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News Round-up ~ Resumen de noticias


Elaborado por la Iniciativa Mesoamericana de Defensoras de Derechos Humanos, que articula a más de 690 defensoras en México, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador y Nicaragua

Madrid, 06 octubre. 15, AmecoPress. El próximo 7 de octubre una delegación de defensoras de derechos humanos de la región de Centroamérica estará en Madrid para presentar los resultados del nuevo Informe de Agresiones a Defensoras de Derechos Humanos en Mesoamérica (2012-2014), de la Iniciativa Mesoamericana de Defensoras de Derechos Humanos, que articula a más de 690 defensoras en México, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador y Nicaragua.

En el periodo que abarca este informe (2012 y 2014), la Iniciativa Mesoamericana registró 31 asesinatos de defensoras de derechos humanos y 39 intentos de asesinato, además de otras muchas agresiones con un componente de género destinado a coartar la lucha de las mujeres defensoras y activistas.

La crisis de violaciones a los derechos humanos en México y Centroamérica, combinada con los altos índices de impunidad, ha generado un contexto muy adverso a que las defensoras de derechos humanos lleven a cabo su labor sin temor a represalias. A ello se suma que las defensoras siguen enfrentando obstáculos y agresiones por desafiar las normas y estereotipos culturales que limitan la participación de las mujeres.

En este marco, la Iniciativa Mesoamericana de Defensoras de Derechos Humanos, que articula a más de 690 defensoras en México, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador y Nicaragua, presenta su segundo informe sobre agresiones contra defensoras en la región. El informe lleva a cabo un análisis de género de las agresiones, propone medidas integrales que aborden la prevención, protección y acceso a recursos para dar respuesta a los ataques y presenta acciones necesarias para reconocer el aporte de las mujeres defensoras de derechos humanos a la justicia y la paz.


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Un grupo de varones suscribe el “Compromiso por la igualdad”, durante un encuentro en Buenos Aires, convocado por Red de Hombres por la Igualdad, creada hace un año en Argentina. Crédito: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPS

BUENOS AIRES, 28 sep 2015 (IPS) - La reunión era sobre la igualdad de género y de manera excepcional la presencia masculina fue muy superior a la femenina. El encuentro marcó un hito en la lucha en Argentina porque el compromiso por la equidad deje de ser apenas “cosas de mujeres”.

La cita en Buenos Aires fue organizada por la Red de Hombres por la Igualdad (HxI), que surgió hace un año con el compromiso  de “generar un espacio para incorporar a todos los hombres que promuevan la igualdad de género y la prevención de la violencia hacia las mujeres, y lograr el compromiso de realizar de ahora en más, acciones en dicho sentido en sus ámbitos de influencia y/o de trabajo”.

La iniciativa la impulsan la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) en Argentina y el gubernamental Consejo Nacional de las Mujeres, junto con dos organizaciones privadas del país: la Fundación Avon y la filial del grupo alimentario francés Carrefour.

“No habemos puros, no habemos hombres que nunca hayamos caído en un acto discriminatorio, es algo de lo que hemos venido tomando todos conciencia poco a poco los hombres en lo público, en lo personal, como padres, como hijos, como esposos, de la necesidad de la importancia de hacer algo desde nuestra instancia”: René Mauricio Valdés.

Acostumbrada a encuentros de este tipo en que las mujeres, como principales víctimas de la desigualdad son mayoría, la presidenta del Consejo, Mariana Gras, se mostró muy sorprendida por ser en este caso minoría.

“Siempre somos mujeres las que estamos. Cuando hablamos con diferentes referentes y decimos vamos a hacer una reunión por la igualdad de género te dicen: ‘te mando a las chicas’. Los hombres se incomodan, hacen chistes y prefieren no ir a estos encuentros”, relató en entrevista a IPS.

“Esto ha venido acumulando fuerza entre un grupo de varones que nos reuníamos muchas veces en eventos de esta naturaleza y en la que compartíamos una preocupación muy puntual. A casi todos los eventos que hacíamos sobre derechos de las mujeres, casi solo llegaban mujeres”, comentó por su parte a IPS el coordinador residente en el país de la ONU, René Mauricio Valdés.

En el encuentro, celebrado el 22 de este mes, participaron representantes del gobierno y el poder judicial, junto con exponentes de los sectores empresarial, social y académico.


