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News Round-up ~ Resumen de noticias


 

MÉXICO, 25 jun 2014 (IPS) - “Solo quiero salir de todo esto”, repite a IPS entre frecuentes suspiros la joven mexicana Yakiri Rubí Rubio Aupart, que desde diciembre de 2013 enfrenta un juicio por el asesinato de su violador.

Yakiri, de 21 años, vive en el populoso barrio de Tepito, una de las zonas más peligrosas de la capital de México.

La tarde del 9 de diciembre, iba a reunirse con su novia cuando fue interceptada por dos hombres en la calle, que la raptaron, amenazándola con una navaja, la subieron a una motocicleta y la llevaron a un hotel, según la versión que ella ha defendido durante el proceso.

Según su testimonio, los dos hombres la golpearon. Uno de ellos, Miguel Ángel Anaya, de 37 años y 90 kilos, la violó, mientras su hermano, Luis Omar Anaya, salía a fumar. La joven se defendió e hirió a su agresor en el vientre y el cuello con su propia navaja. El hombre comenzó a desangrarse, pero tuvo tiempo de salir del hotel y huir en su moto.

Ella también salió corriendo del hotel y pidió ayuda a unos policías. Sangrando y semidesnuda llegó a una oficina del Ministerio Público (fiscalía), a tres cuadras del lugar.

Mientras esperaba que la atendieran varias heridas, una de ellas de 14 centímetros en un brazo, llegó su segundo agresor y la acusó de asesinar a su hermano por un pleito de amantes, algo que su condición de lesbiana desmonta, según su defensa.

Yakiri fue trasladada a una prisión de mujeres ya sentenciadas, acusada de homicidio calificado, un delito penado con cárcel de 20 a 60 años.

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The Young Feminist Wire interviewed Momal Mushtaq, founder of  an online platform called The Freedom Traveller. The goal of The Freedom Traveller is to “connect and empower female travelers, especially from the countries where freedom of movement for women is restricted, with a platform where women of all nationalities and beliefs can actively network, share knowledge and resources, and map their experiences of travel.”

“For women to be empowered and able to thrive, they must be able to move. People talk about mobility, but they’re not talking about women’s mobility. At the individual level, when we talk about women’s mobility, we’re talking about being able to drive a car or go out at night, to be able to carry their goods to the market to earn a livelihood, to be able to swim to safety in a flood or tsunami. – Jan Peterson, Chair Huairou Commission”

Listen to the interview below to learn more where the idea for  The Freedom Traveller came from, why it’s important to talk about young women’s freedom of movement and how you can get involved.

What to learn more about Momal Mushtaq’s inspiring work and entrepreneurial spirit? She will be speaking on a panel at the Global Media Forum on July 1 2014. The Panel is called “Participation through self-education: A fishbowl session on how digital literacy enables young people to become change-makers”. The panel is hosted by the organizers of the Digital Participation Camp, an international initiative that draws young people together once a year to live, learn and work collectively to create new websites, apps and campaigns for social good.

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The National Rifle Association is fighting proposed federal legislation that would prohibit those convicted of stalking and of domestic violence against dating partners from buying guns, according to a letter obtained by The Huffington Post.

Federal law already bars persons convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from purchasing firearms. S. 1290, introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), would add convicted stalkers to that group of offenders and would expand the current definition of those convicted of domestic violence against "intimate partners" to include those who harmed dating partners.

Aides from two different senators' offices confirm that the NRA sent a letter to lawmakers describing Klobuchar's legislation as "a bill to turn disputes between family members and social acquaintances into lifetime firearm prohibitions." The nation's largest gun lobby wrote that it "strongly opposes" the bill because the measure "manipulates emotionally compelling issues such as 'domestic violence' and 'stalking' simply to cast as wide a net as possible for federal firearm prohibitions."

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When it comes to human trafficking, our tendency is to think of it is an issue far detached from our life, something that happens to other people. Nothing can be farther from the truth: Human trafficking victims are being exploited right now in our barrios, under our own noses.

The fact that these victims often go unnoticed screams of the vital need to educate our community, not only as to how to identify a potential situation but also on how to protect our loved ones from falling prey in these situations and where to seek help.

