Womens Justice Center

News Round-up ~ Resumen de noticias


Women held in detention at the notorious Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre say they are treated like “animals”, according to a hard-hitting report which outlines allegations of routine bullying and sexual abuse against female inmates.

The report by Women for Refugee Women (WFRW), released today, reveals that women at the centre, in Bedfordshire, are denied basic privacy and are routinely stared at by male members of staff while they are naked or using the toilet.


Many are subjected to racist abuse, it adds, and a number have complained of being physically or sexually assaulted by staff at the centre, Britain’s largest detention facility for women facingdeportation.The report draws on the experiences of 38 women detained at Yarl’s Wood between June 2012 and October 2014.



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The NFL has jump-started a national conversation on domestic violence, but there's one group we're overlooking: The people we trust to keep us safe.

In families of police officers, domestic violence is two-to-four times more likely than in the general population — from stalking and harassment to sexual assault and even homicide. As the National Center for Women and Policing notes, two studies have found that at least 40% of police officer families experience domestic violence, in contrast to 10% of families in the general population. 

America's police domestic abuse problem was on full display in Monday's horrific murder of Valerie Morrow, who police say was shot to death by her ex-boyfriend, Stephen Rozniakowski, a Philadelphia-area police officer. Morrow, 40, had just been granted a protection from abuse order against Rozniakowski, who had been charged with 75 counts of stalking.

After Rozniakowski reportedly resigned from his job Monday, police say he kicked open the door to Morrow's home, shot her to death and wounded her teenage daughter before being apprehended at the scene.



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“Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely,” said the British historian Lord Acton. Unfortunately, this is not entirely a myth.

A great deal of research—especially from social psychology—lends support to Acton’s claim: Power leads people to act in impulsive fashion, both good and bad, and to fail to understand other people’s feelings and desires. UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner explains some of the ways in which power encourages individuals to act on their own whims, desires, and impulses.

When researchers give people power in scientific experiments, those people are more likely to physically touch others in potentially inappropriate ways, to make risky choices and gambles, to speak their mind, and to eat cookies like the Cookie Monster, with crumbs all over their chins and chests.

FEATURING: Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology and founding faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley

Read more: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/artic... Berkeley Social Interaction Lab: http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~keltner/ Greater Good Science Center: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/

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Madrid, 12 ene. 15. AmecoPress.- La aprobación de la Ley Organica 1/2004 sobre medidas de Protección integral contra la Violencia de Género, supuso un avance en cuanto a la concepción de la violencia por razón de género en el marco íntimo como hecho estructural. Aun considerar la incidencia de la entrada en vigor de la LO 1/2004, la cifra de víctimas mortales aumentó, hasta valores superiores a los previos a la entrada en vigor de dicha Ley.




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 If you would like to receive updates on the Task Force please subscribe here

On December 18, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order establishing a Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The Task Force seeks to identify best practices and make recommendations to the President on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust and examine, among other issues, how to foster strong, collaborative relationships between local law enforcement and the communities they protect. The Task Force is directed to provide an initial report on recommendations to the President by March 2, 2015.

The Task Force Membership


Commissioner Charles Ramsey,
Philadelphia Police Department

Laurie Robinson, Professor,
George Mason University


• Cedric L. Alexander
• Jose Lopez 
• Tracey L. Meares 
• Brittany N. Packnett
• Susan Lee Rahr
    • Constance Rice
    • Sean Michael Smoot
    • Bryan Stevenson 
    • Roberto Villaseñor


The Task Force is initiating a public engagement process aimed at gaining broad input and expertise from stakeholders to inform and advise them in developing recommendations.

We invite the public to participate in one of the following ways:

Public Meetings with Task Force: The Task Force will convene several public meetings to hear testimony, including proposed recommendations for consideration from invited witnesses, and also receive comments from the public. Additional information on each of these public meetings is available by the links below. Information can also be found in the Federal Register. Additional dates will be posted as they become available.

Written Public Comments: Public recommendations on the specific topics of each Task Force meeting should follow the comment guidelines for each meeting. General comments on the mission and work of the Task Force may be submitted at any time toComment@taskforceonpolicing.us or via U.S. Mail to: President's Task Force on Policing in the 21st Century, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice, 145 N Street, N.E. 11th Floor, Washington, DC 20530.



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Pocket Guide
Provides brief explanations of:

  • legal concepts, documents, and tools that may be misused to commit elder abuse or used properly to remedy it, and
  • issues and actions that justice system professionals should consider if they suspect elder abuse has occurred.