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When a woman who's been raped decides to keep her child, she may be in for years of harassment and manipulation

In 2009, Jaime Melendez raped and impregnated a 14-year-old girl in Massachusetts. He pleaded guilty, was sentenced to lengthy probation, and was ordered to pay child support. Then he pulled a familiar, and perfectly legal, maneuver: He demanded visitation rights, and offered to drop his demand if he no longer had to pay child support. A few years earlier, a North Carolina woman became pregnant as the result of rape and placed the baby for adoption. To complete the process, she was required to get permission from the father – who was in jail awaiting trial for the rape. He told her he would agree to the adoption if she didn’t testify against him at the trial. “What do I do?” she later asked. “Protect society or protect the adoption?” The law provided no answer.

For the one-third of rape victims who become pregnant and carry their pregnancies to term, the law can be cruel indeed. A father’s right to be an active parent is no less hard-wired into the law than that of a mother. Rape victims are often forced to consult with their assailants on matters such as schools, summer camps and religious practices, and also to share custody. In about 15 states, rape victims have no legal protection against decades of intimate ties with the men they least want to associate with. Other states provide only minimal remedies. A woman’s decision to keep the child can thus bring years of manipulation, harassment and intimidation, as well as interference with her efforts to recover from her rape.


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Women's Bodies as Battlefield demonstrates that the 'war on women' is not a metaphor but rather a global pandemic of violence against women that constitutes an actual war. In this global war on women, female bodies literally serve as places of battle. The reality of women's bodies as battlefield connects the literal and ideological violence perpetrated against women with the literal and ideological violence of war itself. 

Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite shows that, of the many societal structures that enable both the violence of literal war and violence against women, the three most crucial factors are the desire for power, hierarchical authority structures, and contempt for the body. Not only do war and violence against women have some of the same social, cultural, and religious roots, but these roots are also mutually reinforcing. The book dissects and critiques paradigms designed to limit or prevent war (pacifism, 'just peace,' and 'just war') from the perspective of violence against women. It proposes positive, practical changes to these paradigms and invites the reader to join a worldwide movement to end the scourge of war and violence against women. 


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A front-line human rights defender fighting murderous impunity in the Mexican borderlands The Mexican border state of Chihuahua and its city Juárez have become notorious the world over as hotbeds of violence. Drug cartel battles and official corruption result in more murders annually in Chihuahua than in wartorn Afghanistan. Thanks to a culture of impunity, 97 percent of the killings in Juárez go unsolved. Despite a climate of fear, a small group of human rights activists, exemplified by the Chihuahua lawyer and organizer Lucha Castro, works to identify the killers and their official enablers. This is the story of La Lucha, illustrated in beautiful and chilling comic book art, rendering in rich detail the stories of families ripped apart by disappearances and murders-especially gender-based violence-and the remarkably brave advocacy, protests, and investigations of ordinary citizens who turned their grief into resistance.

Editorial Reviews


“This book provides unique, first-person insight into the struggle for justice in what remains one of the world’s most dangerous places for human rights defenders.”
—Mary Robinson, former UN Commissioner for Human Rights

La Lucha provides vital information, and confirms Robert F. Kennedy’s inspiring words: ‘One heart with courage is a majority.’” 
—Martin Sheen

“A picture of violence that’s become commonplace—and everyday bravery in the face of violence.” 
—Francisco Goldman, author of The Interior Circuit

About the Author

Jon Sack is an artist, writer and activist based in the US and UK. He completed an MFA at Goldsmiths College in 2006 and has exhibited in the US and UK. He has published comics about the history of oil in Iraq, the blockade of Gaza and the plight of Syrian refugees in Turkey. His work has appeared in the Daily Star (Lebanon), the Mail and Guardian (South Africa), Red Pepper magazine (UK), and Beyond Borders (Pavement Books, 2012, edited by John Hutnyk). 

Adam Shapiro is Head of Campaigns at Front Line Defenders, an Irish international human rights organization. At Front Line Defenders, his work involves innovative campaigns to raise the profiles of human rights defenders at risk, including the development of a monthly web-based video documentary series, Multiple Exposure. Adam is also a documentary filmmaker and human rights activist.


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How an inspired Mexican-American family found a way to

honor a venerated cultural tradition and the

rights of their girl-child, all on one memorable festive day!


