Gender-based violence is pervasive throughout the world, as both a public health and human rights issue. It “reflects and reinforces inequities between men and women and compromises the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims,” according to the UN Population Fund. Ending gender based violence must be a priority on the international human rights agenda. Violence against women and girls was a central theme of our annual conference 2010 (June 11-12 at Hunter College) Strategic Imperatives for Ending Violence against Women: Linkages to Education, Economic Security and Health, co-presented with the U.S. National Committee for UNIFEM. Click here for details. Get the latest facts, figures, and policy perspectives on our Big Five program page.
From Newsweek: Two new studies show that contrary to popular stereotypes, that it is often young men who are forcing or tricking their partners into getting pregnant. The goal of "reproductive coercion" is for abusive partners attempt to exert control over their partner, which may include forced unprotected intercourse, or sabotaging of birth control. The women who then became pregnant were often bullied, hit and forced to either have an abortion or have a baby against their will.
From Human Rights Watch: Human Rights Watch has been fighting for the rights of domestic workers such as nannies and housekeepers in Lebanon as well as other areas of the Middle East and Asia. Many of these domestic workers do not get a day off, work up to 18 hours a day, and often have their wages withheld. In addition, many suffer abuse at the hands of those that they work for.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. A major function of awareness raising is debunking long-held myths, including so-called "stranger danger." In a recent blog post, the Ms. Foundation tackled the misnomer that the majority of violence is perpetrated by strangers. In reality, according to research released by the Child Abuse Research Education and Service Institute at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 85% of child abuse is perpetrated by a relative or other individual the child knows.Click here to read the rest of the blog post and to learn about the Ms.
Too often, discussions about Comprehensive Immigration Reform fail to acknowledge the important economic contributions of the more than 18.9 million foreign-born women currently residing and working in the United States.
Violence against women is a widespread phenomenon in Pakistan, a Muslim-majority nation of 175 million where most people are poor, only half the adults can read and extremist ideologies, including the Taliban's, are gaining traction.
But a new bill banning domestic violence has come before Parliament. The bill lays out a broad definition of domestic violence beyond assault, including emotional abuse, stalking and wrongful confinement. Depriving a spouse of money or other resources needed to survive is also considered a violation.
The bill strives to cover everyone in a household, including elderly parents, children and husbands. It also sets up local "protection committees," which are required to include women and empowered to file complaints on behalf of victims.
Abusers can face months or years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines if they violate court protection orders, the bill says.
Official statistics point to rape as the fastest growing crime in India, even when compared to murder, robbery and kidnapping. Despite assurances from law enforcement, the federal Home Ministry's National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) states that every 30 minutes an Indian woman is raped. Since 1971 when rape cases were first recorded officially, the NCRB has registered a 678% increase in the crime.
Given the patriarchal mindset sweeping largely across all castes and classes of India, the power imbalance between genders is manifesting in these incidents of rape as acts of sexual, physical and emotional aggression. The fault also can be seen in the inadequacies of law enforcement and legal machinery.
The Department of Defense released an annual report on Tuesday showing an 11 percent increase in reports of sexual assault in the military over the past year, including a 16 percent increase in reported assaults occurring in combat areas, principally Iraq and Afghanistan.
The report said there were 3,230 reports of sexual assault filed involving service members as either victims or assailants in the fiscal year that ended in September. The Pentagon attributed the rise largely to an upward trend in the reporting of incidents, and said the jump did “not necessarily” reflect an increase in the number of incidents.
The Pentagon offered no evidence that reporting rather than sexual assault itself was on the rise in the military, and there have been reports in recent years suggesting that the strains between men and women in close quarters in war zones have exacerbated the problem.
The National Council for Research on Women in partnership with the US National Committee for UNIFEM present Strategic Imperatives for Ending Violence against Women: Linkages to Education, Economic Security and Health June 11-12, 2010 Hunter College, CUNY, West Building, New York City
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Despite tighter laws and policies, domestic violence is on the rise at all levels of society, according to the Council of Europe, a grouping of 47 nations that promotes human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Its last report in 2006 indicates that 12 to 15 percent of European women above 16 suffer domestic abuse in a relationship.
Across differences in the social and legal environment, women suffer verbal, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, and then live with the consequences - chronic pain, sexually transmitted diseases, eating and sleeping disorders, alcohol abuse, job loss.