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U.S. TEEN PREGNANCY RATE AT LOWEST LEVEL IN NEARLY 40 YEARS

 


Guttmacher Institute
 
Rates Down Among All Racial and Ethnic Groups; Disparities Persist
 
Teen pregnancies have declined dramatically in the United States since their peak in the early 1990s, as have the births and abortions that result; in 2008, teen pregnancies reached their lowest level in nearly 40 years, according to “U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions, 2008: National Trends by Age, Race and Ethnicity,” by Kathryn Kost and Stanley Henshaw of the Guttmacher Institute. In 2008, the teen pregnancy rate was 67.8 pregnancies per 1,000 women aged 15–19, which means that about 7% of U.S. teens became pregnant that year. This rate represents a 42% decline from the peak in 1990 (116.9 per1,000). Similarly, the birthrate declined 35% between 1991 and 2008, from 61.8 to 40.2 births per 1,000 teens; the abortion rate declined 59% from its 1988 peak of 43.5 abortions per 1,000 teens to its 2008 level of 17.8 per 1,000.
 
Even with dramatic reductions in pregnancy, birth and abortion rates among all racial and ethnic groups, disparities between black, white and Hispanic teens persist. After peaking in the early 1990s, the teen pregnancy rate dropped by 37% among Hispanics, 48% among blacks and 50% among non-Hispanic whites; yet the rates among black and Hispanic teens remain 2–3 times as high as that of non-Hispanic white teens. There were also considerable disparities in birth and abortion rates. The birthrates in 2008 among black and Hispanic teens, as well as Hispanic teens’ abortion rate, were twice the rates among whites; the abortion rate for black teens was four times that of whites.
 
“The recent declines in teen pregnancy rates are great news.” says lead author Kathryn Kost. “However, the continued inequities among racial and ethnic minorities are cause for concern. It is time to redouble our efforts to ensure that all teens have access to the information and contraceptive services they need to prevent unwanted pregnancies.”
 
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A 8 meses de creado, Consejo Estatal no ha sesionado

 


CIMAC Mx
 
Sigue sin ver la luz programa antiviolencia de género en Oaxaca 
 
Por Citlalli López, corresponsal
 
Oaxaca, 7 feb 12 (CIMAC).- Desde su creación hace casi ocho meses, el Consejo Estatal encargado de planear las acciones para prevenir, atender, sancionar y erradicar la violencia contra las mujeres en Oaxaca, no ha realizado sesión alguna, mientras los casos de feminicidio, violencia intrafamilar, los delitos sexuales y de trata de personas, van al alza en esta entidad federativa.
 
La presidenta de la Comisión de Equidad y Género del Congreso de Oaxaca, Ivonne Gallegos Carreño, lamentó que hasta el momento sea inexistente el programa integral que permita garantizar a las mujeres una vida libre de violencia.
 
“Las violaciones, abusos y acosos sexuales, la violencia intrafamiliar, la trata de mujeres y niñas, la prostitución forzada, la esclavitud sexual, los homicidios en razón del género, así como otras prácticas y arbitrariedades, siguen siendo ejercidos con impunidad en todo nuestro estado de Oaxaca, producto en su mayoría de la falta de políticas públicas”, dijo.
 
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After Susan G. Komen Debacle, Senators Launch Women's Rights Campaign

 
Huffington Post
 
WASHINGTON -- Inspired by the backlash over the brief attempt by Susan G. Komen for the Cure to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, a group of senators Wednesday is launching a bid to organize 1 million people in support of women's rights.
 
Led by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), seven Democratic senators and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee are appealing to backers on all of their websites to sign on to \"One Million Strong For Women\" in hopes of harnessing the energy displayed in the backlash against Komen.
 
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A Survivor’s Guide to Public Speaking

 


National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
 
For Survivors
 
From the Front of the Room: A Survivor’s Guide to Public Speaking
 
This guide provides a basic overview of the issues that face survivors who desire to speak publicly about their experiences with intimate partner violence. It provides guidance for the survivor speaker to maximize their physical and emotional safety and ensure the overall success of the speaking engagement. 
 
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Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

 


UNFPA
 
Annual Report 2011 for the UNFPA/UNICEF
 
Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
 
The Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting is being carried out in 15 African countries: Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Senegal, Somalia and Sudan.
 
