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Popular Education (PE) is a Latin American approach designed in the 60s by Brazilian educator Paulo Freire[1].  It is non-formal education that identifies with the struggles of different oppressed groups that has been adopted by social and political organizations across the continent as a tool for social change. AWID spoke with Argentinian feminist popular educator Claudia Korol, member of Pañuelos en Rebeldía[2] about how PE is used as a tool to create feminist knowledge and open up discussions in mixed-gender organizations. - 

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#NotOneLess surpasses expectations as lawmakers, celebrities, public turn out in force

“Not One Less” (Ni Una Menos) read the signs carried by thousands of demonstrators yesterday in Buenos Aires City.

The slogan and its sentiment gathered more than 200,000 people outside the National Congress. Women were the dominant presence, but men were also in the crowd to condemn gender violence, amid a recent rise in the number of women killed.

Protesters demanded that action be taken by the three branches of state as government officials, opposition leaders, judges and prosecutors also took to the streets in an attempt to make it clear they shared the concerns.

“Femicide is the most extreme form of violence that crosses every social class, beliefs or ideas. But femicide is also a political concept: it’s the word that reveals the way in which a society sees something as natural when it isn’t: sexist violence,” the organizers yesterday read on a stage located in the Dos Congresos square outside Congress.

The square was packed almost an hour before 5pm, when the demonstration was scheduled to begin. The journalists who made the issue go mainstream were on the stage that was set up to outline the final details.

The longtime feminist activists were wearing their purple T-shirts and waving banners as they have always done to demand action be taken to stop homicides against women.

“In 2008, a woman was killed every 40 hours. In 2014, every 30. Over the past seven years, the media reported 1,808 femicides. How many women have been killed so far this year?” actor Juan Minujín wondered as he read the statement drafted by the organizers of the massive protest. “We don’t know but we really know is that we have to say ‘stop,’” he added.

The protest was replicated in more than 80 cities around the country as protesters took to the streets after it was revealed that 14-year-old adolescent Chiara Páez — who was also pregnant — was murdered by her boyfriend and buried in his house in the city of Rufino, Santa Fe province.

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Hubo marchas con cientos de adhesiones de famosos y ONG’s. El acto central fue frente al Congreso. Y argentinos que viven en Uruguay, Chile y Miami también se sumaron. Nos están matando Basta de femicidios #niunamenos  marchamos contra la violencia machista. La violencia contra las mujeres es un problema político y su solución, también.

Video. Los testimonios de #NiUnaMenos en el Congreso, *** Video desde un drone.#NiUnaMenos, vista desde el aire, *** Fotos HD. Las mejores imágenes de la marcha, ***  Zaffaroni. Por qué cree que no existe el femicidio en Argentina, *** Ergün Demir El actor de "Las mil y una noches" participó de la marcha,  *** Flor de la V. "Este día es una bisagra: hay un antes y un después",  *** Miami Un clamor que se escuchó con Karina Jelinek presente, *** Uruguay.#NiUnaMenos tuvo su acto en Montevideo, *** Messi. Respaldó la marcha #NiUnaMenos desde Europa, *** Sin filtro. Polémicos dichos de la Negra Vernaci sobre la marcha

 

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#Niunamenos

Los problemas más comunes con los que se encuentran las mujeres cuando quieren terminar con una situación de violencia.

#NiUnaMenos, los afiches que convocan a través de las redes sociales.

 
Mabel Bianco, presidenta de la Fundación para Estudio e Investigación de la Mujer (Feim), explicó cuáles son los problemas más comunes con los que se encuentran las víctimas a la hora de intentar terminar con la situación de violencia. 

1.      Denuncias: aunque en general las comisarías toman las denuncias, todavía hay algunas no las toman si no hay lesiones.

2.      Faltan guías y personal capacitado: la ley 26.485 establece que cada Ministerio debe hacer actividades que incluyan las guías de procedimientos que permitirían tener modelos de capacitación unificados en todo el país. Esto hasta ahora no se ha implementado.