My guests in this discussion will be two veterans in our community's fight against this modern-day social malaise:
• Ana Isabel Vallejo, Co-Director/Attorney at VIDA Legal Assistance and former Coordinator at the Human Trafficking Academy, St. Thomas University School of Law
• Rocío Alcántar, Supervising Attorney at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)
• Teresita Chavez-Pedrosa, Lawyer, Journalist and Professor

We'll discuss:
• The Impact of Trafficking in the Latino Community
• How trafficking overlaps with other issues, such as immigration
• Ways to combat it in our communities
• Resources and organizations helping to prevent it and to protect victims.

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DATE: 
June 30, 2014 
 
TIME: 
12:00pm - 1:30pm PT / 3:00pm - 4:30pm ET 
 
REGISTRATION: 
To register, click here. 
 
This webinar is part of a series about Expert Witnesses hosted by the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women. 
 
WEBINAR DESCRIPTION 
Following up on a webinar from November 2013, by the same presenters, this webinar will provide participants with additional information about the uses of expert witnesses in immigration proceedings involving victims of battering. The presenters will discuss the process and use of survivor interviews/evaluations and the types of expertise necessary for different kinds of immigration proceedings. This webinar is intended for domestic violence and sexual assault experts and potential experts who are or may become involved in immigration proceedings, and will also be helpful for attorneys who represent immigrant survivors. 
 
To view Part I, go to ncdbw.org and look for Expert Witness webinars under "resources" or click here: Webinar on Experts in Immigration Cases, Part 1. It is not necessary to have viewed Part I in order to participate in Part II.

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Don't buy his populist rhetoric. The new pope is every bit the sexist homophobe as his predecessors

THE IMAGE OF Pope Francis is that he is a breath of fresh air, more progressive on social issues than his predecessor and a kinder, gentler pope.  But when the facts are examined, you see that he is none of these things. There is an enormous disconnect between who the pope really is in terms of his policies and his public relations image, as crafted by the Vatican’s PR man, previously with Fox News. The current PR mission is all about reversing the incredible decline in fundraising under the last pope from the U.S. Catholic Church in particular. Pope Francis has made any number of statements that seem to indicate change and progress that are not reflected in policy.  In fact, in the wake of such comments from Pope Francis, the Vatican often makes a point to explicitly state that no church policy has changed.

While the pope transmits a populist vibe—particularly about the economy— he is an old-school conservative who, despite his great PR, maintains nearly all of the socialpolicies of his predecessors and keeps up a hardline Vatican “cabinet.” He has done virtually nothing to change the policies of the church to match his more compassionate rhetoric.  People excuse the pope, claiming that he doesn’t have much power to make changes, but this simply isn’t true. Further, it is ludicrous to suggest that a man who denies comprehensive reproductive health care (including all forms of birth control including condoms and abortion) and comprehensive family planning is a man who cares about the poor of this world.  The bigotry of homophobia and sexism cloaked in religion are still bigotry and sexism. By giving to the church, American Catholics aren’t supporting “progress,” they are supporting oppression and in this way are complicit in the bigotry, sexism, and oppression of the church.

The new sexist, nun-hating, poverty-perpetuating, pedophile-protecting homophobe is the same as the old sexist, nun-hating, poverty-perpetuating, pedophile-protecting homophobe, but gosh how the media loves him

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Socorristas En Red - Socorro Rosa: A Feminist Practice For The Right To Choose In Argentina

FRIDAY FILE - Abortion is illegal in Argentina, with three exceptions: when the pregnancy was the result of a rape or abuse against a woman with a mental disability and when the pregnant woman’s life or health are at risk. However, even these cases often end up before the Courts and women continue to undergo surgical clandestine abortions that put their lives at risk. AWID (Association for Women's Rights in Development) talked to feminist activist Dahiana Belfiori[1] about the feminist collective that is implementing safe accompaniment for women opting for medical abortion.

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This report describes what comprises a lethality assessment program (LAP), the goals of the program and how it works. It discusses the experiences of states and localities that have lethality assessment programs in operation, and in particular, what it takes to prepare for implementation of such a program. The report also lists some of the ways that implementation of a lethality assessment program would benefit Virginia as well as some of the costs that such an effort would incur. Finally, it discusses the recommended first steps to implementing a lethality assessment program within existing or with minimal resources. 
 
Review mandate: Item 393 #4c of the 2013 Budget Bill directed DCJS to “review the experience of other states in establishing lethality assessment programs to train law enforcement officers in responding to 
situations involving domestic violence and potential deadly threats. The review shall include an assessment of the costs and benefits of establishing a program in Virginia and potential first 
steps which could be taken by the department within existing resources. Copies of the review shall be provided to the Secretary of Public Safety and the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and 
House Appropriations Committees by October 1, 2013.” 
 
