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News Round-up ~ Resumen de noticias


While many Pakistanis were grateful to finally have a role model to celebrate whenMalala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize last month, a local education group has denounced the renowned activist.

The All Pakistan Private Schools Federation (APPSF), a group that claims to represent 150,000 schools across Pakistan, proclaimed Monday "I am Not Malala" day and called for the banning of the teenage advocate’s memoir because it offends Islam, The New York Times reported.

"We are all for education and women’s empowerment," Mirza Kashif Ali, the organization’s president, told The Times. "But the West has created this persona who is against the Constitution and Islamic ideology of Pakistan."


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 Can violence against women be prevented or eliminated with a new international treaty signed and ratified by the 193 member states of the United Nations?

Rashida Manjoo of South Africa, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, told the General Assembly last week the absence of a legally binding agreement represents one of the obstacles to the promotion and protection of women’s rights and gender equality.

"I'm all for the practical measures...but no more legal conundrum, please. Women around the world already have law and policy-fatigue. What they want to see is implementation." -- Mavic Cabrera-Balleza

“A different set of laws and practical measures are urgently needed to respond to and prevent the systemic, widespread and pervasive human rights violation experienced largely by women,” she told delegates.

But women’s groups and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) took a more cautious approach to a new treaty.

Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, co-founder of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN), told IPS, “In principle, the idea of stronger and more specific legislation is a good one.”

Clearly, laws, norms and policies are critical to shifting practices and changing attitudes.

“However, we know they are not enough. There are many countries — from the United States to members of the European Union and beyond, such as Pakistan — where laws exist, but violence against women continues in many spheres of life in diverse forms and at horrendous rates,” she said. “So legislation has to come with other pillars and elements to ensure effective implementation.”


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In light of the swirling debates regarding how pornography is linked to sex trafficking, this webinar will outline how pornography both creates demand and fuels the sex industry as well as how the production of pornography is often itself rape. This presentation is grounded in rigorous academic research and the first-hand perspective of Anna Malika, a survivor of sex trafficking and pornography. Participants will leave this webinar with an understanding that combating pornography is essential to eliminating sex trafficking and will have practical tips on how to do this effectively.

Originally from Kolkata, India, Anna Malika was adopted into an American family and raised in North Carolina. Throughout her life, she faced extreme sexual and physical abuse, eating issues and severe abandonment. She is also a survivor of sex trafficking. Anna is a graduate of Mercy Ministries, a free of charge Christian residential program that assists young women with life-controlling issues. At Mercy Anna allowed God to restore her soul. She is now on fire for God! As a survivor advocate, Anna is active as survivor advocate and speaker who assists various organizations throughout the country as they develop their own programs to help survivors of sex trafficking. In addition to curriculum development, Anna also focuses on policy advocacy.

A powerful international public speaker, Anna gave the keynote address at the Restore One Banquet in Greenville, NC. Anna also spoke at the Trafficking in America Task Force (TIATF) Conference in Nashville, TN. She also was a guest speaker for Children At Risk’s Accolades Luncheon in Houston, TX.  Along with serving as the keynote speaker for the Richmond Justice Initiative's "Trade of Innocents" screening , Anna also lobbied for anti-human trafficking bills at the Virginia General Assembly and assisted in arguing, drafting bills concerning Human Trafficking  and served as the guest speaker at the North Carolina Legislative Prayer Caucus at the North Carolina General Assembly. Anna gave her personal testimony for the NC General Assembly resulting in the passing of the NC Safe Harbor Law. Anna has also assisted in writing both national and international policy. Anna also served as a panel speaker for the North Carolina Coalition of Sexual Assault symposium "It's Happening to a Girl Near You" in Fayettville, NC and as a trainer at their "Innovative Strategies for Law Enforcement" in Raleigh, NC. Anna has completed speaking tours in New York and California, which included events such as the Buffalo Freedom Walk at the University of Buffalo. 

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Content Warning: This educational episode contains graphic sexual and violent game footage.

This is the second episode exploring the Women as Background Decoration trope in video games. In this installment we expand our discussion to examine how sexualized female bodies often occupy a dual role as both sexual playthings and the perpetual victims of male violence.

