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PART 1: International media about the atrocities against women from March 8 2021- April 12 2021.

PART 2: International media about the atrocities against women from April 26 untill April 12  2021

PART 3: International media about the
atrocities against women worldwide
from june 5 untill April 16 2021

PART 4 : International media about the atrocities
against women worldwide.
June 29 2021 untill November 15 2020.



When one hurts or kills a women
one hurts or kills hummanity.
Gino d'Artali

APRIL 12 2021.

When I quote I use < is opening quote and > is closing
quote. When I end quoting from the article I use >>.
Gino d'Artali, radical feminist, founder and journalist of

but I add the below first (topics before March 8 2021, International womens day) as a need to do because 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.>

If you think this is old news think again:

The Guardian April 26 2021
Yvonne Roberts
<The UK its femicide pandemic. Who is killing our daughters?
In the latest part of our End Femicide campaign, we examine how stalking, coercive control and pornography lie behind so many of the killings of 272 young women in 10 years. Will the domestic abuse bill, due to become law this week, do enough to keep women safe?

Alice Ruggles was described by her friends and family as vibrant, witty and <sharp as a tack>. She loved life. Then, in January 2016, aged 24, she met Lance Corporal Trimaan <Harry> Dhillon, who was 26. She did not know that he had a restraining order taken out on him by a previous girlfriend.
Dhillon began to coercively control Ruggles, isolating her from friends. In July, having learned that he was cheating on her, she ended their seven month relationship. Dhillon turned into a stalker. He frequently drove 100 miles from his camp in Edinburgh to spy on her, leaving unwanted flowers and chocolates. He continually texted and threatened to post intimate photographs. He told her on voicemail that he did not want to kill her, he would not kill her.
On 12 October 2016, 10 months after their first meeting, he broke into Ruggles her flat in Newcastle, and cut her throat in what the judge called <an act of utter barbarism>. He wa sentenced to a minimum of 22 years.
This article is about Alice Ruggles and 271 other young women aged 14 to 25 who were killed during a 10 year period from 2009 to 2018. Their deaths were recorded on the unique database of the Femicide Census. Among the recurring themes that mark these fatalities are stalking, coercive control, the impact of pornography and some men its inability to handle rejection. One in two of the killings of the 272 were <overkills> involving excessive violence.
The census, given pro bono support by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, the international law firm, and the consultants Deloitte, was established in 2016 by Clarrie O’Callaghan, a former solicitor and now restaurateur, and Karen Ingala Smith, the chief executive of Nia, a sexual and domestic violence charity. The census builds on Counting Dead Women, the record of femicide which Ingala Smith began in 2012 with the killing of 20 year old Kirsty Treloar, stabbed 29 times by her boyfriend Myles Williams, 19.
<Eight women were killed by men in the first three days of 2012,> says Ingala Smith. <Yet, one of the early assaults was described as an isolated incident and that made me rage. I became increasingly aware of the value of the data I was collecting but good data becomes almost meaningless if it is not a catalyst for change.>
On Thursday, the domestic abuse bill will receive royal assent and become law, after a campaign conducted by women’s groups, MPs, lawyers and survivors that began in 2017. Among its measures, the bill has a more accurate definition of abuse, including economic abuse. It makes non fatal strangulation a specific offence, includes post separation abuse and makes it illegal to share intimate images without consent. However, it fails to extend support to migrant women who have no recourse to public funds.>
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Al Jazeera April 25 2021
Umamya Khan
<The women of Myanmar: <Our place is in the revolution>
Some 60 percent of protesters against the military coup are women who fear their hard won rights hang in the balance.
Every day at sunrise, Daisy (her real name is concealed) and her sisters set out to spend several hours in the heat cleaning debris from the previous day its protests off the streets of Yangon, Myanmar its largest city.
Protests have erupted around the country since the military seized control of the government after arresting democratic leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on February 1, and declared a year long state of emergency.

According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), a non profit rights organisation formed by former political prisoners from Myanmar and based in Thailand, 715 civilian protesters have been killed and more than 3,000 people have been charged, arrested or sentenced to prison for taking part in protests. March 27 marked the deadliest day of the anti coup protests so far, with more than 100 deaths in a single day.
Daisy, a 29 year old elementary school teacher, has been out of work since the first week of February, because schools have been closed as a result of the protests, but is the sole earner and carer for her two younger sisters, aged 15 and 13. Despite this, she spends a portion of whatever money she has left to help feed hungry protesters.
The military makes use of dalans, local people who are forced to spy on their neighbours and, in particular, to target women living alone whose homes are easy targets for looting and harassment. As a result, Daisy and her sisters have been forced to move home three times and are now in hiding with relatives.
<The military are preying on vulnerable women, breaking in and raiding where we live to seize our belongings and lock us up for no reason,> Daisy says.
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Al Jazeera April 25 2021

Director of UNESCO its Global Education Monitoring Repo
<What role can schools play to end violence and sexual harassment? Effective sex education programmes can help combat sexual violence in school and in society.

