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Powerful research can sometimes be conducted in quiet ways. This study of the rapes of older people that asked police force for data is one such example.

Rape of older people in the UK is a title that hints at the different perspectives that criminologists bring. They do not use the term ‘elder abuse’ or ‘sexual violence’ but the criminal offence term. This study provides unique data about reported crimes, with the authors acknowledging that victims are sometimes ‘invisible’.

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Picture used in Saudi Arabia's domestic violence awareness campaig. (Photo courtesy: KKF)

The new domestic violence reporting center in Saudi Arabia has received 1,890 domestic violence reports during the first three days of its opening, the Ministry of Social Affairs has said.

Deputy Minister of Social Affairs for Social and Family Care Abdullah Al-Muaiqil said the center opened on Sunday of last week and it was already bombarded with calls. “Forty-nine percent of the calls were reporting new cases, 12 percent were inquiring about previous reports and 20 percent were seeking consultancy. Nineteen percent of the calls were to inquire about the services the center offers,” said Al-Muaiqil.

He also said 916 of the cases during that period were newly reported. “Two hundred thirty-three of the calls were inquiries about previously reported cases and their updates. Calls seeking consultancy were 374 while 367 of the calls were inquiring about the services the center offers. These numbers show that domestic violence and abuse is indeed a widespread phenomenon in our society,” said Al-Muaiqil.

He added the center is open to receive calls 24 hours of the day and in all days of the week.

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Mariel Franco atiende a las víctimas en un dispositivo madrileño. En diálogo con Página/12, detalla el recorrido de una mujer cuando pide ayuda. Hay juzgados de violencia de género, juicio rápido y vigilancia policial. Refugios, subsidios y asistencia psicológica y jurídica gratuita.

....Radicada a inicios del 2008 en Madrid, Franco trabajó en la Comisión para la Investigación de Malos Tratos a Mujeres, en el Observatorio de Salud de las Mujeres, dependiente del Ministerio de Sanidad, Servicios Sociales e Igualdad, y actualmente brinda asistencia a víctimas a través del Punto Municipal del Observatorio Regional de Violencia de Género de la Mancomunidad de Servicios Suroeste de Madrid, que agrupa a varias localidades con escasa población de esa región.

La especialista argentina precisó que la Comunidad de Madrid tiene su propia ley integral contra la violencia de género del año 2005, la Ley 5/2005. “A partir de esa norma se creó una serie de dispositivos de control, seguimiento y asistencia a las mujeres víctimas de violencia de género”, señaló. El Observatorio Regional de Violencia de Género es el encargado de velar por el cumplimiento de la ley y además, coordina todas las acciones destinadas a la prevención y asistencia respecto del tema conjuntamente con el área de Igualdad, explicó. A su vez, se ocupa de las tareas de sensibilización social respecto del tema. Entre los dispositivos de atención se encuentran los de asistencia directa, los centros de emergencia, de acogida y pisos tutelados para las mujeres y sus hijos e hijas.

–¿Cómo funciona cada uno de esos dispositivos?

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Julia Geynisman, MDDebra Taubel, MD

While at the scrub sink several weeks ago, an attending obstetrician told me the story of a tattoo he had seen on a patient several years ago: “We were placing the Foley when we saw this life-size tattoo of a ruler on her inner thigh. You know, the full 12-inch school ruler kind. We asked her what the story was and the patient gave us attitude about the tattoo - didn’t want to really explain what it meant - she was a real tough girl, you know, and then she said, ‘its to measure the man’s penis.’” The obstetrician enjoyed this story and told it as a humorous example of how far modern women have come in their sexual empowerment. It was clear that he was oblivious of the possibility that this tattoo was not drawn by choice. Unfortunately, tattoos such as this are one of the hallmarks of the commercial sex industry - an exam finding that most of us in medicine are blind to recognizing and paralyzed to act on.

Recommended: Counseling women on reproductive and sexual coercion

Human trafficking, or rather, modern slavery, is an insidious and pervasive problem in our society. The United Nations defines sex trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, or harboring or an individual by means of threat, force, coercion or deception in order to exert control over that individual for the purpose of sexual exploitation. In the case of minors, no threat or coercion needs to occur. The legal definition simply states that any minor being sold for sex is a victim of trafficking.1

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Un informe de la agencia española Efe desnuda y saca a la luz número que distan de la realidad difundida por el gobierno cubano.

