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Gino d'Artali, radical hardcore feminist
and chief editor cryfreedom.net

March 8 untill april 12 2021 and the women stronger than ever!!!

Of course the actions did not stop on March 8 or soon after.
In the meantime women and feminists have cotinued to fight for their rights:

Aljazeera
March 9 2021

<One in three women worldwide have been subject to sexual or physical violence during their lifetime, according to a new report by the World Health
Organization (WHO).
The UN agency released the study on Tuesday urging governments to prevent violence, improve services for victims, and tackle economic inequalities
that often leave women and girls trapped in abusive relationships.
About 31 percent of women aged 15-49, or up to 852 million women, have
experienced physical or sexual violence, the WHO said in what it called the largest ever such study, encompassing national data and surveys from
2000-2018.
Boys should be taught in school about the need for mutual respect in relationships and mutual consent in sex, WHO officials said.
<Violence against women is endemic in every country and culture, causing harm to millions of women and their families, and has been exacerbated by
the COVID-19 pandemic,> WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
A husband or intimate partner is the most common perpetrator and a disproportionate number of victims are in the poorest countries, the report said.
One in four women are subjected to violence perpetrated by their intimate partners, it said, adding abuse sometimes starts at the <alarmingly
young> age of 15.
Read more here:
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/9/one-in-three-women-globally-endure-violence-who

March 9 2021
Aljazeera

<Pakistan its feminists say will persevere amid increased threats

Segments of media and right-wing groups accuse Aurat March organisers and marchers of <vulgarity> and <obscenity> for demanding equal rights.
Organisers and participants in womens rights marches across Pakistan are facing a sustained campaign of misinformation, blasphemy allegations and
threats, an escalation of the conservative response to the countries feminist movement in recent years.
On March 8, for the fourth consecutive year, thousands of woman across the South Asian country attended the Aurat March (Women’s March) events
held in towns and cities to mark International Womens Day.
<It is a day for us to celebrate our femininity, to share our traumas and pain, to express
ourselves as we deem fit, and to demand our right to equality, health, education, mobility, and freedom from violence,> said B, an Aurat March
organiser from Karachi.
B, and all Aurat March organisers interviewed by Al Jazeera, asked to be identified only by their initials due to threats.
<Despite everything, we will keep demanding our rights and coming out to march,> B said.
Pakistan ranks near the bottom of global gender parity
indices, with the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2020 (PDF) rating it at 151 out of 153 countries ranked.
At least 28 percent of women aged between 15 and 49 have experienced physical violence, with 40 percent of the men polled agreeing that it was
acceptable to beat your wife under certain circumstances, according to government data (PDF).
Segments of Pakistan its media and the countries religious right wing groups have accused the marchers of <vulgarity> and <obscenity> for
demanding equal rights, in particular objecting to slogans that asserted <my body, my choice> (<mera jism, meri marzi>).
Read more here:
https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2021/3/22/pakistans-feminists-say-will-persevere-amid-increased-threats

March 9 2021

Aljazeera

March 22 2021
By Maham Javaid


 

<Pakistan’s feminists say will persevere amid increased threats

Segments of media and right-wing groups accuse Aurat March organisers and marchers of ‘vulgarity’ and ‘obscenity’ for demanding equal rights.
Organisers and participants in women’s rights marches across Pakistan are facing a sustained campaign of misinformation, blasphemy allegations and threats, an escalation of the conservative response to the country’s feminist movement in recent years.

On March 8, for the fourth consecutive year, thousands of woman across the South Asian country attended the Aurat March (Women’s March) events held in towns and cities to mark International Women’s Day.
<It is a day for us to celebrate our femininity, to share our traumas and pain, to express ourselves as we deem fit, and to demand our right to equality, health, education, mobility, and freedom from violence,> said B, an Aurat March organiser from Karachi.

B, and all Aurat March organisers interviewed by Al Jazeera, asked to be identified only by their initials due to threats.

<Despite everything, we will keep demanding our rights and coming out to march,> B said.
Pakistan ranks near the bottom of global gender parity indices, with the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2020 (
PDF) rating it at 151 out of 153 countries ranked.

At least 28 percent of women aged between 15 and 49 have experienced physical violence, with 40 percent of the men polled agreeing that it was acceptable to beat your wife under certain circumstances, according to government data (PDF).

Segments of Pakistan its media and the countries religious right-wing groups have accused the marchers of <vulgarity> and <obscenity> for demanding equal rights, in particular objecting to slogans that asserted <my body, my choice> (<mera jism, meri marzi>).