3.      La denuncia y el después: “Una vez realizada la denuncia, en la comisaría informan al agresor enseguida (esto no se hace en otras denuncias), entonces el denunciado concurre a la comisaría y niega todo. Luego va a buscar a la denunciante para decirle que no lo va a hacer más o explicarle lo que él dice o cree. Pero es en ese encuentro cuando puede producirse una agresión mayor. En algunos casos la mujer vuelve al domicilio que comparte con el agresor y el encuentro es forzoso.

4.      Falta de preparación de la víctima: “En general una vez hecha la denuncia o idealmente antes, hay que preparar a la mujer para lo que sigue a la denuncia y cómo debe prepararse y cuidarse. Esto no se hace”.

5.      No hay red de contención: salvo en muy pocos lugares, no existe una red de contención para las víctimas. Esto es, asesoramiento psicológico, legal y sobre todo social y humano que acompañe a las mujeres antes y después de la denuncia. “Esto es necesario porque lo que sigue a la denuncia es un proceso complejo legamente y también de alto riesgo para la mujer”.

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Title: 

 

Unfounding Sexual Assault: Examining the Decision To Unfound and Identifying False Reports

Journal: Law & Society Review  Volume:48  Issue:1  Dated:2014  Pages:161 to 192
  
Document URL: HTML   
Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/
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One of the most controversial—and least understood—issues in the area of sexual violence is the prevalence of false reports of rape. Estimates of the rate of false reports vary widely, which reflects differences in the way false reports are defined and in the methods that researchers use to identify them. The current study addressed this issue using a mixed methods approach that incorporated quantitative and qualitative data on sexual assault cases that were reported to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in 2008 and qualitative data from interviews with LAPD detectives assigned to investigate reports of sexual assault.

 

Abstract: The study found that the LAPD was clearing cases as unfounded appropriately most, but not all, of the time, and the study estimated that the rate of false reports among cases reported to the LAPD was 4.5 percent. It was also found that although complainant recantation was the strongest predictor of the unfounding decision, other factors indicative of the seriousness of the incident and the credibility of the victim also played a role. These findings are interpreted using an integrated theoretical perspective that incorporates both Black's sociological theory of law and Steffensmeier, Ulmer, and Kramer's focal concerns perspective. 

 

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Human rights defender, Gladys Lanza Ochoa, continues to face intimidation and harassment following her sentencing to 18-months imprisonment on 26 March 2015. An appeal against the sentencing has been lodged before the Supreme Court of Honduras.

Gladys Lanza Ochoa is Coordinator of the Movimiento de Mujeres por la Paz Visitación Padilla (Honduran Women's Committee for Peace "Visitación Padilla"), a collective of women human rights defenders from across Honduras who work on issues such as gender violence and women's participation in public life, in addition to advocating for democracy and human rights in Honduras. Over the last years, Gladys Lanza Ochoa, as well as other members of Visitación Padilla have been regularly victims of threats, intimidation and surveillance in connection with their human rights work.

Most recently, on 14 May 2015, the human rights defender was followed by unidentified persons riding motorcycles and driving a car that did not bear registration plates. This intimidation occurs right after Gladys Lanza Ochoa's lawyer launched her appeal before the Supreme Court against her sentence to 18 months in prison.

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By Becky Owens Bullard

Over the past 6 years working in the anti-trafficking field, I’ve seen an enormous amount of positive growth in conjunction with many negative challenges.  I’ve often attributed this to the anti-trafficking movement being in its “adolescence,” as it is technically much younger than the anti-sexual and domestic violence movements that began in the 1960s and 70s.Human-Trafficking-Word-Cloud

This so-called adolescence has its benefits: the anti-trafficking movement is energetic, optimistic, and very popular. Everyone seems to want to work on human trafficking, the news media consistently covers the topic, and donors are looking to fund anti-trafficking efforts.  Additionally, passionate organizations and experts are doing ground-breaking work to combat trafficking. The field is understandably taking advantage of this energy and popularity by gaining some of the strongholds that the domestic violence and sexual assault movements were able to gain in the 80s and 90s – longer-standing organizations are solidifying their leadership, shelters are developing and programs expanding, and anti-trafficking laws are moving through political gridlock to assist survivors and hold exploiters accountable.