La adolescente observa la vidriera de la gasolinera de Santa Catalina y Vento con ojos glotones, de niña ávida de golosinas. Es alta, delgada y frágil. Me mira y parece decirme: "dame una ayudita", así que le compro una barrita de cacao por 1,25 dólares.

Se llama Barbarita, vive en el barrio de Palatino y tiene 14 años. Se sincera tras haberme mentido cuando le había preguntado la edad después de que me prometiera pagar si le compraba un par de chancletas. No, no tiene 16 ni va a cumplir 17. Se prostituye desde los 13 años por entre dos y cuatro dólares. Su padre murió cuando tenía tres años tratando de llegar a las costas de Estados Unidos y su madre es alcohólica. No estudia desde que terminó, hace dos años, la escuela primaria. Por la forma en que se expresa, parece improbable que haya pasado del cuarto grado.

Barbarita espera esta noche a Dayana y Lisandra, dos amigas de 21 y 16 años, respectivamente, que no tardan en llegar. Las tres juntas desmienten ante los ojos de un periodista de la agencia española Efe las estadísticas oficiales. En un informe de 2013, las autoridades aseguraron que "los casos de prostitución con participación de menores fueron mínimos" y negaron que Cuba sea "un país de destino, tránsito o fuente de trata de personas".

Dayana y Lisandra son primas, viven en El Cerro y brindan sus servicios sexuales en la zona desde que tenían 14 años. A la más joven le dicen la Yegua y a la mayor Tetris, como el juego de computadoras. Dayana tiene dos hijos que mantener, de padres desconocidos pero no le da mucha importancia: "Mira, Lisandra sabe quién es el padre de la suya, ¿y de qué le ha servido? La parió a los 15 y va para los 17 y el desgraciado no le ha dado ni un peso".

La Yegua explica que no podría mantener a su hija si no se dedicase a "esto". "Mi papá me botó de la casa y vivo con una prima mía que me cobra hasta el agua", se lamenta.

Dayana mantiene una relación con un canadiense de 84 años que viene con frecuencia y, según sus amigas, desde entonces no le falta de nada. "Paul me ha comprado de todo –dice enseñando un iPhone y un Rolex– pero el dinero que me deja no me alcanza para poder mantener a cinco personas.

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from Intlawgrrls

Today, 21 March 2016, was a historic day for the International Criminal Court (ICC). Trial Chamber III unanimously convicted Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo (Bemba) for his responsibility as commander-in-chief for crimes of murder, pillage, and rape committed by soldiers under his effective authority and control in the Central African Republic in 2002-2003. This makes Bemba not only the first person to be convicted by the ICC for crimes committed by troops under his command, but the first person to be convicted of sexual violence. I have not yet finished reading the 364-page judgment in full, but in this two-part blog post, I provide some initial highlights on these two questions. Citations are to paragraphs in the judgment.

First conviction for sexual violence

As I wrote previously, Bemba stood trial for two counts of sexual violence: rape as a war crime and as a crime against humanity. The judgment is the ICC’s fourth, but the first to include a conviction for sexual violence. Thomas Lubanga was convicted in 2012, but the case did not include sexual violence charges. Mathieu Ngudjolo and Germain Katanga were tried for rape and sexual slavery, but Ngudjolo was acquitted in full in 2012, and Katanga partially acquitted of the sexual violence charges in 2014. Bemba’s conviction thus marks an important turning point for the ICC regarding accountability for sexual violence.

Importantly, the rape charges in this case were based on evidence from both male and female victims of rape. The trial judgment describes in quite some detail specific acts of rape committed against both men and women. The Chamber heard testimony about rape in public, rape in front of family members and communities, gang rapes, and rape of young girls, some as young as 10 years old. Men were also raped, including when trying to prevent their wives or daughters from being raped. Rapes were often committed in conjunction with other crimes, such as pillaging, and marked by violence, often including beatings and threats with weapons.

The judgment reiterates many of the Rome Statute’s gender sensitive legal standards. 

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Las mujeres en Chile no tienen opción legal y segura para terminar un embarazo, incluso en los casos en que son víctimas de violación. Ahora el Congreso de Chile tiene el poder de cambiar esta realidad, sin embargo ha postergado por varios meses la votación del proyecto de ley que permitiría garantizar la salud, la vida y la integridad de las mujeres, a través del reconocimiento del aborto legal en estos casos. La política ha pasado por encima de la salud de las mujeres por muchos años. Es hora de que haya un cambio. Agrega tú nombre y pide a la Presidenta Bachelet que haga todo lo posible para que se apruebe el proyecto de ley en el Congreso.