The 2011 annual report highlights the gains, challenges and best practices for the abandonment of FGM/C and offers select indicators on progress in policy and advocacy, capacity building, partnerships and media coverage. FGM/C campaign highlights in 2011 included a West African fatwa against cutting, Guinea-Bissau’s criminalization of FGM/C and the high rate of abandonment in Senegal, where 760 communities declared an end to cutting and child/forced marriage.
 
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La violencia no es natural

 


Promsex
 
ENTREVISTA
 
La violencia no es natural
 
Matthew Gutmann reflexiona para Letra S sobre los altos índices de violencia masculina registrados en México. El catedrático de antropología en la Universidad de Brown y coordinador de Changing men and masculinities in Latin America, replantea la asociación común entre hombres y violencia. En el contexto que se vive en México ¿qué valores en torno a la masculinidad se exacerban con los altos índices de violencia? Para mí no hay valores inherentes masculinos, ni en México ni en otros países del mundo. Al contrario, siempre es importante entender, analizar (y casi siempre) tratar de cambiar las relaciones de género, la violencia de hombre contra hombre y hombre contra mujer (casi no existe la de mujer contra hombre, con excepciones en el caso de mujeres contra hombres de la tercera edad).
 
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CDC: U.S. child abuse amounts to $124 billion

 

the State Column
 
According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, published in the journal Child Abuse and Neglect, 1,740 American children died from child abuse and 579,000 American children experienced nonfatal child abuse, costing the nation $124 billion, in 2008. Child abuse is defined as physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse and neglect cases. This CDC report highlights the high costs associated with mistreatment of children and calls for change across the nation.
 
On average, a confirmed nonfatal child abuse case will receive an estimated $210,012 during their lifetimes, covering health care costs, child welfare and other services. In comparison to other health conditions, child abuse costs more than the lifetime cost of stroke and Type 2 diabetes, which total $159,846 per person and $181,000-$253,000 per person, respectively.
 
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Welcome for report identifying failings in sex abuse cases

 

Irish Times
 
A GARDA inspectorate report identifying shortcomings in the force’s handling of child sexual abuse cases has been welcome by Rape Crisis Network Ireland.
 
Director of the network Fiona Neary said the organisation recognised that the Garda had been improving its child protection practices, and that past failings of the State were being learned from.
 
She particularly welcomed the inspectorate’s strongly expressed view that those making allegations should always be believed and only a tiny percentage were ever found to be untruthful.
 
“If we do not listen to victims we fail to gather best evidence. For the victim, not being believed can be devastating and silencing.”
 
The report by the inspectorate into how the Garda handled child sex abuse cases concluded the level of co-operation between the Garda and HSE was so poor it exposed children to further risk.
 
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Case by case: news coverage of child sexual abuse

 

Berkeley Media Studies Group
 
To understand how child sexual abuse is covered in the media, the researchers selected a representative sample of U.S. news over a span of three years, then coded the content in detail. Results on the content, language, how the act was characterized, who\'s voices are presented, etc. are all presented. The conclusion includes recommendations for advocates and reporters.
 
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Powell House Explosion: Tough Questions About Deaths Of Missing Utah Woman's Sons, Husband

 


Huffington Post
 
SEATTLE -- State authorities can expect tough questions about whether more might have been done to protect a missing Utah woman\'s two children, who died along with their father after authorities say he ignited his home in an inferno Sunday.
 
Josh Powell was a person of interest in his wife\'s disappearance. Why was he allowed to meet with his sons at all? Why weren\'t more precautions taken, such as requiring that supervised visits be at a neutral site rather than at his home?
 
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El desarrollo es un derecho humano y pertenece a todos.

 

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Susan G. Komen Stops Grants to Planned Parenthood

 


feminist mystique
 
Opinion, by Shannon
 

Yesterday, Susan G. Komen announced that they will stop supporting Planned Parenthood. In the past, they have given approx. $700,000 to Planned Parenthood, helping provide nearly 170,000 clinical breast exams and 6,400 mammogram referrals at Planned Parenthood centers across the nation. 