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El Foro 2016

Ya se encuentra en marcha el proceso de planificación del 13º Foro cuyo tema es: "Futuros Feministas: La construcción del poder colectivo en favor de los derechos y la justicia” y que tendrá lugar en Brasil del 5 al 8 de mayo de 2016.

La Convocatoria para la Presentación de Propuestas obtuvo una respuesta sin precedentes, pues llegaron casi 1000 propuestas de sesiones: la cantidad más grande que jamás hayamos recibido. El Comité Internacional de Planeamiento del Foro ahora se enfrenta a la dificultosa tarea de seleccionar unas cien de entre las diversas propuestas recibidas. Lo que queda claro es que ¡este es un Foro de AWID al que no querrás faltar!

El Foro va tomando forma como un espacio dinámico de colaboración entre una multiplicidad de activistas, organizaciones y movimientos, entre los que se incluyen activistas por los derechos indígenas, por los derechos laborales, feministas negras y afrodescendientes, jóvenes feministas, trabajadoras sexuales, activistas trans* e intersex, por nombrar solo algunas/os.

Sigue en contacto para conocer los próximos pasos en el recorrido hacia el Foro 2016: en octubre de 2015 se abrirán las inscripciones.

- See more at: http://www.awid.org/es/foro-internacional-de-awid#sthash.2e1KxOFS.dpuf

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AWID, Association for Women's Rights in Development, The 2016 Forum

Planning is underway for our 13th Forum, which will take place in Brazil on the theme “Feminist Futures: Building Collective Power for Rights and Justice” from 5-8 May 2016.

Our Call for Proposals was met with unprecedented interest, yielding just under 1,000 submissions, making it the largest number of Forum session proposals we’ve ever received. The Forum International Planning Committee now faces the difficult task of selecting around 100 proposals from the diverse applicants, and one thing is clear – this is an AWID Forum you won’t want to miss!

The Forum is shaping up to deliver a dynamic space for cross-movement collaboration among a diverse range of activists, organizations and movements that includes black and afro-descendent feminists, indigenous rights activists, young feminists, sex worker advocates, labour rights activists, and trans and intersex activists, to name just a few.

Stay tuned for next steps on the road to the 2016 Forum: registration will open in October 2015!

- See more at: http://www.awid.org/awids-international-forum#sthash.iTueLd9x.dpuf

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from feministlawprofessors blog...

Bradley Areheart (Tennessee) has posted to SSRN his forthcoming article,Accommodating Pregnancy, __ Alabama Law Review __ (2016).  Here is the abstract:

Courts have interpreted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) not to affirmatively require accommodations for pregnant workers. This has generated protest and led all three branches of the federal government to address the issue of pregnancy rights. The “Pregnant Workers Fairness Act” is pending in Congress and has drawn strong vocal support from President Barack Obama. The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided Young v. UPS, which found the PDA does not affirmatively require pregnancy accommodations. Finally, many commentators have argued in support of considering pregnancy a disability under the ADA.

This Article agrees substantively with the end of accommodating pregnancy, but disagrees with the various proposals commentators have advanced. In contrast to those who favor a pregnancy-specific right to accommodations, this Article argues that such proposals create risks to women’s long-term equality in the workplace. In particular, characterizing pregnancy as a “disability” or pregnant women as a class in special need of accommodation poses a danger of expressive harms. Currently proposed measures may revitalize exclusionary and paternalistic attitudes toward pregnant employees, signal incapacity to work, or actually increase sex discrimination. We should thus consider the potential expressive impact of pregnancy accommodation schemes in light of current social norms in which pregnant women are generally seen as capable of productive work. This Article concludes by suggesting alternative approaches to securing pregnancy accommodations that would avoid expressive harms and employ a gender symmetrical approach.

This Article’s critique and the question of how best to accommodate pregnancy resonate across several areas of the law. For those who study civil rights, Accommodating Pregnancy illustrates the expressive perils of rights claiming. For historians and scholars interested in gender issues, this Article provides a chance to reconsider the consequences of gender-asymmetrical laws. For family law scholars, Accommodating Pregnancy highlights the current capacity of the law to reshape work/family balance. To assume that implementing gender-asymmetrical rights is the best way to help women in the workplace overlooks the potential of the law to ameliorate broader social issues. These include the way in which employment is typically structured to accommodate the most privileged employees and how everyone would benefit from more accommodating workplaces.

