Nov 302006

Is this George Bush’s idea of bettering the lives of women?
From RAWA:

A local commander and his 11 men gang-rape a 22-year-old woman in Shahre Buzurg district of the northeastern Badakhshan province on Nov.28.

The crime took place in the Shah Dasht village, by a local warlord called Mujtaba who belongs to Jamiat-e-Islami Afghanistan led by Burhanuddin Rabbani (now member of the parliament).

People of the village told journalists that they have complained a number of times about brutalities and lawlessness in their village by warlords but police and local officials take no action because these warlords are so powerful and backed by Burhanuddin Rabbani, who himself is based in Badakhshan.

Qari Jehangir, husband of the victim, says the armed men raped his wife and when his 2 children were crying one of them peed in their mouth. The victim h Continue reading »

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Nov 292006

Ok, it’s just a little fantasy, but what if women in every nation issued such a statement:

From: FWCC
To: Pacific Womens’ Information Network
Sent: Monday, November 27, 2006 4:34 PM
Subject: [pacwin] Stop the War of Words

27 November 2006

Press Release

The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre has called for an end to the War of Words
that is currently taking place amongst leaders in the country and for those
involved to come together for meaningful dialogue. “This has gone on for too
long and the whole country is beginning to feel the consequences”, said
Shamima Ali, Coordinator of FWCC.

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Nov 282006

According to an AP story that ran under the headline, “6 Iraqis killed as GIs fight insurgents”,

“U.S. soldiers fought with suspected insurgents using a building as a safe house in Ramadi on Tuesday, killing one Iraqi man and five females, ranging in age from an infant to teenagers, the U.S. military said.”

A more accurate headline would have read, “U.S. soldiers kill 5 Iraqi children”.


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Nov 272006

Brava to the women at the Association for Progressive Communications, Women’s Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) for their Take Back the Tech Campaign which runs Nov. 25 through Dec. 10. The campaign is designed to raise awareness between technology and violence against women. Their website has some excellent material on the relationship between technology and VAW, touching issues such as trafficking and gaming and much more. There are some great ideas for actions that anyone can take such as using email signatures to get the message out, blogging, etc. Be sure to visit this very inspiring website and participate in this excellent campaign.

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Nov 262006

This was sent to us by Gila Svirsky, please forward widely.

This petition is part of the campaign of Israeli peace organizations called
“GAZA: Stop the Siege! Stop the War!”

To the Israeli government and world leaders:
The situation in Gaza has reached emergency levels – inadequate water,
electricity, and medicine; widespread hunger, poverty, and unemployment;
schools and other services rendered inoperative; constant bombardments and
attacks by the Israeli military.

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