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'I will resist': Afghan female journalists defy taliban pressure.
JUNE 2022
Opinion in general by Gino d'Artali .

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 <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?>
BY GULALAI, AN AFGHAN WOMAN
Translation mahram:
The function of a 'traditional i.e Islamic' mahram (a male) is to protect and accompany his wife.
Gino d'Artali 

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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

bThe Guardian
25 June 2022
By Lois Beckett and Abené Clayton
<<‘An unspoken epidemic’: Homicide rate increase for Black women rivals that of Black men.
In 2020, a year of rising homicides amid a devastating pandemic in the US, the increase in the death rate for Black women rivaled that of Black men. As homicides increased nearly 30% nationwide that year, the rate for Black women and girls rose 33%, a sharper increase than for every demographic except Black men, and more than double that of white women, according to a Guardian analysis of homicide data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Killings of Black women and girls increased across age groups, from school-age children to senior citizens. Gun violence drove the increase, with three-quarters of homicide victims who were Black women and girls dying from gunshot wounds. The increase only worsened an <unspoken epidemic> that has been unfolding over years, advocates say. From the mainstream feminist movement to the news media to law enforcement to community violence prevention organizations, many institutions have stayed silent about the crisis of violence against Black women, who are expected to care for others, but often do not receive the same level of care, they said.
The homicide rate among Black men in the US has long captured national headlines, but despite decades of Black feminist scholarship and organizing on the topic, violence against Black women and girls continues to receive little attention, researchers say. <The headlines are: 'Black men and boys face astronomical homicide rates' or 'Black men and boys face an increase in homicide that’s deeply troubling.' You might get a paragraph that says: 'And so are Black women and girls',> said Kimberlé Crenshaw, a Black feminist legal scholar whose work has highlighted police violence against Black women. <Often the data doesn’t even get reported. The heightened vulnerability of Black women to violence should be seen and addressed as a crisis alongside the already recognized epidemic of Black male homicide,> Crenshaw said. Community violence prevention typically focuses on Black men and boys, who face the highest risk of being killed, and domestic violence advocacy is most often shaped by the experiences of white women, researchers say. This creates a vacuum of solutions tailored to the unique ways that Black women and girls are vulnerable to violence. A national march against Black femicide is being planned for late August in Washington DC, where the homicide rate for Black women was among the highest in the nation in 2020. Rosa Page, an Arkansas-based nurse and founder of Black Femicide US, is organizing the march. <When I saw the rate increasing,> Page said, <I just had to do something.> >>
Read more here:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/25/homicide-violence-against-black-women-us 

The Guardian
23 June 2022
By Pjotr Sauer
<<Ukraine to begin first trial of Russian soldier charged with rape.
Ukraine is to hold a preliminary hearing in its first trial of a Russian soldier charged with raping a Ukrainian woman during Moscow's invasion, the beginning of what could be dozens of such cases.
The suspect, Mikhail Romanov, 32, who will be tried in absentia on Thursday, is accused of breaking into a house in March in a village in the Brovarsky region outside Kyiv, murdering a man and then repeatedly raping his wife while threatening her and her child with violence and weapons. It was not immediately clear who will represent Romanov at the trial, which will be held behind closed doors. The Guardian was unable to reach Romanov for comment and his apparent partner declined to answer questions. Ukraine says it is investigating thousands of potential war crimes committed during the Russian invasion, which will mark its fourth month on Friday. Russian crimes against Ukrainian civilians documented by reporters and prosecutors working Ukraine have included sexual assault, murder and looting. A prosecutor working on sexual violence cases told Reuters earlier that up to 50 crimes involving sexual assault and rape were being investigated. After a visit to the Ukrainian capital earlier this month, Pramila Patten, a senior UN official, said the rape cases under investigation <only represent the tip of the iceberg>, describing sexual violence as <the most hidden crime> committed against Ukrainians in the war and urging survivors to come forward.
Not much information is known about Romanov, who has a large bear tattoo on his chest in pictures on social media. During Russia's invasion of Ukraine, he served in 239th regiment of the 90th Guards Tank and was involved in the failed offensive on Kyiv. >>
Read more here:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/23/ukraine-to-begin-first-trial-of-russian-soldier-charged-with-rape-mikhail-romanov 

