formerly known as
Womens Liberation Front


Welcome to, formerly known as.Womens Liberation Front.  A website that hopes to draw and keeps your attention for  both the global 21th. century 3rd. feminist revolutution as well and a selection of special feminist artists and writers.

This online magazine will be published evey month and started February 1st. 2019. Thank you for your time and interest.

Gino d'Artali
dept investigative journalist
and radical feminist











                                                                                                            CRYFREEDOM 2019/2020

<I am both father and mother to my daughters. I am the man and woman of my household. I need to go out to care for my family. Where do I get a mahram from?>
Translation mahram:
The general principle to keep in mind is that a Mahram is the one you cannot legally marry.
Gino d'Artali
APRIL 2022

23 APRIL - 9 MARCH 2022

MAR 2022
26 Mar - 3 Feb 2022

FEB 2022
21 Feb - 31 Jan 2022


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International media about atrocities
against women worldwide.

APRIL 2022
29 - 18 APR 2022

MAR 2022
25 - 15 Mar 2022
15 Mar - 3  Mar 2022

FEB 2022:
25 - 18 Feb 2022

16 - 1 Feb 2022

   JAN 2022:
27-18 Jan 2022
17-10 Jan 2022
07 jan 2022-29 Dec 2021












When one hurts or kills a women
one hurts or kills hummanity and is an antrocitie.
Gino d'Artali
and: My mother (1931-1997) always said to me <Mi figlio, non esistono notizie <vecchie> perche puoi imparare qualcosa da qualsiasi notizia.> Translated: <My son, there is no such thing as so called 'old' news because you can learn something from any news.>
Gianna d'Artali

The Guardian
By John Duerden
14 Apr 2022
<<‘Change the vision’: Iran Women push to break football barriers amid fan ban. Maryam Irandoost believes her team can close gap to the best and help to ensure female supporters are allowed in stadiums
emale fans not being allowed inside stadiums has long been the overriding international image when it comes to women and football in Iran and unsurprisingly so. Just over two weeks ago a number of Iranian women tried to get into the Imam Reza Stadium in the north-eastern city of Mashhad to watch the men play their final 2022 World Cup qualifier against Lebanon. They could not see the game – the ban has largely been in place since not long after the 1979 revolution – and then, according to some reports, they were treated to pepper spray by security guards. Despite requests from Fifa, criticism from around the world and calls from the players, authorities have yet to budge. Now, though, Iranian women are competing around the world and aiming to change minds in Tehran. In January, the national team played at the Women’s Asian Cup, their first international tournament. The opening game produced a creditable 0-0 draw with India in Mumbai. A Covid outbreak meant the hosts withdrew from the competition and their results were voided. For Iran, it meant that only their 7-0 and 5-0 losses at the hands of the eventual winners, China, and Taiwan respectively will go down in the record books. There was more to it than mere scorelines however. The coach, Maryam Irandoost, is confident the more the women play competitively around Asia, and one day the world, the greater the push will be to introduce equality in the stands back home, where the regime has made the occasional gesture in allowing women inside only to backtrack soon after. <I have tried for years to change this,> she says. <Our girls qualifying for and playing in the Asian Cup has changed the beliefs of a lot of people in Iran and I think this barrier will disappear in the near future.> >>
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Al jazeera
By Aisyah Llewellyn
14 Apr 2022
<<Explainer: Why is Indonesia’s sexual violence law so important?
The law, which took 10 years to pass, provides protections to victims of sexual violence including those in abusive marriages.
Medan, Indonesia – With the strike of a gavel, Indonesia’s controversial sexual violence bill has been passed into law by parliament. As legislators took to their feet on Tuesday to applaud the passage of the long-awaited bill, House Speaker Puan Maharani appeared visibly moved. The legislation was <a gift for all Indonesian women,> she said.
The bill, known as RUU TPKS, has been a long time coming.
First proposed in 2012, it faced stiff opposition from conservative groups who argued over everything from its name to the contents of the law itself, requiring repeated revisions in an effort to ease its passage. Elizabeth Ghozali, a lecturer in criminal law at Santo Thomas Catholic University in the city of Medan, told Al Jazeera that the bill was a landmark piece of legislation that finally puts the rights of victims first. <Previously, Indonesian law was only focused on punishment in sexual violence cases. That was seen as the entire scope of the law and a sign that it had done its job,> she said. <We need progressive law in Indonesia that thinks about the victims and accommodates their rights.>
What does the law cover?
The new law sets out nine different kinds of sexual abuse, including physical and non-physical sexual abuse, forced contraception, forced sterilisation, forced marriage, sexual torture, sexual exploitation, sexual slavery and sexual abuse through electronic means.
The law also recognises other forms of sexual abuse such as rape, obscenity, sexual violence against children, pornography, and forced prostitution, although these are also included under different sections of Indonesia’s Criminal Code and other specific laws such as Indonesia’s Child Protection Law.>>
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And read also this related article (is link to):
Indonesia passes landmark bill to tackle sexual violence

