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El arresto de una joven de 22 años en Temuco por el delito de aborto consentido demuestra una vez más que las autoridades chilenas no tienen tiempo que perder para avanzar con legislación pendiente para despenalizar el aborto, dijo Amnistía Internacional hoy.

La joven fue arrestada el martes 10 de noviembre y está siendo investigada debido a una denuncia de personal de la salud del hospital donde ella habría llegado con una hemorragia tras el uso de Misoprostol, un medicamento a veces usado para interrumpir el embarazo.

Según la información recibida por Amnistía Internacional, a la joven se la ha impuesto un arresto domiciliario parcial y firma mensual en Carabineros como medidas cautelares.

“Criminalizar el aborto es una violación a los derechos humanos de las mujeres y niñas”, señaló Ana Piquer, Directora Ejecutiva de Amnistía Internacional Chile.

“Es imperativo que a esta joven se le levante el arresto domiciliario y se le dé la atención médica que pueda necesitar en el futuro”.


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Annotation: Based on data obtained from 1,205 individuals (hundreds of current and former gang members, schools, law enforcement agencies, and victim service providers), this is the executive summary of a study that examined the nature and extent of street-gang activities as facilitators of sex trafficking in San Diego, CA.

Abstract: Producing an estimated $810 million annually, sex trafficking is San Diego’s second largest underground economy after drug trafficking. The study found that at least 110 gangs are involved in the commercial exploitation of individuals for commercial sex trafficking. Gang members composed 85 percent of pimps/sex-trafficking facilitators. The sample of sex traffickers in prison who were interviewed for this study was composed of approximately the same number of Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics. Based on the interviews conducted for this study, clients of commercial sex are from all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. Recruitment into commercial sex was determined to be happening on high school and middle school campuses. The study used mixed methods in collecting and synthesizing data. They included a Survivor Services Dataset from a prostitution first-offender diversion program, law enforcement incident reporting, school focus groups, and interviews with individuals involved in or knowledgeable about sex trafficking.

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On May 7, 2014, the SFPD formally adopted a department general order requiring officers to consider the well-being of the children of an arrested parent. This article outlines the four-step process through which the SFPD developed and implemented its policy. While the following approach was successful for the SFPD, each law enforcement agency has a unique set of circumstances it must consider when developing a policy suitable for its own department, its members, and the communities it serves. However, SFPD’s approach may serve as a template for other agencies’ efforts to create or adapt policies for protecting children of arrested parents.


SEE ALSO: CHECKLIST: Safeguarding Children at the Time of Parental Arrest: Law Enforcement Pre-Arrest/Arrest Checklist

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from IntLawGrrls

From “casas de la memoria” in Guatemala, Peru, and El Salvador to an upcoming international colloquium in Spain entitled “From Past to Future: Memory and the Process of Transition,” the development of collective memory – an enduring and shared memory of events – is taking center stage as one path toward healing the wounds of a tattered national conscience and preventing the recurrence of mass atrocities. But to what extent is collective memory compatible with judicial systems, which tend to be very individual-centered?

An annual online symposium co-hosted by Opinio Juris and NYU Journal of International Law and Politics (JILP) that went live this morning is exploring this very question. The focus of the symposium is The (Re)collection of Memory After Mass Atrocity and the Dilemma for Transnational Justice, my article that was recently published in Volume 47, Number 4, of NYU JILP.

The impetus for this article arises from the challenges I encountered in working with survivors of mass atrocity. The indivisibility of their memory struck me, as did the healing and bonds it generated. As I began to examine the literature on collective memory, I realized that I was not alone in this observation. Scholars from disciplines ranging from sociology to clinical psychology have written about and documented collective memory and its cathartic effects.

My article explores the tension between the preservation of collective memory and another impulse that follows mass atrocity: the desire for justice. Because many judicial systems are heavily influenced by notions of individualism, they are by design ill equipped to accommodate collective memory. Traditional rules of evidence and professional conduct often exhibit a single-minded focus on individual representation by replicating models that assume one client who autonomously makes legal decisions without consulting his or her community. Bound by these rules, attorneys must disrupt or even dismantle collective memory, thereby retraumatizing their clients.

In this article, I offer an alternative. I believe that human rights attorneys should instead endeavor to preserve and promote collective memory. For that reason, I urge a fundamental rethinking of the law’s preference for individual memory in the context of transitional justice. I believe that the inclusion of collective memory would better serve the goals of transitional justice by facilitating a more complete understanding of the collective harms of mass atrocity and possibly advancing reconciliation.

