Womens Justice Center

The Liberation of Women's Energy
Will Change the World. *

La liberación de la energía de la mujer cambiará el mundo

o provide advocacy, free of charge, for victims of rape, domestic violence, and child abuse, particularly in the Latina and other under served communities of Sonoma County. To provide advocacy training and community education. To promote more women and minorities in our law enforcement agencies. To commit to equal justice for all women and girls.

rindar una defensa gratuita a víctimas de violación, violencia doméstica y abuso infantil, particularmente en las comunidades hispanas y otras que no son atendidas adecuadamente en el condado de Sonoma. Proveer capacitación en defensa pública y educación comunitaria. Incrementar el número de mujeres y personas pertenecientes a minorías en nuestras agencias de aplicación de justicia. Comprometernos con la justicia igualitaria para todas las mujeres y las niñas.

News Round-up ~ Resumen de noticias



Since the 1990s, federal law has barred those convicted of domestic abuse from legally buying guns. But existing law suffers from a "stalker gap," a "boyfriend gap" and a "restraining-order gap." Individuals convicted of misdemeanor stalking offenses are not barred from passing background checks and buying guns. In addition, abusers who are not married, do not live together or do not share a child -- those in dating relationships -- aren't covered by the ban.

     More controversially, although abusers subject to permanent restraining orders cannot legally possess or purchase guns, no such prohibition applies in situations where only a temporary order is in place. In other words, the protections are lowest at precisely the point when women are in the greatest danger.

     The numbers demonstrate both the gender gap in the nature of violent crime and how deadly these loopholes may be.

     As to the gender gap: Women are less likely than men to be the victims of violent crime, but when they are, the perpetrator is far more likely to be someone they know. Between 2003 and 2012, one-third of female murder victims were killed by a male intimate partner, compared with 2.5 percent of men, according to figures analyzed by the Center for American Progress.

     More than half of these killings were committed with guns. The numbers are staggering: 6,410 deaths, more than the total number of U.S. troops who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

     Indeed, according to a study by the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, having a gun in the house increases the risk of intimate-partner homicide by eight times compared to households without guns -- and 20-fold when there is a history of domestic violence.


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Annotation: This bulletin consolidates current knowledge on best practices for interviewing children in cases of alleged abuse, based on recommendations from several major forensic interview training programs.

Abstract: Individual characteristics, interviewer behavior, family relationships, community influences, and cultural and societal attitudes determine whether, when, and how a particular child will disclose abuse. Although the literature cautions against duplicate interviews, some children require more time to become comfortable with the process and the interviewer. Encouraging children to provide detailed responses early in the interview improves descriptions later in the interview. Interviewers should ask open-ended questions and allow for silence or hesitation before moving to more direct, focused prompts. Although focused questions may encourage greater detail in a child’s responses, they may also encourage erroneous responses if the child feels pressured to please the interviewer. Other suggestions are to conduct the interview as soon as possible after initial disclosure; record the interview electronically; hold the interview in a child-friendly environment; and consider the child’s age, developmental capabilities, and culture. Suggestions are also offered on building rapport with the child.


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“My mom raised me to be a feminist," Trudeau said during the Up for Debate seminar on women’s issues in September. "My father raised me, he was a different generation but he raised me to respect and defend everyone’s rights, and I deeply grounded my own identity in that, and I am proud to say that I am a feminist.”

At the top of Trudeau’s list is a pledge to launch an inquiry into the nearly 1,300 murdered and missing Aboriginal women, such as Winnipeg girl Tina Fontaine, whose body was found in that city’s Red River.

