John Geddert: Ex-US Olympics coach found dead after sex assault charges
BBC, Feb 27, 2021

...Earlier, Ms Nessel had announced 24 separate charges against Geddert that "focus around multiple acts of verbal, physical and sexual abuse perpetrated by the defendant against multiple young women". Two of the counts involved the alleged sexual assault of a girl between the age of 13 and 16. He also faced 14 human trafficking charges for allegedly subjecting "his athletes to forced labor or services under extreme conditions that contributed to them suffering injuries and harm"....

Students protest dress code at Cape Breton school after crop top sends girl home
Students also upset by strong police presence during protest
by Tom Ayers · CBC News · Dec 10, 2020

About 30 students protested outside Sydney Academy on Thursday after one of their own was sent home for breaking the high school's dress code. More than a dozen police officers were on hand as the protesters sat or stood in front of the school over the lunch hour. Grade 11 student Savonna Syliboy was among the protesters and said the student who was sent home had been wearing a cropped shirt that showed her midriff....

Scotland Becomes 1st Country To Make Period Products Free
by Laurel Williams, NPR, November 25, 20

US: Nearly 90,000 sex abuse claims filed against Boy Scouts
Aljazeera, Nov. 16, 2020

The influx came before the deadline in the organisation’s bankruptcy case.

Mexico police open fire on femicide protest in Cancún
by Madeleine Wattenbarger in Mexico City, The Guardian, 10 Nov 2020

Three women protest at the door of the Quintana Roo prosecutor’s office during a protest against femicide in Cancún, Mexico, on Monday. Human rights activists in Mexico have expressed indignation after police opened fire on protesters who tried to force their way into Cancún city hall during a demonstration against the country’s femicide crisis.

Four journalists were injured in the incident late on Monday, including two who suffered bullet wounds. Eight protesters were reportedly detained after the shooting.

Mexico: activists voice anger at Amlo's failure to tackle 'femicide emergency' Read more

The demonstration was called after the dismembered body of 20-year-old Bianca “Alexis” Lorenzana, was found, days after she disappeared. It was the latest in a string of grisly crimes against women and girls in the Caribbean state of Quintana Roo. ...

'Lives have been lost': Pregnant women in Zimbabwe forced to pay bribes when giving birth
Two women took Harare authorities to court to force them to reopen 42 maternity clinics
by Nyasha Chingono, The Guardian, Nov 3, 2020

Russia makes bid to water down UN commitments on women's rights in conflict
Move comes on 20th anniversary of first resolution to recognise women’s unique and disproportionate experience of war and political upheaval
by Liz Ford, The Guardian, Oct 29, 2020

Berlin rescinds approval of "comfort women" statue installation
KYODO NEWS - Oct 9, 2020

Authorities in a central Berlin district said Thursday they have rescinded approval for a statue erected last month that symbolizes Korean women in Japanese wartime military brothels, amid objections from Tokyo.

The Mitte district is asking a pro-South Korea civic group to remove the "comfort women" statue by Wednesday. The Japanese government expressed regret over the statue in the German capital after it was installed in a public location in late September....

Most girls and young women have experienced abuse online, report finds

Cyberstalking, body shaming and being sent explicit content among issues highlighted by Plan International Teenage girl looking at phone Plan argues girls and young women are left to deal with abuse without adequate support from social media companies.

by Kaamil Ahmed, The Guardian, 5 Oct 2020

Most girls and young women using social media have experienced abuse that has driven them offline and left them traumatised, according to a new global survey.

More than half of the 14,000 15- to 25-year-olds interviewed by Plan International said they had been cyberstalked, sent explicit messages and images, or abused online. Plan said it is a global problem and that social media companies had left girls to deal with online violence on their own. The interviewees, from 22 countries, said no action was taken when they reported abuse....

Police lay first terrorism charge for Toronto case involving misogyny
by Molly Hayes, The Globe and Mail, May 19, 2020

A 17-year-old has been charged with terrorism in connection with the February slaying of a woman at an erotic massage parlour in Toronto – a killing that police now allege was motivated by the “incel” ideology, which is rooted in the hatred of women.

The charges, announced Tuesday by Toronto Police and the RCMP, mark the first time police in Canada have formally acknowledged an alleged misogynistic crime as terrorism – a positive signal for advocates who have long been calling for the recognition of violence against women as terrorism...

Feds to ban gun used in Montreal massacre, other assault-style rifles
The Canadian Press, by Jim Bronskill, April 30, 2020

OTTAWA — The federal government is poised to begin fulfilling a key electoral promise by banning a variety of assault-style rifles, including the type used in the 1989 mass shooting in Montreal.

During the fall election campaign, the Liberals said guns designed to inflict multiple human casualties have no place in Canada.

One source familiar with the plan, but not authorized to speak about it publicly, said the government intends to issue orders-in-council within days to ban several rifles, including the Ruger Mini-14 used to kill 14 women at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique. ...

Silence Is Violence against Women, Too
Name what happened in Nova Scotia. Note its long tradition. And don’t stop writing, reading and talking about it.
by Dorothy Woodend April 29, 2020 |

The first thing I thought after hearing the news that a gunman had killed 22 people in rural Nova Scotia was: not again.

The largest mass shooting in Canadian history began with a man assaulting his ex-partner and handcuffing her to a chair, before she was able to escape and hide in the woods. She was able to tell the police he was dressed in a police uniform and driving a replica squad car.

That men have been killing women for millennia isn’t news. One of the more surprising aspects of the murders in Nova Scotia was that the gunman’s ex-girlfriend survived. Many other people did not.

A teacher, a woman walking her dog, a veteran RCMP officer, neighbours, friends and colleagues. Some people had a connection to the killer, others were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Although details are still emerging about the timeline of the crime, one thing that is clear is that it began with violence against a woman....

COVID-19 measures more isolating for women in abusive situations
Public health measures to stop the spread of a global pandemic have unintentionally provided cover for abusers.
by Shaamini Yogaretnam, Ottawa Citizen, March 20, 2020

...The calls to the crisis line have actually decreased recently, which is concerning staff. Frontline workers think it could mean that times are so uncertain and unusual that people are assuming services are closed, which isn’t true. But more worrisome is that it’s increasingly dangerous for women to call....

Internet 'is not working for women and girls', says Berners-Lee
Inventor of world wide web calls for urgent action to make cyberspace safer for women and girls
Berners-Lee called on companies and governments to prioritise tackling online abuse and strengthening laws against trolls.

by Ian Sample, Science editor, 12 Mar 2020

Women and girls face a “growing crisis” of online harms, with sexual harassment, threatening messages and discrimination making the web an unsafe place to be, Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned.

The inventor of the world wide web said the “dangerous trend” in online abuse was forcing women out of jobs, causing girls to skip school, damaging relationships and silencing female opinions, prompting him to conclude that “the web is not working for women and girls”. ...

‘Shut it down!’: protesters rally against Pornhub in wake of illegal child rape vids
Pornhub has been caught hosting illegal videos of child sexual abuse.
Mar 10, 2020

Women, children turned away from shelters in Canada almost 19,000 times a month
When abuse victims try to leave, there's often nowhere to go, CBC investigation finds
by Tara Carman · CBC News · Mar 05, 2020

This story is part of Stopping Domestic Violence, a CBC News series looking at the crisis of intimate partner violence in Canada and what can be done to end it. ...

The Woman Taking On Big Porn
by Sohrab Ahmari, First Things, Feb 14 2020

... To anti-sex trafficking activist Laila Mickelwait, however, there is nothing funny about the gimmick. “Pornhub cashes in by the millions on the exploitation, rape, and trafficking of women and girls,” she told me. “Pornhub has nothing to do with love—nothing to do with making love. It has everything to do with hate. It promotes and profits from making hate to women.” ...

Kidnapping Threat Is Higher For Native Women, So They're Learning Self-Defense
January 31, 2020, NPR

On a recent Saturday in Everett, Mass., Native American women have gathered to learn some self-defense techniques. Before the class starts, sage is burned and instructor Shanda Poitra smudges and asks any Native energies to be with her...

A Woman's Place is grassroots organizing

We had a great year in 2018. Thanks to the hard work and support of local women, we put on a well-attended and thought-provoking public meeting on average once every 3 weeks.

These meetings are vital in bringing women together to campaign for their rights. We are therefore excited to see a growth in women successfully organising their own local meetings and we thought it might be helpful to put together a short guide for others who are thinking of doing the same.

We are also collecting accounts from women who have successfully arranged public meetings in their local areas. If you would like to send us an account to inspire, and give tips to other women, please contact us here....

The misogyny of the so-called “rough sex” defence
Nobody by law can consent to getting hurt in a fistfight, but rough sex is used as a defence for harming women. This defence should be banned.
by Elizabeth Sheehy, Isabel Grant, Lise Gotell, January 31, 2020

Note to readers: This article contains graphic descriptions that some may find disturbing.

What do Joshua Boyle, Jian Ghomeshi and Bradley Barton have in common? They all claimed “consent to rough sex,” Ghomeshi on his Facebook page and the others in response to criminal charges of assault, sexual assault and, in the case of Barton, murder. All three men were acquitted, Ghomeshi and Boyle because the trial judge doubted the complainants’ credibility and Barton because jurors had a doubt about consent. ...

Pre-teen girls 'tricked into sex acts on webcams'
By Hannah Richardson BBC News education and social affairs reporter, 15 January 2020

Girls aged between 11 and 13 are increasingly being tricked and coerced into performing sexually over their own webcams, data suggests. The Internet Watch Foundation said 80% of the sexual selfies it found in its relentless trawl for images of child sexual abuse were of children this age. The charity took action on 37,000 self-generated images of children last year. About 30,000 were of adolescents. Its chief executive said the number of cases was growing at an alarming rate.

"They are being flattered, told they are beautiful. They often think they are in relationship with someone."...

80% of Russia's Female Murder Convicts Acted in Self-Defense – Study
Nov. 25, 2019

Four out of five women convicted for premeditated murder in Russia had been defending themselves from domestic violence, according to machine-learning research published by the Novaya Gazeta newspaper and the Mediazona news website Monday...

21 Posters Showing What Women Should ‘Thank A Feminist’ For

One of the photos is from Auschwitz, the other from Arizona.
by Mercedes Jenouri, Capricorn Science, November 21, 2019

Yesterday’s news reported that now 100,000 children are being held captive in camps. If I may add they are concentration camps. The US government has seen it fit to use state hired lawyers to debate in court that we have no legal obligation to supply these children with their basic needs, such as: toothpaste, soap and sanitary napkins. Young girls have been photographed with blood stains on their behinds. The US government pays these “keepers” $750.00 per day per person. Let’s do the math: 100,000 children @ $750.00 / day = $75,000,000.00 ( that’s $75MM). This American Holocaust has been in place for over a year but let’s use the one year timeframe for the purpose of this discussion. $75 Million per day X 365 days = $27,370,000,000.00 per year. In other words this Gestapo is earning 27.4 BILLION dollars per year, paid by us, to enslave and abuse innocent children. ...

NGO Report: Malaysia Now a Destination for Sex-Trafficking of Rohingya Girls
by Nisha David and Kamran Reza Chowdhury

Malaysia has become a destination for sex trafficking of Rohingya girls, with traffickers luring teens at Bangladesh refugee camps with false promises of a better life in the Southeast Asian nation, a Kuala Lumpur-based NGO said in a report Friday.

The Child Rights Coalition Malaysia (CRCM) released its 101-page report after the U.S. State Department alleged in June that Bangladeshi criminal groups were taking Rohingya women from refugee camps at night, exploiting them in sex trafficking and then returning them during the day....

Drone video from China appears to show hundreds of blindfolded and shackled Uighurs being transferred, presumably to 're-education' camps. By: Gavin Fernando, NZ Herald, December 21, 2019

Western coverage of one of China's worst human rights abuses – the mass detainment of over a million Muslim Uighurs – has increased over the past year.

Satellite images revealed the Government destroying scores of traditional burial grounds belonging to Uighurs in northwest Xinjiang; drone footage revealed hundreds of blindfolded and shackled men being transferred to detention camps; and just last month, secret Chinese Government documents revealed how the regime was instructed to deal with the ethnic minority.

But lesser reported on is a disturbing policy implemented in the northwest region – a forced-living arrangement between Han Chinese men and Uighur women that's been likened to "mass rape". ...

"This is mass rape," she told "The Government is offering money, housing and jobs to Han people to come and marry Uighur people.

... "I'm afraid this will turn into mass extermination. There's nothing better to describe what's happening in Xinjiang than concentration camps. What are we waiting for? Mass executions and gas chambers before we take action? What is it going to take to have the leaders of world communities – particularly Western democratic countries like Australia and New Zealand – to act? Executions? Is that what it's going to come down to?"

Toronto mass shooting victims sue gun maker Smith & Wesson in $150m lawsuit
by Leyland Cecco in Toronto, 17 Dec 2019

The scene in Toronto in 2018. The weapon used in the attack – a M&P40 semi-automatic pistol – had been stolen from a gun dealer in the province of Saskatchewan. Victims of a mass shooting in Toronto have launched a class action lawsuit against gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson, alleging the company failed to implement key safety features in its weapons that could have prevented the 2018 attack....

No more secrets? Pope Francis drops obligation of silence over clerical sexual abuse of minors
by RT News, 17 Dec, 2019

Pope Francis has abolished the Catholic Church’s ‘pontifical secrecy’ in cases of clerical sexual abuse of minors in a major reform of canon law. The rule had been heavily criticized for protecting abusers and silencing victims. The pontiff issued two new documents on Tuesday changing how the Church handles abuse cases involving minors and vulnerable persons. They ban the imposition of silence on people who report sexual abuses, as well as raising the cutoff age for porn to be considered child pornography.

The Pope’s predecessor Benedict XVI decreed in 2001 that information in abuse cases must be covered by ‘pontifical secrecy’ to protect the privacy of the victim and the reputation of the accused. However, the move – the Church’s highest form of secrecy – has been heavily criticized for decades by victims for covering up abuses and preventing prosecution. ...

Human trafficking hotline that started 6 months ago already has over 1,000 calls
Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking says highest number of calls come from Ontario
by Talia Ricci · CBC News · Posted: Dec 13, 2019

...Bick explains how common it is for traffickers to recruit young women. "There are people waiting outside the bus stations, malls, movie theatres, high schools," she said, noting that shelters and social assistance offices can also be places where traffickers target young and vulnerable people. "They'll ask, 'Are you lost? Do you need a bus ticket? You look like you need a friend.'"...

Brain injury from domestic abuse a 'public health crisis,' says B.C. researcher
by The Canadian Press, December 8, 2019

The SOAR team is assessing women to determine how many may have sustained traumatic brain injuries and the extent to which their symptoms overlap with sports-related concussions ...

Comment le massacre de la Poly est « devenu » antiféministe

Il est écrit sur le panneau : « Cette place a été nommée en mémoire des 14 femmes assassinées lors de l'attentat antiféministe survenu à l'École polytechnique le 6 décembre 1989. Elle veut rappeler les valeurs fondamentales de respect et d'égalité, et condamner toutes les formes de violence à l'encontre des femmes. » Le nouveau panneau de la place du 6-Décembre-1989. Il aura fallu 30 ans pour reconnaître l'attentat de Polytechnique comme une attaque antiféministe.

by Alison Northcott, Radio-Canada, 6 décembre 2019

'A rapist in your path': Chilean protest song becomes feminist anthem
by Monika Cvorak, The Guardian, 6 Dec 2019

A Chilean protest song about rape culture and victim shaming has become an anthem for feminists around the world. Un Violador en Tu Camino (A Rapist in Your Path) was first performed in late November as Chile’s nationwide uprising against social inequality entered its second month. Here's a look at how the song, and its accompanying dance moves, have spread across Latin America and the world....

Gun control: It's been 30 years since the École Polytechnique massacre, so if not now then when?
by Heidi Rathjen, CBC, Dec 06, 2019

With the 30th anniversary of the horrific femicide comes Canada's gun control moment of reckoning

... here we are, 30 years later — the same students, all grown up with families of our own, including many with sons and daughters attending our very own beloved alma mater — still calling on the government to ban weapons that are "basically designed as an instrument of war" with "no sporting use either in the cultural or recreational sense," as the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police describes them.

This, despite the fact that polls over the years have continuously shown an overwhelming majority of Canadians in support of their prohibition

.... Tragically, military-style semi-automatic weapons have become more, not less, accessible over the years, as successive governments blatantly ignored gun manufacturers' tactics of redesigning existing models in order to circumvent the minimal controls they're subject to.

Many new models of assault weapons henceforth fall into the least-controlled "non restricted" category. The restricted Beretta CX4 Storm that was used in the 2006 Dawson College shooting, for example, is today available as a non-restricted "long gun." ...

Rape victim in India set ablaze on way to court
Thomson Reuters · Dec 05, 2019

Woman in critical condition, 5 men suspected in the attack in custody The woman attacked and burned on Thursday morning was in a critical condition, according to D.S. Negi, a doctor at the Civil Hospital in Lucknow, the capital of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. She had been on her way to catch a train in Unnao district to attend a hearing when she was doused with kerosene and set on fire, police said. "As per victim's statement, five people were involved in setting her on fire, including the one who was accused in the rape case," Vikrant Vir, a police superintendent in Unnao, told Reuters....

Polytechnique: Consensus comes 30 years later that massacre was an anti-feminist act
The Canadian Press, December 5, 2019

MONTREAL -- Thirty years after the worst mass shooting in Canadian history, official acknowledgment has come that what happened on Dec. 6, 1989 at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique was an attack on feminists....

‘Hate is infectious’: how the 1989 mass shooting of 14 women echoes today
by Travey Lindeman, The Guardian, Dec 4, 2019

The massacre at Montreal’s Polytechnique school, fueled by misogyny, is not a horrifying memory confined to a bygone era – rather it seems like a foretelling of things to come ...

Violent misogyny is a threat to half our population. We need to call it what it is: Terrorism
by Elizabeth Renzetti, Globe and Mail, Nov 30, 2019

The Montreal massacre of 1989 was just one in a long line of mass killings motivated by hatred of women. What would happen, and how many lives could be saved, if we treated them as a pattern of hate crimes? ...

In pictures: Global protests denounce violence against women, Nov 26, 2019

People around the world have taken to the streets to demand an end to violence against women. Protests were organised in countries including Mexico, Italy, Turkey and Sudan. The global demonstrations were held to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Monday. Some 87,000 women and girls were murdered around the world in 2017, according to the United Nations. The UN says violence against women and girls is one of the "most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today" and remains largely unreported because of issues including impunity and stigma.

In Mexico City, demonstrators marched through the streets calling on authorities to do more to combat the high rates of femicide - the murder of a woman because of her gender - and rape in the country. Some women later clashed with security forces and vandalised monuments in the city. ... 

‘Rough sex’ as a defense for violence against women has roots in toxic misogynist forums online

Katherine Denkinson delved into the world of MRAs (Mens Rights Activists) to find out where the normalization of violence against women was coming from.
by Katherine Denkinson, The Feminist Current, November 29, 2019

Indigenous Girls in Guatemala Battle Gender Violence with Martial Arts
telsur, Nov 28, 2019

A group of indigenous girls in the northern Guatemalan village of Tipulcan have found in martial arts a way to gain confidence and claim space that majorly belongs to men....

Sign commemorating Polytechnique massacre to be updated
by Matthew Lapierre, CTV News Montreal, November 4, 2019

... "I think it was so horrific, it was such a horrible, horrible day that I think people have a hard time recognizing and coming to terms with the fact that there is misogyny, there are men who hate women to the point that they will kill them, and I think now that we've recognized that, now that we've named it, that's a big step forward in addressing the problem and changing things," she said.

Call to create local Women Defend Rojava platforms
by heval

Since October 9, 2019, the Turkish state and its jihadist militias have been attacking the population of the self- governed region of Northern and Eastern Syria (Rojava). ... Rojava is an expression of how societal values, women’s liberation, self-determination and an ecological, liberated society could look like. It is a clear alternative to the state, patriarchy and capitalism. ...

Toronto van attack suspect says he was 'radicalized' online by 'incels'
by Leyland Cecco, The Guardian, 27 Sep 2019

Alek Minassian said after his arrest he drew inspiration from men who used violence as retribution for ‘being unable to get laid’ Toronto sidewalk has admitted that he was a violent misogynist who was radicalized online, in a video that was made public on Friday....

Angelina Jolie: Fighting for women and justice are crucial
by Edith M. Lederer, The Associated Press, March 30, 2019

In the search for solutions, Jolie in 2012 launched the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative with former British foreign secretary William Hague. It is now supported by 156 countries. Jolie said the initiative's work helped produce the first international protocol on how to document and investigate sexual violence, and national action plans to combat the scourge adopted by some of the worst-affected countries, including South Sudan, Congo and Colombia.

"We tried to move the needle and we have ... because we are working with many governments, non-governmental organizations, civil society around the world and we are listening," she said. Jolie said sexual violence is important for her because it is seen as "a weapon of war." "It was not seen as a sexual act," she said. "It costs less than a bullet. It is something that is done systematically, not only to destroy the individual but their family, their community." What's worse, Jolie said, is that perpetrators are almost never brought to justice.

Now, Jolie said, she is pressing for the United Nations to create a permanent, independent investigative body with a mandate to collect and assess evidence in cases involving alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and other grave human rights violation...

More than 200 charges laid in organized crime, human trafficking investigation: York Regional Police
by Lexy Benedict, CP24, Oct 15 2019

"We remain extremely concerned about the appalling levels of violence and victimization of women occurring in these human trafficking rings. We continue to encourage victims of human trafficking to reach out to us for help." ...

Suicide rate for Native American women is up 139%
by Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, June 22, 2019

Suicide survivor Shelby Rowe hated herself for her struggles with PTSD. By reconnecting with her Native American roots, she's learned to cope with her illness. USA TODAY The US suicide rate is up 33% since 1999, but for Native American women and men, the increase is even greater: 139% and 71%, respectively, according to an analysis out this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics....

How former youth in care are working to fix Canada's child welfare system
CBC Radio · Posted: Aug 30, 2019

When Ashley Bach first got to university, she tried her best to hide the fact that she grew up in Canada's child welfare system.

Eventually, however, she had a change of heart when considering the struggles of her younger foster siblings. "I realized then that I'd been fortunate enough to finish high school and go to university and ... maybe I could do use that privilege that I had to try to change the system and make it better for my foster siblings and for other kids."...

Sex industry targets uni students on campus
Michaela Dunn was fatally stabbed this week in Sydney.
By Deborah Cornwall and Toni Ambrogetti, August 17, 2019

University students are being aggressively targeted by the sex industry, with so many working as prostitutes that support groups have become common on ­campus. In the wake of Michaela Dunn’s death in Sydney this week, it has emerged that sex-worker welfare organisations routinely set up stalls at univer­sity open days....

As Amazon rainforest burns, Indigenous women call on world for support
by Brian Oaster, Aug 23, 2019

Scientists say the fires in the Amazon are human-made, and many claim fires were ultimately spawned by Brazilian President Bolsonaro’s anti-Indigenous agenda Indigenous Amazonian chieftains warned the world about Bolsonaro. The right-wing authoritarian known as the ‘Trump of the Tropics’ took Brazil’s presidential office in July. And now the Amazon is on fire. ...

Rape at college: Why back to school is so dangerous for women
by Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY Aug. 26, 2019

The beginning of the school year can be one of the most dangerous times for female college students. It marks the start of the "red zone" – from the first day on campus until Thanksgiving break – when the risk of sexual assault is said to be highest. ...

Canada occupies unique space in 'manosphere' of extremist violence
By Caroline Orr in Analysis | August 26th 2019

...As far-right movements come under increasing public scrutiny for their role in the rise of hate crimes and extremist violence, there remains a notable lack of attention in Canada to another common thread linking the incidents: the history of misogyny ...

Hotline for victims of human trafficking goes live in Canada in 200 languages
By Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press, May 29, 2019

A national hotline to help victims and survivors of human trafficking is now taking calls, with the organization behind the service saying it hoped the new resource would also fill crucial gaps in public knowledge about the issue.

Children in care targeted by county lines gangs

Criminal gangs are targeting children in care, some as young as 12, in towns and cities many miles from home - the phenomenon known as county lines.

Police say they are struggling to deal with the scale of the problem.

Our special correspondent Ed Thomas reports. 13 Aug 2019

A Common Trait Among Mass Killers: Hatred Toward Women
By Julie Bosman, Kate Taylor and Tim Arango, NY Times, Aug. 10, 2019

The man who shot nine people to death last weekend in Dayton, Ohio, seethed at female classmates and threatened them with violence.

The man who massacred 49 people in an Orlando nightclub in 2016 beat his wife while she was pregnant, she told authorities.

The man who killed 26 people in a church in Sutherland Springs, Tex., in 2017 had been convicted of domestic violence. His ex-wife said he once told her that he could bury her body where no one would ever find it. ...

It’s the Misogyny, Stupid
Yes, gun laws matter. But it’s misogynistic to talk about mass shootings, let alone craft legislative solutions, without addressing the misogyny.
The Daily Beast, Aug 9, 2019

New campaign spotlights ‘rough sex’ murder defence
By Hattie Brewis, January 18 2019

We Can’t Consent to This is the campaign started by a Vauxhall resident to end the so-called ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ murder defence where women are dying in cases of domestic violence repackaged as kink.

When Fiona Mackenzie... noticed ‘sex game gone wrong’ was repeatedly appearing in murder trial reports, she decided to investigate. ...

We Can’t Consent to This is now receiving more and more leads directly from victims, who are relaying their own experiences via Twitter and Mumsnet. ...

The Power of Feminist Writing Amidst a Patriarchal Backlash
by Harvey Jeni, May 29, 2019

Last night I spoke at a wonderful event organised by Women Talk Back — a feminist group based at Bristol university. The bravery of young women prepared to stand up for their sex based rights in this climate of fear and repression moved and inspired me greatly. Thank you so much to the organisers for making this event possible. I was thrilled to have been asked to speak, so for those that couldn’t attend, here is what I had to say, minus a few ad-libs....

Attacks on Girls’ Schools on the Rise as Taliban Make Gains
By Najim Rahim and David Zucchino, May 21, 2019

NAW DEH, Afghanistan — Just before midterm exams in January, Mohammad Sadiq Halimi, the deputy education director for Farah Province in western Afghanistan, was given an ultimatum by local Taliban leaders. Fire all male teachers at girls’ schools, Mr. Halimi said he was told. Replace them with women — men should not teach girls, the militants said.

The government did as it was told. “We didn’t want to give them an excuse” to shut down the schools by force, Mr. Halimi said....

The family reunited after being IS slaves
BBC, 29 May 2019

Since the fall of the Islamic State group’s attempted caliphate in Syria, hundreds of its prisoners have been freed. Few were brutalised more by IS than Yazidis, a religious minority who were captured and enslaved when IS swept through their homeland in Sinjar, northern Iraq. The UN says IS killed or enslaved thousands of Yazidis, and attempted to wipe them out – an act of genocide.

Men were murdered and buried in mass graves. Women were raped. Mothers and children were bought, sold and made to work as servants for IS fighters. But some, like Nashaat, survived. After four years separated from his mother Fawzia, they're about to be reunited.

See the video:

Female Chief Comes To Power, Immediately Annuls 850 Child Marriages
By Mick Johnson - 24th May 2019

Female chief saves hundreds of young girls

Theresa Kachindamoto recently became the unexpected female chief of an area of Malawi, Africa. The youngest daughter of a previous chief, she moved to another town and was a secretary for 27 years. However, her sense and kindness in everyday life caused people to vote for her when the time came. She was surprised by the vote, but is using her new power for good. ...

‘The College does not care’: How the medical watchdog closed the door on sex-abuse complainants
by Karen Howlett and Vjosa Isai, Globe and Mail, May 24, 2019

Women sought out a Toronto pain specialist in search of help. Instead, former patients allege, he abused their trust. When they complained to the province’s medical watchdog, they expected their allegations would be heard ...

Hope, Not Death: Euthanasia is No Response to Sexual Abuse
by Melinda Tankard Reist, 25 May 2016

Genevieve, 33, was sexually abused by men when she was between the ages of 2 and 16 in New South Wales. Bred by her father specifically to be abused, she has suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), dissociation, flashbacks, and an eating disorder. Many times she wanted to end her life. Last year she almost succeeded.

Charlotte, 27, has also suffered for years as a result of childhood abuse for more than ten years, beginning when she was 2, at the hands of her father, uncle, family friend and strangers in Queensland. She has endured PTSD, dissociative disorder, eating disorders, anxiety and depression. More than once she has made attempts on her life.

Ally Marie, 44, was sexually abused throughout her childhood by men in her adoptive parent's church. She has spent years in and out of mental hospitals in New Zealand and Western Australia; she abused drugs and alcohol to numb her pain and also struggled with suicidal thoughts.

What these three women have in common - in addition to histories of sexual abuse - is a deep grief and profound horror that another victim of abuse, a 20-year-old Belgian woman, was killed by lethal injection after medical professionals determined this was a suitable treatment to end her suffering. (Her death took place last year, but the Dutch Euthanasia Commission has only recently released its report.)

The young woman had been sexually abused between the ages of 5 and 15. She suffered PTSD, severe anorexia, chronic depression, hallucinations, suicidal mood swings, self-harming tendencies and obsessive compulsive behaviours. Her psychiatrist declared that there was no prospect of recovery. Doctors believed the woman to be "fully competent with no major depression or mood disorders affecting her thinking" that she wanted death - which makes no sense, given her many diagnoses.

"I'm horrified," says the mother-of-one Genevieve from Queensland, who I met recently. "It's abominable. She was only 20! No 20-year-old with sound mind says 'I choose euthanasia over living'. Yes, it's a failure of the medical profession. It's also a failure of humanity. The decision to kill her says to the rest of us: there is no hope, your life doesn't matter! You are beyond repair, we have nothing to offer you. It tells us we are leeches who should be eradicated." ...

Transgender Woman Whose Assault Was Captured on Video Fatally Shot Saturday
Muhlaysia Booker, 23, was shot and killed early Saturday morning in Dallas
By Chris Blake, NBC, May 19, 2019

The transgender woman whose April assault in a Dallas parking lot went viral was shot and killed Saturday morning, police say. Dallas police said they found Muhlaysia Booker, 23, dead of an apparent gunshot wound in the 7200 block of Valley Glen Drive around 6:40 a.m. Saturday. Police said they had not made any arrests in connection to Booker's death and said Sunday they do not believe there is a connection with the April assault. "I still haven't been able to grasp it," Muhlaysia's father Pierre Booker said...

The War on Women Enters a New, Even More Dangerous Phase
The abortion issue is being used to strip women of their rights. It’s time to fight back.
By Dorothy Woodend 15 May 2019 |

The clock is turning back on women’s rights
by Janice Turner, The Times, May 18, 2019

As anti-abortionists in the Deep South undo the hard-won gains of feminism, we need to tackle the UK’s own Alabamas

Let us henceforth kill the term “pro-life lobby”. Because the life they are pro is wholly abstract. It is cellular, silent, pure, uncomplicated by the messy business of existence, makes no demands, has no voice. A group so tenderly fixated with every amniotic smile and embryonic toe, bails out at the birth canal. Protect the unborn — but the born can go to hell. ...

Mothers of stillborns face prison in El Salvador

The resident of this house was sentenced to 40 years in prison for aggravated homicide after she miscarried. Maria Teresa served seven years before a retrial found her not guilty. When the state petitioned to appeal that ruling, she fled to Sweden with her teenage son, from whom she had been taken when he was 6.

Sociologist explores cultural and transnational forces behind such an extreme response

By Michelle Nicholasen Weatherhead Center Communications, October 31, 2018

The cases are harrowing, and they keep accumulating. El Salvadoran women and girls who give birth to stillborn babies are originally charged with abortion, and then ultimately sentenced to decades in prison for “aggravated homicide.” To date, Jocelyn Viterna, a Weatherhead Center faculty associate and professor of sociology at Harvard, has collected 51 such cases. Most are destitute young women who live far from medical care — women who didn’t even know they were pregnant, many the victims of rape. Another 20 cases involve young women incarcerated and charged with “abortion.” ...

The 3.5% rule: How a small minority can change the world
Nonviolent protests are twice as likely to succeed as armed conflicts – and those engaging a threshold of 3.5% of the population have never failed to bring about change.
By David Robson, BBC, May 14, 2019

In 1986, millions of Filipinos took to the streets of Manila in peaceful protest and prayer in the People Power movement. The Marcos regime folded on the fourth day.

In 2003, the people of Georgia ousted Eduard Shevardnadze through the bloodless Rose Revolution, in which protestors stormed the parliament building holding the flowers in their hands.

Earlier this year, the presidents of Sudan and Algeria both announced they would step aside after decades in office, thanks to peaceful campaigns of resistance.

In each case, civil resistance by ordinary members of the public trumped the political elite to achieve radical change.

There are, of course, many ethical reasons to use nonviolent strategies. But compelling research by Erica Chenoweth, a political scientist at Harvard University, confirms that civil disobedience is not only the moral choice; it is also the most powerful way of shaping world politics – by a long way....

Women turned away from underfunded shelters: new national report

Newly compiled data shows an alarmingly high number of women who are victims of violence are being turned away from shelters across Canada due to a chronic lack of resources and funding for women's shelters.

The Canadian Press, Teresa Wright, May 1, 2019

OTTAWA — Women who are victims of violence are being turned away from shelters across Canada due to a chronic lack of resources and funding, according to two new national studies, including one by the House of Commons committee on the status of women. The studies mark the first time shelters for female victims of violence have been studied specifically to determine the scope of services and supports provided by shelters and transition houses to women and children fleeing violence in Canada. One in five shelters report they have not received funding increases in 10 years or more — a situation that is unsustainable, said Kaitlin Bardswich, communications and development co-ordinator for Women’s Shelters Canada, which led one of the studies. ...

A must read:
Canada’s new far right: A trove of private chat room messages reveals an extremist subculture
An analysis of 150,000 chat room messages paints a picture of a group that is actively recruiting new members, buying weapons and trying to influence political parties
by Shannon Carranco and Jon Milton, The Globe and Mail, April 27, 2019

They come from all walks of life: tradesmen, soldiers, a student teacher, a financial analyst, an aspiring lawyer, among others. And they are in every province, in communities large and small. They gather on the internet to strategize and seek pathways into mainstream politics. They are anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, Islamophobic, sexist and racist. They are young and radicalized. They are the new far right in Canada. ...

How the courage of a few Rwandan women changed the world
The testimonies of Rwandan women helped establish rape as a war crime and paved the way for its prosecution.
by Sara Darehshoriby, Aljazeera, 7 Apr 2019

Manal al-Sharif wants Americans to know of Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses
by Lauren Aratani, April 12, 2019

The Saudi activist will drive across the US to bring awareness to Americans of the strict guardianship laws in her country – ‘I’m turning 40 today, and my son is still my guardian’

I supported trans ideology until I couldn’t anymore
Alicia Hendley bought into gender identity ideology (and went after anyone who challenged her), until she couldn’t ignore the facts any longer.
April 10, 2019 by Alicia Hendley, The Feminist Current

Twitter, Trans Rights Totalitarianism, and the Erasure of Sex.

by Jane Clare Jones

...As many of you also know, there is currently a deep and ongoing dispute between the trans rights movement and feminists who hold a material, sex-based analysis of women’s oppression. The trans rights movement has, over the last 6 or so years, effected an incredibly powerful take-over of the majority of our civic institutions. Four of the UK’s political parties (Conservative, Labour, the LibDems and the Greens) are entirely onboard with trans rights discourse, as are all of our LGBT+ organizations (at national, institutional and student level). When the government did its initial consultation on changes to the Gender Recognition Act, they consulted only with trans rights organization, and accepted, without question, the argument that changes to the definition of what a woman is, and how that impacts public policy, was of no political or material concern to women, and that women’s perspectives shouldn’t be entertained. Groups like Gendered Intelligence have rolled out trans awareness training in schools, social services, health care and universities, and the policy of charities like the Girl Guides is also being determined in consultation only with trans rights organizations, as is the policy of the vast majority of our trade unions (as shown by the TUC vote last month in favour of self-ID.) This sounds tinfoil hat, but unequivocally, it is not. And it should also give us pause when considering the claim that the present trans rights movements is working only in the interests of the most marginalized and politically powerless constituency in history....

Doug Ford's five bucks for violence against women
Now Toronto, April 4, 2019

"... demands on rape crisis services continue to rise. Not everyone can afford counselling, and the free therapy offered typically has a waiting list that can be up to two years. As a result, 24-hour rape crisis hot lines are busier than ever. Calls to the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre come in not only from Toronto and the GTA, but from other provinces.

Staff and volunteers are unable to keep up with the demand for the myriad services they are expected to offer, including both face-to-face and crisis counselling, workshops, court support and more. The cuts mean that the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre cannot hire more staff, as planned." ...

Pimps target teens at Montreal malls
Montreal police warning parents to watch for warning signs
Shari Okeke · CBC News · Posted: Apr 01, 2015

Montreal police are warning parents that pimps are hanging around Montreal-area shopping centres, trying to lure teens into prostitution. Police say pimps are using strategies that manipulate victims into thinking it's their own choice, then trapping those victims into a cycle of violence. ...

Women passengers rally to protect teenage girl from airplane 'creep'
Reporter Joanna Chiu says she and others stepped in after the man asked the girl for 'a dirty picture'
CBC Radio · Posted: Mar 25, 2019

A Vancouver reporter says women bystanders and staff on a Canadian flight stepped in to protect a teenage girl from a man who was harassing her. (Matej Kastelic/Shutterstock) Joanna Chiu is praising the women bystanders and airline staff who helped protect a teenage girl from the man who was harassing her. ...

Refugees report brutal and routine sexual violence in Libya
Abuse often filmed and sent to victims’ relatives, Women’s Refugee Commission finds
by Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor, 25 Mar 2019

African migrants sitting in a shelter at the Tariq Al-Matar migrant detention centre on the outskirts of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Refugees and migrants sit in a shelter at the Tariq Al-Matar detention centre on the outskirts of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Photograph: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images Refugees and migrants trying to reach Europe from Africa are being subjected to horrific and routine sexual violence in Libyan detention centres, a survey has found.

People arriving at the centres are “often immediately raped by guards who conduct violent anal cavity searches, which serves the dual purpose of retrieving money, as well as humiliation and subjugation”, the report by the Women’s Refugee Commission says. Many of the victims have been forcibly returned to the country by the Libyan coastguard under policies endorsed by the European Union....

Lion Mama: The woman who fought off her daughter’s rapists
By Gavin Fischer BBC News, South Africa, 31 March 2019

Nokubonga Qampi became known as the "Lion Mama" in South Africa after she killed one of three men raping her daughter and wounded the others. She was charged with murder - but after a public outcry the prosecution was halted, and she was able to focus her efforts on her daughter's recovery....

Brazil: murders of lesbians increased by 237% in 3 years
17/03/2019 by Liz

Between 2014 and 2017 the murders of lesbian women increased by 237%. The study ” Murdered by lesbophobia – The stories that no one has” made by “We – Feminists Dissidences” collective, shows both how crimes have increased and also that in most cases the murdered women were young and black.
In Brazil, lesbian women face many dangers, it goes beyond lesbophobia, it is also machismo, misogyny and racism. “Lesbians are sexually and affectively exclusively with women, but the main lesbian killers in Brazil are men,” says Cinthia Abreu, member of the World March of Women and March of Black Women of São Paulo.

Entre 2014 y 2017 el asesinatos de mujeres lesbianas aumentó un 237%. El estudio “Asesinadas por lesbofobia – Las historias que nadie cuenta”, hecho por el colectivo “Nosotras – Disidencias Feministas”, además de mostrar cómo han aumentado los crímenes demuestra que en la mayoría de los casos las mujeres asesinadas eran jóvenes y negras.
En Brasil las mujeres lesbianas se encuentran ante muchos peligros, va más allá de la lesbofobia, también es el machismo, la misoginia y el racismo. “Las lesbianas se relacionan sexual y afectivamente exclusivamente con mujeres, pero los principales asesinos de lesbianas en Brasil son hombres”, afirma Cinthia Abreu, integrante de la Marcha Mundial de Mujeres y Marcha de Mujeres Negras de São Paulo.
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Sandy Hook Massacre: Remington and Other Gun Companies Lose Major Ruling Over Liability
By Rick Rojas and Kristin Hussey, NYTimes, March 14, 2019

The Connecticut Supreme Court dealt a major blow to the firearms industry on Thursday, clearing the way for a lawsuit against the companies that manufactured and sold the semiautomatic rifle used by the gunman in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The lawsuit mounted a direct challenge to the immunity that Congress granted gun companies to shield them from litigation when their weapons are used in a crime. The ruling allows the case, brought by victims’ families, to maneuver around the federal shield, creating a potential opening to bring claims to trial and hold the companies, including Remington, which made the rifle, liable for the attack.

The decision represents a significant development in the long-running battle between gun control advocates and the gun lobby. And it stands to have wider ramifications, experts said, by charting a possible legal road map for victims’ relatives and survivors from other mass shootings who want to sue gun companies.

In the lawsuit, the families seized upon the marketing for the AR-15-style Bushmaster used in the 2012 attack, which invoked the violence of combat and used slogans like “Consider your man card reissued.” ...

Lucía, 11, was raped. Then Argentina’s church conspired to deny her an abortion
by Claudia Piñeiro, The Guardian, 4 Mar 2019
In my country, even rights enshrined in the constitution are being crushed in the name of God

Women at a pro-choice rally outside Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 19 February. ‘Day after day, we see how our rights are curtailed and even annulled by religious ideas imposed on the entire population.’

Lucía is not called Lucía. Her name is the only fiction in this spine-chilling true story. But we must call her Lucía to protect her identity.

Lucía is 11 years old. Four years ago, a court in Argentina placed Lucía in her grandmother’s care after her mother’s boyfriend reportedly abused her two older sisters. However, Lucía was not safe at her grandmother’s home either: she was raped by her grandmother’s boyfriend and became pregnant.