Today and tomorrow, Opinio Juris will feature comments on my article from four distinguished scholars:

• Mark A. Drumbl is the Class of 1975 Alumni Professor of Law and Director of the Transnational Law Institute at Washington & Lee University.
• Naomi Roht-Arriaza is Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings College of Law (and a fellow IntLawGrrl! –Ed.).
• Ruti Teitel is Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law at New York Law School.
• Johan D. van der Vyver is the I.T. Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Emory University School of Law.

Tomorrow, I will respond to their comments. I welcome you to join the conversation by posting your thoughts here.

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After abusive tweets to 12-year-old TV show contestant, thousands of women and girls take to social media to share experiences of harassment and assault

Contestants in Brazil’s 2015 Junior MasterChef TV show.

 Contestants in Brazil’s 2015 Junior MasterChef TV show. Sexual tweets directed against a young participant have opened up a national debate. Photograph: Carol Gherardi/Band TV

Thousands of Brazilian women and girls have joined an online campaign to share their experiences of harassment and assault after abusive and sexually explicit tweets directed at a 12-year-old contestant on the country’s Junior MasterChefsparked a national debate on the issue.

More than 82,000 stories have been shared on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms in response to comments posted after the opening episode of the programme, which aired on 20 October.

The remarks were aimed at 12-year-old Valentina Schulz. Comments included: “If there’s consent is it paedophilia?”; “She’s gonna be a porn star at 12”; “This sexy girl is to blame for paedophilia”, and “Valentina doing those dishes: what a bitch”.

The slew of online comments prompted Think Olga, an NGO working for women’s rights, to create the hashtag #primeiroassédio (first harassment), encouraging women to tell stories about the first time they had been assaulted.

Stories of catcalling, inappropriate touching, abuse and rape were quickly shared online, and an analysis of 3,111 tweets found that the average age at which girls were first assaulted was just nine.


SEE ALSO: Brazil's tough laws on violence against women stymied by social norms

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In 2012, an estimated 6.9 million women in developing regions were treated for complications resulting from unsafe abortion, according to new research by Susheela Singh and Isaac Maddow-Zimet of the Guttmacher Institute. Their article, “Facility-based treatment for medical complications resulting from unsafe pregnancy termination in the developing world, 2012,” published today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, highlights two alarming realities: the very large number of women who experience complications from unsafe abortions and the significant costs that women, their households and governments incur as a result of treating these complications.

Using data from 26 countries, the researchers estimated that seven out of every 1,000 women aged 15–44 in developing regions were treated for complications resulting from unsafe procedures. Because many women who experience complications do not receive medical care for them, the actual number of women injured by unsafe procedures is likely far greater. Previous research has estimated that around 40% of women requiring treatment do not receive the care they need.


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Guttmacher Institute Analysis...


• The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lay out a new roadmap to improve the lives of people throughout the world over the next 15 years.

• Sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights issues are currently featured on the SDG agenda, but opportunities exist to expand their presence at both the global and national levels, by establishing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)–specific indicators to measure progress toward the SDGs.

• The United States has a major role to play over the next 15 years—through the lending of technical expertise and financial investment—to make SRHR priorities related to the SDGs a reality.

At the United Nations (UN) General Assembly gathering in September 2015, member states held a special summit to consider and adopt a global development agenda for the next 15 years, a plan of action for “people, planet and prosperity” entitled the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).1The SDGs are ambitious in their size and scope, consisting of 17 goals and 169 targets that are applicable to all countries, rich and poor equally, and take into account the economic, social and environmental challenges of our world. They differ from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that preceded them by focusing not only on meeting the needs of the world’s poor but also on sustainable development—that is, “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”2 This expansive approach involves all sectors of society and a host of topics, including ending hunger, promoting access to efficient energy sources, enhancing economic growth and employment, promoting health and well-being, and achieving gender equality.


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 Nov 7, 2015

Gritos contra la violencia machista en una marcha histórica y masiva en Madrid. Han llegado de toda España para decir 'basta ya' al asesinato de mujeres a manos de sus parejas o exparejas. Decenas de miles de personas exigen que la lucha contra la violencia machista sea una cuestión de Estado, con más medios para que no se produzca ni una muerte más.

    ARTICLE: Una multitud participa en la marcha contra la violencia machista                                                                                                                                         Miles de personas junto a representantes de todos los partidos piden en la capital para que la lucha contra la violencia machista sea una cuestión de Estado

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    Canada's Ministry of Indigenous and Northern Affairs has a new title, a new leader and a new stance on a potential inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.