“I believe that there is a need for a national public inquiry to bring justice for the victims, healing for the families and to put an end to this tragedy," said Trudeau on his first full day as prime-minister designate. "That’s what we will do. We will work with communities and with engaged stakeholders to ensure that we get moving on this quick


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Por qué es importante

Es necesario,
garantizar la legitimidad de visibilizar las problemáticas que se derivan de
una legislación absolutista respecto al
aborto en la vida, salud y libertad de las mujeres. Las defensoras que alzan su
voz en la exigencia de justicia por las mujeres en situación de pobreza
que  han sido criminalizadas por una
problemática de salud pública, requieren de mucho coraje y valentía en un contexto conservador y
fundamentalista como el caso de El Salvador. De ahí que sea de vital
importancia proteger y promover el sentido democrático y de ciudadanía activa que implica el del Derecho a defender Derechos
Humanos, practicado por las defensoras y
defensores de la Colectiva Feminista para el Desarrollo Local y la Agrupación
Ciudadana por la Despenalización del aborto en El Salvador.



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AWID conversó con Alejandra Burgos de la “Colectiva Feminista para el Desarrollo Local” y Morena Herrera, Presidenta de la  “Agrupación Ciudadana para la despenalización del aborto” acerca de la reactivación de los ataques difamatorios que ambas organizaciones reciben por parte de grupos fundamentalistas religiosos en El Salvador.

La República de El Salvador es uno de los siete países de América Latina y el Caribe que tienen legislaciones que prohíben de forma total el aborto.[1]

En este país no sólo se criminaliza a las mujeres que han tenido un aborto espontáneo o que estarían necesitando realizarse un aborto, sino que grupos fundamentalistas católicos pro-vida se ocupan de montar campañas de difamación contra las activistas que defienden a esas mujeres, utilizando no sólo plataformas virtuales, si no a uno de los diarios de mayor circulación de El Salvador ,y que en sus niveles más altos tienen gente ligada a aquellos grupos.


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AWID spoke with Alejandra Burgos, from «Colectiva Feminista para el Desarrollo Local» (Feminist Collective for Local Development) and Morena Herrera, President of  «Agrupación Ciudadana para la despenalización del aborto» (Citizens' Group for the Decriminalization of Abortion) about the new wave of slander attacks that both organizations have been receiving from religious fundamentalist groups in El Salvador.

El Salvador is one of seven countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region where abortion is forbidden on all grounds. Not only are women who have had a spontaneous abortion or need an abortion criminalized, pro-life Catholic fundamentalist groups also carry out smear campaigns against activists who defend these women, using both virtual platforms and, in this case, one of the major newspapers in El Salvador, which has links to fundamentalist groups among its most senior staff.


- See more at: http://www.awid.org/news-and-analysis/smear-campaign-against-woman-human...

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PORTLAND, Ore., July 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sexual Assault Support & Help for Americans Abroad Program, SASHAA, has launched a new resource to assist American citizens and legal permanent residents who are sexually assaulted in a foreign country while taking a holiday overseas.

Over 80 million Americans travel overseas every year. The Sexual Assault Support & Help for Americans Abroad program, SASHAA, was created to ensure Americans victimized in a foreign country have immediate access to services no matter where they are in the world.

SASHAA case managers provide an informed, compassionate response, as well as advocacy and assistance navigating medical, law enforcement and legal options.  This support is continued long term, including counseling and other services. The program can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from overseas by calling an international toll free hotline, 866-USWOMEN, via the AT&T Direct Access code for each country.

Instructions can be found on the SASHAA website,www.sashaa.org. Other forms of communication include a live chat feature on the SASHAA website, and a crisis email:crisis@866uswomen.org.

If the caller is more comfortable communicating in a foreign language, SASHAA advocates and case managers have access to a language bank.

SASHAA is a program of the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center. AODVC, www.866uswomen.org was founded in 1999 to assist American victims of domestic violence overseas by Paula Lucas. Paula lived overseas for 14 years, escaping back to the USA with her three sons to flee domestic violence and child abuse. She founded the program based on what she had wished had been available to herself and her children.