 

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Julio T, un adolescente de 15 años, vende bisutería artesanal en el barrio carioca de Copacabana, cerca de la FIFA Fan Fest. Las ventas, según él, son muy buenas durante el Mundial de fútbol porque hay muchos turistas. Crédito: Fabíola Ortiz/IPS

RÍO DE JANEIRO, 23 jun 2014 (IPS) - La Copa Mundial de la FIFA que se desarrolla en Brasil ha puesto en alerta a las organizaciones que luchan contra la explotación de niños, niñas y adolescentes, durante un acontecimiento que ha atraído a 3,7 millones de turistas a las 12 ciudades sede.

Además de divisas, oportunidades de negocios y trabajo, el Mundial de fútbol también eleva los riesgos de explotación laboral y sexual de menores de 16 años, según plantean organizaciones sociales y el Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para la Infancia (Unicef).

“No tenemos números para medir la intensidad del problema, pero el Mundial reúne factores para que los casos de explotación aumenten”, entre niños, niñas y adolescentes, dijo a IPS la coordinadora de Childhood Brasil, Flora Werneck.

La oleada de turistas desde el 12 de junio y hasta el 13 de julio, en las ciudades donde se juegan los partidos de la Copa de la FIFA (Federación Internacional de Fútbol Asociado), multiplica la demanda temporal de servicios y aumenta el trabajo infantil y la vulnerabilidad de los derechos de los niños y niñas, aseguró la especialista.

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The goal of this Technical Assistance Guidance is to provide information for both victim advocates working in shelter and birth doulas on the impact of trauma in pregnancy and childbirth, and to outline how a partnership between these two communities may be of benefit to pregnant survivors of domestic violence. 

Pregnant women’s experiences and needs for emotional support, physical well-being, access to healthcare and other community-based services are significantly different from women who are not pregnant. For pregnant women also dealing with past or current domestic violence and currently residing in a domestic violence shelter or safe house, the multitude of experiences and needs may be even greater. The goal of this Technical Assistance Guidance is to provide information for both victim advocates working in shelter and birth doulas on the impact of trauma in pregnancy and childbirth, and to outline how a partnership between these two communities may be of benefit to pregnant survivors of domestic violence. A listing of educational resources, model programs, handouts and links to online networks to learn more about supporting pregnant survivors of abuse are included.

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Domestic Violence and Two-Parent Households

AFTER spending two years studying services for domestic violence survivors, I was surprised to realize that one of the most common barriers to women’s safety was something I had never considered before: the high value our culture places on two-parent families.
 
I began my research in 2011, the year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than one-third of American women are assaulted by an intimate partner during their lives. I talked to women in communities that ranged from a small rural mining town to a large global city, in police stations, criminal courts, emergency shelters, job placement centers and custody proceedings. I found that almost all of the women with children I interviewed had maintained contact with their abusers. Why?
 
Many had internalized a public narrative that equated marriage with success. Women experiencing domestic abuse are told by our culture that being a good mother means marrying the father of her children and supporting a relationship between them. According to a 2010 Pew report, 69 percent of Americans say single mothers without male partners to help raise their children are bad for society, and 61 percent agree that a child needs a mother and a father to grow up happily.
 

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 Conference agendas are about the last places you'd think of to keep yourself up to date. But the agend of the International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Campus Responses, is an exception. The wide range of topics and meaty summaries of each make for a great overview of who's doing what to end violence against women, even if you can't attend the conference yourself. Their 2015 conference agenda is just out and linked here for your perusal.

Just a small sample:

  • Getting the Right One:  A Serial Abuser is Convicted of Murder
  • U of Rights:  Advocacy and Legal Support for College Campus Survivors
  • A Victim-Focused Response:  Fielding and Enhancing the Military System
  • Leading the Way Toward a Start by Believing Nation:  Why We Need a Public Awareness Campaign
  • Civil Legal Remedies for Sexual Assault Victims
  • Going Down?  Understanding the Effects of Pornography
  • Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exams:  What We Know About Payment of Exams and Kit Processing
  • Partnering for the Safety and Well-Being of Children in Domestic Violence Cases
  • Sexual Assault on College Campuses:  Best Practice Recommendations to Meet the Needs of Victims  
  • Alcohol Facilitated Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Predators:  What We Don't Know - We REALLY DON'T KNOW
  • Contesting the "He Said, She Said" Defense
... and many, many others!