    Following her swearing-in for the post, Carolyn Bennett said the issue was "hugely important" and she wanted to promptly begin her work on the issue -- but not before consulting with the families of victims.



    Canada's new justice minister

    Canada's diverse new cabinet

    Finding Our Missing Aboriginal Women

    Being a Good Feminist Is Being a Good Indian

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    Madrid, 29 octubre. 15, AmecoPress. El 7 de noviembre de 2015, a las 12h, mujeres y colectivos feministas de todo el territorio español marcharán juntas a Madrid para exigir que la lucha contra las violencias machistas sea una Cuestión de Estado. Les acompañarán organizaciones políticas, sociales y culturales, gentes diversas que decidan apoyar esta movilización. La Marcha saldrá desde el Ministerio de Sanidad en el Paseo del Prado hasta Plaza de España.

    Desde que fuera lanzada la convocatoria se ha venido invitando a toda la población civil a que se sume a esta Marcha, ya que la erradicación de las violencias machistas y las violencias hacia las mujeres es una cuestión que atañe a toda la sociedad. Desde entonces, fotos con el mensaje “7N: yo voy” han inundado las redes sociales.

    Activistas, integrantes de grupos, mujeres y hombres a título individual, se han manifestado a favor de esta gran movilización que denuncia la “inacción por parte de la justicia y de los gobiernos” frente a las violencias machistas y reclama que toda la sociedad y sus organizaciones e instituciones se comprometan en la lucha por su erradicación.

    "Madrid será la tumba del machismo"


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    “Women on the Run” was based on interviews conducted with 160 women recently forced to flee their homes in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – the “Northern Triangle of Central America”, or (NTCA) - and parts of Mexico to escape growing violence in their communities.

    They described in detail how criminal armed groups terrorize populations to establish control over large areas of these countries, and how women in particular are targeted by specific and extreme forms of gender-based violence.

    “Everything affects you because there a woman is worthless,” explained Lana, one of the women interviewed for the report. “It is as though your life is not worth anything. They rape. There is no limit. There is no authority. There is no one to stop them.”

    While governments in the region have made efforts to address root causes of violence, people continue to flee. The region has some of the highest murder rates in the world, especially of women.

    While some of the women flee towards the United States, many others escape to neighboring states in Central America and Mexico where applications for asylum from people fleeing the three NTCA countries and parts of Mexico – have skyrocketed thirteenfold since 2008.

    According to U.S. government statistics, 82 percent of 16,077 women from these countries who were interviewed by U.S. authorities in the last year were found to have a credible fear of persecution or torture and were allowed to pursue their claims for asylum in the United States.  


    For more information, please visit: womenonthe.run

    For more information on this topic, please contact:

    Brian Hansford, Senior Public Information Officer, hansford@unhcr.org, 202.243.7623

    Chris Boian, Public Information Officer, boian@unhcr.org, 202.243.7634

    #womenontherun womenonthe.run 

    El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras have some of the highest homicide rates in the world, especially for women. Each day, more and more people are forced to flee the region to seek safety. This is a looming refugee crisis. 

    It is the role of the United Nations Refugee Agency to work with governments to provide protection and solutions for refugees around the world. To better understand the crisis that is growing in the Americas, UNHCR spoke with 160 women like Alba, who shared their horrifying stories of persecution to US authorities and were allowed to pursue their cases for asylum. Many mothers and their children flee their homes to protect themselves from serious harms such as murder, extortion, and rape at the hands of the maras, who are criminal armed groups that control large parts of the region. Their reach surpasses the governments’ ability to respond and protect their own citizens. These are the stories of refugees.




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    Deputy Ben Fields of the Richland, SC police department is seen on video body slamming a teenage girl for refusing to leave class. This happened in school and in front of other students and the teacher. Turns out, Deputy Fields has a reputation for brutality towards students in Spring Valley High. Criminalizing the behavior of Black students in school does not help them or the school. This is not just about a bad apple, but a bad way of thinking about an entire segment of this society.We must stop the school-to-prison pipeline by ending the use of police to solve normal childhood behavioral issues.That's why I signed a petition to Nikki Haley, Governor, Daniel E Johnson, Richland County Solicitor, and School Board, Richland County, SC.Will you sign this petition?


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    'Officer Slam' Threw Teen From Her Desk Over Cellphone, Lawyer Says

    She had refused to leave class because she "thought it was an unfair punishment."