In 2010 AODVC began serving American sexual assault victims organically. "Funding from the US Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime, enabled us to formally establish the SASHAA program," Paula Lucas, Founder & Executive Director, explains. "We know that statistically, only a small portion of American sexual assault victims overseas reach out for help. With our confidential, 24/7 program, we hope more victims will reach out for assistance during the worst experience of their lives." SASHAA is also a resource for study abroad programs, Americans teaching English overseas, employees traveling overseas for work, and so on.

SASHAA also operates an email aimed at prevention: Knowb4ugo@866uswomen.org.

Prior to departing overseas, travelers can email the knowb4ugo email and get information about the country they are traveling to including how to reach SASHAA from overseas.

For more information please visit www.sashaa.org or email Alix Allison, Global Safety Net Coordinator, atalix@866uswomen.org.


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The Vice President of a group that officially advised a top UN body on its prostitution policy was jailed earlier this year for sex trafficking. So why is Amnesty International about to adopt their policy proposals?

Mia Tattoo

Mia de Faoite’s tattoo marking the date she left prostitution

On Thursday 12th March 2015, 64 year old Alejandra Gil was convicted in Mexico City of trafficking and sentenced to fifteen years in prison. Gil reportedly controlled a pimping operation that exploited around 200 women. Known as the “Madam of Sullivan”, she was one of the most powerful pimps of Sullivan Street, an area of Mexico City notorious for prostitution. Gil and her son were connected with trafficking networks inTlaxcala state – site of Mexico’s “epicenter for sex trafficking.”


SEE ALSO: How to manufacture consent in the sex trade debate


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One day in March 2011, Fraidy Reiss went to her lawyer’s office to close on a house. The prosaic routine of paperwork somehow diminished her sense of accomplishment. Not even the seller was present to hear what she yearned to say.

She was only buying a Cape Cod on a small patch of lawn in a blue-collar neighborhood in New Jersey. Yet she and her two daughters had already named the place “Palais de Triomphe,” palace of triumph. The house symbolized her liberation from an arranged marriage, threats of violence at the hands of her estranged husband, and indeed the entire insular community of stringently Orthodox Jews among whom she had spent her entire life.

In that moment of emancipation, Ms. Reiss also felt the sudden, unbidden summons of obligation. “The house meant that I’ve gotten to the other side,” she recalled. “I wanted to do something to give back. I wanted to use my pain to help others in the same situation. And, selfishly, I thought that would help me heal.”

Four years later, on a blustery morning early this month, Ms. Reiss, 40, stood in a classroom at Rutgers University in Newark telling her story to three dozen lawyers. She spoke with well-practiced pacing and emphasis — childhood in Brooklyn, coerced betrothal in her teens to a man she barely knew, and then the harassment and stalking and death threats, all of it documented in court papers. Finally, there was college and therapy and, after 15 years of marriage, divorce.


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Violence against women remains one of the biggest challenges facing Guatemala and promises to continue driving emigration, according to former Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz.

Paz y Paz said in an interview with The Huffington Post Wednesday that acts of violence against women are among the most commonly reported crimes in Guatemala. Still, in many parts of the country, law enforcement and the general public continue to view such crimes as issues that should be resolved by families at home rather than through the legal system.
“Throughout Guatemala’s history, violence against women hasn’t been seen as a crime, but rather as a family issue,” Paz y Paz said.
Guatemala has long been among the most violent countries in the world, largely the inheritance of a 36-year civil war that ended in 1996. 
Paz y Paz said the country had made progress. Guatemala became the first Latin American country to codify “femicide” as a unique crime in 2009. Some jurisdictions have created special tribunals to address violence against women and many law enforcement officials have become more sensitive to the issue.
Former President Otto Pérez placed the country’s homicide rate last year at 31 per 100,000 residents. The figure, while high, marks a sharp decline from the 2009 peak of 47 per 100,000, according to World Bank data. The U.S. homicide rate was 5 per 100,000 in 2012.

“It’s still not enough,” Paz y Paz said. “I’m sure that homicidal violence is one of the things forcing people to leave the country.”


