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El 60 por ciento de las chicas recibe insultos machistas de parejas y amigos en el móvil, un 36,3 por ciento de los adolescentes piensan que los celos son una expresión de amor y un 11,7 por ciento de los chicos creen que está bien que los hombres salgan con muchas chicas, pero no al revés

Madrid, 25 nov. 13. AmecoPress. “Me asusta”. Así de rotunda se expresa Virginia López, una educadora social en un ong privada que desde hace tres años implementa, junto a la agente de igualdad del distrito, unos talleres en los institutos de un barrio madrileño, en los que trata de analizar, junto a las y los adolescentes, los “mitos del amor romántico” y su ligazón con conductas violentas. “Cada vez nos encontramos con más indicadores de maltrato, por parte de ellos y de ellas, que los toleran como algo normal”, explica la experta, no sin aclarar que “no debemos generalizar, ni tampoco responsabilizar a la juventud. Algo estamos haciendo mal o no estamos haciendo”.

Un estudio sobre violencia de género en la adolescencia, realizado por la catedrática de Psicología de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) María José Díaz, revela que el 28,8 por ciento de las adolescentes admite un "control abusivo" por parte de su pareja; el 25 por ciento ha sufrido este control a través del móvil; el 6,3 por ciento ha recibido presiones para hacer actividades sexuales, y el 4 por ciento ha sido agredida físicamente. Además, el 73,3 por ciento de la adolescencia española ha reconocido que recibir por parte de los adultos el mensaje de que "los celos son una expresión de amor".

Desde el ámbito judicial también se hacen la pregunta de la educadora. Ángela Cerrillos, presidenta de la Asociación de Mujeres Juristas Themis, destacaba en una entrevista con AmecoPress la necesidad de analizar bien la situación para conocer las causas y poder hacer propuestas. De momento, la asociación que preside ha presentado varias enmiendas al Plan Estratégico contra la Violencia de Género propuesto por el Gobierno, entre las que sugiere que la población joven sea considerada “grupo de riesgo” en este fenómeno. La abogada recuerda que los casos judiciales de violencia machista en adolescentes han aumentado un 30 por ciento en dos años.

Tal vez creímos en algún momento que los estereotipos de género desaparecerían conforme las nuevas generaciones fueran educadas en la igualdad. Pero ni se consiguió hacer de la igualdad y la diversidad valores sociales compartidos, ni fueron situados con permanencia y fuerza en la base de la educación. Y si bien es cierto que la juventud tiene más formas de tomar contacto y cotejar entre distintos modelos de vida y relaciones, la mayoría no escapan del sistema de creencias y prioridades que han actuado como combustible para la violencia.

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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT FAILS TO PASS REPORT ON WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

BRUSSELS - The European Parliament erupted in internal bickering on Tuesday (10 December) after an alliance of right-wing MEPs managed to sweep a report on sexual and reproductive rights for women from the table.

The report by Portuguese Social Democrat MEP Edite Estrela puts such rights on a par with other human rights and speaks of the "problematic reality" of teenage pregnancies, the importance of making contraception widely available, of comprehensive "non-judgemental" sexuality education and of "quality family planning services."

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See Also: from Amnesty International: European Parliament: Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (Estrela Report) rejected at the European Parliament plenary session on Human Rights Day

 

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Artist: Feminist Current

Title: Janice Raymond - Prostitution Not a Job Not a Choice - rabble
Year: 2013
Length: 34:09 minutes (31.27 MB)
Format: 44.1kHz, 128Kbps

In this episode we hear a talk by Prof. Janice Raymond called: "Prostitution: Not a Job, Not a Choice." This talk was recorded on November 30, 2013 as part of the annual Montreal Massacre Memorial event organized by Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter.

Janice Raymond is professor emerita of women's studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her most recent book is called "Not a Choice, Not a Job: Exposing the Myths about Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade."

LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE

 

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Santiago de Chile, 4 y 5 de diciembre del 2013
Radio Internacional Feminista

Especialistas en femicidio/feminicidio, operadores de justicia y representantes de Naciones Unidas se reunieron en Santiago de Chile este 3 y 4 de diciembre para revisar el borrador de Modelo de Protocolo Latinoamericano de Investigación de las muertes violentas de mujeres por razones de género (femicidios/feminicidios).