“I want you to remove what the old man put inside me,” said the girl, who does not fully comprehend what happened to her.

While the government of Tucumán province, where Lucía lives, deliberately delayed the abortion to which she was entitled by law, Lucía embraced her mother and her dolls. ...

French journalists formed secret ‘boys club’ to bully women online, investigation finds
WITW Staff, 02.13.19

At least three senior French journalists have been suspended for participating in a closed Facebook group, populated predominantly by male journalists, that allegedly conspired to humiliate women by anonymously taunting them on social media with rape jokes and photoshopped pornographic images.

France’s Liberation newspaper suspended their online editor Alexandre Hervaud and journalist Vincent Glad, the founder of Facebook group “League of LOL,” after it was revealed by the newspaper’s own CheckNews fact-checking unit that the group had been bullying women online for nearly a decade.

“Shameful. The treatment inflicted on numerous young women or young men by a certain informal group known as ‘League of LOL’ makes you feel sick. Harassment, insults, cruel hoaxes, a whole array of digital attacks were used by this group,” wrote Liberation’s Editor-in-Chief Laurent Joffrin in an editorial on Tuesday.

Among those to speak out about being targeted was filmmaker Florence Procel, who said a man masqueraded as the editor of a prominent news program to interview her for a non-existent job. After the man posted edited audio of the conversation online, she wrote, “I cried of shame for three days.” Journalists Nora Bouazzouni, Lucile Bellan, and podcast Mélanie Wanga have also said they were targeted by members by the so-called “League.”

David Doucet, the editor of magazine Les Inrockuptibles, has since admitted that he was the man responsible for the fake interview with Procel. In an apology posted to Twitter, he said that he had been part of the condemned Facebook group for two years.

“In the small world that was Twitter then, I saw that certain people were being regularly targeted but I had no idea of the scale and the trauma suffered,” he wrote.

“I was cowardly and too happy to be a part of this band that the Twittersphere at the time admired to intervene.”

In his own apology, Glad wrote that he founded the group “not to harass women” but “only to have fun.” “But very quickly,” he acknowledged, “our way of having fun became very problematic and we didn’t realize.”

Ebola vaccine offered in exchange for sex, Congo taskforce meeting told
by Kate Holt in Beni and Rebecca Ratcliffe, 12 Feb 2019

As experts urge global warning over outbreak, women and girls in Beni report alleged exploitation

By detailing the horrific events of her gang rape, one woman fights to end sexual violence on college campuses
By David Wharton, Feb 07, 2019

... Her presentation begins with a warning — “The things I’m going to talk about are uncomfortable” — and a vow that the tale will be “kind of rough and hard but it gets better. And there is hope at the end.” ...

Persons Against Non-State Torture (NST) - FiLiA meets Linda MacDonald & Jeanne Sarson
Filia, Podcast 2019

NST - We are Nurses, Self-funded Independent Scholars, Human Right Educators & Defenders, Researchers, Grassroot Supporters and Listeners of Atrocities

"Send Nudes": A New Study Shows How Often Boys Pressure Girls For Explicit Photos
February 5, 2019 by Katherine

A recent study has shown just how common it is for teen boys to coerce or threaten girls into sending nude pictures: an analysis of 500 accounts from 12- to 18-year-old girls about negative experiences sexting found that two-thirds of them had been asked to provide explicit images — and that the requests often progressed from promises of affection to "anger displays, harassment and threats." In an article about the study for The New York Times, psychologist Lisa Damour writes, "Teenagers are drafted into a sexual culture that rests on a harmful premise: on the heterosexual field, boys typically play offense and girls play defense… Most schools and many parents already tell teenagers not to send sexualized selfies. But why don't we also tell adolescents to stop asking for nude photos from one another?" ...

Scottish feminist group says transgender laws risk women's rights
For Women Scotland says government is ‘sleepwalking’ towards erosion of rights
by Libby Brooks, 1 Feb 2019

...Speaking to a largely female audience of about 150 within the meeting venue, Susan Smith, of For Women Scotland, said: “We are concerned that the Scottish government is sleepwalking towards a significant erosion of women’s rights, both in terms of proposals to reform the GRA to allow self-identification and the failure to prevent other organisations running ahead of the law and adopting policies which are in breach of the Equality Act.

“We’re not here to quibble about toilets and we’re not here to create trouble for those who have battled crippling gender dysphoria. We welcome extra provisions for other vulnerable groups that don’t involve dismantling existing rights. If we cannot see sex, then we cannot see sexism, we cannot define sexuality, and it is the most vulnerable women who will suffer from this.” ...

The startling toll on children who witness domestic violence is just now being understood
by Jayne O'Donnell and Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY Jan. 31, 2019

The Sanchez brothers' lives unraveled when alleged violence between their parents caused them to put their dreams on hold. Children who witness domestic violence at home have increased risks of PTSD, poor health and a far higher likelihood of depression. Witnessing abuse carries the same risk of harm to children's mental health and learning as if the children had been abused directly, new research shows.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Latrelle Huff says her twins were conceived by rape. Now she blames domestic violence for her children's health problems. The Georgia woman says she had been in an abusive, on-and-off relationship for six years when she became pregnant. While pregnant, she says, the conflict continued. Huff spent 25 of 37 weeks on bed rest, she says, due in part to rectal bleeding her doctors said was caused by stress. ...

Obituary: Kim Bok-dong, the South Korean 'comfort woman'
By Flora Drury BBC News, 3 February 2019

The coffin passed the Japanese embassy in Seoul, accompanied on its final journey by mourners waving banners and holding yellow butterflies.

Cries of "Japan must apologise" rang out above the crowd, while others quietly sobbed.

It was not your usual funeral procession. But then, Kim Bok-dong was not your usual woman, and this was her final act of resistance against a country which had stolen so much from her....

Woman or girl slain every 2.5 days in Canada in 2018, new report finds

The report found that 148 women and girls were killed in 133 incidents in 2018 The Canadian Press · Jan 30, 2019

To Prevent Mass Shootings, Believe the Women
Ex-girlfriend wasn’t taken seriously when she warned about accused bank shooter. ...

Five mass shootings in five days: Is America officially desensitized to gun violence?
A January spree of gun violence gets 2019 off to an ominous start. Media, politicians and the public barely notice

... On Wednesday, a suspect shot and killed five women in a SunTrust bank in Sebring, Florida. On Thursday, a man yelling at a former girlfriend in a Pennsylvania bar shot and killed two people who tried to intervene before shooting his former partner, another stranger and then himself. On Jan. 27, a 15-year-old girl was killed by her 17-year-old boyfriend in Spring, Texas. That same day, a manhunt concluded in Virginia for a suspect who had apparently killed his ex-girlfriend along with her brother and father in Louisiana. After shooting them, he went to his parents’ home, where he shot both his father and mother. Also on Sunday, four teenage girls were shot at a prayer vigil in Newark, New Jersey. ...

There is nothing progressive about removing women-only bathrooms
Cambridge Radical Feminist Network, Jan 13, 2019

The importance of giving women a space in which they have privacy and freedom from the risk of sexual violence has, over recent years, been overtaken by a new political narrative: ‘gender neutrality’. ...

Saudi Arabian women threaten to flee country en masse if they are not given basic rights
WITW Staff, 01.11.19

A growing wave of Saudi Arabian women are threatening to flee the country if the government doesn’t pursue measures to end a male guardianship system that bars women from doing basic activities, including traveling or going to the doctor, without the permission of men. On social media, women posted using an Arabic language hashtag that roughly translates to: “remove the guardianship system or we’ll all migrate,” with some writing that they had been inspired by the recent case of Saudi Arabian teenager Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, who had her passport confiscated by Saudi diplomats in Thailand after attempting to seek asylum in Australia but managed to avoid forced deportation home after posting about her situation to social media and being granted protection from the U.N. refugee agency.

In one video shared by Rahaf, a Saudi diplomat appeared to confirm the effectiveness of the social media effort after she recorded video of him complaining: “I wish they could have taken her phone, rather than her passport.”

On Friday, Rahaf was granted asylum in Canada, according to Thai officials. Following news of Rahaf’s story, the migration-threat hashtag began to trend on Saudi social media — despite the country’s infamous reputation for arresting people, and especially women, over even minor instances of dissent.

“Mark my words, [Rahaf] is going to start a revolution in Saudi Arabia,” said Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy in a recent video posted to Twitter under the migration threat hashtag. The guardianship system, she added, is “the foundation of patriarchy in Saudi Arabia.”

In another post, a doctor spoke out about her shame of being treated as a child by men despite the fact that she often made life and death decisions for her patients.

“We have been attacked, jailed, tortured, and shamed,” wrote another woman using the now viral hashtag. “But with every passing day we grow stronger, braver, and smarter.”

Saudi women to be notified of divorce by text message under new law
Law aims to end secret divorces and protect women's rights, government says Thomson Reuters · Posted: Jan 06, 2019

... "The male guardianship system is a core issue and it must be dismantled. It controls women in each and every step of their lives. This system strangles Saudi women," said Abu-Dayyeh. Although many have hailed the Saudi government's reforms, there has also been a crackdown on dissent with about a dozen female activists arrested....

Revealed: flood of Twitter users back paedophilia
by Rosamund Urwin, January 6 2019, The Sunday Times UK

Twitter suspended one paedophilia-promoting account only after The Sunday Times asked about it

Twitter is being flooded with accounts promoting paedophilia — and although the company says it is “aggressively taking action”, many of the users remain on the site.

A Sunday Times investigation has found a string of accounts on Twitter that seek to normalise, promote and defend adults having sexual relationships with children. Some post with the hashtags #maps and #nomaps. ...

In Memoriam: Lesbian Murder Victims

Lesbians are very often undercounted as murder victims--both within the so-called LGBT community and by those who monitor violence against women. This is a beginning effort to honor the names of the lesbians that have been lost.

7-Year-old Indigenous Girl Dies at US Border While in Federal Custody
by Levi Rickert / Currents / 15 Dec 2018

LORDSBURG, N.M. — A seven-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock at the U.S. southern border near Lordsburg, New Mexico while in custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on December 7, 2018...

Man accused of stabbing children had history of violence against women, court records show
By Claire Theobald, Star Metro Edmonton, Dec 13 2018

EDMONTON—Court orders were not enough to protect women from Ashton Lafleche, who had a history of violence against women and breaching no-contact orders long before he was accused of killing two young children and assaulting their mother...

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
November 25-Dec 10, 2018
In the year since #MeToo, issues of sexism, misogyny, and gender-based violence have moved to the forefront of public discussion. Canadians, led by the courageous voices of survivors and their families, have been encouraged to reflect on their own actions and determine how they can best support ending gender-based violence...

A neoliberal concept of freedom has allowed gender identity ideology to take hold
The neoliberal concept of freedom has opened up a space where a patriarchal authoritarianism, exemplified by gender identity politics, has been able to take root and thrive.
December 2, 2018 by Heather Brunskell-Evans

The women killed on one day around the world
BBC, 25 November 2018

An average of 137 women across the world are killed by a partner or family member every day, according to new data released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). They say it makes "the home the most likely place for a woman to be killed". More than half of the 87,000 women killed in 2017 were reported as dying at the hands of those closest to them. Of that figure, approximately 30,000 women were killed by an intimate partner and another 20,000 by a relative. ...

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Glad to have facilitated a 2nd meeting between Nobel Peace Prize Nadia Murad and Pres @EmmanuelMacron. EM announced concrete and immediate actions of FR in support of Yazidis and survivors of sexual slavery by ISIS.

These Moncton Entrepreneurs Started A Cab Company For Women, Children and Seniors
Nov 5, 2018, by Inda Intiar

Mireille Fougère and Melissa Goguen next to their cab. Image: Inda Intiar/Huddle MONCTON – Mireille Fougère has driven cabs for three years and has had her fair share of horrifying experiences. Now she and her friend Melissa Goguen want to make sure passengers are safe with their new company, Pink Cab, which caters primarily to women, seniors and children.

“I’ve been assaulted [while on duty]. The father of a young man who threw up in my car – I went to collect the rate to clean the car – and he assaulted me. I had to call the police. They didn’t do anything,” Fougère said, recounting a story where the man broke her phone and squeezed her hand so hard, her nails broke and she bled. ...

“I don’t find it horrifying, I find it frustrating. I can hold my own. I’m not scared in my cab. But for a lady to feel uncomfortable in a cab, it’s unprofessional. That’s why we’re doing this,” she said.

Florida Yoga Studio Killer Revealed As Far-Right, Incel, Anti-Gay, Racist, Anti-Immigrant Extremist
[VIDEO] November 3, 2018

Buzzfeed News reports: The man who shot dead two women at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida, on Friday before killing himself was a far-right extremist and self-proclaimed misogynist who railed against women, black people, and immigrants in a series of online videos and songs....

Pakistan PM calls for calm after Aasia Bibi cleared of blasphemy
Imran Khan says far-right protesters must disperse after Christian woman acquitted following years on death row.
by Asad Hashim, Aljazeera, Oct 31, 2018

Islamabad, Pakistan - Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has appealed for calm after far-right protesters blocked roads in several major cities following the Supreme Court's acquittal of a Christian woman who had been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges.

Aasia Bibi, 53, who has been death row for eight years, was acquitted by the country's top court on Wednesday morning. Bibi's case had become emblematic of fair trial concerns in cases Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws, and on Wednesday judges found there had been "glaring and stark" contradictions in the prosecution's case against her....

Nadia Murad Is Using 100% of Her Nobel Peace Prize Money to Fight Sex Trafficking

Murad was awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize last week. ...

Nepal bans porn websites after seeing a 300 per cent increase in rapes in ten years
The Nepali Ministry for Information and Communication issued a ruling Tuesday A statement linked pornography to the country's worsening rape culture issue In 2016/17 there were 1,667 cases of rape compared to 400 just ten years earlier
By George Martin For Mailonline, 2 October 2018

Nepal's government has implemented a sweeping ban on all forms of pornography in its latest efforts to tackle the country's rape problem. A statement released by Nepal's Ministry for Information and Communication on Friday cited pornography as one of the primary drivers behind the country's rape problem. ...

The Cruelty Is the Point
President Trump and his supporters find community by rejoicing in the suffering of those they hate and fear.
by Adam Serwer, Oct 3, 2018

The Trump era is such a whirlwind of cruelty that it can be hard to keep track. This week alone, the news broke that the Trump administration was seeking to ethnically cleanse more than 193,000 American children of immigrants whose temporary protected status had been revoked by the administration, that the Department of Homeland Security had lied about creating a database of children that would make it possible to unite them with the families the Trump administration had arbitrarily destroyed, that the White House was considering a blanket ban on visas for Chinese students, and that it would deny visas to the same-sex partners of foreign officials. At a rally in Mississippi, a crowd of Trump supporters cheered as the president mocked Christine Blasey Ford, the psychology professor who has said that Brett Kavanaugh, whom Trump has nominated to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court, attempted to rape her when she was a teenager. “Lock her up!” they shouted. ...

'It is hard': Crisis hotline calls increase 201 percent after sexual assault testimony
For many watching the testimony about alleged sexual assault triggers lingering emotions. The experts share advice on how to cope.
by Meghan Holohan / Sep.28.2018

Source: TODAY As Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh addressed allegations of sexual assault in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, a distraught 76-year-old woman called CSPAN. It reminded her of her own experience being sexually abused when she was in second grade, she said. “Thought I was over it but it’s not. You will never forget it,” Brenda from Missouri admitted through tears on air. ...

The Women Who Face More Traumatic Brain Injury Than NFL Players
By Melissa Jeltsen, HuffPost US, June 2, 2015

... Soldiers returning from war and athletes are regularly diagnosed with TBI -- a complex brain injury caused by a blow or a jolt to the head -- and many subsequently receive support and services for the condition. But domestic violence survivors have been largely left out of the picture.

On Tuesday, the Sojourner Center, one of the largest U.S. domestic violence shelters and where Walker works in Phoenix, is taking a big step to change that. The center, along with TBI experts at local hospitals and medical institutions, is launching an ambitious program dedicated to the study of TBI in women and children living with domestic violence.

Dads Will Be Dads: Minnesota GOP Rep Drops Re-Election Bid Amid Longtime Sexual Abuse Charges By Daughter
by Abby Zimet, September 21, 2018

More for the party of Gross Old Predators. As Kavanaugh accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford tentatively agreed Saturday to testify despite "the leaks and bullying," the GOP's coercing and insulting goes on apace, from the sexual-assaulter-in-chief attacking her for not going to the FBI (WTF?) 36 years ago and charging she's being mean to "a fine man...under assault by radical left wing politicians" to North Dakota Senate candidate and yahoo Kevin Cramer calling her charges "absurd" because they were just drunken teenagers and the assault was “supposedly an attempt that never went anywhere.” In further evidence of the lofty character of the men smearing her, a press adviser leading the Senate response to her charges just stepped down amid evidence he was fired from his last job because - yes! - he had sexual harassment charges against him.

Still, his misdeeds pale before those of fellow creep Jim Knoblach, powerful Minnesota GOP state representative, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee and author of multiple anti-choice bills, who abruptly ended his re-election campaign after a news story detailing his sexual abuse of his daughter for much of her life. In a harrowing, well-documented report by Minnesota Public Radio, Laura Knoblach, a now-23-year-old triathlete living in Boulder, Colo., describes years of her father's incessant grinding and touching and kissing even as she sought help from her family, church, school where her father was on the school board, and law enforcement, who concluded after a 2017 investigation that under state law her father's actions were "inappropriate, but not criminal" because he never exposed himself or touched her under her clothes. In her files on the case, there is no mention of police contacting Jim Knoblach....

Kill me, I can't cope': Refugee women on Nauru robbed of their dignity speak out
by Saba Vasefi, 18 Sep 2018

Women who have escaped oppression in Iran face similar intimidation in Australia, often by advocates claiming to help them Displaced women on their black clothes, stand in solidarity with mourning mother Faezeh Mansour Beigi on Nauru. Photograph: Saba Vasefi Fascists kill.

But for those damaged survivors who flee persecution, and face a new authoritarianism, sustaining themselves can be a monumental personal undertaking. Before I discuss four stages of redistributive justice, I’ll record examples of threat and intimidation which make the struggle for justice so necessary. Australia is reported to UN human rights council over illegal detention of asylum seekers 

“Kill me, I can’t cope anymore. Only death can rescue me” is one of the most common phrases that I heard from women and children on death row in Iran and women and children facing indefinite detention by Australia on the island of Nauru. There’s common ground between the fundamentalist Iranian government and the Australian immigration policy on Nauru. Each is authoritarian. ...

Sexual violence and non-consensual sex rising due to porn, finds survey
By: Simon Collins, 12 Sep, 2018

Porn accessed on smartphones is now "the main sex educator for young people", a new survey says. Rape culture and sexual violence may be gaining ground in New Zealand because of pornography, a new survey has found. The survey of 622 sexual health services, youth workers, schools and families has found increasing genital injuries caused by violent sex inspired by pornography that depicts violence as normal....

Another massacre in suburbia: two women & three girls killed in Perth
by Georgina Dent, Sept 9, 2018

How can it be? On Sunday, for the third time in less than four months, Western Australian police have attended a home and discovered what appears to be a mass murder. Yesterday in Perth’s north-eastern suburb of Bedford police found two-year-old twin girls, their three-and-a-half-year-old sister, their mother and their grandmother all deceased. Two women and three children killed in suburbia. Authorities were reportedly alerted to the property after a man attended a regional police station in WA yesterday to hand himself in. The man believed to be in his 20s is in custody but no charges have been laid yet and his relationship with the victims is unconfirmed. ...

by Olivia Broustra, August 2, 2018

...Trans women and trans people have every right to safety, to their own spaces, to healthcare that caters to their unique needs, and to conversations about their struggles, but not at the sacrifice of biological women. But women now face death threats, rape threats, deplatforming, silencing, and dehumanizing language when they raise concerns. ...

Russian Feminist Blogger Charged With Inciting Hate Toward Men
Lyubov Kalugina / Vkontakte Sept. 05 2018

A Russian feminist blogger has been charged with inciting hatred toward men on social media, less than two weeks after she told rights organizations she was being investigated for extremism. A self-described radical feminist, Lyubov Kalugina warned the SOVA Center anti-extremist group in late August that she was subject of a pre-investigation check into her social media posts after an anonymous man had complained that her posts insulted him as a male. Her case is part of a growing trend of tough anti-extremism laws applied to social media posts. Until recently, prosecutions were rarely applied to gender-related posts, the MBKh news website cited rights groups as saying. ...

Unisex changing rooms put women at danger of sexual assault, data reveals
by Rachel Hosie, Sept 1, 2018

The data, obtained through a Freedom of Information request by the Sunday Times, suggests that unisex changing rooms are more dangerous for women and girls than single-sex facilities. Just under 90 per cent of complaints regarding changing room sexual assaults, voyeurism and harassment are about incidents in unisex facilities. Unisex toilets at London primary school spark outrage among parents What’s more, two thirds of all sexual attacks at leisure centres and public swimming pools take place in unisex changing rooms. Of 134 complaints over 2017-2018, 120 reported incidents took place in gender-neutral changing rooms and just 14 were in single-sex changing areas....

Sexual assaults in women's prison reignite debate over transgender inmates
by Alexandra Topping, 9 Sep 2018

Prison reformer criticises ‘decisions that have harmed women’ in Karen White case

Catholic bishops in Australia reject laws forcing priests to report sex abuse confessions
Measure 'won't make children safer' and 'will most likely undermine religious freedom,' church official says
CBC, Aug 31, 2018

The Catholic Church in Australia said Friday it would oppose laws forcing priests to report child abuse when they learn about it in the confessional, setting the stage for a showdown between the country's biggest religion and the government. Pope Francis, leader of the world's 1.3 billion Catholics, is facing sexual abuse crises in several countries and the stance taken by the Australian bishops reflected the abiding, powerful influence conservatives in the church. Visiting Ireland earlier this week, Pope Francis begged forgiveness for the multitude of abuses suffered by victims in Ireland, and he has promised no more coverups. ...

Lisa Marie Velasquez Answered a Friend’s Call for Help and Paid With Her Life
by Ali Winston, Al Baker and Nate Schweber, NY Times, Aug. 31, 2018

It started with a call for help. Lisa Marie Velasquez was visiting her relatives in the Melrose housing project when her telephone pinged. A distraught friend said her boyfriend was beating her in an apartment a few miles to the east in the Bronx. Grabbing a bag, Ms. Velasquez left in a rush. Ms. Velasquez, 25, did what many women would do for a friend in an abusive relationship, and like others who intervene to stop domestic violence, her Samaritan’s instinct put her in harm’s way. She ended up being a victim herself....

Body of Olivia Lone Bear Found in N. Dakota as Native Women Face Crisis of Murders, Disappearances
August 03, 2018

After an agonizing 9-month search, the body of Olivia Lone Bear was found Tuesday in a pickup truck submerged in a lake right by her house on the Fort Berthold Reservation. The mother of five went missing in late October in New Town, North Dakota. Her disappearance has sparked renewed attention to the disproportionately high rates of disappearance, rape and murder of Native American women across the United States. These already-alarming rates are particularly high in areas of oil extraction, like North Dakota’s Bakken Shale, which is the origin point for the Dakota Access pipeline. We speak with Olivia Lone Bear’s brother Matthew, who spent the last nine months searching for his sister. We also speak with Mary Kathryn Nagle, a citizen of Cherokee Nation and a partner at Pipestem Law, a law firm dedicated to the restoration of tribal sovereignty and jurisdiction....

Telling the truth about rape in the UK’s secondary schools
A rape is being committed a day in schools, according to the campaigner Laura Bates. It’s terrifying, but we must not shy away from statistics like these
By Marisa Bate on 13.08.18

“Bates’ truly shocking testimony of what is happening in schools is undoubtedly the byproduct of the proliferation of easily available and increasingly violent pornography. As our mainstream media is ever-more sexualised, pornography pursues an ever-more aggressive, violent and misogynistic path in order to maintain appeal. This porn is accessible to children. As a result, as Bates has discovered, rape is occurring daily in schools and expecting girls to show fear, pain or tears – let alone be entirely hairless – is the sex education many boys are receiving. It’s a truly bleak picture – for both young girls and boys.”

For women raped during Bosnian War, still no end to pain 25 years later
April 9, 2018 (Mainichi Japan)

Amela Mectuseyac, right, speaks about support for women who were the victims of sexual assault during the Bosnian War in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on March 9, 2018. (Mainichi) SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- While nearly 20 years has passed since the end of the Bosnian War following the breakup of Yugoslavia, for the women who experienced traumatic violence and sexual assault in the name of "ethnic cleansing," the battle continues....

The MO: The Modus Operandi of Pedophiles - Insights About Pedophiles From The Victim's Perspective.

This paper applies to the clergy and with all the news from PA thought it might be of interest. Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald wrote this in 2002.

Liberals move to give survivors of domestic violence paid leave
Proposed benefit will allow employees in federally-regulated workplaces time off to leave abusive partners ...
Kathleen Harris · CBC News · Aug 12, 2018

Tokyo medical school admits changing results to exclude women

University manipulated test scores for more than a decade to ensure more men became doctors
by Justin McCurry in Tokyo, 8 Aug 2018

One of Japan’s most prestigious medical schools has admitted deliberately altering entrance exam scores for more than a decade to restrict the number of female students and ensure more men became doctors....

The Disturbing Evolution Of 'Lock Her Up'
July 25, 2018, by Steve Almond

As you may remember, “Lock her up” was the central rallying cry at the Republican National Convention. Forget policy proposals aimed at helping working Americans, or hopeful slogans. Instead, the most salient message from one of our two major political parties was simply that the opposing candidate should be imprisoned.

At the time, I figured this chant was a way of unifying the party behind a divisive candidate, one who barely understood the precepts of traditional conservatism and who had few real policy positions. I can hear now much more clearly, in this despotic chant, the desire to create a culture in which men have legal dominion over women and girls.

But as I listened Tuesday to the bellowing of those mostly male teenagers, something finally clicked in my mind: “Lock her up” isn’t really a political rallying cry. It’s an attempt to criminalize female ambition and autonomy. ...

Why don’t we consider violence against women and girls terrorism?

From female genital mutilation to domestic violence to femicide, women and girls around the world are living in fear.

July 19, 2018 by Lidia Lidia

With ever-increasing global access to the internet and social media, communication between the world’s countries — even the most remote — has become part of most people’s everyday life. This real-time communication has meant that discrimination, injustice, and violence — which has been hidden, tolerated, institutionalized, and even defended as part of culture for centuries — is increasingly more public and seemingly less tolerated. ...

Everyday terrorism: A woman or girl is killed every other day in Canada
The Conversation, July 15, 2018

One woman or girl is killed every other day in Canada. This is not a new fact nor does it represent a new trend. For 40 years, this fact has varied little; similarly, rates of other forms of violence against women and girls have remained persistently stable. ...

An Indian train passenger’s tweet helped save 26 girls from child traffickers
By Rahul Kalvapalle, Global News, July 8, 2018

Twenty-six Indian girls have been rescued from the clutches of human traffickers thanks to a timely tweet from a train passenger. Adarsh Shrivastava was traveling on a train in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh Thursday morning when he noticed something suspicious — in his cabin was a large group of juvenile girls, many of whom were visibly distressed. Suspecting something untoward, Shrivastava pulled out his phone and tweeted at railway authorities to alert them to the situation. ...

Women's shelter offers info kits to Indigenous people arriving at Montreal bus station
'What we're trying to do is prevent people from becoming homeless'
Jessica Deer · CBC News · Jul 04, 2018

Moving to a big city can be a difficult transition for many Indigenous people, which is why one organization in Montreal is hoping to make it a little bit easier. Throughout the summer, the Iskweu project at the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal will be providing welcome kits for Indigenous people arriving at the city's bus terminal....

Saudi Arabia women hit the road as world's last female driving ban lifted
CBC News, June 24, 2018

Saudi women drove to work and ran errands on Sunday, relishing the freedom to move about without relying on men after the kingdom lifted the world's last remaining ban on women driving.

"I am between belief and disbelief— between a feeling of joy and astonishment." ...

Free moving service for women fleeing abuse now in Ottawa
'We do a lot of planning in advance to know that we're going in when the abuser is not there'
CBC News · Apr 21, 2018

Marc Hull-Jacquin started the non-profit organization Shelter Movers in Toronto in June 2016, and it's been running in Ottawa since October 2017. (Andrew Foote/CBC) There are many obstacles facing women who decide to leave abusive relationships, and one of them is figuring out how to move their belongings out quickly while staying safe....

Some of Trump’s Biggest Donors Are Profiting Big-Time on Immigration Detention Centers
The plan to lock-up asylum-seeking migrants may seem like it happened overnight, but it has been years in the making.
By Jen Hayden / Daily Kos, June 20, 2018

The giant retail stores being converted into detention centers and these large tent cities cropping up to house immigrants, where did they come from? As always, it is important to follow the money. This plan to lock-up asylum-seeking migrants may seem like it happened overnight, but it has been years in the making.

Only weeks after Donald Trump put his filthy hand on Lincoln’s Bible and took the Oath of Office, this was the February 24, 2017, headline at CNN Money: The actions Donald Trump, his sycophant Stephen Miller and Minister of White Supremacy Jeff Sessions are taking today are a huge payoff to the prison lobbyists and the border security industry that spent millions helping to get Donald Trump elected. Private for-profit prison executives were furious that President Obama decided to end the practice of using private prisons. They poured everything into Donald Trump and his campaign, maxing out $250,000 donations and even helping Trump raise $100 million in sketchy, secret money for his “inauguration committee.”

And it paid off, as one of the first decisions from the Trump administration was to rescind Obama’s order to phase out private prisons. ...

59 female lawmakers demand answer on this immigration crisis mystery
by Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, June 21, 2018

Debbie Dingell isn't backing down. The Michigan congresswoman, a Dearborn Democrat, has teamed up with U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-New Hampshire, to lead a coalition of more than 50 female lawmakers in demanding an answer to the question that's been haunting many about the immigration crisis at the U.S./Mexico border: Where are the girls? ....

Lawyer: Jeff Sessions’ Attacks on Migrant Domestic Violence Survivors Drags U.S. Back to “Dark Ages”
Democracy Now, June 15, 2018

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that domestic and gang-related violence will generally no longer be grounds for asylum, a far-reaching shift that could affect thousands of people, particularly women from Central America fleeing gender-based violence...

Durham police open new front in war on human trafficking
Jun 14, 2018 by Jeff Mitchell

DURHAM — Durham police have opened a new front in their war on human trafficking by targeting men who seek sex with underage girls.

Charges including sexual exploitation, child luring and obtaining sexual services from a minor have been laid against several men across the region who responded to online ads placed by undercover officers.

Key to the laying of charges, however, is that the men did more than respond to ads — they showed up for and agreed to sexual liaisons with girls they knew to be as young as 16. ...

Female Genital Mutilation is declared religiously forbidden in Islam
By Menna Saad, May, 31, 2018 CAIRO - 31 May 2018:

Egyptian Dar Al-Iftaa declared that female genital mutilation (FGM) is religiously forbidden on May 30, 2018, adding that banning FGM should be a religious duty due to its harmful effects on the body.

Dar Al-Iftaa also explained that FGM is not mentioned in Islamic laws and that it only still occurs because it’s considered to be a social norm in the rural areas and some poor parts of Egypt.

FGM is considered as an attack on religion through damaging the most sensitive organ in the female body. In Islam, protecting the body from any harm is a must and mutilation violates this rule; therefore, if the parents of females who undergo FGM consent to the abhorrent surgery, they should be punished.

The Minister of Health and the Administrative Court of Justice decided that “FGM should be banned in hospitals and public/private clinics. And it should only be done if the female suffers from a serious disease, which is decided by the head of the department of Gynecology based on a doctor’s recommendation.” ...

Ireland votes by landslide to legalise abortion
Leo Varadkar vows legal terminations by end of year after huge vote for change
27 May 2018

History is made as Ireland votes to repeal anti-abortion laws – video report Ireland has voted by a landslide to legalise abortion in a stunning outcome that marks a dramatic defeat for the Catholic church’s one-time domination of the Republic. The Irish electorate voted by 1,429,981 votes to 723,632 in favour of abolishing a controversial constitutional amendment that gave equal legal status to the lives of a foetus and the woman carrying it. The result was a two-thirds majority: 66.4% yes to 33.6% no....

B.C. government to fund 1,500 homes for women fleeing violence
The housing will be operated by non-profit providers, who can apply for funding for new projects
The Canadian Press · May 25, 2018.

Premier John Horgan, Housing Minister Selina Robinson, left, and Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity Mitzi Dean, right, announce funding for 1,500 homes for women and children fleeing violence. (CBC News) 45 comments The B.C. government says it will build 1,500 supportive homes across the province for women and children fleeing violence. The province will invest $734 million over the next 10 years to build and operate the new units, including transition houses, safe homes, second-stage and long-term housing....

When we make excuses for male violence, we encourage it
by Van Badham, The Guardian, May 17 2018

There’s a single good reason to be outraged at the ‘good bloke’ narrative: prevention ...

Reports of the far-away murders broke over my own phone, and I sobbed. The handful of personal details revealed about this family are enough to imagine anyone similar into their unbearable horror. The mind demands: who does this to kids? Who does this to anyone? The answer, according to Australian reporting tradition, is a “good bloke”. This was the description a tabloid applied to the alleged murderer, under the headline “Grandad the killer.”

...It’s a dangerous frame for reporting domestic homicide we have grown too used to in this country; commentators were quick to call it out. Juanita Phillips remarked that “nobody in the story” had “actually described (Peter Miles) that way”. Reminders came from Georgina Dent and Clementine Ford that the “good bloke” trope is a media habit. It was used to describe wife-murdering Greg Floyd in 2017, and, in 2014, Geoff Hunt – who murdered his wife and three children. ...

Standing up for transsexual rights
Transsexuals are worried about their rights being challenged under new legislation
The Guardian, 4 May 2018

There are fears over the proposed removal of safeguards from the Gender Recognition Act. We are transsexual people deeply concerned about the proposed removal of safeguards from the Gender Recognition Act. Replacing the evidenced-based process for obtaining a gender recognition certificate with an over-the-counter style self-declaration blurs the distinction between us and transgender people who remain physically intact. This is problematic when such male-bodied people, including sexual fetishists, demand the rights afforded to women as a protected sex, including access to their private spaces.

Transsexual people undergo a meaningful transition, including hormone therapy and surgery. We fear that these proposals will not only put women’s rights at risk but also damage our credibility in society. We are already seeing our right to define as “transsexual” being challenged by transgender activists who seek to remove this distinction. We call on politicians to show courage and facilitate dialogue valuing all affected groups. We absolutely condemn all attempts to suppress this debate.

Stacys, Brads and 'reverse rape': inside the terrifying world of 'incels'
By Emma Jane, 26 Apr 2018

Right now, it's all about the incels. A once obscure term used to describe a previously marginal online sub-sub-culture is now owning the internet. ... They're primarily straight, white dudes who claim to be plotting violent revolution because women won't have sex with them. Oh, and they blame the whole no-sex deal on the fact that they suffer oppressive, socio-structural underprivilege and genetic disadvantage....

New study explores extent of brain injuries in victims of domestic violence in Canada
Traumatic brain injuries don’t just happen to professional athletes — survivors of domestic violence are suffering too.
By Melanie Green, Star Metro Vancouver, April 18, 2018

VANCOUVER— Though in recent years medical science has been uncovering the damaging effects of traumatic brain injury for professional athletes and the military, a UBC researcher is now gathering data on head trauma in a much-less-highlighted group: survivors of domestic violence in Canada. ...

Dying should not be a side effect of ‘sex’
Francisca Marquinez is only one of far too many women killed on account of men’s sexual desires.
April 22, 2018 by Raquel Rosario Sanchez

Who was Francisca Marquinez? What we can garner from the evidence is that she was choked to death in October 2015. Beyond that, we know little about who she was.

The overwhelming theme of the messages I found through the online condolences book her family set up for her tell the story of a kind and caring woman. Marquinez was “a fun, outgoing and genuine person with positive energy.” She had an “infectious laugh and a beautiful spirit.” She worked for many years in the Human Resources sector and liked to dance merengue and salsa. Her niece Carla says her aunt was “a woman whose happiness shone through.” Yet no news outlet discussed the 60-year-old woman’s personality or life.....

Groundbreaking exhibition depicts sexual violence against women in the Holocaust
Opening April 12, a group show sees artists shine light on a taboo facet of Holocaust history and draw attention to continuing sex crime in contemporary war zones
By Cathryn J. Prince 13 April 2018

NEW YORK — The graceful pen and ink lines of the illustration belie the horrific violence of its subject: an SS officer kicking and whipping a naked woman tied to a metal sawhorse.

Titled “Torture,” it was secretly drawn inside a Nazi concentration camp and is now part of “VIOLATED! Women in Holocaust and Genocide.” The art exhibition is the first of its kind to focus on the sexual violence that occurred during the Holocaust. In some respects, it is a #MeToo for Holocaust survivors. ...

Colorado truckers will soon have to complete a human trafficking awareness course to get a commercial driver’s license under a bill signed into law Thursday by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

by Jesse Paul, The Denver Post, April 13, 2018

House Bill 1018, which had bipartisan support, mandates that new commercial driver’s license applicants go through a half-hour training at no extra cost. It will go into effect over the summer.

Lawmakers and advocacy groups hope that, with more trained eyes on the road, law enforcement will have a helping hand in stopping sex and labor trafficking.

“It just heightens awareness, and it shows you how you can be part of the solution,” said Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, D-Arvada, one of the bill’s sponsors. ...

#MeToo Means Standing By The Most Marginalised. It’s Time To End Prostitution
It’s time for all women to be free. It’s time to change the law
by Sophie Walker, Founding leader of the Women's Equality Party 27/03/2018

Today marks the first anniversary of Ireland’s Sex Buyer’s Law - the Act that makes criminals of those who control and use prostituted women. Changing the legislation required a hard-fought battle led by survivors of the sex trade, against an organised and vocal industry. Ireland’s law is now the inverse of current UK law, which criminalises the women who sell sex, rather than those who purchase it. ...

New federal gun control bill expected this week
Changes could include expanded background checks, ongoing screening, proof of gun licence
CBC News Posted: Mar 18, 201

Canada: The federal government is expected to introduce new legislation this week that would strengthen laws surrounding the selling of firearms in an effort to crack down on gun violence. Changes could include expanded background checks that would examine the criminal backgrounds and mental health history of someone trying to purchase an unrestricted gun. ...

School Officials Wanted Florida Gunman Committed Long Before a Massacre

Nikolas Cruz’s troubling behavior led school officials to consider seeking his forcible commitment for psychiatric evaluation in 2016, mental health records show. They ultimately decided against it.

MIAMI — On the day an 11th grader named Nikolas Cruz told another student that he had a gun at home and was thinking of using it, two guidance counselors and a sheriff’s deputy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., concluded that he should be forcibly committed for psychiatric evaluation, according to mental health records obtained on Sunday by The New York Times.

An involuntary commitment of that kind, under the authority of a Florida state law known as the Baker Act, could have kept Mr. Cruz from passing a background check required to buy a firearm.

But Mr. Cruz appears never to have been institutionalized despite making threats to himself and others, cutting his arms with a pencil sharpener and claiming he had drunk gasoline in a possible attempt to kill himself, all in a five-day period in September 2016....

'This is how we treat the enemy': Thousands raped in Syria's war, UN finds
UN Human Rights Council report based on 454 interviews with survivors, relatives, witnesses and doctors
CBC Radio · March 16, 2018

UN adviser Karen AbuZayd attends the launch of their report on sexual and gender-based violence in Syria at the United Nations office in Geneva, Switzerland, on Thursday. (Denis Balibouse/Reuters)

Over the last seven years, Syrian government forces and allied militias have used rape as a tool to punish and humiliate their perceived enemies, says United Nations special adviser Karen AbuZayd.

"Mostly it's either to punish or to embarrass," AbuZayd told As It Happens host Carol Off.

"But even just to pleasure people when they've had the women in detention or the boys in detention. It's just pretty nasty all the way around."

AbuZayd co-authored the UN Human Rights Council report released on Thursday, as Syria enters its eighth year of war. It's based on 454 interviews with survivors, relatives, witnesses, defectors, and medical staff.

Government forces raped civilians during house searches and ground operations in the early stages of the conflict, and later at checkpoints and detention facilities, the report said.

The youngest known victim was a nine-year-old girl. ....

Women protesting against wearing the hijab in Iran will be charged with inciting PROSTITUTION and jailed for up to ten years as regime cracks down on growing dissent Iranian women removing hijab to be charged with 'inciting prostitution'

If found guilty they may face a jail sentence of up to ten years
Women are protesting the compulsory headscarf, which is religious law in Iran
So far, some 35 women have been arrested in the capital Tehran alone

By Sara Malm For Mailonline, 27 February 2018

Iranian women protesting the compulsory headscarf by taking off their hijab in public could be facing up to a decade in jail for 'inciting prostitution', police has warned. Authorities in Iran are desperately trying to stem the growing protests across the country against the dress code enforced on women since the Islamic revolution of 1979. More than 35 women have been arrested in the capital Tehran alone in the past two months, with several reportedly subjected to torture while in custody. At least two of the arrested protesters, Narges Hosseini and Shaparak Shajarizadeh, are being charged with 'inciting corruption and prostitution', Amnesty International reports. Ms Shajarizadeh was arrested last Wednesday and has reportedly been subjected to beatings in prison. Activists claim she was also 'injected with an unknown substance by the prison authorities' upon her arrest. ...

“Her Own Hero” Author to Kick Off Women’s History Month with Book Tour and Self-Defense Classes
The tour will educate and empower women with stops in Austin, San Francisco, New York City
February 28, 2018 | Source: Wendy Rouse – Author

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Author and historian Wendy L. Rouse will kick off Women’s History Month this March with a cross-country book tour and self-defense demonstrations, beginning Saturday, March 3, in Austin, Texas....