Not all in the media were critical of the march, but the widespread anti-march sentiment does tap into the problematic relationship between Pakistan its mainstream media and the countries feminist movement.
Read more here:
https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2021/3/22/pakistans-feminists-say-will-persevere-amid-increased-threats


 

The Guardian, 23 3 21
<'No more shame': the French women breaking the law to highlight femicide
An activist who is part of Les Colleuses movement stands in front of a poster which reads: <I believe you>, in Paris, France, in October last year. ( Cryfreedom.net editors note:Photograph: Kiran Ridley/Getty Images can be seen as part of the article)
Alarming rates of violence have inspired a poster campaign that has spread beyond France to more than 15 countries
by Kim Willsher
Tue 23 Mar 2021 15.00 GMT Last modified on Wed 24 Mar 2021 17.49 GMT
On a weekday evening, in between coronavirus lockdowns and curfews, Camille, Natacha and Cindy are out with a bright yellow plastic bucket of glue, two large brushes and a wad of A4 paper, each sheet covered with a single letter.
The women, all in their 20s, stop on the main road of this Paris suburb by the wall of what looks like a former bank.
<This is good,> says Camille. It is the signal for a well-practised piece of choreography: Natacha glues; Camille slaps up each lettered sheet; Cindy pastes over it.>
Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/23/no-more-shame-the-french-women-breaking-the-law-to-highlight-femicide

Al Jazeera - 27 March, 2021
<Thousands protest Turkey its exit from domestic violence treaty
Protesters take to the streets for second consecutive weekend to demand Turkey reverse decision to withdraw from 2011 Istanbul Convention.
Protesters have taken to the streets of Istanbul for the second straight weekend to protest against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan his decision to withdraw from an international treaty to combat violence against women.

Erdogan last week sparked anger with the announcement Turkey was pulling out of the Istanbul Convention, named after the Turkish city where it was drafted in 2011.
Justifying the decision to withdraw, the presidency argued the treaty had been <hijacked by a group of people attempting to normalise homosexuality> which it said was <incompatible> with Turkey its <social and family values>.

There was a flood of reaction from Western countries and international organisations including the United Nations, which called on Turkey to reconsider its decision.

On Saturday, protesters gathered in an Istanbul seafront square under heavy police presence, waving purple flags and chanting slogans such as <Murders of women are political.>

<Protect women, not the perpetrators of violence>, one placard read, with another adding, <LGBTI+ rights are human rights.>
Read more here:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/27/thousands-protest-turkey-exit-domestic-violence-treaty

Read here a special poem my mother and I (chief editor of cryfreedom.net ) wrote in support of the above and below articles and the
women and feminists protests it reports about

Russian-Tajik singer Manizja Sangin, a rebel with a cause.

Al Jazeera - 27 March, 2021
<Thousands protest Turkey its exit from domestic violence treaty
Protesters take to the streets for second consecutive weekend to demand Turkey reverse decision to withdraw from 2011 Istanbul Convention.
Protesters have taken to the streets of Istanbul for the second straight weekend to protest against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan his decision to withdraw from an international treaty to combat violence against women.

Erdogan last week sparked anger with the announcement Turkey was pulling out of the Istanbul Convention, named after the Turkish city where it was drafted in 2011.
Justifying the decision to withdraw, the presidency argued the treaty had been <hijacked by a group of people attempting to normalise homosexuality> which it said was <incompatible> with Turkey its <social and family values>.

There was a flood of reaction from Western countries and international organisations including the United Nations, which called on Turkey to reconsider its decision.

On Saturday, protesters gathered in an Istanbul seafront square under heavy police presence, waving purple flags and chanting slogans such as <Murders of women are political.>

<Protect women, not the perpetrators of violence>, one placard read, with another adding, <LGBTI+ rights are human rights.>
Read more here:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/27/thousands-protest-turkey-exit-domestic-violence-treat


 The Guardian Sat 27 Mar 2021
Journalist Hadley Freeman
<My sons ask if a man has ever hurt me. Not really, I lie>
A recent YouGov survey found that 86% of women aged 18-24 in the UK have been sexually harassed. This statistic shocked me: did the other 14% not understand the question? To live in fear of harassment or assault is such a universal female experience that many of us do not even think about it, having learned to accept it from an absurdly early age. It does not break you but it shapes you, like a rock face getting battered by strong waves. This is my own story, in 10 parts.

Aged seven: my friends and I are in the park when a bush next to us trembles. A man climbs out holding his penis towards us, as if he is  offering a special on the menu. This is the first time I have seen a penis, and it is disgusting and terrifying, an impression it takes decades to shake.>
Click here to read more:
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/mar/27/my-sons-ask-if-a-man-has-ever-hurt-me-not-really-i-lie-hadley-freeman


Note from the cryfreedom.net chief editor: <I never trusted the taliban in Afghanistan, especially also since women are a main target to them. Before they had different reassons to attack and kill them, now, amidst the Covid 19 epidemic especially it are female health workers being another target and killed.>

Read this article publisched by Aljazeera on 30 March 2021:

<Female polio vaccination workers shot dead in Afghanistan: Report
Gunmen kill three female health workers in eastern city of Jalalabad, government sources tell Reuters news agency.
Gunmen have killed three female polio vaccination health workers in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, two government sources have told the Reuters news agency.

It was not immediately clear who carried out the two separate shootings, a provincial government official said on Tuesday. A central government source confirmed the shootings, Reuters said.

The killings came on the second day of a new five-day door-to-door anti-polio vaccination drive launched in Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan on Monday to vaccinate millions of children despite the risks posed by the coronavirus.>
Read more here:
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/30/pakistan-afghanistan-hold-five-day-anti-polio-vaccination-drive

 

Aljazeera march 29 2021

<Mexico investigating Salvadoran womans death in police custody.