Desk Guide 
Provides more information about Pocket Guide topics, as well as:

  • tips for communicating with older individuals,
  • the differences between civil and criminal courts,
  • entities that may be involved with elder abuse victims or perpetrators, and
  • additional resources.

The Guides provide information on a variety of important topics:


Background Information


  • Types of Elder Abuse
  • Abusers & Risk Factors
  • Consent, Capacity, & Undue Influence
  • Adult Protective Services & Mandatory Reporting
  • Considerations for Community Corrections


Legal Documents and Tools


  • Deeds & Life Estates
  • Guardians/Conservators
  • Health Care Advance Directives
  • Joint Owners/Joint Accounts
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Nursing Homes & Assisted Living
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Representative Payees & VA Fiduciaries
  • Reverse Mortgages
  • Trusts
  • Wills













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Move over Yelp. A new website allows migrant workers to post reviews about recruiters and employers online, using a simple feature phone. It’s called Contratados–”being contracted”–and it allows migrant workers to rate employers and recruiters. With January and February being key times to recruit migrant workers, the developers of the site hope it can be used as a tool to protect workers’ rights. (Latinousa)




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Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault

And Then There Were Three: Multiple Defendant Rape, Witnessed Rape, and Other Complex Cases

Betraying the Badge: Officer-Involved Domestic Violence

Beyond Conviction Rates: Measuring Success in Sexual Assault Prosecutions

Context is Everything: Battered Women Charged with Crimes

Domestic Violence and Firearms: A Deadly Combination

Ethical Considerations for Prosecutors in Sexual Violence Cases 

Following the Digital Breadcrumbs: Utilizing Technology in Sex Trafficking Prosecutions 

From Barriers to Solutions: Investigating and Prosecuting Human Trafficking 

Gang-Related Violence, Exploitation, and Intimidation 

Going Forward Without the Victim: Evidence-Based Prosecutions in Domestic Violence Cases 

Higher Education: Dispelling Myths to More Effectively Prosecute Campus Rape

Integrating a Trauma-Informed Response

Interviewing Victims of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation: Techniques and Tactics

Intimidation in Human Trafficking Cases

Intimidation of Victims of Sexual Abuse in Confinement 

Labor Trafficking: Exploitation for the Sake of the Bottom Line

Making it Stick: Protecting the Record for Appeal

Overcoming the Consent Defense: Identifying, Investigating, and Prosecuting the Non-Stranger Rapist

Pretrial Motions: Admitting and Excluding Evidence in the Prosecution of Sexual Abuse in Confinement

Prosecuting Intimate Partner Sexual Assault

Sexual Abuse in Confinement – An Introduction for Prosecutors 

Sexual Abuse in Confinement: A Case Study

Stalking and Technology: Prosecution Strategies

Strangulation Injury

Trial Strategies for the Prosecution of Sexual Abuse in Confinement

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Former Buffalo, N.Y., Police Officer Cariol Holloman-Horne 


Eight years ago Buffalo, N.Y., Police Officer Cariol Holloman-Horne intervened in an incident between a suspect and a fellow cop, and she ultimately lost her career and her pension.

If you are a “good cop” in the United States who has knowledge of what you perceive to be police misconduct or brutality, yet do nothing, then you are not only perpetuating cycles of mistrust and cynicism in communities of color toward law enforcement, but also aiding and abetting the extrajudicial killing of people around this country.

On Nov. 1, 2006, now-former Buffalo, N.Y., Police Officer Cariol Holloman-Horne refused to be that kind of “good cop.” Her case has received regional attention for years, but the recent rash of police killings, particularly the choke hold death of 43-year-old Eric Garner, has pushed it into the national glare for the first time.

The then-19-year veteran, who is African American, was called to the scene of an alleged domestic violence dispute at the home of local musician Neal Mack. Upon her arrival, Mack had already been restrained after allegedly resisting arrest.



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for Amnesty International

On December 24, (now in effect) the first ever international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) regulating the sale of conventional arms and ammunition will go into effect. The treaty will require that before authorizing a sale of arms and ammunition across international borders, governments must assess the risk that the weapons will be used to commit or facilitate serious violations of international humanitarian or human rights law, undermine peace and security, or engage in transnational organized crime.  If an exporting country knows there is an “overriding” risk that the arms will be used for these purposes, the sale is prohibited.