Toronto Airbnb Rentals Used For Alleged Human Trafficking: Police It's part of a growing trend, police said.
Canadian Press, Feb 22, 2018

Toronto police say a recent case of alleged human trafficking is the latest in a growing trend involving people using Airbnb rentals to conduct their illicit transactions. Det. Sgt. Nunzio Tramontozzi said police have seen a surge in such cases over roughly the past two years.

He said human traffickers may opt to use Airbnb rentals instead of motels or similar venues because of the greater possibility for anonymity. In the most recent case, he alleges two 18-year-old men forced a 19-year-old woman into the sex trade for more than a month, conducting most of their business at various Airbnb properties in the Greater Toronto Area.

The teens are now facing a total of 58 charges, and police say the woman is receiving medical help and support for her ordeal....

"The urgency of this work cannot be overstated," the post said. "Human trafficking is a $150 billion industry that robs 25 million people around the globe of their freedom. It has no place in today's world and is antithetical to the open society we deeply believe in."

Minnie Driver becomes first celebrity to quit as Oxfam ambassador after prostitution scandal
Actress says she is 'nothing short of horrified' by allegations
by Emily Shugarman, Feb 13, 2018

Actress Minnie Driver has quit as an Oxfam ambassador after 20 years with the charity, becoming the first celebrity to step down following allegations that senior staff members paid for sex with locals in crisis zones. The Good Will Hunting star said she was "nothing short of horrified” by the allegations against the charity. ....

The truth about the women in the window: As Amsterdam places new restrictions on its iconic red light district, we reveal grim lives of some sex workers that shatter the myth of the 'happy hooker'

Women working in Amsterdam's Red Light District can earn up to £350 a day Myth of the 'happy hooker' is one that has been allowed to flourish in the city But the reality is, as the Mail on Sunday found, far more grim, sordid and risky

By Sanchez Manning for The Mail on Sunday, 10 February 2018

“Despite the horrific reality exposed by Angelica’s story, the men in the red light district do not seem to care if the women have been trafficked”

After mass rape, turning disgrace into grace
Shift in thought
Editorial, Feb 2 2018

New services for women assaulted in conflict, such as in the Rohingya crisis, aim to restore a survivor’s dignity and remove social stigmas. Another aim is to help end gender inequality and the culture of impunity toward wartime rape....

WATCH: German Women Launch Campaign Highlighting Increased Violence Against Women as a Result of Mass Migration
by Chris Tomlinson, Feb 1, 2018

A group of German women have launched a campaign called #120db to lend a voice to women who have been physically or sexually attacked as a result of mass migration policies...

New domestic abuse laws could underestimate violence against women, academic warns
'The way the offence has been set up is to merge all of those events together. We think that was a mistake'
by Olivia Rudgard, Telegraph UK, 15 January 2018

New rules for recording domestic violence could lead to cuts for women's refuges as female victims are underestimated, a leading academic has warned.

Sylvia Walby, professor of sociology at Lancaster University and a UNESCO Chair in Gender Research said that the new offence of coercive control would mask the fact that women tend to be the victims of a higher number and a more serious level of offences.

"The offence of coercive control groups together a whole series of violent incidents and counts it as one. What we are arguing for is the importance of separately counting all of those violent incidents and not losing it in that merger into one.

"The way the offence has been set up is to merge all of those events together. We think that was a mistake. We all agree on the importance of the repetition and we disagree on how that is best handled in law," she told the Telegraph.

The paper, published in the journal Criminology & Criminal Justice, argues that multiple incidents as serious as grievous bodily harm would be lumped together under the umbrella of one offence.

"Only by taking account of the repetitive nature of domestic violence, is the full extent of the gendered asymmetry made visible. ...

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Jamie Lee Curtis: Eliza Dushku's Sexual Assault Allegation "Awakened Us" to a "Horrific Reality"
1/14/2018 by Kimberly Nordyke

"All of us must take some responsibility," writes Curtis after Dushku accused the 'True Lies' stunt coordinator of molesting her when she was 12; he has denied the allegation. ...

Persecution Of Yazidis Persists Despite Islamic State Collapse
By Daniella P. Cohen, 2018-01-07

...Notably, Burjus claimed, "not one ISIS militant has been prosecuted" even though the organization's gross rights violations are well documented. In this respect, The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) previously concluded that ISIS' abuse of Yazidis amounted to crimes against humanity. As recently as this past August, The United Nations Assistance for Iraq issued a report, in conjunction with the OHCHR, highlighting the ongoing plight of those Yazidis captured and sexually exploited by the Islamic State....

‘Please Take Us Back To Iraq’: A Yazidi Family’s Traumatic First Days In Canada

The Dasni family survived unspeakable horrors in Iraq. When they arrived in Toronto last year, they had nothing: no money, no English and only a vague idea of where Canada was on a map. Without the support of a dedicated group of volunteers, they say they couldn’t have coped with the shock of their new lives here — raising important questions about Canada’s ability to help traumatized refugees.

by Naomi Buck Updated Dec 8, 2017 ...

Dancing for the forgotten: Activist wins award for missing, murdered Indigenous women advocacy work
by Darryl Dyck, THE GLOBE AND MAIL, December 7, 2017

For Lorelei Williams, there is something about this time of year – beautiful things, terrible things. Her cousin Tanya Holyk was born on Dec 8, 1975. On Dec. 9, 2007, Robert Pickton was found guilty on six charges of murder in the deaths of women who had disappeared from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Ms. Holyk's remains and clothing were found on his farm.

On Thursday night, almost exactly 10 years to the day later, Ms. Williams was named the winner of Samara Canada's 2017 Everyday Political Citizen award in the over-30 category for her advocacy work related to Canada's missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls – and her fight to end violence against all women....

#MeToo movement named TIME magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year
Dec. 6, 2017

In the wake of revelations about Harvey Weinstein and other men, millions have shared their stories about being sexually harassed and assaulted.

Those who broke their silence about sexual misconduct have been named Time magazine's Person of the Year. Amid revelations about Harvey Weinstein and other men, the silence breakers prompted millions to share their own stories. (The Associated Press) ...

How violence against women costs $1.5 trillion a year
by Yara al-Wazir, 27 November 2017

While there are many things in the world that a price tag cannot be attached to, violence against women is not one of them. Worldwide, it is estimated that the global cost of domestic violence against women could amount to $1.5 trillion a year. In the UK, the reported costs vary anywhere from $7 to $39 billion a year.

It is worth noting that the rates of domestic violence in the UK are far lower than in the Middle East, 25 percent in the UK compared to 37 percent in the Middle East. If the $7 billion figure from the UK were extrapolated at a linear rate, it would mean that the cost of domestic violence in the Middle East is $11 billion. ...

The Culture of Alcoholics Anonymous Perpetuates Sexual Abuse
Women are encouraged to “look for their part” in what's happened to them.

by Elizabeth Brown, Nov 10 2017

“I still believe in the foundation of AA because it did save my life and help me get sober almost ten years ago,” says Adrian Wilson. She tells me she had been in the program for six years when she met a man at an Alcoholics Anonymous barbecue hosted by her female sponsor. The man asked for her card, saying he could help promote her clothing business. Wilson says she checked with her sponsor as to whether the man was a “safe” person and was told “yes—he’s an elder with 30 years sober.”

A few weeks later, Wilson alleges that she went on a bike ride with him and then stopped by his house for waffles where he proceeded to sexually assault her “in every way, shape, and form.” Wilson says she drove to her sponsor’s house, hysterical, immediately after the rape where her sponsor told her not to call the police or go to the hospital because “everyone in AA will hate [her].” She suggested that instead, Wilson “get on her knees and pray, work the steps, and look for her part in what happened.” ...

Arrests in Italy as 26 Nigerian women and girls found dead
Two men charged with people trafficking and police investigate suspected murder after bodies recovered from shipwrecks
by Angela Giuffrida in Rome, 7 November 2017

Two men have been arrested and charged in Italy as investigators look into the deaths of 26 Nigerian women and girls, who are suspected to have been murdered while attempting to cross the Mediterranean....

U.S. senator seeks to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered Indigenous women with new bill
‘It's not often here in the U.S. that we benchmark our treatment of Indigenous Peoples against Canada'
by Chantelle Bellrichard, CBC News, Oct 12, 2017

A U.S. senator from North Dakota has introduced a new bill to address the "epidemic" of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, which has Americans looking north for a better example of how to deal with the problem....

Saudi Arabia to let women drive at last
By Nicole Gaouette and Elise Labott, CNN, September 26, 2017

Saudi Arabia is easing restrictions on women driving, finally allowing almost half its population to get behind the wheel. A royal decree has been issued that will allow women in the country to drive, the Saudi Foreign ministry said Tuesday on its official Twitter account. A committee has been formed to implement the ruling and it will present recommendations within 30 days. Then the government will have until June 24, 2018, to implement the new decree. "This is a historic big day in our kingdom," ...

"I Was Heartbroken": Joe Biden Pens a Moving Essay About His Fight to End Sexual Assault on Campus
By Joe Biden, Sep 25, 2017

When I had the great honor of serving as this country's vice president, my responsibilities took me around the world and back again. But nothing was more important to me than continuing my life's work to end violence against women. This is a battle I've been fighting for more than 20 years—since before I wrote the Violence Against Women Act that was passed in 1994—and it's one I thought we'd been winning. Since 1994, domestic-violence rates have dropped by 63 percent. Rape crisis centers, battered-women's shelters, and survivor hotlines have sprung up across the country. But it seems like time has stood still on college campuses. ...

What Were You Wearing?’ exhibit at KU takes aim at sexual assault myth
Outfits hang on the walls for the "What Were You Wearing? Survivor Art Installation" on display in the Kansas Union gallery on the University of Kansas campus, pictured Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.

The display, open through Friday, was enabled by the KU Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center. Outfits hang on the walls for the "What Were You Wearing? Survivor Art Installation" on display in the Kansas Union gallery on the University of Kansas campus, pictured Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. The display, open through Friday, was enabled by the KU Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center.

Young people in Kosovo take action to combat violence against women

09/15/2017, Cross-posted from UN Women.

Supported by UN Women and UNICEF Innovation Labs, young people in Kosovo have developed innovative solutions to address violence against women. An initiative that boosts economic opportunities of violence survivors, and an app that educates teenagers about sexual health and rights are making strides. ...

Halifax police determined to identify johns in human trafficking cases: Crown

A man from Maryland was arraigned Friday in Halifax provincial court on sex-related charges involving a 15-year-old girl who had been forced into prostitution. Paul Christopher Coburn, 46, will return to court Monday for a bail hearing. Steve Bruce, July 29, 2017 Police in the Halifax area are committed to tracking down men who pay to have sex with persons younger than 18, a Crown attorney said Friday.

“As we go through human trafficking files with respect to the pimps, we’re continually and consistently looking at the evidence to see if we can identify any of the johns,” Catherine Cogswell said after a Maryland man’s arraignment on sex-related charges involving a 15-year-old girl who had been lured into prostitution. “It’s long, it’s difficult, it’s painstaking, but we need to have patience and take our time. This file is a perfect example.”...

Man's acquittal in Cindy Gladue murder case overturned
by Paige parsons, June 30, 2017

An Ontario truck driver’s acquittal in the death of a woman in an Edmonton motel was overturned in a scathing decision by the Court of Appeal of Alberta released Friday. Calling for a “reset” in the way Canadian juries are instructed in cases involving sexual assault, the court ordered Bradley Barton be retried for first-degree murder in relation to the death of Cindy Gladue. ...

Violence against women and extremism are intrinsically linked: overlooking this puts rights at risk
by Sussan Tahmasebi, 7 June 2017

Religious groups we work with, in the fight against extremism, must have a commitment to universal rights – as well as peace. US President Trump and Saudi King Abdul Aziz US President Trump (right) and Saudi King Abdul Aziz (centre), in Riyadh in May 21, 2017. Photo: PA Images. All rights reserved.Countering and preventing violent extremism is a top priority for the international community today. And, notably, international actors are increasingly eager to engage local religious groups in the belief that they are well-placed in communities to provide alternative peaceful visions for would-be extremist supporters....

Vancouver bars to dump unattended drinks after VPD warning
BarWatch says it's acting on advice from Vancouver Police about predatory men on Granville strip
CBC News Posted: Jun 12, 2017

Any unattended drinks should be dumped, BarWatch's Curtis Robinson said, to prevent tampering with date rape drugs. A bar safety association in Vancouver says it's exercising extra caution after the Vancouver Police Department warned members about the actions of two predatory men on the Granville strip. ...Furthermore, he says staff have been trained to watch for indicators of predatory behaviour.

"For example, if a female patron becomes unexpectedly, seriously intoxicated without having consumed a lot of alcohol and is being led away by a male, the staff have been trained to intervene and call the police," he said.

An unconscious person can't consent to sex, Liberals confirm in Criminal Code cleanup
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould tables bill to remove 'zombie laws' and require charter statements

Kathleen Harris - CBC News June 06, 2017

Rising violence against women shows why UK voters should get rid of this government
by Dawn Foster, The Guardian, 2 June 2017

...On domestic violence, May’s record is even worse. This week, May pledged to introduce new laws to combat domestic violence, creating a new aggravated offence when domestic violence is directed at children. There was nothing stopping May from proposing these laws during the six years she spent as home secretary: instead she presided over rampant cuts to domestic violence services, with a third of funding to local authority services cut. Since 2010, 17% of specialist refuge services have closed, and a third of women have been turned away – 103 children and 155 women a day. ...

MMIW inquiry opens with story of Mary Johns, a mother and residential school survivor
National News | May 30, 2017 by APTN National News

The long-awaited start to the murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls national inquiry began with the story of Mary Johns who was murdered by a serial killer and buried in a potter’s field years before the family ever discovered her fate. The inquiry lurched its way to Tuesday’s opening hearings after suffering through criticism from the families of the missing and the murdered who said it wasn’t communicating enough and seemed restricted by bureaucrats in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s department, the Office of the Privy Council ...

Derryn Hinch welcomes crackdown on paedophiles' passports
by Fergus Hunter, SMH, May 30 2017

Australian paedophiles will have their passports cancelled and right to travel overseas revoked under "world first" laws announced by the Turnbull government....

Women in Paris Protest Against ‘No Go Zones’ Where Immigrant Men Terrorize Them
By Heat Street Staff | May 22, 2017

Women in Paris have been protesting against ‘no go zones’ where immigrants from Asia and Africa pester and abuse them. It’s claimed the district of Chapelle-Pajol, in the north east of the French capital, has become more dangerous for women as the rate of immigration there grows. Large groups of men are said to hang around in the streets, sometimes drinking, and often intimidate women. One 80-year-old woman from the district has even said she was sexually assaulted walking home one night. Others have complained about catcalls and verbal abuse, which makes them feel unsafe....

Duterte jokes about rape while rallying troops to fight militants
by Joe Sterling and Buena Bernal, CNN, May 27, 2017

(CNN) Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, giving a pep talk to his troops in the country's restive south, exhorted the soldiers to go all out in fighting Islamic militants and joked that under martial law they could even commit rape with impunity. ...

Sexual-assault education now required for new Ontario judges
by Allison Jones, Globe and Mail TORONTO
— The Canadian Press, May 18, 2017

Training on sexual-assault issues will now be required for new provincial judges in Ontario, following outcry over judges’ comments about complainants in other parts of the country....

Society's gender pay gap is 'violence against women', says actress Salma Hayek as she criticises the 'macho' culture of Hollywood
by Tim Lamden In Cannes For The Daily Mail, 23 May 2017

The Mexican-American actress said the discrepancy in pay between men and women was a form of violence suffered by women around the world....

Indigenous families, without answers for so many years, frustrated by slow start at federal inquiry
by Lori Culbert, Vancouver Sun, May 19, 2017

... When he was elected in 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the inquiry a top priority. Story on the murder of two sisters near Gold River. Vancouver Sun / PNG He promised it would “identify and examine the systemic causes of violence against indigenous women and girls in Canada and to make recommendations for effective action.” It is to sit over two years and $53.8 million in funding was pledged. But today the inquiry appears in disarray: Relatively few families have signed up to participate and the public hearings after Whitehorse have been postponed with no indication of when, exactly, they will resume. ...

A call to Muslim boys and men to fight violence against women
Canadian Council of Muslim Women campaign aims to challenge male-dominated interpretation of Islamic scripture
by Steven Zhou, May 17, 2017

The Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW), a prominent Canadian NGO that advocates for the rights and empowerment of Muslim women, has issued a call to Muslim men and youth to step up and take a lead in their community’s fight against domestic violence. The “urgent appeal” open letter released last month is part of CCMW’s multi-year Engaging Men and Boys to End Violence in the Family campaign. It follows an earlier initiative involving countrywide workshops that aimed to raise awareness and find possible solutions to the challenge of violence against women. ...

Sexism and the City
by Ankita Rao, Motherboard, May 15 2017
Most cities were designed around men and their work. It's time for that to change.

I've lived in several cities across the world in my adult life and could never quite pinpoint why I felt safer in places like Mumbai and New York than Delhi and DC. ... There was a palpable discomfort to navigating these metropolises and trying to figure out where I fit in their infrastructure. And I've learned since that my instinct was grounded in a long history of urban planning, and how most cities never accounted for women in their design. "'A woman's place is in the home' has been one of the most important principles in architectural design and urban planning in the United States for the last century," Dolores Hayden, an urban planning historian, wrote in her 1980s essay What Would a Non-Sexist City Be Like? ...

How To Deal With "Stealthing", Aka A Form Of Sexual Assault, Because It's Not OK
By Natalia Lusinski, Bustle, May 2, 2017

ICYMI, there's a new sexual term making the rounds, so to speak — stealthing, aka when a man intentionally removes his condom during sex without his partner's consent. First, however, you may be wondering where the term came from. Alexandra Brodsky recently published a paper, "'Rape-Adjacent': Imagining Legal Responses to Nonconsensual Condom Removal," on the issue in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law.

"Nonconsensual condom removal during sexual intercourse exposes victims to physical risks of pregnancy and disease and, interviews make clear, is experienced by many as a grave violation of dignity and autonomy," Brodsky wrote. "Such condom removal, popularly known as 'stealthing,' can be understood to transform consensual sex into nonconsensual sex by one of two theories, one of which poses a risk of over-criminalization by demanding complete transparency about reproductive capacity and sexually transmitted infections."

If you're irate right now thinking about this, I'm with you. In fact, on a similar note, earlier this year in Switzerland, a man was convicted of rape for removing a condom during sex. So, it's definitely not a topic to be taken lightly. ...

400 Children Rescued/348 Adults Arrested After Police Take Down $4 Million Child Porn Empire
April 2017

Some may find the following post to be disturbing. Reader discretion advised. Nearly 400 children have been rescued and 348 adults arrested following an “extraordinary” international child pornography investigation in Canada, according to a report by NBC News. The three-year undercover project, named Project Spade, began back in 2010 when Toronto police officers first made contact with a man who had been sharing “very graphic images” of child sexual abuse. ...

The inspector said an indispensable aspect to the success of the operation and the rescue of 386 children from child exploitation was the expansive cooperation between Toronto police and organizations worldwide. ...

'Stealthing' is the dangerous and alarming sex 'trend' people need to know about
One woman is encouraging people to talk about it to raise awareness
by Nicola Oakley, Mirror, 25 APR 2017

A woman is shedding light on a dangerous and violating sexual 'trend' - which she believes to be a form of assault - in the hope more people open a discussion about it. Alexandra Brodsky, of Yale Law School, admits she is aware 'stealthing' is "not new" but it's "rarely talked about". 'Stealthing' is the practice of a man removing his condom halfway through sexual intercourse without his partner being aware he is doing so. Brodsky wrote about the alarming 'trend' in a paper written for the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law , exploring how consensual sex can be transformed into non-consensual by the secret removal of condoms. She argues it's a form of sexual assault and should be treated as such, according to the New York Post. ...

Live-streaming takes a sinister turn as murderers, rapists and terrorists broadcast their deeds
by Elizabeth Dwoskin and Craig Timberg, Washington Post | April 17, 2017

... Live video of violent incidents, including suicides, beheadings and torture, have gone viral, with some reaching millions of people. This summer, Facebook faced criticism after a live stream of a disabled young man being tied up, gagged and slashed with a knife stayed up for 30 minutes. Last month, two Chicago teenage boys live-streamed themselves gang-raping a teen girl....

“Bound up with doing all of these terrible things is the possibility of showing thousands, possibly millions, of people that you’re doing it,” said Mary Anne Franks, a University of Miami law professor. She expressed doubt that Facebook could adequately monitor live videos. “When it comes to Facebook Live as a product specifically, I don’t think it’s a solvable problem,” Franks said. ...

Malala Yousafzai's full speech to Parliament
'Education for girls can transform communities, countries and our world,' Nobel laureate says in address
The Canadian Press: Apr 12, 2017

Montreal family hopes daughter's death can raise awareness about violence against women
Clemence Beaulieu-Patry killed 1 year ago while working at Maxi grocery store in Saint-Michel
CBC News Posted: Apr 11, 2017

A year after her death, Clemence Beaulieu-Patry's loved ones packed a gymnasium at a school in Montreal's Rosemont neighbourhood to celebrate her life — and raise awareness about violence against women. The 20-year-old woman was stabbed to death on April 10, 2016, while working at a Maxi grocery store in Saint-Michel....

Buffy Sainte-Marie On The 'North American Holocaust' And Why Canada Needs To Decolonize
Huffington Post, 03/30/2017

Buffy Sainte-Marie first burst onto the international music scene in the 1960s, and since then the iconic Cree folk singer has worked tirelessly to spotlight, protect and inspire indigenous people. "Medicine Songs," the 76-year-old's upcoming album, features familiar protest tunes alongside new works like her Tanya Tagaq collaboration "War Racket," as well as a Canadian version of her Native American history lesson, "My Country 'Tis Of Thy People You're Dying." ...

Until we treat rapists as ordinary criminals we won't stop them
Why men rape: It’s not a profound mystery, or explained by deep psychosocial complexity. For rapists, rape is easy. And that must stop.

"In 10 different studies undertaken between 1985 and 1998, between 6 per cent and 14.9 per cent of male college students (who made up the majority of respondents) admitted to rape or attempted rape, and roughly half of this number had done so repeatedly ... What such studies discovered about the character of these men was less startling. Were rapists less empathetic than other men? Unsurprisingly, yes. Were rapists more self-centred and manipulative? To no one’s amazement, yes. Did rapists have negative attitudes towards women? Unastonishingly, also yes. On all these parameters, the difference between rapists and non-rapists was small but significant. The conclusion seemed to be that rapists weren’t monsters, totally distinct from normal men, but did tend to be (to use layman’s terms) misogynist arseholes. Again, this was not earth-shattering news." ...

Why police dismiss 1 in 5 sexual assault claims as baseless

In a 20-month-long investigation into how police handle sexual assault allegations, The Globe and Mail gathered data from more than 870 police forces. The findings expose deep flaws at every step of the process

By Robyn Doolittle, London, Ont., February 3, 2017

By Alison Crawford, CBC News, Mar 09, 2017

Federal Court Justice Robin Camp, dubbed the "knees together judge" for his comments in a sex assault case, has submitted his resignation following a recommendation from Canada's judicial watchdog that he be removed from the bench. In a ruling announced Thursday afternoon, the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) said that at a 2014 sexual assault trial he was presiding over, Camp "showed obvious disdain for some of the characteristics of the regime enacted by Parliament in respect of sexual assault issues." ...

Forced to have sex with 1,000 men, a girl is now suing the motel that she says let it happen
By Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, March 14, 2017

The sex-trade is often pretty easy to spot. A teenage girl accompanies an older man at a motel front desk as he pays for a room in cash. Men come and go from the room for 30 minutes at a time. A scantily dressed girl wanders the hallways in the middle of the night. Motels and hotels across the country are facilitating sex trafficking, often cloaking the traffickers in anonymity and profiting from their business. The pimps and prostitutes are occasionally nabbed and criminally prosecuted. But rarely does anything happen to the hotel owners and staff that turn a blind eye. ...

Jamaica's Tambourine Army Fights Gender Violence, Rape Culture
12 March 2017

“This is not an army that fights with guns and M16s — though they are militant about their cause,” she continued. “The aim: to finally make Jamaica safer for women and girls, to deal systematically with the scourge of violence against children and women.”...

Opinion: International Women's Day and Canada's First Nations
by Cassandra Steer, Montreal Gazette, March 6, 2017

It’s easy to think of the violence perpetrated against indigenous women and girls as a problem for indigenous communities. What’s more of a challenge is recognizing the roles that the wider society and shared history play in the existence of this violence. As a citizen of Quebec, it is indeed part of my history, and at a time when racism, sexism and fear have become focal points in the media, it’s important to stand together with Quebec’s First Nations. ...

Let Us Rise And Eliminate Violence Against Women
by Acharya S.P.Dwivedi, The Link, March 4th, 2017

The Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships (NEVR) organization joined activists of 217 countries around the world, to host the One Billion Rising Revolution on 23rd February, 2017 at the Surrey City Hall Atrium in Surrey. It is a global movement founded by Eve Ensler to end rape and sexual violence against women and girls. It is a biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history. It was started 2012 as part of the Valentine’s Day(V-Day) movement. One “Billion” refers to the UN statistics that “one in three women will be raped or beaten during her life time”....

Sick, Dying and raped in America's Nursing Homes
By Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken, CNN Investigations, Feb. 2017

Some of the victims can't speak. They rely on walkers and wheelchairs to leave their beds. They have been robbed of their memories. They come to nursing homes to be cared for. Instead, they are sexually assaulted. The unthinkable is happening at facilities throughout the country: Vulnerable seniors are being raped and sexually abused by the very people paid to care for them. It's impossible to know just how many victims are out there. But through an exclusive analysis of state and federal data and interviews with experts, regulators and the families of victims, CNN has found that this little-discussed issue is more widespread than anyone would imagine. ...

Maryam Monsef: Denying Abortion Is A Form Of Violence Against Women
CP | By Joanna Smith, The Canadian Press, Feb. 16, 2017

OTTAWA — Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef says denying access to the full range of reproductive services — including abortion — is a form of violence against women. "Reproductive health rights in Canada and around the world are critical to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls," Monsef said Thursday in an interview with The Canadian Press. "We're committed to making sure that women and girls have that choice, because otherwise, this is a form of gender-based violence." ...

Toronto bar apologizes after 'no means yes' sign stirs outrage
by Laura Howells, CBC News, Feb 13, 2017

A Toronto bar owner has apologized and says a staff member will be fired following internet backlash over a bar sign that angered people who said it was joking about sexual assault. Katii Capern was at Locals Only on Saturday evening when she and her friends saw the sign that read, "No means yes and yes means a*** ?" Capern said she asked a staff member what "a***" meant, and they said "anal." "Once I realized the whole message, I felt sick to my stomach," she said. "Rape jokes are never OK, ever, but it's even more troubling to see in a bar because of the prevalence of date rape." ...

RCMP says it plans to review 'unfounded' sexual assault cases
Mounties will compare sample of historical cases labelled unfounded
The Canadian Press: Feb 09, 2017

The RCMP says it plans to review sexual assault cases that were labelled unfounded in 2016 to see if they comply with police policy and appropriate decision-making based on evidence. The national police force said in a statement Thursday it would also look at a sample of historical cases. The moves follow a report by the Globe and Mail that the newspaper says exposed deep flaws in the way investigators treat sexual assault allegations....

RCMP declines to review recent sexual-assault cases
by Patrick White, Daniel Leblanc and Robyn Doolittle
The Globe and Mail, Feb. 08, 2017

The nation’s largest police force has declined to mount an audit of recent sexual-assault complaints, leaving it out of step with a growing legion of law-enforcement agencies launching wholesale case reviews in light of a Globe and Mail investigation....

How sexual assault survivors look beyond police, courts for justice
by Zosia Bielski, The Globe and Mail, updated: Feb. 07, 2017

Critics of the criminal justice system believe that it cannot do the heavy lifting required in nuanced sexual assault cases, many of which involve victims and offenders who know each other, “he said, she said” narratives with no other eyewitnesses around, as well as victims’ memories punctured by alcohol-induced blackouts and the deep trauma of their attacks.

They argue that this area of criminal justice needs a drastic overhaul, and that judges, lawyers and police officers need retraining to rid the system of its combative stand toward victims of these violent crimes, not to mention the rape myths that linger in court rooms (Exhibit A: Justice Robin “keep your knees together” Camp).

Ontario's London police to launch review into handling of sex-assault cases
by Robyn Doolittle, The Globe and Mail, updated Wednesday, Feb. 08, 2017

Ontario’s London Police Service will conduct a sweeping review of how its officers handle sexual-assault allegations, an audit that will include probing hundreds of cases dating back to 2010 that were dismissed as unfounded – a police term that means the detective believes the complaint is baseless. ...

Trudeau promises action on violence against women after disturbing new report
by Cormac MacSweeney, news 1130, Feb 6, 2017

OTTAWA, ON. (NEWS 1130) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says more needs to be done to combat violence against women, after a new report sheds a disturbing light on how many sexual assault cases in our country are dismissed by police. ...

Missing & Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams?
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American feminism in the age of Trump
January 15, 2017

... The Democratic Party was convinced it was about to ride a feminist wave all the way to the White House. But as we know, women were part of the reason why Donald Trump was elected President. 53% of white women who went to the polls, voted for him....

Letty Cottin Pogrebin is the founding editor of Ms. magazine and the co-founder of both the Ms. Foundation for Women and the National Women's Political Caucus. She suggests that women wondering what to do to counter Trump's victory visit and

Yemeni woman who campaigned for female literacy shot dead
Amat al-Aleem al-Asbahi assassinated in drive-by shooting in Taiz amid worries aid community is being targeted by extremists
by Bethan McKernan, Beirut, 6 January 2017

... “The assassination of [Ms] Asbahi is a clear indication that extremists can kill women with impunity, so we have to reduce our work and postpone any social activities until the end of the atrocious war,” she said. ...

Conducted by Mumbai-based consultancy company: Sex trafficking study wins European group award
As part of the study, about 80 economically disadvantaged men and 20 women, mostly belonging to Scheduled Tribes and all having teenage daughters, were interviewed in West Bengal.
by Tabassum Barnagarwala | Mumbai | December 14, 2016

A study conducted to understand the trafficking of sex workers from West Bengal to Mumbai has found that a majority of these girls are sent off to the city by uneducated fathers, who are misled to believe that their daughters will get employment or prospective grooms. The study by Mumbai-based consultancy company Final Mile was conducted on 200 people in West Bengal’s 24 South Parganas district, among the regions that witness significant trafficking of girls, and in Mumbai, where demand for sex workers is high.

Fate of the United States Hinges on Connection to Women Globally
Pulse, Nov 28, 2016

Post-election messages for US women pour in from women leaders across the world. The well-being of a nation has been proven to be directly tied to the well-being of its women. My country, the United States, is in free-fall. According to the World Economic Forum, in 2015 the US dropped out of its top 20th status for global gender equity to 28th place. In 2016 we plummeted to 45th place. Last year, the United Nations sent three investigators to the US who stated they were shocked at national conditions for women, issued an alarming report, and concluded that “US women don’t know what they are missing.”...

Turkey withdraws child rape bill after street protests
BBC, 22 November 2016

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has withdrawn a bill that pardons men convicted of sex with underage girls if they have married them. The bill, part of a package of amendments to the legal system, was sent back for further work just hours before a final vote in parliament. It had sparked protests across Turkish society and was condemned abroad....

'Betrayed, humiliated' Val-d'Or women speak out after no charges against police accused of abuse
6 officers have been on paid suspension since investigation began in October 2015
By Brennan Neill, CBC News Posted: Nov 17, 2016

Indigenous women who came forward with allegations of sexual and physical abuse at the hands of Quebec provincial police in Val-d'Or say they're disappointed and concerned to learn the Crown is not expected to pursue charges. "It's like encouraging the police to continue to do things," said Joyce Thomas in an interview with CBC's French-language service Radio-Canada. ...

Turkey’s ruling AKP proposes rapists be released from prison if they marry victims
Turkish Minute, November 18, 2016

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has brought a motion to Parliament that proposes rapists in Turkish jails be released if they marry their victims, a way out of prison for more than 4,000 inmates convicted of rape.The motion was brought to the floor of the General Assembly and was approved by AKP deputies despite the nay votes of both the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) ...

British woman who says she was gang raped arrested on 'extra-marital sex' charges in Dubai as attackers go free
'Terrified' woman remains trapped in country after authorities seized her passport
by Lizzie Dearden, Independent, 16 November 2016

Dubai's interpretation of sharia law means it is almost impossible for women to prove rape allegations...

Nottinghamshire Police to record misogyny and harassment against women as hate crimes
Street harassment, physical approaches and data breaches to be recorded under new definitions
by Gabriel Samuels, 13 July 2016

‘Pornography Is What the End of the World Looks Like’
Feb 15, 2015, By Chris Hedges

Peterborough YWCA's selling purple scarves for Woman Abuse Prevention Month in November
by Jessica Nyznik, The Peterborough Examiner, November 3, 2016

A campaign to help end violence against women launched Wednesday, asking locals support the cause with the purchase of a purple scarf. Wrapped in Courage is annual campaign that happens during Woman Abuse Prevention Month in November.

The YWCA Peterborough Haliburton YWCA the provincewide campaign two years ago. Proceeds from scarf sales benefit the Crossroads Shelter and YWCA programming. While the purple scarf is a symbol of the courage it takes a woman to leave her abuser, her courage alone is not enough, said Jen Cureton, director of philanthropy and communications at the local YWCA.

"By wearing this scarf, it lets us show a symbol that we are with women and children who are having to make these really hard transitions in their lives," Cureton said. ...

Are you taking part in the Argentina protest over violence against women?
by Guardian readers, 19 October 2016

Organisers have called on women in Argentina to take part in a national strike to protest over violence against women. Hundreds of thousands are expected to join the protest on Wednesday after a 16-year-old girl was raped and tortured.

Organizers of the “women’s strike” have called for every woman in the country to stop work, study and other activities for an hour at 1pm. “In your office, school, hospital, law court, newsroom, shop, factory, or wherever you are working, stop for an hour to demand ‘no more machista violence’,” wrote the march organizers ...

Pamela Anderson suggests porn addiction is leading towards violence against women, rape and child abuse
by Heather Saul, 14 October 2016

Pamela Anderson has suggested porn addiction is leading towards sexual violence against women and child abuse. The model is continuing in her warnings against watching adult films, claiming addiction to porn is “infecting” relationships. In an essay co-written by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and published in the Wall Street Journal, Anderson and Boteach declared adult entertainment a “public hazard” they claimed had long-term, “corrosive” effects on a man’s soul and family life ...

How the women of Poland pulled off their massive nationwide protest
by Daisy Dumas, Sydney Morning Herald, October 11 2016

The first call went out in Wroclaw, western Poland. It was Sunday, September 25 and about 3000 people had gathered to demonstrate against a bill that proposed, indiscriminately, to ban abortion across the European country. Good-intentioned as the small protest was, organiser Marta Lempart decided something more had to be done.

Poland needed a Black Monday strike, as Icelanders had done four decades earlier, and, there and then, Lempart proposed October 3 as a day for national action, when women would ignore work and instead stand in solidarity against the government...

No capacity to consent, judge rules in sex assault case
By Alyshah Hasham, Staff Reporter, Oct. 7, 2016

Woman was too intoxicated to have the ability to consent to sex – and accused ignored the clear signs, judge rules....

Women Share Rape Stories in Response to Donald Trump’s Disgusting Comments
by Vera Papisova, Oct 8, 2016

It's only been a few hours since #TrumpTapes, and internet users are rightfully outraged by the predatory and misogynist language Donald Trump used in a recently uncovered recording of a conversation that took place in a men's locker room in 2005. In the recording, he bragged about sexually assaulting women. What may be even more disturbing than his comments are that some people continue to support him and even deny that rape culture exists. In response, New York Times best-selling author, survivor, and Twitter legend Kelly Oxford asked sexual assault survivors to share their stories. The result is nothing short of harrowing....

Following murder, hundreds of Arab women march against gender violence
By Haggai Matar and Hagar Shezaf |Published October 1, 2016

Hundreds protest the murder of a woman before her children’s eyes. While some of the male demonstrators preferred to focus on police inaction and racism, the women demanded to speak about what is actually happening inside Arab society....

Innocent women tortured in Mexico to boost arrest figures, report says
by Nina Lakhani in Mexico City, 28 June 2016

Research finds women were illegally arrested and raped to justify war on drugs and only a handful of perpetrators in law enforcement have been prosecuted "Wang is one of scores of innocent women illegally arrested and tortured by Mexican security services looking to boost arrest figures to justify the war on drugs, according to damning new research by Amnesty International. Electric shocks to the genitals, rape with objects, fingers, firearms and the penis, severe beatings and near-asphyxiation, are just some of the brutal abuses routinely inflicted on women during arrest and interrogation with almost total impunity."...

Quispamsis woman waives publication ban to expose voyeur father
David Michael Wilson pleaded guilty to voyeurism after computer drive discovered with photos of daughter
by Rachel Cave, CBC News, Sep 13, 2016

Bonnie Wilson asked that her identity not be protected by a court-ordered publication ban so that it would be publicly known that her father pleaded guilty to voyeurism for taking thousands of photos of her in her bedroom without her knowledge.

A young woman whose biological father will have to enter the National Sex Offender registry after spying on his daughter with a camera that she says he installed in her bedroom when she was as young as 12, is hoping her story will encourage other victims of voyeurism to press charges instead of feeling silenced by shame. "Sometimes victims feel like they should have known better or known it was being done," said 23-year-old Bonnie Wilson of Quispamsis. "You should never feel that way," she said....

Judge Gives York University Rapist Maximum Prison Time, Orders Him to Pay Mandi Gray’s Legal Fees
By Manisha Krishnan, Vice, Sep 14 2016

...Under a heading called "emotional impact" she said, "I have no interest in sharing the emotional, physical or psychological impact of being raped. As I expect you and your lawyer to minimize my claims because I do not want to go into detail, I have attached an overview of the time and money I have spent attending therapy." ...

The Left’s Abandonment of Females
by Julian Vigo, counterpunch, Aug 4, 2016

Politics revolves around what is seen and what can be said about it, around who has the ability to see and the talent to speak, around the properties of spaces and the possibilities of time. – Jacques Ranciere, The Politics of Aesthetics.

In her first PMQ (Prime Minister’s Questions) last week, Theresa May took aim at Jeremy Corbyn, ironising his welcome to her: “You refer to me as the second woman Prime Minister, in my years here in this House I’ve long heard the Labour Party asking what the Conservative Party does for women—well, just keep making us Prime Minister.” And while May’s comments drew laughter in Parliament, she has put her finger on an issue plaguing the left in the UK and beyond. And the left has a woman problem which extends far beyond the lack of a party leader uniquely, but also involves the elision of women’s voices, especially on issues concerning, paradoxically, women. And this sort of problem within the left runs from the political theatre all the way through academia and publishing. What a woman on the left is allowed to say is still largely administered out by males who either applaud or cast her out of the party. And this elision of women is taking place within government and publishing, both in the UK and the USA....

A Kentucky Domestic Violence Shelter Helps Women Grow Food—and Confidence
by Sarah van Gelder, Feb 10, 2016

Many survivors of domestic violence have had their attempts at work and creativity sabotaged for years. On these 40 acres of rolling farmland, they're being restored....

Hilton announces removal of all porn channels from hotels
by Steve Weatherbe

McLEAN, Virginia, August 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The worldwide Hilton hotel chain has removed all porn channels from its hotels in 85 countries after a campaign that saw top executives each getting as many as 1,000 emails a week opposing the presence of porn in the hotels. ...

Law allowing abuse survivors to end leases early without penalty takes effect

Canadian Press CALGARY — Twice, Maria Fitzpatrick tried to leave a "horrific" abusive relationship. Twice, she was forced to return. Women's shelters were only a temporary refuge. It was too expensive for the NDP member of the Alberta legislature to break her lease early and find a place of her own....

#NiUnaMenos: Thousands Take to the Streets to Protest Violence Against Women in Peru
by Ana Sofia Hibon, Aug 8, 2016

Content Warning for descriptions of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse

On July 17th, a friend from my hometown, Lima, Peru, added me to a private Facebook group called Ni una menos: movilización nacional ya (Not one less: national mobilization now). Launched by a small group of young Peruvian women, the group described itself as a platform for strategic mobilization against violence, harassment, and discrimination against women in the South American country....

Scores of women marched through streets of Anantnag (Islamabad) town in south Kashmir to protest against the killings across the Valley. Mir Wasim/GK

'I wished I was killed': Yazidi ISIS slave shares her harrowing story
CBC, July 25, 2016
August marks the second anniversary of a brutal chapter in the ongoing story of ISIS. In August 2014, fighters with the extremist group carried out a massacre in the Sinjar region of northern Iraq. Thousands were killed, thousands more girls and women were kidnapped as sex slaves, and hundreds of thousands were forced to flee....

In Ottawa, advocates and Opposition MPs have asked the Canadian government to allow for the resettlement of five to 10,000 of the most vulnerable Yazidis. On July 19, Taha was in Ottawa and shared her story to a Parliamentary Committee studying how Canada's immigration system deals with particularly vulnerable groups like the Yazidis.

It's not known how many Yazidi refugees have been resettled in Canada since 2014 because the federal government does not track the race, religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity of refugees. But Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel claims that only nine cases have been processed.

ISIS burns 19 Yezidi girls to death in Mosul
June 4, 2016
Extremist terrorists of the ISIS on Thursday executed 19 Yezidi girls by burning them to death, activists and eyewitnesses reported.

AhlulBayt News Agency - Extremist terrorists of the ISIS on Thursday executed 19 Yezidi girls by burning them to death, activists and eyewitnesses reported. The victims, who had been taken by ISIS terrorists as sex slaves, were placed in iron cages in central Mosul and burned to death in front of hundreds of people. “They were punished for refusing to have sex with ISIS militants,” local media activist Abdullah al-Malla said. ...