Aquí las entrevistas realizadas por Radio Internacional Feminista:

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A White Ribbon Whitepaper by Michael Flood

Men’s violence against women is a workplace issue. As well as being a blunt infringement of women’s rights, this violence imposes very substantial health and economic costs on workplaces and organisations. 
 
If we are to address how workplaces can be part of the solution, we must first address how they are part of the problem in three ways. First, workplace gender inequalities – including unfair divisions of labour and power and norms of male dominance – contribute to women’s economic and social disadvantage and men’s privilege. Workplaces thus can intensify the wider gender inequalities in which violence against women flourishes. Second, the cultures of some workplaces encourage and institutionalise violence-supportive social norms. Women in these institutions or in contact with their members face greater risks of victimisation, and the male members are more likely than other men to tolerate and perpetrate violence. Third, workforces can contribute to violence against women through the ways in which they respond to employees who are victims of violence or its perpetrators. 
 
Workplaces are increasingly prominent sites for violence prevention and intervention. While most strategies focus on responses to victimisation, a growing number of companies and organisations also engage in activities designed to prevent men’s violence against women. For example, in Australia, a recent workplace pilot study has been implemented by White Ribbon Australia. This Workplace Accreditation project identifies 3 standards and 17 criteria for workplaces to meet in order to qualify as a White Ribbon Australia Accredited Workplace. 
 
If the workplace is to have a real impact on preventing men’s violence against women, then efforts in part must address men. There are seven overlapping strategies through which men at work can be engaged in change.
 

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PST
Strangulation impacts all professionals working on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking cases. Today, we know unequivocally that strangulation is one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence: unconsciousness may occur within seconds and death within minutes.

During this webinar, the presenters will discuss lessons learned, best practices, and resources available for family violence and sexual assault professionals. Subtopics will include:
• Assessing and understanding the level and risk of lethality in cases involving strangulation;
• Best practices for identifying, documenting, investigating, and prosecuting strangulation cases;
• Tips and tools for interviewing victims of strangulation;
• Recommended legal strategies;
• Addressing conflicts of interest and confidentiality concerns; and
• Implementing new and existing legislation

Continuing Education
This session is approved for 1 California Minimum Continuing Education (CEU) credit and 1 Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit (.75 general and .25 Legal Ethics).  The Family Justice Center Alliance is a California approved provider of CEU for MFT, LCSW, LEP, LPCC (Provider # PCE 5095) and MCLE for attorneys (Provider #15493). Professionals in states outside of California should check with their own state board to determine whether these credits are approved in their jurisdiction. Information on how to obtain credit will be provided during the webinar and within the course materials.
 

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   Políticas de gobierno no fomentan equidad en tareas doméstica 

Para avanzar hacia la igualdad en todos los aspectos de la vida entre mujeres y hombres hay que empezar por contemplar al “machismo” como un problema público, afirmó la doctora en antropología Marta Lamas.
 
La también fundadora del Instituto de Liderazgo Simone de Beauvoir consideró que la nueva agenda del feminismo debe enfocarse en “lograr que el ciclo de vida de los hombres se parezca más al de las mujeres, lo que implica que ellos asuman su corresponsabilidad en el trabajo y cuidado doméstico”.
 
Lo anterior, durante la participación de la especialista en el ciclo “México ante sí mismo. Escenarios y encrucijadas”, organizado por la Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (Flacso).
 
En su ponencia “Machismo y política en México”, la experta reiteró su preocupación de que se vea a la igualdad como una lucha sólo de las mujeres y que no se contemple en las discusiones, políticas y programas públicos la distribución equitativa de las labores de cuidado y las tareas domésticas.
 
A decir de Lamas, “el feminismo ha avanzado en el cuestionamiento por parte de las mujeres de los roles estereotípicos de género, pero esto no se ha dado igualmente en los hombres”.
 

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This is what a culture of machismo and patriarchy, fuelled by entrenched impunity, looks like in its most extreme form – women murdered and then discarded like rubbish in alleyways, dumpsters and along city streets in Guatemala and El Salvador. 

Such scenes are not uncommon in Central America, a region with the world’s highest rates of femicide, defined as the murder of a girl or woman by a man because of her gender. 

El Salvador has the highest rate of femicide in the world, followed by Jamaica and Guatemala, according to a 2012 report by the Small Arms Survey, an independent research project in Geneva based on figures from 2004 to 2009. 