In another break-through, the ATT is also the first legally binding international agreement that makes the connection between the international arms trade and gender-based violence (GBV). Only recently has the gendered aspect of armed violence been recognized.  During the drafting of the treaty, Amnesty International joined with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the Women’s Network of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), and Oxfam to enlist the support of both governments and civil society for inclusion of a gender dimension in the treaty.  As a result of these efforts, Article 7(4) of the ATT makes it mandatory for arms exporting countries to assess the risk that their weapons will be used in the commission of GBV and deny authorization of any sales that present an “overriding” risk.  


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RNS) Cardinal Raymond Burke, a senior American churchman in Rome who has been one of the most outspoken critics of Pope Francis’ push for reform, is roiling the waters yet again, this time arguing that the Catholic Church has become too “feminized.”

Burke, who was recently demoted from the Vatican’s highest court to a ceremonial philanthropic post, also pointed to the introduction of altar girls for why fewer men are joining the priesthood.

“Young boys don’t want to do things with girls. It’s just natural,” Burke said in an interview published on Monday (Jan. 5). “I think that this has contributed to a loss of priestly vocations.

In the interview, Burke also blamed gay clergy for the church’s sexual abuse crisis, saying priests “who were feminized and confused about their own sexual identity” were the ones who molested children.

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Stock photos tell us what we think a perfect rape survivor should look like: white, middle class and on the verge of tears.

Over the past couple of months, there has been a lot of news on sexual assault -- from Jian Ghomeshi to Bill Cosby to Uber drivers to rape on college campuses. And there have been tons of reaction pieces to these events. Besides feeling a real exhaustion and sadness over the way our culture treats rape survivors, I’ve noticed something about all of the stock photos accompanying these articles.

They’re all photos of women, often with their faces hidden from view -- heads in their hands or on their knees. They’re in the fetal position. They look like they’re in the process of crying, or about to cry.




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Ya sabemos que la 'cultura de la pureza' causa disfunción sexual.

Este es el testimonio de Samantha Pugsley, a quien convencieron en su iglesia de ser virgen hasta el matrimonio (traducción modificada de la deUpsocl):

“Creyendo que el verdadero amor me espera, hago un compromiso con Dios, conmigo misma, con mi familia, con mis amigos, con mi futuro esposo y mis futuros hijos de abstenerme del sexo desde este día hasta el día en que me case por la Biblia. También de abstenerme de pensamientos sexuales, contacto sexual, pornografía, y acciones que son conocidas por llevar a la excitación sexual”.


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   Agredidas en sus casas o camino a la escuela, informa EU

Siete de cada mil jóvenes estadounidenses entre 18 y 24 años de edad han sido víctimas de violación o agresión sexual, menos del 30 por ciento de ellas denunció ante la policía, y menos del 18 por ciento recibió atención especial tras el ataque. 

Lo anterior según el reporte especial “Violación y agresión sexual, victimización de jóvenes en edad escolar”, del Departamento de Justicia del Estados Unidos, y que analiza la información del Buró de Estadísticas en Justicia y la Encuesta Nacional de Crimen y Victimización.  
De 1995 a 2013, de acuerdo con el documento disponible en inglés, las mujeres de entre 18 y 24 años representan el más alto porcentaje de víctimas de violación y agresión sexual, que las estadounidenses de otros rangos de edad.


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As awareness of America's sex-trafficking industry increases, state after state has enacted new laws to combat it. But while a few have backed those get-tough laws with significant funding to support trafficking victims, many have not.

In Michigan, for example, a cluster of legislators beamed with pride as Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed a package of 21 anti-trafficking bills. For a state ranked by advocacy groups as woefully behind in addressing the problem, the package was touted as a huge step forward, making Michigan, in Snyder's words, "one of the leading states in fighting this tragic crime."

Yet the bills contained virtually no new funding, even though a high-powered state commission had reported a serious lack of support services and specialized housing for victims.


"For all the hoopla, it's blatantly not true that we're now at the forefront," said professor Bridgette Carr, a member of the commission and director of the Human Trafficking Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. "For many of these victims, there's often no place to go."

Michigan has plenty of company in this regard. National advocacy groups such as the Polaris Project and Shared Hope International say relatively few states -- Minnesota and Florida are notable exceptions -- have appropriated substantial funding to support victims with shelter, mental-health services and life-skills training.