A video showed Victoria Salazar Arriaza pinned to the ground by police, reminiscent of the death of George Floyd.
 

 



Mexican prosecutors have announced that they have opened a homicide investigation into the death of a Salvadoran woman who was shown on video being pinned to the ground by a female police officer, drawing similarities with the death of George Floyd last year.

Victoria Salazar Arriaza, 36, died on Saturday in the Caribbean beach resort of Tulum. A video published by news site Noticaribe showed her writhing and crying out as she lay face down on a road with a policewoman kneeling on her back while male officers stood by.>
Read more here:
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/29/mexico-to-investigate-salvadoran-womans-death-in-police-custody

Aljazeera, March 30 2021

<Death of Victoria Salazar ignites more outrage in Mexico
Female groups in two Mexican cities have taken to the streets in protest, demanding justice for the Salvadoran woman.
The death of Victoria Esperanza Salazar, a Salvadoran migrant, who died in Mexico after a policewoman put her knee on her back for several minutes, continued to evoke outrage on Tuesday, after additional details of her life and how she died surfaced.

Dozens of women in the sprawling capital Mexico City and in Tulum, the city where Salazar lived, took to the streets in protest. Women chanted, waved signs, scrawled graffiti and held <die ins> on Monday evening, demanding justice.
Protesters also took the streets of El Salvador its capital, San Salvador.

Salazar, 36, died on Saturday after police said they responded to a public disturbance call in the resort town of Tulum.

<She did not deserve to die like this,> Rosibel Arriaza, Salazar her mother, told journalists outside the Salvadoran foreign ministry. <I feel indignation, I feel powerless, I feel frustrated,> she said. <I would have wanted to be there as a mother.>
She also called for justice for her daughter, saying even though she knows that it would not bring her daughter back, it would give her some satisfaction knowing that those responsible <paid> for what they did.
In the viral video, Salazar could be heard screaming as a female officer puts a knee to her back while she was handcuffed and barefoot face down on the ground. Three other male police officers were standing by. The video then cuts to the officers carrying Salazar her limp body still handcuffed onto the back of a police pick-up truck. She was not seen being administered any medical help.

Quintana Roo state prosecutor Oscar Montes said in a video on Monday that Salazar had died of a broken neck. Mexico its President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Salazar was <brutally treated and murdered>.

Note by chief editor Gino d'Artali of cryfreedom.net <I caterogize Victiora Salazars of again another femicide!>
Read more here:
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/30/death-of-victoria-salazar-ignites-more-outrage-in-mexico

The Guardian, 30 Mar 2021
by Jaqueline Rose:

<Damage: the silent forms of violence against women
How is it that those with the power to inflict most harm are blind to the consequences of their actions?
It is a truism to say that everyone knows violence when they see it, but if one thing has become clear in the past decade, it is that the most prevalent, insidious forms of violence are those that cannot be seen. Consider, for example, a photograph from January 2017. A group of identical-looking white men in dark suits looked on as their president signed an executive order banning US state funding to groups anywhere in the world offering abortion or abortion counselling.

The passing of the <global gag rule> effectively launched the Trump presidency. (It was scrapped by Joe Biden soon after his inauguaration a few weeks ago.) The ruling meant an increase in deaths by illegal abortion for thousands of women throughout the developing world. Its effects have been as cruel as they are precise. No non-governmental organisation (NGO) in receipt of US funds could henceforth accept non-US support, or lobby governments across the world, on behalf of the right to abortion. A run of abortion bans followed in conservative Republican-held US states. In November 2019, Ohio introduced to the state legislature a bill which included the requirement that in cases of ectopic pregnancy, doctors must reimplant the embryo into the woman its uterus or face a charge of <abortion murder>. (Ectopic pregnancy can be fatal to the mother and no such procedure exists in medical science.)

At a talk in London in June 2019, Kate Gilmore, the UN deputy commissioner for human rights, described US policy on abortion as a form of extremist hate that amounts to the torture of women. <We have not called it out in the same way we have other forms of extremist hate,> she stated, <but this is gender-based violence against women, no question.>
Read more here:
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/mar/30/damage-the-silent-forms-of-violence-against-women

The social justice activists battling racism and misogyny
The British activist who campaigned to make <upskirting> illegal and the American anti-racism activist who inspires her.

Al Jazeera
By Rosie Hopegood
30 Mar 2021

London, June 2017. The sun was high in the sky and the temperature hovered around 30 degrees. Writer Gina Martin, then 25, and her sister, Stevie, headed to a day festival in Hyde Park, excited to see one of their favourite bands, The Killers, perform. But as they stood in the crowd waiting for the band to come on stage, Gina felt someone rub up against her, uncomfortably close. When she turned around, she saw two men laughing, looking down at a phone. When she stepped closer to look at the screen, her heart dropped.

There, on the man his phone, was a photo of her crotch. The man had not just rubbed up against her but had shoved his phone up her skirt and taken the picture, while surrounded by hundreds of people in broad daylight.

