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Close-up With: The Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Ms. Bineta Diop – Part 2. This is a 5-min recorded video message by the special envoy for women, peace and security of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission ahead of her Somalia solidarity mission, highlighting the objectives of the visit and the expected outcomes.

 

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Streamed live on Dec 16, 2014

Kate Walz is the Director of Housing Justice at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. Monica McLaughlin is a Senior Public Policy Specialist at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Their article -- A Collaborative Approach to Housing Under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 -- will appear in the November-December issue of Clearinghouse Review. Kate and Monica will chat with Amanda Moore, Senior Attorney Editor at the Shriver Center, about their article and work. They welcome your questions.

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Los medios de comunicación no contribuyen: “Dos mujeres y tres hombres muertos por violencia machista en un solo día”, titulaba el Diario de Navarra

Madrid, 11 dic. 14. AmecoPress. Estamos cerca de la finalización del 2014. Viviendo días muy trágicos, en términos de violencia de género, en el que cuatro mujeres han sido asesinadas y una herida a manos de sus parejas o exparejas. La gravedad de los datos se diluye en tenues respuestas, lamentos y condenas.

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Recientemente un hincha de fútbol moría violentamente y el eco de ese drama aún deambula en las televisiones y las acciones que se emprenden desde los estamentos públicos. ¿Qué pasaría si fueran medio centenar, en un año? ¿Y si los asesinados fueran empresarios, o médicos, o políticos…?

Pues en 2014 son 70 víctimas por violencia machista en nuestro país -de momento-, aunque algunas no sean contabilizadas por no ajustarse al parámetro marcado por la Ley Integral contra la violencia de género. Si nos ceñimos a las cifras oficiales son 50 mujeres asesinadas.

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LA County., CA, December 2, 2014, sheriff's deputy sentenced to three years in prison for sexual relationship with 15 year old. http://ow.ly/FVCjn
 
Port St Lucie, FL, December 3, 2014, 30 y/o police officer arrested and criminal justice professor facing multiple sex-related felony counts involving 16-year-old girl http://ow.ly/FeVTi 
 
Cabell, WV, December 1, 2914,  sheriff’s deputy entered plea convicting him of misdemeanor domestic battery http://ow.ly/FeNSs 
 
Boynton Beach, FL, December 1, 2014, 20 y/o woman who police say was raped at gun point by an officer filed suit against the officer & city http://ow.ly/FeIRO 
 
Nags Head, NC, November 29, The police chief served with arrest warrant for assaulting his wife. http://ow.ly/FeBD9 
 
Palo Alto, CA, November 28, 2014, officer disciplined: fwded explicit photo of suspect from cellphone while the woman was under arrest.  http://ow.ly/FaKYV
 
Gainesville, Florida: November 28, 2014, A police officer has been fired after an internal affairs investigation found he had sex with a 19-year-old woman he arrested for shoplifting. http://ow.ly/FaEx9
 
Douglas County, Colorado: November 22, 2014, Sheriff’s deputies arrested a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agent on charges of domestic violence and criminal mischief. http://ow.ly/EVRpY
 
Dallas, Texas: November 20, 2014, An officer was arrested after police were called to meet with an injured woman. Detectives say a fight between escalated into violence that left the woman hospitalized with serious injuries. http://ow.ly/EVWmf
 
Fort Hood, Texas: November 19, 2014, A woman who was raped by a military police officer is suing the U.S. government. http://ow.ly/EVWLc
 
Polk County, Florida, November19, 2014, A now former sheriff’s deputy pled guilty to two counts of official misconduct, which stems from arresting women and offering them deals if they exposed themselves. http://ow.ly/EW42e
 
Isabella County, Michigan:November20, 2014, A deputy quit before facing firing for repeatedly questioning a 24-year-old woman about her sexual experiences and sending her graphically sexual text messages, according to departmental investigative reports. http://ow.ly/EW80n
 
Atlanta, Georgia, November 24, 2014, The shooting death of a woman whose body, found burning, has resulted in an indictment of a now former police officer.http://ow.ly/ESOot
 
Superior, Wisconsin, November 21,2014, An officer was given a 10-hour unpaid suspension for his actions during the arrest of a woman. Video shot by a dashboard camera in the squad car shows him shoving her onto the hood of the vehicle and striking her in the face with a closed fist as she reached toward his face and tried to pull away. The suspension was given because the officer used vulgarities when dealing with the woman, and his manner didn’t defuse the situation, according to the police departmen t.   http://ow. ly/ERZBT
 