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Uno de los carteles de la masiva campaña No Hay Excusas, realizada por el Conapees, el Instituto del Niño y Adolescente del Uruguay y Unicef. Crédito: Cortesia de Conapees

MONTEVIDEO, 5 ene 2015 (IPS) - Karina Núñez Rodríguez tenía solo 12 años cuando se vio empujada a la prostitución. Ahora con medio siglo de vida y seis hijos, es una de las voces más elocuentes contra la explotación sexual de niñas y adolescentes en Uruguay, un país reacio a reconocer esta creciente lacra.

Su apellido materno, Rodríguez, “tiene todo que ver con lo que hago y con lo que soy”, dice a IPS al explicar por qué quiere figurar con ambos esta mujer que, pese a sus múltiples aportes, no tiene otros ingresos que el trabajo sexual. 

En Uruguay, una gran cantidad de menores, la gran mayoría niñas, son arrancados de su infancia y ofrecidos como mercadería a cambio de pagos variables: un paquete de cigarrillos, una dosis de drogas, una tarjeta de teléfono móvil, comida, vestimenta, refugio o dinero. Los explotan miembros de sus familias, vecinos o redes criminales, pequeñas o más articuladas.


Tal como su abuela, su madre también fue una niña explotada. Ahora ella se enorgullece de haber quebrado este círculo familiar de servidumbre y marca una fecha simbólica: cuando su hija menor cumplió 12 años siendo una niña alegre y pronta para ingresar a la escuela secundaria.

En Uruguay, una gran cantidad de menores, la gran mayoría niñas, son arrancados de su infancia y ofrecidos como mercadería a cambio de pagos variables: un paquete de cigarrillos, una dosis de drogas, una tarjeta de teléfono móvil, comida, vestimenta, refugio o dinero. Los explotan miembros de sus familias, vecinos o redes criminales, pequeñas o más articuladas.

La dueña de un negocio alimentario organiza bailes en su tienda los días de paga de los peones rurales del lugar, e invita a niñas de 12 años de su vecindario. Las pequeñas pasan sus noches bebiendo, bailando y manteniendo relaciones sexuales en las instalaciones exteriores de una capilla cercana.



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A poster from the No Excuses campaign, organised by Conapees, el Instituto del Niño y Adolescente del Uruguay and Unicef. Photo courtesy of Conapees

MONTEVIDEO, Jan 5 2015 (IPS) - Karina Núñez Rodríguez was only 12 when she was forced into prostitution. Now age 50 and a mother of six, she is an outspoken fighter against sexual exploitation of children and teenagers in Uruguay, a country reluctant to recognise this growing scourge.

Her mother’s surname, Rodríguez, “has everything to do with what I am,” she says, explaining that her grandmother was also an exploited child. Karina proudly says she broke this family burden when her youngest daughter turned 12 as a smiling girl ready to go to high school.

“There were nine guys who gave me a beating. I was 11 days in an intensive-care unit and three months unable to walk. Once I could, I returned to report the same crime." -- Karina Núñez Rodríguez 

It was an assurance that her own children have a bright future, even though Karina still makes a living selling her body.

In Uruguay, a countless number of children, mostly girls, have their childhoods stolen, to be sold for a pack of cigarettes, a cell phone card, food, clothes, shelter or plain cash. Some are exploited by their own relatives, others by by neighbours or organised criminal networks.

One grocer threw dance parties in her shop on the paydays of local rural workers and lured the men with 12 year-old-girls from the neighbourhood. The girls would spend the night drinking alcohol and having sexual relations with adults on the premises of a nearby chapel.


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En murales de fotografías como esta, de un grupo de los desaparecidos tras el golpe militar de 1973 y la dictadura de Augusto Pinochet, busca Ana María Luna Barrios en Chile un rostro que le resulte familiar de la madre de la que se supone usurpada mientras estaba detenida. Crédito: Marjorie Apel/ Creative Commons

SANTIAGO, 29 dic 2014 (IPS) - La sospecha de que hijos e hijas de detenidas desaparecidas fueron usurpados clandestinamente durante la dictadura, cobró nueva fuerza en Chile, un país que hasta ahora miró con distancia este flagelo. 

“Siempre existió la sospecha de que en Chile pasó algo similar que en Argentina y que, en efecto, muchas compañeras que fueron detenidas embarazadas pudieron tener a sus hijos en centros detención”, contó a IPS una mujer de 70 años que pidió identificarla solo por Carmen, para preservar su identidad.

“No se ahondó mucho en ese tiempo, porque teníamos miedo y nadie nos escucharía”, añadió.