The Women as Background Decoration trope which is the subset of largely insignificant non-playable female characters whose sexuality or victimhood is exploited as a way to infuse edgy, gritty or racy flavoring into game worlds. These sexually objectified female bodies are designed to function as environmental texture while titillating presumed straight male players. Sometimes they're created to be glorified furniture but they are frequently programmed as minimally interactive sex objects to be used and abused. 

Full transcript, links and resources available at: http://wp.me/pwSlB-5mK

The Tropes vs Women in Video Games project aims to examine the plot devices and patterns most often associated with female characters in gaming from a systemic, big picture perspective. This series will include critical analysis of many beloved games and characters, but remember that it is both possible (and even necessary) to simultaneously enjoy media while also being critical of it's more problematic or pernicious aspects. This video series is created by Anita Sarkeesian and the project was funded by 6968 awesome backers on Kickstarter.com

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Conferencia de la periodista mexicana Sara Lovera en el Colegio de de Periodistas de Cataluña

Barcelona, 07 nov. 14. AmecoPress/La Independent.- Sara Lovera se inició en el periodismo en 1968. La conocida periodista mexicana es una activista, desde el periodismo, que siempre ha trabajado para hacer visible la condición social de las mujeres.

Fundó el suplemento Doble Jornada, del periódico La Jornada y la Agencia Comunicación y Organización de la Mujer A. C. (CIMAC). También es fundadora de la Red Internacional de Periodistas con Visión de Género. Es corresponsal de SEMlac, militante feminista, consultora de medios, docente en temas de género y comunicación, y fundó en su país las redes de periodistas comprometidas con los temas de la condición social de las mujeres.

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from feministing...

As an anti-violence organizer, I reacted to the OCR decision with all sorts of excitement/disappointment/cautious optimism and so, without further ado, here are the five things you need to know about the decision:

  1. OCR found that Princeton violated Title IX by perpetuating a hostile environment and failing to take prompt, equitable action to address complaints of sexual violence and harassment.

  2. In an increasingly frequent move, OCR issued a public finding of non-compliance against the university. This effort at transparency is new for the Office, which for years disclosed findings of rampant violations to victim-complainants behind closed doors while announcing vague non-findings to the public — which universities (like Yale) quickly spun as compliance. This new transparency represents a real victory for student activist groups, which have been calling on the Department for years to increase transparency both during investigations and at their conclusions.


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Struggle for Justice - Missing and Murdered Sisters across Canadian Region of Turtle Island

Photo credit: krystalline kraus/rabble.ca

FRIDAY FILE - Not so long ago, few people knew of the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (#MMIW) in Canada. But in a short span, No More SilenceFamilies of Sisters in SpiritNative Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) and other initiatives have contributed to building such momentum that the crisis of MMIW has finally entered mainstream media and public consciousness. AWID spoke with Audrey Huntley, a founding member of No More Silence, about some of the strategies driven by Indigenous WHRDs.



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Gloria Steinem, philanthropists Peter and Jennifer Buffett, the Women's Media Center and 

survivors of the sex trade among those who oppose the terms "sex work" and "sex worker" 


New York, November 5, 2014 - More than 300 human rights organizations, frontline service providers and advocates such as Sanctuary for Families and the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, and survivors of the sex trade, are urging the Associated Press (AP) to refrain from using terms like "sex work" and "sex worker" because they legitimize prostitution as a form of "work" and conceal the violent and exploitive nature of the commercial sex trade. 


In an open letter to the editor of the AP Stylebook, more than 300 people, including feminist author Gloria Steinem, philanthropists Peter and Jennifer Buffett, the Women's Media Center, and human rights activists from 40 nations including Australia, Brazil, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Norway, The Philippines, South Africa, Sweden, the United States and Venezuela, asked the AP to adopt alternative vocabulary that reflects the life realities of individuals bought and sold in prostitution. 


Studies and testimony of survivors demonstrate that the sex industry is predicated on dehumanization, degradation, and gender violence that cause life-long physical and psychological harm. Between 65 and 96 percent of people in prostitution have been sexually assaulted as children; 60 to 75 percent have been raped by pimps and sex purchasers; and between 70 and 95 percent have been physically assaulted in prostitution. 


