completed a prison sentence, describe the torment of life behind bars and reveal how their lives have been altered forever

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Las fiscales Claudia Paz y Paz y Ángela Buitrago sufren una campaña de difamación mientras investigan el caso de desaparición de Ayotzinapa 

Claudia Paz y Paz (Guatemala) y Ángela Buitrago (Colombia) son dos fiscales reconocidas a nivel internacional por investigar crímenes de lesa humanidad. Actualmente ambas forman parte del Grupo Interdisciplinario de Expertos Independientes (GIEI, www.giei.info) designadas por la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) para el caso de desaparición de los 43 normalistas de Ayotzinapa. Durante las últimas semanas, las abogadas han sido objeto de una campaña de señalamientos infundados, calumnias y difamaciones a través de declaraciones a los medios de comunicación, conferencias en universidades y redes sociales. Una vez más, es necesario defender a las defensoras de los derechos humanos.

La campaña contra estas fiscales se lleva a cabo con un considerable despliegue de recursos económicos a 16 meses de la desaparición de los 43 normalistas de Ayotzinapa y con el propósito de denostar la ética profesional y la calidad moral de ambas abogadas y mermar la legitimidad y el reconocimiento alcanzado hasta ahora por el GIEI, que en su informe presentado en septiembre de 2015 ofreció nuevas líneas de investigación que cuestionan la investigación oficial del Caso Ayotzinapa.

Claudia y Ángela son expertas en investigar delitos como desaparición forzada, tortura y ejecuciones extrajudiciales, habiendo llevado a juicio principalmente a actores poderosos como militares, narcotraficantes, políticos, abusadores sexuales, entre otros, y logrando sentencias históricas sin precedentes.

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I did not know Janese Talton-Jackson on a personal level. There’s a chance I might have seen her before. And a lesser chance I might have spoken to her. But if I did either, I don’t remember.

But after news of her death began to circulate on Facebook on Friday afternoon, and more and more people spoke of her, I learned that there weren’t many degrees of separation between us. Practically none, actually.

She left behind three children. Twin girls and a 1-year-old son. The father of her daughters is the son of my mom’s best friend, Ms. Debbie. She also lived in a house owned by Ms. Debbie—a house right next door to my dad’s house. They’re separated by two driveways and a line of hedges. My dad was devastated by the news. And if that’s not enough of a connection already, Janese’s brother happens to be Pennsylvania state Rep. Ed Gainey, a man I’ve known for 25 years.

I first became acquainted with Ed through basketball. When my dad would take the 9-year-old me to the courts behind Peabody High School to work on my game, Ed was one of the older teens and early-20-somethings who’d often be there, too. Some days, after I was done drilling, my dad would play with them and I’d watch them play. Then, as I got older and better, I’d play with them too. Today Ed is a popular politician and a friend. And now, as of early Friday morning, brother to a murdered sister: a woman shot and killed in the street by a man because she said no.

According to the police report, Janese was at Cliff’s Bar, located in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood. As the bar neared closing, she was approached by Charles Anthony McKinney, who apparently was interested in her. The interest wasn’t reciprocated, and she left. McKinney allegedly followed her outside, was rebuffed again and then shot her in the chest. She was declared dead at the scene. She was 29.

As I write this, my 2-month-old daughter is 10 feet away in one of her bassinets, fussing. I’ve had to pause from writing twice in the last half hour to check on her. To see if she’s making noise because she’s hungry or cold or hot or wet. But, as I suspected, it’s none of the above. She just wants to be played with, 

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As the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision approaches, all eyes are once again on the U.S. Supreme Court, which in March will hear a case that presents the most serious threat to abortion rights in decades. But what is often forgotten in this debate is that safe and legal abortion has long been out of reach for many U.S. women due to severe abortion coverage restrictions. Our new commentary at The Hill’s Congress Blog explores this issue further....more

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SEE ALSO: Trailer for TRAPPED, 

TRAPPED is a new documentary from Dawn Porter that follows the progress of Southern reproductive health clinics that are struggling to provide care in the face of an increasingly hostile legal and political climate. The film takes viewers to the front lines of the war on reproductive rights to show the human effects of these politically motivated and medically unnecessary laws.