However, adolescence also has its “growing pains” and the anti-trafficking field can sometimes be just as erratic and impetuous as your average teenager.  

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Journal: ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science  Volume:653  Issue:1  Dated:May 2014  Pages:46 to 64
Author: Amy Farrell ; Rebecca Pfeffer

ABSTRACT:

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Using data from case records and qualitative interviews with police, prosecutors, and victim service providers in 12 counties, this article discusses the challenges local police face in identifying cases of human trafficking.

 

Abstract: 

Since 2000, the Federal Government and all 50 States have passed laws that criminalize the trafficking of persons for labor and commercial sex. To date, relatively few human trafficking cases have been identified, investigated, and prosecuted by local criminal justice authorities.

The current study found that the culture of local police agencies and the perceptions of police officials about human trafficking do not support the identification of a broad range of human trafficking cases. Since local definitions of human trafficking are still evolving, police focus on sex trafficking of minors, which they perceive to be the most serious problem facing their communities. Reluctance to differentiate between vice and sex trafficking minimizes the problem of human trafficking and makes labor trafficking seem largely nonexistent. (Publisher abstract modified)

 

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In 2002, Germany decriminalized prostitution, reportedly due to pressure by the sex trade lobby and a few brothel managers who petitioned the government to develop safety standards and reduce the stigma and violence found in the sex trade. This law effectively rendered the prostitution industry a legitimate business. Today, this experiment is failing. Violence, abuse and trauma have increased for prostituted women in Germany. Some 400,000 women are now in prostitution, the vast majority poor women from abroad, with a linked exponential spike in sex trafficking. Alarmed by this state of affairs, prominent German trauma experts and psychologists signed a petition in December 2014, calling on their government to repeal its decriminalization law as a preventive measure against sexual violence and trauma. Below is an interview with Dr. Ingeborg Kraus, who initiated the petition.

Q: The media has recently labeled Germany the "Bordello of Europe"when describing countrywide mega-brothels. Are these a product of the decriminalization of prostitution in Germany?

Dr. Ingeborg Kraus: Yes. The 2002 law is the most liberal prostitution law in the world in that it eliminates any kind of regulation. The law renders prostitution "a job like any other job" and calls the women "sex workers." This was supposed to make the industry safer and less exploitative, but it hasn't worked. Even theBundeskriminalamt [German federal police] reported that the sex trade and related human trafficking has become more organized and aggressive as a result.

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Q: What is a "brothel menu"?

IK: Since the law destroyed any questioning of the harm in men buying women for sex, the acts are becoming increasingly dangerous, violent and degrading. Buyers pick from a long list of sexual acts, most of which could easily be defined as torture. They are too graphic to describe here, but for example you can order a "sandwich" (two men and a woman), "blood sports" (involving cutting the woman) or myriad "à la carte" selections involving urination, ejaculation, defecation or worse inflicted on women. The brothels have "gang-bang" floors if a man wants to bring his friends andnudist floors where all women wear are stiletto heels. Even Ellen Templin, a well-known dominatrix and brothel owner in Berlin, says that before the 2002 law she sold sexual services to men, but since the law, she has to sell sexual violence. These acts cause extremely deep, enduring and traumatizing harm to the women.

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Sesión de la Comisión de Justicia y Derechos Humanos del Congreso de la República del Perú en la cual se debate el "Proyecto de Ley que despenaliza el aborto en los casos de embarazos a consecuencia de una violación sexual, inseminación artificial o transferencia de óvulos no consentidas".