 
In the past five years, Planned Parenthood has provided more than 4 million clinical breast exams and 70,000 mammogram referrals, often helping low-income or uninsured women detect breast cancer in the earliest stages. 
 
When I found out about this last night, I was outraged. I couldn\'t believe that the Susan G. Komen foundation would put politics ahead of women\'s lives. Luckily, I quickly learned from facebook and twitter that many others felt the same. Planned Parenthood and Komen were actually trending last night because there were so many people denouncing their actions. The Komen foundation\'s facebook page was also full of negative comments, although they seemed to be working overtime to delete them. I wrote a post telling them that their actions were shameful and that I wouldn\'t support them financially or attend any event sponsored by them until they re-fund Planned Parenthood. It received about 30 likes in the seconds before it was deleted. 


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Opinion

Susan G. Komen Stops Grants to Planned Parenthood
by Shannon

Yesterday, Susan G. Komen announced that they will stop supporting Planned Parenthood. In the past, they have given approx. $700,000 to Planned Parenthood, helping provide nearly 170,000 clinical breast exams and 6,400 mammogram referrals at Planned Parenthood centers across the nation. 

In the past five years, Planned Parenthood has provided more than 4 million clinical breast exams and 70,000 mammogram referrals, often helping low-income or uninsured women detect breast cancer in the earliest stages. 

When I found out about this last night, I was outraged. I couldn\'t believe that the Susan G. Komen foundation would put politics ahead of women\'s lives. Luckily, I quickly learned from facebook and twitter that many others felt the same. Planned Parenthood and Komen were actually trending last night because there were so many people denouncing their actions. The Komen foundation\'s facebook page was also full of negative comments, although they seemed to be working overtime to delete them. I wrote a post telling them that their actions were shameful and that I wouldn\'t support them financially or attend any event sponsored by them until they re-fund Planned Parenthood. It received about 30 likes in the seconds before it was deleted. 

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Jornadas ‘Acoso Sexual y Acoso por Razón de Sexo como Formas de Violencia de Género’

 
Amecopress
 
La negociación colectiva y el diálogo social son instrumentos fundamentales para erradicar el acoso sexual y por razón de sexo en las empresas
 
Madrid, 13 ene. 12. Amecopress. La secretaria de la Mujer de CCOO de Andalucía, Antonia Martos, explicó en unas jornadas celebradas en Granada sobre ‘Acoso Sexual y Acoso por Razón de Sexo’, el papel de los sindicatos y de las organizaciones empresariales en torno al acoso sexual y por razón de sexo. En su intervención, insistió en la implantación de protocolos de actuación contra el acoso en las empresas, y en la necesidad de sensibilización e implicación de trabajadoras y trabajadores, empresariado y administración como “requisito fundamental para eliminar estas conductas, perjudiciales no sólo para las personas afectadas, sino también para las propias empresas\".
 
La responsable sindical afirmó durante su intervención que el acoso sexual y el acoso moral por razón de sexo son una realidad generalmente oculta, pero muy extendida, que precisa de un adecuado tratamiento para prevenir estas conductas, sancionar las que se produzcan y minimizar las graves consecuencias del acoso en la salud y el desarrollo profesional de las mujeres afectadas.
 
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Lydia Cacho, sinembargo
 
Por: Lydia Cacho -
 
Francesca Polini y su esposo viven en Londres; con el permiso del gobierno inglés contactaron a la agencia Adoption Alliance en Denver, Estados Unidos; a su vez esta agencia les contactó con un despacho jurídico de Guadalajara, México, donde les aseguraron podrían adoptar al bebé de su elección. Luego de que el gobierno inglés denegara el permiso al enterarse de que la adopción no sería en Denver sino en México, la pareja decidió viajar a Guadalajara y, de cualquier manera, conocer al famoso abogado Carlos López Valenzuela, experto en adopciones internacionales, recomendado por la agencia. Este les ofreció coordinar legalmente la compra de un bebé recién nacido por veinte mil dólares.
 
