Womens Justice Center

The Liberation of Women's Energy
Will Change the World. *

La liberación de la energía de la mujer cambiará el mundo

o provide advocacy, free of charge, for victims of rape, domestic violence, and child abuse, particularly in the Latina and other under served communities of Sonoma County. To provide advocacy training and community education. To promote more women and minorities in our law enforcement agencies. To commit to equal justice for all women and girls.

rindar una defensa gratuita a víctimas de violación, violencia doméstica y abuso infantil, particularmente en las comunidades hispanas y otras que no son atendidas adecuadamente en el condado de Sonoma. Proveer capacitación en defensa pública y educación comunitaria. Incrementar el número de mujeres y personas pertenecientes a minorías en nuestras agencias de aplicación de justicia. Comprometernos con la justicia igualitaria para todas las mujeres y las niñas.

News Round-up ~ Resumen de noticias


Every year, in conjunction with International Women’s Day, Women Deliver celebrates the progress made on behalf of girls and women worldwide. The “Women Deliver 50” is a compilation of the 50 most inspiring ideas and solutions that are delivering for girls and women. Out of hundreds of submissions from 103 countries around the world, a selection committee of experts and advocates from leading global non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and foundations narrowed the applications to 125 nominees. These were then posted online and more than 6,000 individual voted to select the 50 winners.

We would like to thank all the members of the selection committee, our partner organizations, and the voters who made the Women Deliver 50 such a success. Continue reading below to learn more about the inspiring organizations and initiatives—from the grassroots to the global–that are pioneering real and lasting social change. We hope it gives you a renewed energy to work toward building a better world for girls and women.


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The online event will run on March 8, 2012.

This year, Gender Across Borders and CARE will host the Third Annual Blog for International Women’s Day, a day where bloggers, writers, and humanitarian organizations are asked to write about the International Women’s Day theme on March 8. This year’s theme is “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures” and we are asking bloggers to address one or both of the following points:

  • How can we, as a culture and as members of the global community, involve, educate, and inspire girls in a positive way?
  • Describe a particular organization, person, group or moment in history that helped to inspire a positive future and impact the minds and aspirations for girls.

Throughout the day of March 8, we will have an ongoing live blog of w

continues... http://www.genderacrossborders.com/blogforiwd/


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The number of domestic hate and extremist groups in the United States grew to record levels in 2011, led by a surge in anti-government radicalism, according to a report released today by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a prominent civil rights organization based in Montgomery, AL. In 2011 there were 1,018 "hate groups" nationally, representing a slight increase from the previous record, one year earlier in 2010, when there were 1,002 hate groups tallied.

The 2011 figures are the eleventh consecutive annual increase and the highest number since the SPLC began enumerating hate group totals in the 1980s. In 2000 there were just 602 of these groups nationally. While 2011 hate crime numbers are not yet tabulated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the agency counted 6,624 hate crimes in 2010 in the United States, an increase of only 26 from a 14 year low recorded the previous year. A 2010 analysis by the Institute for Homeland Security Solutions found that from 1999-2009 white supremacist and anti-government domestic extremist plots were only surpassed by those undertaken by radical Salafist and al-Qaeda followers during the decade.

article continues....  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-levin-jd/hate-groups-splc_b_1331318.html

see full report from Southern Poverty Law Center ...                                                                                                                                                                                                               http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2012/spring/the-year-in-hate-and-extremism


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35 Audios sobre violencia en contra de la mujer

Escucha los programas

WARMI es una asociación civil sin fines de lucro que nace el 8 de marzo del 2010, con el objetivo de darle cara y voz a las víctimas de la violencia sexual en el Perú. Apostamos por visibilizar la violencia sexual y la difusión de los derechos sexuales y reproductivos, a través de estrategias comunicacionales que tiendan puentes y alienten cada vez a un mayor número de mujeres a denunciar, cortando de este modo el círculo vicioso que alimenta esta lacra. 


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For all their talk of empowerment, initiatives by development agencies and donors fail to tackle power imbalances, and do not allow women to realise their own hopes and dreams

Women fill in their ballots during Iran's parliamentary election, at a mosque in southern Tehran
Women vote in Iran's parliamentary elections at a mosque in southern Tehran. Photograph: Raheb Homavandi/Reuters

The empowerment of women and girls has risen up the development agenda in recent years, championed by powerful financial institutions, the philanthropic wings of major transnational corporations and influential development donors as a sought-after panacea. There's an appealing simplicity to the argument for investing in women and girls. Women and girls have been overlooked. They have so much potential. Get them into work, and poverty will disappear. Get them into school, and high birthrates will decrease. Get them into politics, and peace will reign. Invest in their potential and in their families, and communities and nations will yield the benefits.

