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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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International media about the atrocities
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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.>
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The Guardian
17 Jan 2022
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Shah Meer Baloch in Karachi

<<‘She chopped her hair off’: Pakistani women’s struggle to play cricket. In such a conservative country, young women often have to fight their own families first just to play the sport they love.

Bisma Amjad plays cricket. She aspires to play internationally and was picked for Pakistan’s under-19 World Cup squad. But when the pandemic came, because she was a woman, there was nowhere for her to practise, so she dressed as a man to play alongside male cricketers at <gully cricket> – the street game. <Boys used to play gully-cricket even during the pandemic,> she says. <But the movement of girls was restricted, so we couldn’t play at all. I had no option than to dress like a man and practise with them,> says Amjad, 19, who has bowled at first-class and regional matches. In traditional circles in Karachi, Amjad hears constant comments such as <your skin will turn darker> or 'it is a boys’ game and you are wasting your time. Do a course that will help you after marriage.> She says that many girls from conservative families or rural areas dress like boys so they can play cricket without being noticed. <A friend of mine has chopped her hair off so she could go and play without being known as she is a girl,> says Amjad. <Women who play sport have to struggle a lot in our society.> Amjad’s father supported her and drove her to matches but when he became ill she had to stop playing for a few months. <After my father recovered and I got his permission, I learned to ride a bike so I could commute on my own,> she says. Cycling brought its own problems. <Men would say ‘look, look, she is riding a bike. She used to wear a headscarf, what happened to her?’> she says.
Fiddling with a cricket ball, she says: <I give my savings to my parents to show that I earn some money. I keep telling them, give me a few months more, I will prove it.>
They have now given her one year to break into the national team or else drop cricket.>>
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The Guardian
Lisa O'Carroll in Dublin
17 Jan 2022

<<Calls for action on gender-based violence after Ashling Murphy killing. Ireland’s minister for justice promises new strategy by March and a zero-tolerance approach.

Campaigners have called for the end of the <scattered> approach to gender-based violence in Ireland after the murder of 23-year-old Ashling Murphy. Irish police are still hunting for the killer of the primary school teacher, who was strangled on a canal path near the town of Tullamore while out jogging on Wednesday afternoon. The murder has convulsed the nation with an outpouring of anger and shock in Ireland and beyond, with tens of thousands of people attending vigils in Dublin, Cork, Belfast, London and New York over the weekend. Her funeral will take place on Tuesday. Schools around the country have been asked to observe a minute’s silence by the main teaching unions. There has been a chorus of calls for more action by the government and an end to “turf wars” between justice, children’s, health and other departments over who is responsible for which part of services for victims of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.
Over the weekend there were heartbreaking scenes as Ashling’s devastated parents, Kathleen and Raymond, her sister, Amy, brother, Cathal, and boyfriend, Ryan, joined a vigil near the location of the killing. The Garda Síochána are still waiting to speak to an individual who presented to a Dublin hospital with unexplained injuries, some of which were believed to be self-inflicted and serious. The minister for justice, Helen McEntee, said a new strategy to tackle domestic, sexual and gender-based violence will be published by March, promising a <zero-tolerance> approach to violence against women. Mary McDermott, chief executive officer at Safe Ireland, which campaigns for women and children’s safety, said a joined-up approach was long overdue, with <goodwill> needed at the children’s and other departments as they needed to yield control of parts of their portfolio to deliver a centralised ministry. <Refuge and support services are under [the department of] children and the rest of the responsibility, which we know requires a whole-of-government response, is scattered across the rest of government departments.> While there have been repeated calls for centralisation since a government taskforce on the issues in 1997, McDermott said it was time for law makers to stop treating “domestic, sexual and gender based violence” as an <amorphous mass>.>>
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Al Jazeera
16 Jan 2022

<<Sudan withdraws licence of Al Jazeera Mubasher
Sudanese authorities say the decision was taken following the channel’s ‘violation of the terms’ of licensing.

