Category Archives: Sisters In Other Nations

Catharine MacKinnon, “The Recognition of Rape as an Act of Genocide – Prosecutor v. Akayesu”

Two related articles are accessible here. Via IntLawGrrls.

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“A Crime Against Society” – Rape in the Congo

“A Crime Against Society” is the title of an article written by Ann Jones that appeared inthe 12/10/08 issue of The Nation. Below are the first two paragraphs: Late one afternoon seven years ago, in the village of Kamanyola in … Continue reading

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Measuring Scholarly Impact

Via, by way of The Faculty Lounge.

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William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 Passes House and Senate, But Offers Less Protection To Victims Compared with the 2007 House Version.

And the impetus for watering down the bill was of course Joe Biden, in collusion with Sam Brownback. The text of the 2008 version of the bill can be found here. The major changes in the 2008 version were in … Continue reading

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“Exploiting People, Stereotypes Is Not Exactly Sexy”

That’s the title of this post at Jezebel, in which blogger Megan Carpentier writes fairly critically about a “charity porn” initiative to “Save African Orphans” that seems pretty appalling at every level. I’m a little uncomfortable with the tone of … Continue reading

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Obama: Ratify the Women’s Convention Soon

Nearly 30 years after President Jimmy Carter signed the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the United States remains the only democracy that refuses to ratify the most significant treaty guaranteeing gender equality. One … Continue reading

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Catharine A. MacKinnon has been appointed Special Gender Adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

From here: Prof. Catharine A. MacKinnon was appointed as Special Gender Adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. She will provide strategic advice to his Office on sexual and gender violence, an area where expertise is required under … Continue reading

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Wear White on Monday in Support of Victims of Mumbai Attacks

Forwarded to me from one of my students: *In Remembrance of an event that has been called India’s *9/11:   ****Please wear WHITE on Monday, December 1st to memorial of all those affected. 10,000 strong and gaining more, let’s spread … Continue reading

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“Rape looms large over Haiti slums”

So reports this BBC article, which starts out: Human rights organisation Amnesty International is calling on the Haitian government to do more to tackle the widespread rape of girls, often by gangs of armed men. The Amnesty International report is … Continue reading

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French Court Rules Virginity is Not an “Essential Quality” of a Bride

Details here at IntLawGrrls.

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The World Economic Forum has released its annual Global Gender Gap Report.

From Jezebel: The World Economic Forum has released its annual Global Gender Gap Report and everyone from Matthew Kirdahy at Forbes to Kate Pickert at Time to Laura MacInnis at Reuters are all over the unsurprising news that the Scandanavian … Continue reading

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The Sexual Exploitation of Women Dramatized and Documented

Trade is a movie that dramatizes sex trafficking. The movie’s web site asserts: The practice of slavery in the US is something most people think ended with the 13th Amendment in 1865, but in recent years it has returned in … Continue reading

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“Female Fighters” – an account of a female battalion of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

Here. Via Screaming Into the Void.

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“Islamic law has been officially adopted in Britain, with sharia courts given powers to rule on Muslim civil cases.”

That’s the first sentence of this article from the online version of the London Times. It reports in part: The government has quietly sanctioned the powers for sharia judges to rule on cases ranging from divorce and financial disputes to … Continue reading

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Featuring a woman on its currency for first time leads to debate in Turkey

From this article: … With the coming change in Turkey’s currency, there will be, for the first time in Turkish history, a picture of a woman — Fatma Aliye, Turkey’s first female novel writer — on a Turkish banknote, and … Continue reading

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“India’s female detectives track down Internet cheats”

An interesting overview of how the Internet is affecting marriages in India from here: However splendid everything appeared about his daughter’s prospective husband, something in the pit of her father’s stomach told him that something was wrong. The groom-to-be seemed … Continue reading

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IntLawGrrls is featuring a series on disability human rights.

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Beverly Baines, “But Was She a Feminist Judge?”