It's a formula that harnesses persuasive gender myths with an action agenda blind to many of the principal underlying causes of women's disempowerment. 

continues... http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2012/mar/05/women-route-to-empowerment-not-mapped-out


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WASHINGTON -- Eight current and former members of the U.S. military allege in a new federal lawsuit that they were raped, assaulted or harassed during their service and suffered retaliation when they reported it to their superiors.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, accuses the military of having a "high tolerance for sexual predators in their ranks" and fostering a hostile environment that discourages victims of sexual assault from coming forward and punishes them when they do. The suit claims the Defense Department has failed to take aggressive steps to confront the problem despite public statements suggesting otherwise.

continues... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/06/military-rape-lawsuit_n_1324899.html

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De Barbieri llama a conciliar maternidad y derecho al trabajo

CIMAC | México, DF.- A 40 años de que el movimiento feminista en México logró reivindicar y garantizar en leyes y políticas públicas algunos derechos de las mujeres, es momento de “reinventar” las propuestas por la equidad de género y redefinir, por ejemplo, el cuidado de las y los hijos como una responsabilidad familiar y del Estado, y la conciliación entre la maternidad y el mundo del trabajo. 

continua... http://www.cimacnoticias.com.mx/site/12030601-RUMBO-AL-8-DE-MARZO.49122.0.html


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The Gazette, Colorado Springs,Colo.|

But halfway through the hearing, she stopped talking. Her silence sparked an unusual legal battle this past week and left some worried about a chilling effect on future sexual assault reports at the nation's service academies if she's ordered to testify.

continues... http://www.military.com/news/article/afa-case-could-remove-veil-from-secret-sexual-assault-reports.html


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Dear Colleagues, 

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at New York University School of Law wishes to share the results of our recently published report concerning sexual violence in Haiti.  The report, entitled “Yon Je Louvri: Reducing Vulnerability to Sexual Violence in Haiti’s IDP Camps,” is available online at: 


The CHRGJ Study examined the intersection between the rights to food, water, and sanitation, and vulnerability to sexual violence within internally displaced persons camps in and around Port-au-Prince.  A rights-based approach was employed throughout the design and implementation of the Study

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The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Report - Released 2/16/2012

PERF has released a new report that explores the issue of illegal immigration from the perspective of local police and sheriffs' departments across the country.   

The report, Voices from Across the Country: Local Law Enforcement Officials Discuss the Challenges of Immigration Enforcement, is based on regional meetings of police executives and other officials held in Raleigh, NC; Colorado Springs; and Laredo, TX. In addition, PERF convened a meeting at the Prince William County, VA Police Department to hear officials from that department describe their experience in implementing a new immigration policy.

The report, which PERF produced with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York, is available here

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Online Guide - pdf
Sexual Violence is a Threat to Stable Housing 
Sexual assault is a most intimate crime, and when it happens in our most intimate sanctuaries—
our homes—the trauma is devastating and difficult to escape. “The majority of sexual assaults 
take place in or near victims’ homes or the homes of victims’ friends, relatives, or neighbors” 
(Mindlin and Vickers, as quoted by NSVRC, 2010). Thus, for many survivors of sexual violence, 
home often is not safe. Survivors struggle with seeing and touching constant reminders of the 
assault: a bed, a kitchen table, a broken window, or the new locks on the door. And if a survivor 
must leave home—whether to get away from the constant triggers, or due to an eviction, or in 
order to flee the perpetrator—losing the comforts and familiarity of home only compounds the 
trauma of sexual violence. Survivors need a safe place for the emotional work of recovery. 
Advocates start where the survivor is. The advocate plays a critical role in helping survivors 
navigate housing options and regain a sense of safety.
Until very recently, the anti-rape field has not considered shelter and housing to be sexual 
violence issues. When we think and write about the crisis of sexual violence and our response, 
we typically think about medical needs, legal issues, and emotional support. As a movement, we 
often overlook the shelter and housing needs of sexual violence survivors. We seldom ask 
survivors about housing concerns. But healing from sexual violence can only happen on a 
foundation of safety and safety starts with home
continues, see pdf... 

