Violence against women

A man has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for the genital mutilation of his two-year-old daughter, in what is said to be first such case in the US.
Thousands of Iraqi women are being taken advantage of by unscrupulous sex worker traffickers seeking to exploit young girls’ desperate socio-economic situation for profit, United Nations agencies have reported.
2006 marque le 16ième anniversaire de la campagne de 16 jours d’activisme contre la violence faites aux femmes!
For the first time, women in India have legal protection against abuse in their own homes. It is the first time Indian law has recognised marital rape, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse of a woman by her husband as crimes.
Asra Q Nomani writes about Verse 4:34 which retains a strong following, even among many who say that women must be treated as equals under Islam. They reject outright violence against women but accept aggression that fits definitions of domestic violence.
Women are given in marriage to hostile families as compensation for a relative's crime in a practise called "swara" in Pashtun, parts of Afghanistan and the NWFP, and "vanni" in the Punjab. Although officially outlawed in Pakistan, the custom prevails.
WLUML networkers contributed to this UN study on violence against women, that classifies abuse against women -­ whether it happens in the home or elsewhere - as a human rights violation.
Ashiana provides temporary, safe, supportive housing for south Asian, Turkish and Iranian women between the ages of 16-30 who are experiencing domestic violence as well as a safe house for young women between 16 - 25 who are at risk of forced marriage.
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