The Guardian
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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
11 Apr 2022

Global development
Women are expected to keep their mouths shut here in Somalia. But not any more.
By Nasrin Mohamed Ahmed
Somalia’s first woman to head a media house explains how she beat the odds to become a journalist and why Bilan was set up. I really do not care whether men are interested in our stories or not. They are already well provided for by hundreds of other Somali media outlets if their only interest is politics and the endless, unproductive squabbling it involves. Bilan’s target audience is society as a whole, not just middle-aged men. Our media’s obsession with politics is like a disease. It contributes to Somalia’s everlasting conflict because so many journalists take sides, provoking hatred and deepening di-visions. It is sad that our country needs a women-only media house but that is the reality here. Women are expected to babble all they like in the kitchen but to keep their mouths firmly shut in public.
For the first time, we have a space where we feel safe, physically and mentally. Never before have Somali female journalists been given the freedom, opportunity and power to decide what stories they want to tell and how they want to tell them. I have been a journalist since I was a teenager in secondary school. In the 12 years I have been working, there have been stories I have never been able to tell. At last, we can report on the young girls who are brought from the bush to work as maids in the big houses of Mogadishu, where they are abused and beaten. We will address taboo topics such as postnatal depression and child abuse. We will tell the untold stories of the remarkable women in rural areas who set up businesses to feed their families after their men go off to fight. One reason why women’s stories are rarely told in the Somali media is that most reporters are men. Bilan will change that. Women will speak to us because we too are women. They will allow us into their homes, their prayer rooms and their private spaces. I am a strong woman. I play football, ride motorbikes and manage a gym. But I have had to fight many battles as a female journalist. One was related to the rape of a child. An eight-year-old girl was brought by her parents from the far north of Somalia to hospital in Mogadishu after she was raped. This was unusual as such abuse is usually kept secret because of the shame it brings to families and clans. The minister for women visited the girl in hospital and vowed that justice would be done. This was also unusual as justice sometimes works the other way around in Somalia, where women have been arrested for reporting rape. I decided to make this the headline. Male colleagues ordered me to put it at the bottom, saying it was <just a community story>. I refused, I stood my ground and I won. But it was a tough fight.>>
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8 Apr 2022

<<Sabina Nessa: Man jailed for murdering London teacher.
A man who drove to London in order to attack a stranger has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 36 years for the murder of primary school teacher Sabina Nessa. Koci Selamaj, 36, killed Ms Nessa in a park in Kidbrooke, south-east London in September 2021.
CCTV footage captured him striking the 28-year-old over the head until she was unconscious, before carrying her away. He then strangled her, removed some of her clothes and tried to hide her body. Selamaj, a garage worker from Eastbourne in East Sussex, travelled to London on 17 September intending to assault a random woman after he was spurned by his estranged wife, the Old Bailey heard. Ms Nessa, who taught a year one class at Rushey Green Primary School in Catford, was found nearly 24 hours later near a community centre in the park. Days later, Selamaj, from Eastbourne in East Sussex, was arrested in the seaside town. He pleaded guilty in February to her murder. On Friday, he refused to come to the Old Bailey and was sentenced in his absence. Mr Justice Sweeney described the <savage> attack as sexually motivated. He said Ms Nessa was the <wholly blameless victim of an absolutely appalling murder which was entirely the fault of the defendant>. It is believed Ms Nessa had only gone through the park as she was running late and this was the quickest route to the bar where she had been due to meet a friend. Grainy footage showed a hooded man passing her, looking back at her, and running toward her before hitting her over the head 34 times in quick succession. He used such force that parts of the weapon - a metal traffic triangle - shattered and fell to the ground, the Met Police said. Ten minutes after dragging Ms Nessa away, Selamaj reappeared on camera and began picking up pieces of the murder weapon from the floor. He also used tissues to clean the bench where part of the attack had taken place. On his way back to the south coast, Selamaj dumped the warning triangle in the River Teise in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Police said he appeared to be <calm and collected> on his arrest. On being cautioned through an interpreter, the Albanian national said: <What will happen if I open up now and say everything?> Lewis Power QC said his client Selamaj had provided no explanation for why he killed Ms Nessa, adding: <He simply accepts that he did it.> >>
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Al Jazeera
8 Apr 2022
By Moulid Hujale