Vednita Carter, the Founder of the survivor-led organization Breaking Free, added "The term 'sex work' was coined by supporters of the sex industry to normalize prostitution and mask the injuries it inflicts on those exploited in it. Prostitution is not 'sex' and it is not 'work.' It is a harmful practice steeped in gender and economic inequalities that leaves a devastating impact on those of us who were or are 'in the life.'" 


The letter explains that "[t]he chasm between the meaning of the word 'work' and the experiences of the average prostituted or trafficked person is too vast to be ignored. The term 'sex worker' wrongly suggests that the person in prostitution is the primary actor in the multi-billion dollar sex trade." 


"The term 'sex worker' renders invisible and unaccountable the traffickers, pimps, brothel and strip club owners, and the buyers of sex who prey on vulnerable individuals with histories of poverty, homelessness and sexual abuse," says Autumn Burris, Founder/Director of Survivors for Solutions. "We must look at prostitution as a human rights violation." 


The letter also recommends against the use of the word "prostitute" and suggests alternative language including "person in prostitution," "prostituted person" or "commercially sexually exploited person." Instead of "sex work," the advocates propose "sex industry," "sex trade," or "prostitution." The letter also states that "teen prostitute," "teen prostitution" and "child sex worker" have no place in responsible journalism and must be replaced by "sex trafficked child." 


The letter was written in response to an invitation from the AP to submit comments for its Stylebook 2015 edition and to an online campaign calling on the AP to adopt the term "sex worker." 


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   Interrupciones inseguras del embarazo, entre causas de MM
Más hospitalizaciones por aborto entre niñas de 10 a 14 años

CIMACFoto: Yunuhen Rangel Medina
Por: Angélica Jocelyn Soto Espinosa

Cimacnoticias | México, DF.- 04/11/2014

La criminalización del aborto y la falta de servicios seguros para la interrupción del embarazo en las entidades federativas de México propició que la tasa de hospitalizaciones maternas por aborto haya aumentado en los últimos 10 años, sobre todo entre las adolescentes de 10 a 14 años de edad, informó Ipas-México.
Al participar en el seminario “Aportaciones de la sociedad civil al proceso de despenalización del aborto en la Ciudad de México”, Raffaela Schiavon, directora de Ipas-México, dijo que el aborto inseguro sigue siendo una de las principales causas de hospitalizaciones y muerte materna (MM) en el país.
La especialista señaló que, de acuerdo con las cifras del Subsistema Automatizado de Egresos Hospitalarios (SAEH), de la Secretaría de Salud federal, la hospitalización por maternidad de 2000 a 2012 fue de 12 millones 623 mil 626 casos, y de éstos, un millón 339 mil 330 fueron por aborto, lo que es igual a que una de cada 10 hospitalizaciones se debió a interrupciones del embarazo.


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titulo La Herencia de las AusentesRadio Internacional Feminista ha sido seleccionada como ganadora delPremio Nacional por la Igualdad y Equidad de Género, Angela Acuña Braun 2014 por la produción de la "La Herencia de las Ausentes: El Caso de Campo Algodonero". 

El documental aborda parte de la experiencia de conocer y compartir con cinco madres y familias de jóvenes mujeres asesinadas y desaparecidas en Ciudad Juárez, Mexico y el camino que algunas han debido recorrer por conocer la verdad y alcanzar algo la justicia.

Según lo señala el Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres/ INAMU, el premio cristaliza un reconocimiento al trabajo realizado a favor de los derechos humanos de las mujeres, pues el material presentado constituye no solo una excelente sistematización histórica, sino también un material, que de manera sensible y respetuosa, denuncia una situación de violencia y discriminación en contra de las mujeres y un aporte metodológico, didáctico, político y artístico que reivindica las acciones de mujeres organizadas en su lucha por el derecho a vivir una vida libre de violencia.