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On the morning of March 20, Shanesha Taylor had a job interview. It was for a good job, one that could support her three children, unlike the many positions she’d applied for that paid only $10 an hour. The interview, at an insurance agency in Scottsdale, Ariz., went well. “Walking out of the office, you know that little skip thing people do?” she said, clicking her heels together in a corny expression of glee. “I wanted to do that.”

 
But as she left the building and walked through the parking lot, she saw police officers surrounding her car, its doors flung open and a crime-scene van parked nearby. All the triumphant buoyancy of the moment vanished, replaced by a hard, sudden knot of panic. Hours later, Ms. Taylor was posing for a mug shot, her face somber and composed, a rivulet of tears falling from each eye. A subsequent headline in The Huffington Post said it all: “Shanesha Taylor, Homeless Single Mom, Arrested After Leaving Kids in Car While on Job Interview.”
 

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Nicole Goodlett of Spartanburg, SC, missing since March 2014.

Nicole Goodlett of Spartanburg, SC, missing since March 2014.

When nearly 300 Nigerian school girls were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram and went missing in April, the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls  became a rallying call to draw attention to the crime and to demand action.

Nations, including the United States, sent resources to Africa in hopes of finding those girls while every day, here in America, scores of black people go missing with little or no fanfare or calls to action.

The National Crime Information Center reports that more than 270,000 minorities have been reported missing since 2010. Almost half of that number is made up of African-Americans, and roughly 64,000 are African-American girls and women.

Missing persons activists call upon the media to offer more attention and focus on missing people of color. Dateline NBC’s initiative “Missing in America” recently posted the story behind the disappearance of Nicole Goodlett.

Goodlett was first reported missing by her parents on March 12, 2014.  Goodlett, who is called Alazay or Zay by friends, suffers from depression. Her parents do not believe she has her medication with her and are duly concerned for her safety.

Goodlett is 5’10″ tall, weighs 130 pounds and wears her hair both curly and straight. Investigators believe that Goodlett may be the victim of foul play but cannot give more information about that belief without compromising their investigation.

Jerald Howard, Goodlett’s boyfriend, has been identified as a person of interest in the case. Howard dropped their twin girls at his parents’ home after she went missing and has been back and forth since. No charges against him have been filed, but they would like to speak with him about the case. The twins are now in the Department of Social Services’ custody, while her 5-year-old son is with Goodlett’s parents.

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¿Cuándo fue que elegimos como senador al papa Juan Pablo II? Es que lo escuché hablar claro y fuerte durante la instalación, el pasado 12 de junio, de la nueva Comisión de la Familia y Desarrollo Humano.
 
Cuando leí el discurso pronunciado por el senador panista José María Martínez, presidente de esa comisión, la memoria me trajo la voz de la filósofa española Alicia Miyares, en su conferencia “Los otros poderes en presencia”, durante el Segundo Seminario Igualdad y Democracia, en Monterrey, Nuevo León. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShvhV1hC4Y8).
 
En su alocución, citó la Exhortación Apostólica Familiaris Consortio (22 de noviembre de 1981) en la que Juan Pablo II se dirigió al Episcopado, al clero y a los fieles, y estableció una serie de lineamientos respecto a “la misión de la familia cristiana en el mundo actual”.
 
Y hasta ahí yo no tendría por qué opinar mayor cosa. Pero, al leerla, me di cuenta que precisamente esa Exhortación da fundamento ideológico a una comisión del Senado que dispondrá de 300 mil pesos mensuales.

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 Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired combat veteran and NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline today announced a new report and toolkit, “Saving Women’s Lives,” to serve as a resource for state and local leaders to adopt best practices that will help protect women from gun violence.....

The new resource titled “Saving Women’s Lives: Ending Firearms Violence Against Intimate Partners,” provides local leaders – including state courts, prosecutors, law enforcement, and victim advocates – recommendations on best practices that protect victims of abuse from gun violence. It also highlights the importance of strong partnerships between states and the federal government in improving the effectiveness of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and enforcement of existing federal gun laws.

Among the best practices, policies and laws recommended in the toolkit:

Ways state courts can improve findings in protection orders that meet requirements of federal firearms laws;

Steps for state and local law enforcement to improve their lethality assessment programs when responding to domestic violence incidents;

State prosecutors should adopt protocols for ensuring that information required to conduct a federal firearms background check is in court records and plea agreements; and,

 

State legislatures can give law enforcement and court officials the tools they need to be most effective.