<<Ayuuto: The Somali female money lending manual on braving crisis
As drought and famine continue to plague Somalia, women are using a centuries-old scheme to help each other.
Mogadishu, Somalia – Once every month, a group of 10 women gather at the makeshift shelter of Layla Hussein Tawane in a camp for in-ternally displaced people in Mogadishu. Each of them brings $10 to contribute to a common pot. Tawane, the group’s leader, hands over the total money to one person and the next collection goes to another in a similar process until every member receives their pot. Across the camp and in cities across Somalia, there are similar groups meeting about the same time. Known as Hagbad or Ayuuto (Somali for <help>, with roots in the Italian word <aiuto>) in Somali culture, it is an interest-free rotating savings scheme based on mutual trust. It is primarily run by women in the same neighbourhood who not only know one another but also share common experiences. <At the beginning of every month when we meet to collect the money, we discuss the challenges we are facing including the security situation of the camp, said Tawane. ‘We also talk about our children and their education. More importantly, we listen to each other and offer help where we can.> Last month one of the members, a mother of five, asked for a loan to help save her small grocery which was almost closing down due to financial problems. The group agreed to lend her some money from the pot, which she started to repay in small amounts after seven days. These women were among the thousands displaced by Somalia’s worsening drought situation and they fled with their children to the capital after losing their livelihoods. Since 1991 when the central government was overthrown, Somalis have been caught in an endless cycle of political instability, terrorism, famine and recurring droughts, each exacerbating the others. Currently, almost three million internally displaced people are scattered in more than 2,400 camping settlements across the country.>>
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Al Jazeera
7 Apr 2022

<<Ketanji Brown Jackson becomes first Black woman on US top court
US Senate confirms Jackson to the Supreme Court in what Democratic Party leader calls ‘joyous day’ for the country. The United States Senate has confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the US Supreme Court, making her the first Black woman in the nation’s history to serve on its highest court.
The Senate confirmed Jackson’s historic nomination in a 53-47 vote on Thursday afternoon. Beyond breaking barriers as the first Black wo-man on the bench, 51-year-old Jackson also is now only the third Black American ever to serve as a Supreme Court justice. <This is a wonderful day, a joyous day and an inspiring day for the Senate with the Supreme Court and for the United States of America,> Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said. <Judge Jackson is in every sense and by all measures a brilliant jurist.> Jackson’s confirmation process highlighted deep partisan divisions in the US, with Republicans seeking to paint the longtime jurist and US appeals court judge as a <radical>, while Democrats stood staunchly behind her. While most Republicans on Thursday voted against her joining the top court, three GOP senators – Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Utah’s Mitt Romney – voted in favour on Thursday, effectively sealing her nomination in the evenly-divided chamber.>>
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Al Jazeera
7 Apr 2022
Sahar Aziz
Professor of law and Chancellor's Social Justice Scholar at Rutgers Law School.

<<Judge Brown Jackson and America’s moment of racial reckoning
The hounding of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson by conservatives who say ‘race does not matter’ was a side effect of our current moment of racial reckoning.
Today, the United States is experiencing a new moment of racial reckoning. A rapidly diversifying population is demanding systemic equity and meaningful access to constitutional freedoms. This transformation for the better is neither complete nor progressing without resistance. In an historic first, an African American woman, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, has been nominated to the Supreme Court. Her nomination to the highest judicial body of the nation is rightfully seen as a product of the United States’ current moment of racial reckoning. Despite being well-qualified for the position, she has baselessly been accused of incompetence, faced heightened scrutiny and has needlessly been subjected to questions on Critical Race Theory – only because she is a Black woman. Some within our nation, especially conservative politicians, however, still insist that moments of racial reckoning are a thing of the past and <race no longer matters in the US>.Of course, regardless of what they may claim for political capital, as the racially charged hounding of Judge Jackson during her confirmation hearing once again laid bare for everyone to see, race does matter in the US – a lot.
Racial reckoning: An American tradition
As defined by Professor Edward Bonilla-Silva, race is <an organizing principle of social relationships that shapes the identity of individual actors at the micro level and shapes all spheres of social life at the macro level>. The US has always been and still is a racialised social system in which <economic, political, social, and ideological levels are partially structured by the placement of actors in racial categories or races>. Thus, in American society, different races experience posi-tions of subordination and superordination. As I explain in The Racial Muslim: When Racism Quashes Religious Freedom, this racialisation creates a hierarchy within society and leads to systemic inequality.>>
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The Guardian
7 Apr 2022
By Ella Fox-Martens