La Herencia de las Ausentes hace honor a la búsqueda incansable de las hijas desaparecidas, al intenso trabajo del movimiento de mujeres que luchan contra la violencia, los feminicidios y la impunidad de estos crímenes.  Es un recorrido a través de las voces de muchas mujeres que asumieron roles fundamentales, no solo  por alcanzar la justicia para las víctimas, sino también para señalar la complicidad del estado en todos los casos. Sus testimonios ponen en evidencia el desprecio, prejuicios o desinterés  que muchos operadores de justicia tienen hacia las mujeres.


EL DOCUMENTAL: La herencia de las ausentes

Para leer la Sentencia de la CIDH sobre Campo Algodonero

La Herencia de las Ausentes

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from feministing...

Welcome back, Academic Feminists. Today we have the last in our three-part series on women’s centers. In this column, I asked Kathleen Holgerson (left), from the University of Connecticut Women’s Center, and Jennifer Graham (right), from Georgia College’s Women’s Center, to discuss the use of Title IX to address gender-based violence on college campuses. 


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On Sept. 26, dozens of students at a Mexican teachers' college went missingafter a protest in the city of Iguala. They were last seen being hauled off into police vans and haven't been heard from since.

While searching for the missing students, investigators have uncovered a string of mass graves, police working for drug cartels and government officials at the helm of criminal operations.

While overall violence in Mexico has decreased in recent years, the current investigation has once again put the spotlight on the ruthless force of the drug cartels, brutal behavior by state security forces, and rampant corruption that are haunting parts of the country.

Here are 11 numbers that will help you understand the security situation in Mexico.


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TitleUnderstanding Public Knowledge and Attitudes towards Trafficking in Human Beings. Part 1
Publication TypeWorking Paper
AuthorsSharapov, Kiril
Place of PublicationBudapest
SeriesUP-KAT Research Papers
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Despite Europe being a major thoroughfare for human trafficking and exploited labour that enables many European consumers to live ‘the good life’, research presented in this paper shows that many citizens do not understand human trafficking, nor do they see it as a problem in their everyday lives. Over the last decade, human trafficking has become a policy priority for governments in all European countries, for non-governmental organizations that provide services to victims of trafficking, and for researchers attempting to assess its magnitude. However, little is still known about how many people are trafficked into and exploited within Europe, and how many people are exploited across national economies without being trafficked in the first place. Little is also known about public understanding of human trafficking and public attitudes towards this phenomenon.

This study addresses a gap in knowledge in this field and highlights differences in the levels of awareness of human trafficking among the general public in Great Britain, Ukraine, and Hungary. It relies on representative surveys of public understanding and attitudes towards human trafficking in these countries, which represent one of the many trafficking routes from Eastern into Central and Western Europe. The surveys were completed between December 2013 and January 2014.

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Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

Inter American Commission on Human Rights

Caso 12.626 - Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales), Estados Unidos (Seguimiento de recomendaciones) / 153 Período de Sesiones - Lunes 27 de octubre de 2014

Petitioners present testimony detailing the United States’ failure to implement changes to domestic violence laws and policies or investigate the failures in Ms. Lenahan’s case in the three years since the IACHR decision. The U.S. government responds. MORE BACKGROUND INFO AND LINKS

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Un panorama hemisférico a veinte años de la adopción de la Convención de Belém do Pará - Lunes 27 de octubre de 2014

Auspiciado por la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) y por la Comisión Interamericana de Mujeres (CIM) / Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA)


Relatora Especial de Naciones Unidas sobre la violencia contra las mujeres, sus causas y consecuencias 

Presidenta, Comisionada y Relatora sobre los derechos de las mujeres de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

Secretaria Ejecutiva de la Comisión Interamericana de Mujeres (CIM)

Coordinadora de Investigación de Corporación Humanas Colombia

Lunes 27 de octubre de 2014

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Sweden’s leading feminist lobby regards surrogate motherhood as a revival of serfdom for women. - 

The Swedish Women’s Lobby strongly opposes surrogate motherhood. Our position is that surrogacy is a trade with women’s bodies and children, as well as a threat to women’s basic human rights and bodily integrity.

Surrogacy is presently not legal in Sweden. However there is no legislation that regulates the fact that Swedish citizens use surrogate mothers abroad, and that their children have been brought to Sweden. In the last couple of years the issue has been up for debate and the Swedish government is examining whether surrogacy should be legalised. The results of its investigation will be presented in a few months.