In English.

Mensaje

Por favor, ayude a las mujeres sobrevivientes de violación para que puedan acceder al aborto legal y seguro

Honorable Presidenta de la República, Michelle Bachelet,

Le escribimos para darle nuestro más sincero agradecimiento por apoyar la salud y los derechos de las mujeres en Chile. Mediante la introducción del proyecto de ley sobre aborto a inicios del año 2015, usted demostró un amplio liderazgo en un asunto de vital importancia para proteger y garantizar la vida y la salud de las mujeres. 

Sin embargo, casi un año después de la presentación de éste histórico proyecto de ley no se han dado acciones concretas que garanticen el aborto legal y seguro. El Congreso ha postergado la votación para remover la prohibición legal del aborto, poniendo la salud, la vida y la dignidad de las mujeres en riesgo. 

En esta oportunidad, le solicitamos hacer todo lo posible para motivar al Congreso a que realicen rápidamente la votación. Las mujeres que han sido víctimas de violación o agredidas sexualmente cuentan con usted para asegurar que en casos de quedar embarazadas en contra de su voluntad, no tendrían que enfrentar el riesgo que involucra poner fin a su embarazo de manera insegura. 

Le pedimos seguir luchando para lograr que el proyecto de ley se convierta en una ley. Le manifestamos nuestro apoyo y solidaridad en cada paso que dé para hacer los derechos reproductivos una realidad.

Cordialmente,

FIRMA LA PETICION

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Women in Chile have no safe or legal way to end a pregnancy—even in cases of rape. Chile's House just approved a bill that will help change that, and the Senate must follow suit. 

Add your name today to ask President Bachelet to continue pushing this crucial bill forward in Congress.

En español.

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Please Help Rape Survivors Access Safe, Legal Abortion Care

Honorable President Michelle Bachelet,

We thank you for courageously supporting the health and rights of Chilean women. By introducing the Therapeutic Abortion Law in early 2015, you provided strong leadership on an issue fundamental to women's reproductive freedom. 

However, over a year after you introduced this historic bill, women are still without access to safe and legal abortion services. Congress took an important step forward by approving the bill, and the Senate must move quickly to do the same. 

At this time, we respectfully call on you to do everything in your power to continue to move this bill forward in Congress, and stand behind all three vital exceptions to the abortion ban. Women who are brutally raped or sexually assaulted are counting on you to ensure that if they do become pregnant against their will, they will not have to face the added trauma of ending their pregnancy illegally. 

We ask that you continue to fight tooth and nail until this bill becomes law. We're behind you every step of the way.

Sincerely

SIGN PETITION HERE

 

 

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from news articles aggregated by the National Police Misconduct Reporting Project from March 9, 2016 to March 16, 2016...

Essex County, New Jersey: An officer pled guilty to criminal coercion for forcing a woman to have sex. http://bit.ly/21y6O4W

Pinellas County, Florida: A deputy was charged with domestic battery after an altercation with his wife. ow.ly/ZxWo1

Massachusetts State Police: A trooper who was charged with sexually assaulting a woman he met online may finally see trial this month. The case has been delayed at least two previous times.  ow.ly/Zy2EZ

Suffolk, Virginia: A now-former officer pled guilty to unlawful wounding for choking a woman. He was sentenced to two-to-five years in prison. ow.ly/Zy7ln

Neptune Township, New Jersey: An officer pled guilty to manslaughter for chasing down and fatally shooting his ex-wife as she drove her car. Their seven-year-old daughter was in the car at the time of the shooting. ow.ly/Zybss

Livingston, California: An officer was charged with assault for an incident during a supervised child exchange. One of the three original charges has been dismissed. ow.ly/ZtEsS

Pomona, California: An officer was charged with molesting or annoying a teenage girl. ow.ly/ZtF9p

Chester, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with oppression, indecent exposure, and assault for demanding sex from female detainees. ow.ly/ZtFPv

Edison Township, New Jersey: An officer was put back on the job, though without his firearm, despite efforts to terminate him. He had been suspended with notice of intent for termination for coercing a woman to model lingerie for him or face arrest.ow.ly/ZuaDV

Kaufman, Texas: A now-former officer was indicted for indecency and sexual assault of a child. The incident is alleged to have taken place when he was on the force. ow.ly/ZppXN

