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


 

Katreena Scott  With contributions from Fernando Mederos June 2012     

This is a companion paper to another VAWnet applied 
research paper titled Parenting Interventions for Men 
who Batter (See next post.) (Scott, 2012). Parenting Interventions 
for Men who Batter describes developments in the field 
of parenting programs for men who batter, identifies 
commonalities across pioneering programs in approach and 
philosophy, and highlights areas of greater debate within the 
field. Although these questions of principle are extremely 
important, there are also a number of very practical questions 
that need to be addressed. These include questions about 
program length and organization, referral routes, specific 
program content, and nature of collaboration between agencies. 
This companion paper addresses these practical concerns.
 

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Katreena Scott With contributions from Fernando Mederos June 2012   

Applied Research papers synthesize and 
interpret current research on violence against 
women, offering a review of the literature 
and implications for policy and practice.
The Applied Research initiative represents a 
collaboration between the National Resource 
Center on Domestic Violence, the National 
Sexual Violence Resource Center, and the 
Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse.
VAWnet is a project of the 
National Resource Center on 
Domestic Violence.
 
“Except in the most severe 
cases, fathers and children 
remain connected even following 
domestic violence and regardless 
of the possible separation of the 
mother and father. When we fail 
to acknowledge and respond to 
this reality, we inadvertently 
make mothers solely responsible 
for assessing, monitoring, and 
responding to concerns about 
men’s parenting. We also lose a 
potential opportunity to promote 
safe and healthy father-child 
relationships, which may in turn 
contribute to children’s healing 
from traumatic exposure to 
abuse.”
 

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Theatre is tackling the problems of female genital mutilation. Such plays are supported by the charity Caritas Switzerland as part of its campaign to inform immigrant groups about the issue.

The premise of the play is that if women were to talk more openly about their pain and the medical complications resulting from circumcision, their men would be more compassionate. When a man finds out his wife has suffered for years from urinary tract infections, he agrees not to let their daughter be circumcised. Caritas Switzerland can’t say for certain how many circumcisions they've actually been able to prevent, but they’re definitely raising awareness. 
(Raffaella Rossello, swissinfo.ch)

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Manual en linea ~  Abogando por víctimas de delitos sexuales durante la investigación policial

Ningún crimen grave es tratado más deficientemente por el sistema de justicia penal que la violación y otros delitos sexuales. Como defensora, defensor, amistad o familiar de la víctima, tú podrías ser todo lo que está entre la desconsideración policial y la necesidad urgente que las víctimas tienen de protección y justicia. En ningún otro espacio es tu habilidosa defensa tan necesaria ni puedes marcar una mayor diferencia como en éste, tanto para las víctimas individuales como para sus comunidades.

La buena noticia es que con algunas sugerencias y unos conocimientos básicos puedes casi siempre obtener una mejor respuesta de la policía y a menudo conseguir que una respuesta policial inadecuada sea corregida. Este texto pretende contribuir a que hagas exactamente eso. Debería ayudarte no sólo a apoyar a la víctima durante el proceso sino también a vigilar y evaluar la respuesta de la policía, prevenir una conducta policial abusiva e intervenir eficazmente cuando las cosas no van como deberían.

Ver Manual

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La violencia sexual, nuevo argumento en JVM

Por Lucía Lagunes Huerta*

México, DF, 26 jun 12 (CIMAC).- La sexualidad ha estado encubierta del morbo y de la opresión, ha sido usada una y otra vez como una moneda de chantaje, pero que una candidata a la Presidencia que dice estar a favor de la igualdad convoque a las mujeres a usar el chantaje sexual para poder ganar, no sólo es aberrante, sino que fortalece la violencia sexual.

Por más que la candidata ha intentado convencer que ella es diferente, sin aclarar a qué o de quiénes, y por más que se esfuerza en adoptar un discurso de género una y otra vez, su convicción sexista brota: de los pantalones para gobernar ahora pasa al “cuchi cuchi”.

