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Day of Action: Let’s stop sexual and gender-based violence against women and children!

Posted on 30 May 2013 by

Gulbarchyn Jumabaevа of WLP Kyrgyzstan shares photos and an update on the local day of activism against sexual and gender-based violence.


WLP Kyrgyzstan/Bir Duino Kyrgystan and civil society activists, representatives from women’s NGOs, and youth activists rallied today under the slogan: “Let’s stop sexual and gender-based violence against women and children!”

Each year the number of women and children facing violence in Kyrgyztsan increases, and the violence reported is more devastating in scale and form.

According to the Center for Assistance to Children, in the first quarter of 2013 they have already worked with 13 cases of child victims of sexual abuse. In 2011-2012 they worked with 254 children, 34 of which were victims of sexual abuse. And these figured merely represent the small portion of the population the Center is able to work with. According to an informal survey of doctors at a local children’s hospital 3-7 children are treated for injuries related to sexual assault each month.

The General Prosecutors Office reports that in 2011 there were 22 cases of domestic violence related suicides.

WLP Kyrgyzstan feels the hour has come when the whole community must say NO to violence against children and women, to demand the authorities take strong and effective measures and steps to improve the situation.

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Changing Attitudes on Personal Status Codes in MENA

Posted on 28 January 2013 by

by Olivia Alabaster for WLP Lebanon/CRTD.A

Two speakers from Lebanon each discussed how a unified, civil Personal Status Code would not only help protect the rights of women but that it would also combat sectarianism.

Manar Zeaitar spoke about the issue of civil marriage; recently in the news given the President’s vocal support for it after a couple announced they had held the country’s first civil marriage ceremony, in line with a 1936 decree.

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United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Rashida Manjoo Meets with Palestinian Women

Posted on 09 January 2012 by

In a joint effort between the Women’s Affairs Technical Committee and the Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling, Professor Rashida Manjoo (who is also the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences) visited the Occupied Palestinian Territory between the 21st and 31st of December 2011. This was an informal visit, in her academic capacity. An official visit will require a formal invitation by the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Nicaragua

Posted on 23 December 2010 by

One of the things I love the most about participating in this blog is that I get to share with you my thoughts, but also (and most important) I get to read about other experiences around the world.

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Continuing the Fight for Women and Children in West Africa

Posted on 27 October 2010 by

My organization, Association des Femmes Chef de Famille (AFCF), has just launched a campaign to promote women’s political participation and women’s involvement at the center of decision-making, and to evaluate the level of progress since the achievements of 2006 (ed note: quota of 20% for female candidates in the parliamentary and municipal elections was introduced), by encouraging public debates in all regions of the country. To this end, AFCF is campaigning to convince the Mauritanian government to apply the 20% women’s quota to the administrative level of government

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Where Is the Primacy of International Law in Transitional Countries like Kyrgyzstan?

Posted on 09 September 2010 by

Remarks delivered by Tolekan Ismailova, Director, Human Rights Center “Citizens against Corruption” on September 02, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain

“Human rights violations related to the recent tragic events in Kyrgyzstan and implications for the implementation of Helsinki commitments”

For a start, let me say that I would like to dedicate my speech to the thousands of people who have suffered injustice during the tragic events that occurred in Kyrgyzstan in April, May and June 2010. People who lost relatives and friends, people who were injured, people who were left without homes and means to exist, missing persons, victims of sexual and physical abuse, homeless children and orphans…

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Joining Hands: Zimbabwe Set to Enact Women’s Empowerment Legislation

Posted on 20 July 2010 by

The Third Session of the Seventh Parliament meeting, which opened recently in Harare, will see 23 bills being presented for debate. These include the Women’s Council Bill, which will facilitate the establishment of an organ to coordinate the implementation of women’s empowerment programmes—a welcome development and a golden opportunity for women’s empowerment in Zimbabwe. According to local media reports, “the Government has also set up a Women’s Development Fund, which will provide loans to women without the need for collateral security.” The Fund was allocated US $1 million under the current budget. The Zimbabwe Electoral Amendment, Electoral Commission Amendment, Referendums Amendment and the Human Rights Commission Bills were among other proposed laws tabled during the session.

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A Kick: Where FIFA and Violence Against Women Meet

Posted on 09 July 2010 by

Residents of Manchester, UK have been seeing posters with “a football (soccer) shirt, a remote control, and a broken beer bottle” around their city during this summer’s World Cup as part of a campaign against domestic violence. Research by the UK Home Office (the U.S. State Department equivalent) shows an 30% increase in domestic violence cases during soccer match days. (Anecdotal evidence points to a similar issue on the U.S. Super Bowl Sunday)

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Domestic Violence and a Dethroned Oba in Nigeria

Posted on 17 June 2010 by

The monarch Adepoju Adesina of Akure, the capital city of Ondo State in Nigeria, has been deposed following an incident of public battery of his estranged wife.

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Back to Reality

Posted on 04 May 2010 by

Yesterday I received a call from a woman living in the Washington, DC metro area. While at first she seemed a bit confused about what WLP does, then I quickly understood from her tone of voice and questions she was asking that she was under the impression that our Bethesda office was a shelter for women.

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WLP at the 54th Commission on the Status of Women

Posted on 11 March 2010 by

2020 Vision: Mobilizing for women’s rights and eliminating violence against women
New School, March 5th 2010

The UN Fourth Conference on Women which was held in Beijing in 1994 was certainly a global landmark as it represented the culmination of women’s activism worldwide and the recognition of women’s rights as human rights.

The exhilaration that accompanied the Beijing conference did not take long to wither and fade.  Indeed, most governments failed to honor their commitments towards women. 

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Don’t Let Sexism Go Too Far

Posted on 26 February 2010 by

Finalist in WLP’s Youth Essay Contest Group 2: 18-25 Years
Shi Min T, Malaysia

Ever thought of how the issue of sexism can affect the women’s life in Malaysia?

“It is unusual for women’s issues to be touched (raised) by men
… but women are supposed to be touched by men.”
“Most single mothers were divorced as they were ‘gatal’ (flirtatious)
and therefore would not be pitied by society.”
“Toilets are like new brides after they are completed. After some time, they get a bit spoiled. Even if you do not use them frequently, you need someone to clean them every 25 minutes.”
(Sexist MPs better watch out, New Straits Times, 24th February 2009)

Malaysian politics suddenly becomes everyone’s focus, when the male Members of Parliament, or better known as MPs in Malaysia, made sexist remarks against women, the above are just to name a few. While many developing countries such as Chile, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India and even neighbouring countries of Malaysia, like the Philippines and Indonesia have made a big leap in the effort of leveling gender equality by having woman Prime Minister or President in the countries, Malaysian women are still struggling to be given decent respect by the men whom they voted into the parliament, who are supposed to speak up for them!

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