Category Archives: Sisters In Other Nations

“UN Human Rights Council Urges Saudi Arabia to Give Women Rights”

From the Feminist Daily News: At a meeting late last week, members of the United Nations Human Rights Council urged Saudi Arabia to actively work to end pervasive human rights violations in the country, particularly those against women and children. … Continue reading

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Indrani Sinha and Shamita Das Dasgupta, “Mothers for Sale: Women in Kolkata’s Sex Trade”

Can’t find a picture of the cover, or any place it is for sale online, but an interview of a sex worker by one of the authors is available here, at Women’s eNews.

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Julie Stubbs and Julia Tolmie, “Battered Women Charged with Homicide: Advancing the Interests of Indigenous Women”

Abstract: This article examines legal responses to women charged with a homicide offence arising from killing an abusive partner and reviews Australian cases over the period 1991-2007. We focus on cases involving Indigenous women due to their very substantial over-representation … Continue reading

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Egypt Considering Tougher Sex-Harassment Law

From Women’s eNews: When Egypt’s new parliament convenes in early February, some members will be proposing a law to strengthen penalties against sexual offenders by increasing jail time and fines. The bill will also put more pressure on police to … Continue reading

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Europe’s modern slave trade

Law prof Suzanne Goldberg has a short article here explaining: A case recently filed in the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), M. v the United Kingdom, shows just how vigorous and heinous the slave trade continues to be. But … Continue reading

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“Despite Odds, Women’s Movement Persists In Iran”

NPR story you can read and/or listen to here.

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Iceland to Name First Lesbian Prime Minister

From Yahoo News: Iceland’s next leader will be an openly gay former flight attendant who parlayed her experience as a union organizer into a decades-long political career. Both parties forming Iceland’s new coalition government support the appointment of Johanna Sigurdardottir, … Continue reading

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Yasmeen Hassan, “A War on Pakistan’s Schoolgirls”

From the WaPo: I have such fond childhood memories of summer holidays in the Swat Valley in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province, a place well known among Pakistanis for its breathtaking views, cool summer climate and lush fruit orchards. But today … Continue reading

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EQUALITY NOW CALLS ON THE UNITED STATES TO CONDITION AID TO PAKISTAN ON MEASURES TAKEN BY THE PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT GIRLS AND ENSURE THEIR RIGHT TO EDUCATION

From Equality Now: On 20 January 2009 Equality Now issued a News Alert calling on the Government of Pakistan to protect girls and ensure their right to education following growing fundamentalist pressure in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and … Continue reading

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Anna Quindlen, “The End of Swagger”

Here are the first two paragraphs of Quindlen’s recent Newsweek column: As Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton begin to use their uncommon authority and intelligence to implement a new American international agenda, it might behoove them to read a … Continue reading

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FUNDAMENTALIST PRESSURE IN NORTH WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE OF PAKISTAN, HAS LED TO ALARMING VIOLENCE AND DISCRIMINATION AGAINST GIRLS AND WOMEN

From Equality Now: In late December 2008 the Taliban ordered a ban on girls’ education in the district of Swat in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan.   The announcement made by an extremist cleric, Maulana Fazlullah through an … Continue reading

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“Women in poor nations are 300 times more likely to die in childbirth or from pregnancy complications than those in the developed world, UNICEF warns.”

Read more at the BBC News, which notes: “In its report, UNICEF said: “The divide between industrialised countries and developing regions – particularly the least developed countries – is perhaps greater on maternal mortality than on almost any other issue.”” … Continue reading

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“Condemned men are buried in sand up to their waists, and women up to their necks, and are pelted with stones until they die or manage to escape. Under the law, a condemned person’s life is spared if he can free himself.”

That’s a sentence from this WaPo article about stonings in Iran. Men have a lot better odds of escaping, obviously, though it’s still horrifying. The article also reports: In his weekly news conference, the judicial spokesman also said that Esha … Continue reading

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Proposed New Law in Ethiopia Threatens to Shut Down Non-Governmental Organizations

From Equality Now: A proposed new law in Ethiopia to regulate charities and societies threatens to halt the work of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), particularly those working in the field of human rights and justice and law enforcement services. The Charities … Continue reading

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The Murders of Mexican Lawyers Linked to Murders of Women?

According to this blog: Two unidentified gunmen executed Mario Escobedo Salazar and his son Edgar Escobedo Anaya, also a lawyer, in their Juarez office on Tuesday, January 6. The double homicide comes nearly seven years after Chihuahua State Judicial Police … Continue reading

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South Korea accused of using women as prostitutes to prop up the country’s ecomony and keep U.S. soldiers “entertained.”

The NYT reports: … Scholars on the issue say that the South Korean government was motivated in part by fears that the American military would leave, and that it wanted to do whatever it could to prevent that. But the … Continue reading

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Siddharth Kara, “Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery”

From the publisher’s website: Every year, millions of women and children are abducted, deceived, seduced, or sold into forced prostitution, made to service hundreds if not thousands of men before being discarded. Generating huge profits for their exploiters, sex slaves … Continue reading

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There Are Holocaust Deniers, There Are People Who Argue That Slavery Was Good For African-Americans And Many, Many Rape Victims Are Disbelieved.

So its no surprise that one response to Nicholas Kristof’s recent column in the NYT on sex trafficking was what he describes here in a follow up column as “skepticism.” He further responds to his critics here at his blog. … Continue reading

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“New Norway law bans buying of sex”

From the BBC News: A new law has come into force in Norway making the purchase of sex illegal. Norwegian citizens caught paying for prostitutes at home or abroad could face a hefty fine or a six-month prison sentence, authorities … Continue reading

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“Shocks fit well into the brothel business model because they cause agonizing pain and terrify the girls without damaging their looks or undermining their market value.”

That’s a quote from this Nicholas Kristof column in the NYT. The protagonist of the column was finally freed from the brothel in which she had been imprisoned by a police raid. There are many pimps who, under the guise … Continue reading

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“WORLDWIDE GUIDE TO WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP”

Here. Brief excerpt: Current female heads of state and government There are 192 members of the United Nations, 2 independent states outside, a few self-declared de-facto independent states and many self-ruling depencies. 22 have got female leaders at the moment. … Continue reading

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Equality Now: Take action to support women in Afghanistan and human rights organizations in Ethiopia

From the FLP mailbox: Equality Now has just issued Women’s Action Update 21.6 in its Afghanistan campaign, re-iterating its call to the Afghan government to immediately and unconditionally reinstate to Parliament Malalai Joya, who was wrongly suspended for criticizing fellow … Continue reading

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More On Slave Trafficking

This article refers to the trafficked, enslaved people as “child maids” and focuses on children trafficked from Africa.

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Women and Girls As Property

The source is the Daily Mail, a newspaper of somewhat dubious reliability, and I can’t find similar accounts anywhere else, but fwiw (ETA: Guardian article here): Saudi court tells girl aged EIGHT she cannot divorce husband who is 50 years … Continue reading

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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.

Read it here.

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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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