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    Como una inspirada familia mexicana-estadunidense encontro la manera de honrar una venerada tradicion cultural y los derechos de su nina...todo en un dia festivo memorable!


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    Since the 1990s, federal law has barred those convicted of domestic abuse from legally buying guns. But existing law suffers from a "stalker gap," a "boyfriend gap" and a "restraining-order gap." Individuals convicted of misdemeanor stalking offenses are not barred from passing background checks and buying guns. In addition, abusers who are not married, do not live together or do not share a child -- those in dating relationships -- aren't covered by the ban.

         More controversially, although abusers subject to permanent restraining orders cannot legally possess or purchase guns, no such prohibition applies in situations where only a temporary order is in place. In other words, the protections are lowest at precisely the point when women are in the greatest danger.

         The numbers demonstrate both the gender gap in the nature of violent crime and how deadly these loopholes may be.

         As to the gender gap: Women are less likely than men to be the victims of violent crime, but when they are, the perpetrator is far more likely to be someone they know. Between 2003 and 2012, one-third of female murder victims were killed by a male intimate partner, compared with 2.5 percent of men, according to figures analyzed by the Center for American Progress.

         More than half of these killings were committed with guns. The numbers are staggering: 6,410 deaths, more than the total number of U.S. troops who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

         Indeed, according to a study by the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, having a gun in the house increases the risk of intimate-partner homicide by eight times compared to households without guns -- and 20-fold when there is a history of domestic violence.


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    Annotation: This bulletin consolidates current knowledge on best practices for interviewing children in cases of alleged abuse, based on recommendations from several major forensic interview training programs.

    Abstract: Individual characteristics, interviewer behavior, family relationships, community influences, and cultural and societal attitudes determine whether, when, and how a particular child will disclose abuse. Although the literature cautions against duplicate interviews, some children require more time to become comfortable with the process and the interviewer. Encouraging children to provide detailed responses early in the interview improves descriptions later in the interview. Interviewers should ask open-ended questions and allow for silence or hesitation before moving to more direct, focused prompts. Although focused questions may encourage greater detail in a child’s responses, they may also encourage erroneous responses if the child feels pressured to please the interviewer. Other suggestions are to conduct the interview as soon as possible after initial disclosure; record the interview electronically; hold the interview in a child-friendly environment; and consider the child’s age, developmental capabilities, and culture. Suggestions are also offered on building rapport with the child.


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    “My mom raised me to be a feminist," Trudeau said during the Up for Debate seminar on women’s issues in September. "My father raised me, he was a different generation but he raised me to respect and defend everyone’s rights, and I deeply grounded my own identity in that, and I am proud to say that I am a feminist.”

    At the top of Trudeau’s list is a pledge to launch an inquiry into the nearly 1,300 murdered and missing Aboriginal women, such as Winnipeg girl Tina Fontaine, whose body was found in that city’s Red River.

    “I believe that there is a need for a national public inquiry to bring justice for the victims, healing for the families and to put an end to this tragedy," said Trudeau on his first full day as prime-minister designate. "That’s what we will do. We will work with communities and with engaged stakeholders to ensure that we get moving on this quick


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    Por qué es importante

    Es necesario,
    garantizar la legitimidad de visibilizar las problemáticas que se derivan de
    una legislación absolutista respecto al
    aborto en la vida, salud y libertad de las mujeres. Las defensoras que alzan su
    voz en la exigencia de justicia por las mujeres en situación de pobreza
    que  han sido criminalizadas por una
    problemática de salud pública, requieren de mucho coraje y valentía en un contexto conservador y
    fundamentalista como el caso de El Salvador. De ahí que sea de vital
    importancia proteger y promover el sentido democrático y de ciudadanía activa que implica el del Derecho a defender Derechos
    Humanos, practicado por las defensoras y
    defensores de la Colectiva Feminista para el Desarrollo Local y la Agrupación
    Ciudadana por la Despenalización del aborto en El Salvador.



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    AWID conversó con Alejandra Burgos de la “Colectiva Feminista para el Desarrollo Local” y Morena Herrera, Presidenta de la  “Agrupación Ciudadana para la despenalización del aborto” acerca de la reactivación de los ataques difamatorios que ambas organizaciones reciben por parte de grupos fundamentalistas religiosos en El Salvador.