El proyecto ha sido presentado por diversas organizaciones abortistas tales como el Movimiento Manuela Ramos, Demus, PROMSEX, Flora Tristán y CLADEM Perú, entre otras.

Intervienen en esta sesión como invitados:
- Dr. Juan Velásquez Salazar. Asesor Legal del Arzobispado de Arequipa.
- Dra. Amparo Medina Guerrero. Ex funcionaria del Fondo de Población de la ONU
- Lic. Carol Maraví. Secretaria Ejecutiva de la Comsión Episcopal de Familia

 

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The Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN) is one of the organizations supporting the Unaccompanied Children’s Interfaith Ministry of Chicago.  We witness the children’s stories, prayers, and dreams, and are compelled to ensure that due process is upheld in each case.

Domestic and international law require the US to provide protections and due process to refugees who are arriving at our borders, especially when they are children. The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) protects children’s basic rights to due process and ensures they will have a day in court. If the TVPRA is rolled back, the US will be endangering the safety of refugee migrant children and will be in grave violation of international conventions.

The TVPRA stipulates that unaccompanied children from non-contiguous countries should be placed under the care and custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within a period of 72 hours. Through the ORR they are housed in facilities suited to meet their needs and concerns. The TVPRA does not grant children immediate legal status; it protects their right to due process by giving them an opportunity to appear before an immigration judge.All children remain in deportation proceedings, regardless of whether they remain in ORR custody or have been released to a legal guardian or family member. Their families or advocates are responsible for their legal fees, and if they fail to prove that they qualify for asylum or another form of relief under current US law or fail to appear before court, they are ordered deported.  

If the TVPRA is rolled back, “screenings” for the children would likely be conducted by border patrol agents who lack both the social training and legal skills necessary to be able to accurately assess whether or not a basis for relief exists. This is the process currently in place for the Mexican children arriving at our borders tired, hungry, and disoriented. In a short span of hours, they are expected to coherently articulate and convey any and all trauma they have experienced to border patrol agents (who children often fear because of their resemblance to corrupt and violent police authorities back home). This process is considered both ineffective and inappropriate by both the ACLU[1]and the UNHCR,[2] whose studies reveal that 96% of Mexican children are summarily deported, despite many of them having legitimate claims or basis for relief.

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(Washington, DC) – Los miembros de las fuerzas armadas de EE.UU. que han denunciado haber sido víctimas de una agresión sexual sufren con frecuencia represalias que quedan impunes, señaló Human Rights Watch en un informe publicado hoy. El informe es el resultado de una investigación de 18 meses de Human Rights Watch en colaboración con Protect Our Defenders, una organización de derechos humanos que ayuda y trabaja por los supervivientes del abuso sexual militar. A pesar de las amplias reformas por parte del Departamento de Defensa para abordar las agresiones sexuales, el cuerpo militar ha tomado pocas medidas para garantizar que los responsables rindan cuentas o para proveer reparaciones efectivas por los daños causados.

El informe de 113 páginas, “Embattled: Retaliation against Sexual Assault Survivors in the US Military”(“Asediado: Represalias contra las víctimas de abuso sexual en las fuerzas armadas de EE.UU.”), revela que tanto los hombres y las mujeres del cuerpo militar que presentan una denuncia por agresión sexual son 12 veces más propensos a experimentar algún tipo de represalia antes que ver que su atacante es condenado por un delito sexual. Las represalias contra los supervivientes van desde amenazas, vandalismo y hostigamiento a malas asignaciones de trabajo, pérdida de oportunidades de promoción, acciones disciplinarias incluyendo la expulsión, e incluso cargos penales.

“El progreso de las fuerzas armadas estadounidenses para conseguir que los militares denuncien agresiones sexuales no continuará mientras las represalias por presentar una denuncia sigan impunes”, dijo Sara Darehshori, asesora legal sénior de Human Rights Watch y coautora del informe. “Acabar con las represalias es fundamental para abordar el problema de los abusos sexuales en el ejército”.

