Nov 282008


  • Sexual violence as a weapon of war
  • Prenatal sex selection
  • Female genital mutilation/cutting
  • Date rape
  • Bride burning/Dowry-related violence
  • Child marriage
  • Trafficking of girls and women
  • Domestic violence
  • Crimes committed in the name of passion or honor
  • Abductions of adolescent girls during comba
  • Bride kidnapping
  • Sexual harassment at work
  • Physical or emotional violence by an intimate partner
  • Exploitation of domestic workers
  • Femicide
  • Forced sterilization or other coercive reproductive practices

And as awful as that list is, I have one more to add:

  • Breast beating

 November 28, 2008  Posted by on November 28, 2008 1 Response »
Nov 272008

Excerpted from the editorial that follows the article below:

“If the spontaneous remission hypothesis is credible, it should cause a major re-evaluation in the approach to breast cancer research and treatment.”

With a huge h/t to Russell Lowes for passing along this press release from American Medical Association:

Breast cancer rates increased significantly in four Norwegian counties after women there began undergoing mammography every two years, according to a report in the November 24 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Rates among regularly screened women remained higher than rates among women of the same age who were screened only once after six years, suggesting that some of the cancers detected by mammography may have spontaneously regressed had they not been discovered and treated.

Throughout Europe, the start of screening mammography programs has been associated with increased incidence of breast cancer, according to background information in the article. “If all of these newly detected cancers were destined to progress and become clinically evident as women age, a fall in incidence among older women should soon follow,” the authors write. “The fact that this decrease is not evident raises the question: What is the natural history of these additional screen-detected cancers?”

Per-Henrik Zahl, M.D., Ph.D., of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, and colleagues examined breast cancer rates among 119,472 women age 50 to 64 who were all invited to participate in three rounds of screening mammograms between 1996 and 2001 as part of the Norwegian Breast Cancer Screening Program. They compared these to rates among a control group of 109,784 women age 50 to 64 in 1992, who would have been invited for screening if the program had existed at that time. Cancers were tracked for six years using a national registry, and at the end of that time all participants were invited to undergo a one-time screening to assess breast cancer prevalence.

As anticipated, breast cancer rates were higher among screened women than among the control group before the final prevalence screening. “Even after prevalence screening in controls, however, the cumulative incidence of invasive breast cancer remained 22 percent higher in the screened group,” the authors write. Of every 100,000 screened women, 1,909 had breast cancer during the six-year period, compared with 1,564 of every 100,000 in the control group. Screened women were more likely to have breast cancer at every age.

“Because the cumulative incidence among controls never reached that of the screened group, it appears that some breast cancers detected by repeated mammographic screening would not persist to be detectable by a single mammogram at the end of six years,” the authors write. “This raises the possibility that the natural course of some screen-detected invasive breast cancers is to spontaneously regress.”

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 November 27, 2008  Posted by on November 27, 2008 1 Response »
Nov 262008

Although the origins of the American Thanksgiving holiday are an uncomfortable part of our history, I nonetheless want to take this  opportunity to express my gratitude to all of you, to the many readers who inspire me to keep posting, to those of you who often provide valuable insights and information, and most of all to the women (and men) everywhere who work, often under horrendous circumstances, for peace, justice, a sustainable world and especially for the human rights of women.  Thank you for being there and for all that you do.


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Nov 262008

“(The) following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, observed on 25 November:

Across the world, in countries rich and poor, women are being beaten, trafficked, raped and killed.  These human rights violations do more than harm individuals; they undermine the development, peace and security of entire societies.

Women everywhere are at risk, but those living in societies experiencing armed conflict face even graver danger.  As conflicts have become more complex, the pattern of sexual violence has evolved.  Women are no longer in jeopardy only during periods of actual fighting; they are just as likely to be assaulted when there is calm, by armies, militias, rebels, criminal gangs or even police.

We do not know the true number of victims, but we do know that there are far more crimes than ever get reported, and far fewer lead to arrests.  In too many places, rape still carries a stigma that forces women to avoid the courts that should exist to protect them.  In some countries, victims are brutalized twice:  first during the crime itself, and then by the justice system, where they may face trumped-up charges of “adultery” and the possibility of subsequent punishment.

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 November 26, 2008  Posted by on November 26, 2008 1 Response »
Nov 242008

Take Back The Tech    This year for the 3rd time, the Feminist Peace Network will once again be participating in Take Back The Tech, a campaign to use information communication technologies to raise awareness about violence against women. Take Back The Tech is held in conjunction with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence,

(Which) is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates, November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women and December 10, International Human Rights Day, in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.

The 16 Days Campaign has been used as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women by:

  • raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels
  • strengthening local work around violence against women
  • establishing a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women
  • providing a forum in which organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies
  • demonstrating the solidarity of women around the world organizing against violence against women
  • creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women

As long time readers of this blog might surmise, this is hardly a stretch for us because the mission of this blog is to raise awareness about violence against women EVERY day. What is particularly empowering about these 10 days is that it is a chance for women all over the world who are doing similar work to come together and connect our efforts in increasingly empowering ways. Check out the Take Back The Tech website where you can find many useful tools, including graphics that you can add to your own website and much more. Join us in saying it is time, once and for all, to end the pandemic of violence against women.

 November 24, 2008  Posted by on November 24, 2008 1 Response »