Pasco County, Florida: A now-former deputy was sentenced to five years in prison for receiving child pornography. ow.ly/Zpr5o

Montgomery County, Tennessee : A deputy who had been arrested for stalking and harassment has resigned. ow.ly/Zpsgr

Adams County, Colorado: A deputy was arrested for domestic abuse.ow.ly/Zj4gC

Pinal County, Arizona: A deputy was indicted for sex crimes against a 15-year-old boy. He has been fired. ow.ly/Zj52v

Neoga, Illinois: An officer was fired amid state police investigation into his involvement with a teenager. ow.ly/ZfMQ5

Glen Rock, New Jersey: A now-former officer pled guilty to endangering the welfare of a child for sexting teenage girls he was investigating. The plea deal includes a sentencing recommendation of three-to-five years in prison. ow.ly/ZfOoY

Baltimore, Maryland: Two school officers charged with assault, misconduct, and child abuse for slapping and kicking a student. The incident was captured on video and went viral. ow.ly/Zg1oN

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California Public Faces Hurdles in Obtaining Information About Fired Cops

In California, state law and labor contracts between the officers’ union and the cities they work for allow that information to remain secret, even after the officer is fired.

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Presentación de un análisis de casi 500 sentencias

El Observatorio propone suprimir la exigencia del elemento de dominación machista en los casos de violencia de género

Ángeles Carmona, presidenta del Observatorio contra la violencia doméstica y de género del Consejo General del Poder Judicial (CGPJ) ha presentado hoy las conclusiones de un informe elaborado por un grupo de expertos y expertas la institición contra la violencia doméstica y de género, en el cual se analizan un total de 497 sentencias dictadas por Audiencias Provinciales entre los años 2012 y 2014. Han acompañado a Carmona en la presentación María Tardón y Vicente Moro, dos de las personas encargadas de elaborar el estudio, y Carmen Llompart, vocal del CGPJ.

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Los datos extraídos de las casi 500 sentencias analizadas permiten a los expertos y expertas del Observatorio proponer reformas legales orientadas a mejorar la respuesta judicial ante la violencia de género. Una de estas propuestas es la supresión del elemento subjetivo o finalístico establecido por el artículo 1 de la Ley Integral contra la Violencia de Género, que establece que la norma tiene por objeto actuar cuando queda acreditado que la violencia se produce en una intención de dominar a la mujer.

El estudio se ha focalizado en los siguientes aspectos: tipos penal objeto de condena y absolución, motivos de absolución, valoración de la declaración de la víctima como única prueba de cargo, el elemento subjetivo de los delitos de violencia de género, circunstancias modificativas de la responsabilidad criminal, efectos del consentimiento de la víctima en la reanudación de la convivencia cuando hay orden de alejamiento, la “análoga relación de afectividad” sin convivencia a los efectos de la Ley Integral, penas impuestas diferentes a la prisión, supuestas denuncias falsas de las mujeres, motivos de nulidad, y por último los subgrupos agravados y atenuados de los delitos de violencia de género.

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“What do I tell my daughter when she is raped?”

This was the question posed to Charon Asetoyer, CEO of the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center by a young mother on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in Lake Andes, South Dakota.

“The feeling ... I can’t even begin to explain how that made me feel. Not if she’s raped, but when she’s raped,” said Asetoyer of the Comanche tribe. “We’re aware of how bad the problem is in our reservation community, but when somebody puts it to you that way, you realize it’s even worse than you thought it was.”

Asetoyer is well aware that Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault crimes than all other races in the US and that more thanone in three Native American women report having been raped during their lifetime. She speaks with survivors of sexual assault in her community every day.

Recognizing an immediate need to prepare and support indigenous young women in the likely event of a sexual assault, Asetoyer and her colleagues teamed up with graphic designer Lucy M Bonner to create a graphic novel entitled, “What To Do When You’re Raped: An ABC Handbook for Native Girls”.

The book is available to download free online HERE 

or to order in print HERE.

Each letter of the alphabet starts a conversation about rape trauma and where to go for help. The book was written in easy to understand language so as to make it accessible to everyone, including children.

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The dangerous culture of male entitlement and sexual hostility hiding within America's parks and forests.