Carmen, una profesora que apoyó y luchó por el gobierno de la Unidad Popular, del presidente Salvador Allende (1970-1973), vivió el golpe de Estado del 11 de septiembre de 1973 en una pequeña localidad del sur de Chile, donde hacía trabajo político con un grupo de otros jóvenes.

Horas después del derrocamiento del gobierno constitucional de Allende, en un cruento golpe militar encabezado por el general Augusto Pinochet, Carmen vio caer abatido a un compañero que protestaba junto a ella por el avance de tropas en el pueblo donde estaba. “Es un dolor que no se supera”, aseguró.

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Excerpt: As accusations of sexual assault continue to mount against Mr. Cosby — more than two dozen women have gone public, the latest last Monday — the question arises as to why these stories never sparked a widespread outcry before. While many of the women say they never filed police complaints or went public because they feared damaging their reputations or careers, the aggressive legal and media strategy mounted by Mr. Cosby and his team may also have played a significant role.

An examination of how the team has dealt with scandals over the past two decades and into this fall reveals an organized and expensive effort that involved quashing accusations as they emerged while raising questions about the accusers’ character and motives, both publicly and surreptitiously. And the team has never been shy about blasting the news media for engaging in a feeding frenzy even as the team made deals or slipped the news organizations information that would cast Mr. Cosby’s accusers in a negative light.


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Taking on the Challenge of Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits
Expert Chat Webinar
October 2014

When a jurisdiction has large numbers of sexual assault kits that have never been submitted to the lab, they face a number of complex, sensitive, and interconnected challenges. NIJ funded multidisciplinary teams to investigate the issues in Detroit and Houston. In this seminar, the teams discuss the issues they grappled with: how to triage and process the testing of the kits, when and how to notify victims, and how to make policy and practice changes to both prevent future build-ups of kits and enhance the provision of justice for victims of sexual assault.

Moderator: Bethany Backes, Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice

  • Department
Still image linking to a video file of the recorded webinarVideo (1:32:21)

Slides and other resources
  • Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Noel Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • Bill Wells, Ph.D., Sam Houston State University
  • Mary Lentschke, Assistant Chief, Houston Poli
  • Why Were So Many Sexual Assault Kits Not Tested in Detroit? 
    April 2014
    Interview with Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D., Michigan State University

    Watch Rebecca Campbell discuss the five primary reasons that Detroit developed a large number of sexual assault kits that were not submitted to the crime lab for DNA-testing. Dr. Campbell also talks about how these "risk factors" could apply to other jurisdictions.
    Picture of Rebecca Campbell linking to the video
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    Transcript of the interview
    Notifying Sexual Assault Victims When Evidence Is Tested
    April 2014
    Interview with Dr. Noël Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin 

    Watch Noël Busch-Armendariz discuss what Houston is learning about the role of notifying sexual assault victims when their rape kits are DNA-tested. In talking about the nationwide implications of the Houston action-research project, Dr. Busch-Armendariz says that the nation is ready to move beyond a focus solely on kit-testing to the larger discussion of how to tackle the complicated issue of sexual assault.
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La Habana, 15 dic (EFE).- La voz de las mujeres se escuchó hoy por primera vez en los diálogos de paz de Colombia con la presencia en la mesa de negociación de La Habana del primer grupo de expertas en asuntos de género, que pidió justicia y reparación para estas víctimas, así como una tregua bilateral en las fiestas de Navidad.

 La guerrillera e integrante de la mesa negociadora de las FARC-EP, la holandesa Tanja Nijmeijer (c), participa este 15 de diciembre, en la reunión de la Comisión de Género de la Mesa de negociaciones de paz, en La Habana (Cuba). EFE

Vista general de la sala donde se reunió este 15 de diciembre, la Comisión de Género de la Mesa de negociaciones de paz, en La Habana (Cuba). EFE

  • Las mujeres toman la palabra en los diálogos de paz de Colombia
  • Las mujeres toman la palabra en los diálogos de paz de Colombia

La Habana, 15 dic (EFE).- La voz de las mujeres se escuchó hoy por primera vez en los diálogos de paz de Colombia con la presencia en la mesa de negociación de La Habana del primer grupo de expertas en asuntos de género, que pidió justicia y reparación para estas víctimas, así como una tregua bilateral en las fiestas de Navidad.

"Hoy se marca un hito en la historia del país, que esperamos sea el comienzo para que las mujeres seamos pactantes de los acuerdos de La Habana y no pactadas", afirmó este grupo en un comunicado leído ante la prensa tras su reunión con los negociadores del Gobierno colombiano y de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC).