El exclusivo mecanismo diseñado para proteger a los miembros del cuerpo militar de las represalias relacionadas con el empleo, la Ley de Protección de Denunciantes Militares, todavía no ha ayudado a ningún miembro de las fuerzas armadas cuya carrera se haya visto dañada, a pesar de la prevalencia del problema. Encuestas del Departamento de Defensa revelan que el 62 por ciento de quienes reportan una agresión sexual aseguran haber sufrido represalias. El Congreso debe fortalecer la ley para conceder a los miembros del cuerpo militar el mismo nivel de protección que a los civiles, recomendó Human Rights Watch.

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(Washington, DC) – US military service members who report sexual assault frequently experience retaliation that goes unpunished, Human Rights Watch said.  The report is the result of an 18-month investigation by Human Rights Watch with the support of Protect Our Defenders, a human rights organization that supports and advocates for survivors of military sexual assault. Despite extensive reforms by the Defense Department to address sexual assault, the military has done little to hold retaliators to account or provide effective remedies for retaliation. 

The 113-page report, “Embattled: Retaliation against Sexual Assault Survivors in the US Military,” finds that both male and female military personnel who report sexual assault are 12 times as likely to experience some form of retaliation as to see their attacker convicted of a sex offense. Retaliation against survivors ranges from threats, vandalism, and harassment to poor work assignments, loss of promotion opportunities, disciplinary action including discharge, and even criminal charges.

“The US military’s progress in getting people to report sexual assaults isn’t going to continue as long as retaliation for making a report goes unpunished,” saidSara Darehshori, senior US counsel at Human Rights Watch and co-author of the report. “Ending retaliation is critical to addressing the problem of sexual assault in the military.”

The exclusive mechanism intended to protect service members from employment-related retaliation, the Military Whistleblower Protection Act, has yet to help a single service member whose career was harmed, despite the prevalence of the problem. Defense Department surveys indicate that 62 percent of those who report sexual assault say they experienced retaliation. Congress should strengthen the law to give service members the same level of protection as civilians, Human Rights Watch said.
 

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*** Between 25 and 40 percent of domestic violence victims will not leave a dangerous situation because they do not want to abandon their pets, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

*** When people are being abused, Zuniga noted, their pets are often victims as well. According to Sojourner, 71 percent of pet-owning women who seek refuge at a centersaid their abuser had also threatened, injured or killed their pet.

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RESOURCES:

The Link, for Prosecutors, American Humane Society 

Red Rover: The RedRover Relief program provides financial and emotional support to Good Samaritans, animal rescuers and pet owners to help them care for animals in life-threatening situations and resources to help victims of domestic violence escape abusive environments with their pets.

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 Former President Jimmy Carter

Speaks Out On Abolishing Prostitution

In a May 2015 address to an Atlanta Summit on Ending Sexual Exploitation,
Former President Jimmy Carter said,

“I would like to see each city and state in the United States adopt the Nordic model law.”

- Former President Jimmy Carter May 2015

carter & vendita

Former President Jimmy Carter and Breaking Free’s Vednita Carter
are connected by a common goal: ending prostitution & trafficking.

 

“The most serious human rights violation on earth is the abuse of women and girls, and prostitution is the foundation for all other abuses of women and girls.”- Former President Jimmy Carter May 2015

“The reason for [prostitution’s] expansion is the men who don’t care whether this abuse continues. Men enjoy the privilege arising from prostitution. It was the same when I was a child in Georgia: we had official legal separation of the races. White men derived a great benefit from the subjugation of Black people. White men got the best jobs, the best schools, they were on juries. We overcame that. But this problem of the greatest human rights abuse continues.” – Former President Jimmy Carter May 2015

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La Oficina de la Mujer de la Corte Suprema de Justicia de la Nación elaboró una Guía interactiva de estándares internacionales sobre derechos de las mujeres. Esta herramienta ha sido ideada con el propósito de facilitar el acceso y conocimiento a las normas internacionales, fallos y otros documentos elaborados por organismos del sistema regional y universal de derechos humanos. Por medio de una categorización amplia de los derechos de las mujeres y subcategorías más específicas, permite una búsqueda rápida de normas, fallos o recomendaciones internacionales sobre un tema concreto.
 