On an early Friday morning in late June 2006, Cheyenne Szydlo, a 33-year-old Arizona wildlife biologist with fiery red hair, drove to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim to meet the river guide who would be taking her along the 280 miles of the Colorado River that coursed a mile below. She was excited. Everyone in her field wanted to work at the Grand Canyon, and after several years of unsuccessful applications, Szydlo had recently been offered a seasonal position in one of the National Park Service’s science divisions. She’d quit another job in order to accept, certain her chance wouldn’t come again.

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Some are already questioning just how effective the new measures proposed by the Secretary General will be in ending sexual abuse by peacekeepers. (Getty Images)

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On March 11, the United Nations adopted a resolution to tackle the issue of sexual assault committed by its peacekeepers. However, some are already questioning just how effective the new measures proposed by the Secretary General will be in ending the abuse. 

Emma Phillips is the counsel for the Independent Panel on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by International Peacekeeping Forces in the Central African Republic and a partner at the Toronto law firm Goldblatt Partners — she believes what's lacking in the report is confrontation of the culture within the UN that allowed the assaults to occur. 

While the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, says the sexual assaults are a human rights issue, Phillips says they are not behaving in a manner that is in line with a human rights violation. 

"There's a real disjunction between the rhetoric that's used publicly ... and the actions of staff on the ground," Phillips says.

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El creciente número de mujeres que hicieron la denuncia y luego fueron víctimas de femicidio, penas atenuadas, justificaciones a los violentos. Un estudio de la Defensoría General de la Nación y Amnistía Internacional pone en evidencia las fallas de los operadores judiciales.

 Por Mariana Carbajal

En la última década, fiscales, jueces y otros operadores de la Justicia en distintos puntos del país fueron, de una forma u otra, partícipes necesarios de numerosos femicidios al minimizar las denuncias de mujeres que terminaron asesinadas por su pareja o ex pareja, demorar el dictado de medidas cautelares para protegerlas, no controlar su cumplimiento, y dejar impunes delitos como lesiones leves y amenazas, que luego derivaron en agresiones mayores, hasta la muerte. Una vez cometido el femicidio, en algunos casos aplicaron penas atenuadas, luego de justificar las conductas del asesino, con diversos argumentos que denotan prejuicios arraigados, por ejemplo, una presunta infidelidad de la esposa, o interpretaron como “abandono” la decisión de la mujer de separarse para terminar con un vínculo atravesado por malos tratos. Estas son conclusiones de un relevamiento de una veintena de causas judiciales que investigaron los homicidios de mujeres a manos de parejas o ex parejas y que forman parte de libro “Femicidio y debida diligencia: estándares internacionales y prácticas locales”, elaborado por la Defensoría General de la Nación junto con Amnistía Internacional Argentina.

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An investigation of Holtzclaw was not opened at that point, according to the lawsuit.

A former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of raping several women while he was on duty assaulted another woman who alerted police seven months before the first reported incident, an attorney for several victims said on Monday.

The city police knew of a complaint filed on Nov. 5, 2013 by Demetria Campbell against officer Daniel Holtzclaw months before other accusations began to emerge, said attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents seven of Holtzclaw's victims in a civil lawsuit amended on Friday to include Campbell's case. The original lawsuit was filed on Feb. 25.

An investigation of Holtzclaw was not opened at that point, according to the lawsuit.

Seven months after Campbell complained, Jannie Ligons came forward on June 18, 2014, after being sexually assaulted by Holtzclaw. Police then opened an investigation of Holtzclaw.

“Demetria Campbell was the first victim of this serial rapist with a badge,” Crump said at a news conference on Monday. “Oklahoma City knew exactly who he was and did nothing when she came forward. If they had done something about Demetria Campbell’s complaint, all these other rapes could have been avoided.”

The lawsuit was filed against Holtzclaw, the city, Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty, Holtzclaw's supervisor, officer Brian Bennett, and Detective Rocky Gregory.

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Critics say legislation does not go far enough in country where violence at home is widely regarded a private matter.

A new law that makes domestic abuse a crime has come into effect in China.

It is hoped the legislation will encourage more victims to take their abusers to court in a country where violence at home is still widely regarded as a private matter.

The All-China Women's Federation estimates that nearly 25 percent of married women in China have experienced domestic violence. But the real figure is probably much higher, because reporting abuse is still rare - especially in the countryside.

"From today victims of domestic abuse will be able to go to court to seek a restraining order that could force the abuser to move out of the home. A judge will have 72 hours to make a ruling," Al Jazeera's China correspondent Adrian Brown reported.