Frente a dos mil mujeres en Mazatlán, Sinaloa, la candidata del partido conservador que durante los últimos 12 años ha gobernado México, convocó a las mujeres a usar su sexualidad como un mecanismo de coerción contra sus parejas si no quieren votar. “¡Ay de aquella pareja que no vaya (a sufragar) porque no le hacemos ‘cuchi cuchi’ en un mes!”, exclamó.

Aun cuando quiera disminuir el impacto violento de convocar a las mujeres al chantaje sexual, Josefina Vázquez Mota trató de aclarar que el comentario era una “broma, sin ninguna otra dimensión ni particularidad”, aseguró tras el debate organizado por Yosoy132, según registró el diario El Universal.

La excusa de lo dicho por Josefina Vázquez Mota es tanto o más lamentable que la arenga del mitin el pasado fin de semana. Es como cuando un macho en una reunión social antes de iniciar un chiste sexista, se adelanta a disculparse diciendo con todo respeto  para las mujeres, y lanza una burla sexual contra ellas.

 

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*1 is 2 Many Campaign Releases New Public Service Announcement on Dating
Violence*

 Vice President Biden, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and White House
Advisor on Violence Against Women Lynn Rosenthal hosted an event to launch
a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) about dating violence as part of
the Vice President’s 1 is 2 Many
young women today ages 16 to 24 experience
the highest rates of violence at the hands of someone they know, the PSA’s
target audience is men of this same age group. The PSA, which was produced
by the White House, features professional athletes and other male role
models who deliver the message that dating violence is unacceptable. ****

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Supreme Court Ruling on Affordable Care Act is a Victory  

for Millions of Uninsured Latinas & Latinos in California!  

Over 70% of uninsured California Latinas/os will gain access to affordable health care.

 

Today, we join our allies in celebrating the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is a human rights victory for the millions of people in California and throughout the United States who will benefit from greater access to health care services.

"This historic decision will change the lives of over 2 million Latinas and Latinos in California," stated Laura Jiménez, Executive Director. "Over 70% uninsured Latinas and Latinos in the state will have access to affordable health care."  More specifically, nearly 43% of uninsured Latinas and Latinos in California will be eligible for Medi-Cal and another 30% will be eligible to purchase insurance through the state exchange. This is significant as no other group is more impacted than Latinas/os in California.

At CLRJ, our mission is to advance the reproductive health and rights of Latinas in the state of California. Currently, Latinas are the most uninsured group in the state, with 4 out of 10 of us lacking insurance.  Under the Affordable Care Act, more Latinas will have access to affordable comprehensive contraceptive care, including an annual well-woman care exam, screening for sexually-transmitted infections, breastfeeding counseling and equipment, screening for gestational diabetes, and screening and counseling for intimate partner violence, among other critical health care services. This is extremely important for Latinas who are disproportionately impacted by breast cancer and cervical cancer.

While we applaud today's decision, in California and nationally, we must continue to fight to ensure inclusion of our undocumented brothers and sisters in health reform efforts. Just over a quarter of uninsured Latinas/os will be excluded due to citizenship and immigrant clauses that prohibit undocumented residents from participating in public programs, receiving tax credits and using their own money to purchase coverage through the Exchange. "Notwithstanding this week's setback on SB 1070, today's decision moves us in the right direction to secure basic human rights for all people, and provides hope as we continue the fight for the health and justice
of all immigrants," stated Marisol Franco, Director of Policy & Advocacy.

Just as no human being is illegal, no human being is undeserving of quality and affordable health care - this is a right, not a privilege.

CLRJ and our partners will continue to work on implementation to make sure that all people in California will be able to take advantage of health benefits available through the Affordable Care Act, from health coverage to individual and community wellness promotion.
 
Today we celebrate this victory and this monumental movement towards affordable health care for all!  

 

For Health & Justice,

 

the CLRJ Team

 
ifornia Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ) is a statewide policy and advocacy organization whose mission is to advance California Latinas' reproductive health and rights within a social justice and human rights framework. CLRJ works to ensure that policy developments reflect Latinas' priority needs, as well as those of their families and their communities.