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Entre los argumentos más sonoros que defienden la prostitución –considerándola erróneamente un “trabajo”– está el que señala que cada mujer es libre de hacer con su cuerpo lo que considere mejor y que, si se trata de una decisión personal, ésta debe respetarse.
 
Como sabemos, el asunto no es tan simple como parece.
 
El pasado 11 de enero celebramos el Día de la Concientización sobre la Trata de Personas, a través de la campaña que en redes sociales encabezó la Coalition Against Trafficking Women (CATW), haciendo hincapié en la consigna: “A choice is only a choice if you actually have choices” (“Una opción es sólo opción si tú realmente tienes opciones”).
 
Así, sólo en el marco del respeto a los Derechos Humanos, especialmente de las mujeres y las niñas, es posible comprender la importancia de no haber contado con opciones para quienes finalmente se encuentran en situación de prostitución.
 
Para quienes hemos trabajado en el tema de las formas contemporáneas de esclavitud, particularmente en lo que respecta a la trata de mujeres, niñas, niños y adolescentes y su explotación sexual, resulta muy claro el hecho de que la abrumadora mayoría de víctimas no cuenta con un abanico de opciones que les haya permitido decidir en libertad.

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There may not be a simple solution, but something has to change.

new report from Amnesty International suggests that companies including Apple, Samsung and Sony are profiting from child labor in Africa -- and no one should be surprised.

It's been public knowledge for years that electronics are stuffed with minerals that come from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a war-torn place rich in must-have materials that are rarely found elsewhere. Less well-known, however, is how these sometimes blood-soaked metals move from the DRC into the supply chains of some of the world's richest and most powerful tech companies. While these companies carry considerable influence and are aware of the controversy surrounding their supply chains, a number of complicating factors make it difficult -- if not impossible -- for them to solve the problem of child labor.

Amnesty says its report, published Monday, is the "first comprehensive account" of how cobalt ore found by children enters the global supply chain. The group focused on cobalt specifically for two reasons: One, it's a key component of the lithium-ion rechargeable batteries used in phones. Two, the material stands apart from other "conflict minerals" you may have heard of because it doesn't contribute to armed groups in the country the same way other materials do, and as a result receives less scrutiny.

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As many as one in four women experience sexual assault at college, though the vast majority never report it, according to a study of students at nine schools released Wednesday by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. 

An average of 21 percent of female undergraduates at the unnamed colleges and universities told researchers they had been sexually assaulted since starting their higher education. One in four female seniors reported being sexually assaulted in their undergraduate years, with the rate ranging from a high of one in two at some of the schools that were studied to a low of one in eight. 

The prevalence of campus sexual assault found by the federally funded study, while shocking, is similar to the results of earlier research. The new study also shows sexual violence varies considerably at different schools, said Christopher Krebs, a research scientist who was the report's lead author. 

"We don't think of a single statistic is of interest to universities trying to combat this problem," Krebs said. Instead, he explained, researchers tried to provide ranges of what students had experienced at the nine schools studied.

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Por más de dos décadas hemos dado una estrecha mirada al funcionamiento de nuestro Departamento del Alguacil a través de los ojos de nuestras clientas. Las experiencias de las mujeres, principalmente jóvenes de color inmigrantes, han revelado siempre las graves fallas que permean al Departamento del Alguacil en lo concerniente a los derechos civiles.

A pesar de todos los esfuerzos hacia la reforma desde afuera del Departamento –ya sea por medio de peticiones, protestas, relatos de primera mano o las décadas de demandas judiciales–, en gran medida el Departamento del Alguacil ha respondido hundiéndose cada vez más en una actitud defensiva y haciendo caso omiso de los derechos humanos, ocultándose tras la impunidad que ha sido otorgada por una sucesión de fiscales serviles, una prensa encubridora que se rehúsa a investigar, una Junta de Supervisores que gira los cheques y canta alabanzas, así como un público que encuentra refugio en la incredulidad.

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Public housing tenants in Baltimore who alleged they were sexually harassed and abused by maintenance workers will share up to $8 million in a settlement of a class-action lawsuit that exposed poor living conditions in the subsidized complexes.

City Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano pledged sweeping changes Friday to ensure that all residents can live in "peace and dignity" without being subjected to "the atrocious behavior of a small group of people who inflicted indignity of an indescribable nature."

"Mistakes have been made here, and some of them very serious," Graziano said at a news conference. He said he has instituted new precedures to guarantee that future cases are fully investigated and employees receive ongoing sexual harassment training. In addition, a new computerized system will allow tenants to request repairs without going through housing authority staff.

The lawsuit, filed in September, said maintenance workers at several complexes demanded sexual favors in exchange for making repairs. When the women did not comply, they said, the repairs were not made — exposing them to unsafe conditions such as mold, lack of heat and risk of electrocution.

Graziano, who has run the city's housing authority for 15 years, did not offer an explanation for the alleged abuse and harassment. He said only that the agency took the strongest possible disciplinary action against the employees involved. A lawyer for the plaintiffs said all of the workers in question have been fired.

Housing Authority reaches settlement agreement in sex-for-repairs scheme

The settlement, which officials called the largest in a sexual harassment case under the Fair Housing Act, will be paid in large part from the housing authority's reserve account, which is funded with about $50 million in federal dollars. A portion, $850,000, will be paid by the housing authority's insurance plan.

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New housing rule protects most vulnerable women from sexual harassment in their home 

* Sex Harrassment and Fair Housing Tool Kit

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A film by Karin Venegas

A deeply personal documentary, UNAFRAID gives voice to four, diverse rape survivors and takes a historic look back at the pioneering treatment center where they now receive counseling. In her directorial debut, Karin Venegas highlights the work of two unsung feminist heroes in the movement for victims’ rights at the height of 1970s feminism and the Women’s Movement. From breaking victims’ silence to the revolutionary invention of the rape kit, this powerful film intimately explores the impact of rape and the capacity of ordinary individuals to effect change. 

Although frequently referenced in popular culture, few audiences know of the rape kit’s feminist origins. UNAFRAID is the first film to address the grassroots genesis of this important tool, which not only made it easier to convict in the criminal justice system but which helped shape our very cultural acceptance of rape as a serious crime, worthy of prosecution and compassionate treatment. 

Together, UNAFRAID’s collage of voices aims to lift the stigma that traps victims in silence – and to remind its audience that social change is indeed possible. Essential viewing for Criminal Justice, Law and Women’s Studies Classrooms.

 

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Crearán tribunales especializados para tratar violencia contra la mujer

Las instancias serán específicamente para tratar temas concernientes a la mujer y equidad de género.

En junio de 2016 comenzarán a funcionar los nuevos tribunales especializados contra la violencia sobre la mujer y equidad de género, luego de que este lunes la comisión de legislación de la Asamblea Legislativa aprobara un dictamen favorable para esta moción que introdujo el mes pasado la Corte Suprema de Justicia (CSJ). 

Serán tres las nuevas instancias que se crearán, una en la zona central que también mirará los casos de la zona paracentral del país, un segundo tribunal estará en la zona occidental y el tercero en la oriental. 

Estas nuevas instancias judiciales verán todos los delitos concernientes a violaciones en contra de las mujeres, es decir los que contempla la Ley de Igualdad, Equidad y Erradicación de la Discriminación en contra de las Mujeres y la Ley Especial Integral para una Vida Libre de Violencia contra las Mujeres. 

“Se necesitan mecanismos importantes para defender a nuestras mujeres no solo de un proceso sistemático de discriminación, sino ahora también de violencia física e integral y ahora hasta con la vida de las mujeres”, dijo el diputado de ARENA, René Portillo Cuadra. 

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*** El Salvador Deemed Too Dangerous For Peace Corps, But Not For Deportees

*** The Numbers Of Mothers And Kids Picked Up At The Border Are Rising Again, Many of them are fleeing the ongoing violence in Central America.