‘Still a work in progress’: what has #MeToo done for women in theatre? The Harvey Weinstein scandal was supposed to usher in a reckoning for the industry. But while some headway has been made, meaningful change has proved elusive. When Suzie Miller wrote Prima Facie, she says she <never really believed it would go on>. The Australian play, which has its UK premiere at the Harold Pinter theatre this week, is a striking one-woman show that follows Tessa (played by Jodie Comer), a working-class barrister, and her ex-perience of sexual assault after years of defending accused rapists. <Writing from a woman’s point of view about sexual harassment was not produce-able,> she says. <Nobody wanted to go see a ‘rape play’.> Then, in October 2017, the New York Times ran an exposé of Harvey Weinstein, and the ensuing #MeToo movement prompted a reckoning in many industries. UK film and theatre institutions expressed a desire to enact meaningful change, both on and off stage. “I think #MeToo has created a world where suddenly women can be heard,” says Miller. It felt like a real turning point. Not only were narratives of sexual abuse – long regarded as too risky for commercial theatre audiences – being listened to, they were actively being sought out. Many of the plays staged in the wake of the #MeToo movement focused on Weinstein and his victims, with some of the most successful works originating from women with personal experience of the producer’s crimes. In Snatches, a series of monologues curated by Vicky Featherstone, Weinstein survivor Romola Garai performed a scene in which a young actor is invited to meet a senior producer in his hotel room. Another Weinstein survivor, Rose McGowan, staged her own one-woman show, Planet 9, at the 2019 Edinburgh fringe, to a positive reception. But the male-dominated theatre establishment did produce some more dubious responses. Steven Berkoff’s Harvey and David Mamet’s Bitter Wheat – both written immediately after the news had broken – directly invoke Weinstein, turning him into a main character, and thus shifting focus away from the victims to the perpetrator. Both Berkoff and Mamet were accused of rehashing the #MeToo revelations for entertainment, delivering work that, in the words of one critic, was intended to inflame discourse through <courting scandal by inertia>. Harvey is a one-man monologue, forcing audiences to linger in the mind of a sexual predator as he makes excuses for himself, while Bitter Wheat treats its loathsome protagonist, rapist Barney Fein, as a figure of twin fascination and disgust. “The world has been shaped for thousands of years by the male perspective,” Miller says. <The patriarchy has profoundly silenced women.> Theatrical works about sexual assault continue to be marketed using #MeToo as a reference point, even in the title in some cases. The problem with presenting sexual assault narratives through the lens of the hashtag is that it limits the scope of the problem, reducing systemic inequality down to the spectre of Weinstein, implying that the removal of a few “bad eggs” can eradicate the issue. Indeed, some influential names have been forced to step down. Most notably, the former artistic director of London’s Royal Court theatre, Max Stafford-Clark, who was forced out of his Out of Joint theatre company after a formal complaint that he made lewd comments to a member of staff. But the fundamental changes that #MeToo promised have not been as meaningful or lasting as many in the industry hoped, and allegations of rape and sexual misconduct have continued to plague the industry.>>
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Al Jazeera
By Maziar Motamedi
3 Apr 2022

<<Iranian women denounce violence in film industry. The women say violence and harassment at work have become endemic, call for reforms and accountability.
Tehran, Iran – Hundreds of women working in Iranian cinema have slammed <systematic> violence against women in the film industry and called for mechanisms that would make perpetrators and enablers accountable. In a strongly-worded statement on Friday, more than 200 women – including some of the most well-known Iranian actresses locally and internationally – condemned sexual violence and harassment, which they said has become endemic in Iranian cinema. <Not only is there no mechanism to prevent powerful individuals from committing violence, there is also a non-written agreement that inflicting violence against women in work spaces has been normalised, with no serious ramifications threatening the aggressor,> they wrote. Among the signatories are Taraneh Alidoosti – who had a leading role in Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning The Salesman in 2016 – Hedieh Tehrani, Niki Karimi and Pouran Derakhshandeh, all household names in Iranian cinema. The women also denounced financial inequality and disparity in decision-making powers with male peers, and demanded <this most basic human right, meaning working in a safe space away from bullying and violence and sexual extortion>. They urged industry figures to mobilise through entities such as the Iranian Alliance of Motion Picture Guilds to form a female-majority committee consisting of people educated in dealing with sexual violence that would securely and privately receive and review claims of aggression. They also proposed adding mechanisms in movie contracts to shield women and make aggressors accountable through financial penalties and suspension from future work in the industry.>>
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Al Jazeera
03 Apr 2022
By Sanem Maher

<<‘Not a quitter’: The Karachi doctor taking rapists to court
In an old surgical wing, Dr Summaiya Syed faces great odds to bring justice to rape victims.
Warning: This article includes details about sexual abuse that some readers may find disturbing.
The toys on the desk are <ice-breakers> for the children, the doctor tells me. A beaded bracelet, a small toy skull, chalky white dental moulds, a glass shaped like a lightbulb with a green candy-striped straw. When her son and daughter were younger and would eat McDonalds’ Happy Meals, Dr Summaiya Syed would save the toys from them and bring them to work to add to the stash. She would buy dolls and hand them to a child sitting across from her in the hospital room and play a game. The doll has been hurt. <Can you show me where it is hurting?> she would ask. <Did someone touch the doll?> If the child showed her where it hurt, where the doll had felt an unwanted grasp, Dr Summaiya would ask, <Who did this to the doll?> There are no dolls here today. The children keep them when they leave the hospital. Dr Summaiya has been a woman medico-legal officer (WMLO) for 23 years. The bespectacled 50-year-old doctor looks like a kindly but firm teacher. She has a warm smile and she patiently answers questions, but when a visitor asks her to tweak the rules just a little for some paperwork he needs, she adamantly refuses. On the day we meet, her hair is pulled back in a bun and she is wearing a casual orange and black kameez with black jeans and sandals. Dupattas only get in the way, she says. The door to her office does not remain closed for long, with staff popping in to run a decision by her or give updates on a case. Some of them call her ‘Sir’. She answers their queries and picks up the thread of our conversation without pause. If I’m waiting for a lull to begin asking my questions, I’ll be here a while. <We don’t stop for anyone,> she says.
Not everyone thought that. This is a job where you get your hands dirty. <The MLO sits in the bowels of society,> Dr Summaiya explains. <I’ve seen bodies with heroin capsules in their abdomen, I’ve dealt with new-born children thrown on rubbish dumps, battered women, we go to graveyards for exhumations, you have to deal with the police and go to court to present your findings…> She trails off.>>
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Women's Media Centre
By Debbie Hines
1 Apr 2022