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The Guardian
11 June 2022
By Vincent Ni and agencies
<<Chinese police arrest nine after women attacked at restaurant.
Nine men have been arrested over a vicious attack on a group of women at a restaurant in northern China, in a case that prompted outrage over predatory sexual behaviour and violence against women. CCTV footage of the incident widely circulated online shows a man placing his hand on a woman's back as she shares a meal with two companions at a barbecue restaurant in the city of Tangshan in Hebei province in the early hours of Friday. After the woman pushes him away, the man strikes her before others drag her outside and deal a barrage of blows as she lies on the ground. Another woman is also knocked to the floor. The video quickly went viral on China’s internet and renewed a debate about sexual harassment and gender-based violence in a country where the conversation around women’s rights has grown in recent years despite pressure from a patriarchal society, internet censorship and patchy legal support. Last year, a man threw hot liquid at Xiao Meili, a well-known Chinese feminist, in a restaurant after she asked him to stop smoking. Despite being on the receiving end of the violence, Xiao said she was then repeatedly trolled on China’s internet, where many blamed her for causing trouble. Internet censors blocked keywords linked to the MeToo movement after a wave of women accused university professors of sexual harassment in 2018. Campaigners also say domestic abuse remains pervasive and under-reported. Tangshan police said on Saturday that all nine of the men involved in the latest violent incident had been arrested. Responding to the national outrage, the Communist party chief in the city, Wu Weidong, was quoted by local media as saying the men would be punished according to the law and that the authorities should launch a campaign to eradicate <gangsters and evil forces>. Two women treated at hospital following the incident were <in stable conditions and not in mortal danger>, while two others sustained minor injuries, authorities said on Friday. The attack has generated more than half a billion views and tens of thousands of comments on the social media site Weibo, where many users, particularly women, urged the authorities to crack down on gender-based violence.
<All of this could happen to me, could happen to any of us,> said one commenter in a post liked more than 100,000 times.
<How is this sort of thing still happening in 2022?> wrote another. <Please give them criminal sentences, and don’t let any of them get away.> China Women’s News, published by the All-China Women’s Federation, said in a commentary on Saturday that <there can only, and must only, be zero tolerance for such vicious cases of serious violations of womens rights and interests>. >>
Read more here:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/11/china-group-of-women-attacked-at-restaurant 

The Guardian
9 June 2022
Interview
<<Anyika Onuora: 'I couldn’t tell anyone – a lot of abuse in sport is swept under the rug'.
By Donald McRae
British Olympic medal-winning athlete on how a system skewed against black sportswomen left her feeling alone in the face of sexual assault and racism.
<If I said I wasn't nervous I’d be lying,> Anyika Onuora suggests with a little smile in the front room of her mother’s house in Liverpool. We have known each other since I first interviewed Onuora in April 2017 and in the intervening years she has confidentially told me everything she is now about to share with the world. Onuora is an amusing and intelligent woman, full to the brim with life and laughter, but her story as a black female athlete is framed by haunting racism and sexual assault. Her important and powerful new book, My Hidden Race, was published on Thursday. This is Onuora's first interview about subjects we have discussed privately for so long and, suddenly, everything seems very real. She is 37 and retired as a 400m sprinter in 2019, having won medals at the Olympic Games, the world championships, Commonwealth Games and European championships. Onuora is proud of her achievements and acknowledges the help she received. But she is intent on proving <you can’t brush things under a carpet for ever>. She is ready to talk about her experiences and the people she feels failed to support her and her black female teammates. <I wanted to tell my story in my own words,> she says, <but I had to relive so much trauma. My mother is reading the book and it's hard. I think part of her feels she failed as a parent. That's sad and definitely not true. I’ve always been one of those resilient people who gets on and moves from the next race to the next competition. But below the surface I went through a lot – and I didn't talk about that with her or anyone for a long time. For my mum to find out now about the sexual assault and attempted rape …> Onuora shakes her head. The photographs on the wall capture a large Nigerian family at home in Liverpool. It is easy to feel the warmth and love before we return to harrowing days. Onuora’s parents emigrated from Nigeria and her early years were blissfully happy. But when the family moved to Dingle, two miles from where we sit now, racism almost broke them. <These kids would spit at us, say the N-word and shout abuse,> Onuora says. <Then it started. Bricks came through the window. My parents were scared in case the next thing was bullets because we were terrorised.>
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All these humiliations were stored inside as she felt unable to talk to anyone within her governing body. Onuora says: <The sport broke me. Will action now be taken to help future athletes so they don’t suffer in silence? I don't think it's in their best interests to ignore it, especially with the sexual assaults I incurred. I can speak about it now, but can you imagine all the other athletes, male and female, that might have been through the same thing?>

