Category Archives: Sisters In Other Nations
But still funny.
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
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
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
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
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
Quite sad and disturbing. NB: If you want to help trafficking victims, support passage of H.R. 3387. See also.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Interesting post here at Womanist Musings.
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
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
Looks like a very cool new Google group.
“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
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
Read this post at Black Women, Blow the Trumpet!
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
That’s the title of a really good post at The Feminist Underground.
Upcoming Conference at Brown: “Beyond Borders: Innovative Approaches to Combat Human Trafficking in the United States and Abroad”
May 24, 2008, 11:00 a.m. List Art Center Auditorium, 64 College Street, Providence According to the United Nations, over 12 million people worldwide are trafficked for forced labor or sexual exploitation every year. In the United States, an estimated 17,500 … Continue reading
Cool video here. Via Jenn at Reappropriate.
According to this article, it’s both horrible and common.
Check out the excellent coverage and link round-up at Diary of An Anxious Black Woman.
Not really sure what to make of this, see what you think.
From the Feminist Daily News: Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Monday that sexual violence in Darfur continues to be a constant threat for women and girls. According to HRW, the Sudanese government repeatedly denies the fact that sexual violence … Continue reading
That would be the women of Iraq. From Newsweek: … At the national level, some women are still fighting to open up Iraqi society. Women’s Affairs Minister Narmin Othman, for instance, is waging a campaign against “honor killings.” If a … Continue reading
“The pop star also held the 3-month-old daughter of a 22-year-old woman who was sold by her father to a brothel and is now HIV-positive. The woman broke down in tears as she urged Martin to keep fighting against human trafficking.”
That’s an excerpt from this article.
“Equality Now welcomes the release of Mokarrameh Ebrahimi from prison in Iran following the suspension of her stoning sentence.”
From the FLP Mailbox: “On 18 March 2008, the Judicial Commission for Amnesty in Iran ordered the release from prison of Mokarrameh Ebrahimi, a woman sentenced to death for adultery. Both Mokarrameh and her partner Jafar Kiani were originally scheduled … Continue reading
Writing here for the Women’s Media Center, Irish writer Nuala O’ Faolain rebuts the statement by David Trimble that Hillary Clinton’s participation in the Northern Ireland peace proces was “silly.” O’Faolin describes how Irish women were marginalized from both … Continue reading
That’s the title of this essay by Yiga Schleifer about the headscarf issue in Turkey. Below is an excerpt: … The issue has become especially contentious among Turkish women’s organizations. Some of the most vocal protests against the lifting of … Continue reading
This NYT article details the sexual blackmail that an immigration agent has been accused of.
If you’re a public university in the United States that wants a new way to make money without those pesky requirements of Title IX and the Constitution, what can you do? Open an all-male engineering school in Saudi Arabia, … Continue reading
ActionAid’s new report shows that promises made by the world’s governments to tackle poverty are failing to deliver because the basic rights of women in the developing world are being ignored. Related research reports are available here.
The poster above does not promote the Rocky Horror Picture Show, nor Rocky Horror Picture Pornography. It promotes International Womens Day, March 8. It was forwarded to me by a former student, and fabulous feminist Heather Busby. With Heather’s permission … Continue reading
From the FLP mailbox, this message from our colleagues at the blog achievingourcountry. We are asking you to support and promote international solidarity for Black Flag Week, March 9 â€“15, in Pakistan. Aitzaz Ahsan, the President of the Supreme Court … Continue reading
More here. Recommended related post: The Big Picture at Agricultural Law
That’s the title of a post at this blog. Below is an excerpt: Do you get the feeling that the Afghan situation is as hopeless as the Iraqi one, or even worse? Sayed Pervez Kambaksh, the student sentenced to death … Continue reading
The Foreign Policy Watch blog raises that possibility.
From Womensphere: Last month, Stop Porn Culture (SPC) was contacted by Groupe d’Action pour le Droit (GAD), a non-profit NGO in the Democratic Republic of Congo that advocates for the human rights of children, youth and women affected by sexual … Continue reading
More information here.
Via Get Shouty: Eleven Tips on Getting More Efficiency Out of Women Employees There’s no longer any question whether transit companies should hire women for jobs formerly held by men. The draft and manpower shortage has settled that point. The … Continue reading
A paper entitled “The Power of TV: Cable Television and Women’s Status in India” claims so. The abstract reports: Cable and satellite television have grown rapidly throughout the developing world. The availability of cable and satellite television exposes viewers to … Continue reading
The United Nations has launched a $44 million program to reduce female genital mutilation by 40 percent by 2015.
More information here and here.
“Ms. Kineston is among a number of American women who have reported that they were sexually assaulted by co-workers while working as contractors in Iraq but now find themselves in legal limbo, unable to seek justice or even significant compensation.”
That’s a sentence from this NYT article. Here’s another excerpt: … Many of the same legal and logistical obstacles that have impeded other types of investigations involving contractors in Iraq, like shootings involving security guards for Blackwater Worldwide, have made … Continue reading