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29 Mar

Silent Palestinian Warriors

29 Mar

http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/silent-palestinian-warriors-1.993891

Women are the balancing core that keeps society functioning despite Israeli occupation and political infighting

Gender Issues in INDIA

29 Mar

India


Population:
1.21 billion
Sex ratio:
0.94 male/female
Key Issues: 

Laws:

  • Police initiatives to introduce a more rights-based approach to women’s issues (gender training of their personnel and the Parivartan programme of the Delhi Police)
  • Government schemes for the girl child
  • Institutionalising safety of women and girls: the Delhi government initiatives
  • Changing policy into law – initial stages: sexual harassment at the workplace guidelines and child sexual abuse draft bill

Government’s responses:

  • Increase in women’s participation at all levels: social, economic and political
  • Awareness of women’s rights – by the State, civil society organisations, as well as the public at large
  • Gender budgeting and gender mainstreaming within State agencies and civil society organisations

Domestic Violence in Honduras

29 Mar

This video documents a programme in Honduras that is enlisting police officers in a broad-based struggle to address domestic violence.

Gender Issues in KYRGYZSTAN

29 Mar

Kyrgyzstan


Population:
5.4 million
Sex ratio:
0.96 male/female
Key issues:

  • violence against women
  • forced marriage
  • traditional stereotypes / cultural norms
    • prevent women from fully exercising their rights to own property.
    • women are often refused credit because they are unable to offer sufficient guarantees.

Laws:

  • Spousal rape is punishable under Kyrgyz legislation.
  • Article 3 of the Constitution of  Kyrgyzstan prohibits all discrimination on the grounds of gender, ethnic origin or religious belief.
  • Article 8 recognises the existence of certain discriminatory traditions or customary norms that are obstacles to gender equality in the country.
  • 2003 Law on Social-Legal Protection from Domestic Violence
    • designed to prevent, rather than penalise, such violence.

Crimes Against Women in Burma

29 Mar

The International Tribunal held a mock trial on Crimes against women of Burma. Victims of rape, sexual violence, enslavement, trafficking and imprisonment, spoke up and took a stand for not just themselves but for the future generations of young women in Burma and everywhere else.

Gender Issues in MYANMAR

29 Mar

Myanmar


Population:
61 million
Sex ratio:
0.99 male(s)/female
Key issues:

  • Gender-related wage gaps

  • Lack of access to institutionalized credit for women

  • Cultural norms that might disadvantage women

    • early marriage

  • Vulnerability of poor women to trafficking

  • Oppression, sexual harassment and sexual violence

Laws:

  • Sexual harassment is not addressed in any law
  • Polygamy is permitted under Myanmar customary law
  • Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation (MWAF)
  • Buddhist Women Special Marriage and Succession Act of 1954

Government’s responses:

  • Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association
    • provide vocational training to young girls and women