The woman in the photo above is one of more than 5,000 women in Guatemala who were victims of femicide over the past decade. She was found in a rubbish dump on the outskirts of the capital Guatemala City in July this year. 

Many femicide victims show signs of torture, rape and mutilation. Police officers said this woman, thought to be around 20 years old, showed signs of torture.

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CAIRO -- Shortly after Sara gave birth to her daughter three years ago, her husband casually asked when they would circumcise the infant. For Sara, whose own clitoris had been removed with a pair of scissors when she was 7 years old, the question filled her with dread. She refused to go along and threatened her husband with divorce.

"I never want her to feel that pain," she says, holding up a cell phone with an image of her daughter, now a toddler, playing in a garden. "Sometimes, I wake up at night screaming, just remembering."

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  • Los gobiernos de Uruguay, Venezuela, Cuba y Paraguay lamentaron la muerte de Mandela

    Los gobiernos de Uruguay, Venezuela, Cuba y Paraguay hicieron saber hoy su consternación por la muerte del ex presidente sudafricano Nelson Mandela, de quien destacaron su condición de lider y de luchador por las causas justas.

  • Sudáfrica comenzó su larga despedida al líder Nelson Mandela
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    Sudáfrica comenzó su larga despedida al líder Nelson Mandela

    Las banderas ondearon hoy a media asta en toda Sudáfrica y cientos de ciudadanos conmemoraron al fallecido Nelson Mandela con canciones, bailes, lágrimas y plegarias, tanto en municipios de negros como en acomodados barrios de blancos, nueve días antes de sus exequias.

  • Las exequias de Mandela serán el 15 de diciembre, dijo el Presidente
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    Las exequias de Mandela serán el 15 de diciembre, dijo el Presidente

    El funeral de Estado de Nelson Mandela será el 15 de diciembre en su pueblo natal de Qunu, informó el presidente Jacob Zuma, después de que sus restos ya fueran trasladados hoy a un hospital militar en Pretoria para ser embalsamado.

  • 06.12.2013 10:56hs

    Mandatarios de todo África destacaron la personalidad de Mandela

    Luego de que el presidente sudafricano, Jacob Zuma, comunicara anoche la triste noticia de la muerte de Nelson Mandela, mandatarios y celebridades del Continente Negro recordaron la figura de quien tanto luchó por abolir las muchas desigualdades de los de su raza.  

  • Francisco: "Mandela promovió la dignidad humana"
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    Francisco: "Mandela promovió la dignidad humana"

    El papa Francisco destacó hoy el compromiso del fallecido ex presidente sudafricano Nelson Mandela "en la promoción de la dignidad humana de todos los ciudadanos del mundo", a través de un telegrama enviado al presidente sudafricano, Jacob Zuma.

  • 06.12.2013 08:42hs

    El nieto de Mandela agradece las numerosas muestras de apoyo

    Mandla Mandela, nieto del fallecido ex presidente sudafricano Nelson Mandela, agradeció hoy las numerosas muestras de apoyo y cariño que recibió su familia de Sudáfrica y el resto del mundo tras la muerte de su abuelo.

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SEE NELSON MANDELA TRIBUTE HERE

ABOUT THE ELDERS:

  • Chaired by Kofi Annan, The Elders is an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights. They were brought together in 2007 byNelson Mandela, who is not an active member of the group but remains an Honorary Elder.Archbishop Desmond Tutu served for six years as Chair before stepping down in May 2013, and remains an Honorary Elder.

    The Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was also an Honorary Elder,until her election to the Burmese parliament in April 2012.

  • What makes an Elder?Toggle Content

    Elders no longer hold public office; they are independent of any national government or other vested interest. They should have earned international trust, demonstrated integrity and built a reputation for inclusive, progressive leadership.

    The Elders share a common commitment to peace and universal human rights, but they also bring with them a wealth of diverse expertise and experience:

    • The peace makers, with decades of experience mediating and resolving conflicts around the world.
    • The peace builders who have helped post-conflict societies to heal wounds and rebuild.
    • The social revolutionaries who transformed their own countries - whether by reducing poverty, improving the status of women, or championing nonviolent struggle.
    • The pioneering women who have governed their countries, led international institutions and spearheaded movements to empower women.