"But critics say the legislation still doesn't go far enough, since it fails to outlaw marital rape and doesn't place enough emphasis on health and social services."The new law "prohibits all forms of domestic violence", which it defines as: "Physical, psychological and other harm inflicted by family members, including beating, restraint, injury or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, recurring verbal threats and abuse", according to Chinese state media.

The police are now required to intervene immediately when abuse is reported, to stop it at once and collect related evidence. Officers must also help victims obtain treatment and medical reports.

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Ahead of Women’s Day, Air India operates ‘world’s longest all-women flight’

The flight, which travelled a distance of around 14,500 kilometre in close to 17 hours, was operated as part of International Women's Day celebrations.

 

 

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Air India’s all women crew celebrating the proud moment before longest flight from Delhi to San Francisco. (Source: Air India/ Twitter)

National carrier Air India on Monday said it flew the “world’s longest” all-women operated and supported flight from the national capital to San Francisco.

The flight, which travelled a distance of around 14,500 kilometre in close to 17 hours, was operated as part of International Women’s Day celebrations.

The non-stop Delhi-San Francisco flight took off from Delhi on March 6.

“This year for the first time, on the world’s longest non-stop flight, entire flight operations from cockpit crew to cabin crew, check-in staff, doctor, customer care staff, ATC (air traffic control) and the entire ground-handling… were handled by women,” Air India said in a release.

Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani said it was a historic flight and “the longest operated by all-women crew”. “The airline has immense respect for women and it is a symbol of women empowerment,” he added.

The flight was under the command of Kshamta Bajpayee and Shubhangi Singh, along with First Officers Ramya Kirti Gupta and Amrit Namdhari.

The carrier has about 3,800 women employees, including pilots, cabin crew, engineers, technicians, doctors, security personnel and executives.

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Una joven paraguaya escribió un texto que en pocos días consiguió ser compartida más de 600 mil veces en Facebook. ¿Qué dijo?

La carta compartida por la usuaria de Facebook fue compartida más de 600 mil veces.

La carta compartida por la usuaria de Facebook fue compartida más de 600 mil veces. | Foto: Facebook

Guadalupe Acosta es una joven paraguaya que escribió en su texto una carta a modo de reflexión tras el crimen de María Jose Coni y Marina Menegazzo, las dos turistas argentinas enEcuador.

En sólo dos días, la misiva fue compartida 600 mil veces y, de este modo, se volvió viral.

"Desde el momento que tuvieron mi cuerpo inerte nadie se preguntó donde estaba el hijo de puta que acabo con mis sueños", sostiene un fragmento.

El texto refleja para la autora, lasdiferencias que existen en las sociedades entre hombres y mujeres: "Mientras que si el titular rezaba fueron muertos dos jóvenes viajeros la gente estaría comentando sus condolencias y con su falso e hipócrita discurso de doble moral pedirían pena mayor para los asesinos".

El dolor de la mamá de María José: "Me mataron en vida"

A continuación, el texto completo:

Ayer me mataron. Me negué a que me tocaran y con un palo me reventaron el cráneo. Me metieron una cuchillada y dejaron que muera desangrada.Cual desperdicio me metieron a una bolsa de polietileno negro, enrollada con cinta de embalar y fui arrojada a una playa, donde horas más tarde me encontraron.

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ABSENCES, by award winning filmmaker Tatiana Huezo (The Tiniest Place), exposes the ever-intensifying phenomenon of enforced disappearance in Mexico. A boy and his father disappear one morning, snatched off the road by armed men. Left behind, alone with her daughter, Lulu, a victim who refuses to give in, decides to tell the unacceptable story: the unfillable void, the absence of loved ones, the unanswered questions and the suffocating silence. After 5 years, absence has her living in a limbo that gives way to desire, hope and the struggle to find her 9-year old son Brandon and her husband, alive. This hauntingly beautiful short film illuminates the way disappearance affects women, and broadens our awareness on disappearance and its social consequences in Mexico and Central America. More.
Guanajuato International Film Festival, Best Mexican Short Film Award

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Berta Caceres, who won the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize, has been shot dead at her home in the town of La Esperanza.

Honduran environmentalist leader and winner of the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize Berta Caceres has been shot dead at her home in the town of La Esperanza.

Caceres was killed early on Thursday by two assailants who broke into her home, a member of her group, the Indian Council of People's Organizations of Honduras, said.