<<The Joy and Agony of Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Historic Moment.
While all Americans should rejoice in the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, the first Black woman justice to sit should she be confirmed, Senate Republicans turned the focus to white privilege, mockery, and racism. Judge Jackson, with her extraordinary credentials and a judicial temperament made of steel, faced tirades, temper tantrums, and theatrical walking off stage. And in the end, the same way that all Black women rise to higher heights against all odds, she persevered. As a Black woman lawyer and member of the Supreme Court bar, I felt a growing anger during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings as I watched white Republican senators question Judge Jackson while clothed in their finest white privilege and adorned with racism, hypocrisy, and misogyny. On display was Judge Jackson’s worthiness versus white senators’ entitlement. The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing’s purpose is supposedly to determine whether the nominee qualifies for the position. Yet the U.S. Constitution delineates no quali-fications for a Supreme Court justice. To that point, Justice James F. Byrnes, who was appointed to the court in 1941, did not graduate from high school but studied and passed the bar exam. The Senate confirmed Justice Byrnes’ appointment on the same day of his nomination. The events of last week show how much times have changed. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson holds impeccable credentials. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and then from Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the prestigious Harvard Law Review. She served as Supreme Court law clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer, the justice whose seat she hopes to fill. Her other storied accomplishments include vice chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, U.S. District Court judge, and U.S. Court of Appeals judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. Judge Jackson’s hearing began on March 21. As soon as the questions began, the circus started. Contrary to Senator Charles Grassley’s (R-Iowa) comments that the hearing would not turn into a <circus,> it did. On day two, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), in a tirade and temper tantrum fit more for a toddler, ranted, refused to allow Judge Jackson to answer questions, exceeded his time limits, broke Senate rules, and then stormed out of the hearing room. As a Black woman lawyer, I can’t imagine that I could scream, cry, shout, and walk out of a hearing without serious consequences. Throughout the hearing, the smell of sexism permeated the air. Multiple senators posed questions and then refused Judge Jackson the opportunity to fully answer or rudely interrupted her before she completed her response. Just about every woman experiences this conundrum almost daily in conversations with men. In the context of a Senate confirmation hearing where the sole purpose is to answer questions, the process was patently counterproductive and disrespectful toward Judge Jackson.>>
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Al Jazeera
31 Mar 2022
By Haroon Janjua

<<Pakistan: Hindu girl’s killing reignites forced conversion fears
Teenage girl shot dead after she resists abduction for alleged forced marriage and conversion, prompting fear among the minority community.
Islamabad, Pakistan – A teenage Hindu girl was killed last week in Pakistan’s southeastern Sindh province after she resisted abduction for alleged forced marriage and conversion, prompting fear among the country’s minority community. The family of Pooja Kumari, 18, described her as a girl full of life, often seen stitching traditional garments at their home in Rohri town in Sukkur district, some 470km (292 miles) north of the port city of Karachi, the provincial capital. Kumari’s uncle Odh, whose first name Al Jazeera is not using due to security concerns, said she was often harassed by Wahid Bux Lashari, a member of the powerful Lashari tribe. Lashari, 24, had threatened Kumari with forced marriage earlier this month. Her family said they approached the local police who <showed no interest> in helping the family against the powerful landowning tribe. A week later on March 21, Lashari showed up again along with two associates and broke into the girl’s house. When Kumari resisted abduction, Lashari allegedly fired his gun. <They shot her dead on the spot,> Odh told Al Jazeera. <She [Kumari] preferred resistance and death instead of marrying the abductor out of her faith.>
Police arrested Lashari and the two associates on the night of March 21 after the incident caused outrage on Pakistani social media. <Mr Lashari and two others were arrested for their involvement in the murder,> local police official Bashir Ahmed told Al Jazeera. <The prime suspect has even confessed to the crime.> Rights groups say Kumari is among nearly 1,000 minority girls forcibly married or converted to Islam – or both – every year in Muslim-majority Pakistan.>>
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Al Jazeera
31 Mar 2022
By Allison Griner