    An Elder is also a changemaker - someone who can lead by example, creating positive social change and inspiring others to do the same.

    THE WORK OF THE ELDERS

    KEY FOCUS OF THE ELDERS: ENDING CHILD MARRIAGE

 

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by Melissa Farley
 
Inconvenient statistics, feral facts like the average life expectancy of prostitutes, the average age of induction into prostitution, the average income of prostitutes, and so forth – hard demographics – have never disturbed those who defined the sex business as a force of liberation. The fact that the ‘freedom’ being realized is mostly the freedom of men to access the bodies of women and children – or of G8 nations to access the markets and raw materials of Third World nations – is conveniently overlooked when predation is redefined as progress. (D.A. Clarke, 2004)
 
Former Swedish Minister of Gender Equality Margareta Winberg noted that in prostitution, certain women and children, often those who are most economically and ethnically marginalized, are treated as a caste of people whose purpose is to sexually service men. Sardonically noting the refusal to recognize prostitution as sexual violence, Andrea Dworkin said, “Hurting women is bad. Feminists are against it, not for it.”  Yet liberals, including people who describe themselves as liberal feminists, have avoided acknowledging that prostitution hurts women.  In their acceptance of the institution of prostitution, they have condoned harm against those most vulnerable. Far from liberating women from restrictive social roles, prostitution locks them into sexist and racist role playing that is often slavery and always a slavery-like practice. Liberals agree about the oppression of race, class, and religious fundamentalism. But liberal men have assumed that their entitlement to sexual access should be more protected than women’s right to survive without prostitution.
 
In rape cultures, the sexual terrorism of rape and prostitution are downplayed, underestimated, or denied. A prostituted woman explained, “What rape is to others, is normal to us.” Prostitution is a cornerstone of rape culture.  Rape cultures normalize the objectification and commodification of women as sex and blame victims for their own victimization. The global finding that women aged 15-44 are more likely to be injured or killed by male violence than from cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined – only makes sense when understood as a result of cultural acceptance of sexual violence. Prostitution is a commodified form of violence against women, a last-ditch survival option rather than a job choice. The lies that prostitution is a victimless crime, that she chose it, or even that prostitution isn’t really happening at all –enable people to avoid the discomfort of knowing about the brutal realities of prostitution. And sex businesses rely on social, political and legal denial of denying the harms of prostitution.
 

 

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Cimacnoticias | México, DF.- 02/12/2013

El caso de violación sexual cometida presuntamente por militares contra una adolescente de 15 años el pasado mes de julio en Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, podría quedar impune, ya que todo indica que los efectivos castrenses hicieron una investigación para borrar cualquier rastro del crimen. 
 
De acuerdo con Raymundo Ramos, presidente del Comité de Derechos Humanos de Nuevo Laredo, el caso podría quedar en la impunidad porque a pesar de que fue turnado a la Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) el Ejército realizó las primeras diligencias y presumiblemente omitió comprobar los hechos. 
 
La violación sexual sucedió el pasado 10 de julio cuando la joven de 15 años se encontraba con su novio en un hotel de la ciudad fronteriza con Estados Unidos. En un momento él tuvo que salir y minutos después un grupo de soldados uniformados, armados y con pasamontañas entró al cuarto, la interrogaron, la agredieron y la violaron para después dejarla ir.
 
Rosalinda, la madre de la joven buscó ayuda con el Comité de Derechos Humanos de Nuevo Laredo e hizo una denuncia ante la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional y la PGR. Además, en su búsqueda de justicia acudió al cuartel militar para exigir castigo a los culpables, narrar los hechos y llevar a su hija para que reconociera a sus agresores.
 

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The sexual exploitation of black girls continues to only be a problem for black girls. For the world at large? Not so much.

My first R. Kelly sighting was at 14. It was the early nineties and his group, Public Announcement, was getting national attention. Some classmates and I were hanging out after school when we saw him saunter past, as if he wanted to be seen. The story was that he was visiting our music department, something he'd done since dropping out several years before. When he emerged with a pretty upperclassman thirty minutes later, we laughed and shook our heads. By then, the rumors about him were in full swing.

I didn't realize that the girl would be one of several girls who would come forward to accuse the R&B singer of inappropriate sexual conduct, one of several who would file a lawsuit, and one of several who would settle out of court to avoid any more damage to their reputations. Nine years later, while reading a Sun-Times investigative report at my newsroom desk, my tears would take me by surprise. 
 