Sudanese authorities have withdrawn the broadcast licence of Al Jazeera Mubasher, the channel has said. In a statement on Sunday, the Qatar-based media network said authorities also revoked the accreditation of two of its journalists in the country. <Al Jazeera condemns the interference with its duty to convey fair and objective coverage of events in the country and to allow its journalists to operate unhindered and to practise their profession,> it said.
<The Network views this as an attack on press freedom as a whole and calls on international human rights and media organisations to condemn this infringement of journalists’ safety.>
Sudan’s ministry of culture and information said in a statement on Saturday that the decision was taken in response to the channel’s <unprofessional conduct>. It said the channel’s coverage took aim at the <social fabric of the country by airing content contrary to the ethics of the profession and the mores and customs of Sudanese people>. <[This] has harmed the country’s highest interests and its national security … It indicates a violation of the terms under which a license was granted.> >>
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Opinion by Gino d'Artali: Do not forget that the military took over through a coup and that like always the freedom of the press is, apart from women who are the first victims and in this case of rape, threatened too.

Al Jazeera
15 Jan 2022

<<US man who faked death to evade rape charges found alive in UK
Nicholas Alahverdian, 34, who fled the US to evade prosecution, has been arrested in Glasgow after being hospitalised with COVID.

A Rhode Island man who is believed to have faked his death and fled the US to evade prosecution in Utah and other states has been apprehended in Scotland after being hospitalised with COVID-19, authorities have said. Nicholas Alahverdian was discovered after developing a serious case of the coronavirus and being placed on a ventilator at a hospital in Glasgow, Rhode Island State Police Major Robert Creamer told The Providence Journal on Wednesday. Alahverdian 34, who was wanted by Interpol, now faces extradition to the US to face a charge of first-degree rape in Utah in 2008.
Court documents unsealed on Thursday show Alahverdian met a 21-year-old woman on MySpace in 2008, when he was living in Orem, Utah, and going by the name Nicholas Rossi, WPRI-TV reported. The woman said that she ended the relationship, but that Alahverdian owed her money, promised to pay her back and instead sexually assaulted her in his apartment. Utah County Attorney David Leavitt’s office said on Wednesday that DNA evidence collected at the time was not tested until 2017 as part of a state effort to test backlogged rape kits. The Utah evidence ultimately came back as a match to a sexual assault case in Ohio.

<Investigators also learned that Nicholas Rossi had fled the country to avoid prosecution in Ohio and attempted to lead investigators and state legislators in other states to believe that he was deceased,> Leavitt’s office said in a statement. <Mr. Rossi was discovered to be living under an assumed name in Scotland.> >>
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The Guardian
Maya Yang and agencies
13 Jan 2022

<<Illinois judge sparks outrage by reversing 18-year-old’s rape conviction. Judge Robert Adrian said the 148 days Drew Clinton had spent in jail for raping a 16-year-old girl was ‘plenty of punishment’.

A judge in western Illinois who found an 18-year-old man guilty of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl has come under fire after he later threw out the conviction, saying the 148 days the man spent in jail was punishment enough. Judge Robert Adrian of Adam county, Illinois, said Drew Clinton, who was convicted last October for raping a 16-year-old girl at a graduation party last May, had received <plenty of punishment>. <Mr Clinton has served almost five months in the county jail,> Adrian said on 3 January, according to court transcripts. <For what happened in this case, that is plenty of punishment. That would be a just sentence.>
In Illinois, a person convicted of rape is handed the mandatory minimum sentence of four years in prison.
During the trial, the judge heard evidence that the girl had told police she had attended a graduation party, where she drank alcohol and swam in a pool in her underwear before she eventually passed out. She said she woke up to a pillow pushed on her face and Clinton sexually assaulting her.
<I asked him to stop multiple times and he wouldn’t. I finally got off the couch and pushed him off of me and he jumped up and just started playing video games as if nothing had happened,> the teenager said.
According to the police report, the teenager was able to push Clinton off her and then told a friend what happened. She later told her father, who called the police.
In court, Judge Adrian said: <There is no way … for what happened in this case that this teenager should go to the department of corrections. I will not do that.> But the judge said if he were to rule that the sentencing statute he was bound to follow was unconstitutional, his decision would be overturned and Clinton would be ordered to prison. In order to avoid an appeal he believed would be successful, Adrian said what he could do was determine that prosecutors had failed to <prove their case> and dismiss the sexual assault charge.

Upon hearing the decision, <I immediately had to leave the courtroom and go to the bathroom. I was crying,> the teenager said.>>
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Opinion by Gino d'Artali: This is excactly one of those cases when I write about 'co-predators'. judge a. is one of them period!