When will it be safe for a woman to walk herself home at night without the threat of assault or worse by a man? And when do we arrive at the moment that all women are safe from their partners in their own homes? When will schools and workplaces be free of gender-based violence? How can we use the power of education to turn these norms around?
In the space of just a few months, we have been reminded yet again how vulnerable women still are to violence and harassment. The tragic murder of Sarah Everard in the UK was followed by the senseless shooting of six Asian American women in the state of Georgia. In February, 317 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped from their boarding school in the northwestern state of Zamfara. In India, as people were still reeling from the September 2020 gang rape and subsequent death of a 19 year old Dalit woman in the Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh, a supreme court judge in New Delhi caused outrage after he was quoted as asking an accused rapist whether he would marry his school aged victim. In Australia, former government employee Brittany Higgins said she was raped by a male colleague in a government minister his office in 2019 Meanwhile, there are reports that male government staff have set up a Facebook group so they can share videos of sex acts performed in Parliament in Canberra.>>
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The Guardian April 25 2021
Priya Elan
<Model her <hands off my hijab> post sparks protest over France its proposed ban
Rawdah Mohamed, whose Instagram selfie went viral, says she wants to fight deeply rooted stereotypes.
A Somali Norwegian model whose Instagram post criticising a proposed ban on the hijab in France went viral has said she wants to fight <deeply rooted stereotypes> against Muslim women.
Rawdah Mohamed posted a selfie on Instagram with <hands off my hijab> written on her hand, starting a campaign that has been trending onTwitter,Instagram and TikTok.
#Handsoffmyhijab, along with its counterpart #PasToucheAMonHijab, has been taken up by the Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad and the US congresswoman Ilhan Omar, as well thousands of women internationally. They have used the hashtag to protest against the French senate his vote to ban anyone under 18 from wearing the garment in public.
<I started the hashtag as I felt the need to humanise the movement,> Mohamed told the Guardian. <Ethnic minority women are always spoken for. I wished to take back the control of our narratives and tell our stories.>
Mohamed added that the proposed legislation <stems from discrimination and deeply rooted stereotypes against Muslim women>.
France was the first country to ban the niqab in public spaces, in April 2011, and French towns have banned the burkini, starting a national conversation around nationalism, identity and feminism.
<I wanted my oppressors to see my face and the women who look like me,> she said. <They do not get to hide in their luxurious parliament offices and regulate womens bodies without a fight.>>
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Al Jazeera 24 04 2021
<A Tigrayan womb-should never give birth.
Rape in Ethiopian tigray

The Amhara fighters in charge of her hometown of Humera and other disputed areas of western Tigray had just ordered all Tigrayans in her neighbourhood to leave their homes within 24 hours.
<The militiamen who have been terrorising us for months,> said the 34 year old mother of three, <told us we are not allowed to live there anymore, because we are Tigrayans. They ordered us to leave empty handed. They said all the properties we owned belong to Amharas, not to us.>
The Amhara forces entered western Tigray from neighbouring Amhara region in support of Ethiopian federal forces in November last year, when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered an offensive against Tigray its then ruling party, the Tigray People its Liberation Front (TPLF). Since then, the Amhara, who are Ethiopia its second largest ethnic group, have taken control of several areas in the region, land, they claim, that historically has been theirs.
Akberet wasted no time after the ultimatum.

The following morning, on March 8, she fled her home on foot, her six month old baby strapped to her back, and her two other sons, aged four and seven and 14 year old brother in tow.
Some seven hours later, as they reached a bridge on Tekeze River used by the Amhara forces as an informal border between what they say is now Amhara and Tigray, four Amhara militiamen stopped them. The Amhara men separated Akberet from her children and brother and took her into an abandoned farmer his house, just a few metres away.
The four men took turns raping her. After they were done, the militiamen inserted into her genitals a hot metal rod that burned her uterus.
<I begged them to stop,> Akberet told Al Jazeera. <I asked them, crying, why they were doing that to me. What wrong have I done to you?>
<You did nothing bad to us,> she said they told her. <Our problem is with your womb. Your womb gives birth to Woyane [derogative term used to refer to the TPLF]. A Tigrayan womb should never give birth.>
After the militiamen left, Akberet was left there unconscious. Her brother went to get her, and with the help of other displaced people took her to a town to the east. <The sexual assault made her infertile,< a doctor who treated her there confirmed to Al Jazeera. Her bleeding has now stopped but Akberet, currently recuperating at a relative his house, cannot walk and has to keep her legs spread. <Sleeping at night is hard.>>
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Al Jazeera
April 24 2021
<A Nigerian developers app joins efforts to fight sexual crimes