La representante de la Casa de la Mujer, Olga Amparo Socorro, precisó en una rueda de prensa que el propósito de su visita es que la mujer sea considerada "sujeto político activo" en la construcción de la paz para que "otros dejen de tomar decisiones por ellas".

Socorro forma parte del primer grupo de los tres compuestos por representantes de organizaciones de mujeres que acudirán a La Habana en sucesivos ciclos de conversaciones para garantizar un enfoque de género en los acuerdos de paz.

El grupo demandó que se tenga en especial consideración a las mujeres víctimas del conflicto, para las que pidieron garantías a sus derechos a "la verdad, justicia, reparación y no repetición", con especial énfasis en las afectadas por la violencia sexual, un delito que ha sido invisible durante mucho tiempo en el país.



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Domestic violence against women may actually be a cause of war—so how do we disrupt the vicious cycle that propels young men into battle?

The UN’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence run until December 10, Human Rights Day, and as we reflect on 2014, there is no denying it has been a particularly vicious year for violence against women. The images are forever seared in our minds: the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, the trafficked Yazidi women, the assassination attempts on Afghan women leaders, the sexual assaults on Egyptian women in Tahrir Square, the horrific gang rapes of girls in India and the brutal honor killings in Pakistan.

These atrocities are all by-products of the resurgence of a particularly ancient kind of war—extremely violent, religiously or ethnically motivated civil conflicts that now rage across parts of Africa, South Asia and the Middle East. All of the conflicts involve large groups of young men, undereducated, overarmed and delirious with power; caught in a labyrinth of shifting relationships and competing interests; united in their efforts to control and oppress women and girls.

Why is violence against women central to so many of the conflicts that plague the planet today? What is driving young groups of men to mobilize against women? And what can we do to prevent it?


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At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.

To determine that number, the AP canvassed the 50 states, the District of Columbia and branches of the military — circumventing a system that does a terrible job of accounting for child deaths. Many states struggled to provide numbers. Secrecy often prevailed.

Most of the 786 children whose cases were compiled by the AP were under the age of 4. They lost their lives even as authorities were investigating their families or providing some form of protective services because of previous instances of neglect or violence or other troubles in the home.



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 Melanie Poole,

As the national conversation around police violence continues in the aftermath of Ferguson, we need to be talking about men and masculinity. Because there are not many female cops shooting. Nor many women being shot. 

Over 90 percent of all homicides in America are committed by men. And, when it comes to police who commit homicide, it turns out that the gender imbalance is even more profound. It seems that it isn’t just cops who are killing the Michael Browns and Eric Garners of America. It is male cops.

At first, this seems unsurprising, given that only 11.4 percent of all police officers in the US are female. But, on this basis, female police should be responsible for more than 1 in 10 police shootings. They’re not. Decades of FBI data reveal that the officers who kill (perceived) offenders (in “justifiable homicides”) are male at least 98 percent of the time. These officers are white males at least 84 percent of the time – though, since 87.5% of police officers are white, this is not surprising. (The fact that police are overwhelmingly white, and male, is clearly a problem in itself — but that’s a different issue.)

Researchers have, correspondingly, found that women police officers are significantly less likely to shoot than male officers. A trawl through the details of police shootings and assaults supports this research — the involvement of female officers is rare. Even when female officers are involved, it is very unusual for them to be the key actor.

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Srilatha Batliwala, Scholar Associate at AWID shares her reflections on the recently concluded MenEngage Global Symposium 2014 in New Delhi, November 10 – 13, 2014.

By Srilatha Batliwala 

The 2ndMenEngage Global Symposium offered its nearly 1000 participants an impressive breadth and depth of discussion and debate on reshaping masculinities and the role of men and boys in building a gender just world.  Bringing together “field people” (activists), “thought people” (academics), “policy people” (government and donor agency representatives), and “ordinary and curious people” (the rest of us!), not to mention a respectable number of feminist activists and academics, the Symposium sought to carve out a new space for those actively working with men and boys to advance gender justice.

Unanimous agreement that patriarchy is the root cause of gender injustice....

Nevertheless, I came away troubled on several counts....



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Close-up With: The Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Ms. Bineta Diop – Part 2. This is a 5-min recorded video message by the special envoy for women, peace and security of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission ahead of her Somalia solidarity mission, highlighting the objectives of the visit and the expected outcomes.


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