In an innovative bid to fight gender discrimination, Satara district in India’s western state of Maharashtra recently witnessed a minor revolution. Over 285 Indian girls named Nakhushi, ‘unwanted’ in Hindi, by their disenchanted parents were rechristened in a state-organized ceremony.
Sophie Mixte, who is in her 30s, says she was raped three times growing up. But it wasn't until the third incident that her parents found out and reported it to the police.
Zanan TV was launched on 25 November 2011, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This day was chosen because Zanan TV is an alternative space for marginalized women who are violated by the state and silenced by mainstream media in Iran. It is a space for building the women’s movement and the democracy movement in Iran.
On December 6th 2011, French deputies unanimous approved a non-binding motion reaffirming the country’s abolitionist position in matters of prostitution. The resolution had been put to the National Assembly in June by the members of the Parliamentary Information Commission on prostitution.[ Indeed, this resolution is the first step in a plan to institute a policy of criminalization of the purchase of sexual services (CPSS) that had been called for by the Commission at the outcome of its review of possible policy options.
Engineer Anna Dembele’s smile broadens as she shows off the low-carbon cooking kits she makes. The association she belongs to now plans to promote use of the equipment across Mali, helping people cope with inflation and tackling deforestation in the bargain.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged countries to tackle a major cause of statelessness -- nationality laws that discriminate against women, saying without citizenship women are vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation.
THE LOVE OF A WOMAN
Nourishment of the senses,
Her body sways with the ryhthm of earth's heartbeat
Feeding of children and guiding the way for other's
The love of a woman goes deep into the soul of so many
This woman is one of love
Her essence is love
Her heart expands as necessary
Love from her open minds and ways of being
The love of a woman is given freely
To know her is knowing life itself.
The differences in the situations of those who can register as IDPs and others who identify themselves as displaced are considerable. Internally displaced families who have never been registered do not qualify for most assistance programmes. This particularly affects IDPs from some of the most vulnerable groups, including households headed by women, and children (Dawn, 1 November 2011; IAPC, 8 December 2011, p.3).
In the villages of Armenia’s Gegharkunik region, women describe themselves as “almost-husbands”, since they have to do the tasks once performed by their now absent menfolk, as well as their own work.
When after much internal debate the Obama administration finally announced its decision to require religiously affiliated hospitals and universities to cover birth control in their insurance plans, the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops were fully prepared for battle.
A brave mother, Hadjara Oumarou, sat under a tree with her estranged husband, Oumar Sidik, outside their local village courthouse here in Chad’s Tandjilé District. Their 10-year-old daughter Amira (not her real name) sat between them.
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