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Estudian con visión de género aventuras del personaje de Quino

 El 29 de septiembre de 1964 en las páginas de la revista argentina Primera Plana nació una niña muy particular: Mafalda.

En entrevista con motivo del cumpleaños número 51 del personaje creado por el caricaturista Joaquín Salvador Lavado, Quino, Juan Manuel León Maldonado, investigador de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), aborda el análisis que hizo desde un enfoque de género a las aventuras de la famosa niña, junto con los personajes femeninos de la historieta.

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Funding Organising Led by Girls and Young Women

From dusty villages in Kenya to urban centres in Mexico, teenagers and twentysomethings across the world are organising, setting up feminist groups in community centres, schools, universities and online, running campaigns against child marriage, while also petitioning for better sex education. The United Nations estimates that youth currently account for approximately one billion of the world’s population and that one person in five is between the ages of 15 and 24. This generation is determined to change the world: They are motivated to build inclusive movements that address race, class, ability, and gender.

Recent years have seen greater attention to issues affecting girls
in development sectors, but adolescent girls and
young women still continue to struggle to access funding to support
their activism. While the enthusiasm to enact change by forming their own action groups is there, the funding landscape for girls is sparse: the World Bank estimates that less than two cents of every dollar spent on international aid is specifically directed towards adolescent girls.

In order to increase awareness of the importance of funding girls’ and young women’s groups, and to create new models for supporting their activism, Mama Cash and the Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres (Central American Women’s Fund) set up a Community of Practice (CoP) in 2011. “We saw an opportunity to bring together peer funds to collectively learn and channel more and better resources to girls’ and young women’s groups. The Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres was an important partner as they are a pioneer in participatory grantmaking and resourcing young women’s rights organising,” says Nicky McIntyre of Mama Cash.

Supported by funding from the Nike Foundation’s Grassroots Girls Initiative, the CoP was comprised of 11 women’s funds from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin
America. Mama Cash and the Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres jointly coordinated the CoP for three years, from July 2011 to March 2014, with a total budget of €150,000 (€50,000 per year).

Over three years of working closely with young women, exploring young feminist culture and re-assessing their own internal systems, the CoP members learned that it is not only necessary for funders to take notice of young women’s and girls’ groups, but vital. Following are seven recommendations to consider when venturing into this exciting sphere along with examples of how CoP members moved these ideas in action.

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Even women who live in countries where abortion is legal often face obstacles to obtaining safe abortions — thanks, in part, to the United States.

All over the world, pro-choice activists held a day of action on September 28 to promote women’s right to reproductive health. They’re facing a difficult global climate.

Every year 47,000 women die from unsafe abortions — most of them in the 66 countries that ban the procedure outright or the 59 others who limit its application to a strict set of medical circumstances. That’s according to the most recent available data from the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Whether it’s a total ban or laws that make it virtually impossible to obtain an abortion — like in certain states in the U.S. — abortion rights are under attack in every part of the globe.

What A Lack of Choice Looks Like

El Salvador frequently makes international headlines for its ban, which is one of the harshest in the world.

How grim is it? In the small country of 6 million, suicide is far and away the leading cause of death for pregnant women and girls between the ages of 10 and 19 — in fact, it accounts for 57 percent of all deaths in that group. Women suspected of having an abortion, even those who miscarry, can be thrown in jail.


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The new Supreme Court term starts today, and sometime this fall the court will consider whether to hear challenges to the Affordable Care Act's requirement that health insurance provide coverage for contraception without a co-pay.

Wait -- didn't that already happen, you ask?

Yes, it did. Last summer, the Supreme Court dealt a blow to women's rights when it held that Hobby Lobby had the right to deny contraception coverage to its female employees because doing so would have contradicted its owners' religious beliefs.

In deciding Hobby Lobby, the court relied on the fact that the government had already developed a religious "accommodation" for certain employers that still ensured that employees could get contraception coverage. This accommodation -- then in place for religiously affiliated nonprofit organizations -- allows an employer to send a form to its insurance company or the federal government stating that the employer has a religious objection to covering contraception. Then, the insurance company works directly with the employee to provide her the coverage she needs. In other words, all the objecting employer has to do is raise its hand and say, "I object!" and the insurance company takes care of everything else.