    La República de El Salvador es uno de los siete países de América Latina y el Caribe que tienen legislaciones que prohíben de forma total el aborto.[1]

    En este país no sólo se criminaliza a las mujeres que han tenido un aborto espontáneo o que estarían necesitando realizarse un aborto, sino que grupos fundamentalistas católicos pro-vida se ocupan de montar campañas de difamación contra las activistas que defienden a esas mujeres, utilizando no sólo plataformas virtuales, si no a uno de los diarios de mayor circulación de El Salvador ,y que en sus niveles más altos tienen gente ligada a aquellos grupos.


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    AWID spoke with Alejandra Burgos, from «Colectiva Feminista para el Desarrollo Local» (Feminist Collective for Local Development) and Morena Herrera, President of  «Agrupación Ciudadana para la despenalización del aborto» (Citizens' Group for the Decriminalization of Abortion) about the new wave of slander attacks that both organizations have been receiving from religious fundamentalist groups in El Salvador.

    El Salvador is one of seven countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region where abortion is forbidden on all grounds. Not only are women who have had a spontaneous abortion or need an abortion criminalized, pro-life Catholic fundamentalist groups also carry out smear campaigns against activists who defend these women, using both virtual platforms and, in this case, one of the major newspapers in El Salvador, which has links to fundamentalist groups among its most senior staff.


    - See more at: http://www.awid.org/news-and-analysis/smear-campaign-against-woman-human...

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    PORTLAND, Ore., July 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sexual Assault Support & Help for Americans Abroad Program, SASHAA, has launched a new resource to assist American citizens and legal permanent residents who are sexually assaulted in a foreign country while taking a holiday overseas.

    Over 80 million Americans travel overseas every year. The Sexual Assault Support & Help for Americans Abroad program, SASHAA, was created to ensure Americans victimized in a foreign country have immediate access to services no matter where they are in the world.

    SASHAA case managers provide an informed, compassionate response, as well as advocacy and assistance navigating medical, law enforcement and legal options.  This support is continued long term, including counseling and other services. The program can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from overseas by calling an international toll free hotline, 866-USWOMEN, via the AT&T Direct Access code for each country.

    Instructions can be found on the SASHAA website,www.sashaa.org. Other forms of communication include a live chat feature on the SASHAA website, and a crisis email:crisis@866uswomen.org.

    If the caller is more comfortable communicating in a foreign language, SASHAA advocates and case managers have access to a language bank.

    SASHAA is a program of the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center. AODVC, www.866uswomen.org was founded in 1999 to assist American victims of domestic violence overseas by Paula Lucas. Paula lived overseas for 14 years, escaping back to the USA with her three sons to flee domestic violence and child abuse. She founded the program based on what she had wished had been available to herself and her children.

    In 2010 AODVC began serving American sexual assault victims organically. "Funding from the US Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime, enabled us to formally establish the SASHAA program," Paula Lucas, Founder & Executive Director, explains. "We know that statistically, only a small portion of American sexual assault victims overseas reach out for help. With our confidential, 24/7 program, we hope more victims will reach out for assistance during the worst experience of their lives." SASHAA is also a resource for study abroad programs, Americans teaching English overseas, employees traveling overseas for work, and so on.

    SASHAA also operates an email aimed at prevention: Knowb4ugo@866uswomen.org.

    Prior to departing overseas, travelers can email the knowb4ugo email and get information about the country they are traveling to including how to reach SASHAA from overseas.

    For more information please visit www.sashaa.org or email Alix Allison, Global Safety Net Coordinator, atalix@866uswomen.org.


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    The Vice President of a group that officially advised a top UN body on its prostitution policy was jailed earlier this year for sex trafficking. So why is Amnesty International about to adopt their policy proposals?

    Mia Tattoo

    Mia de Faoite’s tattoo marking the date she left prostitution

    On Thursday 12th March 2015, 64 year old Alejandra Gil was convicted in Mexico City of trafficking and sentenced to fifteen years in prison. Gil reportedly controlled a pimping operation that exploited around 200 women. Known as the “Madam of Sullivan”, she was one of the most powerful pimps of Sullivan Street, an area of Mexico City notorious for prostitution. Gil and her son were connected with trafficking networks inTlaxcala state – site of Mexico’s “epicenter for sex trafficking.”


    SEE ALSO: How to manufacture consent in the sex trade debate


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    One day in March 2011, Fraidy Reiss went to her lawyer’s office to close on a house. The prosaic routine of paperwork somehow diminished her sense of accomplishment. Not even the seller was present to hear what she yearned to say.

