Friday, 1 August 2014

News for Today

Contributed by Karol Arámbula:

'Women seek to unmask paedophile' (Stuff NZ):

'Women should not laugh out loud in public, Turkey's deputy Prime Minister says' (The Telegraph):

'Ireland ranked ninth for gender equality among the 27 EU states' (Irish Times):

'Women and minorities penalized for promoting diversity, study says' (Forbes):

'Women find losing virginity enjoyable' (The Times of India):

'Women win out as equality evolves' (The Australian):

Contributed by Stephany Janiska Armas
India state minister on rape: ‘Sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong’

Another girl found hanging in Uttar Pradesh. Rape attempt on judge

Modi unveils ‘Five Ts’: BJP’s PM candidate says Talent, Tourism, Tech, Trade and Tradition are the watchwords for India’s future

Horrified at reports of violence against women in India: US on Badaun Rape case

Police Use Water Cannons On Women In India Protesting Rape

Contributed by Suyog Shelar
My Acquaintance Rapist Finally Figured It Out  
Gender Stereotypes Reinforced Post-9/11  [Zimbabwe] Widowed mother weaves her way to a better life

Empowerment of Women

Written by Sushanth KP

In first-world countries, empowering women by placing them in typically male industries generally mean an increase in safety. FMC mines loves employing women in their mines because although women are going to have to work more slowly because of the physical constraints, this allows for an overall increase in safety; less on-site injuries and of course fewer deaths. In management, woman ask more questions, are generally less competitive, and will admit more willingly when they don't understand something. Men aren't smarter than women; women are just more vocal about what they don't know. This leads to improved communication and fewer missteps for big projects.Humanity as a whole can be considered more civilized. We will have less violence against women as they will be less afraid to take action against such things. We will have more specialists and minds focused on improving our future. Disadvantages are mainly for men, but it will create more competition in the workplace for the same amount of jobs and possibly reduce the rate of reproduction (possibly an advantage).In countries where there are educated women,there is less chances of developing population explotion.

Women can plan about their future and chances of unplanned pregnancies will be lesser creating a better environment to lower income families.Overall there are many advantages of women getting educated and employed.Imagine a world where women are given their rightful place, not exactly a higher place than men but an equal place ,there will be less conflicts, no war,more compassion and understanding. In 2001,Harvard scientists have found that the frontal lobe of the brain which is responsible for decision making and problem solving is larger in females than in, a woman in biologically and psychologically more competent in being in managerial positions than men.

If you're a lady still concerned about the size issues let's address that now. In female brains, the neurons are packed in tightly, so that they're closer together. This proximity, in conjunction with speedy connections facilitated by the white matter, is another reason why women's brains work faster. Some women even have as many as 12 percent more neurons than men do .In studying women's brains, psychologist Sandra Witelson found that those neurons were most densely crowded on certain layers of the cortex, namely the ones responsible for signals coming in and out of the brain. This, Witelson believed, may be one reason why women tend to score higher on tests that involve language and communication, and she came to believe that these differences were present from birth . All this ultimately tells us that women are better at some workplaces than men. All this is of use only if a woman is educated in certain fields to begin with a career in which she is certain to excel. In the 18th century a woman wasn't even allowed to get a formal educations. 

Only in the late 19th century did a girl start going to school and college. Even then she wasn't allowed to work. In the beginning of the 20th century, 'feminism' opened doors to woman employment. The real question is, was the word 'feminism' really required to get a woman started with a career ,wasn't it mother nature's original intended structure to have equality between males and females,if that was so why are women not treated the same as men even though they are biologically superior to men. If not superiors at least treat them as equals.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Women s Rights Activists condemn Lucknow, Bangalore rape cases

New Delhi/ Mumbai, July 19 (ANI): The recent brutal rapes in Bangalore and Lucknow have sparked up furious reactions from social and women’s rights activists across India. Women's rights activist Abha Singh attacked the Uttar Pradesh government over the gangrape and murder of a woman in Lucknow, saying that law and order has broken down in the state and if the government cannot protect the women of its state, then it should be dismissed. Chairperson of NCW Shamina Shafiq threw light on the appalling number of rapes that take place in UP each day while women’s rights activist Neelam Katara pointed out to the endless delays, which have plagued the justice system. Social activist Kiran Bedi said that whether it is Bangalore or UP, India is in a need of social revolution that addresses the backwardness of the mindset of Indian men. She added that improvement in governance was extremely important to improve policing in the country.


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Steep rise in breach of women's human rights


Tuesday, 29 July 2014

News for Today

Contributed by Suyog Shelar
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Thousands of women, accused of sorcery, tortured and executed in Indian witch hunts:
Las mujeres 'poderosas' que dejó la Primera Guerra Mundial:
“¿Qué festejan? ¡Si nuestras hijas están muertas!”, reclaman madres en evento de Alerta Ámber en SLP:

Women’s rights activists stand trial in Chin State for protesting against army rape

Eight women’s rights activists were questioned yesterday in two separate legal cases in Matupi Township Court in Chin State for staging unauthorised public protests against sexual violence by the Burmese military.
In June, about 400 protesters in Rezua took part in a demonstration that was prompted by the alleged attempted rape of a 55-year-old woman by a Burmese army soldier from Light Infantry Battalion No. 269. In Matupi, roughly 200 people showed up for a similar protest.
Although event organisers had requested permission from local authorities to stage their demonstrations, they were rebuffed – but forged on anyway. Four activists in Matupi and four more in Rezua were then charged with the violation of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Processions Law.
According to a press release yesterday by the Chin Human Rights Organisation (CHRO), the trial for the four women from Rezua will continue on 22 July.  The trial of two men and two women from Matupi is set to continue on 23 July.
Urging authorities to “immediately and unconditionally drop the charges against the activists”, CHRO reiterated its call for an impartial and independent international investigation into “serious human rights violations in Burma, including sexual violence, in order to deter further violations and help end the culture of impunity.”
CHRO has documented five cases of sexual violence perpetrated by the Burmese military in Chin State since the nominally civilian government of President Thein Sein came into power in 2011.
However, Cherry Zahau, a prominent Chin activist, said that these recorded instances are just the “tip of the iceberg”, and that the Burmese military is using sexual violence and rape against Chin women to assert power.

“So far, those perpetrators have not been brought into any court system and justice has not been done in the favour of the victims,” Cherry Zahau said. “Clearly, it is a power issue [to show] that the soldier can do whatever he wants to do in that village. That is the message they want to indicate.”
Cherry Zahau added that the way the Burmese military and the government have been dealing with these complaints indicates a lack of political will.
“If there is a functional government or a more democratic government, they should look at the cases and the problems the women are raising instead of arresting the people who are raising the concerns and their voices,” she said.

EDITOR”S NOTE: Several points have been updated or amended from the original text on 17 July.


Monday, 28 July 2014

News for Today

Contributed by Karol Arámbula:

'Enlisted women to join sub crews starting in 2016' (The Day):

'Women's club holds candlelight vigil demanding justice for Bangalore sexual assault victim' (Business Standard):

'Women at work: Balancing life's loads as electricians' (Chicago Sun Times):

'Good news ladies: Men prefer smarter women and couple with female breadwinner and more likely to last' (The Daily Mail):

'Study finds that men like nice women, but not the other way around' (Newsweek):

'Israeli women stripping naked for IDF soldiers' (IB Times):

'Taylor Schilling: Orange Is The New Black gives women in prison a voice' (Gothamist):

'Women who kick ass do so at Comic-Con panel: the highlights' (Entertainment Weekly):