The full article is available for download here.

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EXCERPT: Pope Francis would be the perfect pontiff — if he lived in the 19th century. But how, in 2015, can he continue to condone the idea that women should have no voice in church decisions?

Shortly after he was elected, Francis flatly rejected the idea that the institution could benefit from opening itself to the hearts and minds of women. Asked about the issue of female priests, he replied, “The church has spoken and says no,” adding, “That door is closed.”

Francis preaches against the elites while keeping the church an elite boys’ club. As he arrived to say Mass outside the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the pope was surrounded by hundreds of white-robed male bishops, male priests and a sea of seminarians.


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Recognizing that sensitive and complicated dynamics related to child discipline arise in domestic violence shelters, this Technical Assistance Guidance focuses on challenges regarding parenting and discipline of children who reside in these shelters, proposing a variety of recommendations for practice. 

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Supporting Parenting of Children Residing in Domestic Violence Shelters by Casey Keene & Ivonne Ortiz for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (May 2015)

Each year, thousands of children accompany their mothers into domestic violence shelters after witnessing and experiencing abuse in their homes. In just one day in 2013, domestic violence programs across the country and US Territories served 66,581 victims. Of that number, 19,431 were children who found refuge in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program. Children are impacted by domestic violence at home in a variety of ways and are therefore particularly vulnerable upon entering shelter with their mothers. Recognizing that sensitive and complicated dynamics related to child discipline arise in domestic violence shelters, this Technical Assistance Guidance focuses on challenges regarding parenting and discipline of children who reside in these shelters, proposing a variety of recommendations regarding this topic. Resources for further education, training and staff development are included.



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SNAP press release:

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Twice in two days, Pope Francis has made vague and brief references to the on-going abuse and cover up crisis, mentioning the pain of church staff but not the pain of abused children and betrayed parishioners. He refuses to even call the scandal by its name.



“In his homily before a crowd of priests and nuns,” reported CNN, Francis said "You suffered greatly in the not distant past by having to bear the shame of some of your brothers who harmed and scandalized the Church in the most vulnerable of her members," and referred to a time of "pain and difficulty."


SEE ALSO:  Child sex abuse survivors reject adulation for pope during US visit

     excerpt: Up to 100,000 American children may have suffered sexual abuse by clergy, according to insurance experts who presented a paper at a Vatican conference in 2012. At least 4,300 Catholic clergy were accused of sexual assault, and only 300 convicted, according to Bishop Accountability, a private group that has tracked the issue. In many cases, priests were moved from parish to parish instead of being defrocked and reported to authorities.

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On September 25th, countries will have the opportunity to adopt a set of 

global goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity 
for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has 
specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.
For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: 
governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you.
Do you want to get involved? You can start by telling everyone about them. 


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La red de “Promotoras para la prevención de la violencia de género” se presentó en el Tercer Encuentro que la Red de Mujeres Latinoamericanas y del Caribe celebró bajo el lema “Por nuestro derecho a vivir una vida libre de violencias”


Madrid, 22 septiembre. 15, AmecoPress. El momento de tomar la decisión de salir de la espiral del maltrato, separarse del agresor y denunciar la violencia es muy complicado. Tal vez el más frágil en todo el proceso que sigue una mujer para volver a tomar las riendas de su vida. Los agresores huelen el fin de su imperio y suelen acrecentar los signos de su dominio. Ellas se enfrentan a trámites y cambios que desconocen y para los que no se sienten preparadas. Si además, se trata de mujeres inmigrantes, la vulnerabilidad aumenta. Por ello, es fundamental la promoción de redes sociales de apoyo para el acompañamiento de mujeres inmigrantes que sufren violencia de género.

“En muchos de nuestros diagnósticos, constatamos que faltan redes sociales para apoyar la decisión de denunciar”, afirma Tatiana Retamozo para explicar una iniciativa reciente, impulsada desde la asociación de mujeres Amalgama –incluida en la Red de Mujeres Latinoamericanas y del Caribe en España-: una red de “Promotoras para la prevención de la violencia de género”.


