Violence against women

By Charles Recknagel

Honor beatings are not a term usually associated with Internet videos. But the genre continues to creep onto the web with clips purportedly showing Kyrgyz migrant women in Russia being beaten by their male compatriots for allegedly shaming their nation.

By Charles Recknagel

The latest video, which first appeared on December 16 on the Russian-language Bilayv website and has since been posted on YouTube, makes for disturbing viewing.

Filmed by the attackers themselves, it apparently shows a young Kyrgyz woman cowering on the platform of an empty suburban train station in an unidentified Russian city and being kicked repeatedly in the back, stomach, and chest by two unseen men.

The sound accompanying the video is a string of curses and profanity in which the men accuse her of having sexual relations with non-Kyrgyz men, specifically Uzbeks and Tajiks.

"This paper is the first of a series of three factsheets on different pertinent issues concerning gender equality and sustainable development. In the context of the post-2015 agenda negotia-tions, we asked SDC Gender Focal Points around the world, which issues they deemed to be most important with regards to sustainable development and gender equality. Responses came in from different corners of the earth, highlighting that the main issues people were struggling with in their countries and in their day-to-day work were: Violence against women, political participation and economic empowerment.

The number of refugees in Lebanon has now reached 25 per cent of the total population. 78 per cent of the ever-increasing number are Syrian refugees, who currently number around 824,000, are women and children. 79,000 refugees coming from Syria are still awaiting registration at the borders. According to a recent report from Human Rights Watch (HRW), the most vulnerable are “disproportionately affected by Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV)”. A growing attitude amongst female refugees to return to the war-torn country they only just fled has been detected, as rape and sexual harassment has made life in Lebanon unbearable. (Beirut, 4rd Dec, 2013)

وثائقيات حقوق الإنسان

نشرت منظمة العمل الدولية على موقعها الرسمي تقريرا صحفيا حول ممارسة تحرش تقع في مصانع في الأردن، ضحايا عاملات أسيويات.

جانبا من التقرير استعرض، رؤية الناشطة أردنية تدعى “رانيا شانتي” التي تساعد منظمة العمل الدولية على مكافحة التحرش الجنسي في مصانع الملابس في الأردن، من خلال مشروع عمل أفضل (الأردن).

لم تجد فتيات الإسكندرية لمواجهة استمرار ظاهرة التحرش الجنسى، وتصاعد وتيرتها فى الشوارع والطرقات، سوى تعلم الألعاب الرياضية العنيفة. حملة «إنتى أقوى» هى أحدث حملات فتيات الإسكندرية لمواجهة التحرش بهن، والتى ابتكرتها مجموعة من الناشطات السياسيات والحقوقيات، وغيرهن من بنات الجامعات وغير المنتميات إلى أى تنظيمات، بهدف مواجهة التحرش عن طريق تدريب الفتيات على تقنيات الدفاع عن النفس ضد محاولات التحرش، والدعم النفسى للضحايا وتهيئتهن بعد التحرش، والدعم القانونى عن طريق تعريف ضحايا التحرش بحقهن القانونى، وكيفية اتخاذ الإجراءات لتحرير محاضر.

Despite national laws and international commitments, child marriage remains a real threat for many in Pakistan. According to the Pakistan Demographic and Household Survey (PDHS 2006-7), 13 percent of girls in the country are married by the time they are 15 and 40 percent by 18 years. 18% of Pakistani women have had their first birth by age 18; 9% have begun child bearing between 15-19 years and 7% are already mothers in those ages leading to one of the highest infant mortality rates in South Asia (PDHS 2006-7).

ذكرت صحيفة "الحياة" السعودية، أن قانون الأحوال الشخصية المنتظر عرضه على مجلس الشورى السعودي قريباً، يمنع تزويج الفتاة القاصر، إلا بأمر قضائي، كما يحدد سن البلوغ لدى الجنسين بـ 18 عاماً، ويعطي المرأة الحق في اشتراط الطلاق في عقد النكاح في حال تزوج الرجل بثانية.

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JOHANNESBURG, 11 December 2013 (IRIN) - Nomsa*, 20, was on her way to register at a university outside Pretoria, South Africa, with four friends when the men grabbed her. "I was fighting with them," she said. They dragged her into a building, where the five of them took turns to rape her. The friends ran away and did not come back to look for her. The men took Nomsa's mobile phone.

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In 2012, a two-part study on the state of forced marriage was undertaken by Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) for its program on culturally-justified violence against women, supported by the Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Development for Democratisation (WELDD) consortium. This report is the documentation of that study and was subsequently revised as WLUML’s submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for its report on preventing and eliminating child, early and forced marriage.

تخيلي أن بلدك الحبيب الذي عشقت نيله وارتويت من مائه هو أسوأ مكان بالعالم العربي يمكن أن تعيش فيه المرأة‏..‏ هذا ليس كلامنا بل هو نتيجة الدراسة التي نشرتها رويترز إحدي أكبر وكالات الأنباء وأكثرها دقة في العالم‏..‏ لم نصدقها وتم تكذيبها‏,‏ قالت الدراسة إن مصر فيها حاجة اسمها العنف‏...‏ تصوروا‏!!‏ الدراسة اعتبرت إن اللي بيحصل للفتاة والمرأة المصرية دا ممكن نسميه عنف مع أنها أمور عادية بتحصل في العالم كله‏!!..‏ فما الداعي لمناقشة وترديد هذا الكلام؟

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