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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 six weeks and started February 1st. 2019. Thank you for your time and interest.

Gino d'Artali
indept investigative journalist
and radical feminist










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When one hurts or kills a women
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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

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The Guardian
26 Jan 2023
By Michael Goodler
<<Sexual offences logged by police in England and Wales hit record high
The number of sexual offences recorded by police reached a record high in the year to September, increasing by more than a fifth com-pared with before the pandemic. Home Office figures published on Thursday found there were 199,021 sexual offences recorded by for-ces across England and Wales in the year to September 2022, as well as 70,633 rapes. That was 22% higher than in the year ending March 2020, before the coronavirus pandemic. The number of recor-ded sex offences dropped during Covid-19 lockdowns, but there has been a sustained rise since April last year. The figures suggest a high number of historical sex crimes are being reported. Looking only at police forces that provide extra data to the Home Office, 22% of all sexual offences and 31% of rapes recorded were for crimes that had taken place more than a year earlier. Separate figures from the crime survey of England and Wales - used to measure the prevalence of actual crime over time – found no statistically significant rise in sex crime over the period, suggesting the increase in the police figures is at least partly because victims are more likely to come forward, and police are better at recording. A number of high-profile sexual assault cases happened over the year to September, including the sentencing of the police officer Wayne Couzens for the rape and murder of Sarah Everard, and the arrest of the police officer David Carrick, revealed to be a serial rapist. Diana Fawcett, the chief exe-cutive of the Victim Support charity, said: <This huge rise in recorded sexual offences comes as the percentage of cases seeing justice has plummeted to an abysmal new low. Charges for rape and sexual offences have been falling sharply for the past six years - the system is in crisis. We are on a path to destroying victims' faith in the criminal justice system altogether. Police and the CPS have a duty to survivors who have experienced life-changing trauma - they must do better and start delivering justice.> >>
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Opinion by Gino d'Artali: As I was reporting about what The Guardian and France 24 reported below I thought - 'most like the majority of women/people might think that France or Spain does not lay in my <garden territory> Nothing can happen to me. How wrong you are because as you read the above (click on link to read the whole article) the vulture-predadators may lay and crawling closer than you think. In other words: always be aware!

France 24
25 Jan 2023
Text by:
Barbara GABEL|Benjamin DODMAN
<<Education in the spotlight as watchdog warns of sexist 'backlash' sweeping France
France's equality watchdog has called for an <emergency plan> to combat widespread sexism that is affecting youths in particular, amid concern that the country’s education system is failing to foster gender equality from a young and vulnerable age. While online exposure to pornography is cause for particular alarm, experts say the sexist <backlash> is also evidence that feminist themes have made important inroads, stirring vibrant - if often acrimonious - debates. Five years into the #MeToo movement, and almost six years after President Emmanuel Macron declared gender equality the <Grand Cause> of his first mandate, France's main equality watchdog has offered a scathing assessment of the country's progress on the matter. According to the High Council for Equality between Women and Men (HCE), sexism is far from retreating in France. In fact, some of its most violent manifestations are getting worse, the council warned in its annual report this week, noting that French society remains <highly sexist at every level> and that <younger generations are the most affected>. The watchdog flagged a sexist <backlash>, amplified by social media, that seeks <to reduce women to silence>. It called for a national <emergency plan> to combat what it described as <the massive, violent and sometimes lethal consequences> of sexism in a country with stubbornly high rates of gender-based violence. The HCE's scathing report is only the latest to flag major shortcomings in fostering gender equality in French schools. In August last year, the HCE's head Sylvie Pierre-Brossolette had already panned the government over its failure to <treat equality and respect between men and women as an educational priority for children.> >>
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The Guardian
24 Jan 2023
By Sam Jones in Madrid
<<Spain calls second emergency meeting over murders of six more women
The Spanish government has called a second emergency meeting of domestic violence experts in less than a month after the murders of six women and a young girl since the start of January, and as it considers a plan to let abused women know if their partners have been convicted of violent offences. The crisis committee was last assembled after the murders of 11 women in December. On Monday, a 45-year-old woman and her eight-year-old daughter were murdered in the north-western Spanish province of Valladolid. Their killings came five days after a 38-year-old woman was murdered in the Catalan province of Lleida. The latest deaths bring the number of women murdered by their partners or ex-partners to 1,188 since 2003, when the government began recording such murders. Over the same period, 49 children have been murdered in domestic violence attacks. In 2022, 49 women were killed by their partner or ex-partner, while 43 women died in such attacks in 2021. <So far this January, six women and an eight-year-old girl have been murdered by sexist violence,> Spain's equality minister, Irene Montero, tweeted on Monday afternoon. <The equality ministry is calling a crisis committee meeting at 10am this Friday to analyse each case in detail, to find out what went wrong, to improve coordination - and to make sure we always get there in time.> The meeting will be attended by officials from the equality, interior and justice ministries, and by representatives from Spain's self-governing regions. Faced with a sharp increase in such murders, Spain's Socialist-led government is studying proposals that would permit the authorities to inform women who are victims of domestic violence of their partners' previous convictions. However, Spain's public prosecutor for violence against women has warned that such warnings could not be issued <automatically or in a generalised way>, adding that the specific circumstances of each case would need to be considered. Last month, the government called on courts and prosecutors to step up the use of electronic bracelets to help protect women whose former partners were subject to restraining orders.