San Marcos, Texas: November 24, 2014, A woman who says she suffered broken teeth and a concussion at the hands of a police officer who arrested her has sued him, the city’s police department and its former chief. ly/ERGbN
 
Baltimore, Maryland, :November 22, 2014, A now-former police officer was sentenced in federal court to 21 months in prison for his role in operating a prostitution business. He was also sentenced to two years of supervised release for his crime. According to the indictment he had more than 300 customers as part of his business. http://ow.ly/ES1Dv
 
Fremont, Ohio  :November 22, 2014, A now-former state trooper pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile. He showed a pornographic video to a 12-year-old boy. http://ow.ly/EP5qy
 
Cleveland, Ohio: A 12-year-old boy shot by police after grabbing what turned out to be a replica gun died from his wounds a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving a “probably fake” gun at a playground. http://ow.ly/ENhGO
 
Kingsville, Texas: November 21, 2014, A police officer is behind bars after an investigation into claims of domestic violence. He was arrested and charged with obstruction or retaliation, assault bodily injury of a family or household member and tampering with a witness. http://ow.ly/ETg1u

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To tackle rising HIV infections, countries in sub-Sahara Africa have devised six tech innovations to stop violence against girls

 
Data is revealing hidden violence against girls.

 The study was partly motivated by the need to understand why 15– to 18-year-old girls in Swaziland had the highest rates of HIV infection among their age group in the world. The findings uncovered a serious problem: 38% of girls inSwaziland had experienced sexual violence before turning 18 This data triggered African governments into action. Policymakers from various sectors joined with leaders from civil society organisations to find how to collaborate by coordinating their specific programmes and expertise to end the violence. 

Since then, here are six examples of how four countries in sub-Saharan Africa have crafted a targeted response to address the unique findings from their surveys:

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The recently released Senate Intelligence Committee report on C.I.A. interrogation practices has sparked tremendous academic and political commentary. Sadly, much of said commentary focused on the wrong question – whether enhanced interrogation techniques used by the C.I.A. yielded valuable intelligence information, enabling the United States to thwart future terrorist attacks and to capture senior Al Qaeda leaders, such as Bin Laden.  This question would be relevant only if the enhanced interrogation techniques did not amount to torture; because they did, the only appropriate response is to acknowledge the past and to accept responsibility, including imposing criminal liability on those responsible for the use of such practices.

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La abogada rosarina describe las diferentes variantes que persisten como método de dominación de las mujeres por los hombres. Apunta a que el Estado debe mostrar que no tolerará la discriminación y el atropello y que cada agresión tendrá una respuesta clara. 

 
 

 Por Mariana Carbajal

“La violación es una herramienta política de disciplinamiento que el patriarcado utiliza desde sus orígenes para recordarle a la mujer que debe ocupar un rol de servidumbre y obediencia al hombre”, señaló la abogada Susana Chiarotti Boero, representante de Argentina ante el Comité de Expertas de la OEA que monitorean el cumplimiento por parte de los Estados de la Convención Interamericana para prevenir, sancionar y erradicar la violencia hacia las mujeres, conocida como Belém do Pará. En una entrevista con Página/12 Chiarotti profundizó sobre la violencia sexual, una de las formas de la violencia machista, en un año en el que la sociedad se conmovió por varios casos de adolescentes que fueron abusadas y asesinadas, como la joven Melina Romero. Y advirtió que si al Gobierno “realmente le interesa prevenir estas conductas, tiene que contar con políticas de Estado, sostenibles y sustentables, que muestren que no se tolerará la discriminación y atropello a las ciudadanas; que cada agresión contará con una respuesta clara y contundente del sistema de justicia –y no con la impunidad o el festín mediático–; además de lanzar un plan federal de prevención de la violencia contra las mujeres, con capítulos provinciales, que tenga una partida presupuestaria importante, especialmente etiquetada para violencia contra las mujeres, niñas y adolescentes”.

Chiarotti se recibió de abogada en 1974, en Rosario, donde fundó en 1996 el Instituto de Género, Derecho y Desarrollo (Insgenar) que dirige actualmente. Tiene una larga trayectoria en la defensa de los derechos humanos. Integra, entre otros espacios Cladem, el Comité de América Latina y el Caribe para la Defensa de los Derechos de las Mujeres.

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Feria del Libro de Guadalajara.

Narcotráfico, violencia de género, violencia política y pobreza cruzan lo que se está escribiendo hoy en Latinoamérica.