"Honduras has lost a brave and committed social activist," fellow activist Tomas Membreno said in a statement.

Caceres, a mother of four, led opposition to a proposed dam on the Gualcarque river, considered sacred by the Lencas.

She had previously complained of receiving death threats from police, soldiers and local landowners because of her work.

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In oral arguments for the Texas abortion case, the three female justices upend the Supreme Court’s balance of power.

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg

When the Supreme Court last heard oral arguments in a landmark abortion case, it was April 1992, the case was Planned Parenthood v Casey, and Sandra Day O’Connor was the lone female justice.

Twenty-four years later, there are three women on the court. And if you countJustice Stephen Breyer as one of history’s great feminists—and I do—then you can view the arguments in this term’s landmark abortion case, Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt, as creating a neat 4–4 split. On one side, you have a group of testy male justices needling a female lawyer for Texas clinics about whether it was even appropriate for them to hear this appeal. On the other, you’ve got four absolutely smoking hot feminists pounding on Texas’ solicitor general for passing abortion regulations that have no plausible health purpose and also seem pretty stupid.

It felt as if, for the first time in history, the gender playing field at the high court was finally leveled, and as a consequence the court’s female justices were emboldened to just ignore the rules. Time limits were flouted to such a degree that Chief Justice John Roberts pretty much gave up enforcing them. I counted two instances in which Roberts tried to get advocates to wrap up as Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor simply blew past him with more questions. There was something wonderful and symbolic about Roberts losing almost complete control over the court’s indignant women, who are just not inclined to play nice anymore.

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Un nuevo manual del Vaticano para la instrucción de obispos recién ordenados dice que los prelados "no tienen la obligación" de reportar las denuncias de abuso sexual a menores a la policía.

El documento sugiere, en cambio, que sólo las víctimas o sus familias deberían tomar la decisión de ir a las autoridades.

La guía, que forma parte de un programa de capacitación de nuevos obispos, en el cual no participó la comisión especial que el papa Francisco creo en 2014 para abordar el tema de los abusos de niños y adultos vulnerables por parte del clero.

En esa ocasión el Papa exhortó a adoptar una postura de "cero tolerancia". Aunque no se refirió a las obligaciones específicas de los obispos, resaltó que se debe hacer "todo lo que es posible para garantizar que delitos como los cometidos no se repetirán más en la Iglesia".

El Vaticano divulgó la guía en una conferencia de prensa, a comienzos de febrero.

Grupos de apoyo de las víctimas de este abuso reaccionaron con ira tras la publicación del edicto.

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By Melissa Farley, Sarah Deer, Jacqueline M. Golding, Nicole Matthews, Guadalupe Lopez, Christine Stark, and Eileen Hudon

Direct Link to Full 126-Page 2016 Publication –

SEE PAGES 65-104 of pdf for article

http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/research/centers/CAIANH/journal/Documents/Volume%2023/23(1).pdf

Abstract: We examined social and physical violence experienced by American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) women in prostitution and their impacts on the mental and physical health of 105 women (81%Anishinaabe, mean age = 35 years) recruited through service agencies in three Minnesota cities. In childhood, abuse, foster care, arrests, and prostitution were typical.

Homelessness, rape, assault, racism, and pimping were common. The women’s most prevalent physical symptoms included muscle pain, impaired memory or concentration, and headaches.

Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and dissociation were common, with more severe psychological symptoms associated with worse health. Most of the women wanted to leave prostitution and they most often identified counseling and peer support as necessary to accomplish this. Most saw colonization and prostitution of AI/AN women as connected.

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Two men have been found guilty for enslaving indigenous women in Sepur Zarco in a case symbolising a wider battle for Latin America women.


The word muxuk refers to a woman who has been “desecrated”, a woman whose “social and spiritual world was destroyed and broken in all of the areas of her life”. In the Q’eqchi’ language there are four ways to refer to sexual violence, yet muxuk is the term Guatemalan women of the Sepur Zarco community have chosen to use when talking about the war crimes perpetrated against them.

Neither Spanish nor English have the words to describe precisely the horrors these women experienced in 1982, during the Guatemalan armed conflict.

After decades of impunity, two former soldiers – base commander Esteelmer Reyes Girón and paramilitary Heriberto Valdez Asij – have been found guilty of crimes against humanity. On Friday, the high-risk court in Guatemala City sentenced them to a total of 360 years in prison for their crimes including the sexual enslavement of women.

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