Helpio allows victims in northern Nigeria to report cases anonymously and seek help, amid widespread fear of stigmatisation and soaring sexual assault figures.
By Elfredah Kevin-Alerechi

<Rivers state, Nigeria: On a morning last February, eight year old Aminatu Zana, whose real name has been concealed, was raped in her hometown of Kano, Nigeria its second largest city. The alleged perpetrator was no stranger: a neighbour, who used his familiarity and a bar of chocolate to lure the child into his room, then threatened her if she spoke of his crime.
But bloody traces of his assault on Aminatu her garments gave him away. Her widowed and impoverished mother, Salima, dreaded going to the police but was encouraged by her neighbours to press charges. That itself was uncommon, as due to fear of stigmatisation and lacking trust in legal pathways, many victims in this part of the country do not pursue justice.
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The Guardian April 22 2021
by Laura Barton
<The clitoris, pain and pap smears: how Our Bodies, Ourselves redefined womens health.

First published 50 years ago, the feminist classic was hugely influential, telling truths about womens bodies long obscured by a chauvinist medical establishment
 In 1969, Wendy Sanford was still in the early days of her marriage, living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and their newborn son. A couple of years earlier, she had graduated with high honours from the prestigious Radcliffe College, and yet the path before her was clear: domesticity, home decor, dinner parties. She struggled with this new life. <My husband was so disappointed that I wasn’t happy,> Sanford remembers. <I cried a lot. I was in the middle of postpartum depression, and had no words for it at all.>
Sanford spoke to her doctor, who suggested she find solace in raising the next generation and supporting her husband. He also prescribed a diaphragm. She asked when she ought to put it in, and the doctor gave her the same mantra he gave all of his female patients: dinner, dishes, diaphragm. <So that was the era,> Sanford says. <And he was a very kind man, but he embodied sexist medical care. He had no idea that he was just pushing me into the arms of feminism.>
When her son was nine months old, and Sanford felt at her lowest, a friend invited her to a women its health meeting at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). <You have to come to this group,> the friend told her, <because we are learning about our bodies.> Reluctantly, Sanford agreed.
The meeting was not what she expected: <I walked into this lounge full of women,> she remembers, <and someone up in the front of the room was talking about the clitoris, orgasm and masturbation, and I was just so embarrassed. I just sank down to the floor and listened really hard. This was stuff that I had never heard said out loud before.>>
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Al Jazeera April 22 2021

<UNSC: <Deep concern> about sexual violence allegations in Tigray
In first joint statement after nearly six months of fighting in northern Ethiopian region, Security Council urges <unfettered humanitarian access to all people in need>.
Hundreds of women have reported horrific accounts of rape and gang rape since the start of the conflict in Tigray. Nearly six months after the eruption of fighting in Ethiopias Tigray region, the United Nations Security Council has issued its first joint statement on the continuing crisis, expressing <deep concern> about allegations of human rights violations, including reports of sexual violence against women and girls.
The 15 member body on Thursday also called for <a scaled up humanitarian response and unfettered humanitarian access> to address humanitarian needs, including for people in the embattled region who are in need of food assistance.
<Today, the Security Council breaks its silence on the ongoing crisis in the Tigray region of Ethiopia,> said Geraldine Byrne Nason, Ireland ambassador to the UN who led negotiations over the text. <For the first time, this Council speaks with one voice to express its collective concern about the dire humanitarian situation on the ground.>
The Security Council has discussed the situation in Tigray behind closed doors several times before but had not been able to agree on a statement, because of opposition from its African members and Russia and China, according to reports citing diplomats speaking on condition of anonymity.
In one of those closed-door sessions last week, the UN its top humanitarian official had said <the humanitarian situation in Tigray has deteriorated> and warned that the <vast majority> of the region of some six million people is completely or partially inaccessible> for humanitarian agencies.
“The conflict is not over and things are not improving,> Mark Lowcock had told the council as he gave a sobering assessment of the events on the ground, calling the <reports of systematic rape, gang rape and sexual violence … especially disturbing and alarmingly widespread>>.
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The Guardian April 15 2021
<I blamed myself>: how stigma stops Arab women reporting online abuse
Women in the Middle East and north Africa say social codes leave them unable to talk about social media abuse as pandemic pushes sexual harassment off the streets.
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Al Jazeera
April 15 2021