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By Marcela Valente

BUENOS AIRES, Mar 2, 2012 (IPS) - For over 90 years, a law in Argentina has allowed women who become pregnant as a result of rape to have an abortion. However, hospitals often refuse to carry out the procedure, instead referring the women to the justice system.

Argentine law penalises doctors who carry out abortions and the women who have them, with certain exceptions.

continues...  http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106941

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The average entry age of children (mostly girls) being sold for sex in the U.S. is 12 to 14 years old. They should be struggling with algebra problems, not how to make enough money each night so they won't be beaten or so they can have food to eat.
Victims need you to stand with them. This is the LAST WEEKEND to SIGN and MAIL in the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation petition (CASE Act).
Do it for all the girls who will be sold, raped and beaten this weekend.
Postmark mail by March 5th to give time to sort/count. Return signed petitions to PO Box 7057, Fremont, CA 94537. Only registered voters can sign. Check here. 
Justice starts with YOU. Here's your chance to do it for the girls.
Daphne Phung
Executive Director, Founder
California Against Slavery

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> Familias y activistas denuncian mil crímenes en un año

Por Gladis Torres Ruiz 

México, DF, 29 feb 12 (CIMAC).-Madres de las víctimas del feminicida César Armando Librado Legorreta, alias “El Coqueto”, junto con madres de jóvenes desaparecidas y la Coalición contra el Tráfico de Mujeres y Niñas (CATWLAC, por sus siglas en inglés), exigieron la renuncia del procurador del Estado de México, Alfredo Castillo.

Luego de la fuga del asesino confeso de siete mujeres –tres de ellas menores de edad–, las madres acusaron al funcionario de “incompetencia e ineptitud” para resolver los casos de niñas, mujeres y adolescentes desaparecidas y asesinadas en la entidad mexiquense.

Teresa Ulloa, directora de la CATWLAC, denunció que de enero de 2011 a lo que va de 2012 se han registrado 60 desapariciones de mujeres cada mes, 4 mil 800 violaciones sexuales y mil casos de feminicidio, según datos de la Procuraduría estatal obtenidos por la organización civil Anticorrupción vía acceso a la información. 




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By Meredith Tax, WeNews commentator

Women's rights groups are criticizing Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, for neglecting women's rights violations in an apparent rush to defend political Islam.
(WOMENSENEWS)-- Salafi mobs have caned women in Tunisian cafes and Egyptian shops; attacked churches in Egypt; taken over whole villages in Tunisia and shut down that country's Manouba University for two months in an effort to exert social pressure on veiling.
And while "moderate Islamist" leaders say they will protect the rights of women (if not gays), they have done very little to bring these mobs under control.
In this context, the support given by Kenneth Roth, head of the major U.S. organization Human Rights Watch, to Islamist parties is disturbing to say the least and shows a wider problem in the attitude of the human rights movement toward political Islam.


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Lecturer in Criminology, University of Western Sydney
The prediction and management of recidivism 
has become increasingly important in the field of 
domestic violence. It is well recognised that recidivism 
is high amongst domestic violence perpetrators and 
there is a cohort of perpetrators who are resistant to 
intervention or treatment (Gondolf 2002). Provocative 
research from the Winnipeg Family Violence Courts 
in Canada found that from 1992 to 2002, the thirty 
most frequent offenders appeared in the court 2263 
times, accumulated 1843 charges, were responsible 
for 862 police incidents, were subject to 551 court 
cases and had 319 court convictions (ursel 2011) 
Key points
Some men who abuse their partners are considered particularly high risk due to the frequency and/or
severity of their violence, and their resistance to current intervention strategies.
Risk assessment and management practices have become increasingly prominent in agency responses to
these offenders.
The way in which‘risk’ is defined, assessed and managed varies between research studies and between
agencies, and does not always reflect the complexities of practice or the lives of domestic violence offenders, 
victims and survivors.
Established approaches to the reduction and management of domestic violence risk have drawn on the
traditional justice principles of punishment, deterrence, incapacitation and rehabilitation.
The use of these approaches has changed as evidence has accumulated that neither the threat of
punishment, nor treatment, is curtailing the risk posed by very dangerous offenders.
Emerging approaches to risk assessment and management include a focus on offender surveillance,
individualised and comprehensive approaches to treatment, and outcome-orientated partnerships that 
integrate policing and judicial responses with health and welfare services.
Preliminary research suggests that interventions responsive to both perpetrator risk and need are more likely
to be effective than interventions that adopt a standardised approach.
The social connectedness of the perpetrator is a primary determinant of both his risk and his need, and
further research is needed into interventions that reduce risk by addressing the complex needs of offenders.