Abstract: During her time on the bench, Justice Wilson refused to identify as a feminist. Her silence did not deter feminists from applauding many of her decisions. Nor did it preclude them from critiquing three opinions: Pelech, Morgentaler, and Hess. … Continue reading

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“Paradigm shifts and paying for sex”

Brilliant essay by S. M Berg, below is an excerpt … The old prostitution paradigm sees prostitution as a women’s problem and thusly suggests fixing women as the solution. Identifiers of the old paradigm that circles around prostituted women are: … Continue reading

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“Adjudicating Sexual Violence in Fits & Starts”

That’s the title of a detailed post at IntLawGrrls that starts out as follows: When compared to the state of the law prior to their establishment, the ad hoc international criminal tribunals:namely the Yugoslavia (ICTY), Rwanda (ICTR) and Sierra Leone … Continue reading

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“Restoring Human Dignity: Women Lawyers Push Back Against Human Trafficking”

That’s the title of this article, with a short excerpt below: Every lawyer who works on the issue of human trafficking has a powerful memory of someone like Katya, whose life has been torn asunder by what is seen as … Continue reading

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Patricia A. Broussard, “Female Genital Mutilation: Exploring Strategies for Ending Ritualized Torture; Shaming, Blaming, and Utilizing the Convention against Torture”

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Afghan women jailed for being victims of rape

I am re-posting the entire article because of its terminal sentence: Beneath the anonymity of the sky-blue burqa, Saliha’s slender frame and voice betray her young age.Asked why she was serving seven years in jail alongside hardened insurgents and criminals, … Continue reading

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Sad For Both Girls

This.

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Frida Kahlo Look-alike Model Open Audition pictures

Here.

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On the coerced prostitution of Iraqi Women and Girls

Here. Below is a short excerpt: The most moving part of her e-mail was her description of a visit to prostituted Iraqi girls in a Syrian prison.”I spoke to some of them,”Ms. Adel writes,”and they said they would rather be … Continue reading

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Ouch: USC wins Trademark case . . . against USC

The LA Times reports: Trojans have priority of use for ‘SC’ logo, says the administrative tribunal of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. August 8, 2008 The University of Southern California and the University of South Carolina share the same … Continue reading

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“Violence Linked to Rapid Rise of AIDS in Women”

From Women’s Enews: … “Violence against women is both a cause and consequence of HIV and AIDS,” said Ines Alberdi, executive director of UNIFEM, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, at a press conference preceding the international gathering, held … Continue reading

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Not That Onion

But still funny.

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Self-Immolation as an Escape from Sexism?

Confronted with a horrible existence at the bottom of society – teenage girls married off to 80 year old men without their consent, for example – some of Afghanistan’s women choose to escape a sexist world by killing themselves.   … Continue reading

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Gilbert on Denial of French Citizenship to Niqab-Wearing Woman

Via the Immigration Law Profs listserv,  Feminist Law Prof Lauren Gilbert (St. Thomas University School of Law) shared her thoughts on the French Council of State’s decision to deny French citizenship to a Muslim woman on the grounds of “insufficient … Continue reading

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South African Woman Named Human Rights Commissioner for UN

From the Feminist Daily News: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon named South African judge Navanethem Pillay the UN high commissioner for human rights Thursday. She will serve a five-year term, replacing Louise Arbour, after her nomination is confirmed by the … Continue reading

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Kelly Oliver, “Women as Weapons of War: Iraq, Sex, and the Media”

From the publisher: Ever since Eve tempted Adam with her apple, women have been regarded as a corrupting and destructive influence. The very idea that women can be used as interrogation tools, as evidenced in the Abu Ghraib torture photos, … Continue reading

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Iranian Woman Faces Imminent Execution by Stoning

Equality Now has just issued Women’s Action Update 29.2, calling for the immediate release of Kobra Najjar, who is at risk of imminent execution by stoning for prostitution.   We have just heard from her lawyer that all legal appeals … Continue reading

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Human Trafficking: An ABC News Report On Child Selling In Haiti

Quite sad and disturbing. NB: If you want to help trafficking victims, support passage of H.R. 3387. See also.