 

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España, 18 de junio, 2012.- “El año pasado se publicó un informe de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos [1] que aborda la violencia sexual en la región mesoamericana (especialmente El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras y Nicaragua): “Acceso de la justicia para mujeres víctimas de violencia sexual en Mesoamérica”. Nuestra Campaña contra el terrorismo sexual: Ciudades libres de violencia hacia las mujeres nos ha llevado a recuperar este documento.

El informe analiza esta concreta vulneración de los derechos humanos de las mujeres desde una perspectiva jurídica e integral abarcando “la prevención, investigación, juzgamiento y sanción de casos de violencia sexual, así como al tratamiento otorgado a las víctimas y a sus familiares por instancias judiciales de protección”.
No obstante también se hace referencia a elementos ajenos al Derecho como los patrones socioculturales que mantienen y legitiman la violencia contra las mujeres.

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The photographs were taken by South Korean photographer Ahn Sehong.

Japan continues to have difficulty acknowledging its war past and the exhibition has again revealed the deep-seated reticence to deal with such issues.

The Nikon Salon had earlier cancelled the show for being "too political" but was forced to proceed with the exhibition after a Tokyo district court ruling.

LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE

 

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WHO Report: Safe Abortion is Essential to Protecting Women’s Human Rights

States should eliminate barriers to abortion services, provide accurate information on reproductive health care

(PRESS RELEASE) Providing women across the globe with access to safe and legal abortion services is essential to realizing and protecting their fundamental human rights, according to the updated safe abortion guidance issued this week by the World Health Organization (WHO).
 
The new guidance—updating the agency’s 2003 publication—recognizes that nearly every one of the approximately 47,000 deaths and additional five million injuries due to unsafe abortion worldwide “could have been prevented through sexuality education, family planning, and the provision of safe, legal induced abortion and care for complications of abortion.”
 
Said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights: 
 
“The world’s foremost public health agency has reaffirmed the well-established truth that access to safe abortion is good public health policy that protects the human rights of millions of women globally.

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CWGL launches the 2012 16 Days Theme Announcement!

Based on your inputs and suggestions, we are pleased to announce that the 2012 16 Days Campaign will continue with the global theme: From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women! This year’s Campaign marks our third year of advocacy on the intersections of gender-based violence and militarism.

The sub-themes of the Campaign are:

  • Sexual and gender-based violence committed by state agents, particularly the police or military
  • Proliferation of small arms and their role in domestic violence
  • Sexual violence in and after conflict

The global theme announcement is available in 35 languages from the CWGL 16 Days website:http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/2012-campaign/theme-announcement

We would like to sincerely thank the translators for donating their knowledge and time, and their commitment to ending gender-based violence!

If you would like to translate the theme into your local language, please email us at16days@cwgl.rutgers.edu.

MORE INFO HERE

 

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THE NATIONAL 10 DAYS OF ACTION FOR VAWA START THIS WEEK!

WILL YOU TAKE PART TO ENSURE THAT CONGRESS PASSES A FINAL VAWA THAT INCLUDES ALL VICTIMS?

Act with us- in DC or your hometown- to tell Congress they must get VAWA moving before they go on their July 4th vacation. Before the end of summer, Congress needs to send a REAL VAWA to the President to sign with all of the inclusive provisions in S. 1925. The final VAWA must serve ALL victims and contain NO rollbacks to the current VAWA and we need to get movement so that can happen. As more and more legislation is stalled due to Congressional gridlock, we need Congressional leaders to hear our strong and united message once and for all: your work on VAWA is not over.  We have too much at stake and doing nothing is not an option. Stand with us during our National 10 Days of Action as we fight to push VAWA over the finish line!

PARTICIPATE IN OUR 10 DAYS OF ACTION TO SAVE VAWA FROM JUNE 24 – JULY 4!  DO ONE OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES BELOW!