Metáfora de lo cotidiano, la ficción puede reflejarnos con la intensidad de un espejo. Esa capacidad testimonial ha quedado clara estos días en la Feria del Libro de Guadalajara, en la cual distintos tipos de violencia –la del narcotráfico, la de género, la pauperización social que lleva a emigrar, la violencia política, la de los campos de batalla, etcétera- aparece una y otra vez en las reflexiones de los autores que participan en mesas redondas, presentaciones y diálogos con el público. Cuentos y novelas hablan de ella, la narran directa o lateralmente con la contundencia de una puñalada, erigiéndola como seña de identidad de la literatura tramada en presente.

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It felt like the final blow. In a month where we’ve seen victim-blaming attitudes surface and swirl in conversations about the Ched Evans case, and heavy sighs over Dapper Laughs and his “jokes” about rape, it was one last punch in the gut to read a new report revealing that a shocking 26% of all sexual offences (including rape) reported to police are not even recorded as crimes.

As we grapple with the reality of a society in which victim-blaming attitudes are rife and rape is all too frequently seen as something to joke about, it is particularly devastating to see statistics revealing that the police are also letting victims down.

The HM Inspectorate of Constabulary report also revealed that a fifth of decisions to “no-crime” rape reports had been found to be incorrect. (A no-crime occurs when a recorded crime has subsequently been found not to be a crime and is, in effect, cancelled, supposedly with verifiable information that a crime was not committed.) For the worst forces investigated, this figure rose to two-fifths. Furthermore, the report found that in many cases there was no evidence that victims had even been informed that their report had been “no-crimed”, meaning they might continue to believe that their rape was being investigated when that was not the case.

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Sgt. Joanne Archambault (Ret.)

Kimberly A. Lonsway, Ph.D. 

 

Wednesday, January 14th

90 Minutes

10:00AM PT / 11:00AM MT / 12:00 PM CT / 1:00 PM ET

 

Course Description

 

There is currently a very welcome national trend across the country emphasizing alternative reporting methods for sexual assault victims.  It is partly the result of provisions in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that were first enacted in 2005 and remain in effect under the current 2013 reauthorization. This is an area known as

forensic compliance, and it is critically important to understand because these legislative provisions have dramatically altered the options available for victims to report sexual assault. 

 

Yet implementing forensic compliance and other alternative reporting methods requires addressing many complex issues regarding: evidence collection, storage, reporting methods, records retention, retrieval, and collaboration with hospitals and other community agencies such as victim advocacy organizations. For example, if a sexual assault victim has a medical forensic examination without personally reporting to law enforcement, how long will the evidence be stored?  How will the case be recorded and tracked by the law enforcement agency?  Who will victims contact if they want to convert to a standard reporting procedure?  If victims choose an alternative reporting procedure, such as anonymous or non-investigative reporting, will it be investigated anyway? Or will the victim be allowed to decide when and if an investigation will proceed? Who will contact the advocacy organization, to ensure victims have access to the information, support, and other valuable services that an advocate can offer?

 

These are complex issues, and many communities have worked toward creative solutions to go beyond the "letter of the law" to honor the "spirit of the law" which is to increase victim access to the criminal justice system and other community resources. In other words, many Sexual Assault Response and Resource Teams (SARRTs) are enacting reforms designed to "open more doors" for sexual assault victims.

 

In this webinar, we will explore a number of community models that have been implemented to improve victims' access to the criminal justice and community response systems. Best practices will be reviewed from across the country, and existing tools and resources will be evaluated. With a focus on local implementation, our goal is for participants to leave prepared to make recommendations for positive changes in their own communities.


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Objectives

 

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be better able to:

 

  • Identify key provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
  • Examine best practices and tools from across the country to enact VAWA forensic compliance and alternative reporting methods for sexual assault.
  • Evaluate additional strategies for increasing victim access to the criminal justice and community response systems (i.e., "opening doors" for victims).

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Madrid, 04 dic. 14. AmecoPress. El Observatorio contra la Violencia Doméstica y de Género ha propuesto 13 medidas para mejorar la protección de las víctimas de violencia de género tras analizar los 14 casos contabilizados este año en los que había un antecedente judicial previo al asesinato de la mujer.

El informe ha sido elaborado a partir de los datos de que dispone el propio órgano de gobierno de los jueces y de los aportados por la Delegación del Gobierno para la Violencia de Género.

La cifra de catorce muertes con procedimientos judiciales previos hasta el pasado 13 de noviembre, fecha de cierre del informe, supera ya el número total de casos en estas mismas circunstancias que se dieron en 2013, año en el que once mujeres que habían presentado denuncia murieron a manos de su pareja o expareja.