<We think it's important to promote the use of electronic devices, such as bracelets that alert women to the presence of aggressors,> the justice minister, Pilar Llop, said at the end of December. <Since 2009, when these bracelets were brought in, no woman wearing one has been murdered.> Llop said it was also important to tackle those who denied the <scourge> of gender-based violence. However, opposition parties have accused the government of failing to protect women by introducing controversial legislation that has allowed some convicted sex offenders to have their sentences reduced on appeal. Spain's <only yes means yes> law - which was brought in following widespread anger over the <wolfpack> gang-rape in Pamplona in 2016 - has made consent a key factor in sexual assault cases.>>
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23 Jan 2023
<<France still 'very sexist', watchdog says, as women report widespread violence
Five years into the #MeToo movement, French society <remains very sexist in all of its spheres,> a government-created equality watchdog said in an annual report Monday that also sounded the alarm about double-digit rates of sexual violence reported by women. The High Council for Equality between Women and Men called for a national <emergency plan> to combat what it described as <the massive, violent and sometimes lethal consequences> of sexism against women. In a survey commissioned by the council, one-third of women reported having been badgered by their partners into sexual acts that they didn't want. Around one in seven of the survey's women respondents said men had forced sex on them, and a similar number reported having been hit and shoved by their partners, the council said. The council's president, Sylvie Pierre-Brossolette, expressed particular concern about sexism among younger men <bathed in social media, digital (technology), pornography.> She said sexism must be <fought from the youngest of ages.> The council will present its findings to French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday, she added. <Young people, in particular, are brought up digitally on these scenes of mundane violence, of relations between men and women that are completely of domination and dominated, and that has impregnated society,> Pierre-Brossolette said, speaking to broadcaster France Inter.
<Uprooting sexism is very hard,> she added.
The council's proposed 10-point plan of action included a call for tougher regulation of online con-tent. Other suggestions included making training against sexism obligatory in workplaces and banning adverts that suggest some children's toys are for boys and others for girls. France has made significant progress in some areas. Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne is only its second woman to hold the post and parliament's lower house also has its first-ever woman president, Yael Braun-Pivet, since June. Macron's government has also increased police resources against domestic violence and offered free birth control to all women up to age 25. Lawmakers are also working to constitutionally guarantee France's abortion rights, with a bill intended to prevent any of the rollbacks in reproductive rights seen elsewhere, including in the United States. Still, the equality council described the overall situation for women in France as <alarming.> >>
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BBC News
18 Jan 2023
By David Gritten
<<Iranian man who beheaded 17-year-old wife jailed for eight years
A man who beheaded his 17-year-old wife has been sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran, the judiciary says. Images of Sajjad Heydari carrying Mona's severed head in Ahvaz after the so-called <honour killing> last year caused widespread outrage. A judiciary spokesman said the leniency of the sentence was due to Mona's parents having <pardoned> him for the murder rather than seeking retribution. Her father previously said that he had not given his consent for the killing. Mona had been married to her husband since the age of 12 and had given birth to their son when she was only 14. Local media reported that she had fled to Turkey after allegedly being subjected to domestic violence by her husband, who had refused her requests for a divorce. She had returned to Iran a few days before her murder last February because she had reportedly received assurances from her family that she would be safe. Judiciary spokesman Massoud Setayeshi told reporters on Wednesday that Sajjad Heydari had been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison for murder and an additional eight months for assault. He explained that the verdict was in line with Iranian law, under which intentional murder is punishable by death unless the family of the victim forgives the killer. Mona's brother-in-law was given a 45-month sentence for complicity in the murder, he said.