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Tribal Law and Policy Institute Logo Tribal Law and Policy Institute
This is a guide for Native-American tribes interested in drafting or revising tribal laws under the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) sentencing- enhancement provisions or the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization of 2013, which pertains to Special Criminal Domestic Violence Jurisdiction.
Abstract: The guide focuses on the tribal code and rule changes that may be required should a tribe decide to implement the increased tribal authority in either or both statutes. It identifies and discusses the concerns and issues that must be addressed in implementing these provisions, and examples are provided for tribal codes and tribal court rules (February 2105). Regarding the drafting of a victim-centered approach to domestic violence against Native-American women, the guide includes exercises, examples, and discussion questions that assist tribes in customizing their laws to meet community needs. The guide also addresses the drafting or revision of victim-centered tribal criminal law on sexual assault and stalking.. Sample language and discussion questions are designed to help tribal community members decide on the best laws for their community. In addition, assistance is provided to tribes and tribal organizations that have received grants under the Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities, which addresses issues related to child abuse and victimization. Illustrative examples, narrative, and discussion questions are provided.


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About This Series
The Catholic Church has long been under fire for covering up priests' sexual abuse of children, and for transferring perpetrators among parishes rather than turning them over to law enforcement.
Now, GlobalPost investigates a new, international side to the scandal: The church has allowed priests facing credible sex abuse allegations in the United States and Europe to get a new start by relocating to poor parishes in South America.




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The Challenge

One of the fundamental challenges to the credibility of sexual assault victims is that many – if  not most – make statements to the law enforcement investigator or others that are incomplete, inconsistent, or just plain untrue. There are a number of reasons for this. In this Promising Practices article, we explore the causes of such problems with victim statements and identify ways to overcome the challenges that they pose for a sexual assault investigation. 


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This webinar is hosted by the Battered Women’s Justice Project and is open to the public.

Rocio Molina, NIWAP, Shelli Sonnenberg, Boise Police Dept, and Cannon Han, APIIDV
EVENT DETAILS: September 29, 2015, 1:00-2:30 CT

This webinar will address language access at crime scenes and how decisions law enforcement make regarding interpretation at the initial crime scene can impact the case long-term. Attendees will consider issues to be aware of when communicating with limited English proficient (LEP) individuals when securing the scene and best practices for communication using qualified interpreters during crime scene and criminal investigations once the scene has been secured. Faculty will share helpful language access resources and discuss concrete, real-life scenarios where officers must decide, in an instant, and over the course of the criminal investigation what the best language access resource might be for serving LEP victims and witnesses


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The women claim their bosses assaulted them on the job.

A federal jury has awarded a total of $17 million to five women who were fired from a produce packing company in Florida after their bosses allegedly raped and sexually harassed them on the job, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Thursday. 

The women claim that their former bosses at Moreno Farms in Felda, Florida, raped, groped and sexually harassed them, and then fired them for resisting their sexual advances. Sandra Lopez, a migrant worker from Chiapas, Mexico, charged that Omar Moreno, the owner of the farm, dragged her away from the factory into his trailer one day and raped her for half an hour. Two more women said Moreno or his brother, Oscar, raped them, and another two women said the men attempted to rape them and regularly made sexual comments toward them. 

The EEOC filed suit against Moreno Farms in August of 2014, and a federal jury awarded the women a hefty sum on Thursday: $2,425,000 in compensatory damages and $15 million in punitive damages. The Moreno brothers closed the plant when the federal government zeroed in on them, The Miami Times reported, and they have not responded to a legal summons. 

“The jury's verdict today should serve as a clear message to the agricultural industry that the law will not tolerate subjecting female farm workers to sexual harassment and that there are severe consequences when a sex-based hostile work environment is permitted to exist," said Robert E. Weisberg, regional attorney for EEOC’s Miami District Office. 


Selected List of EEOC Pending and Resolved Cases Involving Farmworkers from 1999 to the Present

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EXCERPT: The chances of getting shot by a female cop are slim, and it’s not just because there are so few women in police departments. Data show that female cops discharge their firearms at rates far below their male counterparts, face significantly fewer civilian complaints and are less likely than men to resort to unnecessary physical force when arresting someone.

The evidence is not just statistical. As a veteran female officer explained recently, speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid damaging relationships with her colleagues, “I’ve never been in a fight on my own, because I never had to. I’ve only been in fights instigated by my male counterparts.”

Studies also show that female police officers are more inclined to view their job as a public service than men do and are better at communication, de-escalation and trust building — all hallmarks of community policing.