Horrified, Gina snatched the phone from the stranger his hand and began to shout for help at the top of her voice. The man became aggressive, towering over her and screaming in her face to hand back his phone. <My first instinct was to run to the people who were there to keep me safe,> Gina wrote at the time. <I ran as fast as I possibly could and fell into the arms of festival security. They took the phone, calmed me down and called the police immediately.>

Security guards formed a protective ring around Gina as the furious man tried in vain to retrieve his phone. When the police arrived, they were sympathetic, with one officer commenting that Gina <should be able to go to a festival in 30-degree heat and wear a skirt without worrying about this happening>.

But Gina was appalled when they explained that because <upskirting> the act of taking a clandestine photograph up a woman her skirt was not listed as a sexual offence, the case was unlikely to be taken further. After agreeing to delete the photo, the man was free to go.

Five days later, Gina was told the case had been closed. Horrified, she took to social media to write about her experience. When the post went viral, she started an online petition which quickly garnered more than 50,000 signatures. Determined to change the law to protect other women, she hired lawyer Ryan Whelan and began an 18-month legal battle that cast her into the midst of intense media scrutiny.

In February 2019, Gina won a victory for British women when the government introduced a new bill to make <upskirting> illegal. Within a year, 16 men had been convicted of <upskirting>, with four of them given prison sentences.
Read more here:
https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2021/3/30/the-social-justice-activists-battling-racism-and-misogyny


An alleged rape inside Australia its parliament
Australia is facing a reckoning on sexual violence.

31 Mar 2021

Australia is facing a reckoning on sexual violence, specifically within the field of politics. One woman says she was raped inside Parliament House. In a separate case, the now former attorney general has been accused of assault. And many Australians say the government is not doing enough to address a culture of toxicity for women in political spaces. The growing protest movement calls for change in all communities, and for all women.
Read more here:
https://www.aljazeera.com/podcasts/2021/3/31/an-alleged-rape-inside-australias-parliament
 


Slaughterhouse rape - A cryfreedom.net article by chief editor and hardcore feminist Gino d'Artali

The Guardian - April 1, 2021

This is a very good article about <It are teenage girls who deserve praise
for speaking out about sexual assault.>
by journalist Emmaline Monteith.
<The recent petition launched by Chanel Contos calling for greater sexual consent education brought the reality of teenage girls their experiences of sexual assault into the public domain. Thousands of adolescent girls and young women detailed allegations of being harassed or assaulted by their male peers. It highlighted how much we need to help teenage girls feel more comfortable to share their own experiences.

At the same time, a number of teenage boys have received praise for speaking out about this issue, urging their own peers to show greater respect for women.

<Do they even know they did this to us?>: why I launched the school sexual assault petition

On social media, these teenage boys have been told that they are <inspiring, courageous and impressive>, and <outstanding> for speaking out against sexual assault. They are told that their words which are often shared widely online and published by major news outlets provide <hope for thefuture of equality and justice for women>. They are told that they are <the future we need>.

While being a good ally is obviously important, I cannot help but feel frustrated at the enormous amount of attention and praise teenage boys can receive for saying the same things their female counterparts have been saying for years.>
Read more here:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/01/its-teenage-girls-who-deserve-praise-for-speaking-out-about-sexual-assault

 

De Standaard (Flemisch newspaper) April 2, 2021
Original text in Flemisch by journalist Matthias Verbergt.
Translated by Gino d'Artali

<Imprisonment for rape doubles

The De Croo government approved a tighter penalties for sex crimes. The sexual age of consent remains at 16 for the time being.It was an important spearhead from the start of the government in October: bringing sexual criminal law up to date. Due to the fall of the previous government, the new criminal code had been shelved. Minister of Justice Vincent Van Quickenborne (Open VLD) extracted the sexual crimes and today the government found an initial agreement on the texts. They still have to go to the Council of State and other advisory bodies, and then parliament. But the principles will probably remain intact.

1. Consent central

For many crimes such as indecent assault, violence or coercion is sometimes a necessary condition. The reform will involve a sexual offense as soon as consent is lacking. There is no consent if the victim is in a vulnerable state as a result of, for example, sleep or alcohol, affecting free will. Consent can still be withdrawn during the sexual act.

2. Strict for Rape
Rape should normally appear before an assize jury. However, the length of such trials mes that rape is almost always <corrected>, allowing the maximum prison sentence to be five years - half the normal maximum senteannce. That will be doubled to ten years.
Read more here

The Guardian April 5 2021
<How we met: 'I was terrified my parents would find out I had been intimate with another girl.>