Roughly 3,000 women and girls are sold on ISIS sex slave market using Telegram, WhatsApp
NY Daily News, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS July 6, 2016

KHANKE, Iraq — The advertisement on the Telegram app is as chilling as it is incongruous: A girl for sale is "Virgin. Beautiful. 12 years old.... Her price has reached $12,500 and she will be sold soon." ...In a fusion of ancient barbaric practices and modern technology, IS sells the women like chattel on smart phone apps and shares databases that contain their photographs and the names of their "owners" to prevent their escape through IS checkpoints....

East Africa: Commonwealth Launches Legal Resource On Violence Against Women
June 30, 2016

The Commonwealth has launched the first ever resource in East Africa to provide legal bench-marks on dealing with cases of violence against women. The cutting-edge publication, which was launched yesterday in Nairobi, Kenya, establishes what constitutes violence against women and girls and how the judiciary can apply national laws in the context of international human rights laws. ...

Daphne Bramham: Did SFU fumble reports of rape by male student?
by Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun, June 13, 2016

A male student at Simon Fraser University is being investigated by police after three female students within the last six months reported being sexually assaulted by him. The student is no longer on the Burnaby campus. But whether he’s been expelled or away from classes for the summer, SFU refuses to say, citing privacy restrictions....

The Swedish Stanford students who rescued an unconscious sexual assault victim speak out
Washington Post, June 7, 2016

...Carl-Fredrik Arndt and Peter Jonsson spoke out Tuesday about the night in January 2015 that former Stanford varsity swimmer Brock Allen Turner sexually assaulted a 23-year-old student, known in local newspapers by the pseudonym “Emily Doe.”

The two men told police they were riding their bikes on Jan. 18, 2015, near the Kappa Alpha fraternity house when they saw Turner, now 20, on top of an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on campus. “We can see that she isn’t moving at all but he is moving a lot. So we stop and think that there is something strange going on,” Arndt told the news outlet Expressen in Swedish, an interview that was first translated by BuzzFeed News. He added: “Peter walks over and asks what he is doing and I am following him. When he stand up we see that she still isn’t moving, even the slightest, so we approach and ask something like: ‘What the hell are you doing?'”

Arndt said Turner started to run and Jonsson went after him. The two men then pinned Turner down and held him until authorities arrived, Arndt said. ...

In her letter, the victim thanked the two strangers — the “heroes” — who stepped in to help.

“Most importantly, thank you to the two men who saved me, who I have yet to meet,” she wrote in her letter to Turner. “I sleep with two bicycles that I drew taped above my bed to remind myself there are heroes in this story. That we are looking out for one another. To have known all of these people, to have felt their protection and love, is something I will never forget.”

The struggle to speak up: how women are pushed to de-escalate sexist incidents
by Rose Hackman, The Guardian, May 12, 2016

Women shoulder the burden of keeping quiet amid harassment and casual misogyny: ‘If you say something, you’re a troublemaker’ ...

Women escapes scary Uber ride by jumping from moving vehicle
May 10, 2016, fox4kv

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An Uber ride turned into a terrifying ordeal for one KC woman on Saturday night that ended when she jumped out of a moving car. ...

Awards launched to highlight reporting of violence against women
by David Sharman, Hold the Front Page, 06 May 2016

End Violence: A new set of awards designed to recognise the best reporting on issues of violence against women and girls has been launched. ...

Cities Aren’t Designed For Women. Here’s Why They Should Be.
Making cities less dangerous and more livable for women actually makes them better for everyone.
by Kate Abbey-Lambertz, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, 04/26/2016

Canadian shelters forced to turn away majority of women and children in need
by TAVIA GRANT, The Globe and Mail, Apr. 28, 2016

On one typical day late last year, 416 women and children across Canada sought shelter to escape violence. Of that total, however, shelters were forced to turn away 73 per cent of those in need due to a lack of resources and capacity, an annual tally to be released Thursday shows....

Violence against women is a men's issue
by Kelowna Capital News, Apr 16, 2016

When it comes to violence against women, too often the most-asked question is “Why doesn’t she leave?”, when we should be asking “Why does he hurt her?” To suggest it is a woman’s fault or responsibility when the man who has committed to cherish and respect her chooses instead to strike, manipulate, control, or otherwise abuse her is wrong, and indicates a serious lack of education about a complex and nuanced issue. ...

Ontario should give victims of domestic violence paid time off: Editorial

NDP MPP Peggy Sattler’s private member’s bill would give victims of violence 10 days paid leave to get their lives back together before they had to return to work. MPPs should unite to pass it....

Is porn immoral? That doesn’t matter: It’s a public health crisis. The science is now beyond dispute.

by Gail Dines April 8, 2016
Gail Dines is a professor of sociology at Wheelock College in Boston and author of "Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality."

Last month, the Republican-led Utah House of Representatives became the first legislative body in the United States to pass a resolution declaring pornography “a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms.” The liberal backlash criticized the measure as an antiquated bit of conservative moralizing, with the Daily Beast calling it “hypocritical” and “short-sighted.” “The science just isn’t there,” wrote Rewire, an online journal dedicated to dispelling “falsehoods and misinformation.”

The thing is, no matter what you think of pornography (whether it’s harmful or harmless fantasy), the science is there. After 40 years of peer-reviewed research, scholars can say with confidence that porn is an industrial product that shapes how we think about gender, sexuality, relationships, intimacy, sexual violence and gender equality — for the worse. By taking a health-focused view of porn and recognizing its radiating impact not only on consumers but also on society at large, Utah’s resolution simply reflects the latest research....

New Quebec hotline allows First Nations women to report abuse by police
by Rachel Lau, Global News, April 6, 2016

A hotline will connect women to a service for people who want to report assault and sexual abuse at the hands of police. Discussions are also underway to improve police training. “The confidence has been shaken and what we’re trying to do is correct the issues of the past to make sure any complaint that comes forward is treated seriously,” said Geoffrey Kelley, Native Affairs Minister. Service parajudiciaire autochtone of Quebec is a group that works in English and French. According to the government, the phone line is the first step to restore community confidence in the province’s police force. The aboriginal assault hotline is 1-888-844-2094.

Guatemalan Women’s Claims Put Focus on Canadian Firms’ Conduct Abroad
by SUZANNE DALEY, NY Times, APRIL 2, 2016

LOTE OCHO, Guatemala — Her husband was away in the fields, she said, when the truckloads of soldiers, police officers and mining security officials arrived. A half-dozen armed men swarmed into her one-room house, blocking her exit and helping themselves to the meal she had made for her children....

A Zimbabwean lesbian asylum seeker has claimed that she was told to hand over naked pictures to ‘prove’ her sexuality to UK authorities
by Nick Duffy, Pink News, March 24, 2016

Skhumbuzo Khumalo, 24, fled her home country in fear of her life after suffering a violent attack at the hands of police. Male homosexuality is illegal in Zimbabwe, and though female homosexuality is not a crime, the LGBT community faces violence and regular clamp-downs encouraged by President Mugabe. After fleeing to the UK and claiming asylum in 2014, Ms Khumalo spent weeks at a detention centre. She narrowly avoided deportation back to Zimbabwe, and was granted asylum in June 2015. ...

British girls as young as 10 face harm from breast ironing with stones heated on hot coals in ritual imported from west Africa
by Thomas Burrows for MailOnline, 26 March 2016

Around 1,000 British girls face harm from the 'abhorrent' practice of breast ironing, ministers have warned. In the brutal procedure, hot objects [stones, a hammer or a spatula] are used to pound and beat girls' breasts to stop them growing in the belief it makes them less desirable and discourages premarital pregnancy. Breast ironing originated in Cameroon, where it affects as many as one in four. It also takes place in Nigeria, Benin and Chad. This week Jake Berry, the Conservative MP for Rossendale & Darwen, said he was shocked to learn girls in west African communities in Birmingham and London were victims too. ...

Leaders must hold men accountable for male violence against women, says NGO
by Raise Your Voice (St. Lucia) March 29, 2016

PRESS RELEASE – Over the past months, weeks and days we have been horrified by the number of incidences of rape. These horrific acts appear deliberate and calculated to bring fear to the female population in light of the frequency and gruesomeness of the attacks. ...

We strongly urge all stakeholders i.e. the Media, RSLPF, Department of Human Services & Gender Relations, Women Support Shelter, Saint Lucia Red Cross Society, Saint Lucia Crisis Center and all NGO’s and religious institutions to step-up and condemn this behavior and stand firm with women in their struggles to end violence. ...

'Good girls don’t protest': report exposes attacks on Sudan's female activists
Human Rights Watch investigation finds rape, violence and arbitrary detention have become common weapons against women
The Guardian, March 24, 2016

In more than 85 interviews researchers found that almost all the women had experienced some form of gender-based violence perpetrated by the authorities as a result of their work. “Generally in Sudan, the government is targeting women more than men,” Fatima, a women’s rights activist in Khartoum, said in response to the report. “A lot of laws and a lot of legislation have been drafted since this government came, [targeting] women, [restricting their] dress, and even mobility and work.” ...

Ghomeshi ruling bares justice system’s flaws: experts
The Canadian Press, March 24, 2016

TORONTO - The ruling formally acquitting Jian Ghomeshi on several counts of sexual assault starkly illuminates the various flaws in a legal system that rarely dispenses justice to victims, lawyers and women's groups said Thursday. ...

‘We Believe the Survivors!’: Protesters chant outside Ghomeshi courthouse after verdict
Global News, March 24, 2016

Former CBC radio star Jian Ghomeshi has been found not guilty of all charges Thursday, even as protesters gathered outside the courthouse chanted “We Believe the Survivors!”

Jane Fonda Proves It's Never Too Late To Embrace Feminism In An Inspiring Essay
by Jane Fonda, March 23, 2016

...I was not alone. The personal became political, and I became an embodied feminist. I had gone from believing that women's issues were a distraction, mere ancillary problems to be addressed after everything else had been taken care of, to the realization that women are the issue, the core issue. We will fail to solve any problem — poverty, peace, sustainable development, environment, health — unless we look at it through a gender lens and make sure the solution will be good for women. It took me 30 years to get it, but it's OK to be a late bloomer as long as you don't miss the flower show. ...

READ This Exhilarating History of L.A.'s Super-Badass 'Ovarian Psychos' Bicycle Brigade
by Sameer Rao, Mar 17, 2016

The Ovas, an all-women-of-color feminist and punk-inspired collective that reclaims contested spaces through empowering mass bike rides, are the subject of a new documentary that premiered at South by Southwest. ...

Boko Haram survivor narrates her ordeal
by Clement Ejiofor, NAIJ, March 21, 2016

– 13-year-old girl, who was abducted and forced to marry Boko Haram fighter, narrates her ordeal
– She claimed that Boko Haram filmed how they raped the girls

... While being asked what Khumoro did to her, she hides her eyes. The girl says, instead of going to school, she was repeatedly raped. If she denied to submit, she was made to watch videos of people having their throats cut and was told others would be killed in front of her....

The War At Home: documentary looks at Canada's failure to help women flee partner violence
CBC March 17, 2016

Canada's troubling responses to domestic violence are exposed in a new documentary and how the judicial system fails when charging in cases of gender-based violence.

Growing up in Pornland: Australian girls have had it with porn-conditioned boys
March 13, 2016 by Melinda Tankard Reist

“[I want] better education regarding sex for both boys and girls [and] information about pornography, and the way it influences harmful sexual practices.” These are the words of Lucy, aged 15, one of 600 young Australian women and girls who took part in a just-released survey commissioned by Plan Australia and Our Watch. The survey, conducted by Ipsos, gathered responses from the girls and young women aged 15-19 in all states and territories. ...

Number of extreme pornography cases investigated by police doubles as warning issued over obscene material
by Todd Fitzgerald, 12 Mar 2016

The number of extreme pornography cases investigated by police in Greater Manchester has doubled, according to disturbing new stats. Officers have investigated hundreds of cases where internet users have downloaded or created illegal material - including bestiality, extreme violence, or rape.... According to the Crown Prosecution Service, examples of materials considered ‘obscene’ include bestiality, extreme sadomasochism, and realistic portrayals of rape and bondage....

Sex slaves ‘forced to take birth control’
news/world / 13 March 2016, by Reuters

Washington - The Islamic State is using several forms of contraception to maintain its supply of sex slaves, the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing interviews with more than three dozen Yazidi women who escaped from the militant group. The New York Times reported that Islamic State used “oral and injectable contraception, and sometimes both” to ensure that the women did not become pregnant and could be passed among the fighters....

The Secret Language of Narcissists: How Abusers Manipulate their Victims.
Via Shahida Arabion Mar 9, 2016

Society assumes that everyone has a conscience and the ability to empathize. In fact, 1 in 25 people in the United States are estimated to be sociopaths, according to Harvard psychologist Martha Stout. Narcissists (those who meet the criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder), sociopaths and psychopaths, speak in the language of crazy-making, of projection, of word salad, of gaslighting and of pathological envy. ...

Grand jury: 2 bishops hid sex abuse of hundreds of children over 40 year period

By ASSOCIATED PRESS/WJAC Tuesday, March 1st 2016 kane presser.PNG

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) A new grand jury report claims two Roman Catholic bishops in a central Pennsylvania diocese helped cover up the sexual abuse of hundreds of children by over 50 priests or religious leaders over a 40-year period. The 147-page report on sexual abuse in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese was made public Tuesday by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane....

Indigenous teen gives instructions to city police chief if she goes missing
by Kevin Rollason, 03/5/2016

Brianna Jonnie, 14, holds the photo of herself that she submitted to Winnipeg police Chief Devon Clunis, along with a letter about her fear of going missing. Brianna Jonnie is an intelligent 14-year-old. She’s an honour roll student, she isn’t involved in drugs or alcohol, she’s not a runaway, and she’s not involved with Child and Family Services. She has dreams of becoming a surgeon, lawyer or a police officer. College Jeanne Sauve student Brianna Jonnie supplied this photo of herself to police chief Clunis along with a letter about her fears of going missing like other aboriginal females.

Brianna has everything to live for. So why does she believe she’s at a higher risk than her peers to go missing or be murdered? Why does she think few people would care if she went missing? She said it’s because she is indigenous. She believes there are differences between how the community, the media and the police treat cases of missing indigenous girls....

Life Inside the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp for Women
by Karen Iris Tucker, April 16 2015

Most of the camp’s inhabitants weren’t Jewish; rather, they were considered inferior because they were prostitutes, lesbians, political resisters, “work-shy,” or “asocial.” Roma (Gypsies) and Jehovah’s Witnesses—the latter had only to renounce their faith to be freed—were also imprisoned there. All were considered “useless mouths” by the Nazis, worthy of brutal treatment. More than 30,000—some estimate as many as 90,000—women perished there from starvation, disease, gassings, hanging, torture, or execution by shooting....

Queens woman, repeatedly raped by priest at 14, stunned to learn he's reinstated by Catholic Church — 'He'd tell me I would have to go to confess to making him impure'
BY Michael O’keeffe, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, February 24, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: Priest Rapist Reinstated His Victim A Queens Woman Is Shocked NY Daily News When Megan Peterson was 14, she was raped and sexually assaulted — sometimes inside the church confessional booth — over the course of a year by her parish priest....

Former Child Brides Just Got Zimbabwe To Ban Child Marriage
"Raising a child when you are a child yourself is hard. I should be going to school."
Huffington Post, 01/20/2016

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court outlawed child marriage on Wednesday after two former child brides took the government to court in a ground-breaking case to challenge the practice that is rife in the southern African nation. ...

New project will document online harassment directed at women
WITW Staff, 02.18.16, New York Times

The problem of women being harassed online — both on social media and in the gaming world — continues to be a tricky one for technology and Internet companies to deal with. At Women in the World, we’ve devoted time on our stage to the subject. During last year’s New York Summit, Ashley Judd and Anita Sarkeesian participated in a panel discussion on what some of the root causes of online trolling are, and shared ideas on how the problem can be curbed. Now, the Women’s Media Center has launched an initiative that will track occurrences of abuse and harassment online. ...

UBC faculty members apologize for inaction on sexual assault
by Mike Hager, VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail, Thursday, Jan. 07, 2016

Dozens of University of British Columbia professors have signed an open letter apologizing for not doing more to protect students and alumni from sexual assaults, amid continued scrutiny of the school’s handling of such cases.

The letter, which was dated Jan. 6 and by Thursday evening had 69 signatories hailing from a diverse group of faculties, says the university’s systems for reporting sexual harassment and assault caused additional harm to victims.

“We apologize to the people affected for not doing and not demanding better,” it says. “We, as a group of UBC faculty members, wish now publicly to acknowledge this harm that resulted from a failure of UBC to take as seriously as it should its duties of care to members of its community. As faculty members, we share in a responsibility to ensure that UBC fulfill its obligations to protect its community.” ...

How an army of women saved this Nepali girl from child marriage
Global Citizen, Feb. 12, 2016

When Sushmita woke up on a warm day in Bardiya, Nepal, she had no idea that it was supposed to be her wedding day. But many others did, including her parents. They had hastily planned the wedding in secret, knowing that many people in the community would not approve and would fight to prevent it. They also knew that their daughter, the bride, would not approve. It didn’t matter that Sushmita was only 13 years old or that she wanted to keep studying. ...

Female police officer to run new domestic violence bureau
by Gülden Aydın - ISTANBUL, Feb 9, 2016

Turkey’s top police body has appointed a female police officer as the head of a newly-founded bureau in the Istanbul Police Department, one among dozens that were established across the country specializing in domestic violence against women and children....

FGM: number of victims found to be 70 million higher than thought
(FGM means Female Genital Mutilation)
by Jessica Elgot, Feb 5 2016

Half of girls and women cut live in just three countries as Unicef statistics reveal shocking global scale of barbaric ritual The huge global scale of female genital mutilation has been revealed in disturbing new statistics, which show at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone ritual cutting, half of them living in just three countries. The latest worldwide figures, compiled by Unicef, include nearly 70 million more girls and women than estimated in 2014 because of a raft of new data collected in Indonesia, one of the countries where FGM is most prevalent despite the practice being banned since 2006. ...

‘Comfort women’ protest against deal
The Borneo Post, December 31, 2015

South Korean 'Comfort women' blast Japan apology for keeping them as sex slaves during World War Two amid anger British POWs have STILL not been offered one
Dec 28, 2015, Daily Mail

Japan and South Korea agree to settle wartime sex slaves row
Shinzo Abe offers sincere apology for use of ‘comfort women’ by Japanese soldiers, removing major barrier to better relations
by Justin McCury in Osaka, The Guardian, 28 December 2015

Do courts use a controversial theory to punish mothers who allege abuse?
‘Parental alienation’ is sometimes used in family court to wrest custody from a parent who alleges abuse
by Tim Stelloh, January 24, 2014

The once prominent child psychiatrist Richard A. Gardner coined “parental alienation syndrome” in the 1980s. Embraced by fathers’-rights advocates, the theory has been rejected by many experts and has never been recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders....

Ontario man ordered to pay for posting intimate video of ex-girlfriend
Sean Fine, JUSTICE WRITER — The Globe and Mail, Jan. 26, 2016

In a Canadian first, a judge has likened the posting of an intimate video over the Internet to a sexual assault, and ordered an Ontario man to pay $100,000, plus $41,708 in court costs and interest, to his former girlfriend. ...

Hamilton healer placed on leave, police charge with sexual assault
Turtle Island, Jan. 15, 2016

Survivor Victory: Erica Kinsman Wins Historic Settlement Against Florida State
by The Hunting Ground | Published: January 25, 2016

Today, Erica Kinsman settled her lawsuit against FSU for $950,000 and a five-year commitment to programs that promote sexual assault awareness, transparency and prevention. FSU must report on these efforts every year for the next five years. It’s the largest settlement of its kind in U.S. history. Erica’s allegation of sexual assault by Jameis Winston is one of the centerpieces of our film and one of the reasons powerful interests like Florida State University have been trying to silence and discredit us. ...

Dozens of nations discriminate against women in citizenship laws - study
by Ellen Wulfhorst, Thomson Reuters Foundation - 25 Jan 2016

NEW YORK, Jan 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than a quarter of the world's nations have sexist laws on nationality, such as stripping women of citizenship if they marry a foreigner, that can deprive women of access to jobs, education and other benefits available to men, a new study says. ...

Sexism row prompts Oxford Dictionaries to review language used in definitions
by Alison Flood, The Guardian, 25 January 2016

Oxford Dictionaries has said it will review the example sentences it uses for the adjective “rabid” after being accused of sexism over its current example: “a rabid feminist”. ...

Mass graves of women 'too old to be Isil sex slaves' - this is what we're up against
As the world prayed for Paris, more than three thousand miles east another atrocity was being uncovered in Iraq - two mass graves containing the bodies of older Yazidi women.
Sophy Ridge explains why we can't ignore them, Jan. 22, 2016

...After a two day offensive to recapture Sinjar, last Friday, Kurdish forces were met by young Yazidi women who had somehow managed to escape the clutches of the Isil kidnappers. They led their liberators to ditches containing the bodies of their mothers and grandmothers. ...

Men don’t kill women out of ‘love’    
by Meghan Murphy, January 20, 2016   

Early Sunday morning, Colin Kingston showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s house, angry and equipped with a large knife. He allegedly let himself in through a back door* and went up to 21-year-old Kelsey Annese’s room, where he found her and Matthew Hutchinson, 24. He and Annese had dated for three years until she broke up with him and moved on. Finding Annese in bed with what he presumed to be her new boyfriend, Kingston stabbed them both, then called his father, saying that he’d murdered his girlfriend and that he planned to also to kill himself. When the police showed up, all three were dead.

Why? Well, according to the media, he was heart-broken.

Feminism missing from consultations on murdered women's inquiry: advocates Aboriginal women
by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press, January 17, 2016

VANCOUVER -- A chairwoman of Vancouver's annual memorial march for missing and murdered aboriginal women says she's concerned a national inquiry will leave out a crucial issue -- feminism. Fay Blaney, who co-chairs the February 14th Women's Memorial March Committee said the starting point of an inquiry must be the barriers indigenous women face in Canadian society. ...

National DNA bank won't be as effective as U.S. counterpart, critics say
Canadian DNA bank's proposed funding system comes under fire
by Donna Carreiro, CBC News: Jun 11, 2015 

It took one Facebook message and three days for a U.S. family to get American authorities to do a DNA comparison on an unidentified corpse in California.

But here in Canada, it took Barb Desjarlais almost three years and a CBC investigation to do the same. Critics say a highly-touted national DNA databank that's expected to be in place in Canada by 2017 may not improve things because local jurisdictions will still have to foot the bill. ...

Vietnamese war victims speak of sexual violence by S. Korean troops for the first time
Hankyoreh, Apr.25,2015

Elderly Vietnamese women who were victims of sexual violence by South Korean troops during the Vietnam War who were interviewed by Yoon Mi-hyang in March and spoke about their experiences for the first time. One victim says “If I’d known you were Koreans, I wouldn’t have met with you”

The old women reached into their memories. Slowly, haltingly, they began to speak. Some had been hiding it all their lives and were only talking about it now. Just as South Korea’s comfort women survivors waited until their old age before coming forward about their experiences as sexual slaves to the Japanese military - the first of them, Kim Hak-soon (1924-97), related hers on Aug. 14, 1991 - so these survivors of sexual assault during the Vietnam War were giving their first, difficult account of their experiences only now, as elderly women. ...

Coming soon in Mumbai: Pink autorickshaws for women, of women, by women!
First Post, Jan 13, 2016

The Andheri RTO in Mumbai announced the results of its autorickshaw permit lottery on Tuesday. For the first time, the government introduced a five percent reservation system for women and 548 women from across Maharashtra were granted permits under the system, reports The Times of India. Of these, 465 women were from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region while the other 83 are from other parts of the state. The government is welcoming more applications from women as there are still 1,316 permits remaining to be allotted....

Hidden rise in violent crime driven by growth in violence against women
by Damien Gayle, The Guardian, Jan. 13, 2016

Women are bearing the brunt of an invisible rise in violent crime, a new analysis shows. Domestic violence and violence against women have increased since 2009, researchers found, pushing up overall levels of violent crime. ...

Federal inquiry destined to fail without right framework: Vancouver advocates
The Liberal government is in Vancouver for design meetings with Aboriginal groups ahead of missing and murdered indigenous women inquiry.
by Matt Kieltyka, Metro, Jan 11 2016

A federal inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women can only be effective under the right framework, according to a Vancouver group of aboriginal women’s advocates....

Watch: hundreds of women stage anti-violence protest in Cologne
by Telegraph Video, and AFP 09 Jan 2016

Around 500 women staged a noisy protest Saturday in the German city of Cologne against a shocking rash of sexual violence during New Year's festivities that was blamed on migrants. Carrying signs bearing slogans like "No violence against women" and "No means no! It's the law! Stay off of us!", the women banged pots and blew whistles as they rallied outside Cologne's famed Gothic cathedral. ...

Angela Merkel vows action on 'unacceptable' Cologne New Year's Eve sex assaults
Deportations possible in Cologne case, German justice minister says
Thomson Reuter: Jan 07, 2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to respond decisively to assaults on women in Cologne on New Year's Eve, which have stoked a fierce debate about her refugee policies after police said the attackers appeared to be of foreign origin. Some 121 women are reported to have been robbed, threatened or sexually molested there by gangs of mostly drunk men between 18 and 35 years old while out celebrating. ...

6 Signs You're Arguing With A Psychopath

by Jackson Mackenzie, September 25, 2015

Psychopaths make up one percent of the general population and, contrary to popular belief, most of them aren't serial killers. They're manipulative people who intentionally cause harm to others without any sense of remorse or responsibility. ...

Until We Value Girls the Same as Boys, Violence Against Women Will Continue in High Rates Around the World
by Holly Kearl, Huffington Post, Jan. 4, 2016

In the United States, a woman who publicly speaks out for equal rights for women or states that men should stop harassing and abusing women may be harassed or might even face rape or death threats. ...

14-year-old daughter of politician in India kills herself after being gang-raped by relatives of political rival
Jan 2, 2016

A 14-year-old girl has killed herself after being gang-raped for revenge by relatives of a political rival after her mother won a local election. In what appears to be a particularly horrific case of what is locally-known as “Panchayat poll rivalry,” two men kidnapped the sleeping girl from her house and raped her in a nearby field last Wednesday. After the girl, her mother and family reported the crime to the police, police refused to file a report and sent the family home with only verbal assurances. The girl then hanged herself in her home the same day. The girl’s mother was a candidate for a local government faction in the Mirzapur district of north-east India, and northern India has seen several cases of violence only this month due to poll rivalry. Police have now arrested the two men responsible for the rape.

[It is an outrage how Charbonneau's death is being reported by mainstream media, please read the report below instead]

Femicide is predictable and preventable but we need to name the problem
by Elizabeth Sheehy, The Feminist Current, Dec 30, 2015

“They both went over the railing,” CTV reported on December 20th, describing the deaths of Robert Giblin, 43, and Precious Charbonneau, 33, days before Christmas. No they didn’t. Giblin first stabbed his pregnant partner seven times. Then he threw her 21 flights to the ground, ensuring her death. After that, like many men who cannot — will not — live without her, Giblin committed suicide.

Other news reports said she “was stabbed several times before being thrown off the balcony,” that she fell or “plunged” from the balcony, that “stab wounds were found on her body,” tagging the story as “highrise deaths.”...

Quebec Native Women Inc. Paints Grim Picture Of Violence Against Women
by Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Press, Dec 14, 2015

KAHNAWAKE, Que. — As the federal government prepares to launch a national inquiry into murdered and missing native women, a Quebec group has come out with a grim report on violence against women in the province's First Nations communities. ... The report focuses on cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women in the province and comprises 18 months of testimonials from people in various indigenous communities. ...

Seoul protests reports saying it might move ‘comfort women’ statue
Kyodo, Dec 26, 2015

SEOUL – The South Korean government lodged a protest with Japan on Saturday over Japanese media reports that say Seoul is considering relocating a statue of a girl symbolizing the “comfort women” that was installed in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul....

Fancy that. Noam Chomsky was right about porn.
by Jonathon van Maren, December 21, 2015

...“Pornography is the humiliation and degradation of women. It’s a disgraceful activity. I don’t want to be associated with it. Just take a look at the pictures. Women are degraded as vulgar sex objects. That’s not what human beings are. I don’t see anything to discuss.” ...

The James Deen porn scandal is so much worse than what’s being reported
Dec. 14, 2015

There’s something darker beneath the surface of the James Deen scandal. There is much more to the story here than a porn star who has allegedly sexually assaulted women. In fact, it has a lot to do with what we as a society are willing to consider “sexual assault” to begin with. The Judeo-Christian framework for sexual morality has been dismantled, and the secularists have erected a single, flimsy barrier between the predators and the prey: Consent. ...

Sexual violence won’t end until states plug ‘gaping’ legal hole, says expert
by Liz Ford, The Guardian, Dec 13, 2015

A “gaping hole” in international law is allowing governments to ignore their commitments to end gender-based violence, according to the former UN special rapporteur on the causes and consequences of violence against women. Rashida Manjoo said states are not held fully accountable for ending violence because there is not an international treaty compelling them to do so. Manjoo called for a binding framework within the UN system to tackle what she called a pervasive human rights violation. ....

No Middle Road: Feminist writer Ninotchka Rosca on prostitution, feminism, art, and social transformation

For this episode, Ninotchka discusses third wave and transnational feminism, social transformation models, prostitution, the Nordic model, Karl Marx, Gerda Lerner, Picasso's Guernica, and the role of art and the artist in social transformation.

This is how a lifetime of potentially dangerous situations affects every woman

by Gretchen Kelly, Upworthy, December 10, 2015

Whenever I speak about or write about women’s issues — dress codes, rape culture, and sexism — there’s this thing that happens. People ask: Are things really that bad? ...

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announces inquiry into missing Indigenous women
By Jenny Uechi & Fram Dinshaw in News, Politics | December 8th 2015

..."It is a national tragedy that requires an urgent national response," Wilson-Raybould said. "We share the conviction that reconciliation cannot be achieved without addressing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. As a country, we can and must do better." ...

Quebec gun registry no substitute for federal plan, says Montreal police union boss
Proposed Quebec registry 'better than nothing,' says Yves Francoeur CBC
CBC, Dec 03, 2015

... Yves Francoeur [head of the Montreal police Brotherhood] says a federal firearms registry would be much more effective, but in its absence Quebec's proposed firearms registry, known as Bill 64, is the next best thing. ...

D.C. Teens Welcome Self-Defense Classes in School
By Helen Malhotra, Teen Voices at Women's eNews, November 30, 2015

What if "self-defense" made its way into school curriculum? Students at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., would be thrilled....

Artist Melts 1,527 Guns And Turns Them Into Shovels For Planting Trees
August 17, 2015 by Amanda Froelich

Police prey on victims of domestic violence
by Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker, The Age, November 30, 2015

Australia: Victorian police officers have been sexually preying on victims of domestic violence in a dramatic widening of the sexual harassment scandal facing the force. A Fairfax Media investigation can also reveal that a soon-to-be-released report by the state's human rights agency has found that levels of harassment or discrimination inside the Victoria Police may be on par or worse than that previously discovered inside Australia's Defence Force.

It is understood the abuse or harassment of vulnerable victims of crime, including domestic violence victims, by a small number of police officers has been detected by the force's professional standards unit and Victoria's anti-corruption agency, IBAC. ...

Domestic violence and Facebook: harassment takes new forms in the social media age
November 29, 2015

Domestic violence is now widely recognised as a national crisis. However, there are significant gaps in responses to the intimate violence enabled by social media platforms like Facebook.

Cyberstalking, non-consensual internet pornography, exposing private information, reputation damage, impersonation or false representation, and other online attacks carried and amplified by networking technologies constitute the new face of violence against women. Technology-based domestic violence also includes using Facebook to monitor, track and harass victims’ children, friends and family members. Such pervasive and intimate abuses of trust further isolate victims from their social supports – especially when victims are compelled to close down or withdraw altogether from social media. ...

Men's group learns 100,000 women turned away from homeless shelters
Several dozen men took part in the meeting to discuss violence against women
CTV Montreal, November 27, 2015

Women were turned away from homeless shelters 100,000 times in the past year because of a lack of space. The Federation of Shelters for Women, which represents one-third of the 109 shelters in the province, said the real figure could be triple their statistic. ...

Alberta MLA Maria Fitzpatrick: ‘Attitudes have not changed enough to make domestic violence a thing of the past’
by Zosia Bielski, The Globe and Mail, Nov. 25, 2015

The last time Maria Fitzpatrick left her violent ex-husband, she and her two young daughters stuffed what belongings they could into pillowcases and ran for their lives. The abuse had left Fitzpatrick with black eyes, broken bones and miscarriages. When she fled after nine years of marriage in 1981, he was threatening to kill her and their daughters... Last week, Fitzpatrick, now an MLA for Lethbridge-East, recounted the horrors of that abusive marriage – “a trap that was intentionally or unintentionally supported by society” as she put it – at the Alberta Legislature.

Fitzpatrick told her story in support of Bill 204, which will let victims of domestic violence break their leases early without penalty from landlords. The bill passed second reading unanimously with a standing ovation and Fitzpatrick’s story went viral: Women all over the world are now contacting the 66-year-old grandmother, who talks to all of them. ...

Ken Lay address on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
November 26 2015 By Ken Lay

Keynote address by COAG Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children Chair, Mr Ken Lay delivered on 25 November 2015. Monash University, Melbourne.

Please let me begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, the people of the Kulin Nation. It is upon their ancestral lands that this place is built, I pay my respects to their elders, both past and present. And today … on this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children … I also acknowledge the many thousands of woman and children who have been murdered, maimed or otherwise harmed by those men who professed to have loved them, it is for them that we do what we do. ...

Prime target: How serial killers prey on indigenous women
by Kathryn Blaze Baum and Matthew McClearn, Globe and Mail, Nov. 22, 2015

This story is part of an ongoing Globe and Mail investigation into the hundreds of missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada

Indigenous women in Canada are roughly seven times more likely than non-indigenous women to die at the hands of serial killers, according to a Globe and Mail analysis that found at least 18 aboriginal females were victims of convicted serial killers since 1980. ...

UBC 'abandoned' women who reported sexual assaults
Grad student finally expelled after a year and half of complaints, fifth estate discovers
By Lisa Mayor, CBC News Posted: Nov 20, 2015

The University of British Columbia took more than a year and a half to act against a grad student despite mounting complaints of harassment or sexual assault by at least six women on campus, an investigation by the fifth estate reveals. The women allege Dmitry Mordvinov, a 28-year old PhD student in the history department, committed a wide range of offensive acts against them from inappropriate touching to sexual assault, starting at least as far back as the spring of 2013. The university quietly expelled him last week....

National inquiry into indigenous women to launch by summer: minister
by Kathryn Blaze Baum, The Globe and Mail, Nov. 16, 2015

The federal Indigenous Affairs minister says the Liberal government plans to launch a national inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women by the summer, at which point a dedicated team is expected to have the resources and mandate it needs to begin its work....

Saskatoon men asked to combat violence against women
By Ryan Kessler, Global News, November 18, 2015

SASKATOON – Members of the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU) have called for an end to violence against indigenous women and children, hoping men will lead the movement for change. “Traditionally as men, our role was to stand as protectors and also to support our women,” said Regan Ratt-Misponas, indigenous student representative with the USSU. “Our women were very much regarded as the leaders of First Nations communities and First Nations reserves.” ...

Disabled Women Protest Violence


A group of disabled women today demanded that the summer home be closed in which sexual assaults allegedly took place in the past, RÚV reports. The group delivered its demands to the Ministry of Welfare, the Ministry of the Interior and to Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament. They also demanded an inquiry into the operation of summer homes for the disabled....

Thousands of Women Protest After Nine-Year-Old Girl Beheaded by Terrorists

by Diana Tourjee, Nov 13, 2015

The partially decapitated bodies of seven Hazara civilians were dumped on the side of the road in Afghanistan. Two of the people killed were women; three were children, one only nine years old. The militant organization behind their deaths has yet to be identified, but the United Nations have condemned the killings as "potential war crimes." The seven victims were abducted a month ago and killed between November 6 and 8. Their deaths inspired 10,000 Afghans to march through the streets of Kabul yesterday, toward the palace of Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. Thousands of women were in the crowd....

Lesbians in Iran are being asked to get sex changes or die
By Trish Bendix, November 7, 2014

Tonight (Nov 7 2014) on BBC World News, a documentary called Iran’s Sex Change Solution delves into the world of homosexuality in Iran where lesbian and gay people are told they must transition to be accepted in their country. Host Ali Hamedani speaks with several LGBT people who have moved to Turkey and discuss their coming out processes and how they reconciled their sexuality with their gender, and the pressures they faced from their communities, who deny the existence of homosexuality and instead offer free sex change operations, paid for by the government....

Nathan Matthews case reignites debate over violent sexual images
Murderer of Becky Watts joins list of men who viewed abuse images and killed, which raises the question of how the two are linked
by Sandra Laville, Guardian, 11 November 2015

The conviction of Nathan Matthews will focus attention once more on the threat posed to women and children by the viewing of violent pornography and sexual abuse online. Matthews’s name can be added to the list of killers who apparently sought to act out perverted sexual fantasies on their victims, which were fed by the extreme pornography and abuse images they had watched on the internet. These include Mark Bridger, who killed April Jones, Stuart Hazell, the killer of schoolgirl Tia Sharp, Vincent Tabak who murdered Joanna Yeates, and Jamie Reynolds, who took the life of the teenager Georgia Williams. ...

The Rape Trial Everyone in America Should Be Watching
by Treva Lindsey, Nov 10, 2015

Thirteen women came forward to accuse former police officer Daniel Holtzclaw of misconduct. Why aren't more people outraged?

On Monday, Nov. 2, the Daniel Holtzclaw trial commenced in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Charged with 36 offenses including sexual battery, forcible oral sodomy, stalking, and rape, ex-officer Holtzclaw allegedly targeted 13 women during his three-year tenure with the Oklahoma City Police Department. His victims reportedly ranged in age from 17 to late 50s, but the unifying thread of his accusers is race. Holtzclaw targeted African-American women. Details of a lengthy record of criminal sexual misconduct while on patrol surfaced after an extensive investigation by the Oklahoma City Police Department. The investigation commenced in June 2014 as a result of a 57-year-old black grandmother immediately coming forward to report his sexually violent behavior....

Amnesty International’s Effort to ‘Decriminalize’ Prostitution: ‘Gift to Sex Traffickers’
CNS News, By Barbara Hollingsworth | November 4, 2015

...NCOSE, which launched its “No Amnesty For Pimps” campaign at an October 8th press conference in Washington, called the resolution “a gift to pimps, sex traffickers and sex buyers that enshrines in law a right to buy and sell other human beings.” ...

Judicial council reviews Alberta judge after comments in sex assault case
by The Canadian Press, Nov 9, 2015

OTTAWA – A Federal Court justice who once asked a sexual assault victim why she couldn’t keep her knees together is under review by the Canadian Judicial Council. The council announced on Monday it will review a 2014 decision made by Robin Camp when he was a provincial court judge in Alberta. “I’m very pleased that the judicial council is looking at it,” said Alice Woolley, a University of Calgary law professor and one of three legal academics who filed the complaint. “I hope that they will look at all of the issues raised by his decision — not only his treatment of the complainant, which was truly appalling, but also his disregard for the law.” ...

What to do about safety on Highway of Tears? B.C. already has its answer
by Justine Hunter VICTORIA — The Globe and Mail, Nov. 08, 2015

Todd Stone, the B.C. Minister of Transportation, wants to hear from residents who live along the Highway 16 corridor in the north. His ministry is hosting a symposium in Smithers, B.C., on Nov. 24 to ask First Nations communities to help him find solutions to the well-documented challenges of keeping women and girls safe along what is known as the Highway of Tears. The reasons for this round of consultation are inexplicable. Mr. Stone already has a shelf full of reports and documents – internal and public – to guide him, much of it based on extensive consultation over the past decade. ...

[An exploitative title but a worthy campaign.]
Could this be the campaign that ends violence against women?
by Ella Alexander Monday, 9 November 2015

Today new campaign #HerVoice launches, which calls on the Indian government to end violence against women and children. ... Last year, 1,500 acid attacks were reported globally - 1,000 of these took place in India and 72 percent were against women. A woman is raped every 34 minutes in India, and murdered every hour over her dowry "Sexual violence against women is not just India's problem, it is a global issue," said writer and Her Voice campaigner, Jenn Selby. "I've been stationed out in rural Maharashtra and Mumbai as a reporter for only a week, speaking to police chiefs, ministers, human rights lawyers, survivors and activists about rape culture in the country. It quickly became clear to me that while culture differs from place to place, the reasons why rape happens is predominantly the same. ..."

For more information visit

Less victim blaming could improve Ottawa police response to violence against women: study
Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau asked for input to improve response to violence against women
CBC News, Nov 04, 2015

A new study aims to help Ottawa police improve their response to violent crimes against women. Ottawa police officers could improve their response to crimes of violence against women with more charges and less victim blaming, a University of Ottawa report recommended after surveying women who had reported partner abuse or sexual assault. ...

Opposition to Full Sex Trade Decriminalisation is Taking Hold
by Janie Davies, 27/10/2015

Resistance against full decriminalisation of the sex trade just got stronger.

It started on October 23 as women protested in 50 countries, united in their opposition to Amnesty International's recommendation for full decriminalisation of the sex industry, including pimps and johns. It continued with a groundbreaking panel at Feminism in London, in which exited women and women's rights activists rejected the "sex work" myth and told the truth about the abusive trade in women and girls. ...

Fay Blaney: Organizer, advocate, warrior woman
November 6, 2015 by Jess Martin

Fay Blaney is a community organizer, advocate for Indigenous women and employee at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC). She runs the Warriors Organizing Women group at the DEWC, a social justice project aimed at empowering marginalized women to create social change in their lives and communities. The interview took place in the context of a Warriors Organizing Women group meeting. . ...