<<The woman confronting the US prison-to-deportation pipeline
Domestic abuse survivor Ny Nourn lived this pipeline. How her fight against this system became a fight for others.
News of her client’s release sent attorney Melanie Kim scrambling to find clothes. Her client hadn’t known freedom since 2003. She needed something to wear when she left detention for the first time in 16 years. So Kim rushed to a discount department store and grabbed what she hoped would fit: a pair of joggers and a T-shirt.
But when Kim arrived at the Yuba County Jail in Marysville, California, the problem became clear. Kim had only ever seen her client from across glass panels, seated during brief, 30-minute visits. The clothes Kim had picked were far too big for the petite, 4-foot-11.5-inch woman with the long dark hair who now stood free before her. <In my mind, physically she was much bigger than she actually was,> Kim recalls. It felt like a <mismatch>: how someone as small and unassuming as Ny Nourn could have had such immense effect.
The story of how Nourn, 41, first came to be imprisoned is the story of her emergence as an advocate. As the co-director of the Asian Prisoner Support Committee — and an organiser for the domestic violence advocacy group Survived and Punished — Nourn has rapidly gained a reputation as one of the most high-profile voices in the fight to end what activists in the United States call the <prison-to-deportation pipeline>. But Nourn doesn’t just speak out about that pipeline. She has lived it herself. And in sharing her story again and again — on panels, in interviews, even for a TEDx Talk — Nourn often finds herself confronting the horrors of her past as she works to educate others about the US criminal justice system.
‘Born into violence’
Born in 1980 in Khao-I-Dang, a Cambodian refugee camp near the border in Thailand, Nourn remembers sorrow among her earliest memories. At age 18, her mother had fled Cambodia on foot: the genocide there in the late 1970s killed more than 1.7 million people. She raised Nourn alone in those early years. Nourn’s father had abandoned them both when Nourn was only one. <I have very vague, sad memories — the majority of the time, being hungry, always needing my mother. She was working in the rice fields,” Nourn says. The world felt so huge at the time. Now, looking back, she considers herself “born into violence> — the trauma of the genocide leading to the trauma that followed. At age five, Nourn left with her mother for the United States, where they settled first in Florida, then in California. There, in the city of San Diego, her mother married a fellow refugee from Vietnam, a man who worked as a mechanic. He too had suffered: he had been a prisoner of war, Nourn says. But very quickly, the relationship between Nourn’s mother and stepfather turned violent. They settled in Mira Mesa, a booming suburb dubbed by a local publication in June 1980 as “San Diego’s most wretched neighborhood” with its endless rows of identical houses. Although they were surrounded by military and Filipino families, Nourn remembers they had few resources to process their experiences as refugees. It was isolating. <If you don’t deal with trauma, it bleeds into your life, your relationships, your family, your work. So that’s essentially what happened to like my parents, right? It bled into their relationships and into how I was raised,> Nourn says matter-of-factly, her eyes downcast behind a pair of round-rimmed glasses. Even as Nourn’s family grew — with the arrival of her younger brother and sister — Nourn’s mother tried to keep the abuse she endured quiet. Nourn nevertheless caught glimpses of it. She witnessed her mother being beaten and raped. She even remembers her mother reaching out to family friends for help, but they just told her to work it out. And Nourn’s stepfather would brush her mother aside, saying, <No one’s going to believe you.>
Living in that house felt like <constantly walking on eggshells>. And she grew to resent what she saw as her mother’s weakness. Nourn even found herself asking, <Why couldn’t she just leave?> It was the same victim-blaming question she too would later face when she found herself trapped in her own abusive relationship.>>
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The Guardian
30 Mar 2022
By Sirin Kale

<<11 years, 10 arrests, at least 62 women: how did Britain’s worst cyberstalker evade justice for so long?
he conversations always started the same way. A woman would get a message from a social media user. It would say: <Can I tell you a secret?> The messenger often, but not always, appeared to be a friendly young woman, peppering the conversation with words such as <hun> and signing off with a kiss. But the messenger would also claim to have information about the woman’s life. The victim’s partner was cheating on her; a friend was talking behind her back. If the woman blocked the anonymous messenger, another appeared. If the woman stopped responding, she would get incessant calls from someone breathing down the phone. This stalking could go on for years. Sometimes, the stalker spread lies about the victims to her friends, family and colleagues: that she was having an affair with her boss, or even her stepdad. The stalker would hack into the victim’s social media accounts, or create fake accounts in her name. He would pose as the victim to have sexually explicit conversations. He would even send stolen intimate photographs of her. Victims lost friends, family members, relationships and professional opportunities. One terrified victim slept with a baseball bat in her hand. Another kept a samurai sword beside her bed. Some were diagnosed with depression and anxiety and needed medication.
Nobody, except the stalker, knows how many victims there were. The Guardian has spoken to 10 survivors directly and each knew of another half a dozen or dozen women who had been targeted. <We’re going to have hundreds of victims,> says PC Kevin Anderson of Cheshire constabulary. The person responsible for all this suffering? A 30-year-old unemployed man from Northwich, Cheshire, called Matthew Hardy. For more than a decade, Hardy behaved with near impunity. <Every time his name comes up, I hear other names,> says Zoe Jade Hallam, 31, a model and mechanical operative from Lincolnshire who survived Hardy’s stalking. One force alone, Cheshire constabulary, was contacted about Hardy more than 100 times by 62 victims over an 11-year period. During Hardy’s years of stalking, he was arrested 10 times. But the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) appeared unable to put a stop to his offending. Until January 2022, that is, when Hardy was sentenced to nine years in prison for five counts of stalking. The average custodial sentence for stalking is under 17 months. <It’s the longest sentence we’ve ever heard of,> says Violet Alvarez of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, an anti-stalking charity. For survivors, the sentence was the news they had been waiting for. But why was Britain’s worst‑ever cyberstalker allowed to evade justice for so long?>>
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Al Jazeera
29 Mar 2022
By Joshua Collins