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Elaborado por la Iniciativa Mesoamericana de Defensoras de Derechos Humanos, que articula a más de 690 defensoras en México, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador y Nicaragua

Madrid, 06 octubre. 15, AmecoPress. El próximo 7 de octubre una delegación de defensoras de derechos humanos de la región de Centroamérica estará en Madrid para presentar los resultados del nuevo Informe de Agresiones a Defensoras de Derechos Humanos en Mesoamérica (2012-2014), de la Iniciativa Mesoamericana de Defensoras de Derechos Humanos, que articula a más de 690 defensoras en México, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador y Nicaragua.

En el periodo que abarca este informe (2012 y 2014), la Iniciativa Mesoamericana registró 31 asesinatos de defensoras de derechos humanos y 39 intentos de asesinato, además de otras muchas agresiones con un componente de género destinado a coartar la lucha de las mujeres defensoras y activistas.

La crisis de violaciones a los derechos humanos en México y Centroamérica, combinada con los altos índices de impunidad, ha generado un contexto muy adverso a que las defensoras de derechos humanos lleven a cabo su labor sin temor a represalias. A ello se suma que las defensoras siguen enfrentando obstáculos y agresiones por desafiar las normas y estereotipos culturales que limitan la participación de las mujeres.

En este marco, la Iniciativa Mesoamericana de Defensoras de Derechos Humanos, que articula a más de 690 defensoras en México, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador y Nicaragua, presenta su segundo informe sobre agresiones contra defensoras en la región. El informe lleva a cabo un análisis de género de las agresiones, propone medidas integrales que aborden la prevención, protección y acceso a recursos para dar respuesta a los ataques y presenta acciones necesarias para reconocer el aporte de las mujeres defensoras de derechos humanos a la justicia y la paz.


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Un grupo de varones suscribe el “Compromiso por la igualdad”, durante un encuentro en Buenos Aires, convocado por Red de Hombres por la Igualdad, creada hace un año en Argentina. Crédito: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPS

BUENOS AIRES, 28 sep 2015 (IPS) - La reunión era sobre la igualdad de género y de manera excepcional la presencia masculina fue muy superior a la femenina. El encuentro marcó un hito en la lucha en Argentina porque el compromiso por la equidad deje de ser apenas “cosas de mujeres”.

La cita en Buenos Aires fue organizada por la Red de Hombres por la Igualdad (HxI), que surgió hace un año con el compromiso  de “generar un espacio para incorporar a todos los hombres que promuevan la igualdad de género y la prevención de la violencia hacia las mujeres, y lograr el compromiso de realizar de ahora en más, acciones en dicho sentido en sus ámbitos de influencia y/o de trabajo”.

La iniciativa la impulsan la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) en Argentina y el gubernamental Consejo Nacional de las Mujeres, junto con dos organizaciones privadas del país: la Fundación Avon y la filial del grupo alimentario francés Carrefour.

“No habemos puros, no habemos hombres que nunca hayamos caído en un acto discriminatorio, es algo de lo que hemos venido tomando todos conciencia poco a poco los hombres en lo público, en lo personal, como padres, como hijos, como esposos, de la necesidad de la importancia de hacer algo desde nuestra instancia”: René Mauricio Valdés.

Acostumbrada a encuentros de este tipo en que las mujeres, como principales víctimas de la desigualdad son mayoría, la presidenta del Consejo, Mariana Gras, se mostró muy sorprendida por ser en este caso minoría.

“Siempre somos mujeres las que estamos. Cuando hablamos con diferentes referentes y decimos vamos a hacer una reunión por la igualdad de género te dicen: ‘te mando a las chicas’. Los hombres se incomodan, hacen chistes y prefieren no ir a estos encuentros”, relató en entrevista a IPS.