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EL CASO DE UNA MUJER QUEMADA ABRE EL DEBATE SOBRE COMO PREVENIR LA VIOLENCIA DE GENERO

Fue un noviazgo de pocos meses. María Medina terminó golpeada e incendiada. Ocurrió en Tucumán. Antes, su madre había recorrido comisarías y ámbitos judiciales. Pero no fue escuchada.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 Por Mariana Carbajal

María Medina tenía 32 años y se ganaba la vida dando clases particulares de inglés en su casa y haciendo traducciones de artículos científicos a una médica psiquiatra. Vivía en el barrio Ciudadela, de San Miguel de Tucumán, con su madre y su abuela, y las ayudaba también a ellas con su negocio de helados y postres artesanales. En noviembre comenzó a noviar con Armando Antonio Martín, también de 32 años, tío de uno de sus alumnos. Desde el inicio de la relación, la mamá de María, Rut Tomatis, percibió que se trataba de un hombre violento y trató de advertirle a su hija, pero ella no quiso escucharla. Rut fue a pedir ayuda durante el verano a comisarías e incluso, apenas terminó la feria judicial de enero, recurrió a la Oficina de Violencia Doméstica de la Corte Suprema de Tucumán, pero le dijeron que no podían hacer nada para proteger a su hija, porque era una mujer adulta; había que esperar hasta que ella “tocara fondo” y fuera por su cuenta a 

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Pedro Muelas - E-Mujeres

Anita Sarkeesian es una activista norteamericana que a través de su blog www.feministfrequency.com promueve la desaparición de clichés y estereotipos de la mujer cuando aparece en los medios de comunicación, libros, películas, anuncios y videojuegos. En su última campaña ha decidido recaudar dinero para hacer una serie de vídeos sobre los roles de la mujer en los videojuegos y que tipos de personajes cree ella que serían mejores. (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/566429325/tropes-vs-women-in-video-games) Por desgracia lo que debería ser una campaña tranquila para recaudar donativos ha acabado siendo un infierno, al convertirse en el objeto de insultos y amenazas en Youtube y Wikipedia. Insultos como, vuelve a la cocina, enseña las tetas o lárgate, terrorista, judía, nazi o amenazas de violación y deseándole que tenga cáncer.

 
Los vídeos de Anita están en inglés lo que no evita que tenga admiradores en todas partes. Por desgracia también tiene detractores que no dudan en recurrir a los insultos y las amenazas para conseguir su objetivo de dificultar la igualdad de las mujeres. Publicamos la noticia para que el caso de Anita no quede silenciado en este mundo globalizado. El lado bueno es el éxito rotundo del proyecto, en números, ha conseguido más de 6.997 apoyos y ha recaudado 158.917 dólares de donativos procedentes de hombres y mujeres de todo el mundo.
 

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Riesgo de que derechos femeninos queden fuera de Río+20 

Por Anayeli García Martínez

México, DF, 21 jun 12 (CIMAC).- El Vaticano, Egipto y Siria pretenden borrar los derechos sexuales y reproductivos de las mujeres en el capítulo de Salud, de las resoluciones oficiales de la Conferencia de Naciones Unidas sobre Desarrollo Sostenible (Río+20), que se lleva a cabo en Río de Janeiro, Brasil. 

Eugenia López, directora de la organización Balance Promoción para el Desarrollo y Juventud, afirmó que en la Cumbre Río+20, que comenzó ayer y concluye mañana, hay riesgo de que las mujeres sean excluidas de las resoluciones finales, pese a que sus derechos deben quedar plasmados. 

 

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The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), both

components of the United States Department of Justice, convened a roundtable discussion on
research on sexual violence on September 8 and 9, 2011, in Arlington, Virginia.
 
The September 2011 roundtable brought together experts on sexual violence, representing
fields including research and academia, victim advocacy, law enforcement, prosecution, the
judiciary, and health care; as well as several survivors of sexual violence whose voices kept
victims’ experiences at the center of the discussion. Over the course of the meeting,
participants identified new and emerging priorities for research on the criminal justice system’s
response to sexual assault and generated ideas for bridging the gap between research and
practice.
 