The gruesome killing prompted fresh demands in Iran for a law aimed at preventing domestic violence and protecting victims.>>
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The Gaurdian
18 Jan 2023
By Harriet Wistrich
<<Can women in Britain ever trust the police again? Here's what must happen first
he stories of police-perpetrated abuse of women that have emerged since the murder of Sarah Everard have been relentless and shocking - they show without doubt that there is something very rotten going on within the Metropolitan police force. In the wake of the case of David Carrick - a police officer who this week pleaded guilty to an as-tonishing 49 offences, including 24 rapes - public figures are queu-eing up to call out the Met’s culture. But where were they when the-se crimes – many of which could have been prevented – were being committed? In 2021 Priti Patel, then home secretary, announced that there would be an inquiry into Everard's murder at the hands of a serving Met officer. In response to Carrick's conviction, she stood up in parliament and called for that inquiry to be put on a statutory footing, so that it could examine the wider issues of violence against women within the Met police. This seemed a little odd, given that she resisted the call we made at the Centre for Women's Justice (CWJ) in October 2021 to do precisely that, based on a number of other reports of serious offenders within the Met police - including Carrick himself, who had just been charged with rape. The early reports of rape and domestic abuse by Carrick, where no further action was taken, illustrate the woeful inadequacies of policing of serial sexual offending by the Met, and the lack of safeguards to prevent police officers from using their powers to abuse women. It is notable that his career in the Met started in the early 2000s, when serial rapists John Worboys and Kirk Reid were offending with impunity while the police failed to investigate repeated reports against them. We now know that several women reported Carrick for extre-mely serious crimes, but no further action was taken against him. In fact he was repeatedly reported to the Met, but no red flags were raised, there was no attempt to investigate a pattern of offending and there was no suspension from duty. Instead he sailed through vetting and was even licensed to use firearms. That Carrick could have not only become a police officer, but remained a serving officer for so long while he perpetrated these horrific crimes against women is terrifying. The failure to suspend Carrick from duty or investigate him for misconduct despite multiple reports made by women matches a pattern we identified back in March 2020 in a police super-com-plaint on police-perpetrated domestic abuse. At that time we were looking at a sample of 19 cases from police forces across the country. Since then, we have been contacted by nearly 200 women who were victims of domestic abuse or sexual offences by police officers. In most cases those women have told us of their fears of reporting the officer, the often inadequate investigations, their victimisation by the abuser's colleagues and the revenge exacted on them though criminalisation or through the family courts, with those they accuse misusing their police powers. In at least one case it drove a women to take her own life. We now know that these police rapists were not rogue officers. The revelations of misogyny and serious criminality against women by police officers have become frighteningly commonplace.>>
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France 24
17 Jan 2023
Text by: Pauline ROUQUETTE
<<Mexican mother confronts loss, corruption and impunity in a 'femicide nation'
High rates of femicide, combined with a poor track record of bringing perpetrators to justice - particularly the wealthy and powerful - have made Mexico the most dangerous country for women in Latin America, according to the UN. But one grieving mother is determined to seek justice for her murdered daughter, despite the odds. At 8:35pm on June 18, a Saturday, Patricia Garcia received a call informing her that her daughter, Frida Santamaria Garcia, was injured and in hospital. Frida had spent that day working at a reception hall where a baptism party had been held, her mother recounted in a telephone interview from Sahuayo, a city in the western Mexican state of Michoacan. <I immediately called her cousin, who worked with her, to ask if he knew anything. He called my daughter's phone, but it was her boyfriend, Juan Paulo N., who answered,> Garcia said.