 
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La adopción de la primera resolución en la historia a favor de las mujeres defensoras de derechos humanos por el Tercera Comité de la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas significa un gran avance en la protección de quienes enfrentan riesgos y ataques por su trabajo en la promoción de los derechos humanos, incluidos los derechos de las mujeres, dijeron hoy Amnistía Internacional (AI), la Asociación para los Derechos de la Mujer y el Desarrollo (AWID), el Servicio Internacional para los Derechos Humanos (ISHR) y JASS (Asociadas por lo Justo).

Sin embargo, es profundamente decepcionante que este consenso se lograra en el último minuto a expensas de la eliminación de un párrafo crucial, cuyo texto hacia un llamado a los Estados a condenar todas las formas de violencia contra las mujeres y contra las mujeres defensoras de derechos humanos, así como de abstenerse invocar costumbres, tradiciones o consideraciones religiosas para evitar el cumplimiento de las obligaciones vinculadas a la eliminación de la violencia contra las mujeres. 

Lo anterior, a pesar de que este mismo lenguaje había sido previamente acordado por la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas, en la Resolución 67/144, sobre la “Intensificación de los esfuerzos para eliminar todas las formas de violencia contra las mujeres.” Es irónico que la referencia a dicho lenguaje no pudiera ser incluido precisamente durante la semana en que se conmemora el Día Internacional para la Eliminación de la Violencia contra las Mujeres, el 25 de noviembre. 

La protección de las defensoras de derechos humanos es esencial para la paz, seguridad, desarrollo y respeto de todos nuestros derechos humanos,” dijo Eleanor Openshaw del Programa de Mujeres Defensoras de Derechos Humanos de ISHR (por sus siglas en inglés).“Las defensoras de derechos humanos cuestionan la desigualdad y los estereotipos de género, fomentan los derechos sexuales y reproductivos, y promueven el empoderamiento y participación de las mujeres. También cuestionan interpretaciones religiosas y culturales que subordinan, estigmatizan o restringen a las mujeres,” concluyó Openshaw. 

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The adoption of the first-ever resolution on women human rights defenders by the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee is a step forward in protecting those who face risks and attacks for their work to promote human rights, including women’s rights, Amnesty International (AI), the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), and JASS (Just Associates) said today.

However, it is deeply regrettable that this last minute consensus came at the expense of a crucial paragraph containing language calling on States to condemn all forms of violence against women and women human rights defenders, and to refrain from invoking any customs, tradition or religious consideration to avoid obligations related to the elimination of violence against women. Such language had previously been agreed to by the General Assembly in Resolution 67/144 on the Intensification of Efforts to Eliminate All Forms of Violence Against Women. It is ironic that such language could not be included in the very week of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, marked on 25 November.

‘The protection of women human rights defenders is essential for peace, security, development and the respect of all our human rights,’ said Eleanor Openshaw from ISHR’s Women Human Rights Defender Program. 

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NO COST Webinar: December 13, 2013, From 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Presented by Viktoria Kristiansson, Attorney Advisor, AEquitas;

Tina Frundt, Executive Director, Courtney’s House, Washington, DC; and

Bill Woolf, Jr., Detective, Fairfax County, VA

Trafficking victims are difficult to interview for the same reasons they are difficult to identify. Traffickers manipulate, coerce, threaten, and commit acts of violence against victims, which may result in their inability or unwillingness to self-identify, report to law enforcement, or participate in the criminal justice process. Victims of trafficking may initially appear to be runaways or victims of other crimes. They may also come to the attention of authorities as criminal suspects or defendants charged with prostitution, further complicating their perception of or relationship with the criminal justice system. Therefore, the ability to expediently and appropriately identify a victim of trafficking or exploitation is crucial, and often can be accomplished only through effective interviewing.

This webinar will highlight the importance of preparing for an interview by collaborating with community-based programs that provide services to victims of trafficking as well as other allied professionals who have conducted similar investigations. It will also explore a variety of interview techniques and provide law enforcement officers and prosecutors with the tools to develop their own open-ended questions and protocols for interviewing trafficking victims.

Allied justice system professionals including but not limited to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, community-based service providers, medical and mental health practitioners, probation and parole officers, and judges are encouraged to view the recording.