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Announcing Women in International Economic Law, a new global organization in international law

Women in International Economic Law, a new global organization in international law, will hold its organizational meeting from 1:30 to 3 pm on Tuesday 15 July, in conjunction with the inaugural meeting of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) … Continue reading

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“Islam vs. Christianity, Re: Feminism”

That’s the title of this interesting post at Screaming Into The Void. Amananta writes in part: Given there are only 300 million people living in America, and approximately 1 billion estimated in”the Muslim World”, given that most women killed by … Continue reading

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“In South Africa, Chinese is the New Black”

Compelling post title, that! Read what it is about here, at Racialicious. It discusses this WSJ article, which begins with these paragraphs: A high court in South Africa ruled on Wednesday that Chinese-South Africans will be reclassified as”black,”a term that … Continue reading

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Cyra Akila Choudhury, “Empowerment or Estrangement? Liberal Feminism’s Vision of the Progress of Muslim Women”

Abstract: This paper presents some thoughts on the progress of Muslim women towards gender justice. It argues that Liberal Legal feminism shares a common understanding of history and progress with those Liberal political theories that justified the British Empire. Because … Continue reading

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Noya Rimalt, “Stereotyping Women, Individualizing Harassment: The Dignitary Paradigm of Sexual Harassment Law between the Limits of Law and the Limits of Feminism”

The abstract: This article provides a thorough analysis of contemporary sexual harassment case law in Israel and presents the first systematic study of all reported court opinions on sexual harassment that have been issued following the enactment of The Prevention … Continue reading

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Preventing Forced Marriages

I’m visiting my in-laws in the D.C. area this weekend and came across this  fascinating story on the cover of the Washington Post this morning. The story follows a British diplomat in Pakistan whose job it is to rescue women … Continue reading

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NY Gov’t Leaders, Activists Urge Strong Senate Bill to Curb Human Trafficking

The following is an excerpt of a press release from Rep. Maloney in December 2007: Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), New York City Council Member Helen Sears (D-Jackson Heights), and other leaders in the fight against human trafficking rallied … Continue reading

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Feminism and FGM

Interesting post here at Womanist Musings.

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Human Trafficking, Coercive Sex and Feministing

I’m having a difficult time understanding this post at Feministing. As far as I can tell, the post author prefers that the federal government NOT “waste time” investigating cases where pimps claim that trafficked, prostituted people are “free to leave.” … Continue reading

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When Defending an Unpopular Client Means Losing a Law License

From today’s NYTimes: Two prominent human rights lawyers have lost their licenses after volunteering to defend Tibetans charged in the violent anti-China protests that erupted in March. The decision comes as Chinese authorities are tightening scrutiny over dissidents in advance … Continue reading

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“UK FEMINIST BLOGGERS”

Looks like a very cool new Google group.

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“Equality Now has issued Women’s Action 30.1, India: The Demand for Sex Trafficking: Holding Commercial Sex Buyers Accountable”

Government and NGO reports estimate that there are from hundreds of thousands to millions of women and girls prostituted in India, many of whom are victims of sex trafficking. The majority of women prostituted and trafficked within India are from”lower”(scheduled) … Continue reading

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Worldmapper

Allison at Economic Woman gives an overview here of the Worldmapper website, writing in part: A number of maps reflect the status of women around the globe. To get a sense of where the wage gap is widest, flip between … Continue reading

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“CRIES UNHEARD: HELL’S FURY IN THE CONGO”

Read this post at Black Women, Blow the Trumpet!

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Randa Abdel-Fattah, “Does My Head Look Big In This?”

About the author. Read a review of the book here, below is an excerpt: Abdel-Fattah has written an extremely likeable novel, which will appeal to both children and adults. She has easily captured the heart and spirit of her main … Continue reading

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