<Top Ethiopia health official alleges sexual slavery in Tigray
Eleven women tell Reuters they had been raped by soldiers as a top Ethiopian official has made a sexual slavery accusation.
A young mother was trying to get home with food for her two children when she says soldiers pulled her off a minibus in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, claiming it was overloaded.
It was the beginning of an 11-day ordeal in February, during which she says she was repeatedly raped by 23 soldiers who forced nails, rock and other items into her vagina, and threatened her with a knife.
Doctors showed Reuters news agency the bloodstained stone and two 3 inches (7.6cm) nails they said they had removed from her body.
The woman, 27, is among hundreds who have reported that they were subjected to horrific sexual violence by Ethiopian and allied Eritrean soldiers after fighting broke out in November in the mountainous northern region of Ethiopia, doctors said.
Some women were held captive for extended periods, days or weeks at a time, said Dr Fasika Amdeselassie, the top public health official for the government-appointed interim administration in Tigray.
<Women are being kept in sexual slavery,> Fasika told Reuters. <The perpetrators have to be investigated.>
Reports of rape have been circulating for months. But Fasika his assertion, based on womens accounts, marks the first time an Ethiopian official, in this case, a top regional health officer has made a sexual slavery accusation in connection with the conflict in Tigray.
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The Guardian
April 15 2021

<Alexandra Villarreal <It is a scandal, quite frankly>: US Equal Rights Amendment still faces uphill battle

A nearly century-long effort to explicitly enshrine gender equality in the United States constitution may finally be coming to a head.

With renewed attention on anti-discrimination policies following the #MeToo movement and a record number of women serving in Congress, a nearly century long effort to explicitly enshrine gender equality in the United States constitution may finally be coming to a head.
If the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) were incorporated into America its founding document, it would represent a huge victory for women and people across the gender spectrum, whose fundamental rights are too often tied to partisan disagreements.
Trans kids on the Republican bills targeting them: <I am not a problem to society.>
But amid legal controversies, disingenuous talking points and a chronic lack of urgency, the landmark amendment still faces an uphill battle.
<It is outrageous, a scandal, quite frankly that women still have to be in the begging position for their rights,> said Carol Jenkins, president and chief executive of the ERA Coalition and the Fund for Womens Equality.>
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The Guardian April 15 2021
Olivia Cuthbert

<I blamed myself>: how stigma stops Arab women reporting online abuse
Women in the Middle East and north Africa say social codes leave them unable to talk about social media abuse as pandemic pushes sexual harassment off the streets.
The first pornographic picture sent shivers of shock through Amal as she stared in horror at the phone screen. Until now, she had responded politely to the older man who had been messaging her on Facebook, hoping to deter his questions about her life with curt, one-word replies.
More lurid pictures followed, some from pornographic magazines, others of the man himself in sexual poses. <I started to blame myself and feel that I invited this because I had replied to him,> says the 21 year-old, who is a university student in Amman, Jordan.
Amal kept the messages secret from her family, afraid they would punish her and block her access to social media. Nor did she confide in female friends. “The pictures were so bad. I couldn’t tell anyone in case they asked why this man selected me and thought maybe I encouraged him.”
Similar fears silence many women and girls being targeted online as digital harassment spikes across the Middle East and north Africa. In nine countries in the region, including Jordan, a UN Women survey found online harassment was the most commonly reported type of violence against women during the pandemic. Social distancing and other Covid restrictions have led abusers towards social networks as a <new space> for their harassment, according to another UN survey.
It is a double assault on women, who have to grapple with the impacts of online abuse as well as fears of victim blaming from their family and community.>>
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The Guardian
April 15 2021

<The Mexican women who kicked out the cartels.
Adelaida Sánchez is a member of the community police force in Cherán, a Purépecha indigenous town in Michoacán, Mexico, which declared itself autonomous in 2011. When the town was under siege from illegal logging, cartel criminals, and corrupt authorities and the men of the town stood by and did nothing, it was left to women to lead the fight>>
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Al Jazeera April 12 2021
<Harvey Weinstein indicted in California on sexual assault charges
Case accuses ex Hollywood film producer of alleged attacks on five women from 2004 to 2013 in the Los Angeles area.

Harvey Weinstein has been indicted in California, in the US on sexual assault charges, one of his lawyers said on Monday, as the former Hollywood film producer appeared in a New York court proceeding over whether to extradite him.
Weinstein, 69, appeared via video link from the Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York, for the hearing before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case.
Weinstein has been appealing his February 2020 conviction in Manhattan and 23-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi and raping former aspiring actress Jessica Mann.
California its criminal case against Weinstein covers alleged attacks on five women from 2004 to 2013 in the Los Angeles area.
It includes four counts of forcible rape, four counts of forcible oral copulation, two counts of sexual battery by restraint and one count of sexual penetration by use of force.
Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.>>
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