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Denuncian activistas que abanderan la lucha contra la violencia de género
 

Los feminicidios en Brasil alcanzan cifras comparables con una guerra civil

Río de Janeiro – Brasil, 01 dic. 13. AmecoPress/IPS.- Una madre de una joven asesinada en Pernambuco, cuando estaba embarazada, reivindica en una protesta el derecho de las brasileñas a vivir libres de violencia. (Emanuela Castro/IPS).

Cada año, entre el 25 de este mes y el 10 de diciembre, la comunidad internacional y las organizaciones de defensa de los derechos de las mujeres impulsan 16 Días de Activismo contra la Violencia hacia las Mujeres.

Las dos semanas de lucha fueron una iniciativa del Centro para el Liderazgo Global de las Mujeres, que en 1991 pidió dedicar a este problema el intervalo entre el Día Mundial de la Lucha contra la Violencia hacia la Mujer y el Día Mundial de los Derechos Humanos.

Este año, en Brasil las jornadas adquieren mayor relevancia porque el 3 y 4 de diciembre se realizará en la sureña ciudad de Porto Alegre un encuentro para elaborar el Informe Alternativo de la Sociedad Civil para presentar ante el Comité de la Convención para la Eliminación de todas las formas de Discriminación contra la Mujer (Cedaw), que se reunirá en febrero en Ginebra.

El llamado “informe sombra” está destinado a apoyar el análisis del Comité de la Cedaw sobre las acciones del gobierno brasileño para enfrentar la trata y mejorar la salud de las mujeres. “Estos días de activismo dan mayor visibilidad a las agendas de los derechos de género. La violencia contra las mujeres salió de debajo de la mesa, y la sociedad asume que es una realidad y no una invención”, dijo la coordinadora en Brasil del Comité de América Latina y el Caribe para la Defensa de los Derechos de la Mujer (Cladem), Ingrid Leão.

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Violence against women is a widespread phenomenon highlighted in various reports of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Its Causes and Consequences. Yet, no single treaty seems to cover this specific type of human rights violation and the protection offered to women in other treaties can be qualified, at best, as patchy if not deficient. The gaps in the normative system preventing violence against women, protecting women from such violence and ensuring them access to effective remedies were underlined at a panel convened in London by theDepartment of Law of the University of the West of England (United Kingdom) on 5 November 2013. The general consensus was that a universal, comprehensive treaty aiming at preventing and eradicating violence against women was needed.

Ms Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, explained that there is no specifically legally binding instrument on the international plane. The European and African States have however risen to the challenge of eradicating violence against women by respectively adopting the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa. This lack of international convention means that the principles of non-discrimination and equality are the norms used to address violence against women. The 1993 Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women was unfortunately of little avail as it is a non-binding declaration and has not yet crystallised into customary international law.  With regard to the enforcement of women’s right to be free from violence the principle of due diligence, albeit enshrined in international law, is poorly understood by States in this specific context as her call for information and subsequent report on the interpretation and implementation of the due diligence principle reveal. 

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Suit Claims Religious Directives Put Women’s Health at Risk

December 2, 2013

CONTACT: 212-549-2666; media@aclu.org

NEW YORK and DETROIT— The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan have filed a lawsuit on behalf of a pregnant woman who miscarried and was denied appropriate medical treatment because the only hospital in her county is required to abide by religious directives. The directives, written by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, prohibited that hospital from complying with the applicable standard of care in this case.

Tamesha Means rushed to Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon, Michigan, when her water broke after only 18 weeks of pregnancy. Based on the bishops’ religious directives, the hospital sent her home twice even though Means was in excruciating pain; there was virtually no chance that her pregnancy could survive, and continuing the pregnancy posed significant risks to her health.

Because of its Catholic affiliation and binding directives, the hospital told Means that there was nothing it could do and did not tell Means that terminating her pregnancy was an option and the safest course for her condition. When Means returned to the hospital a third time in extreme distress and with an infection, the hospital, once again prepared to send her home. While staff prepared her discharge paperwork, she began to deliver. Only then did the hospital begin tending to Means’ miscarriage.

"They never offered me any options," said Means. "They didn’t tell me what was happening to my body. Whatever was going on with me, they discussed it amongst themselves. I was just left to wonder, what’s going to happen to me?"