“Esto ha venido acumulando fuerza entre un grupo de varones que nos reuníamos muchas veces en eventos de esta naturaleza y en la que compartíamos una preocupación muy puntual. A casi todos los eventos que hacíamos sobre derechos de las mujeres, casi solo llegaban mujeres”, comentó por su parte a IPS el coordinador residente en el país de la ONU, René Mauricio Valdés.

En el encuentro, celebrado el 22 de este mes, participaron representantes del gobierno y el poder judicial, junto con exponentes de los sectores empresarial, social y académico.


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When a woman who's been raped decides to keep her child, she may be in for years of harassment and manipulation

In 2009, Jaime Melendez raped and impregnated a 14-year-old girl in Massachusetts. He pleaded guilty, was sentenced to lengthy probation, and was ordered to pay child support. Then he pulled a familiar, and perfectly legal, maneuver: He demanded visitation rights, and offered to drop his demand if he no longer had to pay child support. A few years earlier, a North Carolina woman became pregnant as the result of rape and placed the baby for adoption. To complete the process, she was required to get permission from the father – who was in jail awaiting trial for the rape. He told her he would agree to the adoption if she didn’t testify against him at the trial. “What do I do?” she later asked. “Protect society or protect the adoption?” The law provided no answer.

For the one-third of rape victims who become pregnant and carry their pregnancies to term, the law can be cruel indeed. A father’s right to be an active parent is no less hard-wired into the law than that of a mother. Rape victims are often forced to consult with their assailants on matters such as schools, summer camps and religious practices, and also to share custody. In about 15 states, rape victims have no legal protection against decades of intimate ties with the men they least want to associate with. Other states provide only minimal remedies. A woman’s decision to keep the child can thus bring years of manipulation, harassment and intimidation, as well as interference with her efforts to recover from her rape.


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Women's Bodies as Battlefield demonstrates that the 'war on women' is not a metaphor but rather a global pandemic of violence against women that constitutes an actual war. In this global war on women, female bodies literally serve as places of battle. The reality of women's bodies as battlefield connects the literal and ideological violence perpetrated against women with the literal and ideological violence of war itself. 

Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite shows that, of the many societal structures that enable both the violence of literal war and violence against women, the three most crucial factors are the desire for power, hierarchical authority structures, and contempt for the body. Not only do war and violence against women have some of the same social, cultural, and religious roots, but these roots are also mutually reinforcing. The book dissects and critiques paradigms designed to limit or prevent war (pacifism, 'just peace,' and 'just war') from the perspective of violence against women. It proposes positive, practical changes to these paradigms and invites the reader to join a worldwide movement to end the scourge of war and violence against women. 


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A front-line human rights defender fighting murderous impunity in the Mexican borderlands The Mexican border state of Chihuahua and its city Juárez have become notorious the world over as hotbeds of violence. Drug cartel battles and official corruption result in more murders annually in Chihuahua than in wartorn Afghanistan. Thanks to a culture of impunity, 97 percent of the killings in Juárez go unsolved. Despite a climate of fear, a small group of human rights activists, exemplified by the Chihuahua lawyer and organizer Lucha Castro, works to identify the killers and their official enablers. This is the story of La Lucha, illustrated in beautiful and chilling comic book art, rendering in rich detail the stories of families ripped apart by disappearances and murders-especially gender-based violence-and the remarkably brave advocacy, protests, and investigations of ordinary citizens who turned their grief into resistance.