Lizzie Cernik

<Lucy Campbell was 11 years old when her parents sent her to an independent Catholic school near their home in North Devon. It was during the entrance exam that Hen Staveley-Brown caught her eye for the first time. <She was one of the least girly girls,> remembers Lucy. <A tomboy, like me.> When the pair started school in September 1979, they soon became good friends. <Lucy lived three miles from me and we were always round at each others houses or going out together,> says Hen. <There was definitely a connection there that developed into something else later on.> Lucy says they were <unhappy teenagers> who were <a bit wild and often in trouble> In 1983, the girls went on a Duke of Edinburgh trip with their classmates. They spent the night together in a tent after getting drunk, and rumours spread quickly. <Everyone knew and I was terrified my parents would find out I had been intimate with another girl,> says Lucy. At the time, same sex relationships were pretty much unheard of, especially at a Catholic school in rural Devon. In private, the pair continued to have a stormy relationship with frequent fallouts, until they left school in 1984. <Our school shut down because it was failing and we lost touch with each other,> says Lucy. <I went off to college for a while and then later went to London to work as a nurse. I wanted to forget about it all and just blend in.> Hen joined the police and moved to Bristol. <It was a shock for some, because I think the nuns always thought I would end up in jail,> she says, laughing.
Click here to read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/apr/05/how-we-met-i-was-terrified-my-parents-would-find-out-id-been-intimate-with-another-girl

The Guardian
6 April 2021

<'Very intimidating': teachers on sexual harassment by pupils>

Teachers highlight toxic culture of sexual harassment and abuse they face in school.

 Education correspondent Sally Weale

<I have had threats of rape. I have had someone say: <I am going to seek out your daughter and rape her.> <You are called a slag and a slut. Sometimes it is banter and they all think it is funny. Sometimes it is anger directed at you.>

Anne, who does not want to give her real name, worked in a pupil referral unit with excluded pupils in south-west England until she quit her job because of post traumatic stress disorder, and is one of many teachers to bear witness to the toxic culture of sexual harassment and abuse within schools.

The issue of sexual misconduct in schools has hit the headlines in recent weeks because of the testimonies submitted by pupils to the Everyone is Invited website. Over the weekend however, the NASUWT union has highlighted that teachers face similar problems.

Anne has already submitted her testimony to Everyone is Invited. Her experiences with some of the most challenging pupils in the school system in England may be more extreme than others, but she has worked in mainstream schools, too, and she says it is also a problem there and one that is getting worse.>
Click here to read more:
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/apr/06/very-intimidating-teachers-on-sexual-harassment-by-pupils

The Guardian April 9 2021

<I wont allow myself to be broken. Russias Eurovision
candidate Manizha takes on the <haters>.

By the way: cryfreedom.net
 reported her earlier: read here:
Russian-Tajik singer Manizja Sangin, a rebel with a cause.

Andrew Roth, Russia corespondent

Russia its 2021  Eurovision candidate breezes into a conference room, Channel One documentary film crew in tow, offering a simple tea of mint leaves brewed in hot water. <On days like today, I want something calming,> Manizha says, pouring two cups, as a boom mic hovers over us. No pressure.

The Tajikistan-born singer, who will perform her feminist ballad Russian Woman next month at the much-loved, much-mocked song contest in Rotterdam, is the target of a fiery conservative backlash for her foreign roots and her lyrics attacking female stereotypes.

But she is an optimist and, as the documentary crew moves on, says she has learned to manage the torrent of abuse that began when she won a televised vote to represent her adopted country last month.

<I will not allow myself to be broken,> she says in an hour-long interview, shedding a suzani patterned robe to sit in jeans and a black sweater. <If I came apart right now because of the <haters>, started crying, started saying <oh my God>, then I would prove all of their words to be true.>

In the west, Manizha says, she may seem like a <very careful feminist>. But her activism against domestic violence and xenophobia, her body positive posts on Instagram and her support of the LGBT community have led to her being typecast as a radical here:
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/apr/09/russia-eurovision-candidate-manizha-takes-on-the-haters


The guardian April 9 2021
Kari Paul

When Chelsey Glasson found out she was pregnant with her second child in 2019, she did not anticipate the first three years of her new baby its life would be overshadowed by an epic legal battle against a trillion-dollar company.

The 38 year-old sued Google, her former employer, in 2020 alleging she had been discriminated against while pregnant and witnessed others being treated similarly, and faced retaliation from her manager when she spoke up about it.

Since then, Glasson says, battling to win her case has become a nearly fulltime job, one that has pitted her against a company with a global army of lawyers at the ready. Despite being represented by attorneys in Washington and partially backed by a not for profit group, the American Association of University Women, she finds herself putting in grueling hours preparing for her upcoming trial this year. She spends her nights, after her two kids are asleep, discovering documents and preparing for processes such as her recent deposition in March. <The fight has affected her childrens lives almost as much as her own, she says.
Women at Google miss out on thousands of dollars as a result of pay discrimination, lawsuit alleges.