 

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  • From the last couple days, more 'collateral damage' from male dominated police forces...

  •  Reno, Nevada police officer was arrested and charged with assault causing bodily injury and family violence. After a warrant was issued for his arrest the officer turned himself in http://bit.ly/N4uGH9
  • Savannah-Chatham, Georgia police officer was fired after being arrested for domestic violence battery and domestic violence simple assault.  The officer pleaded guilty and was given four years probation http://bit.ly/Mc8TO5
  • Chariton, Iowa police officers tased a “mentally troubled” woman after they had handcuffed and confined her to a police car http://bit.ly/McjgUX
  • Long Beach, California police officer was charged with 20 felony counts of domestic violence for the alleged on-going abuse of his wife. The officer has been suspended without pay and is being held without bail until his trialhttp://bit.ly/MJjHC4
  • A former Grand Junction Police Officer and Firefighter has been charged with four counts of sexual assault on a child while in a position of trust, with a pattern of abuse http://bit.ly/MJjHC4
  • A former San Jose, California police officer has pleaded “no contest” to two counts of unlawful sexual contact with minors. The officer faces up to three years and eight months in state prison http://bit.ly/L9zobm
  • Dorchester County, SC police used a taser on an 80-year-old woman after she allegedly attempted to hit police with her walking stick. She had to be taken to a nearby medical facility for treatment http://cbsloc.al/LMiw8Q
  • Maynard, Massachusetts police chief was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after two fights with his wife, as well as one count of intimidating a witness. The police chief has since been replaced and turned in his gun http://bit.ly/MNtVBW
  • Former Fort Lauderdale police officer Ronald Baker was sentenced to life in prison for repeatedly molesting an underage female relative at his Sunrise home.  “The crimes which you have been convicted of would be disturbing under any circumstances,” said Broward Circuit Judge Michael Usan, who condemned Baker as a “rapist, child molester and child pornographer.”http://sunsent.nl/MXobJq

etc. , etc, ad nauseum...

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“Ha vuelto a ocurrir. Han asesinado a otra mujer”

Basta ya

“No entiendo los silencios cómplices. Silencios que, soterradamente y con estudiados consejos y/o cambiando palabras siguen permitiendo y desvirtuando la lucha, pero sobretodo el sufrimiento de tantas y tantas mujeres y niñas”

Valencia, 19 jun. 12. AmecoPress.- Estoy muy enfadada y triste. Ha vuelto a ocurrir. Han asesinado a otra mujer. Esta vez ha sido en Salt (Girona). He leído la noticia en una red social y he ido a contrastarla en dos diarios de diferente tendencia editorial y los dos dicen lo mismo.

Hoy escribo desde la rabia, la desolación, las lágrimas y la profunda tristeza que me producen estos asesinatos. No puedo evitarlo. Es superior a mis fuerzas. Sencillamente no puedo entenderlo. Sigo sin entender que se siga matando a mujeres por el simple hecho de ser mujeres y de pretender su posesión absoluta sin dejarles a ellas margen para ser personas.

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Private shelter in rural Haiti
(IntLawGrrls welcomes this post from contributor Kim Thuy Seelinger in honor ofWorld Refugee Day)
People who flee their homes to escape sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) often have few options for immediate, temporary housing. Their need for emergency shelter usually outstrips supply even in well-resourced urban centers in the United States, Europe, and Canada. Even more vulnerable are victims swept up in conflicts and natural disasters. In many refugee camp settings, provision of specialized emergency shelter falls to the overall camp management – often the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or large international humanitarian organizations. In some cases, private donors may fund ad hoc SGBV shelters, as well, operating autonomously and sometimes with more goodwill than guidance.  
Unique challenges
Many of the challenges that arise in these insecure and resource-limited settings are extreme and unique. In addition to severe resource constraints and both internal and external security threats, camp settings also present challenges related to utter lack of privacy – both of individuals and of spaces or structures. It is often impossible to have a “secret” safehouse location. Moreover, transition options are far more limited: a survivor being released from a shelter may have slim relocation or resettlement chances; she may have to return to the same tent or hut she inhabited before fleeing. Without legal status or the ability to move freely within a host country, it is virtually impossible for a refugee survivor of SGBV to fully escape or start a new life.