Las conclusiones del informe y las medidas que se proponen son las siguientes:

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Trailblazing lawyer Vanita Gupta is Obama’s likely pick to run the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division

anita Gupta was only weeks out of law school in 2001 when she began looking into a strange series of drug busts in a tiny West Texas ranch town named Tulia.

In 1999, a third of the town’s black population had been ensnared in the biggest drug bust the Texas Panhandle had ever seen. Forty-six people, almost all of them poor African-Americans who had prior run-ins with the law, were convicted on charges of cocaine dealing and sentenced to years in prison based solely on the testimony of a former rodeo clown turned undercover cop who had little experience investigating narcotics.

Gupta, then 26, had just joined the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, and she began assembling a team of attorneys and civil rights groups to look into the drug arrests, which didn’t smell right to her. It was her first case as an attorney. Two years later, a Texas judge overturned many of the convictions, calling the cop’s testimony not credible. After the officer was found guilty of perjury, Gov. Rick Perry pardoned most of the defendants whose convictions had not been previously overturned.

It was one of the highest-profile cases of racial injustice in recent memory, and it branded Gupta, so young she still resembled a college student, a rising star in the legal world. “Don’t be surprised if she ends up on the Supreme Court someday,” the Houston Chronicle mused in 2003. And Hollywood took notice too, optioning a book about the Tulia case. Tentatively cast as Gupta: Halle Berry.

In the decade since, Gupta has gone on to become one of the best-known civil rights attorneys in the country — leading the charge on prison reform, immigration law, police overreach and other issues.

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Las mujeres conmemoraron el Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Violencia contra la Mujer con marchas, pancartas y discursos. Realizaron caminatas en la capital y en otros departamentos.

Según un estudio de la Oficina de las Naciones Unidas para el Control de las Drogas y el Delito, indica que Guatemala ocupa la quinta tasa de muertes violentas de mujeres, después de Honduras, Venezuela, Belice y El Salvador.

En lo que va de este año se reportan 602 mujeres víctimas (muertas) de violencia.

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Coalition Against Trafficking in Women

02.12.14 10:52 am

Two More Nations, Canada and Ireland, Enact Demand-Focused Legislation to Regulate Prostitution, Signaling Global Trend to Combat Sex Trade

New York, December 1, 2014 - The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) applauds the legislatures of Canada and Ireland for their historic passage of laws that respectively target the demand for prostitution or buyers of sex, and decriminalize prostituted individuals. In Ireland, on November 25, 2014, the Cabinet passed the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill of 2014 that criminalizes solely the purchase of sex, while strengthening Irish laws against sexual grooming, child pornography and harassment. The law will come into effect on January 1, 2015.

Similarly, the government of Canada enacted the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, known as Bill C-36, which also holds accountable buyers of sex, as well as any third party activity that benefits from commercial sexual exploitation. Having received Royal Assent, the pro-forma approval of Canada’s constitutional monarch, the law comes into force on December 6, 2014, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Canada’s legislation, which will replace a prior prostitution law found unconstitutional last year, also mandates the delivery of services to individuals who wish to exit the sex trade. 

“Canada has gained a new tool in combatting gender inequality, poverty, racism, colonialism and other factors that foster prostitution,” says Trisha Baptie, founder of EVE. “For the first time we will address the root causes of prostitution; the law will go the source of the exploitation and allow women and girls to exit prostitution while criminalizing the purchase of bodies. Targeting the demand will hasten an end to this systemic injustice.”

Other countries currently deliberating demand-focused legislation include France, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom and Israel.  They follow in the footsteps of Sweden, Norway and Iceland, which passed a set of laws, known as the “Nordic Model,”  that penalizes the purchase of sex, exempts prostituted individuals from punishment and recognizes prostitution as a cause and consequence of gender violence and discrimination.

“These laws are ground-breaking victories towards ending the sex trade and sex trafficking,” says Taina Bien-Aimé, executive director of CATW. “We congratulate the survivors in Ireland and Canada, who have courageously recounted the unspeakable violence they endured at the hands of their pimps and so-called clients. We also commend the legislators who believed them and who want to end these human rights violations.” 

The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women CATW is a non-governmental organization that works to end human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of women and girls worldwide. CATW is one of the world’s first organizations to fight human trafficking internationally.  CATW engages in advocacy, education, victim services and prevention programs for victims of trafficking and prostitution in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and North America.