A spokesperson for UKA said: <We are hugely saddened to hear of the distressing experiences detailed by Anyika. It is essential athletes are supported to train and compete in environments free from prejudice and abuse. There have been significant changes to the approach, structure and culture within UKA following governance and safeguarding reviews in 2020. It is essential that anyone who has experienced or knows of any form of discrimination, harassment, abuse or bullying comes forward to tell us and to receive support and advice. No act is too small and it is vital all individuals can report issues regardless of when they may have happened.> >>
Read more here:
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/jun/09/anyika-onuora-i-couldnt-tell-anyone-abuse-in-sport-is-swept-under-the-rug-athletics

The Guardian
Global development is supported by
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
9 June 2022
By Tessa Fox
<<Rape used 'systematically' during Lebanon’s civil war, report finds.
The full scale of the rape, torture and killing of women and girls during Lebanon's civil war has been revealed after survivors were interviewed about their experiences for the first time in over 30 years. Testimonies gathered by the human rights organisation Legal Action Worldwide (LAW), documented in a new report, provide evidence of systematic violence against Lebanese and Palestinian women and girls by government forces and militias during the 15-year war, which began in 1975. The conflict saw more than 100,000 people killed and 1 million displaced. The report details horrific experiences of violence, including gang-rape, electrocution and forced nudity used to persecute women and girls – some as young as nine – from opposing communities. Many have never spoken about their experiences before because, the women say, <they were never asked>, it added. The passing of a law by the Lebanese parliament in 2018 – ratified two years later – to set up a national commission to investigate the whereabouts of those who disappeared in the war, enabled LAW to begin its investigation. It interviewed women from eight regions and conducted focus groups and surveys to record eyewitness accounts. Amira Radwan, now 54, witnessed the rape of girls in Kfar Matta, where she lived in 1982. The village was the scene of a notorious massacre of Druze civilians by the Lebanese Forces, a Christian Phalangist militia. <They used to tie up the father and brother and make them watch the girls being raped,> Radwan said, adding she also knew of women being raped using glass bottles. As rape was considered to bring shame on the family, women and girls were often ostracised if they spoke of their experiences. <We suffered a lot from not being able to talk about these crimes that happened,> Radwan said. An amnesty law passed in Lebanon in 1991 granted immunity for crimes committed against civilians during the war, which has allowed a culture of impunity and lack of accountability to develop, the report noted. <These women and girls (and family members who witnessed these crimes) are double victims – first the sexual violence inflicted upon them and then the total and utter failure to hold individuals and state agents accountable for these grave violations or even acknowledge what has happened,> states the report. <We were quite shocked by our findings; we thought we would find sexual violence had taken place on an opportunistic level, but not systematically,> LAW’s executive director, Antonia Mulvey, told the Guardian. >>
Read more here:
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/jun/09/rape-used-systematically-by-forces-fighting-lebanon-civil-war-report-finds

The Guardian
3 June 2022
Global development is supported by
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
By Sarah Johnson
<<Nepali womans account of rape prompts wave of protest over laws.
A young woman’s account on TikTok of being drugged, raped and then blackmailed by a beauty pageant organiser when she was 16 years old has provoked outrage in Nepal and prompted calls to reform the country’s <grossly inadequate> rape laws. In one of a series of videos, which together have been viewed millions of times, the former model and child actor broke down in tears as she talked about Nepal's statute of limitations that dictates survivors must report cases of rape within one year of the offence being committed.
Days after the videos were posted on the social media site on 18 May, hundreds of protesters took to the streets calling for change to the country's rape laws, and on 24 May six lawyers filed a petition at the supreme court demanding the repeal of the statute. As a result of public pressure, a man has been arrested in connection with the case but under a section of the law related to human trafficking.
Dechen Lama, a human rights lawyer who also works for the Forum for Women, Law and Development, a Nepali rights organisation, said: <The law is not comprehensive …… It leads to so much unfairness and injustice. It has to be changed. There are so many loopholes in the rape law, most particularly the statute of limitation and the definition of rape.> Nepal’s 2017 penal code extended the statute of limitations on reporting rape allegations from 35 days to a year. A report by the international women’s rights organisation Equality Now found that in comparison with five other south Asian countries, Nepal has the shortest statute of limitations on sexual violence cases. Activists and lawyers say the law stands as a barrier to justice for rape survivors and that it helps perpetrators to evade punishment. Smriti Singh, Amnesty International’s south Asia deputy regional director, said the stigma, shame, intimidation and trauma associated with rape stopped many people from coming forward. <This case has brought attention to how grossly inadequate and ineffective the provision [for rape survivors] is at this point,> she said. <The one-year limitation is really outdated and harmful. It does not factor in the stigma that survivors face when reporting cases of sexual and gender-based violence.> >>
Read more here:
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/jun/03/nepali-womans-account-of-rape-tiktok-prompts-wave-of-protest-over-laws 