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Dear all:

 

As you may know, Amnesty International is currently discussing, among its Country Sections and within its International Secretariat, whether to adopt an official position calling for the decriminalization, also known as legalization, of the sex industry, including prostitution. Hyperlinked here is CATW's letter to Amnesty urging them to abide by the principles of human rights and international instruments that protect and promote the fundamental rights of women and other individuals bought, sold and exploited in the commercial sex trade.  If you are a member of Amnesty, you can also send them a letter to express your concerns on this issue.

 

Thank you and please let us know if you have any questions.

  

CATW International Team
 
 
About the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women:
 

CATW is a non-governmental organization that works to end human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of women and children worldwide. CATW is the world’s first organization to fight human trafficking internationally and is the world’s leading abolitionist organization. A unique strength of CATW is that we engage in advocacy, education, victim services and prevention programs for victims of trafficking and prostitution in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, and North America, including in the United States.

Since 1988, CATW has provided widely recognized leadership on local, national, regional, and international levels, in promoting legislative, policy and educational measures to raise awareness about the root causes of human trafficking. CATW holds Special Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and was a key consultant at the UN Transnational Organized Crime Meeting from 1999-2000 the outcome of which is the Palermo Protocol, the world’s most recognized legal instrument on human trafficking.

CATW website: http://www.catwinternational.org/

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   Es su obligación garantizar igualdad: Alda Facio
México ha sido incapaz de eliminar discriminación de género

Alda Facio, jurista feminista y experta en temas de género, sostuvo que en México no hay igualdad porque desde el Estado no se han erradicado todas las formas de discriminación contra las mujeres.

De acuerdo con la especialista, no basta con declarar la igualdad entre los sexos en la legislación sino que es indispensable que se eliminen todas las formas de discriminación contra las mujeres a través de la acción de Estado.

Esa argumentación también es la premisa de su nuevo libro “La responsabilidad estatal frente al Derecho Humano a la igualdad”, presentado hoy en la Comisión de Derechos Humanos del Distrito Federal (CDHDF).

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Excerpt: The reality is the criminal justice system often decides against prosecuting cases of acquaintance rape and date rape. Once a case reaches prosecutors, there's no guarantee of a conviction, let alone a trial or full prosecution. An analysis of the National Violence Against Women Survey by the group End Violence Against Women International concluded that roughly 5 percent of rapes are ever prosecuted. (The analysis sought to account for the underreporting of sexual assault, which resulted in numbers lower than the DOJ's estimates.)

Conviction rates present a "perverse incentive" for prosecutors to pursue only the strongest cases that offer the highest probability that a DA can win the case, said the study's authors, Kimberly A. Lonsway and Joanne Archambault.

"A lot of the early civil rights cases, they weren't pursued because they weren't going to win," said Lonsway, research director at End Violence Against Women International, who frequently trains law enforcement on sexual assault investigations. "We have to take the hard ones to make change."

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SEE ALSO: California Proposed Legislation: AB 1433 (Campus Assault Reporting w/Dignity) Requires any report of a Part 1 violent crime (willful homicide, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault), sexual assault or hate crime received by a college campus law enforcement agency to be immediately disclosed to the appropriate police or sheriff’s department.  If the victim of the crime does not wish to involve local law enforcement, they may opt to have their name redacted from the report.

AND - Open Letter Re: District Attorney Obligations and Accountability to Victims of Violence  Against Women

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New photos released by Rep. Henry Cuellar's (D-Texas) office depict the unsanitary and cramped living conditions that undocumented immigrants, many of whom are unaccompanied children, are experiencing in a detention center near the U.S.-Mexico border.

The photos were first published by the Houston Chronicle. Cuellar’s office declined Monday to tell Business Insider who took the photos and where exactly they were taken.

President Barack Obama has previously called the buildup of unaccompanied minors at temporary border facilities an "urgent humanitarian situation," and the government has directed considerable resources to housing and caring for the children. Customs and Border Protection, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, is supposed to turn over minors to the Department of Health and Human Services within three days, but many children are remaining in detention facilities for longer periods due to the massive influx.  

