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Africa: Despite Progress, Girls Subjected to Violence and Discrimination March 5, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Africa, Africa sexism, AIDS, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, discrimination against girls, HIV, Millennium Development Goals, Sexism, sexism against women, Sexist, sexual violence, UN, United Nations, violence, violence against women.
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Violence against women and girls is one of the most extreme forms of inequality, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said today on the occasion of the 51st Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

“Despite progress, we continue to live in a world where millions of girls remain out of school, engaged in exploitative labor, are trafficked, are vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and are targets of sexual violence,” Veneman said in advance of International Women’s Day on March 8.

String the critical link between discrimination against girls and women and violence, Veneman drew attention to the sexual violence committed in armed conflict, trafficking, and practices such as honour killings, dowry crimes, early marriage, and female genital cutting/mutilation.

“In too many countries and regions, the plight of girls is ignored or denied,” Veneman said. “This leaves girls to suffer in silence and has a devastating effect on the well-being of families and communities.”

Veneman said education is a key to addressing discrimination and violence against girls and to helping achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Educated girls are better equipped to protect themselves against life-threatening diseases such as HIV/AIDS, are more likely to give birth to healthy babies who will survive and grow into adulthood, tend to delay marriage, and are more likely to have fewer children.

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Indigenous Women And Racism February 1, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in AIDS, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Indigenous Women, Kamala Sarup, Racism, Racist, UN, United Nations, World Indigenous Day.
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On December 10, 1992, indigenous leaders from more than fifty countries told the UN that “governments continue to desecrate and appropriate religious and sacred places and objects, depriving indigenous nations around the world of their basic spiritual ways of life.” Indigenous people often find that the mainstream culture tries to undermine their culture.

More than 370 Million indigenous people—that is more than 10 percent of the global population– in 70 countries worldwide are discussing these and other issues on the occasion of the World Indigenous Day on Tuesday ( Augg 9 ). Approximately, three-quarters of the world’s 6,000 languages are spoken by indigenous people. To begin with, how do we define indigenous people?

The people occupying an area before it was found by other people are indigenous.

Guatemala’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchú—who belongs to indigenous community—said, “The International Day is also an occasion to vigorously condemn the grave and systematic violation of the inalienable rights of indigenous peoples, which even affects the right to life. In some countries, extinction is threatening indigenous people, while in others they suffer starvation; and the conditions of marginalization, segregation, oppression and racism of which they are victims have generally not been eliminated.” She further added, “It is hypocritical of the UN and of governments to declare a day for indigenous people and then do nothing about it”.

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AIDS policy for workplace on the cards November 27, 2006

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MUMBAI: In what is being seen as a landmark initiative in fighting discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS, the state government is set to announce a workplace policy to safeguard their interests. The policy—which will be the first of it kind to be adopted by a state in the country—is likely to be discussed in the coming Nagpur session.

“The workplace policy will ensure that no employee can be refused a job, denied a promotion, transferred or dismissed only because he/she is HIV positive,” said state health minister Vimal Mundada on Monday, adding that the government would implement the policy in all its offices and would call upon the private sector to adopt the model.

State health secretary Dr V S Singh, who was also present, said: “A person’s HIV positive status would have to be kept confidential and he would have to be allowed to work so long as he is medically fit. Punitive action will be taken for any violation,” he said.

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Ethiopian-Israelis protest discarding of their donated blood as ‘racist’ November 6, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Africa, AIDS, Blood, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Israel, Israeli, Israelis, Jerusalem.
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JERUSALEM (AP) – Hundreds of Israelis of Ethiopian descent clashed with police and briefly blocked a main road leading into Jerusalem on Monday in a protest of the Health Ministry’s wholesale discarding of donated Ethiopian blood.

Police said four officers were hurt.

Last week, Israel’s Channel 2 TV reported that the ministry had revived its practice of throwing out the Ethiopian-Israelis’ blood for fear it would be contaminated with disease. A similar disclosure a decade ago sparked protests and widespread outrage in a community that has long complained of racial discrimination.

“We are healthy people, like everyone else,” said 24-year-old Galit Maarat, who travelled to the demonstration from the southern city of Ashkelon, some 70 kilometres away. “It’s unjust, a terrible affront.”

Takelu Yayech, 25, who also travelled from Ashkelon, said demonstrators formed a human chain and sat down in the road at the entrance to Jerusalem to protest what she called racist policies.

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7,000 Romanian Children With HIV Face Bias August 7, 2006

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Many of the 7,000 Romanian youngsters with the HIV virus do not attend school, do not have access to dentists or the right medicine and their privacy is violated, according to a Human Rights Watch report on discrimination released Wednesday.

“Forty percent of the HIV youngsters are not in school. The discrimination against those whose status is known is so great that many face daily harassment by teachers and fellow students. In some cases they have been expelled from school,” said Clarisa Bemondo, researcher for children’s rights in Europe and Central Asia for the New-York based Human Rights Watch.

By law, children have to attend school until the age of 16 in Romania, but in the case of HIV-positive students the law is not enforced, Bemondo said. “Romania has good laws for child protection but they are not enforced from above.”

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