Catholic-sponsored hospitals are required to adhere to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. The directives prohibit a pre-viability pregnancy termination, even when there is little or no chance that the fetus will survive, and the life or health of a pregnant woman is at risk. They also direct health care providers not to inform patients about alternatives inconsistent with those directives, even when those alternatives are the best option for the patient's health. The lawsuit charges that, because of the directives, the USCCB is ultimately responsible for the unnecessary trauma and harm that Means and other pregnant women in similar situations have experienced at Catholic-sponsored hospitals.

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DOWNLOAD LAWSUIT HERE: Tamesha Means v. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Additional Resources:

Tamesha’s story is not unique to learn more about other women impacted by the Ethical and Religious Directives. Learn More:

Religious Hospitals and Primary Care Physicians: Conflicts over Policies for Patient Care, Journal of General Internal Medicine

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A new UN report finds that organized crime bears a complex relationship to rising insecurity and violence in Latin America, which is influenced by a host of other factors, a conclusion with important implications for security policy.

The development paper "Citizen Security with a Human Face: Evidence and Proposals for Latin America," (see Spanish pdf and English executive summary) by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) explores the various factors that explain why Latin America was the only region in the world with rising homicide ratesbetween 2000 and 2010. The report looks at six threats impacting human development in the region: street crime, organized crime, violence against and by youth, gender-based violence, corruption and illegal violence by state actors.

Although Latin American economies have grown by 4.2 percent on average in the past 10 years and unemployment has declined to 6.4 percent region wide, murder rates grew by 11 percent, and in 11 of 18 countries surveyed, remained over the 10 per 100,000 residents considered "epidemic" levels by the World Health Organization (WHO). Rates rose particularly sharply in Honduras from 2005 to 2011, Mexico from 2007 to 2010, and Panama from 2006 to 2009, but stabilized and dropped slightly in Colombia and Guatemala. Young males are disproportionately the perpetrators of, and victims of, violent crime, with men aged 20 to 24representing approximately 20 percent of total homicide victims in the region between 1996 and 2009.

There were 18,423 reported kidnapping cases in 14 countries in the region between 2009 and 2011, or nearly 17 a day, with the highest number occurring in Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina, with many so-called "express kidnappings." In regard to extortion, eight of every 1,000 Latin Americans claim to have been victims of the crime, and 20 of every 1,000 in Mexico, El Salvador and Peru. The report also found that these were two of the region's most underreported crimes.

Growing insecurity is also reflected in citizen perceptions. In 11 of the 18 countries studied in the report, over 50 percent of citizens surveyed feel insecure walking alone at night, 30 percent of Latin Americans feel unsafe in their neighborhood, and 50 percent think security has deteriorated in their country. Common crime is the main concern for residents in many countries. In one survey, more people responded that "regular criminals" were a bigger threat to their safety than either organized crime or gangs in all but four countries --Brazil, Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador. In Argentina, Uruguay and Venezuela, over 60 percent of respondents thought ordinary crime was the biggest problem.

 

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Comunicado de Prensa 12. Colombia cuenta con una Comisión de Verdad y Memoria inédita en el mundo: desde las voces de las mujeres

* Se trata de una sistematización con 1.000 testimonios de mujeres víctimas: una experiencia hecha desde la base, protagonizada por las mujeres y que pone sus voces en el centro del proceso de construcción de una verdad colectiva de la historia reciente de Colombia. 
* Las mujeres víctimas que decidieron confiar su testimonio a esta Comisión esperan que sus palabras y sus historias más íntimas contribuyan a que en Colombia el derecho a la paz y a una vida sin violencias se haga realidad. Que esta memoria de la verdad de las mujeres sea parte de políticas de reconstrucción del tejido social.
* Para las mujeres participantes de esta Comisión la paz no puede ser, luego de 60 años de conflicto, un deseo bien intencionado e ingenuo, sino una exigencia social, moral y política.

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http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2013/11/17/actualidad/1384646689_678996.html 

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WHEN THE POLICE CHIEF in Tacoma, Wash., shot and killed his wife in a parking lot after years of abusing her, the shock from that event 10 years ago mobilized national support for a more aggressive response to domestic violence in police households.
 
While police officers today are more aware of the problem, the following is also true: In many departments, an officer will automatically be fired for a positive marijuana test, but can stay on the job after abusing or battering a spouse.
 