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Women of Color Make Films for Real Women

 
Feminist Wire
 
Thinking Outside the Blockbuster: Women of Color Make Films for Real Women
 
By Melissa Robertson
 
For many American filmgoers it might sound unbelievable that only about 6% of all fiction filmmakers are women. However, to both professional and aspiring women filmmakers this is a well-known and all-too-well-experienced fact. And unfortunately, success rates vary. Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides), Mary Harron (American Psycho), and Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High) are just a few (often-unrecognized) women who have directed some of America’s most beloved classics. To be sure, their kind of success is rare. In 2009, Kathryn Bigelow won the Academy Award for Best Director for The Hurt Locker—80 years after the inception of that award.
 
Recognition of any woman in cinema is hard to come by. For women of color the outlook is even bleaker. The most recent example is Dee Rees’s Pariah, about a black lesbian teen growing up in Brooklyn. Though the film opened December 28 and already boasts an impressive 96% rating on RottenTomatoes.com, its theatrical release continues to be extremely limited. (For a more extensive look at this film, see Mecca Jamilah Sullivan’s article “Black Queer Gender and Pariah’s ‘Grand Swagger’.”) The only way to gain support, I think, is by raising awareness about these talented women and their films. I have reviewed four films—each having been written and directed by a woman of color.
 
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Guatemala Heeds the Cries of Femicide Victims

 
ips gender wire
 
By Danilo Valladares
 
Demonstrators demand that the disappearance of Cristina Siekavizza and her children be investigated. 
 
GUATEMALA CITY, Jan 31, 2012 (IPS) - The relentless wave of femicides in Guatemala, which has one of the highest female murder rates in the world, has prompted actions by the government, civil society groups, and two Nobel Peace laureates to try to put a stop to this brutal violence against women, which has reached horrific proportions.
 
According to information from the Presidential Commission against Racism, 705 Guatemalan women lost their lives to gender-related violence in 2011, most of them by gunfire, up from 675 deaths the year before. 
 
This alarming situation has spurred a range of reactions from both civil society and the government. 
 
On Jan. 24, only days after his inauguration as president, right-wing retired general Otto Pérez Molina formed a \"task force to combat femicide\", which is the term used in Guatemala to denote gender- motivated killings. Women\'s organisations define femicide more precisely as the phenomenon whereby women are murdered because they are women. 
 
This task force, created under the Interior Ministry, the body in charge of domestic security, will be headed by former Prosecutor Mirna Carrera and will focus on intelligence and investigative efforts with the aim of preventing more women from being murdered. 
 
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A Struggle for Justice: Incest Victims in Pakistan

 
Equality Now
 
 
Equality Now, WAR Lahore, Nasreen Welfare Trust Legal Aid Services
 
This report highlights the difficulties women and girls are faced with in accessing justice in cases of sexual violence, particularly incest.
 
Included in this report are a survey of incest cases in Pakistan, a summary of published legal opinions in incest cases, identification of obstacles to justice and a compilation of good practice examples from other countries that have addressed similar obstacles. 
 
The authors hope this report will be used as a guide towards making the Pakistani judicial system more supportive of future victims which will have a deterrent effect on perpetrators.
 
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En tanto, viven con zozobra ante agudización de violencia

 
CIMAC Mx
 
CONTEXTO
 
En tanto, viven con zozobra ante agudización de violencia
En la “congeladora”, mecanismo de protección para defensoras 
 
Por Anayeli García Martínez
 
México, DF, 30 ene 12 (CIMAC).- Mientras la situación de vulnerabilidad de las y los defensores de Derechos Humanos (DH) se agrava día con día, la Secretaría de Gobernación (Segob) mantiene en la “congeladora” el mecanismo de protección para activistas, criticó la Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos (CMDPDH).
 
La abogada de la CMDPDH, Silvia Vázquez Camacho –quien ha sido víctima de amenazas por su trabajo humanitario– afirmó que la falta de un marco normativo que proteja a las y los defensores y la impunidad dejan en riesgo a aquellas personas que se dedican a la defensa y promoción de los DH.
 
En entrevista, Vázquez Camacho señaló que actualmente las y los activistas trabajan en “un terreno complicado”, ya que viven con la zozobra de padecer amenazas y violencia. Como ejemplo citó los asesinatos de Marisela Escobedo y Susana Chávez, dos mujeres que denunciaban casos de feminicidio en Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, y los cuales siguen impunes.
 
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Amecopress
 
Oh, No.......
 
