My mother and I both married men from Pakistan. Both marriages ended in divorce, but their circumstances and our attitudes towards them could not have been more different: it is a sign of how much has changed. >>>
A five-year-old Indian girl was battling for her life on Friday after being kidnapped and brutally raped in the latest incident of sexual violence which has triggered nationwide protests. The girl was attacked inside a locked room over at least a 48-hour period, police said, after being abducted as she played outside on Monday in a lower-middle class area of the capital New Delhi.
On 6-8 April 2013, Southeast Asia Women Caucus on ASEAN (Women’s Caucus) participated in the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum (ACSC/APF) 2013 held in Brunei Darussalam with the theme “ASEAN: Building Our Future Together.”
According to the Women’s Caucus, as ASEAN aims to achieve a regional integration by 2015, ”One ASEAN Community” is possible only when people have a meaningful say in determining their own future. Women demand an ASEAN future that is firmly based on human rights and truly transformative, democratic and sustainable. >>>
Shulamith Firestone helped to create a new society. But she couldn’t live in itIn the late nineteen-sixties, Firestone and a small cadre of her “sisters” were at the radical edge of a movement that profoundly changed American society. At the time, women held almost no major elected positions, nearly every prestigious profession was a male preserve, homemaking was women’s highest calling, abortion was virtually illegal, and rape was a stigma to be borne in silence. >>>
This session seeks papers that explore lesbian geographies in diverse geographical, social and cultural contexts. These papers can take a wide range of methodological, theoretical and empirical focuses. They can also take a broad interpretation and conceptualisation of 'lesbian'. They may even argue against the use of this sign and in this way address lesbian geographies.
“In the protests after the Delhi gang rape everyone was talking about punishment for the perpetrators but no one was asking ‘How can I change and make Delhi better and respect women more?’” said Jonathan Abraham, 30, one of the founders of India For Integrity.
A Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus gathered on occasion of 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women drafted and delivered a statement. The caucus made a call for endorsement of the statement: 89 organisations from 48 countries signed it. Noelene Nabulivou, from Diverse Voices and Action for Equality, Fiji, read the statement on the morning of March 11 in the general discussion. Her delivery was met with applause from the audience, which included state representatives. >>>
A United Nations-backed survey revealed "shocking" statistics on men's use and experience of violence against women and girls. Preliminary results of the UN-backed study showed "one in two men said they used physical or sexual violence against an intimate partner, one in 4 reported having raped a woman and one in 25 admitted to having participated in gang rape." >>>
Panel held by ILGA/RFSL at the 57th Session of the CSW, Monday 4 March 2013
The panel presented the situation of violence against women based on sexual orientation and gender identity and gave examples of strategies to combat homophobia and transphobia. >>>
The new ordinance amending criminal law may lead to more acquittals of the accused. On February 3, the UPA had put its best foot forward, pitching a combo of articulate lawyers-cum-ministers P Chidambaram and Manish Tiwari to convince people about the government wisdom in bringing an anti-rape ordinance that did not incorporate some important recommendations of Justice J S Verma Committee. >>>
The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women is accepting applications for its 17th grant cycle (2012) from government authorities at the national and local levels, civil society organizations and networks — including non-governmental, women’s and community-based organizations and coalitions and operational research institutions — and UN Country Teams in partnership with governments and civil society organizations. >>>
Certain segments of Vatsyayana's 2,000-year-old Kamasutra go against the concept of women's security besides encouraging ideas that have resulted in treatment of women as "objects", author K.R. Indira said on Sunday. "Kamasutra teaches that a man can forcefully have sex with a woman and then marry her. This is against the concept of women's security.
Holding a man guilty of raping a 15-year-old friend of his daughter, a fast track court has said delay by victim in lodging complaint of sexual violence should not be a mitigating factor for conviction of accused as it is agonising for victims to confide in such cases. >>>
Police said Sunday they have arrested six suspects in another gang rape of a bus passenger in India, four weeks after a brutal attack on a student on a moving bus in the capital outraged Indians and led to calls for tougher rape laws.
Police officer Raj Jeet Singh said a 29-year-old woman was the only passenger on a bus as she was traveling to her village in northern Punjab state on Friday night. The driver refused to stop at her village despite her repeated pleas and drove her to a desolate location, he said.
A Swedish court jailed a Swede for 8 years on Thursday, January 10, for paying poor women in the Philippines to rape young kids as he watched on a videolink from his computer in Sweden, local media reported. >>>