Mubasher - Al Jazeera
3 June 2022
<<A Lebanese hospital director assaulted a nurse who demanded her rights.
Activists on social media circulated a video recording showing the attack of a hospital director on a nurse who demanded her financial rights. According to Lebanese media, nurse Fatima Yahya was subjected to violence after she demanded that she receive her dues, which she did not pay for 4 months ago. Tweeters on the Twitter platform said that Fatima was demanding her rights, when the director beat her with a stick in front of her colleagues. As a result of the incident, the Lebanese Ministry of Health summoned those <concerned> about the attack on the nurse at Bint Jbeil Governmental Hospital, and pledged to conduct a comprehensive and transparent investigation into the causes and circumstances of the incident and to take the necessary decisions. The ministry said in a statement: <A video clip is being circulated on social media showing a sharp dispute that has evolved into a stampede between a general manager of a government hospital and one of the female employees. to make the necessary decisions.> >>
Read more here:
https://mubasher.aljazeera.net/news/miscellaneous/2022/6/3/%D9%85%D8%AF%D9%8A%D8%B1-%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%B4%D9%81%D9%89-%D9%84%D8%A8%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%8A-%D9%8A%D8%B9%D8%AA%D8%AF%D9%8A-%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%89-%D9%85%D9%85%D8%B1%D8%B6%D8%A9 

Al Jazeera
01 June 2022
<<Outrage in Pakistan after woman gang-raped on moving train
Three suspects arrested for raping the 25-year-old mother of two children in an empty compartment of the Karachi-bound train.
A young woman has been allegedly raped by three men on a moving train in Pakistan, in another incident that has shocked the South Asian nation witnessing a rise in sexual violence. The 25-year-old mother of two children was on board the train last week when she was lured to an empty compartment by a ticket checker and three men raped her, Railways Police chief Faisal Shahkar said on Tuesday.
Police arrested two suspects on Monday when the incident came to the light and a third one was captured on Tuesday, Shahkar said.
Local reports said the security and administration of the Bahauddin Zakaria Express, heading to Pakistan's largest city of Karachi from Multan, was in the hands of a private company. The incident has drawn anger from rights bodies, activists and the public as most people called for stringent punishment to the culprits. <I wish to see those behind this cruel act hanged by their throats,> a man told Pakistani broadcaster Geo. In an editorial on Wednesday, prominent Pakistani newspaper Dawn called the incident <a ghastly crime> and questioned why proper security arrangements were not made in the train. <Another horrific incident of sexual violence has come to light, underscoring how a cavalier approach to security arrangements can embolden criminally inclined men to indulge their worst instincts,> it said. <[Womens] safety is the barometer of a nation's values,> said the editorial. More than 14,000 women have been raped in Pakistan – nearly 11 a day – in the past four years, according to official data, but fewer than three percent of the offenders were convicted.
Faulty investigations, a flawed justice system and social taboos that discourage victims from seeking justice are the factors behind the low conviction rate. <This figure might be a tip of the iceberg because most cases aren’t reported,> said the National Bureau of Police, which compiled the statistics. Pakistan's parliament passed a new anti-rape law last year that allows courts to order the chemical castration of offenders in some cases, but very little has been changed since. The new law was enacted in response to the gang rape of a Pakistan-French mother in front of her children on a highway in the eastern city of Lahore.
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES
More than 14,000 women have been raped in Pakistan – nearly 11 a day – in the past four years, according to official data, but fewer than three percent of the offenders were convicted. Faulty investigations, a flawed justice system and social taboos that discourage victims from seeking justice are the factors behind the low conviction rate. <This figure might be a tip of the iceberg because most cases aren’t reported,> said the National Bureau of Police, which compiled the statistics. Pakistan's parliament passed a new anti-rape law last year that allows courts to order the chemical castration of offenders in some cases, but very little has been changed since. The new law was enacted in response to the gang rape of a Pakistan-French mother in front of her children on a highway in the eastern city of Lahore.>>
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/6/1/outrage-in-pakistan-after-woman-gang-raped-on-moving-train 

Keep reading these embeded links on the article's page:
- 'Not a quitter': The Karachi doctor taking rapists to court
- Pakistan court bans virginity tests for rape survivors
- 'Heinous, barbaric': Pakistan highway rape sparks outrage
- The past few months have been harrowing for Pakistani women


 

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