<Even if they don not know what is going on exactly, they know mommy is not all there, they know that I am not always present for them,> she said of her children, who are two and four years old. <It is heartbreaking to see how this impacts not just the person who is targeted by pregnancy discrimination, but the entire family.>
Read more here:
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/apr/09/she-sued-for-pregnancy-discrimination-now-shes-battling-googles-army-of-lawyers

Al Jazeera april 7 2021
Outrage after Pakistan its Imran Khan links rape to how women dress
Khan faces backlash for saying the increase in rapes indicated <consequences in any society where vulgarity is on the rise>.
Pakistani women activists and rights campaigners have accused Prime Minister Imran Khan of <baffling ignorance> after the cricketer
turned politician blamed how women dress for a rise in rape cases.
In a weekend interview on live television, Oxford-educated Khan said an increase in rapes indicated the <consequences in any society where vulgarity is on the rise>.
<The incidents of rape of women have actually very rapidly increased in society,> he said.
He advised women to cover up to prevent temptation.
<This entire concept of purdah is to avoid temptation, not everyone has the willpower to avoid it,> he said, using a term that can refer to modest
dress or the segregation of the sexes.
Hundreds have signed a statement circulating online on Wednesday, calling Khan his comments <factually incorrect, insensitive and dangerous>.
<Fault rests solely with the rapist and the system that enables the rapist, including a culture fostered by statements such as those made by Khan,>
the statement said.
Read more here:
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/7/outrage-after-pakistans-imran-khan-links-rape-to-how-women-dress

Aljazeera April 12 2021

<Pakistani court grants bail to father of prominent activist
Muhammad Ismail, 66-year-old father of Gulalai Ismail, to be released after more than two months in jail.

By Asad Hashim
Islamabad, Pakistan, A Pakistani court has granted bail to Muhammad Ismail, the father of a prominent Pakistani rights activist, who was arrested earlier this year on <terrorism> charges that local and international rights groups have condemned as being part of a campaign of <harassment>.
The court in the northwestern city of Peshawar granted bail to Ismail on Monday, and he was expected to be released a day later, his daughter
Gulalai Ismail told Al Jazeera.>
Read more here:
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/12/pakistani-court-grants-bail-to-father-of-prominent-activist

Aljazeera April 12 2021

By Jessie Williams

Last month marked 10 years since the beginning of the Syrian uprising when peaceful protesters, galvanised by the Arab Spring, went out on to the streets demanding freedom from an authoritarian regime and were met with bullets.
President Bashar al Assad vowed to crush dissent. In doing so, he set in motion a proxy war, creating what the UN its human rights chief has called the <worst man made disaster the world has seen since World War II>.

Countless studies have shown that women and girls are disproportionately affected by war both during and after as existing inequalities are amplified and there is heightened vulnerability to sexual violence and exploitation.
<As women, we did not only stand against the regime, we had a bigger battle because we had the patriarchal society, the armed groups or the extremists, and the warplanes of the regime and Russia,> explains Ghalia Rahal. The 47 year old had to leave her home in Kafranbel, southern Idlib and now lives in the Barisha IDP camp in northern Idlib.
She founded the Mazaya Centre in 2013, converting her hairdressing salon into a safe space to empower women through vocational training and support. It expanded into a network of centres, but several had to be shut because of heavy fighting.
Rahal says every week some eight women who have been abused come to the Mazaya Centre looking for help. <Sexual harassment and abuse existed before the war and it is not only in Syria. But because of the war, it increased.>
Read more here:
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/12/how-syrian-women-are-fighting-a-war-and-patriarchy

The Flemisch newspaper De Morgen
April 11 2021
Translation by yours thruly Gino d'Artali

<Sofagate3:

European womens organizations request the dismissal of Charles Michel in an open letter.

European President Michel was discredited earlier this week during his visit with European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Only two chairs were provided for that maintenance and they were used by Michel and Erdogan, while Van der Leyen had to sit on the sofa. Michel has been criticized for sitting on the chair just like that and making no sense that no chair was provided for the woman in the company.

According to the Fondation Millenia organization, an international organization that is committed to, among other things, equality between men and women, Michel made <three major mistakes> that <hit the face of all women>.
Read more here:

www.cryfreedom.net/cofagate3.htm


April 11 2021
Translation by yours thruly Gino d'Artali

<European womens organizations request the dismissal of Charles Michel in an open letter.
European President Michel was discredited earlier this week during his visit with European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Only two chairs were provided for that maintenance and they were used by Michel and Erdogan, while Van der Leyen had to sit on the sofa. Michel has been criticized for sitting on the chair just like that and making no sense that no chair was provided for the woman in the company.

According to the Fondation Millenia organization, an international organization that is committed to, among other things, equality between men and women, Michel made <three major mistakes> that <hit the face of all women>.

The Commission chief was clearly taken aback when the two men sat on the only two chairs prepared.
Read more here: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/9/turkey-condemns-italian-pm-draghi-dictator-erdogan-remarks


Al Jazeera April 12 2021

<Pakistani court grants bail to father of prominent activist
Muhammad Ismail, 66-year-old father of Gulalai Ismail, to be released after more than two months in jail.