    She was only buying a Cape Cod on a small patch of lawn in a blue-collar neighborhood in New Jersey. Yet she and her two daughters had already named the place “Palais de Triomphe,” palace of triumph. The house symbolized her liberation from an arranged marriage, threats of violence at the hands of her estranged husband, and indeed the entire insular community of stringently Orthodox Jews among whom she had spent her entire life.

    In that moment of emancipation, Ms. Reiss also felt the sudden, unbidden summons of obligation. “The house meant that I’ve gotten to the other side,” she recalled. “I wanted to do something to give back. I wanted to use my pain to help others in the same situation. And, selfishly, I thought that would help me heal.”

    Four years later, on a blustery morning early this month, Ms. Reiss, 40, stood in a classroom at Rutgers University in Newark telling her story to three dozen lawyers. She spoke with well-practiced pacing and emphasis — childhood in Brooklyn, coerced betrothal in her teens to a man she barely knew, and then the harassment and stalking and death threats, all of it documented in court papers. Finally, there was college and therapy and, after 15 years of marriage, divorce.


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    Violence against women remains one of the biggest challenges facing Guatemala and promises to continue driving emigration, according to former Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz.

    Paz y Paz said in an interview with The Huffington Post Wednesday that acts of violence against women are among the most commonly reported crimes in Guatemala. Still, in many parts of the country, law enforcement and the general public continue to view such crimes as issues that should be resolved by families at home rather than through the legal system.
    “Throughout Guatemala’s history, violence against women hasn’t been seen as a crime, but rather as a family issue,” Paz y Paz said.
    Guatemala has long been among the most violent countries in the world, largely the inheritance of a 36-year civil war that ended in 1996. 
    Paz y Paz said the country had made progress. Guatemala became the first Latin American country to codify “femicide” as a unique crime in 2009. Some jurisdictions have created special tribunals to address violence against women and many law enforcement officials have become more sensitive to the issue.
    Former President Otto Pérez placed the country’s homicide rate last year at 31 per 100,000 residents. The figure, while high, marks a sharp decline from the 2009 peak of 47 per 100,000, according to World Bank data. The U.S. homicide rate was 5 per 100,000 in 2012.

    “It’s still not enough,” Paz y Paz said. “I’m sure that homicidal violence is one of the things forcing people to leave the country.”


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    Estudian con visión de género aventuras del personaje de Quino

     El 29 de septiembre de 1964 en las páginas de la revista argentina Primera Plana nació una niña muy particular: Mafalda.

    En entrevista con motivo del cumpleaños número 51 del personaje creado por el caricaturista Joaquín Salvador Lavado, Quino, Juan Manuel León Maldonado, investigador de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), aborda el análisis que hizo desde un enfoque de género a las aventuras de la famosa niña, junto con los personajes femeninos de la historieta.

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    Funding Organising Led by Girls and Young Women

    From dusty villages in Kenya to urban centres in Mexico, teenagers and twentysomethings across the world are organising, setting up feminist groups in community centres, schools, universities and online, running campaigns against child marriage, while also petitioning for better sex education. The United Nations estimates that youth currently account for approximately one billion of the world’s population and that one person in five is between the ages of 15 and 24. This generation is determined to change the world: They are motivated to build inclusive movements that address race, class, ability, and gender.

    Recent years have seen greater attention to issues affecting girls
in development sectors, but adolescent girls and
young women still continue to struggle to access funding to support
their activism. While the enthusiasm to enact change by forming their own action groups is there, the funding landscape for girls is sparse: the World Bank estimates that less than two cents of every dollar spent on international aid is specifically directed towards adolescent girls.

    In order to increase awareness of the importance of funding girls’ and young women’s groups, and to create new models for supporting their activism, Mama Cash and the Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres (Central American Women’s Fund) set up a Community of Practice (CoP) in 2011. “We saw an opportunity to bring together peer funds to collectively learn and channel more and better resources to girls’ and young women’s groups. The Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres was an important partner as they are a pioneer in participatory grantmaking and resourcing young women’s rights organising,” says Nicky McIntyre of Mama Cash.

    Supported by funding from the Nike Foundation’s Grassroots Girls Initiative, the CoP was comprised of 11 women’s funds from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin
America. Mama Cash and the Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres jointly coordinated the CoP for three years, from July 2011 to March 2014, with a total budget of €150,000 (€50,000 per year).

    Over three years of working closely with young women, exploring young feminist culture and re-assessing their own internal systems, the CoP members learned that it is not only necessary for funders to take notice of young women’s and girls’ groups, but vital. Following are seven recommendations to consider when venturing into this exciting sphere along with examples of how CoP members moved these ideas in action.

    Download the report >>


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