The Guardian
Angela Giuffrida in Rome
13 Jan 2022

<<Two men detained in Italy over Milan new year sexual assaults
Suspects alleged to have been part of gang that carried out attacks on at least nine women. Italian police have detained two men accused of involvement in a series of sexual assaults during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Milan. Abdallah Bouguedra, 21, and Abdelrahman Ahmed Mahmoud Ibrahim, 18, are accused of <serious sexual assault accompanied by the robbery of mobile phones and handbags>, Milan’s acting prosecutor, Riccardo Targetti said. The pair have been held in custody as there is a <concrete danger> of them trying to escape, given the serious allegations against them, Targetti added. They are alleged to have been among a gang who sexually assaulted at least nine women during during celebrations in front of Milan’s cathedral on Piazza del Duomo. Ibrahim’s lawyer said his client had told police he was at the square but denied any involvement. Police raided the homes of 18 suspects, including three under the age of 18, on Tuesday. Twelve people are currently being investigated. Police said the suspects are foreign or Italian of north African origin.

The case prompted comparisons with the mass sexual attacks and muggings that took place in the German city of Cologne on New Year’s Eve in 2015-16. Several women, including two Germans who had been visiting Milan, came forward with their reports in the days after New Year’s Eve, with the number rising to nine by Tuesday. Police believe more women were assaulted. The women shared similar stories of being dragged into the crowd, shoved and groped during the fireworks display. A 19-year-old woman alleged that she was set upon by a gang of youths at about 1.30am and attacked for about a minute before help arrived. Her friend managed to get away.
A Milan investigator told Corriere della Sera that the women were <passed around like rag dolls> and in one incident <one [suspect] held the victim while the other abused her>.>>
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The Guardian
Agence France-Presse in Idi, East Aceh
13 Jan 2022

<<Indonesian woman flogged 100 times for adultery, man gets 15 lashes. Man denied any wrongdoing after pair caught together in conservative Aceh province.

An Indonesian woman has been flogged 100 times in Aceh province for adultery while the male involved, who denied the accusations, received just 15 lashes. Ivan Najjar Alavi, the head of the general investigation division at the East Aceh prosecutors’ office, said the court handed down a harsher sentence for the woman after she confessed to investigators she had sex outside of her marriage.
Judges found it difficult to convict the man, who was then the head of the East Aceh fishery agency and also married, because he denied all wrongdoing, Alavi said. <During the trial, he admitted nothing, denying all accusations. Thus, [judges] are not able to prove whether he is guilty,> Alavi told reporters after a public flogging for sharia law offenders in Aceh on Thursday. Aceh is the only region in Muslim-majority Indonesia to impose sharia law, which allows whipping for charges including gambling, adultery, drinking alcohol and gay sex. A young couple is doused in sewage by Aceh’s sharia vigilante '. As an alternative ruling, the judges found the married man guilty of <showing affection to a female partner who is not his wife> after the couple were caught at a palm oil plantation in 2018.
He was initially sentenced to 30 lashes but his successful appeal at the sharia supreme court in Aceh reduced the sentence to 15.>>
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Opinion by Gino d'Artali: This is what I call measuring with a in this case a 5 time higher standard i.e. the woman is more guilty then the man.

Al Jazeera
13 Jan 2022

<<How a viral dance video fuelled women’s rights debate in Egypt
A viral video of Egyptian teacher dancing prompted her husband to divorce her and split opinion in the country.

A video of an Egyptian mother-of-three dancing that went viral online prompting her husband to divorce her and her employers to sack her has reignited fierce debates over women’s rights. The short video of Aya Youssef, a 30-year-old primary school teacher, shot on a mobile phone shows her wearing a headscarf, trousers and a long-sleeved top as she dances alongside colleagues, smiling as she enjoys a river cruise on the Nile. But the video, which has been shared widely on social media since it was posted earlier this month, has split opinion. Some critics accuse her of breaching the conservative values of society while others stand firmly with her in solidarity.
In recent years, Egypt has witnessed several cases in which women have been subjected to defamation campaigns on social media, stirring angry demands for those responsible to be held to account.
It comes as rights groups warn of a broadening crackdown on freedom in the North African nation ever since President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took office in 2014. Youssef, in a recent interview with a private TV channel, said she had been <happy> on the trip and that her moves were <spontaneous>. Other colleagues were dancing alongside her on the boat in the sunshine, some waving their hands in the air. Sacked, then reinstated
But after the video was shared online, some who watched provided scathing comments on what they saw as <unbecoming> behaviour.
One Twitter user said the teacher’s actions were <shameful>, while another said he <couldn’t fathom how a married woman would dance in this lewd way>.