<<How Francia Marquez aims to break barriers in Colombia
Longtime activist has faced challenges, achieved stunning successes in world’s most dangerous country for environmental defenders.
In 2019, Francia Marquez survived an assassination attempt by men wielding firearms and grenades – an attack that came on the heels of a string of death threats against the award-winning Colombian environmentalist. Now, three years later, Marquez could become the first Afro-Colombian vice president – a historic development in a country where politics has traditionally been the domain of wealthy white men. She was tapped for the position by leftist presidential candidate Gustavo Petro, widely viewed as the frontrunner in the upcoming May election. “This is an important moment for the ‘nobodies’ of this country who have never had a voice,” Marquez told a news conference after her nomination last week. <This is a moment of racial justice, of gender justice, ecological justice – and a moment of social justice.> As supporters pointed to the momentum of the <new left> movement in Colombia, Marquez received more than 700,000 votes in a presidential primary earlier this month. Supporters hope her appointment will mean greater representation at the national level for regions long neglected by policies crafted in Bogota. She will run for vice president alongside Petro, a senator and former mayor of Bogota who once took up arms against the Colombian state as a member of the rebel group M-19. Petro has maintained a double-digit lead in recent polls over his closest presidential rival, right-wing politician Federico Gutierrez. Marquez has focused her campaign on the need for economic investment in conflict zones, environmentalism, and ensuring implementation of Colombia’s 2016 peace accord. She has vocally opposed the drug wars in Colombia, known as the world’s most dangerous country for environmental defenders. <We are living a historic moment,> Cha Dorina Hernandez, the first Black congresswoman from San Basilio de Palenque, a historic district known as the first free town in the Americas, told Al Jazeera. Black communities <have historically been excluded from decision-making and economic opportunity in Colombia>, she added. <We have never had real power over our lives, over our future. She is now in a position to make what we have been fighting for a reality.>
‘Cemeteries and mass graves’
A lawyer and mother of two, Marquez was born in Yolombo, Cauca, a conflict-hit region in southwestern Colombia. A longtime activist, she earned a Goldman Environmental Prize in 2018 for her mobilisation efforts against illegal gold mining. As part of that campaign, Marquez led dozens of women in a 10-day, 563km (350 mile) march from La Toma, Cauca, to Bogota, demanding an end to the mining operations.>>
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Al Jazeera
29 Mar 2022
By Saima Mir

