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

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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.



Store takes heat for selling violent and sexist ‘Problem Solved’ T-shirt January 14, 2007

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A children’s T-shirt has aroused the ire of a local shopper.

The T-shirt depicts two panels of stick figures, with a male figure pushing a female figure out of a box. Captioned “Problem Solved,” the shirt has appalled people engaged in deterring domestic violence.

“I thought that shirt was very offensive, and I’m sure people who made that shirt thought it was cute,” District Attorney Evert Fowle said Friday. “But when you prosecute 728 domestic violence cases a year, it’s not cute.”

The shirt was removed briefly after a customer protested — but later returned to the shelves of the Augusta Kmart.

Earlier this week, Kristin Aiello of Hallowell told Kmart store manager Joyce Beane the message on the shirt was offensive.

“I see so much domestic abuse in our community,” said Aiello, a lawyer who frequently represents children involved in the court system. “I see children in jeopardy.”


Afghan women suffer daily violence December 27, 2006

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Afghan women’s rights groups acknowledge that women now have a variety of rights which they didn’t have under Taleban rule.

But in practice, they say, many of those rights are ignored.

And activists face intimidation, or worse.

In September, the head of the Women’s Affairs Ministry in the southern city of Kandahar, Safia Amajan, who’d criticised the Taleban’s treatment of women, was shot dead.

One of her former colleagues, who was too afraid to give her name, says since then activists have been staying home.

There are many opportunities to work here, she says.

There’s a lot to do, but there’s no security so women don’t want to leave their homes.

They think about what happened to Safia Amajan and they’re afraid the same thing will happen to them.

‘He beats me’

All Afghans are affected by worsening security. But for women, widespread domestic violence is an additional problem.

Afghan women

Women thought their lives would improve after the Taleban


“My husband beats me whenever he feels like it,” a young mother of three from Kabul told the BBC.

[Link] Read the rest of the article at BBC News

Racist Lebanese Rappers Sing About Killing Australians December 11, 2006

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Hate message against Australians

Channel 9’s A Current Affair reports on the so-called “Bass Hill Boyz” – A Lebanese rap group which sings about and encourages attacks on Australians.

[Update] Related Story: Racist and Violent anti-Australian YouTube Videos Get Another Look

Danes’ Anti-Immigrant Backlash Marks Radical Shift November 23, 2006

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An anti-immigrant backlash, bordering on xenophobia, is sweeping across Europe. Sentiments once associated with ultra right-wing parties are becoming mainstream. Many taboos are being broken — nowhere more starkly than in Denmark — the erstwhile poster child of the welcoming and nurturing welfare state.Earlier this year, that haven of solidarity and liberalism was shaken by violent protests and deaths in the Muslim world over cartoons of Mohammed that were published in a Danish paper. Suddenly, Danes began to see their own Muslim immigrants as a threat to their national identity.

The cartoon crisis hit hard in the Copenhagen commune of Christiania, a bastion of the counterculture where freedom of speech is the paramount value.

Sculptor/welder Charlotte Steem, one of the commune’s 800 residents, says the violence with which some Muslims reacted to the Mohammed cartoons has undermined many of her convictions.

“There are a lot of things I don’t understand in [the] Muslim world,” Steem says. She recognizes the free society of her country but says she doesn’t know whether borders can remain open.

Only a few years ago, Denmark was proud of its open-door policy, and even the mildest critique of immigration would have been labeled racist.

But the mood shifted after Sept. 11, and the terrorist attacks in Europe. After many years of leftist rule, a right-wing government came to power, introducing Europe’s toughest immigration laws.

It also introduced restrictions aimed at curbing forced marriages among Muslims.


Black Leader May Quit After Accusing Mtl Cops of Racism in Alleged Rape Case August 14, 2006

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The longtime head of a black rights group says he may resign for suggesting Montreal police were racist in their handling of an investigation into the alleged gang rape of a young woman.

Dan Philip says he went too far last week when he accused the police of racism because the five men arrested were black while no charges were laid against a white man.

Philip faced a flurry of criticism, even from members of his community, for suggesting a video showed the sex was consensual.


Hispanic Gang Members Guilty of Hate Crimes Against Blacks August 3, 2006

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Four members of a Hispanic gang were convicted of conspiring to use violence to push blacks out of their neighborhood, after federal prosecutors targeted the gang with laws normally used to prosecute white supremacist groups.All four were found to have caused the death of a black man shot while parking his car in 1999 and a man shot while standing at a bus stop in 2000 in the largely Hispanic city of Highland Park, east of Los Angeles, California.