Last year, the Swedish Medical-Ethical Council commented on the proposal. A majority of its members declared that they were positive towards legal altruistic surrogate motherhood in Sweden.

The Swedish Women’s Lobby has reacted to this position. We have expressed concern about an unproblematic understanding of altruistic surrogacy, as well as the fact that the Ministry of Justice is handling the investigation. There is a lack of a women’s human rights perspective. The Swedish Women’s Lobby has been active in the public debate around the issue and has written several letters to the Ministry of Justice as well as the Social Ministry and the Medical-Ethical Council.


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The best summer of her life is only the beginning for 13-year-old Mo’ne Davis. With the support of her family and passion for sports, Mo’ne stands for girls who want to play with the boys. She embodies the spirit that drives an athlete to push further, work harder, and overcome challenges. Are you ready to listen to her open letter, America?

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from feministing....

Halloween always reminds me that there are things far scarier than ghosts and goblins, things like racism and misogyny that persist when the costumes are packed away and November 1st rolls around.

ICYMI, yesterday more photos surfaced of couples costumed as Janay and Ray Rice for Halloween, complete with blackface and bruises. Still others — including a white child, also in blackface — dragged blow-up dolls behind them. The hashtags that appeared alongside the photos on Twitter and Instagram? #hilarious #BestCostume #funny #lmfao #hitabitch #shewasknockedupnowshesknockedout and, inexplicably, #domesticviolenceisnotfunny #butmycostumewas.  

The message couldn’t be clearer: in 2014, violence against black women is seen as nothing more than a joke. As Wagatwe summed up on Twitter, “Yet another reminder of how black women are not seen as humans, but props (see: black blowup doll) and our pain & trauma as punchlines.” As Janay Rice herself said, “It’s sad, that my suffering amuses others.”

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Women and girls abducted by the Islamist group Boko Haram are forced to marry, convert, and endure physical and psychological abuse, forced labor, and rape in captivity, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The group has abducted more than 500 women and girls since 2009, and intensified abductions since May 2013, when Nigeria imposed a state of emergency in areas where Boko Haram is most active.

(London) – Women and girls abducted by the Islamist group Boko Haram are forced to marry, convert, and endure physical and psychological abuse, forced labor, and rape in captivity. The group has abducted more than 500 women and girls since 2009, and intensified abductions since May 2013, when Nigeria imposed a state of emergency in areas where Boko Haram is most active.

The new 63-page report, “‘Those Terrible Weeks in Their Camp’: Boko Haram Violence against Women and Girls in Northeast Nigeria,” is based on interviews with more than 46 witnesses and victims of Boko Haram abductions in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states, including with girls who escaped the April 2014 abduction of 276 girls from Chibok secondary school. Their statements suggest that the Nigerian government has failed to adequately protect women and girls from a myriad of abuses, provide them with effective support and mental health and medical care after captivity, ensure access to safe schools, or investigate and prosecute those responsible for the abuses.


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Con un marco importante de asistentes se llevó a cabo el lunes 8 de septiembre la presentación de la “Guía de Buenas Prácticas para el abordaje de niños/as, adolescentes víctimas o testigos de abuso sexual y otros delitos. Protección de sus derechos, acceso a la Justicia y obtención de pruebas válidas para el proceso” La disertación estuvo a cargo de los Dres Tony Butler, especialista en asuntos relacionados con la protección de niños y agresiones contra la integridad sexual, y Mariano Nino, coordinador de UNICEF.

Esta guía fue elaborada en forma conjunta por JUFEJUS-ADC-UNICEF. Durante la jornada se entregaron ejemplares de la misma

La conferencia será emitida en los próximos días a través del Canal Online del Centro de Capacitación “Justicia de Todos”


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Sonoma County, like many communities around the country, is putting together policy for the use of law enforcement body cameras in order to enhance accountability in law enforcement contacts with the public. In his initial interim policy, our Sheriff has arbitrarily decided to withhold this protection from victims of violence against women. In this 6 page position paper we lay out our reasons for disagreeing strongly with this denial of equal protection 



Experience of Criminal Justice System Abuses by Gender, Info-graphic

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In the past few years, campus sexual assault has dominated headlines from The New York Timesto USA TodayRolling Stone to The Nation. Just last month, the White House released the It’s On Us anti-sexual assault campaign. All throughout, student activists have invoked the promise of Title IX to demand that their universities support sexual assault survivors and keep campuses safe, equitable, and just for all.