When she arrived at the Hospital Santa Maria Sahuayo, Garcia lear-ned that her daughter had been shot. Frida had been left for dead after being robbed of her cell phone, she was told. The gunshots had punctured the young woman's lungs and liver. <It was the most terrible moment of my life,> Garcia said. <A few minutes later, the doctor told me my daughter was dead.> Frida, 24, still had her whole life ahead of her when it was brutally cut short with a firearm. <She was a very humble person with a big heart. She cared about the well-being of her family and friends. She was unconditional, loyal. She was unique,> her grieving mother said. Frida's boyfriend denied involvement in her death. But on December 15, Juan Paulo suddenly retracted his denial and admitted that he shot his girlfriend, saying it was not intentional. His retraction and delayed confession promp-ted the regional public prosecutor's office in Jiquilpan to reduce the charges against him to involuntary homicide. This gave the accused the right to an abbreviated legal process and a three-year prison sentence with the possibility of parole. The punishment for involun-tary homicide in Mexico is far more lenient than for those charged with femicide. In this country of nearly 127 million people where, according to authorities, more than 10 women are killed every day, the case of Frida Santamaria Garcia is yet another illustration of the challenges victims' families face in their quest for justice.>>
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The Guardian
16 Jan 2023
By Emine sinmaz
<<'I can kill you': how Met police officer terrorised women over two decades
A former girlfriend of the armed police officer David Carrick has told how he allegedly raped, strangled and threatened her, saying: <I can kill you without leaving any evidence.> Carrick, 48, reportedly used his status to intimidate and control her, restraining her with his police-issue handcuffs and boasting that he was a powerful man who guarded the prime minister. He coerced the woman into staying in the relationship by convincing her he would plant drugs in her car, saying: <Who are they going to believe?> The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the Guardian about Carrick's year-long campaign of abuse as he pleaded guilty to 49 counts against 12 women. She was interviewed by detectives from Hertfordshire con-stabulary but chose not to make a formal complaint because she did not want to relive her agony in court. Her testimony comes as Carrick's mother told the Guardian she reported a concern about him when he was a teenager after a serious allegation was made against him. The woman met Carrick, who served with the parliamentary and diplomatic protection command, on Tinder. She found him charming initially, saying: <In the beginning he was a really nice guy. He was very chatty, very polite. I thought I had found the right person.>
The couple went on romantic walks and holidays abroad and had dreams of buying a house together. <But then in front of people he started to put me down. He made me feel like an awful person,> she said. Carrick allegedly became more controlling and tried to take charge of the woman's finances and push her away from her family. <He did it in a nice way, [saying]: 'Your family are grown up, you need to let them live their life,'> she said. He also tracked her using the Find My Friends app on her iPhone without her knowledge and monitored her online activity. If she was active on social media at night he demanded that she stop using her phone. <He used to say: 'Who do you belong to? You belong to me.' He said many, many times: 'You have to obey me. You're here to serve me.'> The woman described Carrick as a sex addict and alcoholic who started drinking at 7am after returning home from night shifts guarding Westminster VIPs. She said his three-bedroom terrace house in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, was full of pornography and he became obsessed with emulating violent sexual acts. She said he would often text her pornographic videos while on duty, and if she said she was not inte-rested he would send her <sad face> selfies. <Sex became really violent,> the woman said. <He wanted me to be the same as a prostitute but I didn't want to do this kind of stuff. It was weird, crazy stuff and I didn't accept it and that's when the fights started.> >>
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Womens news center
16 Jan 2023
<<First mobile app fighting gender-based violence in Algeria
Algeria- The Association Djazairouna has launched Algeria's first mobile app to document and monitor the incidents of violence against women due to the lack of official statistics and figures on the incidents of violence against women.