     Los estándares que allí se encuentran retoman textualmente sus fuentes. Además, se indica la cita y se habilita un link al documento completo. La información es de acceso público, a través de la página web de la Oficina de la Mujer, Argentina.
 
 
 

 

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Contact:

Taina Bien-Aimé

Coalition Against Trafficking in Women

media@catwinternational.org

(212) 643-9895

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

U.S. Congress Takes a Momentous Stand Against Human Trafficking

Anti-Trafficking Organization Celebrates Passage of Groundbreaking Law

 

New York, May 19, 2015 - The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) applauds the U.S. Congress for passing the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA), the first comprehensive bill to address domestic human trafficking.  It now awaits the signature of President Barack Obama to become law.

 

The JVTA creates a new funding stream to finance services for U.S. trafficking victims. Up to $30 million of the innovative funding mechanism will come from $5,000 fines on perpetrators of crimes ranging from human trafficking to child pornography. The legislation also redefines federal law to clarify that sex buyers of children and human trafficking victims can be prosecuted as traffickers.

 

"Not only will the JVTA finance services for U.S. victims of trafficking, it puts the onus on sex buyers who cause the devastating harm. We finally have strong federal legislation that aims to prevent the demand for sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation," says Taina Bien-Aimé, executive director of CATW.

 

One of the JVTA's most important provisions requires the Department of Justice to incorporate demand reduction strategies into all human trafficking training programs. Survivors have been key in demanding more accountability from commercial sex buyers who cause extensive harm to those they exploit. As a result, the JVTA also creates a new U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking, with at least eight survivors, to make recommendations to the US Government on anti-trafficking strategies.

 

"This victory is not only the result of successful collaborations across political and ideological lines, but it is a testament to the power of survivors enlightening us with the best solutions to end trafficking and exploitation," says Bien-Aimé.

 

The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) is a non-governmental organization working to end human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of women and girls worldwide. 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. www.catwinternational.org

 

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from IntLawGrrls

EXCERPT: In the summer of 2014, fieldwork research was conducted as part of a doctoral thesis entitled, “Strengthening Women’s Reproductive Rights in the Inter-American Human Rights System: Gender, Reparations and Reproductive Justice.” Upon completion of interviews with actors engaged in work on reproductive rights in the Inter-American System, a report entitled, “Women’s Reproductive Rights in the Inter-American System of Human Rights: Conclusions from the Field, June-September 2014,” was distributed to interview participants. The objectives of the report were (1) to examine the María Mamerita Mestanza Chávez v. Peru (2003), Paulina del Carmen Jacinto Ramírez v. Mexico (2007), and Artavia Murillo et al. v. Costa Rica (2012) cases, in order to understand how reproductive rights cases develop, and the subsequent challenges and advancements; (2) and to learn from these cases in order to suggest recommendations for how actors can make better use of the Inter-American System as one of several avenues for fulfilling women’s reproductive rights.  The report identifies three main challenges to the implementation and enjoyment of women’s reproductive rights: (1) limited understanding and institutionalization of ‘gender'; (2) ineffective or nonexistent collaboration between actors; and (3) inadequate development, implementation, and compliance-monitoring of reparation measures. The report also recommends strategies in order to achieve a more efficient Inter-American System when dealing with reproductive rights: (1) creating a tradition of gender-based reparations; (2) using theConvention of Belém do Pará consistently and constantly in litigation efforts; and (3) institutionalizing gender training in the Inter-American System. 

As human rights law is increasingly utilized as a tool in the advancement of women’s reproductive rights, it is essential for actors to engage in every opportunity to reflect on advancements and missed opportunities. The intention of this report is to play a small role in that process of reflection.