By Asad Hashim
Islamabad, Pakistan, A Pakistani court has granted bail to Muhammad Ismail, the father of a prominent Pakistani rights activist, who was arrested
earlier this year on <terrorism> charges that local and international rights groups have condemned as being part of a campaign of <harassment>.
The court in the northwestern city of Peshawar granted bail to Ismail on Monday, and he was expected to be released a day later, his daughter
Gulalai Ismail told Al Jazeera.>
Read more here:
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/12/pakistani-court-grants-bail-to-father-of-prominent-activist

Al Jazeera April 12 2021
By Jessie Williams

<Last month marked 10 years since the beginning of the Syrian uprising when peaceful protesters, galvanised by the Arab Spring, went out on to the streets demanding freedom from an authoritarian regime and were met with bullets.
President Bashar al-Assad vowed to crush dissent. In doing so, he set in motion a proxy war, creating what the UN’s human
rights chief has called the <worst man made disaster the world has seen since World War II>.

Countless studies have shown that women and girls are disproportionately affected by war both during and after as existing inequalities are amplified and there is heightened vulnerability to sexual violence and exploitation.
<As women, we did not only stand against the regime, we had a bigger battle because we had the patriarchal society, the armed groups or the
extremists, and the warplanes of the regime and Russia,> explains Ghalia Rahal. The 47 year old had to leave her home in Kafranbel, southern Idlib and now lives in the Barisha IDP camp in northern Idlib.
She founded the Mazaya Centre in 2013, converting her hairdressing salon into a safe space to empower women through vocational training and
support. It expanded into a network of centres, but several had to be shut because of heavy fighting.
Rahal says every week some eight women who have been abused come to the Mazaya Centre looking for help. <Sexual harassment and abuse existed before the war and it is not only in Syria. But because of the war, it increased.>
Read more here:
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/12/how-syrian-women-are-fighting-a-war-and-patriarchy

ABOVE MARCH 9 untill APRIL 12 2021 SEVERAL MEDIA ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY MARCH 8 2021 AND WHAT FOLLOWED:

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BELOW SEVERAL MEDIA ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY MARCH 8 2020 AND 2019:

 


Womens day: Mexico barrier turned into women's memorial.

Fencing erected to protect Mexico's National Palace ahead of a planned march to mark International Womens Day has been turned into a memorial.
The names of hundreds of victims of femicides murders of women because of their gender - have been painted on the metal fencing.
The three-metre-high (9.8ft) barrier was put up to protect the palace <from vandalism>, the government said.
Womens groups say the government does not do enough to combat femicides.> Read more here:
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-56321145

Read also: feminicides (a cryfreedom article)

AUSTRALIA
<APAC
Australians condemn violence against women as they celebrate International Womens Day
Celebrating International Womens Day, a young woman stood outside the New South Wales state parliament, with the message <My body, my
business> written across her body, while another held a placard reading <Equal work deserves equal pay!>.
A variety of workers - from nurses and teachers to hairdressers and transport workers - took part in the gathering. It comes as the government
launched a A$19 million ($14.57 million) campaign urging people to speak up when they witness disrespect against women.>

<Let us all work together ... so that we finally move to a world where sexual violence and sexual assault and sexual harassment is a thing of the
past,> Jenny Leong, a parliamentary representative from the Greens party told the crowd.

Australias parliament is under increased scrutiny over sexual assault allegations.
Three female employees of Prime Minister Scott Morrisons Liberal party last month said they had been raped by the same man in 2019 and 2020. One of the alleged victims has lodged a complaint with police.
Last week, Attorney-General Christian Porter, the countries chief law officer, identified himself as the subject of a separate historical rape allegation, declared his innocence and strongly denied the claim.> Read more here:
https://www.reuters.com/article/instant-article/idUSKBN2B00TI

Read also: Slaughterhouse rape  (a cryfreedom article)


<RadioFreeEurope
Thousands Worldwide March For Rights, Denounce Abuse On Women's Day

Thousands of women marched in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Kosovo, Ukraine, and elsewhere around the globe on International Womens Day,
demanding equal rights and denouncing harassment and abuse.

More than a dozen people reportedly were detained in Tehran as womens rights activists attempted to stage a peaceful protest outside the Labor
Ministry on March 8.

A spokeswoman said that on this one day, out of an entire year, we as women of this country should be able to make these cities our own, stay in
the streets, and return to our homes at a days end, without having our bones crushed the activists said in a statement issued earlier in the week.

Chanting slogans, hundreds of women rallied in Pakistan its capital, Islamabad, its largest city Karachi, and the cultural capital of Lahore, denouncing violence against women in Pakistan, where nearly 1,000 women are killed by close relatives each year in so-called honor killings.>
 


Read more here:
https://www.rferl.org/a/thousands-worldwide-march-rights-denounce-abuse-international-womens-day/29088056.html


<Why Womens Day march irks conservative Pakistanis.