The app aims to support victims of gender-based violence
In an interview with NuJINHA, Hayat Ait Aba, project manager and legal advisor at the Association Djazairouna, said, <This app is Al-geria's first mobile app for women and girls to report violence. The app will be officially activated in the next few days. We aim to fight domestic and gender-based violence by launching this app. Victims of violence will be able to report incidents through this app.> The app will include many information for victims of gender-based violence, Hayat Ait Aba said, <The application contains all emergency numbers such as the phone number of helpline centers, women’s shelters and women's associations that help women and girls who are victims of violence. The app provides some advice to women and girls about what they should do when they are subjected to violence.>
The association works coordinately with other organizations
Underlining that the Association Djazairouna has been working co-ordinately with other organizations and associations to support women and girls victims of violence, Hayat Ait Aba stressed, <This app will be also used by NGOs and government institutions to get the num-ber of women and girls who are victims of violence in order to draw up a reliable report.> >>

BBC News
13 Jan 2023
By Hope Webb
BBC Scotland
<<A woman who released audio of her rapist's confession said she wanted to show how <manipulative> abusers can be. Ellie Wilson, 25, secretly captured Daniel McFarlane admitting to his crimes by setting her phone to record in her handbag. McFarlane was found guilty of two rape charges and sentenced to five years in prison in July last year. Ms Wilson said that despite audio and written con-fessions being used in court, the verdict was not unanimous. The attacks took place between December 2017 and February 2018 when McFarlane was a medical student at the University of Glasgow. Since the conviction Ms Wilson, who waived her anonymity, has campaigned on behalf of victims. Earlier this week Ms Wilson, who was a politics student and champion athlete at the university at the time, released audio on Twitter of a conversation with McFarlane covertly captured the year after the attacks. In the recording she asks him: <Do you not get how awful it makes me feel when you say 'I haven't raped you' when you have?> McFarlane replies: <Ellie, we have already established that I have. The people that I need to believe me, believe me. I will tell them the truth one day, but not today.> When asked how he feels about what he has done, he says: <I feel good knowing I am not in prison.> The tweet has been viewed by more than 200,000 people. Ms Wilson told BBC Scotland's The Nine she had released the clip because many people wondered what evidence she had to secure a rape conviction. She said the reaction had been <overwhelmingly positive> although a small minority had been very unkind. And even with the recording of the confession being posted online some people were still saying 'he didn't do it', Ms Wilson said. In addition to the audio confession, Ms Wilson had text messages that pointed to McFarlane's guilt yet she said she was still worried that it would not be enough to secure a conviction.
<The verdict was not unanimous,> she said. <You can literally have a written confession, an audio confession and not everyone on the
jury is going to believe you. I think that says a lot about society.>
Ms Wilson has previously said the experience she had in court was appalling. She said she was subjected to personal attacks by the defence advocate and felt blamed for being assaulted. Ms Wilson said she felt <humiliated, degraded and bullied> during cross-examination. She told the BBC she had recently read a transcript of the court case and <felt sick> at some of the things that were said to her. Ms Wilson said McFarlane was portrayed as a successful student and athlete who had a bright future and would never carry out such a crime. She said: <He knew he could spin this narrative that did not have him as a rapist. I wanted to show people reality of that, especially the people that support him.> She said she posted the audio on Twitter because she wanted to show the <duplicitous> nature of abusers. <I wanted to show that those people could be abusers too and they can act differently behind closed doors,> she said.>>
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5 Jan 2023
<<77% of Iraqi women are subjected to harassment, survey says. News Center - More women are subjected to violence in northern Iraq. Recently, a young woman was subjected to attack by a group of men while visiting a motorbike show in the Hiwan neighborhood of Sulaymaniyah. After the incident, the Asayish of Sulaymaniyah announced that they arrested 19 people for attacking the young woman. The Iraqi Women Journalist Forum (IWJF) conducted a survey across Iraq. The survey involved interviewing women across Iraq. According to unofficial statistics released by the IWJF, 77% of Iraqi women are subjected to harassment. 90% of interviewed women demanded regulations preventing harassment against women and ending this phenomenon in society.
They have to work despite harassment
78% of interviewed women said that they were subjected to harassment at the workplace but they could not quit their jobs due to their bad financial situation. According to the survey, 57% of Iraqi women are subjected to verbal harassment, 20% of them are subjected to sexual harassment, 5% to domestic harassment and 7% to online harassment and blackmail.>>

France 24
1 Jan 2023
Text by: NEWS WIRES| Video by:
<<Senegalese MPs jailed for attacking pregnant legislator in parliament
Two Senegalese opposition MPs were handed six-month jail terms on Monday for physically attacking a female colleague in parliament. In a case that sparked anguished debate about democracy in Senegal, pro-government legislator Amy Ndiaye was slapped and then kicked in the belly during a chaotic session in the National Assembly. MPs Mamadou Niang and Massata Samb were each given six-month prison terms after a trial that began on December 19. They were also each fined 100,000 CFA francs CFA ($150) and ordered to pay five million francs in damages.
Prosecutors had sought two-year terms.