Editorial Reviews


“This book provides unique, first-person insight into the struggle for justice in what remains one of the world’s most dangerous places for human rights defenders.”
—Mary Robinson, former UN Commissioner for Human Rights

La Lucha provides vital information, and confirms Robert F. Kennedy’s inspiring words: ‘One heart with courage is a majority.’” 
—Martin Sheen

“A picture of violence that’s become commonplace—and everyday bravery in the face of violence.” 
—Francisco Goldman, author of The Interior Circuit

About the Author

Jon Sack is an artist, writer and activist based in the US and UK. He completed an MFA at Goldsmiths College in 2006 and has exhibited in the US and UK. He has published comics about the history of oil in Iraq, the blockade of Gaza and the plight of Syrian refugees in Turkey. His work has appeared in the Daily Star (Lebanon), the Mail and Guardian (South Africa), Red Pepper magazine (UK), and Beyond Borders (Pavement Books, 2012, edited by John Hutnyk). 

Adam Shapiro is Head of Campaigns at Front Line Defenders, an Irish international human rights organization. At Front Line Defenders, his work involves innovative campaigns to raise the profiles of human rights defenders at risk, including the development of a monthly web-based video documentary series, Multiple Exposure. Adam is also a documentary filmmaker and human rights activist.


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How an inspired Mexican-American family found a way to

honor a venerated cultural tradition and the

rights of their girl-child, all on one memorable festive day!


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El Foro 2016

Ya se encuentra en marcha el proceso de planificación del 13º Foro cuyo tema es: "Futuros Feministas: La construcción del poder colectivo en favor de los derechos y la justicia” y que tendrá lugar en Brasil del 5 al 8 de mayo de 2016.

La Convocatoria para la Presentación de Propuestas obtuvo una respuesta sin precedentes, pues llegaron casi 1000 propuestas de sesiones: la cantidad más grande que jamás hayamos recibido. El Comité Internacional de Planeamiento del Foro ahora se enfrenta a la dificultosa tarea de seleccionar unas cien de entre las diversas propuestas recibidas. Lo que queda claro es que ¡este es un Foro de AWID al que no querrás faltar!

El Foro va tomando forma como un espacio dinámico de colaboración entre una multiplicidad de activistas, organizaciones y movimientos, entre los que se incluyen activistas por los derechos indígenas, por los derechos laborales, feministas negras y afrodescendientes, jóvenes feministas, trabajadoras sexuales, activistas trans* e intersex, por nombrar solo algunas/os.

Sigue en contacto para conocer los próximos pasos en el recorrido hacia el Foro 2016: en octubre de 2015 se abrirán las inscripciones.

- See more at: http://www.awid.org/es/foro-internacional-de-awid#sthash.2e1KxOFS.dpuf

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AWID, Association for Women's Rights in Development, The 2016 Forum

Planning is underway for our 13th Forum, which will take place in Brazil on the theme “Feminist Futures: Building Collective Power for Rights and Justice” from 5-8 May 2016.

Our Call for Proposals was met with unprecedented interest, yielding just under 1,000 submissions, making it the largest number of Forum session proposals we’ve ever received. The Forum International Planning Committee now faces the difficult task of selecting around 100 proposals from the diverse applicants, and one thing is clear – this is an AWID Forum you won’t want to miss!

The Forum is shaping up to deliver a dynamic space for cross-movement collaboration among a diverse range of activists, organizations and movements that includes black and afro-descendent feminists, indigenous rights activists, young feminists, sex worker advocates, labour rights activists, and trans and intersex activists, to name just a few.

Stay tuned for next steps on the road to the 2016 Forum: registration will open in October 2015!

- See more at: http://www.awid.org/awids-international-forum#sthash.iTueLd9x.dpuf

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from feministlawprofessors blog...

Bradley Areheart (Tennessee) has posted to SSRN his forthcoming article,Accommodating Pregnancy, __ Alabama Law Review __ (2016).  Here is the abstract:

Courts have interpreted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) not to affirmatively require accommodations for pregnant workers. This has generated protest and led all three branches of the federal government to address the issue of pregnancy rights. The “Pregnant Workers Fairness Act” is pending in Congress and has drawn strong vocal support from President Barack Obama. The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided Young v. UPS, which found the PDA does not affirmatively require pregnancy accommodations. Finally, many commentators have argued in support of considering pregnancy a disability under the ADA.