Features - Women's Rights
A letter to … my ex-mother-in-law, a double agent of patriarchy
You were my mother-in-law for less than three years, and though my short brush with you scarred me for life, it taught me to honour my feelings.
Dear ex-mother-in-law,
By the time I was 25, I’d left two husbands. The second of those was your son. My mother’s concerns are steeped in the Pakistani culture she was raised in. It taught her to ignore her feelings, to minimise herself, becoming smaller and smaller until she was almost invisible. For better or worse, my mother’s voice is the voice in my head. But for a time, back in my 20s, that voice was paired with yours. You were my mother-in-law for just under three years, and though my short brush with you scarred me for life, it taught me to honour my feelings. I was just 23 years old when you chose me to marry your son. He was 25. I’d ended a marriage a year earlier and was living with my parents. It was a time when nice British Pakistani girls were taught that if we compromised, and tolerated unkindness, people would grow kinder, and our lives easier. None of this was true. My first marriage, though it lasted only three months, weighed heavy on me, and my family was eager for me to remarry. I wish I’d known how quickly time passes, and what a tiny fraction of a lifetime, that quarter of a year would prove to be, but I was trapped in a culture that celebrated virginity and despised divorce. You were presented as a saviour, the mother of a son who could erase a mistake. How wrong they were. I remember your visit to my parents’ house so vividly. You sat on the sofa, looking out across the garden, sipping tea in a bone china cup, your husband beside you. You were a secondary school teacher, presenting as a forward-thinking, liberal woman. My mum was impressed by your words. Despite being a graduate herself, and teaching English as a second language, she rarely spoke of her achievements. But you did. You said you were a published author. I later learned that the GCSE Urdu textbook you’d written had never found a publisher, and it was self-published and self-circulated. Smoke and mirrors were your stock and trade right from the start. I was taken in by your professed allyship. I didn’t want to live in an extended family system; my last marriage had ended because of my mother-in-law taking a dislike to me, and my husband not being able to stand up for me. Seeing my reticence, your son told me things would be different if I agreed to the marriage, that if you and I ever disagreed, he would stand with me. I believed him. <He was raised by a feminist,> I thought. You often talked about women’s rights to education, to work, to live how they choose. You were vocal at the mosque, with friends and family, in a way that Pakistani women were reluctant to be publicly, fearing a backlash. You told me you’d gone on hunger strike to convince your parents to let you go to university. That you fought racism in schools, walked around with your resignation letter in your pocket, and were unafraid to call things out. But days after the wedding, I learned that the values you espoused did not apply to me. You had set up a hierarchy with yourself at the top, using the tools of patriarchy to maintain your own position. You made it clear what you expected of me. By the end of the two years, I was waiting on you, your husband, and your son hand and foot, cooking and serving all the meals, starching and ironing everyone’s clothes, cleaning the house, driving you places, and ending each day by bringing you a biscuit with your cup of tea, as you sat on the sofa watching television with your husband. Your three daughters would visit often, bringing with them their husbands and five children. I ran around, making dinners, serving them, and clearing dishes, like a server in a restaurant, while you held court at the dining table. My memories of living in your house are fading fast, but they still leave me gasping for breath. My body has kept score, of the stress, anxiety, and fear, that living with you and your family inflicted. And when I sit down after a long day of work, household chores, and running after my children, I think of all the time you took from me, all the work I did, and how grateful I would be if someone did that for me. But you weren’t grateful. You were the mother of a son, and I was his wife, to your mind, my unpaid labour was your God-given right. In an attempt to escape the drudgery, I started temping as an accounts assistant for a shipping company. It was a short reprieve. On the train journey home, dread would come over me, tightening my chest, at the thought of what awaited me. Life with you was on a knife-edge, I never knew what would upset you, or when you’d complain to your son, who would blame me and fly into a rage over the smallest thing. Like the time you saw a dead fly on the carpeted stairs. “What good is her salary to me?” you had shouted. You were angry, and I wonder if it was your loss of control over me now that I was working outside the home, and had a taste of freedom, that really riled you. You didn’t believe in equality for all women, just for yourself. It’s hard to explain how emotional abuse works. Each thing sounds trivial on its own, but the drip-drip of complaints, manipulation, annoyance, and anger wears you down, and you find yourself becoming compliant in exchange for a peaceful life. But there was no peaceful life because your demands just grew.>>
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The Guardian/
The Observer = 27 Mar 27 2022
Activist Elaine Brown: ‘You must be willing to die for what you believe in’
By Michael Segalov

<<Elaine Brown reveals how in 1974 she came to be the first and only woman to lead the Black Panther Party – and talks about revolution, resistance and activism today.
laine Brown doesn’t waste time on small talk. Her stint as the first and only female leader of the Black Panther Party may be long in the past, but she remains a present-day revolutionary. It’s why, when she logs into Zoom to discuss her memoir, A Taste of Power – first published in the United States in the 1990s, only now reaching the United Kingdom – she doesn’t want to expend precious minutes on niceties or beating around the bush. <The situation for Black people in America is largely the same as it was when the Black Panther Party was formed,> Brown explains, from her home in Oakland, California. <We have the highest incarceration and homeless rate; the lowest education and homeownership levels.> She paraphrases Dr Martin Luther King, turning to look at the portraits of her fellow Panthers hanging from the walls of her apartment: Black people in America have double of what is bad, and half of what is good.
The reason Elaine Brown doesn’t waste time is simple: there’s still far too much to be done. Having spent a lifetime fighting for the emancipation of Black people, now 79, she has no intention of slowing down. <I can’t un-know what I know,> she says, of what has kept her motivated, her outlook unflinching. <I can’t stop seeing police killing Black people and our suffering.> She’s also not convinced that others would take her place should she wind down. While younger generations look to the global Black Lives Matter movement as a stride forward in anti-racist action, Brown is, to put it mildly, unimpressed. <I find it all embarrassing,> Brown says. <I’m bored by most people who call themselves ‘activists’. So you had a little parade, and you’ve started a hashtag in the ether world? You painted a pavement, went home for a vegan meal, and called it a day?> Brown believes these movements are destined to flounder, devoid of analysis, concrete plans or objectives; that today’s young radicals have lost their way. <It’s frustrating,> she says, <but doesn’t distract me.> Brown keeps her eyes on the prize. <When we joined the Black Panther Party, we surrendered our lives to the revolution. Today, people won’t make that sacrifice. That’s why I try to keep the revolutionary spirit of our struggle alive.> >>
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