Refugee crisis grows in Central America as women 'run for their lives'
Reuters, Oct. 28, 2015

Women and children are increasingly fleeing gang violence in Mexico and Central America in hopes of reaching the US, says new UNHCR report Thousands of women flee their homes in parts of Central America and Mexico each year to escape armed gangs and domestic violence and seek refuge in the United States, a flow that is becoming a refugee crisis, the UN refugee agency says....

Detroit’s Untested Rape Kits Finally Tested, 100 Serial Rapists Identified

It is no secret that rape is a huge problem in America. One of the biggest reasons for that is the fact that rape kits often go unprocessed, sometimes for many years. One of the worst offenders in this area is Detroit, Michigan’s so-called justice system.

Actress Mariska Hargitay, known for her roles as sex crimes detective Sergeant Olivia Benson on Law and Order: SVU, has teamed up with Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to solve Michigan’s problem of untested rape kits. The duo will be working with state lawmakers to draft legislation that would set time limits and other guidelines regarding the testing of rape kits....

Nine Films to Strike Back Against Violence Against Women and Girls

By Lisnaree Vichitsorasatra, Khoasdenglish, 27 October 2015

BANGKOK — Here’s the counter to the Thai soap opera where the girl gets raped and either dies from AIDS for her wickedness or finds redemption by falling in love with her rapist. Except in this version the girl realizes she was wronged, she speaks up, her family applauds her for doing so, and young women everywhere are empowered to do the same....

Highway of Tears internal records deliberately deleted, says B.C.’s privacy commissioner Senior
B.C. government officials are deliberately frustrating public requests for information, says a scathing report released Thursday
by ROB SHAW, Vancouver Sun October 22, 2015 

A political staffer in Transportation Minister Todd Stone’s office deliberately deleted internal records about the Highway of Tears to prevent them from becoming public, and then lied about it to investigators, says B.C.’s privacy commissioner. George Gretes, a former ministerial assistant to Stone, is now under RCMP investigation for lying under oath to Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham....

Adrienne Clarkson, Louise Arbour among 500 Canadian women slamming niqab debate
By Amanda Connolly | Oct 16, 2015 THE CANADIAN PRESS

More than 500 of Canada’s most prominent women have signed their names to a letter condemning Canadian leaders for making the niqab an election issue. Former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, former Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour, director and actor Sarah Polley and former UN deputy secretary general Louise Fréchette are just a few of the hundreds of mayors, local councillors, provincial representatives, lawyers, doctors, activists and academics whose names are attached to the letter, which says that the attention on the topic of the niqab is inciting discrimination and ignoring the real issues facing Canadian women....

Dozens of ISIS sex slaves have killed themselves to escape rape and torture, reveals 'smuggler' who's devoted her life to rescuing girls 'sold like animals'
by Owen Holdaway In Dohuk, Iraq For Mailonline, 13 October 2015

Dozens of Yazidi girls have been driven to suicide by the ISIS fighters who abused them, the people risking their own lives to rescue them have revealed. MailOnline spoke to Ameena Saeed Hasan, a Yazidi mother-of-one who runs a 'smuggling operation' to rescue ISIS's sex slaves out of her apartment, and businessman Abu Shujaa who has been nicknamed the 'father of courage' for helping nearly 400 people escape. They claim the girls who fail to escape are killing themselves so they do not have to endure a single more day of rape, torture and beatings at the hands of their captors....

Rape kit inaccessibility a hurdle to justice for victims in Canada
A Squamish, B.C. councillor is fighting for the rights of rape victims — years after her own assault
by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

When Susan Chapelle awoke in a stranger's home, her head pounding and her clothes on backwards, she didn't even consider reporting her rape. Chapelle was 19 when she was drugged and assaulted after going to a man's house to buy a pet. She felt an immediate rush of shame that stuck with her for two decades....

Another Chibok Girl Escapes, Tells Horror Tales of Time Spent in Boko Haram Camp
Nigerian Bulletin, October 10, 2015

A Chibok school girl who was kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists recently escaped from their grasp. There were indications weekend that many of the 200 girls of the Government Secondary School, Chibok abducted in April 2014, are alive and holed up in the Lake Chad region of the North-East epicentre of the battle to dislodge Boko Haram terrorists from Nigeria.

Sources disclosed to Saturday Vanguard that the girls who were relocated from the initial Sambisa Camps of the terrorists, following unrelenting bombardments by air and land operations, have been relocated to Lake Chad area with some of the girls spread along border communities. Saturday Vanguard gathered that about two weeks ago, one of the abducted girls who was formerly kept in a Sambisa forest camp, escaped from the hands of the abductors and ran into the hands of some Fulani herdsmen. It was the Fulani herdsmen having confirmed that the girl was a Chibok girl, who assisted her to get to the Baga military base of the multi-national Joint Task Force.

At the Baga base, the escapee girl was said to have confessed that many of them were forcefully married to the terrorists who not only impregnated them but infected some of them with different diseases. On her part, she was not only impregnated, but she got the VVF disease from one of the terrorists....

Sisters in Spirit Vigil honours lost aboriginal women
by Leah Johansen, Oct 4, 2015

On Oct. 4 2010, the Native Women’s Association of Canada held vigils for missing and murdered Aboriginal women across the country, including one in Saskatoon. Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis is hosting the 3rd annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil. Every year, Sisters In Spirit Vigils take place on October 4th across Canada. The vigil is meant to honour the lives of missing, murdered and lost Indigenous women and girls, and their families. Guelph’s candlelight vigil starts at 6 PM, beginning at the Boathouse and then moving to Marianne’s Park.

994 mass shootings in 1,004 days: this is what America's gun crisis looks like
(Please have a look at the astounding graphic)
Oct 2, 2015, The Guardian

The Oregon school shooting is evidence that the US response to gun violence ‘has become routine’, Barack Obama says. The data compiled by the crowd-sourced site Mass Shooting Tracker reveals an even more shocking human toll: there is a mass shooting – defined as four or more people shot in one incident – nearly every day ...

Red Dresses Draw Attention To Canada's Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women
The Huffington Post Alberta, by Sarah Rieger, 09/29/2015

An artist is asking Canadians to take part in a striking one-day display of red dresses to represent the country's missing and murdered indigenous women. Jaime Black, a Metis artist from Winnipeg, created The REDress Project five years ago. It collects red dresses from the community and hangs them in public spaces as a visual reminder of the women who are no longer present. ...

Domestic Violence: A Hidden Cause of Chronic Illness

An alarming 44 percent of women say they have experienced abusive behavior from a partner. Years after the bruises from domestic violence fade, the physical effects can linger in the form of serious health problems—migraines, arthritis, even gastrointestinal disease. Our groundbreaking investigation ...
by Alexis Jetter

Men stab, rape and kill women because they can. It's time to say they can't
by Paul Daley, 25 September 2015

I fear for my daughters and I feel an onerous responsibility for my son. Sixty-three women killed by violence in this country this year. It’s still only September. Men who hate women so much they kill them with axes, burn them, stab them, beat them to death. They kill their children too or otherwise ruin their lives. Nearly half of young people say tracking partners using technology is acceptable Read more I want to know the story of each, and I try to find out. I don’t mean the “story” in a prurient “that’s a terrible/shocking/disturbing” story sense. I mean the set of circumstances that gives rise to Australian men doing such things. And in the end, despite the myriad personalities and the domestic circumstances involved, the family court orders and anything else, it crystallises down to one thing: entrenched gender imbalance. ...

It takes courage for a woman to say she’s afraid
The University of Toronto was right to take fears seriously after online threats were made against feminists at the school.
by Anna Leventhal, Sep 24 2015

... These threats were of a very serious nature. They were posted on a Toronto culture blog by a commenter with the handle “Kill Feminists,” and described using gun violence on a massive scale against feminist professors and students, in a manner that was chillingly familiar to those of us who remember the Montreal Massacre on Dec. 6, 1989. Students, professors and employees of the university were justifiably worried, and the university responded with gravity. It issued statements declaring its support of its feminist staff, and told staff and students they had the right to refuse unsafe working conditions....

More women accuse Saudi prince after his arrest on sex crime charge, LAPD says
By Joseph Serna, LA Times, Sept 25, 2015

A Saudi prince who allegedly tried to force a female worker to perform a sex act on him inside a Beverly Glen residence has now been accused of attacking other women in the home, according to Los Angeles police and court records. Majed Abdulaziz Al-Saud, 29, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of forced oral copulation of an adult. He was later freed after posting $300,000 bail. Police said Friday that they are investigating claims that Al-Saud also preyed on other women on the estate. ...

The porning of American women: Mallick
Porny attitudes bleed into the mainstream where women are trying to achieve things, writes Heather Mallick. British model-actress Cara Delevingne, 23, on the back cover of TIFF 40 Festival Style magazine: Her face is so expressionless it’s corpse-like, writes Heather Mallick.
By: Heather Mallick Columnist, The Star, Sep 18 2015

What beauty. One of the covers of the TIFF 40 Festival Style magazine has Christopher Plummer, 85, in a shirt and woolly sportsjacket, all covered up. On the back cover is the British model- actress Cara Delevingne, 23, entirely naked beneath a black dress thrown open and almost revealing her pubic mound. ...

Melbourne’s Ormond College takes bold position against porn, students turn to liberal feminism in protest
September 14, 2015 by Meghan Murphy, Feminist Current

In what might be deemed a radical move, the University of Melbourne’s largest residential college banned access to pornography on campus. This means students at Ormond College will be blocked from accessing “adult sites” on Wi-Fi networks. The reason for this is straightforward. As college master Dr. Rufus Black stated, pornography is exploitative and “presents women primarily as sex objects who are a means to the end of male pleasure.”...

Standing tall, thinking clearly: Threats against feminists at University of Toronto
By Bonnie Burstow,, | September 13, 2015

As a feminist faculty member, I awoke a few days ago to news about blog threats against women faculty and students at our university, also to an alert from the university administration. Within a very short time highly concerned students began writing to me asking if my Monday class would be canceled. One emailed me a copy of a letter which they'd sent the president of the university asking for the cancelation of classes throughout the university. And one sent me pictures of some of the threats that had been issued, gleaned from the internet. ...

Shocking moment two topless feminist protestors storm Muslim conference - before they are dragged off and kicked on the floor
Daily Mail, Sept. 13, 2015

Both had messages written in black across their chests with one translating as: 'Nobody makes me submit'. Moments later the two women were hauled away as the event descended in to chaos. ...

U of T reveals similar online threats surfaced in June
Campus administration did not share details widely with students or staff
CBC News Posted: Sep 11, 2015 Updated: Sep 12, 2015

The University of Toronto went public this week about violent online threats against women in two of its departments, and have now informed staff and students that similar threats were made last June, with critics questioning why it wasn't revealed at the time. ...

Violent online threats against women put University of Toronto police on alert
Critics say university didn't give students, staff enough detail about 'abhorrent' threats
CBC News Posted: Sep 10, 2015 Updated: Sep 11, 2015

The University of Toronto has increased its campus police presence following violent online threats against women and feminists — though a Toronto Police investigation has not identified a "credible threat." ...

Government orders inquiry over violence against women at universities

Heads ordered to draw up code of practice over concerns male undergraduates are subjecting women to unwanted sexual advances
Press Association, 6 September 2015

The government has ordered an inquiry into reducing violence against women at universities over concerns “lad culture” is endangering female students. University heads have been ordered to lead a taskforce to look into the problem and draw up a code of practice “to bring about cultural change”. The business secretary, Sajid Javid, who ordered the review, said: “Nobody should be put off going to university because of fears about their safety. If my children choose that path, I would expect my daughter to be as safe as my son on any campus in this country....

Secret Status of Women report paints grim picture for Canada
Internal Harper government report speaks candidly of violence, poverty, wage gap affecting women
by Dean Beeby, CBC News: Sep 07, 2015

Canada is falling behind the developed world in women's equality, as poverty rates climb for elderly single women and for single-parent families headed by women, says an internal report by Status of Women Canada. According to the report, this country is in the bottom ranks in terms of the pay gap between men and women; support for child care and parental leave is well below average; the country registers 57th for gender equality in Parliament's elected members; and it lacks a national strategy to halt violence against women. ...

Nigeria: FIDA Worries Over Increase in Violence Against Women
September 8, 2015

The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Nigeria, has expressed concern over the increase in violence against women, especially rape, sexual assault, female circumcision and genital mutilation in the country. ...

Kinsey Victim Speaks Out: My Father Was Paid to Rape Me
LifeSiteNews | 10/21/10 | Kathleen Gilbert

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 21, 2010 ( - Decades after her ordeal, a woman who says her father was paid by Alfred Kinsey, the "father of the sexual revolution," to rape her at the tender age of seven as part of his experiments on human sexual behavior, is speaking out....

Violence Against Women Up in Nepal After Quakes
Prensa Latina, August 29, 2015

Katmandú: The cases of violence against women increade in Nepal since the earthquake of April 25 according to the Women Rehab Center. One of the reasons for that increase is the lack of spaces because of the destruction of the infrastructure. During June and July there were 270 cases of violence against women according to the document. During that period of time, 145 women and girls were victims of domestic attacks of different types, 22 suffered rapes, 4 were victims of human traffickers. The report states that the quakes of April 25 and May 12 created damages for 5,13 billion and 1,87 billion for economic losses. Both events left 8 thousand and 900 dead and more than 22 thousand and 300 injured.

Over The Rape & Murder of Hanah Bockarie… Salone Women Protest
Africa Young Voices, August 21st, 2015

(Freetown, 20th August 2015). It was with grave sadness and consternation that Women Against Inhumanities Sierra Leone (WAI-SL) received news of the alleged gang rape and murder of a woman named Hannah commonly called “Pekito on Thursday August 13th 2015, along the Lumley Beach Area at Aberdeen in Freetown. Hannah would have turned 18 on August 28, 2015. As a “rights-based” advocacy organization, we totally and unequivocally condemn this barbaric act as a crime against the women of Sierra Leone. We join other Sierra Leoneans and organizations both at home and abroad to urge the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) through the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) and the Judiciary to:

Chinese Police Beat Tibetan Women, Elderly Over Dam Protest
Radio Free Asia, 2015-08-18

Security forces in northwestern China’s Qinghai province attacked and beat a group of elderly Tibetan villagers and women who were blocking construction of a dam last week, injuring an unknown number and later detaining several, according to a local source....

West Bengal: Women protest decision to allow men in ladies special train
by Pooja Mehta, 17 August 2015

The men and women got into a scuffle and even pelted stones at each other. The police resorted to lathicharge at the Khardah station in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal after an altercation took place between the female and male passengers....

Self-immolation at Seoul 'comfort women' protest
August 12, 2015

A man is expected to survive after setting himself ablaze outside Japan's embassy in Seoul. Thousands had gathered to protest Japan's sexual enslavement of women during World War II. Anti-Japan Protest in Seoul A man set himself ablaze during a protest calling for Japan to apologize for forcing Korean women to work in military brothels during World War II, days ahead of the anniversary of the end of hostilities. ...

Tina Fontaine remembered with memorial services and headstone
Donated headstone honours 15-year-old girl and her father, Eugene Fontaine
CBC News Posted: Aug 17, 2015

Manitobans are remembering Tina Fontaine, whose body was recovered from the Red River one year ago, with memorial services in Winnipeg and the Sagkeeng First Nation and a new headstone at the spot where she and her father are buried.......

Man lets daughter drown to save honour
August 10, 2015, by Hugh Tomlinson, The Times

A man was arrested in Dubai after he fought off lifeguards trying to save his drowning daughter, telling them that he would rather she die than be “dishonoured” by having unknown men touch her. ...

French students dissolve body in acid after killing girl in 'Breaking Bad' murder plot
by Alexandra Sims, The Independent, 10 August 2015

The body of a 23-year-old French art history student has been found decomposing in acid at her Toulouse apartment in what prosecutors have said was part of a murder plot inspired by the US TV series Breaking Bad...

Juárez Center Seeks To Reduce Violence Against Women
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe, August 07, 2015

Women who were victims of violence in the Mexican border city of Juárez used to have few options when seeking help. That's slowly changing, thanks to years of pressure from local and international organizations. Mondays are the busiest day at the Justice Center for Women in Juárez. This government-funded facility opened three years ago and attends exclusively to women who've suffered some form of crime...

7 ways to spot that someone is being trafficked

Man charged with two counts of first degree murder in Coquitlam double homicide

The Province, July 17, 2015

A man has been charged with two counts of first degree murder in a Coquitlam double homicide. ... “What was key to this investigation was the location and arrest of the suspect. This took coordination of efforts in three jurisdictions and the outcome has been successful,” said Ashton, in a release. ...

Judge bans father from taking daughters from UK to Nigeria for female genital mutilation

WITW Staff, 07.27.15

A London court has issued a new-style protection order to prevent a father from taking his three daughters to Nigeria to have them undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). The mother of the three girls, aged six, nine and 12, submitted evidence that her ex-husband had been pressuring her to have the procedure performed on the girls either in the UK or in Nigeria—though it is illegal in both places. Having gone through FGM herself, in a written statement, the girls’ mother said she had “never recovered from the experience” of being cut, and that her decade-old wound still caused her pain. Both parents are Nigerian. Mr Justice Holman, who issued the protection order, said the woman’s description showed what a “terrible scourge” female genital mutilation was. He also announced he would further analyze the case in August and the girls’ father would be permitted to mount a challenge. It is one of the first cases where such an FGM protection order has been granted. Aimed at stopping the practice, the new legal power only came into being in the UK this month.

Afghans protest court ruling in mob killing of woman
Associated Press, July 6, 2015 KABUL:

Dozens of Afghans have rallied to denounce last week's court ruling that overturned the death sentences for four men convicted for taking part in the mob killing of a woman outside a Kabul shrine in March. The protesters, mostly members of the Solidarity Party of Afghanistan and women activists, staged Monday's protest outside of the same shrine where Farkhunda Malikzada was killed by mob. Many carried posters of the slain woman and shouted, "We want justice!" ...

More people than ever being convicted of violence against women, figures show
by Sandra Laville and agency, The Guardian, 25 June 2015

Record numbers of people are being convicted of violent crimes against women in England and Wales, but the rate of conviction has still fallen, figures show. Convictions increased to 78,773 in the past year, up 16.9% on the previous year, data released by the Crown Prosecution Service revealed on Thursday. But those figures also showed the conviction rate for rape fell to 56.9%. About 107,100 cases concerning violence against women and girls were prosecuted over the 12 months, a rise of 18.3% on the previous year. ...

Canada could be doing more for MMIW, international expert says
Luis Fondebrider baffled that 'rich country' can't make co-ordinated efforts to solve cases
by Angela Sterritt, CBC News Posted: Jun 12, 2015

Solving the cases of hundreds of missing and murdered indigenous women should not be so difficult in "rich" countries such as Canada, says a forensic anthropologist from Argentina who's a member of an international team of investigators. ...

Native violence starts at home, RCMP say
by GLORIA GALLOWAY, OTTAWA — Globe and Mail, Jun. 19, 2015

All indigenous women who were murdered over the past two years in the parts of Canada that are policed by the RCMP were acquainted with their killers, says a report released by the Mounties as the Conservative government rebuffs calls for a national inquiry to explore the causes of the tragedy. ...

“Here in Treaty Number 6, of which I am the Grand Chief, we have over 15 indigenous women that were found outside of Edmonton. These are the markings of a serial killer,” Ms. Martial said in a statement. “Due to poverty and the marginalization of our people, our women and girls fall prey to this national tragic crisis.” ...

Families of murdered and missing native B.C. women to gather
by WENDY STUECK, VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail Jun. 18, 2015

The provincial government and aboriginal groups have agreed to host a gathering for families of missing and murdered indigenous women. The gathering, to be held in B.C. this fall or in the spring of 2016, is to provide a “safe and supportive space” for families and help identify strategies to end violence against aboriginal women and girls, according to a statement issued on Thursday. ...

Women in Iran are rebelling against compulsory hijab by exposing their hair in beautiful and brave pics

Friends and strangers make united call for end to violence against women as accused killer faces court
9news, June 15, 2015

The man accused of murdering a Melbourne schoolgirl has made a brief appearance in court as her family and supporters rallied to end violence against women.

Truth and Reconciliation is Canada’s last chance to get it right
by John Ralston Saul, Globe and Mail, June 06, 2015

There are good and bad things in our society, successes and failures. But there is only one fundamental reality that remains unaddressed. That is the situation of indigenous peoples. This is the single most important issue before us, whether we are recently arrived in Canada or have been here for centuries. This is the prime issue on which we should be judging governments and potential governments....

Hundreds of thousands protest violence against women in S. America
by Whitney Eulich, Correspondent, Christian Science Monitor, June 5, 2015

Some 200,000 people marched in Buenos Aires this week amid outrage over two deadly attacks against a teacher and a young teen. Thousands took to the streets in other Argentine cities as well as in Chile and Uruguay. ...

Colombia approves femicide law to tackle violence against women
REUTERS, JUN. 4, 2015, By Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Colombia is to impose tougher punishments on those who murder women and girls, as part of a government bid to stem high levels of violence against women. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to pass a bill that defines in law the crime of femicide - the killing of a woman by a man because of her gender - and carries a prison sentence of 20 to 50 years.

Canada's national action plan to address violence against women voted down in Parliament

"Violence against women and children costs Canadian society more than $7 billion a year. You would think those savings would be a huge impetus to make the changes, especially from a government that boasts about its management of the economy." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President

Sociopaths say you’re crazy — and you believe them

Love Fraud, by Donna Andersen June 1, 2015

The sociopath behaves badly: Lying — and then lying to cover up the lies. Disappearing for days without explanation. Draining your finances. Cheating — and you have proof! You are understandably upset. Justifiably angry. Yet when you confront the perpetrator, not only does the sociopath deny, deny, deny, he or she says it never happened, you imagined it all, and you’re paranoid. In fact, you’re losing your mind! You should be committed! ...

The Ugandan women who strip to defend their land

by Catherine Byaruhanga, BBC Africa, 1 June 2015

A group of elderly women in a village in northern Uganda did something culturally taboo to express their anger - they began to strip. In front of two government ministers, soldiers, policemen and hundreds of people from their community, they started removing their clothes. Off came their tops - then some of the women pulled down their wrappers and skirts so they were completely naked. "Lobowa, Lobowa!" they chanted, which means "our land" in the Luo dialect. Others remained seated, but showed support by wailing in unison with with the women as they stripped....

More women alleging harassment want to join lawsuit against RCMP
Female officers and civilian employees join former Cpl. Janet Merlo in sexual harassment suit
by Natalie Clancy, CBC News, May 31, 2015

RCMP officers and civilian staff from across Canada are seeking certification of a class action lawsuit. Nearly 400 female RCMP officers and civilian employees from across Canada are asking a B.C judge to certify a class action lawsuit filed by Cpl. Janet Merlo over sexual harassment and gender discrimination at a hearing Monday. ...

To the Conservatives who voted down a national plan to end violence against women

Rabble Blogs, by LUCIA LORENZI | MAY 31, 2015
To the members of the Conservative caucus who voted against M-444, the National Action Plan to End Violence against Women, ...

Sudan: 'Open Dialogue Needed On Violence Against Women in Sudan'

- UN Special Rapporteur All Africa, May 25, 2015 Khartoum —

The silence and denials about the existence of violence against women in Sudan is a challenge that needs to be addressed as a matter of priority, according to Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against women, its causes and consequences. ...

Experts demand end to immunity for UN peacekeepers over sex abuse
Reuters, May 14, 2015

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sex abuse by U.N. peacekeeping personnel has been a problem for decades, and it is still happening despite the world body's official policy of zero tolerance for sexual exploitation, a group of former diplomats and U.N. officials said on Wednesday. ...

Five F*cked-up Evangelical Christian Teachings Which Set JimBob & Michelle’s Family Up For the Josh Duggar Molestation Disaster
How did this happen?
by Vyckie Garrison / AlterNet, May 23, 2015

Mega-family superstar, Josh Duggar, has resigned his position as lobbyist for the Family Research Council after In Touch Magazine published a police report confirming that JimBob and Michelle Duggar of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” fame’s oldest son confessed to molesting several female minors in 2002 - 2003. ...

How The Duggars’ Church Encourages Young Women To ‘Submit’
TLC 05.22.15

The Quiverfull movement preaches that women must be subservient to all of men’s needs. It’s not impossible to see how abuse could flourish.

Since TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting first premiered in 2008, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have amazed their less fecund audience members with their ability to “extreme parent” nine girls and 10 boys. For 10 seasons, viewers—either in admiration or guilty-pleasure gawking—have watched the large brood live their lives according to evangelical Christian values, which include the total submission of women, sexual purity, homeschooling, and adherence to a particular sect known as the Quiverfull movement, which (among other principles) eschews all forms of birth control. ...

UN official says violence against women is central to the Islamic State’s ideology
By Ishaan Tharoor, The Washington Post, May 23, 2015

Amid all the Islamic State’s atrocities — its massacres of civilians, its beheading of hostages, its pillaging of antiquities — the systematic violence the jihadists have carried out against countless enslaved women and girls never fails to shock. For months now, we’ve heard appalling testimony from women who escaped the Islamic State’s clutches, many of whom endured rape and other hideous acts of violence. ...

Ontario invests $1.93 million in new Elgin County women’s shelter
CTV London, May 21, 2015

The Ontario government is giving $1.93 million to build a new women's shelter in Elgin County. It will replace the existing Women's House Emergency Shelter to meet the needs of local women and children who have experienced violence in their homes. ...

Egypt using sexual attacks to crush opposition: rights group
AFP | May 20, 2015

PARIS: Egyptian security forces have stepped up sexual attacks against detainees following the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi, using them as a "cynical political strategy" to crush opposition, a rights group charged on Tuesday. ...

Violence against women 'not a priority for government' (South Africa)
Aarti J Narsee | 18 May, 2015

Tackling violence against women is not a priority in South Africa. This is the message that the South African government is sending out, a group of civil society organisations and individuals have said in the wake of the cancellation of the United Nations special rapporteur on violence against women's official visit to the country. ...

Information Commissioner warns of dangerous precedent in RCMP long-gun registry case
CBC, May 16, 2015

Canada's Information Commissioner says she's never seen anything like this. Following a long investigation, Suzanne Legault concluded that the RCMP illegally destroyed records related to the long-gun registry. Now, she's also publicly questioning the federal government's attempt to create a "perilous precedent" by retroactively rewriting Canada's access-to-information law to absolve the RCMP of wrongdoing. ...

Tie you up, throw you into men’s prison, and let them gang rape you!
Defending Women, May 8, 2015 by Sarah Marland

Wu Rongrong, one of the Chinese Feminist Five has talked about her suffering during the police interrogation and her detention. The author of this article prefers to remain anonymous....

The disturbing backlash on speaking out about violence against women
by Clementine Ford, Daily Life, May 12, 2015

"I have an entire folder of emails sent to me by men talking about me being raped, killed or just 'taught a lesson.'"

As Margaret Atwood famously once said, men's greatest fear is that women will laugh at them while women's greatest fear is that men will kill them. Nowhere is this more starkly demonstrated than in feminist discussions of men's violence against women....

How social media brought workplace harassment rules into play for men who lewdly heckled reporter
TU THANH HA and DAKSHANA BASCARAMURTY, The Globe and Mail, May. 12 2015

It doesn’t matter that it happened while they were off the clock. Thanks to social media, two Toronto men who made obscene remarks to a female TV reporter are learning that workplace-harassment rules extend well beyond the office environment. ...

Engaging men to prevent violence against women discussed
Twin Cities, Staff report, 05/11/2015

Prosecutors and sheriffs from Washington, Ramsey and Dakota counties will join other law enforcement officials at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Rosemount Community Center for a forum discussion on preventing violence against women. The forum -- titled "Engaging Men to Prevent Violence Against Women" -- will focus on causes of the violence and ways to improve prevention efforts. ...

Egypt’s Police Adopt New Strategy to Combat Violence Against Women
May 10, 2015

Egypt’s Ministry of Interior commenced on Sunday a new national strategy aimed at combating violence against women on all levels. The new strategy comes after the National Council for Women launched a nationwide initiative last week. ...

North Simcoe leaders speak out on violence against women
White Ribbon pledge called ‘first step’ toward ending problem
by Travis Mealing, Midland Mirror

MIDLAND – Four mayors, several native leaders, two high-ranking police officers and dozens of other men stood one by one and spoke the same 14 words: “I pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence towards women.” ...

Iraqi Activist Describes "Massacres Left and Right" as Civil Society Resists Takeover by ISIS

As Yanar Mohammed, co-founder and the director of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, attends the Women Stop War conference in The Hague, she describes the current situation in Iraq. "The country is under a prevailing culture of militias, which have the upper hand. … They say, ’It’s either us or ISIS.’" Mohammed says civil society is sandwiched between Shia and Sunni extremists, and argues a secular approach is the only way to resolve the conflict in her country. ...

Child pornography bust spanning 17 countries leads to 41 arrests
Ontario's York Region police say Project Hydra led to arrests around the world, numerous victims ID’d
CBC News Posted: May 06, 2015

One warrant executed at a Toronto-area home led to an international child pornography investigation that eventually netted 41 arrests and rescued 19 child victims, York Regional Police say....

Boko Haram stoned captive girls to death as rescuers approached
275 women and girls rescued from Boko Haram captors
by Michelle Faul, The Associated Press Posted: May 03, 2015

Even with the crackle of gunfire signaling rescuers were near, the horrors did not end: Boko Haram fighters stoned captives to death, some girls and women were crushed by an armoured car and three died when a land mine exploded as they walked to freedom. Through tears, smiles and eyes filled with pain, the survivors of months in the hands of the Islamic extremists told their tragic stories to The Associated Press on Sunday, their first day out of the war zone. ...

Inuk Soldier Wanted To Die After Decade of Racism, Sexual Harassment Broke Her
APTN Investigates, National News | May 2, 2015 by Dennis Ward

After she phoned her sister, Cpl. Esther Wolki took a knife and began cutting into her arm. A decade with the Canadian Forces, including a tour in Afghanistan, the racism, sexual and emotional harassment had finally broke her. ...

What no one wants to talk about: how girl’s bodies are injured by porn using boys
How online porn is warping the behaviour of boys with girls

When Big Porn Inc: Exposing the harms of the global pornography industry first came out, people would tell me they would read a chapter, then take a break, then read another chapter. Others would say they were too shocked to finish it. It was too damaging to their psyche to continue. I would respond: you should see what we left out. ...

Nanaimo woman calls 911 after sex assault and is told to call the non-emergency line
by Kendall Hansonon: April 29, 2015, Chek News

A Nanaimo woman is speaking out after being sexually assaulted. The 20-year-old university student was surprised by a man who approached her on the street and groped her and then she was just as surprised by the response when she called 911. ...

Boko Haram girls to be evacuated
Independent, 29/04/2015

After carrying out a mass rescue of 200 girls and 93 women from the forest stronghold of an Islamic insurgent group, Nigeria's military is evacuating the females and plans to check their physical and mental health, an army spokesman has said. Colonel Sani Usman said many are traumatised and the military is flying in medical and intelligence teams to examine them. ...

What was Bud Light thinking? Consumers keep ‘no’ in their vocabulary
by Daniel Bukszpan, Fortune, April 29, 2015

Whatever response the company expected, they didn’t get it. Anheuser-Busch started its “Up For Whatever” marketing campaign two years ago. It consists of a different happy-go-lucky slogan on each bottle’s label, one of which read, “The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night.”

Whatever response the company expected, they didn’t get it. Mother Jones highlighted a Twitter comment calling Bud Light “the official beer of rape culture,” and Consumerist linked to a Reddit comment that read “Remember ‘No’ always means ‘No’ especially if the question is: do you want a Bud Light?” ...

Why We Don’t Keep Secrets In Our House {Child Abuse Prevention}
By Melissa Meuzelaar on April 23, 2015 in Abuse Prevention & Awareness, Parenting

About a month ago, our family was having dinner with some friends at their house. I walked into the kitchen just as the other mom, while winking at me, handed my son a second cookie and whispered, “shhhh. It’s a secret. Don’t tell your mom.” To my delight {and surprise}, my son exclaimed, “Oooooh, but we don’t keep secrets in our house. We do surprises.” In that moment I thought, he gets it and he’s not afraid to say it, thank goodness. ...

Malawi bans child marriages after rights campaign
By Afp, 15 April 2015

Malawian President Peter Mutharika has signed into law a ban on child marriages, parliament announced Wednesday, two months after lawmakers passed a bill raising the marrying age to 18. Rights activists say Malawi has one of the world's highest rates of child marriage, with some girls as young as nine of 10 married off -- even though the marriage age was previously set at 16. The new law carries a 10-year prison sentence for anyone who marries under the age of 18. ...

Life Inside the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp for Women
By Karen Iris Tucker, Slate, April 16 2015

“They had what I would call dead eyes,” said Sylvia Salvesen, a Norwegian survivor of Ravensbrück, recalling her first impression of the bald, skeletal prisoners she saw when she arrived at the camp in 1943. ... Helm, a British journalist, spoke to me by phone from her home in the United Kingdom a few weeks before April 16, Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah), and the April 29 anniversary of the liberation of Ravensbrück. She said that once a new prisoner’s initial shock at camp life subsided, she would struggle to maintain a modicum of humanity: “Being able to share a mattress with someone or to share your soup—those things meant everything.”...

Hockey Fans Unite To Help End Violence Against Women
Posted on April 17, 2015 by BWSS Communications

Last year, several high profile incidents of domestic and sexual violence forced a national conversation on both sides of the border about the epidemic of violence against women. The role of women’s anti-violence organizations emerged as key in providing a community-based response to survivors. And the powerful role of philanthropy emerged as individuals took direct action through their fundraising for Battered Women’s Support Services....

PODCAST: The Perfect Victim
Meghan Murphy April 17, 2015

A new documentary looks at the cases of four women — victims of domestic abuse who killed their husbands in an attempt to escape the years of torture inflicted upon them. They all received extremely severe sentences for their crimes; in three of the cases, the women weren’t even allowed to enter their abuse into evidence during trial, so the juries decided their fate without understanding the most pivotal information....

ReMatriate wants to take back 'visual identity' of First Nations
Traditions belong to families, clans and people who fought to preserve them: ReMatriate member
CBC News Posted: Apr 12, 2015

A Yukon woman is part of a national group fighting back against the misappropriation of indigenous images and labels in pop culture. Claire Anderson, a lawyer in Whitehorse, is a member of ReMatriate, a collective of women from different First Nations across the country using photography and social media to take back control of their "visual identity." ...

Former Boko Haram captive tells of abducted schoolgirls’ acts of defiance
GEOFFREY YORK, ABUJA, NIGERIA — The Globe and Mail, Apr. 12 2015

In the brief moments when their Boko Haram guards were gone, the abducted schoolgirls committed a small and hurried act of defiance: They recited Christian prayers. The girls from Chibok were thin and haggard and clothed in the Islamic attire that their captors forced them to wear, according to a woman who was held captive with them. When their overseers were gone, the schoolgirls hugged, cried and prayed. They talked mostly about one subject: how to escape....

Study shows link between continued abuse of aboriginal women, residential schools
by Allan Maki, CALGARY — The Globe and Mail, Apr. 10 2015

Young aboriginal women in B.C. are more likely to be victims of violence if they were sexually abused as children or had a parent who attended a residential school, a landmark study has found. Researchers for a survey called the Cedar Project say their study to be released on Friday is the first in Canada to show a statistical connection between continued abuse and the residential schools. (B.C. had 22 of them, the most of any Canadian province.) ...

Yazidi girls kidnapped by Islamic State return traumatized
One 9-year-old is pregnant, and there are signs of abuse and neglect among 200 captives released this week, say aid workers. More than 200 members of Iraq's Yazidi minority were freed by the Islamic State group after eight months in captivity and crossed Wednesday to the safety of Kurdistan.
By: Olivia Ward Foreign Affairs Reporter, Apr 09 2015

When they were torn from their families by Islamic State militants last summer, thousands of Yazidi girls and women were raped, tortured, forcibly married and enslaved. ...

70 per cent of murdered aboriginal women killed by indigenous men, RCMP confirm
by GLORIA GALLOWAY OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail, Apr. 09 2015

The Commissioner of the RCMP has confirmed earlier assertions by Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt that 70 per cent of the aboriginal women who are murdered in Canada meet their fate at the hands of someone of their own race. ...

Meet the Brave Women Behind China's Very First Modern Feminist Movement
by Marcie Bianco April 07, 2015

Zheng Churan. Wang Man. Wu Rongrong. Wei Tingting. Li Maizi. These are the five Chinese women, ages 25 to 33, whom the Chinese government have detained on charges of "picking quarrels and provoking troubles," the New York Times reports. That's shorthand for being feminist activists and shaking up the status quo. One of their best-known actions includes taking to the streets in blood-splattered wedding gowns to protest sexual violence against women. ...

Prosecutors to appeal acquittal in Cindy Gladue murder case
by Chris Purdy, Globe and Mail, Edmonton, The Canadian Press, Apr. 02 2015

Alberta prosecutors are appealing the acquittal of an Ontario trucker charged with murder in a case that has sparked protests and calls for justice for aboriginal women across the country.


Saving teen girls from early marriage — and mutilation
by Emily Johnson, PRI, March 31, 2015

If female genital mutilation, or FGM as it’s known, is so inextricably linked to early marriage, then disrupting one practice could put a halt to the other. Which is why we’re headed to Masanga, a small village in the hills near Serengeti National Park. ...

How Guatemalan Group ‘Las Poderosas’ Uses Theater to Confront Violence Against Women
Translation posted 19 March 2015 Naciendo

“Naciendo” (Emerging) is a new theater production from Las Poderosas. Image provided by the group and published with permission. With performances that are equal parts therapeutic and empowering, Guatemalan theater group Las Poderosas (Powerful Women) is sending a powerful message for gender equality and against gender-based violence from the stage. Since 2008, their work has expanded across social media and the region. For these women, theater is a means to heal, condemn, communicate, and raise awareness within a country where, according to information from UN Women, “two women a day are killed on average. ...

Divided SCC rules gun data can be destroyed
by Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press, March 27, 2015 OTTAWA -

A divided Supreme Court of Canada says the federal government has the right to order the destruction of Quebec's federal gun registry data -- but all three Quebec judges on the court disagreed. ...

Supreme Court to rule on Quebec’s bid to keep gun registry records
by SEAN FINE, JUSTICE WRITER — The Globe and Mail, Mar. 26 2015

The Supreme Court of Canada is scheduled to rule Friday morning on whether Quebec has the right to obtain records from the now-abolished federal long-gun registry or whether Ottawa can destroy the records. ...

Executions, beatings and forced marriage: Life as a Boko Haram captive
Three Nigerian women captured by the armed group describe their imprisonment and escapes
by Chika Oduah, aljazeera, March 23, 2015

YOLA, Nigeria — There is a house in Gulak, with a neem tree out front and a well in the back. Inside, dozens of women and girls spent days, weeks and even months waiting for a chance to escape their captors — members of the radical armed group Boko Haram.

The house is in Adamawa state in Nigeria’s northeast, not far from the border with Borno state, where Boko Haram fighters have killed civilians indiscriminately for nearly six years under the guise of establishing a state ruled by their extreme interpretation of Sharia. In Boko Haram’s wake are razed villages, slaughtered men and women and the nightmares of hundreds of women and girls who have been abducted. ...

Most Of The Web Is Invisible To Google. Here's What It Contains
A roadmap of the Internet's darkest alleys
by Marc Goodman, March 16, 2015

You thought you knew the Internet. But sites such as Facebook, Amazon, and Instagram are just the surface. There’s a whole other world out there: the Deep Web.

It’s a place where online information is password protected, trapped behind paywalls, or requires special software to access—and it’s massive. By some estimates, it is 500 times larger than the surface Web that most people search every day. Yet it’s almost completely out of sight. According to a study published in Nature, Google indexes no more than 16 percent of the surface Web and misses all of the Deep Web. Any given search turns up just 0.03 percent of the information that exists online (one in 3,000 pages). It’s like fishing in the top two feet of the ocean—you miss the virtual Mariana Trench below. ...

Honduran women refuse to be silenced in face of yet another setback
Even in a country where struggle is a way of life for feminists, the imprisonment of the celebrated women’s rights defender Gladys Lanza marks a fresh low
by Catalina Ruiz-Navarro, The Guardian, 18 March 2015

Gladys Lanza, a Honduran feminist activist, was recently convicted of defamation for defending a woman who accused a Honduran government official of sexual harassment. The verdict is aimed at sending a powerful message to all defenders of women’s rights in the country: “If you don’t want to be prosecuted, stay silent.”

In Honduras, violent deaths among women increased by 263.4% from 2005 to 2013. In 2009, the year of the coup d’état, femicide rose by 62%, while in 2013, a woman was murdered somewhere in the country every 15 hours. Between 2012 and 2013, 525 cases of harassment against women’s rights activists were documented. From 2009 to 2012, victims filed 82,547 accusations of domestic violence, 92% of which came from women. In 2013 alone, 2,851 charges of sexual violence were filed. More than 90% of cases end up with no conviction. The work of women’s rights activists is more important than ever. ...

A Gentlemen’s Guide To Rape Culture

If you are a man, you are part of rape culture. I know … that sounds rough. You’re not a rapist, necessarily. But you do perpetuate the attitudes and behaviors commonly referred to as rape culture. You may be thinking, “Now, hold up, Zaron! You don’t know me, homey! I’ll be damned if I’m gonna let you say I’m some sorta fan of rape. That’s not me, man!”

I totally know how you feel. That was pretty much exactly my response when someone told me I was a part of rape culture. It sounds horrible. But just imagine moving through the world, always afraid you could be raped. That’s even worse! Rape culture sucks for everyone involved. But don’t get hung up on the terminology. Don’t concentrate on the words that offend you and ignore what they’re pointing to—the words “rape culture” aren’t the problem. The reality they describe is the problem.