 

 

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Lo aseguró Fernanda Gil Lozano, Diputada Nacional para el Parlasur por el Frente UNA, en referencia al informe “Desaparición en Democracia (diagnóstico sobre la búsqueda de personas de 1990 a 2013)” realizado y difundido hace pocas horas por la Procuraduría de Trata y Explotación de Personas (Protex), y la asociación civil Acciones Coordinadas Contra la Trata (ACCT).

El trabajo refleja que en Argentina hay un total de 3231 niñas, adolescentes y mujeres adultas desaparecidas y que el grupo etario que concentra mayor número de desapariciones es el de 12 a 18 años, con una tendencia aún más marcada en el caso de mujeres adolescentes. La mayoría de los casos se deben a hechos de violencia de género, de trata de personas y de problemáticas intrafamiliares.
 
Florencia Penacchi, María Cash, Marita Verón, Sofía Herrera y Érica Soriano han sido casos resonantes pero los datos muestran que hay 3226 mujeres más en la mismas condiciones.
 
Al respecto, la histórica defensora de los derechos de la mujer expresó que “en nuestro país, aún en democracia, sigue desapareciendo gente muy fácilmente” y agregó que “con el aumento de las redes de trata de personas son muchísimas las mujeres que desaparecen diariamente”.
 
En cuanto a los malos resultados de las búsquedas, reclamó que “falta un sistema de datos unificado que permita dar con ellas, de manera rápida y eficaz”.
 
Por su parte, la flamante parlamentaria regional afirmó que “la fuga de los hermanos Lanatta y de Víctor Schillaci toma repercusión mediática por los tintes cinematográficos del escape y por la notoriedad de la causa del triple crimen y sus supuestas vinculaciones políticas” pero agregó que “no debe llamar la atención lo difícil que es recapturarlos porque en Argentina es una constante que la gente desaparezca como si se la hubiera tragado la tierra”.

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To understand the source of the Bundy's self-righteous anger, it's helpful to examine their religious views, which are rooted in a maverick strain of fundamentalism found throughout rural Oregon, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada. I became intimately familiar with this worldview when I was conducting research for the book Under the Banner of Heaven.

My book tells the true story of two brothers, Dan and Ron Lafferty, who killed their sister-in-law and her infant daughter 32 years ago. Dan was sentenced to life in prison. Ron was sentenced to death. Dan claims they murdered this smart, compassionate woman and her baby because God commanded them to do so.

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Bangladeshi lawyer Sara Hossain

In Bangladesh, women whose actions fall foul of religious conventions have long been subject to punishment by fatwa. Sara Hossain hopes her trailblazing work can tip the balance back in favour of the secular legal system

by Lipika Pelham

Hena Akhter was 14 when she was whipped to death for allegedly having an affair with a married man. There was uproar in local and international media at the time of her death in 2011, followed by a fervent call to outlaw so-called fatwa violence in Bangladesh.

The high court ruled that Hena’s body should be exhumed to determine the extent of the violence to which the young girl was subjected. A second post-mortem examination found that she died of septicaemia due to severe internal injuries. The court ordered an investigation, which led to several arrests, including that of the Muslim cleric who issued the fatwa.

That outcome was only made possible by the pioneering work of Sara Hossain, a prominent barrister in the supreme court of Bangladesh. Her campaign to challenge punishments handed out by village shalish courts under fatwas – religious orders inspired by sharia law – has led to groundbreaking rulings based on secular rather than Muslim values.

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This special collection includes a carefully selected set of articles, fact sheets, guides, laws, regulations, reports and surveys related to this important intersection of domestic violence and employment. It is offered as an additional tool to assist advocates working on and interested supporting survivors of domestic violence in the employment arena, and to assist those interested in employment issues related to ending violence against women. In addition to resources on domestic violence and the workplace, included in this collection are key resources related to employment issues affecting all women in the workforce. Direct links to the documents are provided from this page. Contact the NRCDV with your comments and content suggestions.

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Federal and state laws intended to protect religious freedom are increasingly being used by social conservatives to impede access to reproductive health services like abortion and contraceptive care. A new analysis in the Guttmacher Policy Review makes the case that more clarity and protections are needed to balance competing interests and prevent potential abuse of these laws…CONTINUES

As of the end of 2015, 21 states have enacted their own versions of the RFRA

 

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