“All the things people are saying they want in their police forces, women are already naturally good at,” said Penny Harrington, a former police chief of Portland, Oregon, and a co-founder of the National Center for Women and Policing (NCWP), in a phone interview this week.

Law enforcement is one of the least gender diverse of any public-sector profession, with male officers accounting for more than 88 percent of the nation’s municipal police forces. Discussions of diversity in policing have focused almost exclusively on hiring more minority officers — which, for all its potential benefits, has been shown to have a negligible impact on levels of excessive force.

If we’re serious about curbing police violence, a good place to start would be to increase the recruitment and promotion of female cops. Unfortunately, the last concerted effort to reduce gender disparities in policing fizzled out in the absence of sustained political pressure.



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Un rápido ejercicio revelador sobre la desigualdad en los Estados Unidos y el papel que juega la violencia para mantenerla

Este ejercicio, que dura cinco o diez minutos, puede ser utilizado por grupos de cualquier tamaño para revelar rápidamente las comunes percepciones erróneas
sobre las desigualdades en los Estados Unidos. Le siguen algunas notas para alentar conversaciones acerca de cómo estas desigualdades se relacionan
con la violencia y, en particular, la violencia contra las mujeres.

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When member countries of the United Nations agreed to the Millennium Development Goals 15 years ago, advocates for stronger rights for women and girls were disappointed as governments (and the Vatican) balked at reasserting the bold promises of the international conferences of the 1990s in Cairo and in Beijing. Later campaigns, inside and outside the UN, have forced a particular focus on girls because of the persistence of detrimental practices such as forced or early marriage and genital mutilation, often combined with little or no schooling.

As the formal adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals approaches in late September, there is relatively wide, though not universal, agreement that this time more serious commitments could lead to more meaningful action for women. The question is how much the lives of the millions of poorest, most powerless minor-age girls will change.

What comes next for the goals will be a relatively short period beginning in the autumn when national governments and their statistical experts are expected to decide on their respective countries’ development priorities based on national data. Their reports will then go to the United Nations Statistical Commission, which will assign indicators to the 169 targets connected to the 17 goals. No small job. Indicators are measuring instruments for determining progress or lack of it over the next 15 years. When indicators emerge, it will be possible to see how much emphasis and unambiguous wording will be assigned to expanding the rights of women and girls.


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(August 2015) "Family planning saves lives" is a simple health prescription that resonates globally. A critical challenge is to ensure that policies and programs embrace the well-established benefits of enabling women to choose whether and when to become pregnant—actions and values that are integral to human rights. Policymakers should be asking, "What do human rights mean in relation to family planning, how do we incorporate them into our country family planning and development plans, and why is that important?"

This brief, drawing from human rights treaties and covenants that have the status of international law, clarifies key human rights principles and outlines policy actions that must be taken to ensure that voluntary family planning programs result in contraceptive use based on full, free, and informed choice. It is also consistent with the rights and empowerment principles of Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), a global partnership that grew out of the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning.

Direct Link to Full 8-Page 2015 Policy Brief: http://www.prb.org/pdf15/family-planning-rights-brief.pdf


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Organizadores de la multitudinaria convocatoria aseguraron a LA NACION que sigue sin haber estadísticas oficiales y hay irregularidades en la ley de Protección Integral contra las mujeres; destacan el cambio cultural "reflejado en el aumento de las denuncias"

El 3 de junio de este año, cerca de 300 mil personas en la Plaza Congreso se manifestaron para pedir políticas contra los femicidios. Sin embargo, a tres meses de la marcha "Ni Una Menos", en la Argentina se sigue asesinando a una mujer cada 30 horas. Continúa sin implementarse la ley de protección integral contra las mujeres, no hay un registro de cifras oficiales y el porcentaje del presupuesto asignado a esta temática es insignificante, según denuncian organizaciones sociales.

"Todo es responsabilidad del Estado. Tienen que proteger a las mujeres, no puede dejar que las maten", aseguró a LA NACION Ingrid Beck, una de las organizadoras de la convocatoria.

"El cambio más fuerte fue cultural, que es lo que suponíamos que iba a tardar más tiempo. El problema tiene mayor visibilización. Ya no se habla de violencia doméstica, sino machista. El tema está en la agenda pública", resaltó la periodista de la revista Barcelona.