The bust up happened on December 1, during a routine vote on the justice ministry's budget. It was sparked by remarks Ndiaye had made about Serigne Moustapha Sy, an influential Muslim leader who supports the opposition but is not a lawmaker. After order was restored, Ndiaye fainted and was given hospital treatment - her lawyer Baboucar Cisse said she was pregnant and there were fears she could lose her baby. She has since left hospital but <remains in an extremely difficult situation,> Cisse said. The incident triggered a fierce debate about parliamentary discourse and attacks on women. It notably coincided with an awareness campaign against domestic violence.>>
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>> Shock in Senegal as female MP assaulted by her male colleagues in parliament

The Guardian
20 Dec 2022
Global development is supported by
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
by Haroon Janjua in Islamabad
<<Anger as Pakistan court frees rapist after he agrees deal to marry his victim
A court in Pakistan has caused outrage after it freed a convicted rapist when he agreed to marry his victim. Dawlat Khan, 25, had been sentenced to life imprisonment in May by the district court of Buner, in north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, for the rape of a young deaf woman. After an intervention by the area jirga, or council of elders, a deal was struck between Khan and the family of the woman, who had a child as a result of the attack. Khan was released on Monday after the deal was accepted by the Peshawar high court. <The parties have patched up the matter by the inter-vention of the relative and elder of the family members, which is in the best interest of the parties. The compromise was affected in the best interest of the child and his mother being a special person,> read the court document. The decision has angered rights groups and activists who say it legitimises sexual violence against women in Pakistan where the majority of rape cases go unreported. Those that are reported are difficult to prosecute in Pakistan, according to Asma Jahangir of Legal Aid Cell, a group supporting vulnerable women. The conviction rate is low – less than 3% according the Karachi-based NGO War Against Rape. Threats and coercion by family and society in rape cases are commonplace, and survivors and family generally settle the matter outside court fearing the stigma of a trial. Pakis- tani human rights activist Tahira Abdullah expressed her outrage and condemnation at the outcome, especially the inhumanity of forcing a disabled woman to marry her rapist. <Pakistan rape laws must be amended to change rape from a private crime against a person to a crime against the state, whereby the state should become the wali (protector) of the survivor and should prosecute the case - in order to prevent any form of private compromise, financial settlement, or <forgiveness> - which is forced by rich influential people against the poor and powerless and is always unjust to the raped person.>
Usama Malik, a human rights lawyer, said it was an <alarming> decision by the court. <Allowing the appeal has admitted that rape is a non-compoundable offence, has accepted the compromise decision of a local tribal council that comprises males only,> he said. <The court has not only given precedence to the jirga's decision over that of the trial court, but also precedence over the laws and the constitution of Pakistan. While Pakistan’s women protection laws have been improved over the past two decades, the mindset of the judges applying these laws remains medieval. This decision is not just a slap in the face of women across the country but also against disabled people, and gives the message that their bodies can be bought for a price.> >>
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The Guardian
20 Dec 2022
Global development is supported by
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
By Soraya Kishtwari in La Ceja
<<Girl power: Colombia's first female electrical line workers train to keep the lights on
Marianela Hernandez Valencia knows what life without electricity is like. <As a child, I grew up in a house without electricity, which meant having to do homework by candlelight,> she says. <It was difficult.> Today, the 28-year-old is among 15 women hoping to graduate as one of Colombia's first-ever intake of apprentice line-women, in La Ceja, a small town about 40km southeast of Medellín, Colombia's second-largest city. Line workers scale towers and transmission lines hundreds of feet above the ground to install and repair power cables. They are often the first responders after a storm or natural disaster and are regularly away from home for long periods. Graduates of the year-long pilot project, led by ISA, Latin America's largest energy transmission company, with the training group Tener Futuro Corporation, are guaranteed a job with one of two contractors, Instelec and Salomon Duran. Students are taught about safety, rigging and knot tying, all in a hands-on environment.
As more companies seek to diversify the workplace, it may seem there has never been a better time for women to enter the trade. Yet, few consider applying. The organisers of the scheme aim to change that by targeting the apprenticeships solely at women and providing a safe space for them to learn. A week after the call went out for female applicants, 723 had registered interest. <I've always been drawn to electrical work,> says Hernández Valencia, who once worked as an electrician's assistant. <That feeling you get when you're able to help switch the light back on and seeing the kids' faces light up - it's indescribable.> <You need to be able to keep a cool head, especially when something unexpected happens and you're high up a tower> Diana Lizeth. She was working as a restaurant administrator in Medellín when her partner - a lineman - told her about the recruitment drive. Her application was successful, but two weeks into the apprenticeship, her partner dealt an unexpected blow. <For the first few weeks when we arrived, we overlapped with another group of trainees - men - and my partner wasn't happy about it. Having first insisted I sign up, he was suddenly telling me to choose between him and the training,> she says. <I chose to continue training.> >>
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