Indian student drags drunk attacker to police by his hair
by Harriet Alexander, GMT 21 Mar 2015

An Indian student has been hailed as a heroine for standing up to a man molesting her at a train station in the middle of the day, and dragging him by the hair to the police – while dozens of people did nothing to help. ...

Ashley Judd publishes powerful open letter, saying 'I am a survivor of sexual assault, rape and incest'
by Helen Nianias, Independent, 20 March 2015

Ashley Judd has written an emotional open letter, explaining the horror of sexual abuse she claims she was subjected to as a young woman. The actor and activist wrote the open letter for under the title "Forget Your Team: Your Online Violence Toward Girls and Women Is What Can Kiss My Ass". Judd explains that she was recently bombarded with hateful messages after she tweeted about a game of American Football.

She wrote: "I routinely cope with tweets that sexualize, objectify, insult, degrade and even physically threaten me. I have already - recently, in fact - looked into what is legally actionable in light of such abuse, and have supplied Twitter with scores of reports about the horrifying content on its platform.

The Women in the Middle of the War
Rampant sexual assault has unmade allegiances in Syria's civil war -- and it may well get worse no matter which side wins.
by Manal Omar March 18, 2015

Stop by a women’s shelter in Syria today, and the inhabitants will tell you just how bleak the future looks. After more than four years of civil war, the pervasive sexual assault that has become a blight on the country, regardless of allegiance, shows no sign of abating. As violence increases, more women are growing convinced that the end of the war is more significant than who emerges as the winner. The protracted conflict is leaving women to bear the brunt of the war, and they are reaching their breaking point. At the end of the day, a woman who runs such a shelter near Damascus told me, the politics of those who torment and rape these Syrian women doesn’t matter — for most victims, the line between opposition or the regime is blurred, if they can tell the political identity of the perpetrator at all. ...

Sweden’s prostitution solution
by Margaret Wente, The Globe and Mail, Mar. 17 2015

Here in Canada, most progressive people hold an enlightened view of prostitution. Since fighting it is futile, we ought to legalize and regulate it. Legalizing prostitution would destigmatize sex-trade workers and increase their safety. Hey, maybe they’ll even start signing up for dental plans!

Sweden went another way. In 1999, it passed a law to criminalize the buyers of sex, but not the sellers. Sex-trade workers were encouraged to report abusive clients to police, and given assistance to help them find other lines of work. (Or, in the case of migrant women who’d been trafficked, to return home.) The law is not unlike Canada’s new law, which has been widely derided as unworkable, unconstitutional, dangerous to women and hopelessly reactionary. But then nobody ever accused the Harper government of being progressive. ...

Jin, Jiyan, Azadî: Abertura da IV Ação Internacional no Curdistão
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Por: Mariana Armond Dias Paes*
A 4ª Ação Internacional da MMM

De cinco em cinco anos, a Marcha Mundial das Mulheres (MMM) realiza uma ação internacional para denunciar o patriarcado e a opressão das mulheres em todo o mundo. Neste ano, mulheres de diversos países sairão às ruas para demandar igualdade, liberdade, justiça, paz e solidariedade. As atividades se iniciaram no 8 de março – Dia Internacional da Mulher – e continuarão até 17 de outubro – Dia Internacional para a Erradicação da Pobreza....

This App Makes Your Phone Buzz When You Approach Places Where Women Made History
by Isis Madrid

The SPARK movement is aiming to put women on the map. After the non-profit noticed that Google’s daily doodles featured women only 17% of the time, they reached out to the tech giants. Google agreed with them, and the two have worked together to feature more history-making women. In addition, SPARK was invited to actively research and honor notable women through a mapping project powered by Google’s Field Trip app. ...

Indonesian clothes company sorry for 'sexist' labels
BBC News, 8 March 2015

An Indonesian sports wear manufacturer has apologised for printing washing instructions deemed sexist on the shirts of a top flight football club. "Washing instructions: Give this shirt to a woman. It's her job," Salvo Sports printed on the shirts of Indonesian Super League team Pusamania Borneo.

The instructions rapidly drew criticism on social media....

Angela Sterritt: The Legacy of Violence Against Indigenous Women in Canada
March 6, 2015 by Kerry Clare

Stepping onto the sandy shores of the Red River, a Winnipeg man and his son noticed a bundle floating on the sun-tinged water. It was later found to be the lifeless body of a petite 15-year-old Anishnaabe girl, wrapped in a bag.

The news of Tina Fontaine’s murder in the summer of 2014 flooded the headlines as thousands of shocked Canadians took to the streets to demand action. At a press conference, a Winnipeg police sergeant said, “Society should be horrified by the violent death of a child.” Members of Parliament stood up in the House of Commons stressing the need to have a national conversation about violence against Indigenous women. There was no question: justice was needed for a girl who had perished before her life even seemed to begin. ...

International Women's Day: Indigenous women still not equal in Canada
by Pamela Palmater, for CBC News Posted: Mar 07, 2015

On Friday another damning report was released that concluded Canada committed “grave violations” of the human rights of indigenous women and girls across the country. The report also recommended a national inquiry.

“Aboriginal women and girls are more likely to be victims of violence than men or non-aboriginal women, and they are more likely to die as a result,” said Niklas Bruun and Barbara Bailey, members of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. ...

India's Daughter: Ban on gang-rape film rattles fight for equality
WARNING: This story contains disturbing content
By Erin Obourn, CBC News, Mar 06, 2015

Protesters in India shout slogans and carry placards during a demonstration against rape in New Delhi. The government's decision to ban a documentary on the subject has ignited fresh debate. Protesters in India shout slogans and carry placards during a demonstration against rape in New Delhi. The government's decision to ban a documentary on the subject has ignited fresh debate. (Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters)

The government of India has banned a documentary in which a convicted rapist interviewed in prison blames his victim. It has set off a firestorm of controversy exposing a complex and splintered reaction over what significance the ban holds for gender equality. ...

Why I’m Terrified of Porn.
Via Suzanne Williamson Feb 19, 2015

This is a message to all the men in my life. All the beautiful men who I know strive for equality and who would never oppress a woman knowingly. This is a message for you because there is something you need to know.

Pornography terrifies me. And it’s a deep terror—like someone has stabbed me in the gut; like a giant planet is about to collide with the Earth.* ...

World opinion is against the Conservatives on missing and murdered indigenous women
Conservatives seem to be in the minority on this one.
Feb 27, 2015 by PressProgress

Despite over 1,200 missing or murdered women, and counting, the Harper government is increasingly in the minority opinion on the need for a national inquiry. So who's for it? Who's against it? As Friday's national roundtable on murdered and missing indigenous women meets, it's shaping up to be the Conservatives against... the world: ...

And last summer, Harper rejected the idea that the disproportionate violence towards indigenous women has social and economic causes: "I think we should not view this as sociological phenomenon." ....

Rehtaeh Parsons case: Dad of guilty man reportedly arrested in Wikipedia edits probe
Military member with CFB Shearwater was released, no charges in Wikipedia edits probe
by CBC News: Feb 26, 2015

The father of one of the men who pleaded guilty in the Rehtaeh Parsons case was arrested for allegedly using a computer at a Nova Scotia Canadian Forces base to make inappropriate web comments, and edit the Wikipedia entry about the girl's death, according to her father. ...

Wikipedia's revision history shows more than a dozen changes were made to its page about Rehtaeh. A quote attributed to Canning was changed to make it appear as though he said his daughter had consensual sex with two boys who were later convicted of child pornography. ...

Malawi bans child marriage, lifts minimum age to 18
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - 16 Feb 2015
by Emma Batha

LONDON, Feb 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Malawi has passed a law banning child marriage, raising the minimum age to 18 in a country where half of girls end up as child brides. Women rights campaigners hailed the move as "a great day for Malawian girls" and said the law would help boost development in one of the world's poorest countries. ...

Mexico bus driver killings: Ciudad Juarez woman sought
BBC, Sept. 2, 2013

A bus is pasted with posters with pictures of women who went missing, during the burial ceremony of the remains of Brenda Berenice Castillo at San Rafael municipal cemetery, on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, 8 June, 2013. Ciudad Juarez has a grim history of violence towards women

Mexican police investigating the murder of two bus drivers last week are examining claims the killer was a woman seeking to avenge sexual abuse. Two drivers from the same company in Ciudad Juarez were killed last week. ...

Diana, Hunter of Bus Drivers
by Yuri Herrera, This American Life

The first murder happened at 7:45 am, on August 28th, on bus route 4A. That morning, a woman hailed bus 718, climbed the steps, pulled a gun and shot the driver. The driver jumped out of the bus trying to escape but died on the sidewalk. The killer, witnesses said, was a middle-aged woman with dyed blonde hair -- or maybe it was a wig -- wearing a cap, plaid shirt and jeans. Nobody saw how she escaped. Or at least nobody would say.

The second murder happened twenty-four hours later, on the same route. A woman boarded the bus downtown and a few blocks later requested a stop. She walked towards the exit and motioned as if she were looking for the bus fare, but instead drew her gun, spat words into the driver's ear and shot him twice in the head -- then fled the scene. ...

Özgecan Aslan's killing a 'breaking point' in Turkish fight to end violence against women
Protests across country honour memory of 20-year-old
by Nil Köksal, CBC: Feb 16, 2015

Thousands of members of Turkey's Bar Associations march to the parliament in Ankara on Feb. 16, 2015, to protest the death last week of university student Özgecan Aslan. In part as an act of mourning and in part as an act of protest, women across Turkey dressed in black today to honour the memory of Özgecan Aslan. The university student’s killing last week has become a flashpoint for the ongoing fight to end violence against women in Turkey....

University of Toronto investigating handling of sexual assault report
Student says U of T failed to help her avoid attacker
by Timonthy Sawa, Lori Ward, CBC: Feb 16, 2015

The University of Toronto won’t discuss the student’s particular case, but a representative says students in crisis should be offered academic options to help them finish their studies. The University of Toronto is investigating the way it handled a report of sexual assault after a student says the school failed to help her avoid her attacker in classes she shared with him, CBC News has learned. ...

Met's refusal to police London rally 'may be human rights breach'
Move to make Million Women Rise demonstrators pay for security in effect bans protest for those who cannot afford to pay, say critics
by Matthew Weaver, 13 February 2015

The Metropolitan police has been warned it risks breaching the European convention on human rights by refusing to police a second planned protest in central London next month....

National Defence investigates edits on Rehtaeh Parsons' Wikipedia page
by Emma Loop, Ottawa Citizen, February 9, 2015

The Department of National Defence is investigating its personnel for using government computers to wipe mentions of the alleged sexual assault of Rehtaeh Parsons from her Wikipedia page and for suggesting her death was not a suicide. The edits, which occurred last week, went so far as to alter a direct quote from the Nova Scotia teen’s father about his daughter’s alleged gang rape.

“The Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces chain of command is aware of this matter and is investigating to determine whether an infraction has occurred,” spokesman Zoltan Csepregi said in an email. ...

My Child Was Sexually Abused - What I Wish I Knew Before

9 hard lessons every parent can learn from to keep their children safe from sexual abuse. Parents of children who have experienced sexual abuse reach out to us often wanting to share their experience so that other parents can learn and hopefully spare their children....

ISIS releases guide to women’s rights: ‘Stay in your houses,’ girls can marry at nine, education to age of 15
by Richard Spencer, The Telegraph | February 6, 2015

Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant militants have published a manifesto for women living under their rule, including marriage at nine, education to the age of 15, and an escape from the harsh dictates of Western feminism.

The United Nations says the Islamic State group is systematically killing, torturing and raping children and families of minority groups in Iraq, and it is calling on government forces there to do more to protect them. ...

Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Local reports say public anger over the settlement is growing across Saudi Arabia
by John Hall, The Independent, 4 February 2013

A ‘celebrity’ Saudi preacher accused of raping, torturing and killing his five-year-old daughter has reportedly been released from custody after agreeing to pay ‘blood money’. ...

Goldie Hawn program makes kids kinder and better at math, UBC researchers say
They outperform peers on a wide range of emotional and physiological measures
By Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun January 26, 2015

A social and emotional learning program started by actress Goldie Hawn to help schoolchildren be more caring, and less stressed is now backed by scientific evidence. Children taught to practice optimism and to live in moment were less stressed, kinder and better at math than children taught B.C.’s regular social responsibility curriculum, according to a study by researchers at the University of B.C. ...

Up to 80 men face charges over abuse of 16-year-old ‘prostitute’
Dutch News, January 26, 2015

At least 80 men could face charges in connection with the sexual abuse of a 16-year-old girl forced to work as a prostitute, local news site 1Limburg said on Monday. ...

'It's not about you being a Muslim and me being a Christian,' says one Nigerian activist
This story is a part of Across Women's Lives
PRI's The World, January 14, 2015

With all eyes turned on France last week, a massacre perpetrated by religious extremists in a northeastern Nigerian town called Baga barely registered around the globe. That disparity in news coverage jumps out, especially to Nigerians.

Esther Ibanga, a pastor in the town of Jos, and a founder of a group called Women Without Walls says she would have hoped the world would have paid more attention to the Boko Haram assault that took hundreds, perhaps thousands of Nigerian lives. ...

Why students don’t understand what counts as rape
Sexual contact without consent is assault – but an alarming number of young people are confused
by Olivia Goldhill, Telegraph, 22 Jan 2015

We should be past any debate about what “counts” as rape. Misconceptions took remarkably long to fade but, by 2015, all sane people recognise that rape doesn’t have to be committed by a stranger in a dark alleyway. Sex without consent is a crime – whether that happens on a date, at a drunken party, or within a marriage. ...

Real change for aboriginal women begins with the end of prostitution
by Cherry Smiley, The Globe and Mail, Jan. 14 2015

As a country, and as a result of the work of many aboriginal residential school survivors, family members, and advocates, we have come far in recognizing the inherent harm that the Indian Residential Schools have caused. We recognize that the purposes of the institutions themselves were violating, and the processes by which they attempted to achieve their aims resulted in systemic sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, loss of language, culture and identity, and sometimes death. We recognize that these horrific consequences continue to have an impact on lives today, and have left a particularly devastating legacy for aboriginal women and girls. ...

Murdered and missing aboriginal women deserve inquiry, rights group says
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has been studying issue in B.C. for 2 years
CBC News, Jan 12, 2015

The Inter-American Commission, which is affiliated with the Organization of American States, has issued a report on murdered and missing indigenous women.

A report into missing and murdered indigenous women in B.C. is breathing new life into an acrimonious debate between advocates of a public inquiry and the Canadian government, which says it is taking action to address the problem but refuses to call an inquiry.

The report by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), which is affiliated with the Organization of American States, said it "strongly supports the creation of a national-level action plan or a nationwide inquiry into the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls." ....

Papua New Guinea's 'Sorcery Refugees': Women Accused of Witchcraft Flee Homes to Escape Violence
By Samuel Oakford January 6, 2015

A number of women in Papua New Guinea have been forced to flee their homes amid accusations they practice witchcraft, becoming the latest victims of a growing phenomenon of sorcery-related violence, officials have said....

Escape from Duggarville: How playing the good Christian housewife almost killed me
AlterNet, 20 Sep 2014

Whenever I talk about my escape from the Quiverfull movement, Christians immediately dismiss my experience by saying, “Your problem was not with Jesus or Christianity. Your problem was that you were following an extreme, legalistic cult. Let me tell you about my personal relationship with Jesus.” It can be extremely frustrating. I was in a close, personal relationship with Jesus for over 25 years. But rather than telling you about the beginning of my relationship with this man, I am going to spare you the long story and skip straight to the break up. ...

Hundreds celebrate memory of mass slaying victim
by Elise Stolte, Edmonton Journal, January 5, 2015

EDMONTON - The boys sat straight-faced and quiet until the pastor read a letter from their teammate to his mom. “Even for my own son, that brought the emotion out in the boys,” said Blair Oko, head coach for the southwest Oil Kings.

The minor hockey team turned out in retro jerseys to support Jeremy Luu, the oldest son of Cyndi Duong, a hockey mom caught up in the bizarre string of shootings in Edmonton last week. ...

Dalhousie professors go public about complaint against dentistry students
Four faculty members say the school has not addressed concerns
The Canadian Press January 4, 2015

HALIFAX (NEWS1130) – Four faculty members of Halifax’s Dalhousie University say a complaint they filed two weeks ago about male students allegedly posting sexually hateful messages online about females has not been addressed by administration. ...

A Complete List of the Women Who Have Accused Bill Cosby of Sexual Assault
by Filipa Ioannou, Ben Mathis-Lilley, and Elliot Hannon

The following women have alleged as a matter of public record that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted or raped them. They are listed in the order their allegations became public. ...

Hamilton police adopt new statistical tool for predicting spousal abuse
Said to accurately predict risk of reoffending within the next 5 years
by Bill Dunphy, Jan 02, 2015

Hamilton police have begun using a new statistical tool that claims to accurately predict the odds a man accused of domestic violence will reoffend — whether or not he's been formally charged or convicted.

The tool — the Ontario Domestic Abuse Risk Assessment (ODARA) — was used in a Hamilton court for the first time last month to successfully oppose bail for a man charged in a domestic assault. Det. Sgt. Dave Hennick, who leads the Hamilton police family violence unit, said the new tool, a 13-point checklist, is truly "a best practice." ...

Nova Scotia pair puts domestic torture on global radar
Advocates pushing for new offence get international attention
by Angela MacIvor, CBC News Posted: Jan 02, 2015

After two decades of pushing for non-state torture to be recognized as a crime, Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald are finally breaking ground.

The registered nurses from Truro have been advocating on the behalf of victims. They say they've counselled hundreds of women over the years who have shared stories of extreme abuse, which they believe amounts to torture. ...

How a Cree woman fell to death, and no one saw anything
by Naomi Klein, The Globe and Mail, Dec. 19 2014

On July 20, 2013, Bella Laboucan-McLean fell 31 storeys off the balcony of a condo tower in downtown Toronto. She had been at a small gathering inside one of the building’s many glass boxes. There were five other people in the condo that night. A resident of a lower floor heard the sound of her body falling and alerted the police. ...

An Indigenous analysis of the article:
What Naomi Klein gets wrong in her #MMIW article KWE Today, Fierce Indigenous Feminism

Domestic Violence Is Violence
Mass killers often start by stalking or assaulting women.
by Nancy Leong, The Slate, Dec 22, 2014

On Saturday, Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot his ex-girlfriend Shaneka Thompson in the stomach. If that were all he did, most of us would never have heard of him today.

We live in a country where shooting your ex-girlfriend is at most local news. According to media reports, the management of Thompson’s apartment complex distributed a letter to other residents stating that her shooting was the result of a “domestic dispute” in order to reassure them that “this was a private, isolated incident.” When three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends every single day in the United States, domestic violence is just another routine event—merely a landlord-tenant-relations issue of no concern to anyone else.

Of course, later that day Brinsley went on to murder New York police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, so we now know that his shooting of Thompson was no private, isolated incident. The more difficult question is why anyone ever assumed that it was. ...

Girls choose death over fear of rape
by Lizzie Dearden, New Zealand Herald, Dec 24, 2014

Captured Yazidi girls in Iraq are killing themselves to escape rape and torture at the hands of Isis (Islamic State) militants holding them prisoner. Hundreds of women and children were captured during the group's bloody sweep through northern Iraq this year and have since been trafficked as sex slaves, forced into marriage and imprisoned. Victims who managed to escape told Amnesty International that many Yazidi girls killed themselves after losing hope of being saved.

Two Arrests Made in 'Viral' Rape of Texas Teen Jada
by Anna Merlan, Jezebel, 12/17/14

In July, a 16-year-old Houston teen named Jada was raped at a party, an assault that was photographed, with the images then passed around on social media. MSNBC's Ronan Farrow is reporting that two people have been arrested in the case, an adult and a minor; he displayed the adult's mug shot but did not report his name. Farrow spoke to Jada Tuesday, who told him, "I would like to see justice. Justice in full effect and that's it." ...

Day after Delhi incident, another Uber driver raped a woman in his cab in Boston
by First Post Staff Dec 19, 2014

Just a day after Uber's head of global safety pledged to 'build new safety programs and intensify others', a driver registered with the company has been charged with raping a young woman in Boston. According to The New York Times, a assault took place on 6 December, just a day after a woman in Delhi was raped by a Uber driver. ...

Isis 'executes 150 women for refusing to marry militants' and buries them in mass graves
Heather Saul,The Independent | Dec 17, 2014

Some of the women killed were pregnant at the time, according to the Anadolu Agency. Isis has executed at least 150 women for refusing to marry militants in Iraq, Turkish media has reported.

A statement released by the country's Ministry of Human Rights on Tuesday said the militants had attacked women in the western Iraqi province of Al-Anbar before burying them in mass graves in Fallujah. ...

Editorial: The Polytechnique shooting was an act of hatred against women
Montreal Gazette Editorial Board, December 5, 2014

Twenty five years ago, a gunman walked into École Polytechnique on the last day of the fall semester. He separated out the men, told them to leave and began killing the women. He castigated his victims for being feminists and daring to study engineering.

After [the murderer] turned his assault rifle on himself on Dec. 6, 1989, an angry manifesto was found in his pocket blaming women for the failures in his life. There nevertheless was a hesitation on the part of many to link the slaying of 14 bright, promising young women with misogyny.

Instead, [the murderer] was simply dismissed as a madman. ...

'Arrest us all': the 200 women who killed a rapist
When hundreds of women descended on Nagpur district court armed with knives, stones and chilli powder, within minutes the man who raped them lay dead.
by Raekha Prasad, The Guardian, Friday 16 September 2005

A year ago Usha Narayane was about to embark on a new life. A call-centre worker with a diploma in hotel management, she was 25 and about to travel north from her home in the centre of India to begin a managerial job in a hotel in Punjab. The job would transport her not only geographically but also socially.

Like her neighbours, Narayane is a dalit, an "untouchable", at the bottom of the caste ladder. Schooling and literacy are rare among the women of Kasturba Nagar, the slum neighbourhood in the city of Nagpur where she grew up. She was unmarried, preferring to work and study. Yet nobody resented her success. Instead, they had high hopes for the girl. But Narayane went nowhere. Today, she is in her family's one-room, windowless home, awaiting trial for murder. (NOTE: In 2012, Usha Narayane was released from custody.)

At 3pm on August 13 2004, Akku Yadav was lynched by a mob of around 200 women from Kasturba Nagar. It took them 15 minutes to hack to death the man they say raped them with impunity for more than a decade. Chilli powder was thrown in his face and stones hurled. As he flailed and fought, one of his alleged victims hacked off his penis with a vegetable knife. A further 70 stab wounds were left on his body. The incident was made all the more extraordinary by its setting. Yadav was murdered not in the dark alleys of the slum, but on the shiny white marble floor of Nagpur district court.

Laughed at and abused by the police when they reported being raped by Yadav, the women took the law into their own hands. A local thug, Yadav and his gang had terrorised the 300 families of Kasturba Nagar for more than a decade, barging into homes demanding money, shouting threats and abuse. ...

Two women on [murderer's] death list speak out
Mass murderer _______ had a list of 19 women he wanted to kill. Two of them tell the Star about learning they were targets.
by: Linda Diebel Canada, Dec 06 2014

... “He was our first terrorist and nobody was treating it that way,” says Pelletier. “Those (engineering) students dared to take the place of men. They represented our future and he was targeting our future — how we imagined ourselves to be.” ...

Page: How I sanitized the feminist outrage over the Montreal massacre
by Shelley Page, December 6, 2014

I arrived in Montreal four hours after the killing was done. Yellow tape wrapped l’École Polytechnique like a macabre Christmas present; surviving students gripped each other in numb disbelief. I was 24, sent by the Toronto Star to write about the slaughter of female engineering students, all around my age; fourteen of them.

Looking back, I fear I sanitized the event of its feminist anger and then infantilized and diminished the victims, turning them from elite engineering students who’d fought for a place among men into teddy-bear loving daughters, sisters and girlfriends.

Twenty-five years later, as I re-evaluate my stories and with the benefit of analysis of the coverage that massacre spawned, I see how journalists— male and female producers, news directors, reporters, anchors — subtly changed the meaning of the tragedy to one that the public would get behind, silencing so-called “angry feminists.” We were “social gatekeeping,” as filmmaker Maureen Bradley later asserted in her 1995 film, Reframing the Montreal Massacre: A media interrogation. ...

Polytechnique shooting 25th anniversary commemorated in Montreal
Montreal mourns 14 victims of Polytechnique massacre 25 years later
CBC News, Dec 06, 2014

Fourteen beams of light shot out into the night sky over Montreal on Saturday, one for each of the 14 victims of the École Polytechnique massacre that happened 25 years ago.

On Dec. 6, 1989, 14 women were killed at Montreal's École Polytechnique by a gunman professing to hate feminists and the place women took in society. ...

Montreal Massacre 25 years later
By Kerry Benjoe, Leader-Post December 6, 2014

REGINA — Although it’s been 25 years since the Montreal massacre stunned Canadians, organizers of the annual vigil at the University of Regina (U of R) say it’s important to mark the day.

“Violence against women is still prevalent in our society despite the gains we have made,” said Jill Arnott, executive director of the U of R Women’s Centre. “Women are still at risk. They are still the most vulnerable of any population. Then by proxy so are children by being associated with women.” ...

Public bus for Highway of Tears not mentioned in B.C.’s final missing women report
Northern leaders say status quo is ‘inadequate'
By Bethany Lindsay and Brian Morton, Vancouver Sun, December 4, 2014

VICTORIA - Community leaders along B.C.’s notorious Highway of Tears were frustrated to see the province release its final report on the Missing Women Inquiry without any mention of urgently needed public shuttle buses.

Two years ago, Missing Women Commissioner Wally Oppal urged the province to immediately commit to developing a “safer travel option” for people living along Highway 16, where 18 women have been murdered or gone missing in recent decades. ...

Jian Ghomeshi harassed me on the job. Why did our radio station look the other way?
Kathryn Borel, 2 December 2014

The now-disgraced CBC radio star fondled and abused me for years. He got away with it because management decided to protect their celebrity I used to work as a radio producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

A few months into my job in 2007, I let out a big yawn at a staff meeting and my host told me “I want to hate fuck you, to wake you up.” I was 27 years old. I made sure never to yawn in front of him again. ...

Viral video of Indian sisters fighting alleged harassers

BBC News Asia, 1 December 2014

A video of two sisters confronting men, who were allegedly sexually harassing them on a bus in India, has gone viral on social media. Another passenger used a mobile phone to record Friday's incident in Haryana State.

It is not clear how it began - one of the women told BBC Hindi that they had been "threatened and abused". Police say three men have been arrested and charged with assault. Watch here:

25 years after Ecole Polytechnique bloodbath, husband still fights for gun control

by CAMILLE LAURIN-DESJARDINS, QMI Agency, November 30, 2014

MONTREAL - It's been almost 25 years since Jean-Francois Larrivee saw his wife walk towards the doors of Ecole Polytechnique for the last time. Maryse Laganiere was 25 years old the day Marc Lepine came to the school with a gun and killed 14 women.

Maryse, who worked in the financial services department, was the only non-student among them. It was in that school where she met Larrivee in 1986 while he studied electrical engineering. ...

Michaëlle Jean named the new leader of la Francophonie
The former governor-general will oversee the organization of 57 member states for the next four years
The Canadian Press, November 30, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal – Former governor general Michaelle Jean has become the first woman leader of la Francophonie and will oversee the organization of 57 member states for the next four years.

Jean, who was named by consensus on Sunday, was up against four other candidates at the summit of la Francophonie, whose members include Canada, Quebec and New Brunswick....

Rehtaeh Parsons Society started to address cyberbullying, youth sexual violence
By Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press, November 29, 2014

HALIFAX – A new organization has been established by the parents of Rehtaeh Parsons to address the prevalence of cyberbullying, youth sexual violence and the distribution of images among young people.

The Rehtaeh Parsons Society will raise money to provide education, skills and tools to help young people. Leah Parsons and Glen Canning were on hand Saturday to introduce the new initiative during a community information session held at a church in suburban Halifax.

Parsons told the gathering that it’s been an emotional struggle since her daughter’s death. ...

China issues first draft law against family violence
by NATHAN VANDERKLIPPE BEIJING — The Globe and Mail, Nov. 26 2014

After decades of calls to change a system that allows police to shrug off spousal battery as a private family matter, the Chinese government has for the first time published a draft national law addressing family violence.

For years, the ugly stories have accumulated: women whose husbands have disfigured them with acid, burned them with cigarettes, bloodied them with fists, maimed them with knives and sometimes killed them – often with no intervention from authorities. ...

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Whistler (anti) rape posters pulled after making bar patrons uncomfortable
Howe Sound Women's Centre has agreed to change its campaign after complaints from bar owners
by Jesara Sinclair, CBC News, Nov 26, 2014

A women's group has pulled its Whistler poster campaign targeting sexual assault, after some people complained it made them uncomfortable.

The posters feature photos of drunk women and use the tag line, Don't Be That Guy. The campaign started in Edmonton and posters have been used successfully around Vancouver since 2010. ...

Violence against women linked to reproductive health problems
The Gleaner, November 26, 2014

Unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections and miscarriages are more frequent among women who report having experienced violence at any point in their lives, studies from multiple countries around the world show. ...

Time to look in the mirror on violence against women: Goar
Women’s activists implore policy-makers to look at the whole picture, not just the Jian Ghomeshi revelations. Every six days a woman is killed by an intimate partner in Canada.
by Carol Goar Star Columnist, Nov 06 2014

We’ve had an onslaught of graphic evidence in the past couple of weeks that women are vulnerable in their workplaces, their homes, their doctors’ offices, even in Parliament.

To some Canadians, it has come as a shock that gender violence is still pervasive in 2014. To others it is mystifying that women don’t just go to their bosses or the police when men harass, hit and hurt them. To a few it remains inconceivable that a public personality as charming and talented as CBC host Jian Ghomeshi could have abused young women with impunity for at least a decade.

None of this surprises women’s activists, human rights advocates or union organizers. They’ve seen it all before — many times before. What frustrates them is that society never connects the dots between these episodes; policy-makers never step back and look at the whole picture. ...

Benetton's New Campaign UnHates Women
Forbes magazine

Thirty-five percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual violence. Nearly half of women aged 20–24 in South Asia and 41 percent of women in West and Central Africa report they married before the age of 18. Some women have been publicly stoned to death. ...

In a spot created for the effort by Benetton’s in-house group Fabrica (see video), a fragile beautiful woman is surrounded by a circle of angry men. One of the men holds a stone in his hand. Suddenly the men start stoning the woman—you imagine they are hurtling rocks but a sudden wide reveal shot shows they are pelting her with flowers. ...

UN: Child Trafficking On The Rise
Malaysian Digest, 25 November 2014

VIENNA: One in 3 victims of human trafficking worldwide is a child, many of them subject to sexual exploitation or forced labor, a UN report said Monday, November 24. Overall, child trafficking has increased 5% since 2010, with girls and women accounting for 70% of the overall number of victims worldwide, according to the report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. ...

Transit rife with sexual predators as women subjected to daily abuse on buses, subways
by Richard Warnica | November 18, 2014

A group that studied street harassment faced by women says the scariest and most dangerous place for them is on buses, subways and streetcars. Megan had her earphones in when it started. It was about 10 p.m. She was on the bus, alone. And at first, she didn’t hear the guy yelling. “He had been calling out to me for a minute or so, just saying ‘Hey! Hey, what’s up?’ over and over,” she said. “I finally noticed and turned around and looked at him. As soon as I did, he got up and slid into the seat next to me.”

At first, the guy was just pushy. “What’s good?” he asked her. “What are you up to tonight? Where are you going?” But when Megan rebuffed him he turned from “creepy to furious.” ...

Nearly 36 million people live in modern slavery: report
by Katie Nguyen, November 18, 2014

Nearly 36 million people live in slavery worldwide, with little being done to liberate them, a human rights group says.

Thousands are living in 'modern slavery' in Australia

London: Almost 36 million people are living as slaves across the globe, with an index on Monday listing Mauritania, Uzbekistan, Haiti, Qatar and India as the nations where modern-day slavery is most prevalent. The Walk Free Foundation, an Australian-based human rights group, estimated in its inaugural slavery index last year that 29.8 million people were born into servitude, trafficked for sex work, trapped in debt bondage or exploited for forced labour. This year's figure represents about 0.5 per cent of the world's estimated population of 7 billion people. ...

Sex on campus: How No Means No became Yes Means Yes
Erin Anderssen, The Globe and Mail, Nov. 14 2014

The two university students, close friends, had hooked up before. They lost their virginity to each other early in first year, not long after meeting at a residence mixer during frosh week. The sex always happened under the same circumstances: They were out partying, drunk, and stumbled home together, a friend-with-benefits scenario. They didn’t talk about it the next day, except to say, “Are we good?” and “Yes, we’re good,” and they didn’t really tell anyone to avoid the assumption they were in a relationship. ...

Teaching consent to younger kids could help prevent sex assaults: experts
The Canadian Press, November 16, 2014

TORONTO -- Sexual assault allegations against former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi have sparked a national conversation about how to facilitate the reporting of such incidents, but some advocates say the focus should instead be on prevention.

A key to stopping sexual assaults from happening in the first place is education about the legal landscape, says Kim Stanton of the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund. "It's so important to educate young people on the law of consent and the fact that consent is something that has to be renewed at every stage, it can't just be assumed," she says. ...

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Over 300 Human Rights Groups and Anti-Trafficking Advocates Worldwide Weigh in on “Sex Work” Terminology In Media
CATW International November 4, 2014

Open Letter Urges the Associated Press Stylebook to Use Alternative Language When Addressing Prostitution

Dear Mr. Minthorn:

We, the undersigned, are leaders of frontline human rights organizations, survivors of the commercial sex trade, advocates, and allies working to end human trafficking and provide services to victims. This letter responds to both the public invitation from the Associated Press (AP) to submit comments for its Stylebook 2015 edition and the online campaign calling on the AP to replace the word “prostitute” with “sex worker.”

We strongly oppose the terms “sex work” and “sex worker” and urge the AP to use alternative vocabulary as proposed below. These terms were invented by the sex industry and its supporters in order to legitimize prostitution as a legal and acceptable form of work and conceal its harm to those exploited in the commercial sex trade. ...

We also reject the term “prostitute” because it stigmatizes and conflates the person in prostitution with the criminal activity inflicted on her or him. Instead of “sex work,” we suggest “sex industry,” “sex trade,” or “prostitution.” In lieu of “sex worker” or “prostitute,” we recommend “person in prostitution” or “prostituted person” or “commercially sexually exploited person.” The terms “teen prostitute,” “teen prostitution,” and “child sex worker” have no place in responsible journalism. ...

Ireland should adopt a ban on purchase of sex
Opinion: ‘Irish prostitution is highly organised and highly profitable. It is also highly exploitative’
by Ivana Bacik, Irish News, Nov 7, 2014

Prostitution has recently been presented in this newspaper as a freely entered commercial transaction between consenting adults. Commentators have suggested that the introduction into Irish law of the ‘Swedish model’, where the sale of sex is legal but its purchase is criminalised, would represent a paternalistic attempt to restrict women’s choices.

I strongly reject these arguments, and urge those hostile to the Swedish law to read the report on prostitution published in June 2013 by the Oireachtas Justice Committee, of which I am a member. We recommended unanimously that Ireland should adopt a ban on the purchase of sex, similar to that introduced by the Swedish government in 1999. The current “Irish model” for regulating prostitution is flawed; its focus is on prohibiting the visible display of prostitution, through criminalising public solicitation, kerb crawling, etc....

Sorry, we haven’t reached a ‘watershed’ on violence against women
DENISE BALKISSOON, Special to The Globe and Mail, Nov. 05 2014

One icy January morning around 3 a.m., I did call the police. My then-boyfriend was arrested and charged with one count of assault and two counts of assault with a weapon. The next day, one of my oldest (and strongest) friends, the director of a women’s shelter, asked whether photos had been taken of my injuries when I made a statement. They hadn’t, so I called Toronto’s 14 Division station and asked the investigating detective why not. He said because I had been drinking. ..

Bodies of 286 women discovered, 400 listed missing in east Ukraine
- Donetsk official

The bodies of 286 women have recently been discovered in the eastern Ukrainian city of Krasnoarmeisk while almost 400 women between the ages of 18 and 25 are still listed as missing, Alexander Zakharchenko, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic said Friday, according to RIA Novosti.

"Around 400 women between the ages of 18 and 25 have gone missing in Krasnoarmeisk where [Ukrainian forces] Dnepr-1 was based. The bodies of 286 women around Krasnoarmeisk who had been raped have been discovered," Zakharchenko said at a meeting with students from Donetsk National Technical University. ...

In Manitoba, hotels shelter the province's most vulnerable wards
by Kathryn Blaze Carlson, The Globe and Mail, Oct. 31 2014

WINNIPEG — Five aboriginal children spilled out of the Winnipeg hotel, the youngest – a one-year-old with round cheeks and a thumb in her mouth – carried on the hip of the eldest. A pair of Child and Family Services caregivers loaded the siblings into vans. The children were smiling. They were bound for a foster home.

They had been living at the Best Western Charter House, a basic hotel steps from the Manitoba Office of the Children’s Advocate, because the province had nowhere else to put them. ...

Why women who are sexually assaulted remain silent
by Elizabeth Renzetti, The Globe and Mail, Oct. 31 2014

In one corner, there is a man with a famous voice; in the other, a group of women who have been, until now, silent. Everyone in the country, it seems, has an opinion about the allegations of violence that have been directed against former CBC radio star Jian Ghomeshi.According to reports in the Toronto Star and on the CBC, nine women have now come forward and alleged that Mr. Ghomeshi was abusive toward them, with behaviour that included punching, slapping, choking, and sexual harassment. As of this writing, only two – actress Lucy DeCoutere and author Reva Seth – have put names to their claims. (Mr. Ghomeshi has said in a Facebook post that his activities were consensual, and no charges have been laid.)

... [Renzetti recounts horrific stories of rape and abuse of women and girls who are then ignored, denied, threatened and punished for speaking up, some losing their lives in the agony of despair. She ends with this statement:]

All around the world, women are blamed for the violence committed against them. We can’t blame them for their silence as well.

Leader of Nigeria’s extremists says kidnapped girls all married off, threatens to kill German
Haruna Umar And Michelle Faul, The Associated Press, Nov 1, 2014

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – With a malevolent laugh, the leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremists tells the world that more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls have all been converted to Islam and married off, dashing hopes for their freedom.

“If you knew the state your daughters are in today, it might lead some of you … to die from grief,” Abubakar Shekau sneers, addressing the parents of the girls and young women kidnapped from a remote boarding school more than six months ago.

In a new video released late Friday night, the Boko Haram leader also denies there is a cease-fire with the Nigerian government and threatens to kill an unidentified German hostage. ...

Twitter conversation about unreported rape goes global

Almost 8 million people see tweets, with countless women sharing their own stories of being raped, and why they never reported it. Toronto Star reporter Antonia Zerbisias created the Twitter hashtag #BeenRapedNeverReported with her friend Sue Mongomery, justice reporter at the Montreal Gazette.

By: Jacques Gallant Staff Reporter, The Star, Oct 31 2014

It started out as a Facebook conversation on Thursday between two good friends in two different Canadian cities, sharing their frustration with the act of blaming victims of rape in general and the attacks on the alleged victims of Jian Ghomeshi in particular.

Within 24 hours, it had become a global phenomenon, with nearly 8 million people in countries as far away as India and Saudi Arabia taking part in an effort to rid the social stigma that surrounds victims of rape and reminding them that they are not alone, that there is a whole network of people that knows what they are going through and that they can lean on for support. ...

Sexual Violence Against Children Rampant In Nicaragua

Last year, doctors examined more than 6,000 victims of sexual violence and found more than 80 percent of them were children.

Hosted by: Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani

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This is #whyistayed
Helen Baker, Contributed to The Globe and Mail, Oct. 22 2014

Embarrassed. Humiliated. Shamed. Shocked.

I could go on, but those words are a good place to start when I dig up those buried feelings that washed over me four years ago.

This year’s assault by Ray Rice of his then-fiancée, now-wife, sends the same shivers through my body as the police photograph of Rihanna’s battered face five years ago. Rice and Chris Brown have made domestic violence famous. It doesn’t feel like a dirty little secret from low-income, struggling communities any more. It happens in all walks of life.

Yet, there is such a stigma clinging to domestic violence that it continues to make me feel embarrassed, humiliated and shocked when I think of my own assault. ...

Three teens fight for life after US school shooting
26 October 2014, The Sun Daily

LOS ANGELES: Three teenagers were fighting for their lives Saturday after a fellow student shot each in the head, as it emerged that a staff member attempted to stop the attack at a US high school.

Two girls, 14, and a boy, 15, were in critical condition in the hospital after Friday's bloodshed in the northwestern state of Washington that also left one student and the young shooter dead in yet another US school attack....

This Blog’s Purpose: Radical Feminist Resistance
by rubyfruit2

In landmark UK cases, successful criminal prosecutions have taken place against those who menacingly threatened feminists on the internet for daring to have an opinion and expressing it in the public domain. Today, a man was jailed for 18 weeks for making violent threats: ...

Kurdish Women Fight on Front Lines Against Islamic State
A Third of Kurdish Fighters Are Women, Defying Mideast Attitudes and Altering Kurdish Society
By Ayla Albayrak in Suruc,Turkey and Margaret Coker in Kirkuk, Iraq Oct. 17, 2014, Associated Press

When 19-year-old Dilar and her girlfriends learned last spring that a woman who taught at a local school had died fighting Islamic State, they made a pact: They would join an all-female Syrian Kurdish brigade named in the teacher’s honor.

Her unit, the Martyr Warsin Brigade, saw action this summer in a tough battle against the extremist fighters for Ras al-Ayn, a town along the Turkish border. Dilar came away without injury and returned home to a hero’s welcome. ...