Por su parte, Ana Correa, otra de las organizadoras de la movilización, resaltó que "hay más concientización y esto se ve reflejado en el aumento de las denuncias por violencia de género".


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Melissa Farley - Prostitution Research & Education, San Francisco, California
Jacqueline M. Golding - University of California, San Francisco
Emily Schuckman Matthews - San Diego State University
Neil M. Malamuth - University of California, Los Angeles
Laura Jarrett - Chicago, Illinois
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, online publication August 31, 2015
We investigated attitudes and behaviors associated with prostitution and sexual aggression among 101 men who buy sex and 101 age-, education-, and ethnicity-matched men who did not buy sex. Both groups tended to accept rape myths, be aware of harms of prostitution and trafficking, express ambivalence about the nature of prostitution, and believe that jail time and public exposure are the most effective deterrents to buying sex.
Sex buyers were more likely than men who did not buy sex to report sexual aggression and likelihood to rape. Men who bought sex scored higher on measures of impersonal sex and hostile masculinity and had less empathy for prostituted women, viewing them as intrinsically different from other women. When compared with non-sex-buyers, these sefindings indicate that men who buy sex share certain key characteristics with men at risk for committing sexual aggression as documented by research based on the leading scientific model of the characteristics of non-criminal sexually aggressive men, the Confluence Model of sexual aggression.


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Officials say this is a first-in-the-nation team.

NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) - New York state is launching a specialized police unit to help crack down on sexual assault on college campuses, but some victims' advocates are wary, saying law enforcement has not been effective in tackling the issue in the past.

A law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo last month allocates $4.5 million for what officials have said is a first-in-the-nation police unit that will train college officials and local police units to respond better to sexual assaults on campus.

The law, which has been touted as the most progressive in the country, also requires all colleges in the state to implement a uniform definition of affirmative consent, distribute a students' bill of rights and adopt a policy that grants victims immunity for drug and alcohol violations.

The U.S. Department of Education is currently investigating 131 schools for violating federal law in their handling of sexual assault allegations, and New York leads the country with 20 schools on that list. Vice President Joe Biden called campus sexual assault an epidemic when the White House launched a task force to address the issue in 2014.


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Prospective Examination of Whether Childhood Sexual Abuse Predicts Subsequent Sexual Offending

Journal: JAMA Pediatrics  Volume:169  Issue:1  Dated:January 2015

Cathy Spatz Widom ; Christina Massey


Document URL: PDF   
Publication Date: 

January 2015



This study empirically examined the commonly held belief that sexually abused children grow up to become sexual offenders and specialize in sex crimes.



Childhood sexual abuse has been assumed to increase the risk for sexual offending; however, despite methodological limitations of prior research, public policies and clinical practice have been based on this assumption.

The current study found that individuals with histories of childhood abuse and neglect were at increased risk for being arrested for a sex crime compared with control individuals (adjusted odds ratio [AOR], 2.17; 95 percent CI, 1.38-3.40), controlling for age, sex, and race/ethnicity. Specifically, individuals with histories of physical abuse (AOR, 2.06; 95 percent CI, 1.02-4.16) and neglect (AOR, 2.21; 95 percent CI, 1.39-3.51) were at significantly increased risk for arrest for sex offenses; whereas, for sexual abuse, the AOR (2.13; 95 percent CI, 0.83-5.47) did not reach significance.

Physically abused and neglected males (not females) were at increased risk and physically abused males also had a higher mean number of sex crime arrests compared with control individuals. The results did not provide support for sex crime specialization.

Thus, the widespread belief that sexually abused children are uniquely at risk to become sex offenders was not supported by prospective empirical evidence. These new findings suggest that early intervention programs should target children with histories of physical abuse and neglect.

They also indicate that existing policies and practices specifically directed at future risk for sex offending for sexually abused children may warrant reevaluation. This prospective cohort study and archival records check included cases and control individuals originally from a metropolitan county in the Midwest. Children with substantiated cases of physical and sexual abuse and neglect (aged 0-11 years) were matched with children without such histories on the basis of age, sex, race/ethnicity, and approximate family social class (908 cases and 667 control individuals). Both groups were followed up into adulthood (mean age, 51 years). The court cases were from 1967 to 1971; the follow-up extended to 2013. Criminal history information was collected from Federal and State law enforcement agency records at three points in time and from State sex offender registries. 


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