Report in both English and Spanish. The author welcomes any questions, comments, and additional information @ c.o-connell [at] sussex.ac.uk.

 

 

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Webinar | May 29, 2015 | 3:00PM-4:00PM EDT
Presented by Viktoria Kristiansson, Attorney Advisor, AEquitas and
Kathryn Walker, Criminal Justice Fellow, National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability, The Arc 

People with developmental disabilities face myriad issues and unique challenges when encountering the justice system. The traumatic impact of sexual assault may further exacerbate already-existing issues. Developmental disabilities may impact a victim’s participation in a criminal investigation and testimony at trial. Prosecutors must be prepared to address the impact of the developmental disability on the victim and on the dynamics of the crime, particularly when assessing the offender's behaviors, victim selection, and steps taken to perpetrate the crime. 

This webinar will prepare prosecutors to anticipate issues and evidence prior to trial; file and argue pretrial motions; develop trial strategies that take into account the victim’s intellectual or developmental disabilities, as well as any mental health issues; introduce relevant evidence at trial while excluding the irrelevant; and consider appropriate sentencing options.

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On Friday, Yamani Hernandez steps into the role of executive director at the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF). In that position, she will lead almost 100 nonprofits nationwide that help people fund their abortion procedures and offer other types of assistance. The 37-year-old Chicago native recently chatted with RH Reality Check about her work to build a broad human rights movement that lives up to its inclusive values, her unconventional professional trajectory, and the people who inspired and stoked her activism.

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La aclamada escritora Selva Almada, autora de "Chicas muertas", libro en el que aborda tres femicidios que quedaron impunes en la década del 80, habló con Infobae sobre la inquietante ola de crímenes contra mujeres que sacude el país y que provocó una inminente marcha

-Vos escribiste "Chicas muertas" a partir de casos de femicidios que te impactaron cuando eras chica. ¿Creés que el problema de la violencia contra las mujeres se ha agravado en la actualidad?

La violencia de género y su expresión máxima, el femicidio, son prácticas comunes en una sociedad como la nuestra, patriarcal y misógina. No podemos trazar una perspectiva histórica porque estos datos no existen, porque estos hechos han sido naturalizados y, por ende, invisibilizados. Pero no tengo dudas de que no es un problema de nuestro tiempo, sino algo que viene repitiéndose y fomentándose a lo largo de las décadas. Es cierto que desde hace unos años a esta parte, la violencia contra las mujeres empezó a formar parte de la agenda de los medios de comunicación, del Estado y de otros organismos. Este tipo de casos, de a poco, está dejando de ser algo del ámbito privado (violencia doméstica o crímenes pasionales como se los llamaba hasta hace muy poco) y empieza a ser un tema de todos, un problema de nuestra sociedad y de nuestro país. No sé si ahora se matan más mujeres que antes, pero ahora nos enteramos y reaccionamos de una manera diferente ante este tipo de violencia.

-¿La escritura del libro surgió de una inquietud de entender que hay detrás de la violencia contra las mujeres?

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Author: Shawn C. Marsh ; Carly B. Dierkhising . ; Kelly B. Decker ; John Rosiak
Corporate Author: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
United States of America

Document URL: 

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Publication Date: April 2015
  
Annotation: This guide assists judges and personnel of juvenile and family courts in deciding whether a trauma consultation is appropriate for their jurisdiction, and it outlines what courts can expect before, during, and after a trauma consultation.
Abstract: The rationale for having a trauma consultation for a juvenile and family court stems from prevalence data that show a high percentage of those who come before juvenile and family courts have been exposed to severe and chronic traumatic events. These events often lead to symptoms and behaviors typically linked to traumatic stress. Because juvenile and family courts work with children and families that are dealing with trauma-related issues, they are in a unique position to promote healing and prevent future trauma. In 2013 the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) developed a court trauma consultation protocol in response to an increase in requests for assistance. At the time, there was no known protocol for conducting this type of consultation and subsequent technical assistance. The current manual was not developed with the intent to make it a “how to” guide for courts in conducting their own internal trauma consultations. This guide is intended to help jurisdictions and juvenile courts decide whether a consultation with an experienced, objective external team is right for them. It also assists jurisdictions and courts in preparing for the consultation team and in using subsequent recommendations of the team in implementing and maintaining trauma-informed services. 30 references and 15 resources listings