But, in a country where 90 percent of women aged between 18 and 39 reported having been harassed in 2019, others were supportive.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s education ministry in Dakahlia region – northeast of Cairo – referred the teacher to a disciplinary committee, where she was sacked from her job in the city of Mansoura. Amid a subsequent outcry, she was reinstated this week. Nihad Abu al-Qumsan, head of the Egyptian Centre for Women’s Rights, defended the teacher and offered her a job.
<We will ask the court about the correct dance rules – so that all women would conform to the right rules if they dance in their brother’s or their son’s weddings, or at birthdays,> al-Qumsan said sarcastically. The fact that Youssef’s husband also divorced her after watching the video prompted an angry reaction from popular Egyptian actress Somaya el-Khashab, saying it showed double standards.
<Why don’t men take their wives back?> Khashab asked.>>
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The Guardian
By Abiodun Jamiu in Sokoto
12 Jan 2022

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<<Women's rights and gender equality
Driving change: the all-female garage shifting attitudes in northern Nigeria. The NGO Nana is upending gender norms in conservative Sokoto state, where one in 20 girls finish secondary school.

The green-and-red Nana Female Mechanic Garage sign is visible from the main road into Sokoto city. Behind its sliding iron gate, Zainab Dayyabu stomps around in heavy work boots and a blue jumpsuit, her hands callused and oily. <I love the job I’m doing,> says the 23-year-old, as she opens the bonnet of a Peugeot van to test its battery.
Zainab is one of 25 young apprentices at the first all-female garage to open in the northern Nigerian state of Sokoto. The workshop aims to provide jobs for women in an industry dominated by men and challenge traditional gender roles in this conservative and highly insecure region of the country. “It is not just an ordinary female mechanic shop,” says Fatima Adamu, founder of the non-profit organisation Nana: Girls and Women Empowerment Initiative, which opened the workshop in 2019.
<We want it to be of international standard, where women specifically can get the best services. And for that to happen, we must really train the girls. We want to be scientific.> Apprentices were selected from a vast range of applicants, from unemployed graduates to women from poorer families with few opportunities in a state where less than 2% of girls finish secondary school and the literacy rate for women is just 10% compared with 40% for men. About 35% of 15- to 34-year-olds across Nigeria are unemployed. Over a two-year apprenticeship, the women are trained in all aspects of car maintenance and given a weekly allowance of 2,100 naira (£3.75). They also have access to a shared computer to browse learning resources online. The first cohort is coming to the end of their apprenticeship and most will stay on, says Adamu. “After being trained as mechanics, we are hopeful some of them would stay in the garage to work or set up a garage as a group, including selling vehicle spare parts.” She hopes plans for an automobile centre in Sokoto being considered by state authorities will provide further jobs for Nana mechanics. <I want our women to get out of the societal norms that bind them,> she says. <There are so many technology-related activities that women are excluded from in this part of the country. We cannot succeed in northern Nigeria without technology, and women must be part of that journey.> Adamu says the scheme has received support from the predominantly Muslim state’s traditional and religious leaders, who are beginning to recognise that women need to be economically independent. And customers such as Abba Lawal are convinced. He regularly brings his car to the garage and says the apprentices do better work than other garages in the city: <I come to the garage to encourage the girls and also I like the way they work on cars without delays.> A man instructs a circle of young women in the workshop. The programme has been so successful that there is already a waiting list for the new apprentice scheme starting this month. Hindatu Dayyabu (no relation to Zainab), a supervisor at the garage, hopes Nana’s can also build up a customer base of female drivers.
<We have many women who are car owners now compared with the 70s and 80s,> she says. <We did an assessment and realised that women find it difficult to take their vehicles to the garage for repair because it is a male-dominated space. They don’t feel comfortable.> >>
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The Guardian
Agence France-Press
12 Jan 2022

<<Rape trial of Greek sailing coach begins as #MeToo gains ground
Trial of coach who allegedly raped 11-year-old in 2010 comes after Olympic champion spoke out about abuse.

The landmark trial of a Greek sailing coach accused of raping a child has opened in Athens, a year after an Olympic champion effectively launched the #MeToo movement in the country by speaking out about her experiences.