In all the buzz, though, there’s been little attention paid to other pervasive forms of gender-based violence also protected against under Title IX — including campus dating (or domestic) violence. ICYMI it’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so it seems as good a time as any to talk about what we’re not talking about, and to work to ensure that the conversation lasts beyond October 31st. 

In their Title IX coverage, most media outlets have reported on dating violence poorly or not at all, either choosing to focus on brutal, sensationalized intimate partner homicides (and almost always those of straight white women), or erasing relationship abuse from campus dating violence survivors’ stories altogether (repackaging it as an isolated “attack,” just one prolonged “rape”). The White House refused to include dating violence in the rollout of the It’s On Us campaign, claiming that it would prohibitively “complicate” the issue. Prominent anti-rape survivors and activists have not infrequently suggested to me that dating violence simply isn’t as serious as gang rape and sexual assault.


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Las azotan si no ocultan sus tobillos, si lavan la ropa en ríos, si se asoman a los balcones. Y eso no es todo 

Basado en información de la Asociación Revolucionaria de las Mujeres de Afganistán (RAWA), el diario español "ABC" elaboró una lista de 29 prohibiciones que los talibanes imponen a las mujeres afganas. 

Ello en aplicación estricta y radical a la Sharía, o ley islámica. "Con este listado de violaciones de los derechos humanos más básicos, los talibanes aseguran que solo quieren crear ambientes seguros, donde la castidad y dignidad de las mujeres sean por fin sacrosantas, tal y como recogen las creencias pashtunes sobre la vida en purdah (práctica para ocultar la vida femenina en público). Es decir, la creación de un estado sacralizado alrededor de las mujeres supone, para ellos, odiarlas, tratarlas como animales y someterlas durante toda la vida", señala "ABC".

Esta es la lista de las 29 prohibiciones:

1- Completa prohibición del trabajo femenino fuera de sus hogares, que igualmente se aplica a profesoras, inginieras y demás profesionales. Solo unas pocas doctoras y enfermeras tienen permitido trabajar en algunos hospitales en Kabul.

2- Completa prohibición de cualquier tipo de actividad de las mujeres fuera de casa a no ser que sea acompañadas de su mahram (parentesco cercano masculino como padre, hermano o marido).

3- Prohibición a las mujeres de cerrar tratos con comerciantes masculinos.

4-Prohibición a las mujeres de ser tratadas por doctores masculinos.

5- Prohibición a las mujeres de estudiar en escuelas, universidades o cualquier otra institución educativa (los talibán han convertido las escuelas para chicas en seminarios religiosos).


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Basta! is a project that begun in Santiago, Chile by Ediciones Asterión a few years ago. A group of women writers wanted to use the power of words to try and stop violence against their gender in Chile, or at the very least, bring more awareness to it. Over time, the project has grown to other countries and continents and now, it has come to the U.S. We are currently working on the U.S. anthology and we want to invite you to participate.

Send us 3 short stories (minifiction) of no more than 150 words each on the topic of violence again women (English or Spanish) and a short bio. We are reaching out to Latinas in the U.S. to contribute to our anthology and we would like you to be one of the women highlighted in this book.

Each contributor will received 2 copies of the book in appreciation for their participation in the anthology.

The book will be published by the Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, in Fall of 2014.

For more information, please contact Dr. Emma Sepulveda at emmas@unr.edu or Iris West at iwest@unr.edu

Deadline for submission is October 31, 2014.


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If you are involved in a family law case involving children and there has been domestic violence, here is important information about a law that affects you. It's a very good, easy to understand, two page summary of current California Family Court law and court policies on the question of domestic violence and custody.



Abusers Getting Custody Here

Beware Family Court: What Victims and Advocates Should Know

California Protective Parents Association

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