 

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Por Mariana Carbajal

Cada tres horas, una niña de entre 10 y 14 años se convierte en madre en la Argentina. Al año, serán alrededor de 3000 las chicas que den a luz antes de cumplir los 15. La tasa más alta de madres-niñas se concentra en el noreste del país: Formosa encabeza el ranking con 6,1 nacimientos anuales por cada 1000 chicas. Sin embargo, en números absolutos las madres niñas son más numerosas en el conurbano: en 2012 allí hubo 429 nacimientos con madres menores de 15 años. Los datos surgen de un estudio que se presentará hoy en una actividad científica organizada por la Sociedad Argentina de Pediatría, y que realiza una radiografía de la maternidad temprana: quienes son esas madres, qué riesgos corren ellas y sus hijos, en qué se parecen o se diferencian de las madres de mayor edad.

La investigación advierte que las relaciones sexuales que dieron lugar al embarazo fueron, generalmente, con varones más grandes: en no pocos casos se trata de adultos, en contextos de abuso sexual. Cuatro de cada 100 niñas tendrán su segundo y hasta su tercer hijo antes de festejar el cumpleaños de 15. “Aunque las relaciones sexuales hayan sido consentidas se dieron sin protección anticonceptiva o contra las infecciones de transmisión sexual”, advirtió a Página/12 Edith Pantelides, investigadora del Cenep (Centro de Estudios de Población) y coautora del relevamiento.

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Different jurisdictions and immunities apply to civilian and military personnel, made more obscure by a lack of transparency and detail in the U.N.’s reporting of abuse cases. Photo: UN Photo/Pasqual Gorriz

UNITED NATIONS, May 13 2015 (IPS) - “We can really argue as much as we want but if we put ourselves in the skin of victims, we just have to do something to stop this.”

This was Graça Machel’s appeal at the launch of Code Blue, the campaign to end impunity for sexual violence by United Nations (U.N.) peacekeeping personnel Wednesday.

“Each country will act according to what it thinks is appropriate and more often than not rather than a full-fledged investigation you simply see a plane arriving and a bunch of people being put on a plane and disappearing." -- Lt. General Roméo Dallaire

Machel, a renowned human rights advocate, spoke of her own dismay when researching the landmark U.N. study ‘The Impact of Armed Conflict on Children’.

“We came across, eye to eye, women and girls who had been abused by U.N. peacekeeping personnel – it was shocking to us,” Machel said.

Peacekeeping is about more than military peace but also about bringing peace in people themselves, Machel said.

Her sentiments were shared by a panel of international leaders, including Lt. General Roméo Dallaire, Force Commander for the U.N. mission during the Rwandan genocide; Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary General; Theo Sowa, CEO of the African Women’s Development Fund; and Paula Donovan Co-director of AIDS-Free World, the organisation spearheading Code Blue.

The panel implored the United Nations and world leaders to act, and called for a truly independent Commission of Inquiry, with unobstructed access to U.N. records and correspondence, and full subpoena power.

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SEE ALSO:

NGOs Urge Commission of Inquiry to Probe Sexual Abuse in U.N. Peacekeeping

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PRESS RELEASE: Experts launch 'Code Blue,' demand end to UN immunity for peacekeeper sex abuse

Contact: 
Coimbra Sirica: +1 301-943-3287, csirica@burness.com
Wanda Bautista: +1 301-280-5760, wbautista@burness.com
Gill Mathurin: + 1 646-924-1710, gm@aidsfreeworld.org

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