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2012 National Call to Action Institute and Conference Now Open

The theme for this ground breaking experience is "Collective Empowerment, Collective Liberation". The framework for the NCTA Institute and Conference is based on the following guiding principles:

* Uniting women of color across ethnicity, race, age, citizenship, sexual orientation, disability, body type, faith, discipline, and locality for collective survival.

* Inspiring those working to be allies to aim for collective liberation in challenging racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, heterosexism, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, ageism and other forms of oppression and bias.

The 2012 National Call to Action offers 2-Day Institute (one for Women of Color, one for Men, and one for White Women Aspiring Allies) with joint keynotes throughout, and a 2-Day Conference bringing all groups together for workshops, plenaries, and a Cultural Cabaret and Marketplace.

This unique Institute and Conference will feature 5 Major Topics Impacting Women of Color: 

  • Tribal Sovereignty
  • Trafficking
  • Homicide
  • Gender Identity
  • Immigration

Additional subjects include self-care, economic justice, anti-oppression, building multicultural alliances, leadership and capacity building, and other key topics.




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Radio Internacional Feminista presenta su más reciente producción "Aquí no entra la violencia contra las mujeres", una serie que consiste en 10 microprogramas y 5 cuñas que abordan distintas manifestaciones de esta problemática, que afecta la vida de las mujeres en el plano físico, emocional, patrimonial y laboral.

La serie, y el material gráfico elaborado para esta producción, son de libre descarga. Puede distribuirlos en su radio, comunidad, centro educativo o grupo de trabajo.


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Women's Law Project

You’ve probably recently heard about the Virginia ultrasound bill, but did you realize Pennsylvania has a bill pending that’s even worse? The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is poised to take up HB1077, the disingenuously titled “Women’s Right to Know Act.”  Are you ready to stop the cruel, demeaning attacks on women in Pennsylvania? Sign the petition and urge your representative to vote NO on HB 1077 and stop this demeaning and unnecessary bill from becoming law in Pennsylvania.  Click here to find your PA Representative.

Open Letter to the PA legislature...

PETITION:  Stop Pennsylvania's Mandatory Ultrasound Bill  

By Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates (Contact)



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Hasta 25 restos de mujeres desaparecidas en Semefo de Juárez 

Por Gladis Torres Ruiz 

México, DF, 27 feb 12 (CIMAC).- Madres y familiares de jóvenes desaparecidas en Ciudad Juárez, que permanecen en plantón frente a la Fiscalía local, exigieron a la procuradora General de la República, Marisela Morales; al gobernador de Chihuahua, César Duarte, y al fiscal estatal, Carlos Manuel Salas, les expliquen a cuántas y a qué personas pertenecen los restos óseos localizados entre diciembre de 2011 y enero de 2012, en el Valle de Juárez.
Encabezadas por María García Reynosa, madre de Jessica Leticia Peña García, desaparecida en 2010 y cuyos restos fueron recientemente identificados y entregados el viernes pasado, las madres cumplen hoy cuatro días frente a la dependencia junto con los restos de la niña de 15 años en un féretro. Advirtieron que no se moverán de ahí hasta obtener una respuesta.

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Find Event in Your Area

San Francisco: 

Thursday, Mar. 8, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Gather at 11:00 a.m. and walk the Golden Gate Bridge at 11:30 a.m.
An international event organized through Women for Women International, which celebrates the strength of women working for equality, justice, and peace. We will be raising money for female survivors of war.
Participation is free, but donations are encouraged
Crissy Field, Warming Hut/West Bluff Picnic Area, San Francisco Presidio

60 Second Introduction to Join Me on the Bridge from Women for Women International .

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 A judge ruled today that a critical piece of video evidence in the domestic violence case against San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi will be admissible in his upcoming trial.
Mirkarimi, 50, has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of domestic violence battery, child endangerment and dissuading a witness in connection with a Dec. 31 incident in which he allegedly bruised the right arm of his wife, Eliana Lopez, during an argument in which his 2-year-old son Theo was present.

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