This Article agrees substantively with the end of accommodating pregnancy, but disagrees with the various proposals commentators have advanced. In contrast to those who favor a pregnancy-specific right to accommodations, this Article argues that such proposals create risks to women’s long-term equality in the workplace. In particular, characterizing pregnancy as a “disability” or pregnant women as a class in special need of accommodation poses a danger of expressive harms. Currently proposed measures may revitalize exclusionary and paternalistic attitudes toward pregnant employees, signal incapacity to work, or actually increase sex discrimination. We should thus consider the potential expressive impact of pregnancy accommodation schemes in light of current social norms in which pregnant women are generally seen as capable of productive work. This Article concludes by suggesting alternative approaches to securing pregnancy accommodations that would avoid expressive harms and employ a gender symmetrical approach.

This Article’s critique and the question of how best to accommodate pregnancy resonate across several areas of the law. For those who study civil rights, Accommodating Pregnancy illustrates the expressive perils of rights claiming. For historians and scholars interested in gender issues, this Article provides a chance to reconsider the consequences of gender-asymmetrical laws. For family law scholars, Accommodating Pregnancy highlights the current capacity of the law to reshape work/family balance. To assume that implementing gender-asymmetrical rights is the best way to help women in the workplace overlooks the potential of the law to ameliorate broader social issues. These include the way in which employment is typically structured to accommodate the most privileged employees and how everyone would benefit from more accommodating workplaces.

The full article is available for download here.

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EXCERPT: Pope Francis would be the perfect pontiff — if he lived in the 19th century. But how, in 2015, can he continue to condone the idea that women should have no voice in church decisions?

Shortly after he was elected, Francis flatly rejected the idea that the institution could benefit from opening itself to the hearts and minds of women. Asked about the issue of female priests, he replied, “The church has spoken and says no,” adding, “That door is closed.”

Francis preaches against the elites while keeping the church an elite boys’ club. As he arrived to say Mass outside the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the pope was surrounded by hundreds of white-robed male bishops, male priests and a sea of seminarians.


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Recognizing that sensitive and complicated dynamics related to child discipline arise in domestic violence shelters, this Technical Assistance Guidance focuses on challenges regarding parenting and discipline of children who reside in these shelters, proposing a variety of recommendations for practice. 

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Supporting Parenting of Children Residing in Domestic Violence Shelters by Casey Keene & Ivonne Ortiz for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (May 2015)

Each year, thousands of children accompany their mothers into domestic violence shelters after witnessing and experiencing abuse in their homes. In just one day in 2013, domestic violence programs across the country and US Territories served 66,581 victims. Of that number, 19,431 were children who found refuge in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program. Children are impacted by domestic violence at home in a variety of ways and are therefore particularly vulnerable upon entering shelter with their mothers. Recognizing that sensitive and complicated dynamics related to child discipline arise in domestic violence shelters, this Technical Assistance Guidance focuses on challenges regarding parenting and discipline of children who reside in these shelters, proposing a variety of recommendations regarding this topic. Resources for further education, training and staff development are included.



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SNAP press release:

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Twice in two days, Pope Francis has made vague and brief references to the on-going abuse and cover up crisis, mentioning the pain of church staff but not the pain of abused children and betrayed parishioners. He refuses to even call the scandal by its name.



“In his homily before a crowd of priests and nuns,” reported CNN, Francis said "You suffered greatly in the not distant past by having to bear the shame of some of your brothers who harmed and scandalized the Church in the most vulnerable of her members," and referred to a time of "pain and difficulty."


SEE ALSO:  Child sex abuse survivors reject adulation for pope during US visit

     excerpt: Up to 100,000 American children may have suffered sexual abuse by clergy, according to insurance experts who presented a paper at a Vatican conference in 2012. At least 4,300 Catholic clergy were accused of sexual assault, and only 300 convicted, according to Bishop Accountability, a private group that has tracked the issue. In many cases, priests were moved from parish to parish instead of being defrocked and reported to authorities.

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