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Follow Us on: Twitter: CATWINTL , Facebook: CATWInternational , LinkedIn: CATW

 

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Executive Summary vii
Chapter 1: Introduction 1
Statement of the Problem 1
Literature Review 4
Rationale for Research 15
Chapter 2: Methodology 17
Site Selection and Data Collection 17
Analysis 21
Limitations 22
Chapter 3: Characteristics of Victims and Suspects 24
Chapter 4: Recruitment into Labor Trafficking 44
Chapter 5: Movement 59
Chapter 6: Labor Trafficking Victimization and Labor Exploitation Experiences 75
Chapter 7: Escape from Labor Trafficking 100
Chapter 8: After the Escape: Labor Trafficking Survivors’ Needs, Service Provision, and
Outcomes 120
Chapter 9: Criminal Justice Process 165
Chapter 10: Conclusion and Recommendations 198
Discussion 198
Recommendations 204
Recommendations for Further Research 217
Notes 219
References 223
Appendix A: Venn Diagram of Labor Exploitation, Child Labor and Labor Trafficking 226
Appendix B: Site Selection Screening Protocol 227
Appendix C: Client Case Coding Instrument 231
This document is a research report submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice. This report has not
been published by the Department. Opinions or points of view expressed are those of the author(s)
and do not necessarily reflect the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.Appendix D: Service Provider Interview Protocol 238
Appendix E: Recruitment Guide 243
Appendix F: Spanish and Tagalog-Translated Consent Form and Project Descriptions 247
Appendix G: Survivor Interview Protocol (English and Spanish) 252
Appendix H: Survivor Consent Form 273
Appendix I: Migrant Farmworker Focus Group Protocol 275
Appendix J: Law Enforcement Interview Protocol 279
Appendix K: Department of Labor Interview Protocol 285
 
 

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Member of the Ukrainian feminist movement Inna Shevchenko talks to Truthloader from the organisation's base in Paris about how far they have come, their struggles with authorities, the torture she has suffered and what they stand for.

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Training team on protocols for law enforcement and prosecutors responding to people with disabilities. 

The likelihood that law enforcement personnel will encounter a victim with a disability is extremely high. According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), people with disabilities experience violent crimes two times more often than people without disabilities.1The rate of violence for males with disabilities was 42 per 1,000 in 2011, compared to 22 per 1,000 for males without disabilities, while the rate of violence for females with disabilities was 53 per 1,000 in 2011, compared to 17 per 1,000 for females without disabilities.2 In addition to responding to reports of violent crimes, law enforcement may encounter people with disabilities in neighborhoods and as community members who need assistance; as witnesses to a crime; or as suspects or perpetrators of a crime. Although this article focuses on the effective interactions between law enforcement and people with disabilities, many of the strategies are equally applicable to law enforcement and victims of all interpersonal crimes.

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As part of the 16 Days Campaign Against Gender Based Violence (November 25 - December 10, 2014) AWID is honoring Feminists and Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) Who Are No Longer With Us. Starting November 25th International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women we are asking you to join us in this effort.

Please join and help raise awareness regarding the increased levels of violence and repression faced by many women'shuman rights defenders around the world and to draw attention to the need to politicize and support self-care, increased holistic protection, and safety for WHRDs.

To support this effort you can Visit the online exhibit and download the pictures and stories of these WHRDs or share a link to the tribute. Also visit AWID's Facebook and Twitter pages and share the featured profiles. 

Or you can download a ribbon and display it on your Facebook and Twitter profile to show support for WHRDs. When you share and see this ribbon we hope you will remind the public of the women who worked tirelessly on behalf of human rights and show support for their work.

If you weren't able to join AWID, the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition(WHRDIC), and Frontline Defenders for the live interactive web forum featuring three leading Arab women human rights defenders (WHRDs). You can watch the forum recording by clicking here.

 

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A recent UN report revealed that one in eight men in rural Bangladesh admit to having committed rape. Although it is a crime punishable by death, there are no accurate government figures for rape in Bangladesh, largely due to social stigma and a failure by local authorities to investigate alleged crimes. 

VICE News correspondent Tania Rashid traveled to Sylhet and met with both perpetrators and victims of rape as well as local police to find out what is driving Bangladeshi men to rape and abuse women, and what steps the authorities are taking to put an end to it.