In the wake of the Tacoma killing, the International Association of Chiefs of Police strengthened its efforts to persuade departments to adopt a set of model rules on domestic violence in their own ranks. Responding to concerns that domestic violence had long been treated more leniently than other forms of misconduct, the organization called for zero tolerance for abusers, tougher pre-employment screening and a separate set of procedures to ensure rigorous investigation of every accusation.
 
But police departments have been slow to adopt the rules. And while most officials say they treat domestic abuse by officers as they would any other form of misconduct, interviews and disciplinary records indicate that, in fact, punishment is often light and job loss uncommon.
 
Only a quarter of the 56 largest city and county police departments that responded to a recent survey have a distinct policy for domestic violence involving officers. And only one, Nashville, has adopted the entire model policy, according to the survey, conducted by The New York Times and the PBS investigative news program “Frontline.” Three others — Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; and Columbus, Ohio — follow most of its provisions.
 
“Why is it that we’ve taken violence against women and separated that from other crimes?” said Mark Wynn, a former Nashville police lieutenant who advises departments worldwide on the model rules. “Whenever you are aware of a crime and you don’t hold someone accountable, then you are colluding with a criminal. Is that what we want in the ranks of law enforcement?”
 
 
Graphic Excerpt:
 
How often officers keep their jobs
Between 2008 and 2012, more than a quarter of Florida law enforcement officers accused of domestic violence were still certified and working at the same agency one year after the complaint.
PERCENTAGE OF OFFICERS CERTIFIED
AND WORKING ONE YEAR LATER
D.U.I.29%Domestic violence28%Assault26%False statements22%Theft7%Drug test1%
Source: Florida Department of Law Enforcement database. Data for 2012 is incomplete. Notations in the database sometimes indicate that a domestic violence offense may not be domestic; others note that assaults or other offenses are domestic. An analysis by The New York Times shows these data inaccuracies do not affect the overall trends.

 

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Aspacia presenta un informe sobre mujeres víctimas de violencia sexual en situación administrativa irregular

“Yo estoy aquí (sin papeles), no tengo tarjeta sanitaria, no tengo cuenta, no tengo nada. Solo padrón, nada más, no pago seguro, no tengo trabajo,…tengo trabajo pero no me pagan, entiendes, sin derechos y sin nada. Como, no sé cómo explicarlo, como un animal salvaje.” 

Es el testimonio de una mujer rusa víctima de violencia sexual que reside en España en situación irregular desde 2006, uno de los que aparece en el informe “Violadas y Expulsadas: mujeres víctimas de violencia sexual en situación administrativa irregular”, presentado por la Fundación para la Convivencia Aspacia para visibilizar la dolorosa realidad en la que se encuentra las mujeres migrantes víctimas de violencia sexual en situación administrativa irregular.

“Con este informe se busca contribuir a la lucha hacia la protección efectiva de todas las víctimas de violencia sexual, independientemente de su situación administrativa, e instar al Estado español a que sitúe la lucha contra la violencia sexual entre sus prioridades en el marco de la violencia de género”, explica la organización.

Las mujeres migrantes en situación irregular constituyen un sector que enfrenta situaciones de mayor riesgo frente a la violencia sexual y que encuentra obstáculos añadidos cuando, tras sufrir este tipo de violencia, decide pedir ayuda, protección, justicia y reparación.

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PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona government official says his department will review more than 6,000 unexamined reports of child abuse and neglect by Dec. 2.

The director of the Department of Economic Security, Clarence Carter, also said in a plan submitted Monday night that all reports forwarded to case workers will be investigated by Jan. 31.

Carter sent the plan to members of the Legislature's Child Protective Services oversight committee.

Carter revealed the problems with the botched cases last week and was grilled by members of the oversight committee on Thursday. He told the committee he would deliver the plan by "the close of business" Monday.

Child advocates have said that the debacle in Arizona reflects a common problem nationwide as child protective agencies are burdened with high case loads, lack of funding and dismal resources that force social workers to prioritize calls based on the most egregious reports.

Still, the reports need an initial review to determine whether they are worthy of investigation, said Michael Petit, president of the advocacy group Every Child Matters and former commissioner of Maine's Human Services Department, which oversees child protective services.

"They can't just park them and say we're really busy and put them aside," Petit said Monday.

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