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Fenton, “An Essay on Slavery’s Hidden Legacy”

Zanita Fenton (Miami) has published An Essay on Slavery’s Hidden Legacy: Social Hysteria and Structural Condonation of Incest, 55 Howard L.J. 319 (2012).  Here is the abstract:

The history of slavery and its effects within the United States, especially the impact on the black family and individuals who are African American, have been studied and postulated since before slavery formally ended. What is less often discussed is the impact of slavery on white families and the individuals who comprise those families, or generally the American family within society at large. For both the commission of incest or miscegenation, the event(s) were publicly condemned while simultaneously ignored and hidden, and thereby condoned. Despite the imperative for racial purity, white men enjoyed a presumption of free access to slaves, as well as to freed women. Indeed, because acts of miscegenation were so common, as was their denial, they occurred in transparent obscurity. Further, this white, patriarchal, sexual prerogative was unfettered and all but unchallenged, even when such access resulted in an actual biological, incestuous coupling. Thus, the convergence of the taboos, miscegenated incest/incestuous miscegeny, prompted the hidden exhibition of incest, first for relations between family members of “opposite” races, but also for any correlate relations within a “same” race family.

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California Latinas for Reproductive Justice

with 

California Latino Legislative Caucus
Democratic Legislative 
Women's Caucus 

Assembly Member Norma Torres
Invite you to a Policy Briefing:

 

Thriving Latinas =  A Strong California 
Latina Leaders Shaping Policy 

and Advancing Reproductive Justice  
 
Thursday, June 28, 2012 ~ 1:00- 2:30 P.M.
Capitol Room 437 ~ Sacramento, CA

 

Speakers Include:
Assembly Member Norma Torres
California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ) Staff:  
Laura Jimenez, Executive Director
Ena S. Valladares, Director of Research    
Marisol Franco, Director of Policy & Advocacy 
 

Register for the Policy Briefing TODAY! 

*Light snacks and refreshments will be provided to registered guests.*
 
For more information, please contact Marisol Franco at: 

 

 
 
 

 

California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ) is a statewide policy and advocacy organization whose mission is to advance California Latinas' reproductive health and rights within a social justice and human rights framework.  CLRJ works to ensure that policy developments reflect Latinas' priority needs, as well as those of their families and their communities.

 

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Title: “We Belong to Them”: The Costs of Funding for Rape Crisis Centers

 

Abstract: This research explores the transformation of rape crisis centers and whether directors, staff, interns, and volunteers see changes as beneficial or detrimental to rape crisis centers and the victims they serve. Data from 63 interviews with directors, staff, interns, and volunteers from 6 rape crisis centers located in 4 East Coast States indicate that although centers may have been formed for different reasons depending on when they opened, all have become more professional, rely less on volunteers, engage in more collaboration with other agencies, and have largely abandoned their traditional activism agenda. Traditional activism through political protests and membership in consciousness raising groups has been replaced by community education and outreach. Some of these changes are viewed as positive whereas others are viewed as negative. (Published Abstract)

 

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Religion, Politics and Gender Equality

Contrary to modernist predictions that religion would retreat into a private
zone of worship and practice, recent decades have seen religion become
increasingly salient on the political stage worldwide. Does this matter?
From the point of view of women’s rights and gender equality, much is at
stake. UNRISD research shows that politicized religion impinges on
women’s rights in problematic ways. The challenge to gender equality
comes not just from fundamentalist agendas, but also from those who
instrumentalize women’s rights for political ends.
 

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