Boko Haram agrees to cease-fire, may release schoolgirls
Ameen Auwalii , Special for USA TODAY October 17, 2014

LAGOS, Nigeria — More than 200 missing schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram may be released as part of an immediate cease-fire agreement with Nigerian officials, the government said Friday. "The insurgents have assured the government that all those in their captivity, including the missing Chibok girls, are well and alive," Mike Omeri, the government spokesman, said in a statement. "They have also promised to release them without attaching any condition."...

Bill C-36 passes in the House of Commons
by Meghan Murphy,, October 7, 2014

The Conservative government's prostitution bill -- Bill C-36 -- passed in the House of Commons Monday night by a 156-124 vote. In 2007, a case challenging Canada's prostitution laws as unconstitutional resulted in the Supreme Court of Canada throwing out the laws criminalizing pimping, communicating for the purposes of prostitution, and running a brothel. The federal government was therefore tasked with coming up with new laws. ...

Fraternity dosed women with date-rape drugs based on color-coded hand stamps: police
by David Ferguson, 19 Sep 2014

The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee’s chapter of the fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) is under investigation after four people were dosed with a so-called “date rape” drug.

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, police raided the fraternity house on Tuesday. In the wake of a raucous Friday night party at the house, three women and one man were hospitalized with symptoms of extreme intoxication and disorientation.

One student has been arrested in connection with the alleged druggings, which were administered on the basis of color-coded hand stamps. All of the women who were drugged had red X’s on the backs of their hands, which were given to them by the party’s doorman. ...

B.C. woman wins fight to get nude photos deleted from site after police say ex-boyfriend broke no laws
by Larissa Cahute, Postmedia News | October 10, 2014 |

...Unable to afford legal fees for a civil defamation suit, she turned to police, but only left feeling blamed, as she was told it wasn’t a crime “because I shared the photos willingly.”

So she searched for cyberbullying resources, but most were catered to minors. It wasn’t until she found a U.S.-based website,, specifically specializing in removing posts not only from the site, but also from search engines, that Salmi finally found her solution. ...

Arlena Lindley’s boyfriend Alonzo Turner beat her for months and murdered her child — so why was she sent to prison for 45 years?
by Alex Campbell BuzzFeed Staff, Oct. 2, 2014

... Lindley’s case exposes what many battered women’s advocates say is a grotesque injustice. As is common in families terrorized by a violent man, there were two victims in the Lindley-Turner home: mother and child. Both Lindley and Titches had suffered beatings for months. But in all but a handful of states, laws allow for one of the victims — the battered mother — to be treated as a perpetrator, guilty not of committing abuse herself but of failing to protect her children from her violent partner.

Said Stephanie Avalon, resource specialist for the federally funded Battered Women’s Justice Project, “It’s the ultimate blaming of the victim.”

Online Pornography's Effects, and a New Way to Fight Them
There is a fix for the brain-altering effects of pornography
By Holly Finn, May 3, 2013

... For a year I've been asking young folks about pornography's effect—and they've been honest. When I asked one successful 29-year-old last week if she feels porn influences her life, in bed or out, her answer was typical. "A thousand percent," she said. This woman finds herself repeatedly in porn-informed situations that are unpleasing, even unpleasant, while—crucially—her partner feels nothing's amiss. This isn't about one girl's luck or one guy's moves. It's about a generation of them. I've never felt so lucky to be over 40. ...

Highway 6 closed by protest over missing, murdered women
The Canadian Press, Oct 04, 2014

Protesters calling for action on missing and murdered aboriginal women have closed stretches of two highways in Ontario.

Provincial police say demonstrators have blocked part of Highway 6 between Caledonia and Hagersville and at the Skyway Bridge on Highway 49 connecting Tyendinaga Territory and Prince Edward County.

The protests come on what's billed as a national day of vigil for missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls. Six Nations Men's Fire, which is organizing the planned two-day Highway 6 closure, is calling on the federal government to hold an inquest into the matter. ...

Universities under pressure to combat sexual misconduct on campus
Lakehead University implements system that 'supports the victim'
By Susan Ormiston, CBC News, Sep 29, 2014

University of Ottawa's hockey scandal raises questions about rape culture on campuses

The movement to combat sexual misconduct on North American campuses is persistent and growing, with one Canadian university trying to strengthen support for alleged victims.

“Whether there is a ‘rape culture’ or not, I can’t say, but we are trying to set up a system that first of all educates our students about sexual assault, secondly puts in place preventative measures and thirdly supports the victim," says Lakehead University President Dr. Brian Stevenson. ...

Guilty Plea in Rehtaeh Parsons Case
Sept 25, 2014

This morning I sat in a Halifax courtroom and listened as one of the young men involved with my daughter’s case changed his plea to guilty. He is guilty of producing child pornography. He is the person who clicked the button on that cellphone, and as simply as that, he ended her life. It’s a bittersweet moment.

I’m sure some will hope our family can find some peace but the truth is that plea opens the door to some serious questions. Why did the RCMP originally tell us the production of this image wasn’t a police matter when it was? ...

Students protest 'slut shaming' high school dress codes with mass walkouts
by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles,, 24 September 2014

Students around US organise protests after administrators have made them wear ‘shame suits’ or mandate hemline limits

A spate of revolts against school dress codes appears to be gaining momentum across the United States, with students staging walkouts and other protests to complain at the way girls have been “humiliated” and forced to cover up.

A vocal campaign has emerged after recent incidents angered students in New York, Utah, Florida, Oklahoma and other states, with some accusing schools of sexism and so-called “slut shaming”. ...

Iraq: Lawyer and human rights defender Samira Saleh Al-Naimi executed by ISIS in Mosul

With utmost sorrow and grief, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) received the news of the execution by the so called Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) of lawyer and human rights defender Samira Saleh Al-Naimi in the city of Mosul, Iraq.

Reports confirmed that on the evening of 22 September 2014, a group of masked armed men who belong to ISIS opened fire and killed her in a public square in the very heart of Mosul. She was kidnapped by ISIS from her home last week after she described as “barbaric” the widespread damage that ISIS inflicted on ancient features of her city. ...

Serena Vermeersch homicide: Raymond Caissie's 2013 release outrages mayor
Surrey Mayor Diane Watts says Raymond Lee Caisssie, 43, should never have been released
CBC News Posted: Sep 23, 2014

Mayor Dianne Watts of Surrey, B.C., says she is outraged a convicted high-risk sex offender who was released into her community last year has now been charged with second-degree murder of 17-year-old Serena Vermeersch. ...

NFL running back Jonathan Dwyer 'head-butted wife after she refused sex'

Associated Press in Phoenix,, 18 September 2014

The Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, then punched her in the face the next day, police said on Thursday.

The details surfaced in a law enforcement report a day after Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges and deactivated from all team activities after he was taken into custody at the Cardinals’ practice facility and headquarters in Tempe. He spent a night in jail and made a brief court appearance before being released on a $25,000 bond early on Thursday. ...

Private photo hacking shows our Faustian bargain with the digital age
The Globe and Mail, Editorial, Sep. 02 2014

The hacking of female celebrities’ private photos and the gleeful sharing of the photos online are criminal and downright perverse. It’s prurient interest gone wild. But for all the considerable indignity Jennifer Lawrence and others have suffered, the episode points to a more troubling truth about our times: that between governments and their spy agencies, the constant data-mining of our personal information by social media companies and the perpetual risk of digital identity theft by hackers, our personal lives have never been under greater siege. You can feel sorry for the intrusion the celebrities have suffered, or you can cynically say, “Tough luck, that’s what you get for being famous.” But what you really ought to be thinking is, “How do I keep this from happening to me?”

Because it can. Smartphones, digital photography and social media are ubiquitous, yet to a large degree people are unaware of just how much they risk by putting even basic personal information online – let alone recording every aspect of their lives on smartphones that are backed up to vulnerable cloud servers. The fact that the most common stolen passwords, according to one security software manufacturer, are “123456” and “password” is fairly convincing evidence that many people just don’t get it....

Assaulted women have enough to do without answering all your questions

by Elizabeth Renzetti, The Globe and Mail, Sep. 12 2014

Ladies, it’s time to take a quiz to ascertain whether you’re indulging in risky behaviour. Have you, at any time in the past 12 months:

Had a drink in public?
Taken a photo of yourself in private?
Ridden in an elevator?
Or a bus?
Attended a party?
Used the bathroom in the middle of the night?

If so, you might want to ask why you have so recklessly placed yourself in the path of assault/rape/death/sexual blackmail. What were you thinking? Don’t you realize that it’s safer to stay at home, in a cardboard box, with someone occasionally stuffing crackers through a slot in the front?

Perhaps, when it comes to issues of aggression toward women, we are asking the wrong questions. Or, should I say, we are asking questions of the wrong people. Women already have enough to do, what with the running and ducking and fending off and being dragged away, unconscious. Let’s look at some recent examples:

Why didn’t she leave? Reeva Steenkamp was killed by her boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius, who shot her multiple times through a bathroom door in the middle of the night. Why didn’t she leave him when she realized he was a jealous control freak who was fixated on guns? “I’m scared of you sometimes, of how you snap at me,” Ms. Steenkamp wrote to him in a text that was read along during his murder trial. (He was cleared of murder, but found guilty of culpable homicide.) ...

Pakistan army arrests 10 militants suspected in attack on teen activist Malala
by MUNIR AHMED, Pakistan — The Associated Press, Sep. 12 2014

Pakistan’s army said Friday that it has arrested 10 militants suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who won world acclaim after she was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating gender equality and education for women. Army spokesman Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa said the detained men attacked Yousafzai, then 15, on orders from Mullah Fazlullah, the head of the Pakistani Taliban.

The army is currently waging a major offensive against the extremist group in North Waziristan, a tribal region along the border with Afghanistan that has long been a militant stronghold. ...

Spotlight shines on spousal abuse following Ray Rice incident
by Carly Weeks, The Globe and Mail, Sep. 11 2014

This week, as many debated how much blame and responsibility former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice should shoulder for knocking his wife unconscious in an elevator in February, what the NFL could have done differently and why his then-fiancée decided to marry him shortly thereafter, a woman was murdered by her partner somewhere in Canada. ...

Remember Reeva Steenkamp, and the thousands of other women killed by men every year
by Karen Ingala Smith, Independent, UK, 11 September 2014

Two women a week are killed by a partner or former partner in England and Wales. We should be horrified by all the deaths of all women killed through male violence, regardless of who committed the crime

Fatal male violence against women is a worldwide problem, yet it is rarely headline news, like it is today. As we wait to find out whether Oscar Pistorius will be convicted of culpable homicide for shooting Reeva Steenkamp dead, I’m reminded of last week when news of the beheading of 82-year-old Palmira Silva was met with horror, yet very few people were aware that she was the third woman in London to have been beheaded in less than six months. ...

Psychologists Find a Disturbing Thing Happens to Women Who Read ‘50 Shades of Grey’
By Erin Brodwin August 23, 2014

Anastasia Steele's biggest defeat may not have been submitting to her abuser's sexual desires, but convincing other women that the behavior was okay. At least that's the finding of a new study in the Journal of Women's Health, which claims young adult women who read Fifty Shades of Grey are more likely to replicate the behaviors of people in abusive relationships. ...

Stupidity outbreak mars Harper’s visit
by John Thompson, August 22, 2014

What a relief. Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Whitehorse yesterday and shared with the territory a fresh insight: the plight of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada is not, in fact, a “sociological phenomenon.” Rather, the root of the problem is that we simply haven’t locked enough people away in prison.

“We should view it as crime,” Harper said. “It is crime against innocent people, and it needs to be addressed as such.”

Well, that makes things much tidier, doesn’t it? No need to fret over the toxic brew that contributes to the many troubles faced by Canada’s aboriginal communities: high unemployment, rife substance abuse, overcrowded housing, low education levels, not to mention the terrible traumas inflicted during residential schools that continue to be passed from one generation to the next, and so forth. ...

by Meghan Murphy, May 9, 2014

On Tuesday, The New School hosted a conversation between bell hooks, Marci Blackman, Shola Lynch, and Janet Mock, titled “Are You Still a Slave? Liberating the Black Female Body.” The conversation explored representations and images of women of colour in the media. ...

In the early part of the conversation, hooks talks a lot about Twelve Years a Slave, which she said, on the Melissa Harris-Perry show, was “sentimental claptrap.” I haven’t actually see the film, so I can’t speak to it directly, but hooks apparently experienced a lot of backlash over her critiques because so many people enjoyed the film. She responds, saying: “As a black woman, when I see images like myself, abused, beaten, raped, tortured… I don’t feel entertained… If I never see another naked, enslaved, raped black woman onscreen as long as I live, I’ll be happy.” ...

How to stop an epidemic of native deaths
The Globe and Mail, Globe editorial, Aug. 22 2014

“We should not view this as a sociological phenomenon. We should view it as crime.” That is how Stephen Harper on Thursday responded to demands for a national inquiry into the epidemic of missing and murdered aboriginal women. The Prime Minister is at least half right. The death of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine surely was a crime. ...

But the dead should not only be an ex post facto matter. Yes, of course these murders are crimes. But they are not only crimes. To want to dig deeper, and to ask why things like this are happening, month after month, is not to deny individual criminal responsibility. It does not exonerate the perpetrators or diminish the victims. The Prime Minister is wrong: The murder of Tina Fontaine, and the murder of more than 1,000 aboriginal women over three decades, is a sociological phenomenon. And it is an epidemic. ...

Study shows domestic violence falls as women gain rights from land ownership
by Guy Lasnier

The change was clear and it was dramatic: "I went from being property to owning property," a woman in a remote area of Nicaragua told UC Santa Cruz assistant professor of psychology Shelly Grabe.

Grabe wanted to know how the power dynamic between men and women might change when women owned land. More importantly, she wanted to know how the propensity for gender-based violence against women might change.

Writing in the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly, Grabe suggests that when women in developing countries own land, they gain power within their relationships and are less likely to experience violence. ...

‘A killer walks amongst us’: TIB chief warns women to be careful
by: Tim Petruk in Crime, Law & Order, News, Police August 11, 2014

IN THE PHOTO: Shirley Paul (right), mother of Samantha Paul, is consoled by her sister Joyce Paul, during a press conference at the Tk’emlups Indian Band offices on Monday, Aug. 11. Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, sits to their right. Phillip said he’s ‘outraged’ and called the failure of the federal government to hold an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women ‘a national disgrace.’ Samantha Paul vanished last September and, last week, remains found in June south of Barnhartvale were determined to be hers.

Local First Nations leaders are urging vigilance and asking for help after a skull found south of Barnhartvale in June was determined last week to be that of missing native women Samantha Paul.

“We call upon the public and urge people to come forward and speak up if they know anything about the disappearance of Samantha,” Tk’emlups Indian Band Chief Shane Gottfriedson said at a press conference on Monday, Aug. 11. ...

Brazil rights groups decry pap-smear requirement for job applicants
Women can get a doctor's note declaring their virginity
The Associated Press: Aug 08, 2014

The Sao Paulo education department since 2012 has required the controversial health examination as part of the application process.

Women seeking education jobs in Brazil's most populous state should not be required to submit to gynecological exams or prove their virginity in order to work, according to women's rights advocates who denounced the practice on Friday. ...

Therese Casgrain removed from public history
by Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press, Jul 27, 2014

OTTAWA - The Harper government has spent millions to commemorate the War of 1812 and other episodes from Canadian history, but has also erased at least one inspiring piece of the past.

Therese Casgrain, a feminist icon and Quebec heroine who died in 1981, has been quietly removed from a national honour, to be replaced by a volunteer award bearing the prime minister's banner....

'Boko Haram' abducts Cameroon politician's wife

The Cameroonian military says members of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram have abducted the wife of the country's deputy prime minister in the northern Cameroonian town of Kolofata.

A local religious leader and mayor was also abducted from the same town....

Nigeria signs $1.2m PR deal to improve image after Boko Haram kidnaps
President seeks to change the 'narrative' surrounding efforts to find schoolgirls taken by Islamic militants, says This is Africa Luso Mnthali for This is Africa, part of the Guardian Africa network, 1 July 2014

The Nigerian government has signed a contract worth more than $1.2 million with a Washington DC public relations firm to deal with the fallout from the Boko Haram kidnappings. ...

Young Scientists Say They're Sexually Abused In The Field
by Kara Manke, July 17, 2014

Many young scientists dream of their first trip to a remote research site — who wouldn't want to hang out with chimps like Jane Goodall, or sail to the Galapagos like Charles Darwin, exploring the world and advancing science?

But for many scientists, field research can endanger their health and safety. In a survey of scientists engaged in field research, the majority — 64 percent — said they had personally experienced sexual harassment while at a field site, and 22 percent reported being the victim of sexual assault. ...

Gender Block: SlutWalk Toronto 2014
by Hillary Di Menna

...As for the name, re-appropriation of “slut” has never been necessary to support the walk. It is about throwing a word—in a world where so many hateful words against women exist in many different languages—back at those who use it like venom.

“We’ve started a lot of conversations surrounding sexual violence, victim-blaming and rape culture,” says SlutWalk Toronto organizer Natalee Brouse. “It’s now up to us to use this platform for more nuanced conversations about who is affected by sexual violence, how we as a culture and society harm rape survivors, and what we can do to change that.”

Using Soccer to Reverse Violence Against Women
by Ann DeMarle, July 1, 2014

Occurring less than two weeks apart, the violent protests surrounding the opening of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the shootings at UC Santa Barbara, clearly point out that bias breeds violence. Yet there is promising news. Just beyond the pitch, this same international sport, soccer, is being used to reverse the epidemic of inequality and violence against women and girls. ...

Soccer may provide one part of the solution. In Brazil, where the World Cup is being held, UN agencies are distributing a million stickers in host cities, and they are waging an aggressive social media campaign to spread the message that men have a responsibility to end this global scourge. ...

And recently, a research study was released, showing that BREAKAWAY is an effective, transformative tool to address the rampant problem of violence against women. ...

Nigerian military busts terror cell, makes arrest in schoolgirl abductions
by: Michelle Faul The Associated Press, Published on Mon Jun 30 2014

LAGOS, NIGERIA—Nigeria’s military has busted a terrorist intelligence cell and arrested a businessman who “participated actively” in the April mass abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls, a statement said Monday. ...

Maroc: la colère des féministes contre des propos du Premier ministre
Maroc Droits des femmes, Publié le 25-06-2014

Le chef islamiste du gouvernement marocain Abdelilah Benkirane a fait une déclaration polémique sur les femmes la semaine dernière devant les députés. Il a estimé que le travail ne laissait « plus de temps [à la Marocaine] ni de se marier, ni de devenir mère, ni d'éduquer ses enfants », ajoutant qu'il s'agissait d'une « faute ». « Les foyers marocains se sont éteints lorsque les femmes sont sorties pour travailler », selon lui. Il n'en fallait pas davantage pour mobiliser les associations de femmes, qui ont manifesté ce mardi à Rabat....

‘Strawberry Ceremony’ to honour aboriginal women missing or murdered

Gatherings at Toronto police headquarters and across Canada on Friday focus attention on native women, who are 7 times more likely to be murdered.

Joyce Carpenter holds a photo of her daughter Trish at the age of 14,with her adopted son Luki , 8, and grandson Dakota, 21, right, who is Trish's son. Trish was found asphyxiated on a construction site just off Yonge St. in 1992. On Friday, the lives of missing and murdered First Nations women will be honoured at the 9th Annual Strawberry Ceremony at Toronto Police headquarters. (Photo by Vince Talotta / Toronto Star)

By: Antonia Zerbisias Feature Writer, Published on Thu Feb 13 2014

... The police called it an accident, saying she had somehow stumbled into the hole head-first, or perhaps was reaching for some coins at the bottom of the two-metre-deep hole, when she got stuck and died from asphyxiation.

But neither the construction workers who made the gruesome discovery that September morning, nor the coroner’s inquest, nor Carpenter’s mother, Joyce, fully accepted the results of the police investigation.

Nigerian Police Ban Protests Over Kidnapped Girls
ABUJA, Nigeria June 2, 2014 (AP)
By BASHIR ADIGUN Associated Press

Nigerian police said Monday they have banned protests in the capital demanding that the government rescue more than 200 girls still held captive by Boko Haram militants.

The protests have "degenerated" and are "now posing a serious security threat," Abuja police commissioner Joseph Mbu said in a statement. The kidnapping crisis, now in its seventh week, has highlighted Nigeria's failure to curb Boko Haram's uprising....

Buying sex should be illegal, but not selling it, survey finds
Online poll found Canadians want clear limits on prostitution in brothels or red light districts. Survey attracted more than 31,000 responses.
By: The Canadian Press Jun 02 2014

OTTAWA—Buying sex should be a crime, but not selling it, a majority of Canadians say. They were responding to a Justice Department online survey on prostitution earlier this year felt that purchasing sexual services should be a criminal offence.

The survey attracted 31,145 usable responses: 56 per cent felt paying a prostitute should be a criminal offence but 66 per cent said being a prostitute should not be a crime. ...

Betrayal: What do you do when you discover your friend is a pedophile?
By Barb Pacholik, Leader-Post May 31, 2014

He thought nothing of the envelope when first reaching for it. A standard, legal-sized manilla type used for business, it was just one more bit of clutter on the table. Jon Walsh was helping his buddy clean and pack for a move from a rental farmhouse in the Francis area. "I was about to crumple it up," Walsh recalls. ...

"He didn’t kill people because women wouldn’t have sex with him. Women didn’t have sex with him because they sensed he wanted to kill them."

In the aftermath of the California killings, one issue no one talks about
by Tabatha Southey, The Globe and Mail, May. 30 2014

In the wake of the Isla Vista killings, in which a man killed six people and injured 13 more before committing suicide, there was suddenly lots of conversation on previously steadfastly avoided topics people seemed willing to have.

“We need to talk about mental illness!” I read repeatedly directly after the news broke, complete with details of the killer’s motivation for his acts – a hatred of women he had meticulously documented. ...

More arrests in Pakistani ‘honour killing’ case
Pregnant woman was beaten and stoned to death by her family for marrying without their permission; father has already been arrested.

ISLAMABAD—Pakistani police said Friday that they have arrested four more people in connection with the killing of a pregnant woman who was beaten and stoned to death by her family for marrying without their permission.

The police arrested the four men late Thursday from their village in the Nankana district, said Nayab Haider Rizvi, the police spokesman in Lahore. Police have already arrested the woman’s father and say he has confessed to the killing. They are looking for two of her brothers....

Police fired over teenage rape case in India
The Star, May 30, 2014

In a country with a long history of tolerance for sexual violence, the firings also came as the state's top official mocked journalists for asking about the attack.

LUCKNOW, INDIA—Facing relentless media attention and growing criticism for a series of rapes, state officials in north India fired two police officers Friday for failing to investigate the disappearance of two teenage cousins, who were gang-raped and later found hanging from a tree.

But in a country with a long history of tolerance for sexual violence, the firings also came as the state's top official mocked journalists for asking about the attack....

India: Sisters gang raped, hung from tree as police idle
New Zealand Herald, May 30, 2014

Two teenage sisters in rural India were raped and killed by attackers who hung their bodies from a mango tree, which became the scene of a silent protest by villagers angry about alleged police inaction in the case.

Two of the four men arrested so far are police officers.

Villagers found the girls' bodies hanging from the tree early Wednesday, hours after they disappeared from fields near their home in Katra village in Uttar Pradesh state, police Superintendent Atul Saxena said. The girls, who were 14 and 15, had gone into the fields because there was no toilet in their home. ...

Isla Vista: Santa Barbara mourns rampage victims
BBC, May 27, 2014

...'Not one more' Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher Michaels-Martinez was among those shot dead, addressed the thousands of mostly young people sitting in the sun in the university stadium on Tuesday.

He called for the students to turn their grief into action. "Not one more," he said. ...

Father of victim in Santa Barbara shootings to politicians: ‘I don’t care about your sympathy.’
by Kimberly Kindy, Washington Post, May 27, 2014

GOLETA, Calif. — Richard Martinez grew up around guns, shooting birds out of the fruit trees on his family’s farm. He later served as a military police officer in the U.S. Army before going on to become a criminal defense lawyer, at times representing the young and the violent.

Now, Martinez is a grieving father.

He’s asking members of Congress to stop calling him to offer condolences but nothing more for the death of his only child, Christopher Michaels-Martinez, who was killed in the rampage Friday in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Stories of victims in California rampage
SFGate, May 26, 2014

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A gunman went on a rampage Friday night near the University of California, Santa Barbara that left seven people dead, including him. Here are the stories of the six victims, who were all students at the university. ...

Nigeria kidnapped girls: Government 'called off deal'
by Will Ross, BBC, 26 May 2014

An intermediary met Boko Haram leaders earlier this month and visited the location in north-east Nigeria where the girls were being held, says the BBC's Will Ross in the capital, Abuja.

A deal was almost reached to set some of the girls free in exchange for the release of 100 Boko Haram members being held in detention, our correspondent says. But the government cancelled the planned agreement shortly before the swap was due to take place. ...

Elliot Rodger hated women, belonged to ‘Anti Pickup Artist Movement.’
May 24, 2014 By Christopher Koulouris

Why did Elliot Rodger come to despise women so vehemently?

As new evidence comes to light as to what motivated Isla Vista shooter, Elliot Rodger on his killing campaign which saw him murder 6 sorority girls it has been revealed that the shooter was part of a men’s right forum that despised women.

The forum called ‘Anti Pickup Artist movement‘ (the site has since gone down as a result of the shootings) purportedly aims to reveal ‘the scams, deception, and misleading marketing techniques used by dating gurus and the seduction community to deceive men and profit from them.’

Calif. student goes on shooting rampage after making ‘Day of Retribution’ video
by Philip Rucker and Joel Achenbach, May 24, 2014

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — A 22-year-old college student taped a chilling video vowing a “Day of Retribution” against women who had sexually shunned him, then went on a shooting rampage Friday night in the seaside college community of Isla Vista, close to the University of California at Santa Barbara.

The shooter, identified as Elliot Rodger by an attorney for the suspected gunman’s family, killed six people either by gunfire or by hitting them with his black BMW, authorities said. The gunman had a running shootout with sheriff’s deputies, then crashed his vehicle into a parked car. The shooter was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head and a semi-automatic handgun close at hand. Authorities did not immediately determine if he committed suicide or was shot in the gun battle.

He targeted women, specifically sorority members. Six people injured in the mayhem were taken to area hospitals for treatment. ...

Nigerian Hunters Join Effort to Find Missing Girls
by Drew Hinshaw

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria--After a lifetime of chasing rats and antelope through the woods, several hundred hunters carried their rifles to this city last week to plan their biggest hunt yet: the search for 223 kidnapped schoolgirls.

"I know the forests. I was born in the forests," said 70-year-old Dan Baba Kano, a huntsman in a purple frock, who added that he wasn't afraid of dying in the forests: "At my age? No."

Armed with homemade rifles and bows and arrows, hunters in these parts of northern Nigeria insist they can penetrate the forests where the army has so far refused to enter. Their campaign is low-tech--especially compared with the surveillance drones now part of the operation. And they have yet to leave their dusty, Maiduguri camp.

But their offer exposes the one thing Islamist militancy Boko Haram, for all its ferocious weaponry, increasingly lacks: popular support. The group's kidnapping and killing rampage is turning Nigeria's countryside against it. Last week, vigilantes in the nearby village of Kalabalge repelled a Boko Haram attack, in part by firing from the trenches they had dug when they first heard the group was coming to raze their homes. ...

Nigeria kidnapped schoolgirls: Boko Haram 'prepared to begin release of up to half of the girls'
by Colin Freeman, Telegraph, 18 May 2014

Boko Haram has dropped demands for the release of top commanders in talks with the Nigerian government and is prepared to start releasing up to half its kidnapped schoolgirls in coming days, sources close to the group have said. ...

First Nations, cities say B.C. has known how to fix Highway of Tears for years
by James Keller, The Canadian Press May 19, 2014

VANCOUVER – Sally Gibson has been waiting nearly two decades for answers about what became of her niece, a 19-year-old forestry student from a small First Nation in northern British Columbia who vanished along the Highway of Tears. ...

First Nations groups and municipal officials say the province should have acted years ago using a blueprint it already has: a 2006 report with 33 recommendations to improve transportation, discourage hitchhiking, and prevent violence against aboriginal women and girls....

Its first recommendation was a shuttle bus network along more than 700 kilometres of Highway 16 that runs from Prince Rupert to Prince George. Other recommendations included education for aboriginal youth, improved health and social services in remote communities, counselling and mental health teams made up of aboriginal workers, more comprehensive victims’ services, and, of course, money to pay for it all....

Court outburst follows audio of confession in Hales murder trial

Warning: disturbing content

The rage of Daleen Kay Bosse's family unleashed itself as a Saskatoon courtroom heard secretly recorded audio of her accused killer talking to an undercover RCMP officer.

The tape, recorded in July 2008 just after RCMP staged a beating in a hotel room as part of an undercover sting, was played during an officer's testimony at the trial of Douglas R. Hales, 36, who is charged with first-degree murder in Bosse's death.

As the audio played in Court of Queen's Bench Wednesday afternoon, a woman in the front row of the spectators' gallery jumped up and screamed at Hales, "You killed my niece! If--ing hate you!" She then threw what appeared to be a shoe at the accused, who was sitting in the prisoner's box. A court sheriff restrained her before her family took her out of the courtroom as the trial adjourned for a brief recess....

Tales of Escapees in Nigeria Add to Worries About Other Kidnapped Girls
by Adam Nossitermay, May 14, 2014

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Among the lucky ones, there are pensive smiles but not much laughter.

When the militants came to their school, the men shouted “Allahu akbar!” and announced, “We are Boko Haram,” firing their rifles and threatening casually to kill the teenage girls studying there. ...

Attempts to deal with First Nations 'insufficient,' UN official finds
By Steve Rennie THE CANADIAN PRESS, May 13, 2014

OTTAWA - A United Nations representative is urging the Harper government to hold a national inquiry into an estimated 1,200 cases of aboriginal women and girls who have been murdered or gone missing in the past 30 years.

A report released Monday by law professor James Anaya, the UN's special rapporteur on indigenous rights, ratchets up the pressure on a Conservative government that has flatly resisted calls to launch a comprehensive investigation. ...

Amnesty branches oppose Amnesty International’s sex industry agenda
NORMAC Spokesperson Matthew Holloway 10.05.14 Tasmania Times

A resolution has been passed today by Amnesty branches in Tasmania and Queensland which advocates for an abolitionist approach to prostitution.

This decision conflicts with the position proposed by the international secretariat in support of a legalised sex industry with little government interference into the buying and selling of sex and with no recognition of those who are harmed in the industry.

Former anti-discrimination commissioner Dr Jocelynne Scutt stated her concern for the direction of Amnesty in proposing support for the sex industry. “Concerted action on a global level needs to be taken by all countries working cooperatively to end the slave trade, prostitution, and buying women and girls by whatever means - whether prostitution, slavery or marriages.” ...

Abducted Nigerian teen calls kidnapping 'too terrifying for words'
CTV National News: #BringBackOurGirls Haruna Umar and Michelle Faul, The Associated Press, May 11, 2014

BAUCHI, Nigeria -- One of the teenagers who escaped from Islamic extremists who abducted more than 300 schoolgirls says the kidnapping was "too terrifying for words," and she is now scared to go back to school.

Sarah Lawan, a 19-year-old science student, spoke Sunday as Nigerians prayed for the safety of the 276 students still held captive. Their prayers were joined by Pope Francis. "Let us all join in prayer for the immediate release of the schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria," the Roman Catholic leader tweeted, using the trending #BringBackOurGirls. ...

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Tory government’s new prostitution laws will likely target pimps, customers and sex-trade traffickers
by Mark Kennedy, Postmedia News | April 27, 2014

The federal government is poised to introduce legislation in the coming weeks that will overhaul Canada’s prostitution laws — possibly targeting the pimps and johns as criminals while leaving the prostitutes themselves free from criminal prosecution.

Justice Minister Peter MacKay has been exploring various options since the Supreme Court of Canada struck down Canada’s prostitution laws last December, giving the government a year to come up with a new law. ...

The Swedish chapter of Amnesty rejects Amnesty International’s proposal to decriminalise the purchase of sex acts
At its annual meeting in Malmö this weekend, the Swedish section will adopt a clear position against legalizing the prostitution system.
by Erik Magnusson, May 8, 2014

Last winter, Amnesty International wreaked an outcry among Swedish women when its International Secretariat in London presented a proposal to the organization advocating the decriminalization of buying and selling sex. Under this proposal, recourse to prostitution would become a human right for both men and women.

Legalization is described as a way to give prostituted people greater autonomy. Ever since the proposal was presented, the Swedish section of Amnesty International worked on a response to this consultation, one that rejects the parent organization’s proposal. ...

According to the Swedish official response, it is only appropriate for the selling of sex to be legalized. This is consistent with the Swedish Sex Purchase Act (of 1999) and described as "an important step in preventing abuse … by police and other actors." On the other hand, Swedish Amnesty is firmly opposed to the decriminalization of buying sex and pimping.

Marches for abducted Nigerian girls, The National | May 10, 2014

Rallies in Canada join those in Nigeria demanding the safe return of abducted schoolgirls, as international outrage grows over perceived inaction

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310 people killed in latest Boko Haram attack; hundreds of girls remain missing
by Vladimir Duthiers, Holly Yan and Chelsea J. Carter, CNN, May 8, 2014

Abuja, Nigeria (CNN) -- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, whose country's effort to subdue Boko Haram has been largely ineffective, declared in a speech Thursday that the terror group's abductions of schoolgirls would be its undoing.

... Boko Haram militants attacked Gamboru Ngala, a remote state capital near Nigeria's border with Cameroon that has been used as a staging ground for troops in the search for the girls. Some of the at least 310 victims were burned alive.

...Witnesses described the Gamboru Ngala attack as a well-coordinated onslaught that began shortly after 1:30 p.m. Monday at a busy outdoor market in the town. Wearing military uniforms, the militants arrived with three armored personnel carriers, villagers said. The attackers shouted "Allahu Akbar" -- "God is great" -- and opened up on the market, firing rocket-propelled grenades into the crowd and tossing improvised explosive devices, witnesses said. ...

Rape, rape culture and the problem of patriarchy
by Robert Jensen, April 29, 2014

By the end of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, two key questions were on the table for those who not only are aware of rape but would like to end men’s violence against women. First, do we live in a rape culture, or is rape perpetrated by a relatively small number of predatory men?

Second, is rape a clearly definable crime, or are there gray areas in sexual encounters that defy easy categorization as either consensual or non-consensual? If those seem to be tricky, or trick, questions, don’t worry. There’s an easy answer to both: patriarchy (more on that shortly). ...

Nigeria Leader Orders Action on Kidnapping of Schoolgirls Agence-France Presse, May 04, 2014

(Photo: Nigeria women and mothers of the kidnapped girls of Chibok stage a sit-in after a march calling for their freedom in Abuja on April 30, 2014)

Abuja: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday ordered a stepped-up drive to free 223 schoolgirls whose abduction by suspected Islamists has ignited a global outcry, as two girls who escaped told of their dead-of-night ordeal.

Jonathan has come under mounting pressure since gunmen believed to be Boko Haram extremists stormed the girls' boarding school on April 14, forcing them from their dormitories onto trucks and driving them into the bush. ...

Call for 'Million-woman march' over Nigerian kidnappings
Mass abduction of schoolgirls by Boko Haram prompts furious protests accusing government of failing to act
Agence France-Presse in Nigeria,, 30 April 2014

Women hold a demonstration in Abuja over the mass abduction of schoolgirls by Nigerian militants Boko Haram. Women hold a demonstration in Abuja over the mass abduction of schoolgirls by Nigerian militants Boko Haram. Photograph: Gbemiga Olamikan/AP

Protesters are calling for a "million-woman march" in the Nigerian capital on Wednesday over the government's failure to rescue scores of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists two weeks ago. Angry Nigerian parents lashed out at the government on Tuesday as a local leader claimed the hostages had been sold as wives abroad. ...

How We Failed the Lost Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram
by Charlotte Alter, Time, May 2, 2014

PHOTO: Women react during a protest demanding security forces to search harder for 200 abducted schoolgirls, outside Nigeria's parliament in AbujaWomen react during a protest demanding security forces to search harder for 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants two weeks ago, outside Nigeria's parliament in Abuja April 30, 2014. Afolabi Sotunde—Reuters

We were fascinated with the search for the Malaysian plane and the search for survivors on the South Korean ferry. Why wasn't the media also focused on searching for the missing girls?

There’s nothing the media loves more than a good hunt. So for the past few months, news coverage has been dominated by the hunt for the missing Flight #MH370, the hunt for survivors on the South Korean ferry accident, even the hunt for 2016 presidential candidates. But when Boko Haram terrorists kidnapped more than 230 Nigerian girls from their school on the night of April 14, Wolf Blitzer and his fancy graphics were nowhere to be found. ...

Outrage grows in Nigeria over failure to rescue abducted schoolgirls AMINU ABUBAKAR, KANO, NIGERIA — Agence France-Presse, Apr. 29 2014

Nigerian parents lashed out Tuesday at the government’s failure to rescue scores of schoolgirls kidnapped two weeks ago by Boko Haram Islamists, as a local leader claimed the hostages had been sold as wives abroad.

“May God curse every one of those who has failed to free our girls,” said Enoch Mark, whose daughter and two nieces were among the more than 100 students abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in the Chibok area of the northeastern state of Borno. ...

Memoir confronts the trauma of rape
by Zosia Bielski, The Globe and Mail, Apr. 24 2014

... Freedman, now an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Guelph, battled post-traumatic stress disorder for more than a decade following the assault. She details her ordeal in the new book One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and Recovery. Blending memoir with psychological and neuroscientific research into what it means to live in a body that has been traumatized, Freedman examines the significant cost of rape on a victim’s life – distrust in relationships, a sex life “corrupted” by paralyzing flashbacks and an understandably tainted view of the capabilities of her fellow humans. ...

Your recovery involved somatic psychotherapy techniques of “living in” your trauma. How does that work? There’s a trend in trauma theory toward using the body as a way of retraining your neurological responses. My experience was that the way to become freer from the hold that the traumatic memories had over me was to return to them in mind and in body, with the safety and guidance of a professional. I would be in one of these sessions lying there imagining my rapist draped all over me, and I literally couldn’t move. You’re re-experiencing the event, but differently. It gives you power over it that you didn’t have at the time, to be able to fight back. If you’re able to feel safe in the moment and then move through it, you retrain your neurotransmitters. It deflates a lot of the fear and anxiety. At one trauma centre, they had soundproof rooms, gym mats and boxing gloves. ...

Boko Haram: What have they done to our daughters? —Parents of Borno abducted girls 26.Apr.2014 James Bwala - Maiduguri

“IT was like death when it happened. We cried. We shouted. We even cursed.” This is a lamentation of one of the hapless parents who have had misery etched on their faces since their daughters were abducted by the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents and taken to God-knows-where. The fate of the girls, who were taken right from their school ground, Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, still hangs in the balance. ...

Pussy Riot Members Attacked With Green Paint and Rubbish
by Reuters, 07 March 14

Two members of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot were attacked by a group of men who poured rubbish and bright green paint over them and shouted obscenities at them at a McDonald's restaurant.

A video, uploaded by the group on Thursday, shows at least three men attacking Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, shouting "[Go] to America!" and shooting paint into their faces from syringes in the city of Nizhny Novgorod.

"It hurts! Why are you doing this?" Tolokonnikova says, with green stains on her face and hands. "You don't have the right to hurt me. Please don't do that to anyone anymore."...

Text of statement given by the families of the five Calgary mass-murder victims
The Canadian Press, Apr 19, 2014

CALGARY – “In this time of tremendous grief and tragedy, our five families have come together as one. We know the public and media are searching to understand how this could have happened, as are we. But we also know that these answers will take time and nothing will come as quickly as we want or need....


Amanda Todd case: RCMP announce 5 charges against Dutch citizen

Coquitlam, B.C., RCMP say 35-year-old man faces charges in international sex investigation
CBC News, Apr 17, 2014

B.C. RCMP announced charges at a news conference late Thursday afternoon against a 35-year-old Dutch citizen in connection with the online sexual extortion of Amanda Todd, the B.C. teen who killed herself in October 2012.

"This is truly a day we've been waiting for," said Todd's mother Carol, her voice breaking as she fought back tears. "I always knew deep in my heart that what my daughter told me was the truth."...

Help for teens at risk of being trafficked
Campaign targets northern communities
by Larry Kusch, 03/15/2014

They prey on young teens, promising them an exciting life in the city. The people who exploit children are only thinking about the money they can make by trafficking them. Diane Redsky and Chief Derek Nepinak (left) say predators target girls from northern communities.

It's estimated traffickers can make up to $280,000 per year for every woman and girl they force into prostitution. The ugly reality is girls under 18 fetch more money than adults. In Western Canada, 80 per cent of the people trafficked are indigenous women and children. ...

Colleges Would Rather Save Their Own Asses Than Stop Rape Jezebel, April 2014

If the recent spate of federal suits filed against college administrations for mishandling sexual assault reports has taught us anything, it's that many institutions of higher learning are woefully under-equipped and inept when it comes instituting, and then effectively wielding, an effective sexual assault and harassment policy.

Through Title IX and the Clery Act, students are capable of holding college administrations responsible for these failures — which is, of course, a great thing. However, very troublingly, some colleges with inadequate sexual assault policies are more concerned about the PR crisis that would come from a highly-publicized sexual assault fuck-up than about their students' physical, mental and emotional safety. ...

24 Hours, April 8, 2014

As a child, Ernie Crey would change his little sister Dawn’s diapers and feed her pabulum. Dawn was a member of what Crey said was a close family until they were split up. Later in life, she ended up living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside....

Crey is known for speaking out about how the Pickton case was handled and again reiterated that law enforcement must recognize and rectify the mistakes that allowed Pickton to continue his murders.

Crey also works with Alive, an organization that helps women in the Downtown Eastside, though he said it hasn’t helped him be at peace with what happened to his sister.