The case is one of many that came to light after Sofia Bekatorou, a former Olympic sailing gold medal winner, broke the taboo on speaking out on such matters in December 2020.
Bekatorou, who is a witness at the trial, did not speak to reporters as she arrived at the courthouse on Wednesday. Triantafyllos Apostolou, 38, who outed himself in a newspaper interview last year, allegedly raped an 11-year-old athlete in 2010. Bekatorou has said that she herself was subjected to <sexual harassment and abuse> by a senior federation member after trials for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She was 21 at the time. Her revelations prompted other women to speak out about being assaulted, and more than three years after it started in the US, the #MeToo movement was born in Greece. Over the past year, allegations of sexual assaults suffered by female athletes, students, journalists and actors have surfaced. Some of those speaking out say they were still minors when the assaults took place. Bekatorou brought the alleged victim in the current trial, with her consent, to the attention of prosecutors in January 2021.
The alleged victim says that when she was 11 years old she had several non-consensual sexual encounters with her coach who is now on trial.
The accused <used sexual but also psychological violence against the minor so that she would not reveal her rape to her parents>, according to the prosecutor.>>
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The Guardian
10 Jan 2022
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By Portia Crowe

<<Painting a bigger picture: Senegal’s pioneering ‘first lady’ of graffiti.

When Dieynaba Sidibé discovered graffiti, it was love at first sight. She was 17 and had already begun experimenting with painting and drawing. <It was on TV. I was sitting in my living room and I saw people doing big walls and I thought, ‘This is what I need’,> the Senegalese artist says, one hoop earring shaking as she laughs. <I don’t like small things. I was doing big canvases, and I said to myself: ‘A wall is a bigger surface for expression’.> Her parents wanted her to focus on her studies, but Sidibé, who adopted the name Zeinixx, sought out Senegal’s budding graffiti community, finding her way to the Africulturban cultural association – a nonprofit in Dakar’s Pikine suburb that promotes urban culture through festivals and skills training. There, she persuaded one of the country’s pioneering artists, Oumar Diop, AKA Afia Grafixx, to mentor her. <I already had my basic drawing skills because I used to draw Mickey Mouse, McDonald’s logos, and things like that, and I drew on the walls of my room,> Zeinixx, 31, says. <Grafixx showed me what graffiti was – how to write, how to do lettering – and I started to get interested in hip-hop culture. Now, here I am, 14 years later.>
Zeinixx is Senegal’s first female professional graffiti artist and a core member of its male-dominated hip-hop scene. She is also a slam poet, singer, and entrepreneur. In August, she launched Zeinixx Entertainment, organising visual arts workshops for young people.
<My refrain is to tell young people: ‘Don’t let others choose for you what you would like to do tomorrow’,> she says from the Africulturban centre, where she runs communications and is preparing for her next project at a girls’ high school in Dakar.

<For me, it’s essential to be able to make your own decisions,> she says.>>
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Al Jazeera
10 Jan 2022

<<‘Auction’ of India’s Muslim women shows tech weaponised for abuse. Technologies such as deepfake and tracking used to harass women as victims struggle to be taken seriously or get justice.

Six months ago, pilot Hana Khan saw her picture on an app that appeared to be <auctioning> dozens of Muslim women in India. The app was quickly taken down, no one was charged, and the issue shelved – until a similar app popped up on New Year’s Day.
Khan was not on the new app called Bulli Bai – a slur for Muslim women – that was hawking activists, journalists, an actor, politicians and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai as maids. Amid growing outrage, the app was taken down, and four suspects were arrested last week. The fake auctions that were shared widely on social media are just the latest examples of how technology is being used – often with ease, speed and little expense – to put women at risk through online abuse, theft of privacy or sexual exploitation.

For Muslim women in India who are often abused online, it is an everyday risk, even as they use social media to call out hatred and discrimination against their minority community. <When I saw my picture on the app, my world shook. I was upset and angry that someone could do this to me, and I became angrier as I realised this nameless person was getting away with it,> said Khan, who filed a police complaint against the first app, Sulli Deals, another pejorative term for Muslim women. <This time, I felt so much dread and despair that it was happening again to my friends, to Muslim women like me. I don’t know how to make it stop,> Khan, a commercial pilot in her 30s, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Mumbai police said they were investigating whether the Bulli Bai app was <part of a larger conspiracy>. A spokesperson for GitHub, which hosted both apps, said it had “longstanding policies against content and conduct involving harassment, discrimination, and inciting violence.
<We suspended a user account following the investigation of reports of such activity, all of which violate our policies.> >>
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