Pakistan Womens group <Aurat Azadi March> (Womens Freedom March) with its slogan <my body, my choice,> ((Note of the cryfreedom chief editor: <I call this a huge victory and step forward to end men its  oppression!!!) has become an extremely polarizing annual event. Its organizers are now facing increasing threats from right-wing groups.> Read more here:
https://www.dw.com/en/why-womens-day-march-irks-conservative-pakistanis/a-5678720

<abcNEWS
Thousands of Ukrainian women march against domestic violence
Thousands of women marched through the center of Ukraine its capital on International Womens Day to draw attention to domestic violence, which has risen sharply amid restrictions imposed to block the spread of covid-19 virus.> Read more here:
https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/thousands-ukrainian-women-march-domestic-violence-76321515

Also read Femicidas.  an article by cryfreedom.net


<TRTWORLD
International Womens Day: Rallies and pledges amid raging pandemic
Women are rallying across the world to push for wide-ranging demands, stemming from the need for broad spectrum gender equality and an end to
gender-based violence on International Womens Day (IWD). Though many marches took place (with more scheduled), events have been subdued by Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.> Read more here:
https://www.trtworld.com/life/international-women-s-day-rallies-and-pledges-amid-raging-pandemic-44814


<vox IRAN

For more than 100 years, International Womens Day has been celebrated by honoring the achievements of women globally.
But this year, because of lost jobs and increased burdens of care at home, women have fared worse economically than men.
According to data from the International Labour Organization, a United Nations agency, globally women have suffered more job losses related to the pandemic than men. About 5 percent of women in 2020 lost work, which could mean losing a job or experiencing reduced hours, compared with 3.9 percent of men.> Read more here:
https://www.voanews.com/africa/international-womens-day-marked-increased-hardships-women

<DW made for minds

Opinion: International Womens Day is a day of mourning for Africa
March 8th. marks International Womens Day ,  an occasion that is meant to be a global celebration. But, with more and more women suffering each day, there is little to rejoice in Africa, DWs Mimi Mefo writes.> Read more here:
https://www.dw.com/en/opinion-international-womens-day-is-a-day-of-mourning-for-africa/a-56787798

<THE LOCAL Fr
Strike calls in France on International Womens Day.
Men and women are being called on to finish work at 3.40pm on Monday to highlight the gender pay gap, one of many actions and demonstrations
taking place around France to mark International Womens Day.
Several organisations and unions are calling for a strike to denounce pay inequality.

On March the 8th, we will be on strike along with women all over the world to refuse to pay the price of the crisis with our jobs, our salaries, our
bodies several unions including the CGT, FSU and Solidaires said in a press conference.

The objective is to denounce the gender pay gap that continues to impair womens rights, but also to denounce the unfair burden that the past years health crisis has put on women.> Read more here:
https://www.thelocal.fr/20210308/strike-calls-in-france-on-international-womens-day/

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2020:

Editors note: I know you may think some of this is old news
but please do read what you can
if only out of respect for and to honour and remember the victims.

Gino di Artali, hardcore feminist and chief editor cryfreedom.net

Al Jazeera June 5 2020
Nigerians take to streets to protest against sexual violence
Demonstrators in Abuja demand <justice> after a series of high profile rape cases sparked outrage in the country.
Human rights campaigners have rallied in Nigeria its capital to raise awareness about violence against women after a series of high profile rape cases sparked an outcry in the country.
More than 200 protesters marched around police headquarters in Abuja, chanting slogans and holding banners that read <Justice for all Nigerian girls and women> and <No means no>.
It was one of many activities planned by campaigners to call attention to the issue and urge politicians to allocate more funds to tackle sexual violence and ensure police independence.
The latest outpouring of anger has been unleashed by the cases of three women and girls who were killed or raped in incidents activists say showcase the widespread sexual violence in Nigeria.

JusticeForUwa has been one of the hashtags trending on social media in the last week after Vera Uwaila Omosuwa, a 22-year-old student, died two days after she was reportedly raped in a church in the southern city of Benin.

<Children are dying, women are dying, enough is enough,> Dorothy Njemanze, one of the protest organisers, was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.
Njemanze said she and other campaigners were <watching every step of everything the politicians say and do on sexual based violence>.
Read more here:
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/6/5/nigerians-take-to-streets-to-protest-against-sexual-violence


Al Jazeera Otober 10 2020

<I am tired of it>: Femicides spark outrage across Guatemala
Women are protesting this weekend in the Central American nation after recent murders fuel sorrow and calls for action.

By Sandra Cuffe
Guatemala City, Guatemala –Women are leading protests against gender violence and femicides this weekend in Guatemala, where the recent murder of a university student has sparked sorrow, outrage, and calls for action.
<It made me scared and sad,> said Sofia, a 20-year old law student who asked that her last name not be used, at a protest Saturday in Guatemala City, where she carried a sign with names of murdered women.
<I know what it feels like to live in fear and I am tired of it,> she told Al Jazeera.
More than 200 women were killed in the first eight months of this year in the Central American nation, and more than 3,000 women and girls have been killed since 2015, according to human rights groups tracking government statistics.
The overwhelming majority of the cases remain unsolved.
Social work student Litzy Amelia Cordon, 20, was abducted Monday and her body was found the next day in Teculutan, a municipality 130km (80 miles) east of the capital. Primary school teacher Laura Daniela Hernandez, 22, was murdered there the week before.

Hundreds of women of all ages marched for justice Wednesday in Teculutan, and demonstrations are now spreading around the country.
Read more here:
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/10/10/i-am-tired-of-it-femicides-spark-outrage-across-guatemala

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INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY 2019:

BBC NEWS
March 8 2019

<In pictures: International Womens Day around the globe>

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