New York Times: Over the past 8 months, investigators have discovered over 15 cases of girls who were raped, threatened with violence and forced into prostitution. Pimps recruited girls at local high school and middle schools with promises of cash or romance. Eight people have been indicted on charges that include sex trafficking or promoting prostitution and the District Attorney is creating a Sex Trafficking Unit in response to the investigation.
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.
Organized around structured conversations and panel discussions, this event provides a platform to reflect upon the multi-professional, cross-institutional relationships that have been forged to respond to human trafficking in Los Angeles and questions recent trends in identifying and protecting trafficked persons and researching the issue.
For the first time in 2010, the US Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report will assess efforts made by governments and others within the United States to address trafficking. Because the Center has led the way to assist state legislators in the 50 states to develop effective laws and policies, we believe that our comments to the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Office will be invaluable to this assessment.
Iceland is fast becoming a world-leader in feminism. A country with a tiny population of 320,000, it is on the brink of achieving what many considered to be impossible: closing down its sex industry.
Even more impressive: the Nordic state is the first country in the world to ban stripping and lapdancing for feminist, rather than religious, reasons. Kolbrún Halldórsdóttir, the politician who first proposed the ban, firmly told the national press on Wednesday: "It is not acceptable that women or people in general are a product to be sold." When I asked her if she thinks Iceland has become the greatest feminist country in the world, she replied: "It is certainly up there. Mainly as a result of the feminist groups putting pressure on parliamentarians. These women work 24 hours a day, seven days a week with their campaigns and it eventually filters down to all of society."
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
Hosted By The Women and Gender Studies Program and Roosevelt House, Hunter College, CUNY (City University of New York)
~ Shukria Asil of Afghanistan for "promoting government responsiveness to the needs of women" ~ Colonel Shafiqa Quraishi of Afghanistan for "integrating women into the government and police force" ~ Androula Henriques of Cyprus for "Fighting human trafficking" ~ Sonia Pierre of the Dominican Republic for "Ending discrimination based on country of origin and the human rights abuses of statelessness" ~ Shadi Sadr of Iran for "Advocating for women's legal rights and an end to execution by stoning" ~ Ann Njogu of Kenya for "Seeking social transformation and at the forefront of reforms in Kenya" ~ Dr. Lee Ae-ran of South Korea for "Promoting human rights in North Korea and aiding the refugee community in the Republic of Korea" ~ Jansila Majeed of Sri Lanka for "Strengthening rights for internally displaced persons" ~ Sister Marie Claude Naddaf of Syria for "working for social services for women" ~ Jestina Mukoko of Zimbabwe for "documenting human rights abuses"
Ending violence against women should become a national imperative. Policies and laws need to be strengthened both at the national and state levels to protect women, girls, LGBT people, and other marginalized groups. Such measures are key to national security and building a thriving, healthy society.
Violence against immigrant women is nearly impossible to estimate with any precision. Immigration status, cultural and language barriers, and economic hardship intersect and often prevent women who experience violence from coming forward. The two most common forms of abuse experienced by immigrant women are intimate partner violence and exploitative work conditions.