India News: Virginity Tests on Rape Victims.
September 6, 2010 Women hold placards during a protest in New Delhi. (Mumbai) - Many Indian hospitals routinely subject rape survivors to forensic examinations that include the unscientific and degrading “finger” test, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. It urged the Indian government to ban the practice, used to determine whether the rape survivor is...
Dear Obama: A Message from the LRA's Victims.
Child Soldiers, Other Victims in Central Africa Share Personal Stories During its recent investigation of the Lord’s Resistance Army’s (LRA) crimes, Human Rights Watch researchers noticed hundreds of people in the Central African Republic wearing t-shirts bearing US President Barack Obama’s image. For them, and for LRA victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Obama is a hero. Many even had...
Half The Sky.
I highly recommend Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide, for everyone who has an interest in World Studies with an emphasis on Women… and who doesn’t want to be 100% depressed at the end of the book. =) Each Women had a heart wrentching story of the trials and tribulations that had happened throughout their lives and yet the overwhelming feeling of...
The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake.
The Chimney Sweeper When my mother died I was very young, And my father sold me while yet my tongue, Could scarcely cry weep weep weep weep, So your chimneys I sweep & in soot I sleep. Theres little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head That curled like a lambs back was shav’d, so I said. Hush Tom never mind it, for when your head’s bare, You know that the soot cannot spoil your...
I have added a lot of new things to this Tumblr. The name formally known as Iampowerful, is now 1/2+0.5=1. The domain name is now onehalfpluspointfiveequalsone.tumblr.com The Tumblr blog description has changed (although not italicised, is written by me). A profile image was added and credit was given. The Tumblr theme has changed to make the posts easier on the eyes. What has stayed the...
Mexico: Supreme Court Protects Rape Victims Ruling Ensures Their Access to Emergency Contraception and Abortion May 27, 2010 Related Materials: Mexico: The Second Assault (Click link to read the report) The Supreme Court’s decision protects women’s rights. The state should not force rape victims to suffer an imposed pregnancy. José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director (New York) – In a...
CARE's Mission and Approach:
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. We place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water...
Violence Spreads in Thailand After Crackdown.
I received an email from a couple of Volunteer and Study Abroad programs this past week. The letter stated that all travel plans for Thailand have been canceled due to political unrest and violence in Bangkok. Although this piece of news does not have any direct link to women’s rights (that I could find anyway) I decided to do some research- and this is what I found. BANGKOK — A bloody...
The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to...– Ayn Rand
Mandatory Military Service in Foreign Countries.
I recently met a foreign women working at a Las Vegas mall called Miracle Mile connected to the Planet Hollywood resort. Her cart was located towards the middle of the establishment, centered in a large ally way. To her left was another cart, where a couple of women (also from other countries) were calling after passers to buy their amazing fast and easy nail polish applicators. And to her right,...
Integrating Reproductive Health and HIV Services Advances Gender Equity and Human Rights Integrating family planning and reproductive health and HIV services is an important strategy to reduce new HIV infections and unintended pregnancies and promote gender equality and human rights. Integrating family planning/reproductive health and HIV services will broaden the reach of both, essential at a...
Effective Implementation of Proven Practices for Children in Real World Clinical, Educational, and Community Settings. For over 35 years, Dr. Sharon Ramey has studied early childhood development and how to implement scientific research in policy. On Feb. 11, she participated in PRB’s Policy Seminar series to discuss how to take what is known to work for early childhood development and bring...
Women have to harness their power - it’s absolutely true. It’s just...– Cher
Woman Stabs Alleged Rapist Francistown — Tatitown police are investigating a case in which a 24-year-old man was reportedly wounded by a woman he had allegedly raped. Superintendent Tebogo Madisa told Mmegi on Tuesday that the man was stabbed by the woman last week. He said the man had invited the 22-year-old woman of Kgaphamadi to his house in Area ‘W’ where he threatened her with a...
What They Do CARE tackles underlying causes of poverty so that people can become self-sufficient. Recognizing that women and children suffer disproportionately from poverty, CARE places special emphasis on working with women to create permanent social change. Women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to...