AmecoPress, información para la igualdad, sigue adelante
La cita será semanal
 
Madrid, 31 ene. 12. Amecopress. Ni AmecoPress se salva de la crisis. Hemos hecho todo lo posible –y lo imposible- para mantener un ritmo diario en la elaboración de nuestras informaciones para la igualdad, pero los “tijeretazos presupuestarios” nos llevan a recortar la frecuencia diaria en la salida del boletín.
 
A partir de ahora, intentaremos mantener un ritmo semanal en la emisión del boletín, lo que nos obligará a variar su composición, aunque mantendremos el mismo criterio básico: defender una información subjetiva al servicio de la igualdad de género.
 
Además, actualizaremos permanentemente la web y a través de facebook difundiremos las noticias más significativas.
 
Esto no es una rendición. Seguimos adelante con nuestro esfuerzo y con el apoyo que incondicionalmente siempre hemos recibido de vosotras y vosotros. Gracias.
 
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Requesting Organization Sign-on Supporting OCR's Letter on Sexual Violence Under Title IX

 
Sarah Axelson, Women's Sports Foundation
 
Requesting Organization Sign-on
Supporting OCR's Letter on Sexual Violence Under Title IX
 
Dear Colleague, 
 
On April 4th, 2011, the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a “Dear Colleague Letter,” (DCL) which summarized schools’ responsibilities for addressing campus sexual violence under Title IX. The DCL offers uniformity and clarity on school’s duty to prevent and address sexual harassment and assault, and promises to improve student access to equal educational opportunities. 
 
Certain aspects of the DCL have been highly criticized, particularly the provisions requiring a preponderance of evidence standard of proof when assessing the merits of a complaint, and equitable treatment for both victims and accused students. The sign-on letter below attempts to provide support for the DCL letter, specifically addressing those contentious issues. In addition, the letter summarizes provisions that specifically relate to athletics, and schools’ responsibility to act promptly. The letter also supports the Campus SaVE Act, which would codify certain provisions of the DCL. 
 
We ask you join the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Association for Title IX Administrators (www.atixa.org) to sign the letter to the OCR before Thursday, February 2nd, 2012. 
 
To sign on, please email me with your signature block and electronic signature. If you do not have an electronic signature, we will provide a cursive font. 
 
Additionally, we encourage you to share this opportunity for sign-on with other organizations in your networks. 
 
Warm regards, 
 
Sarah J. Axelson | Advocacy & Program Coordinator 
Women\'s Sports Foundation 
t 516.542.4700 ext.148 f 516.542.4716 
 
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Who Controls Black Women's Bodies (Encore)

 
National Radio Project
 
AUDIO
 
Since the 2010 elections, anti-abortionists have grown more emboldened in their attempts to restrict not only abortion services, but also to basic reproductive care.
 
African-American women have been especially targeted in a series of anti-abortion billboards posted across the country. Enraged by this finger-pointing, reproductive justice activist of all colors got together to fight for every woman’s right to health care. On this edition, the fight for access to reproductive health care.
 
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Research Summary

 
Neari News
 
What is the difference between adolescents who
sexually abuse and others who commit non-sexual
crimes?
by Steven Bengis, David S. Prescott, and Joan Tabachnick
 
Question
What differentiates youth who have sexually abused from those who
don't reoffend or reoffend in non-sexual ways?
 
The Research...
 
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Imparable el embarazo adolescente en México

 
Por Rafael Maya Barradas * IPS/ Cimac
 
las mujeres son noticia
 
MÉXICO, ene (IPS) - Las adolescentes siguen sin contar en México con políticas públicas eficaces para prevenir embarazos no planeados y muertes maternas, así como apoyos para afrontar la pobreza.
 
Cuatro estados del país son ejemplo de la lacerante realidad para millones de mujeres adolescentes, quienes carecen de atención gubernamental para un acceso pleno de anticonceptivos, educación sexual de calidad y atención sanitaria a fin de evitar muertes ligadas con el embarazo, parto o puerperio. 
 
En Veracruz, Morelos, Oaxaca y Colima, las adolescentes –sobre todo indígenas o en situación de pobreza– conforman uno de los grupos poblacionales más vulnerables, y las autoridades no pueden satisfacer sus necesidades en materia de salud, educación y empleo. 
 
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