Check out "An Epidemic of Brutal Sexual Assaults Is Terrorizing Women in Bangladesh" - http://bit.ly/1vxf8Y9

Check out "Five New Orleans Detectives Ignored Hundreds of Reported Sex Crimes" - http://bit.ly/1taEW5O

Watch the VICE on HBO Debrief "Pink Gang Rebellion & Genetic Passport" - http://bit.ly/11Dkxii

Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com

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FEMINISTAS EN RADIO 
TRANSMISION EN VIVO desde el  
13 ENCUENTRO FEMINISTA LATINOAMERICANO Y DEL CARIBE 
22-25 de Noviembre Lima - Perú

De 9 a 11.30 (hora peruana) AM Plenarias
22/11 – Plenaria “Interculturalidad e Interseccionalidad”
23/11 – Plenaria “Sostenibilidad de la Vida”
24/11 – Plenaria “Cuerpo y Territorio ”

De 1 AM a 5 PM (hora peruana) Radio En Vivo con la participación de comunicadoras feministas Latinoamericanas.

ESCUCHA LA TRANSMISSION POR www.13eflac.org

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Participan en vivo periodistas y comunicadoras feministas  

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Cherry Smiley is an Indigenous feminist activist and artist from the Thompson and Navajo Nations and an accomplished public speaker on sexualized violence against Indigenous women and girls. She is a founding member of the unfunded group, Indigenous Women Against the Sex Industry (IWASI) and current campaign coordinator for the Feminist Alliance for International Action’s Campaign of Solidarity with Aboriginal women, focused on Canada’s missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.

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On Thursday, 20 November at 4 pm GMT (11 am ET)Front Line Defenders, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) will present a live interactive web forum featuring three leading Arab women human rights defenders(WHRDs). The forum will feature leading Arab women human rights defenders Alaa Murabit (Libya), Sally Zohney (Egypt) and Atiaf Al-Wazir (Yemen).

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Join the conversation at the Arab WHRDs event page: http://www.spreecast.com/events/arab-whrds

Featuring:

unnamed-2Alaa Murabit (Libya) – Founder, The Voice of Libyan Women, and Advisor to UN Women, at age 21 Alaa was – in the midst of the Libyan Revolution – listed by the Gaddafi regime as one of the “most wanted” women due to her activities. The Voice of Libyan Women organized the first ever International Women’s Conference in Libya.

unnamedSally Zohney (Egypt) – Founding member of Baheya Ya Masr, an Egyptian women’s rights movement, Sally has been a active participant in Egyptian social movements since before 2011. Sally organises anti-sexual harrassment rallies and protests in Cairo, and was featured in a recent Front Line Defenders documentary on gender-based violence and harassment against Egyptian WHRDs.

unnamed-3Atiaf Al-Wazir (Yemen) – Co-Founder of the media advocacy group SupportYemen, Atiaf is a researcher and writer focusing on social movements in Yemen, gender dynamics, and the role of regional and international policy. Since the end of January 2011, she chronicled the Yemeni revolution on her blog with commentaries, videos, and photographs.

Viewers will be able to post questions to the panelists throughout the event. Following the broadcast, the video link will be available on the Front Line Defenders website (www.frontlinedefenders.org).

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“Hay que juzgar las violaciones como crímenes de lesa humanidad”, dijo Julia Ozorio Gamecho, la primera mujer que declaró ante la Comisión de Verdad y Justicia de Paraguay sobre la esclavitud sexual a la que fue sometida tras su secuestro por parte del Ejército, durante la dictadura de Alfredo Stroessner. En diálogo con el programa Patria Soñada, que lleva adelante la Comisión de Paraguayos por los Derechos Humanos en Radio La Retaguardia, contó lo importante que fue para ella haber podido relatar su historia en el libro “Una rosa y mil soldados” y se refirió además a la actualidad de su país.

Julia Ozorio Gamecho decidió contar su historia en un libro, primero por ella misma y en busca -según definió- de su sanación: “ya no podía vivir con esa vergüenza ajena. Durante cuarenta años lloré por mi pasado, por lo que me hicieron. Doce años recién cumplidos. Cuatro años estuve como una subversiva ahí siendo inocente. Tuve que hacerlo porque iba a psicólogos, psiquiatras, y nunca podía curarme. Pero sí me curé con mi libro. Recorrió el mundo entero, fue traducido a veinticuatro idiomas y está declarado de Interés General por todas partes”, afirmó en diálogo con Patria Soñada.
El libro al que hace referencia es “Una rosa y mil soldados”, donde cuenta sus años de cautiverio tras haber sido arrancada de su familia por el coronel Pedro Julián Miers. Allí fue sometida sexualmente tanto por ese coronel como otros soldados. 

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