In Egypt, A Movement To Place Women In The Public Eye

Women on Walls is a graffiti campaign designed to educate Egyptians about the difficulties faced by the country’s female population. by Sheera Frenkel BuzzFeed Staff, April 3, 2014

Women on Walls just completed its most recent project in Cairo. The group of more than 60 artists tackles subjects ranging from sexual harassment to female genital mutilation....

Surviving acid attacks in India
Sindhuja P, 31-March 2014

My vagina was burnt, the pain never subsides; he flung the toilet acid at me, focusing on my private parts and abdomen.” Reshma had broken down, recollecting the barbaric manner in which her husband had hurled acid at her.

Reshma was married to her husband for more than 15 years and had borne 5 daughters consecutively. She silently suffered domestic violence all of these years, but spoke up refusing to get a sex determination test done for the 6th child she was pregnant with. Infuriated by the refusal, her husband tossed the acid at her and locked her in for 3 days without any treatment. Much later, with the support of locals and NGOs she had logged a complaint. ...

Marvel to honour memory of Rehtaeh Parsons
CTV News, April 4, 2014
TV clip 2 min 39 seconds

Red Light Green Light
by Julia Cheung, February 2014

One movie turned Michelle Brock’s life upside-down.

It was 2006, and she was at a conference in Atlanta, Georgia, where the organizers were giving away a few hundred tickets to pre-screen a film. Of the 10,000 people in the audience, Brock and her team won six tickets. They saw the film. “Michelle didn’t speak for a few days after,” says her husband, Jared Brock.

The film was Trade, a movie on sex trafficking and the modern-day slave industry. Michelle was rattled to her core. She had witnessed injustice and poverty growing up in Africa, but she physically recoiled against what she calls “a multi-billion dollar industry of rape for pay.” ...

Teen spirit: the fifth-wave feminists
Kira Cochrane talks to the young people determined to make a change

It is still sometimes asserted, quite confidently, that teenagers aren't interested in feminism – but the idea has never seemed more laughable. Over the last few years, teenagers and twentysomethings across the UK have been organising, setting up hundreds of feminist groups in schools, universities and online, running campaigns against female genital mutilation and the detention of asylum seekers, while also petitioning for better sex education. This generation is determined to change the world, and they're both intellectually curious, and exceptionally practical. ...

Angelina Jolie, UK's Hague praise Bosnia for including rape prevention in military training
by Sabina Niksic, The Associated Press March 28, 2014

UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague pose for photographers upon their arrival for a meeting with the Bosnian Presidency in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Friday March 28, 2014. British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Hollywood star Angelina Jolie addressed a conference organized in Sarajevo by Bosnia's Defense Ministry on sexual violence in conflict. (AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic)

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Bosnia's decision to include preventing sexual violence in military training is "groundbreaking" and should become the standard for U.N. peacekeeping missions, British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie said Friday.

"Warzone rape has been a taboo subject in all countries. You are helping to break down those taboos and redefining soldiering in the 21st century," Jolie said as the two addressed a conference on sexual violence in war organized in Sarajevo by Bosnia's Defence Ministry. ...

Queen's student attacked after threats over feminist activities
The Canadian Press, Mar 27, 2014

A Queen's University student says she was attacked by a stranger after receiving threatening emails over her support for feminist activities on campus.

Danielle d'Entremont posted a picture of her swollen face on Facebook saying she walked out of her house in Kingston, Ont., late on Wednesday night and "got attacked by a stranger."

She said she was punched in the face multiple times and lost half a tooth.

While d'Entremont notes that she isn't sure if the attack is directly related to her feminist activities, she said her assailant was a man who knew her name. ...

New anti-prostitution laws urged to target men who buy sex
Former sex-trade worker, Evangelical Fellowship of Canada say johns fuel sex trade, not workers
CBC News Posted: Mar 25, 2014

As the federal government reviews three anti-prostitution laws struck down by the Supreme Court, some people want the new laws to target men who pay for sex, making the buying of sex illegal.

This week, Judy Trinh investigates Ottawa's human trafficking industry. Watch her stories on CBC TV at 6 and listen on CBC Radio One.

In Ottawa, police are now arresting johns — those who pay for sex — in their prostitution sweeps, instead of sex-trade workers. It’s an intentional change from years past that makes the streets safer, according to police. ...

Human traffickers going unpunished in Canada, experts say
by Holly Moore and Joanne Levasseur, CBC News Posted: Mar 25, 2014

Human trafficking can include forced prostitution and other sex-related work such as working for massage parlours and escort services, as well as forced labour.

After nearly a decade, a law designed to catch human traffickers who exploit vulnerable people has netted few charges and even fewer convictions in Canada, anti-trafficking advocates complain.

There have been 35 human trafficking convictions since new laws to combat the problem came into effect in 2005, according to Public Safety Canada’s latest report....

18 myths on prostitution: read and share EWL awareness raising tool!
12 February 2014, European Women's Lobby - EWL News

[Brussels, 27 January 2014] In the framework of its campaign ‘Together for a Europe free from prostitution’, and at the eve of a vote on a report on prostitution in the European Parliament, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) has developed a leaflet answering to the most frequent assumptions on prostitution. 18 myths are therefore looked at from a gender equality and women’s rights perspective. From “It is the oldest profession in the world” to “We must combat trafficking, but prostitution has nothing to do with it”, EWL leaflet wants to provide with human rights evidence based answers to the reality of prostitution and trafficking in women in Europe and in the world.

The leaflet also comprises a comparison of the Swedish and Dutch policies, after ten years of implementation, based on official reports and studies. The last page summarises the demands of the Brussels’ Call, which has been signed by more than 200 organisations from all over Europe and beyond. 54 MEPs have already signed it, from different countries and political groups.

You can download the leaflet here in English and here in French (Spanish, Italian and German coming soon).

Don’t hesitate to disseminate! Thanks.

Harper’s Orwellian “Fair Elections” Act Violates Canadian Constitution
by Obert Madondo, Canadian Progressive World

The Harper Conservatives’ Bill C-23, the so-called “Fair Elections” Act, violates Section 3 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

It’s clear the Conservatives are preparing to steal the 2015 federal election. Bill C-23 is part of their ongoing war on the politically-marginalized. It unequivocally proposes to disenfranchise non-Conservative voters and marginalized groups....

Robert Pickton victims' children to share $4.9M in compensation
Federal, provincial and municipal governments say 98 people eligible to receive $50K each

CBC News, Mar 18, 2014

Serial killer Robert Pickton was convicted on six counts of second-degree murder, but is suspected of killing dozens of women who went missing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

As many as 98 children of the victims of serial killer Robert Pickton will be eligible for a share of a $4.9-million compensation fund.

The federal and B.C. governments, and the City of Vancouver, announced the money would amount to $50,000 each. ...

"In offering the compensation, the three funding partners are hopeful they will reach a settlement with the 13 litigants involved in an ongoing civil action related to the loss of their mothers," the province said in its statement.

Pickton lawsuit: B.C. to pay $50K per child
by David P. Ball, 24 hours Vancouver, March 16, 2014

The province and Vancouver are poised to settle their portion of a lawsuit with 13 children whose mothers' DNA was found on serial killer Robert Pickton's farm, 24 hours has learned. Each of the children will receive $50,000 plus legal costs.

In addition, sources from the victims’ families revealed the province also plans to announce a $50,000 compensation package for at least 80 other children of moms linked to the Pickton case.

“We're generally pleased with the settlement,” said Neil Chantler, one of three lawyers who launched the civil case. “Nobody is suggesting that $50,000 is adequate compensation for the loss of their mothers but this settlement is in accordance with the law in this province, and our clients are happy to put this behind them.” ...

‘They picked the WRONG girl'

When Hailey started getting into trouble, her parents decided to let her face the consequences.

Their daughter had been sweet and affectionate, with natural smarts.

At 13, she started rebelling. Then Paul and Stacey learned that Hailey’s friend’s mother was giving both girls drugs and drinks. Soon, Hailey wasn’t just a bit mischievous; “she was bad,” Paul said. She started racking up charges in youth court. ...

VIDEO: Maui Missing Women Rally
by Wendy Osher, March 12th, 2014

The Women Helping Women organization hosted a sign waving rally on Wednesday afternoon in an effort to maintain awareness of missing women cases on Maui. “There’s still two women that are missing. There’s very little information, and we really want the families to have some resolution,” said Stacey Moniz, executive director for Women Helping Women on Maui.

The rally was held during the afternoon rush hour beginning at 4 p.m. in front of the Queen Kaʻahumau Center in Kahului. Organizers say the event was aimed at raising awareness, empowering women and girls and seeking justice for women....

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CTV interview i did on Thursday - It's the opening story.

U.S. predator targets B.C. girl

A Utah man has been arrested at a Surrey hotel after flying to Canada to abuse a 12-year-old girl.

Two men found guilty in New York kidnap fetish case
by Jonathan Allen, (Reuters)

- A federal jury in New York found a mechanic and a former high-school librarian guilty on Friday of conspiring to kidnap women to satisfy their sexual fetishes for rape and murder that they had originally nursed online via Internet message boards.

Michael Van Hise, 23, and Christopher Asch, 61, were found guilty in U.S. District Court in Manhattan of planning to abduct Van Hise's wife, sister-in-law, and nieces in a case that hinged on whether it was possible to define the exact point at which fantasy slips into reality. ...

Delhi high court upholds death for 4 in December 16 gang-rape
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times New Delhi, March 13, 2014

The Delhi High Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence awarded to the four convicts in the brutal gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old woman on December 16, 2012, which triggered countrywide outrage.

A bench of justices Reva Khetrapal and Pratibha Rani confirmed the sentence of Mukesh Singh, 26, Akshay Thakur, 28, Pawan Gupta, 19, and Vinay Sharma, 20, saying their crime falls in the rarest-of-the rare category, which warrants death penalty.

"Death reference is accepted. Death sentence awarded by the trial court is affirmed. The appeals of the convicts are dismissed," the bench said. ...

How Canada keeps some immigrant women in their place
By: Lorne Waldman Audrey Macklin, Mar 07 2014

Immigration Minister Chris Alexander will be speaking to the Canadian Club on the eve of International Women’s Day about what his government does to support immigrant women. His speech should be short.

About every six days, a woman in Canada – citizen, non-citizen, aboriginal, non-aboriginal – is killed by her intimate partner. A government that cares about women would want to protect them from domestic violence, right? Yet, consider this recent example:

A young woman is in a relationship with a Canadian citizen. They marry, and shortly thereafter she has a child. Her husband sponsors her application to remain in Canada. The sponsorship is approved but just before she is issued her permanent resident visa she flees the matrimonial home, a victim of domestic abuse. Shortly thereafter, she is called into an immigration office and she advises them of her circumstances. How do immigration officials respond? They arrest the woman, and tell he that she will be deported because the husband has cancelled the sponsorship. Fortunately, just before officials carried out the deportation order, a judge stopped it out of concern for her child. ...

What will it take to protect our children from cyber bullying?
by David Cook, 16/08/2013

Another teenage life has been lost due to cyber bullying. Hannah Smith, 14, from Lutterworth, Leicestershire was found hanged in her home on Friday 2nd August 2013 after having received abusive messages, such as ‘drink bleach’ and ‘go die’ on popular social media site Hannah, who was a member of the Latvia-based website, was found in her bedroom by her 16 year old sister after being subjected to cruel taunts through the social media site.

David Smith, father of Hannah recently asked “How many more teenagers will kill themselves because of online abuse before something is done? These sick people are just able to go online and hide behind a mask of anonymity while they abuse vulnerable teenagers.”...

Three to be charged after Mohawk protesters occupy Ontario train tracks
Blockade near Belleville over missing women
The Canadian Press, March 8, 2014

NAPANEE, Ont. -- Police say three people will be charged after Mohawk protesters calling for an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women occupied CN Rail tracks in eastern Ontario.

Provincial police say demonstrators moved onto the tracks Saturday morning in Napanee, east of Belleville, leading to CN issuing a stop order for all trains. ...

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Seeking justice for Canada's murdered women
Hundreds of aboriginal women have been murdered or are missing, prompting calls for a national public inquiry.
by Megan O'Toole, 06 Mar 2014

Buried under more than a foot of freshly fallen snow, the frozen body of Loretta Saunders, a pregnant Inuit student from the eastern Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, was found by police last week.

The 26-year-old - who was reportedly writing her thesis on missing and murdered aboriginal women - herself became one of the hundreds of indigenous Canadian women targeted in recent years. Several high-profile cases, including the grisly Robert Pickton murders in British Columbia and a string of disappearances along the province's so-called Highway of Tears, have focused public attention on the issue and spurred federal political intervention. ...

Marissa Alexander Now Faces 60 Years in Prison for Firing a Warning Shot in Self Defense
by Steven Hsieh on March 3, 2014

Florida State Attorney Angela Corey will seek to triple Marissa Alexander’s original prison sentence from twenty to sixty years, effectively a life sentence for the 33-year-old woman, when her case is retried this July, The Florida Times-Union reports. ...

Ottawa vigil to honour Loretta Saunders and missing native women
HALIFAX — The Globe and Mail, Mar. 02 2014

Loretta Saunders, the Inuk university student writing her thesis on missing and murdered aboriginal women, was killed on the same day native women delivered a petition to Parliament, signed by more than 23,000 Canadians, demanding a national inquiry into the issue.

That connection haunts Cheryl Maloney, a native leader in Nova Scotia – and it has also compelled her to act.

Ms. Maloney, the president of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association, is organizing a vigil on Parliament Hill at noon on March 5 to honour Ms. Saunders and other missing and murdered indigenous women. Delilah Saunders-Terriak, Ms. Saunders’s younger sister, has also called out for vigils to be organized across the country this month – and is receiving offers of help....

Ottawa eyes Nordic model for prostitution legislation
by Carlito Pablo on Feb 26, 2014

The federal government is soliciting public opinion about the sale and purchase of sex by adults.

Although its online consultation is hardly over, Ottawa is seen to favour the so-called Nordic model used in Sweden, Norway, and Iceland.

Vancouver lawyers Elin Sigurdson and Georgialee Lang agree that the Conservative government looks keen on going after buyers of sex and pimps, not the prostitutes....

Italy’s ugliest statues

The View from Rome, What's Happening in Italy in English
by di Kay Wallace, Feb. 20, 2014

Italy is justly proud of the fact that it has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other nation. No other country has as many impressive statues and gorgeous fountains as those on display in the glorious piazzas of the country’s many historic cities. ...

But nothing is more ill judged, misplaced and ugly than “Violata” (Raped) by artist Floriano Ippoliti, which stands on a roundabout outside a tunnel in Ancona. The statue was commissioned by the Equal Opportunities Commission of the Marche Region with the laudable intention of drawing attention to the scourge of violence against women, but ever since it was unveiled last March, there has been a constant campaign to have it removed....

London man charged with human trafficking
by Jennifer O'Brien, Randy Richmond, The London Free Press, February 19, 2014

Investigators cracking down on prostitution in Ontario believe a London man nabbed after a two-month probe was working in different parts of the province forcing women to sell sex.

They also believe the London man has a partner who’s still on the loose....

Annie Shields on Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation
Manufacturing Consent: Estelle B. Freedman's "Redefining Rape"
February 11th, 2014

IN SEPTEMBER 2011, the FBI released its 82nd annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR). Up to this point, the agency had only counted one very specific type of rape in the UCR: rapes of females by vaginal intercourse committed by males through the use of force. It did not count rape of men or boys. It did not count rapes of transgender people. It did not count assaults involving forced anal or oral sex. Frequently, it did not count rapes in which victims were unconscious or unable to consent because of physical or mental disabilities, or assaults in which drugs or alcohol were used to inhibit the victim’s capacity to resist....

Province urges feds to use Nordic model on sex trade
Targets pimps, johns rather than workers

by Mary Agnes Welch, 02/15/2014

"Manitoba is calling on the Harper government to adopt the "Nordic model" that cracks down on pimps and johns but not prostitutes.

In a letter sent this month to his federal counterpart, Manitoba Justice Minister Andrew Swan detailed his views on what Canada's new prostitution law should look like. Swan said the law should target the demand for sexual services while helping sex-trade workers get the addiction counselling, mental-health services and training they need to get off the streets."

Missing, murdered aboriginal women honoured in marches
Gladys Radek of Orillia among loved ones marking Valentine's with calls for justice for aboriginal women

by Angela Sterritt, CBC News, Feb 14, 2014

Gladys Radek holds a picture of niece Tamara Chipman close to her heart, something she has done every day since Chipman disappeared in 2005 along Highway 16 in northern British Columbia.

“It kind of hit too close to home for me, first of all because she is my niece, she is my brother's only natural child and she was also a young mother," Radek said from her home in Orillia, Ont....

Where Are the Women Who Will Raise Their Voices for Those Raped, Hit, and Attacked for Being Women?
Huffington Post, 11/02/2014

I've had enough. I've had enough of hearing about women across Britain being attacked and abused just because they are women. I'm sick of hearing that in 2014 not only is domestic violence still a concern for many women, but that it's actually on the rise. I'm fed up with being told that one in five British women will have to go through the horrific experience of sexual violence in their lifetime, or that every year another 85,000 women in England and Wales are raped...

This Friday, I'll be taking to the stage in Trafalgar Square, and shouting from the top of my lungs that we do not have to be fed up, that we do not have to accept this. At midday I'll be joining One Billion Rising, a global campaign that has made it its mission to end violence against women, and rising up for justice for women here in the UK and far further afield. ...

Online trolls are just “everyday sadists,” according to new paper
by Caitlin Dewey, February 12 2014

In yet another instance of science belatedly confirming what common sense has already told us, a new paper from researchers at three Canadian universities concludes that Internet trolls aren’t just mean — they’re sadists and psychopaths...

Why I March in the February 14th Women’s Memorial March Vancouver
by Lorelei Williams, February 11, 2014

I’m sure a lot of people can relate to this when I say a scary moment in a person’s life is when they lose a child for just a few minutes or even seconds. You and the child are together and then suddenly you aren’t. Your heart begins to race; you can even hear it beating in your head. Everything feels like it’s going in slow motion. You’re panicking, your head is pounding, you start to shake and feel like throwing up. Then, all of a sudden you see the child! You’re so relieved and everything is ok.

Long-term plan issued for UBC safety after sex assaults
by Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver, February 11, 2014

A report on improving safety at the University of B.C.’s Point Grey campus recommends better lighting, cameras at heavily travelled areas and better communication.

The campus working group was formed after a series of sex assaults — which RCMP suspect to be the work of one person — targeted young women on the way back to their residences at night over many months in 2013.

Christine O’Fallon of the Women Transforming Cities organization said it’s more effective to prevent crime than it is to punish it...

Six Reasons Why Dylan Farrow is Highly Credible
by Lisa Bloom, February 3, 2014

Woody Allen’s twenty-eight year old daughter, Dylan Farrow, has just written a powerful statement outlining the sexual abuse she says she endured by her father, Woody Allen, when she was seven years old. The famous director strongly denies the allegations, and claims that Dylan’s mother, Mia Farrow, is responsible for the false claims.[1] A friend and filmmaker colleague has written a strong opinion piece defending Woody Allen. ...

Cited from: Lisa Bloom: Six Reasons Why Dylan Farrow is Highly Credible

Hillary Clinton condemns violence against women in official visit to the Congo: calls sexual brutality 'crime against humanity'

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called widespread sexual violence against women in eastern Congo "a crime against humanity" during a visit to the region Tuesday where she met with displaced civilians at a UNHCR-run camp.

Arriving at the Mugunga I camp, Clinton was greeted by representatives of some 19,000 displaced people sheltered there and the UN agencies working at the site. ...

New prostitution bill expected 'well before' deadline, Peter MacKay says
Canada's anti-prostitution laws struck down last December by the Supreme Court
The Canadian Press, CBC, Feb 01, 2014

Justice Minister Peter MacKay says the government will introduce its new prostitution legislation well ahead of the December deadline.

Speaking in Halifax, MacKay said Ottawa has already started to draft the legislation, but more consultations must happen with police and provincial governments. ...

Sasha Menu Courey's death casts light on U.S. campus sex assaults
University president wants review of school's handling of rape allegations
The Associated Press, Jan 29, 2014

The case of a former University of Missouri swimmer from Toronto who said she was raped in an episode that her parents say led to her suicide underscores the problems higher education institutions in the U.S. face in cracking down on sexual assaults.

The parents of Sasha Menu Courey say the university and its athletics department by now should have investigated her alleged off-campus rape by as many as three football players in February 2010.

University leaders say they didn't learn about the purported attack until after Menu Courey committed suicide 16 months later. They also said they followed the letter of the law because they didn't have specific knowledge of the attack and no victim to interview. ...

JULIE BINDEL: An abject inversion of its own principles
By Julie Bindel, Daily Mail, 24 January 2014

Since its foundation more than 50 years ago, Amnesty International has gained a formidable reputation as a global campaigner against oppression.

To people living under authoritarian rule, the organisation has rightly come to be seen as a symbol of hope and a force for freedom. As a left-leaning feminist, I have strongly supported Amnesty’s efforts to promote the human rights of women around the world.

But it is precisely because of this admiration that I am so dismayed by this new initiative, which runs counter to its entire ethos as a bulwark for people suffering abuse, exploitation and maltreatment. ...

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Woman in India tells police village head ordered her gang-raped
by Sumnima Udas and Lonzo Cook, CNN, January 23, 2014

New Delhi (CNN) -- A 20-year-old woman in India has alleged that she was gang-raped by a group of men this week after the head of a village ordered them to do so, police in West Bengal said on Thursday.

The incident allegedly took place Monday in a tribal village in a very remote part of West Bengal, in India's northeast, police spokesman Prasanta Chowdhury said.

Police have arrested 13 men for questioning in the case, and the alleged victim is undergoing medical treatment in a hospital, Chowdhury said. ...

Three women. Three deaths. One thing in common
by Antonia Zerbisias, The Star, Jan 19 2014

Three beautiful young women, who all died brutal deaths, all in Toronto, all within three months of each other in 2013.

First there was Cheyenne Santana Marie Fox, 20, who dropped from a 24th-floor condo balcony in north Toronto on the evening of April 24.

Then, Terra-Janine Gardner, 26, who was killed by a freight train near Yonge St. and Summerhill Ave., late on May 14.

Finally, Bella Laboucan-McLean, 25, who fell to her death from the 31st-floor of a CityPlace condo in the early morning hours of July 20. ...

Over 800 aboriginal women missing, murdered
by Craig and Marc Kielburger, Vancouver Sun, January 20, 2014

Half a skull, and an ankle bone - that's all that remains to tell us she ever lived. Nineteen years after a roadside souvenir vendor found her skull fragment in a ditch near Mission, and 11 years after police matched her skull's DNA with an ankle bone found on the farm of notorious serial killer Robert Pickton, she has yet to be identified. Without a name there will never be a family to notify. She will have no grave - just a box in a police evidence locker. ...

According to Pearce, what is most needed to solve cases of missing and murdered women, and protect others from becoming victims, is information. Canada is long overdue in setting up a national DNA database for missing persons and unidentified human remains, she says. Canadian police forces need to better share information with the public that could help break cases and find missing women. And many smaller Canadian police detachments need better training in handling missing persons cases, learning to spot the clues that point to foul play. ...

Sexual Rights are Human Rights

As part of our series of posts in honor of World Sexual Health Day (coming up on September 4th!) we’d like to take a moment to focus on sexual rights. What are sexual rights? Sexual rights are human rights related to sexuality, and they are absolutely essential to meeting sexual health needs. Sexual rights are often neglected or ignored, but they are an integral component of human rights, and it’s time to give them the attention they deserve. For a full explanation, check out Sexual rights: an IPPF declaration

The ten sexual rights are:
Article 1: Right to equality, equal protection of the law and freedom from all forms of discrimination based on sex, sexuality or gender
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and must enjoy the equal protection of the law against discrimination based on their sexuality, sex or gender. ...

Indigenous Women Against the Sex Industry continue de se battre pour l'abolition de la prostitution
by Indigenous Women Against the Sex Industry

20 décembre 2013 - En tant que femmes et filles autochtones qui ont subi des siècles de violence masculine et coloniale, la décision de la Cour suprême du Canada d'invalider les lois existantes sur la prostitution n'est pas une surprise. Nos histoires, nos lois et nos traditions ainsi que nos visions du monde ont été délibérément ignorées par la décision de la Cour suprême. Une fois de plus, non seulement nos voix, mais nos corps et nos vies ont été rejetés comme étant sans importance.

We are in a pivotal moment. We have the ability - and the responsibility - to change the course of history. We urge all those who seek justice, freedom, and equality to look beyond the decision rendered by the supreme court and to listen to the voices, experiences, and wisdom of Indigenous women and girls. Prostitution was not and is not a traditional practice among Indigenous peoples. We ask all those who seek justice, freedom, and equality to view prostitution as a colonial system and as a form of violence against women and girls that must be abolished.

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B.C. police announce arrest in sex workers’ deaths
by Sunny Dhillon, Surrey, B.C., Globe and Mail, Jan. 06 2014

Police have made an arrest in the case of two sex workers who lived in the same building and were found dead two weeks apart – and authorities say they have linked the accused to the killing of a third person.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team announced the arrest of Sarbjit Bains at a news conference at police headquarters on Monday. Mr. Bains, 32, is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Karen Nabors and Jill Lyons, and second-degree murder in the death of Amritpal Saran. ...

Organizer of missing-women memorial pleads guilty to fraud
Sean Kirkham, the man behind 'The Living Stones' memorial project, faces 10 counts of fraud, theft
CBC News, Oct 21, 2013

The man at the centre of an unfinished memorial project for murdered and missing native women has admitted to fraud in other matters. Sean Kirkham was in a Montreal courthouse on Monday where he pleaded guilty to 10 counts of fraud and theft. ...

West Bengal gang-rape victim was pregnant, says police
January 02, 2014

Kolkata: A murder case has been filed by the police against the two main accused in the gang-rape of the 16-year-old girl, who died due to burn injuries, even as doctors treating the teenager said she was pregnant at the time of her death.

The death of the girl has sparked outrage in the metropolis with the family of the victim alleging that they have been threatened to leave the state by the city police.

"We have filed a murder case against the two main accused on the basis of the final statement of the girl in which she had said that she was set on fire," Additional Commissioner of Police (Bidhannagar police) Anant said on Thursday ...

Lisa Harnum's fiancé convicted in Australia balcony murder
Man angry over Ontario woman's plan to return to Canada, court told
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Nov 28, 2013

An Australian man has been found guilty of murdering his Canadian fiancée by throwing her off a highrise balcony.

A judge delivered the verdict Wednesday against Simon Gittany, 40, before a packed Supreme Court in Sydney, which heard how Lisa Harnum, 30, plunged to her death from the couple's 15th-floor apartment in the city in July 2011.

Harnum's mother, Joan, from Ottawa, was in the court to hear the 4½-hour verdict. Lisa Harnum plunged to her death from her apartment balcony in the early morning hours of July 30, 2011.

She later told reporters the case is a "powerful wakeup call to young women and to parents, siblings and friends of young women, to be aware of the warning signs of a controlling relationship and to take a pro-active approach to assisting them." ...

What Surveillance Valley knows about you
by Yasha Levine, December 22, 2013

The dossiers are not restricted to generic market segmenting categories like “Young Literati” or “Shotguns and Pickups” or “Kids & Cul-de-Sacs,” but often contain the most private and intimate details about a person’s life, all of it packaged and sold over and over again to anyone willing to pay.

Take MEDbase200, a boutique for-profit intel outfit that specializes in selling health-related consumer data. Well, until last week, the company offered its clients a list of rape victims (or “rape sufferers,” as the company calls them) at the low price of $79.00 per thousand. The company claims to have segmented this data set into hundreds of different categories, including stuff like the ailments they suffer, prescription drugs they take and their ethnicity:

Lies of the Fathers (Rights Groups)
by Barry Goldstein, Dec. 2013

The United States Department of Justice offered some good news to long suffering protective mothers and their children when it announced grants to courts in Illinois, Delaware, Minnesota and Oregon to develop improved practices to protect battered women and their children. Incredibly, the abusers’ lobby objects to any possible reforms to promote children’s safety out of concern the improved practices might undermine the privilege of abusive fathers to maintain strict control over their victims. The National Parents Association, formerly Fathers and Families wrote a distorted article attacking the Office on Violence Against Women and the Battered Mothers Justice Project, which is one of the organizations working to help the courts create effective reforms. ...

Editorial: Sex trade ruling only serves to further commodify women
Calgary Herald December 20, 2013

The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to strike down the nation’s prostitution laws is a sad and disappointing one. It doesn’t just open the door to even greater exploitation of women who are already marginalized and suffering, it swings the door wide open and invites all and sundry who wish to further abuse them to walk right on in. ...

Accused Revenge Porn Website Owner Arrested And Charged With 31 Felony Counts
by Rebecca Grant, Dec. 11, 2013

The alleged owner and operator of a revenge porn website was arrested in California yesterday and is charged with 31 felony counts of conspiracy, identity theft, and extortion.

27-year old Kevin Bollaert is currently being held in a San Diego County jail, following a six-month investigation by the California Attorney General’s eCrime unit into revenge porn websites. Bollaert is the suspected ringleader of revenge porn sites and ...

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The fourth wave of feminism: meet the rebel women

The women's movement may have been in hiding through the 'ladette' years, but in 2013 it has come back with a vengeance. Introducing the new feminists taking the struggle to the web – and the streets

by Kira Cochrane, The Guardian, 10 December 2013

The campaign for women's liberation never went away, but this year a new swell built up and broke through. Since the early summer, I've been talking to feminist activists and writers for a short book, All The Rebel Women, and as I tried to keep up with the protests, marches and talks, my diary became a mess of clashing dates. The rush was such that in a single weekend in October, you could have attended a feminist freshers' fair in London, the North East Feminist Gathering in Newcastle, a Reclaim the Night march in Edinburgh, or a discussion between different generations of feminist activists at the British Library (this sold out in 48 hours, was moved to a room four times bigger, and sold out again). ...

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Spoons in underwear helping to stop forced marriages in Britain
by Brett Wilkins, Aug 15, 2013, Digital Journal

Derby - One British charity has found an ingenious method of helping airport security staff save potential victims of forced marriage.

Karma Nirvana, a Derby-based organization which supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and 'honor'-based abuse, came up with the idea of having girls and young woman who believe they may be forced into marriage against their will put spoons in their underwear to clandestinely alert airport security. ...

Eve Ensler Statement in Response to the Open Letter by Lauren Chief Elk
May 06, 2013

Organizing globally to combat gender violence is an amazing, hard, flawed and sometimes impossible effort. Our movement is one that is based on deep respect for our sisters across class, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, ability and other markers of identity.

In my phone call with Lauren Chief Elk I believed I had clearly communicated that V-Day and I were deeply sorry for not knowing about the Women's Memorial Marches sooner. ...

Shoes tell tragic stories
Memorial raises awareness about violence against women

by Laura Walz |, November 26, 2013

A display of shoes will again this year make a powerful statement about the ongoing issue of violence against women and girls.

Two Powell River women have organized a second annual shoe memorial to mark Friday, December 6, Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, the day is the anniversary of the murders of 14 women who were killed in 1989 at l’École Polytechnique in Montreal. ...

France wants to fight prostitution and sex trafficking with fines for those who buy sex
By Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Press November 26, 2013

France wants to fight prostitution and sex trafficking with fines for those who buy sex

PARIS - France's government is pushing one of Europe's toughest laws against prostitution and sex trafficking, and other countries are watching closely. Advocates hope that a draft French law going to parliament Wednesday will help change long-held attitudes toward the world's oldest profession — by punishing the customer and protecting the prostitute.

The bill, however, is facing resistance in a country with a libertine reputation and a Mediterranean macho streak, and has prompted petitions defending those who buy sex. Signatories include screen icon Catherine Deneuve —who played a prostitute in the cult film "Belle de Jour" — and crooner Charles Aznavour.

Prostitution is currently legal in France, but brothels, pimping and soliciting in public are illegal. ...

The Other Steubenville Rape Case That Nobody's Talking About
by Kate Dries on Jezebel, November 26, 2013

On Monday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that four Steubenville school officials were being indicted for their role in covering up the now infamous rape of a 16-year-old girl in August 2012 by two high school football players. But they've actually also been charged for doing the same with a similar case involving a 14-year-old that has barely been publicized until now. ...

Typhoon Haiyan: 'We are failing thousands of girls at risk of rape or trafficking,' says Justine Greening

As the international relief effort in the Philippines gets under way, UK development secretary Justine Greening says not enough is being done to protect women and girls from the threat of rape, violence, forced marriage and trafficking.
By Louisa Peacock, Telegraph UK, Deputy Women's Editor, 13 Nov 2013

Just surviving in the aftermath of a major disaster like Typhoon Haiyan can be testing enough.

But amid the large scale devastation and rush to get international aid to those who need it the most – hampered so far by severe rain and damaged infrastructure – there is one other, sadly inevitable, problem that is much less talked about. And it has the British Government deeply worried.

"We are concerned about the safety of women and girls in the Philippines," an aide to Justine Greening, Britain's international development secretary, who is helping to coordinate the UK's response to the crisis, said last night. ...

Women In Sweden Wear Headscarves After Muslim Woman Is Assaulted
August 21, 2013 | Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

Swedish women have been posting photos of themselves in traditional Muslim headscarves in solidarity with a woman attacked apparently for wearing a veil.

The attacker reportedly tore off the pregnant woman’s hijab and hit her head against a car. The victim’s friends told local media that the assailant also shouted racist insults at her. ...

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ONU: les pays musulmans acceptent une déclaration "historique" sur les violences contre les femmes
Par Sylvie Johnsson, 16 Mars 2013

A l'issue de près de deux semaines de négociations à New York entre les 193 Etats membres de l'ONU, l'Iran, la Libye, le Soudan et d'autres pays musulmans ainsi que le Vatican ont accepté d'adopter un texte affirmant que la violence contre les femmes et les filles ne pouvait se justifier "par aucune coutume, tradition ou considération religieuse".

Des applaudissements et des cris de joie ont salué l'annonce de l'adoption de ce texte tard vendredi soir au siège de l'ONU à New York où se tenait la 57e session annuelle de la Commission sur le statut de la femme. Michelle Bachelet, directrice exécutive de ONU Femmes, a qualifié la réunion d'"historique".

Dans ce texte, la Commission "demande instamment aux Etats de condamner avec force toutes formes de violence contre les femmes et les filles et de s'abstenir d'invoquer toute coutume, tradition ou considération religieuse pour se soustraire à leur obligation de mettre fin" à cette violence".

Elle invite aussi les Etats à "accorder une attention particulière à l'abolition des pratiques et des lois discriminatrices envers les femmes et les filles ou qui perpétuent ou considèrent comme acceptable la violence exercée à leur égard".

Alberta Mountie admits he mishandled 911 call from woman killed by boyfriend
By Chris Purdy, The Canadian Press November 19, 2013

EDMONTON - An RCMP officer admits he should have handled differently the case of a northern Alberta woman who called 911 before she was stabbed to death by her boyfriend.

Const. Devon Bateman told a fatality inquiry Tuesday that mistakes and misunderstandings started with the operator who took an emergency call from Brenda Moreside in High Prairie in February 2005. ...

Young teenage girl captures father's sex abuse on webcam
By Lesley Lanir, Digital Journal, Nov 5, 2013

Florensac - A 14-year-old girl from the French town of Florensac, allegedly sexually abused for months, used a webcam to secretly videotape one of her father's sexual attacks in order to record evidence of the assault.

The Sextortion of Amanda Todd
BROADCAST DATE : Nov 15, 2013

A year after her death, most people remember Amanda Todd from her YouTube video, holding up hand-written pages describing how one mistake in front of a webcam led to her torment by bullies at school and online. But beyond that viral video, the fifth estate reveals a more complex and disturbing story about what happened to the B.C. teenager driven to suicide in October 2012 – not just bullying, but the deliberate sexual extortion of a 15-year-old girl by online predators. Host Mark Kelley goes deep into Amanda’s world, with never-before-seen videos and web chats from two personal laptops that her family shared with the fifth estate. With in-depth interviews from her mother, father and friends, Kelley reveals the untold story of The Sextortion of Amanda Todd. ...

What The Company Marketing ‘Anti-Rape Underwear’ Gets Wrong About Rape
By Tara Culp-Ressler, November 5, 2013

A company named AR Wear is making waves by marketing “a clothing line offering wearable protection for when things go wrong.” The line includes several different types of underwear and shorts that are intended to be difficult for a sexual predator to remove, and the founders explain that could help women feel safer when they’re “going out on a blind date, taking an evening run, ‘clubbing,’ traveling in unfamiliar countries, and any other activity that might make one anxious about the possibility of an assault.” AR Wear has currently raised about half of its $50,000 fundraising goal on the crowdfunding site IndieGoGo.

It’s fairly clear that AR Wear’s founders have the best of intentions. In a press release about the crowdfunding campaign, they explain that they want to help women reclaim control over what happens to their bodies. And on their IndieGoGo site, they note that as long as sexual predators are still out there, it’s important to protect women from them.

Nonetheless, their effort has been widely criticized, derided as a new type of chastity belt for the “modern rape victim.” That’s not because people are opposed to preventing rape, of course — it’s because AR Wear seems to be missing a few crucial points about the reality of sexual assault. Here’s what the campaign gets wrong: ...

New Zealand Teen Rape Club Is The Worst Thing You'll Read About Today
by Erin Gloria Ryan, Jezebel, 11/05/13

For the last two years or so, a group of West Auckland teen boys calling themselves the "Roast Busters" have gotten their jollies picking up sometimes-underage girls, feeding them alcohol, and then, once they're too intoxicated to fend off their advances, gang raping them. ...

Family of Kidnapped Louisiana Woman Kills Abductor in Daring Rescue
by ALEXIS SHAW, Nov. 9, 2013

The family of a kidnapped Louisiana mother tracked down and killed the father of her child in the abandoned house where he was allegedly holding her prisoner, authorities said.

Bethany Arceneaux, 29, of Duson, La., was abducted in the parking lot of a daycare where she was picking up her 2-year-old at approximately 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Department Captain Kip Judice told ...

Black Woman Shot to Death for Asking for Help in a White Neighborhood

Last Saturday morning at around 2:30am 19-year-old Renisha McBride got into a car accident in Dearborn Heights, a predominately white Detroit suburb. Because her cell phone battery was dead, she went to nearby home for assistance. That might seem like the reasonable and understandable thing to do, but it was the biggest mistake of McBride's short life....

Swedish cinemas take aim at gender bias with Bechdel test rating

Movies need to pass test that gauges the active presence of women on screen in bid to promote gender equality
Associated Press in Stockholm,, 6 November 2013

You expect movie ratings to tell you whether a film contains nudity, sex, profanity or violence. Now cinemas in Sweden are introducing a new rating to highlight gender bias, or rather the absence of it.

To get an A rating, a movie must pass the so-called Bechdel test, which means it must have at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man. ...

Jerry Brown OKs freedom for woman imprisoned at 16 for killing pimp
The case of former child prostitute Sara Kruzan, now 35, helped get law passed in California against locking up juveniles for life.
By Paige St. John, October 26, 2013

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has decided to allow freedom for a woman whose punishment for killing her pimp became a call to arms against the practice of locking up juveniles for life.

Sara Kruzan, 35, was incarcerated at 16 after she killed the man she contended had groomed her since age 11 to work for him as a child prostitute. She was sentenced to life without parole for her crime, and her case became a high-profile example used by lawmakers and advocates for juvenile offenders seeking to soften such harsh sentences. ...,0,4493017.story#axzz2itJXQCGE

Saudi women’s driving protest kicks off with video
Associated Press, October 26th, 2013

A Saudi Arabian woman drives a car as part of a campaign to defy Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in this June 2011 file image made from video released by AP

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—Activists have posted a video of a woman in Saudi Arabia driving a car, as their campaign urging women in the ultraconservative kingdom to defy a ban on getting behind the wheel kicks off.

A video posted Saturday on the official Arabic YouTube account of the driving campaign shows a woman identified as May Al Sawyan driving in Riyadh. She wears sunglasses and her hair is covered by the traditional black headscarf worn by Saudi women, but her face is otherwise visible.

In the run-up to the campaign, police warned that anyone disturbing public order would be dealt with forcefully. Ultraconservative clerics and have also warned against defying the country’s driving ban on women.

The campaign for women to drive is a rare show of defiance in the kingdom.

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Are women-only SkyTrain cars the answer to sexual harassment on transit?
The real solution is for men to stop sexually assaulting and harassing women, activists say
by Stephen Hui, Oct 25, 2013

Women-only subway cars have been introduced in cities around the world as a way to counter groping and sexual harassment.

Adding women-only cars to the SkyTrain would send a clear message to men that they bear responsibility for sexual harassment and assault, according to a Vancouver women’s rights activist. ...

Responding to the Third Reported Stranger Sexual Assault on Campus
by Women's Centre at UBC, October 19, 2013

In light of the Women’s Centre re-launching this year (you may have noticed that we’ve decided to change the “y” in our name back to the traditional spelling of ‘women’), its coordinators would like to express deep sadness and anger at yet another stranger assault having occurred on campus, when the woman in question was walking alone at night. We are also disappointed to read the familiar refrain that the RCMP has dutifully issued, which cautions the public to be more vigilant while walking out late at night. ...

Dunblane: How UK school massacre led to tighter gun control
by Peter Wilkinson, CNN, January 30, 2013

London (CNN) -- The deaths of 16 children aged five and six together with their teacher in the Scottish town of Dunblane in 1996 was one of Britain's worst incidents of gun-related violence. The massacre stunned the country, but what did the UK do to try to prevent such a tragedy happening again? ...

Missing women memorial leaves trail of unpaid debts - Organizer facing unrelated criminal charges
CBC News, Oct 17, 2013
Missing women memorial stalled

A CBC News investigation has learned that a project to commemorate murdered and missing women in B.C. has stalled, while the man behind the effort has a criminal history and

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