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The village of rape survivor Angeline Mwarusena continues to be threatened by militia. Credit: Einberger/argum/EED/IPS

The village of rape survivor Angeline Mwarusena continues to be threatened by militia. Credit: Einberger/argum/EED/IPS

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 12 2014 (IPS) - When sexual violence – whether against men, women or children – takes place in United Nations peacekeeping missions worldwide, the world body has been quick to single out the perpetrators and expel them back to their home countries.

But the U.N. has little or no authority to prosecute offenders, mete out justice or ensure adequate compensation to victims.

The 193 member states, which provide thousands of troops for peacekeeping missions largely in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean, are beyond the reach of the long arm of the law.

But at a summit meeting in London this week, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a set of guidelines titled ‘Reparations for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence.’

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A UNIFIED NATIONAL VOICE

The IPV Prevention Council represents a unified national effort committed to

enhancing the capacity of state/territory domestic violence coalitions and

community-based domestic violence programs to advance a comprehensive

national prevention agenda and broaden support for its full implementation

at the national, state, territory and local levels.

 

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by Hope Wabuke aslan and mommy at the beach edited

This past February, when President Obama announced his first initiative to address the historical and current effects of racism in the United States, many applauded the effort as a long overdue step in the right direction. However, the program, called My Brother’s Keeper, focuses only on boys and young men of color, ignoring one half of the population.

Said the president,

By focusing on the critical challenges, risk factors and opportunities for boys and young men of color at key life stages, we can improve their long-term outcomes and ability to contribute to the nation’s competitiveness, economic mobility and growth, and civil society. Unlocking their full potential will benefit not only them, but all Americans.

While the drive to benefit the lives of young men of color is wonderful, one wonders why women are again left out of the equation. The advancement of women of color is equally as important as the advancement of young men of color, and must be addressed. This is the main point of an informal coalition of 200 concerned Black men that has formed to forward the interests of their sisters of color. They have begun by writing an open letter to the President.

We always say that gender equality will only fully exist when that other 50 percent of the population—men—become feminists. And so, this moment, when these Black men are stepping up to be feminists and support women’s rights in a way that has never before been seen in the civil rights struggle, is groundbreaking.

Among these 200 Black men are actor/producer Danny Glover, filmmaker Byron Hurt, writer/professor at Vassar Kiese Laymon and 197 other Black men from all walks of life and professions. They share the concern that a mission that Black women will not be left out of the civil rights agenda as has happened in a multitude of social justice initiatives not just in the United States, but around the globe. Ms. sat down with Laymon, one of the key organizers of the coalition, to learn more.

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We recently launched a training module and hosted a webinar to provide guidance on how to successfully investigate sexual assaults against people with disabilities. Yet these are only two of the many resources now available in this area, all of which are offered free of charge:
  • Our newest module in the OnLine Training Institute (OLTI) module is entitled, Successfully Investigating Sexual Assault Against Victims with Disabilities.This free module offers 18 hours of continuing education units for those who are eligible.
  • You can also listen to the archived version of the webinar and obtain a copy of the slides in our webinar archive. A detailed course descriptionprovides more information about the content and speakers for this webinar.
  • Slides from the webinar are available in two formats:1 slide per page for increased visibility or 3 slides per page with room for notes. The webinar transcriptis also available. 

In addition, we compiled responses to the chat questions submitted during the webinar. Participants asked excellent questions about how to determine when people are able to provide informed consent to sexual acts - and when they lack this capacity due to severe cognitive disabilities, mental illness, or incapacitation from drug or alcohol use.

 

Questions addressed the following critical issues:

 

  • Do individuals with severe cognitive disabilities fit in the legal category of those unable to give consent?
  • Can consent be implied for nonverbal individuals? If so, how?
  • What is the legal definition of a caregiver and a dependent adult?
 
These questions are posted in the FAQ's on our website. Responses are provided under the new tabs for Consent and Victims with Disabilities.

 

 
 

 

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By Shawna Wakefield, Senior Gender Justice Lead at Oxfam

“The mission of the [World] Bank depends on moving towards gender equality’
- Jim Kim, Head of the World Bank, launch of Voice and Agency, Washington DC

Recently, the World Bank launched a major new report, Voice and Agency: empowering women and girls for shared prosperity with much fanfare.  Starting with the World Development Report in 2012, the World Bank has used the strength of its data machine to deliver high profile gender research. The Bank may also be taking gender more seriously in their work: including through the 17th replenishment of its lending arm, the IDA, as a cross-cutting solution area in the new structure of the World Bank Group and as a new ‘frontier’ area on violence against women.

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