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Eve Ensler On Global Sexual Assaults | Kristoff in Brothel Raid

From Eve Sussman’s film ‘The Rape of the Sabine Women’Eve Ensler writes ‘Over It’, with a long list of justified furor over rape and other sexual assaults against women worldwide — with no interest in solving these problems by the Boys Club. In fact, the majority of men — and many women, too — don’t see a problem with many of Eve Ensler’s ‘Over It’ items including:

I am over starving Somalian women being raped at the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, and I am over women getting raped at Occupy Wall Street and being quiet about it because they were protecting a movement which is fighting to end the pillaging and raping of the economy and the earth, as if the rape of their bodies was something separate.

I am over women still being silent about rape, because they are made to believe it’s their fault or they did something to make it happen.

I am over violence against women not being a #1 international priority when one out of three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime — the destruction and muting and undermining of women is the destruction of life itself.

I am over rape culture, rape mentality, rape pages on Facebook.

I am over the thousands of people who signed those pages with their real names without shame.

I am over people demanding their right to rape pages, and calling it freedom of speech or justifying it as a joke.

Pro Rape Facebook Pages Up for 2 Months; Breast Cancer Art Photos Down in 24 Hours

As Michael D Colanero posted on my FB wall, “It took facebook 186 THOUSAND SIGNATURES and TWO MONTHS to remove PRO-RAPE group pages - yet survivor images in the Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting Project (BCABPP) were deleted less then 24 hours after being posted… SERIOUSLY WTF!!!!”

Friedrich Christoph Steinhammer’s ‘The Rape of the Sabine Women’

Kristoff in Brothel Raid in Cambodia

Nicholas Kristoff is in Anlong Veng, Cambodia today, writing Fighting Back, One Brothel Raid at a Time, focused on a true hero Somaly Mam. Originally sold as a child to a Cambodian brothel, Somaly eventually escaped and reinvented herself as an anti-trafficking activist. Mostly American supporters fund her Somaly Mam Foundation.

A U.N. agency estimates that more than 12 million people are engaged in forced labor, including sexual servitude. Another U.N. report has estimated that in Asia alone, “one million children are involved in the sex trade under conditions that are indistinguishable from slavery.”

During a raid on a brothel in Anlong Veng, Cambodia, a Vietnamese social worker reassures several girls who have just been rescued. The girl in the center was a Vietnamese seventh grader who had been trafficked into Cambodia a few months earlier. The social worker herself was rescued from a brothel years ago. Image by Nicolas KristoffIn the car with Somaly, Kristof reports being damn nervous and for good reason. Not only have brothel-owners sent death threats, held a gun to her head and shot up her car.  The sex traffickers kidnapped her 14-year-old daughter and gang-raped her with a video camera rolling. Her daughter was recovered in a brothel, but both women remain close and determined to wage this war. Join Somaly and Kristoff in their brothel raid.


Tostan l Breakthrough l Empowering Women For 20 Years

Tostan team members outside of the CCDD Training Center in Thies, SenegalIt has been 20 years since Tostan, the Non-Government Organization (NGO) began work in Senegal, Africa, building ‘Community-led Development’ primarily through health education with a heavy emphasis on female genital cutting (FGC) which will be the main focus of the post. 

While American women watch their reproductive rights being attacked and eroded - the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR385 last Saturday adding insult to injury of other offenses and set backs to women’s and human rights that have been bogging down our political system since the last election period  - it is a pleasure to see a program that speaks to subjects such as female genital cutting (FGC) with grace, respect and real results.

FGC is a heavy subject with engrained cultural beliefs driving its perpetuation. The Tostan story also has components of hope, beauty, and community spirit in shared human rights compassions. Watch related video at end of post.

Tostan addresses the issue of FGC along with child/forced marriages, family planning (child spacing), and education in other areas of women’s health and human rights empowerment for African communities with greater success than government sponsored initiatives because it addresses the need for collective reasoning inclusive of all members of a village with the committment to continue to inform and educate their neighbors. The educational program must include women, children, men and top level elders, who are most often the village Imans, Islamic worship leaders.

A Compassionate History l Culture and The Tostan Initiative

Tostan, in Sengali’s dominant West African Wolof language, translates to ‘breakthrough’ and the non-profit, founded in 1991 by Molly Melching has indeed been a breakthrough project. 

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf l Leymah Gbowee l Tawakkul Karman l Nobel Peace Prize 2011


The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 is to be divided in three equal parts between Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work. We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace in the world unless women obtain the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of society.

Acknowledging the role of women in world wide peace processes, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Committee has indeed made a powerful statement in support of peaceful activism, women’s rights and the absolute need for leadership presence and influence of women in today’s global arena.

While African and Middle Eastern countries struggle with tremendous abuses and challenges of civil and political rights, three outstanding women have been awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.

From Liberia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and activist Leymah Gbowee, who heads the Women Peace and Security network, will share the almost 1.5 million award with Yemen activist and leader of the human rights advocacy group Women Journalists Without Chains, Tawakkul Karman.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

President Johnson Sirleaf, the only woman head of state elected through democratic process in all of Africa, has held her position since 2006 and is running for re-election this month. After two civil wars that lasted over two decades ended in 2003 a democratic leadership has been uneasily kept in the presence of U.N. peacekeeping forces.

Sirleaf, 72, married at 17, traveled to the U.S. with her husband and holds an economics degree from Harvard. She has held positions at the World Bank, served as Minister of Finance in Liberia until the military coup in 1980, then prominate positions at private institutions until she first ran for president in 1997. She then held positions at the United nations until winning the Presidential election in 2005. Sirleaf has been awarded over a dozen humanitarian and academic awards and honorary degrees.

Leyman Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee was instrumental in bringing an end to the second civil war in Liberia by organizing women of Christian and Muslim faiths to pray, sing and peacefully demonstrate together through sit-ins and daily marches. Additionally, the women arranged sex strikes to get husbands to support their peaceful movement - refusing sex until the fighting subsided proved to be a useful means to the end. The group was also successful in getting then President Charles Taylor to participate in peace talks and negotiate with rebel forces. Trained as a trauma counselor in Virginia and a mother of six, Gbowee counseled child soldiers who had been trained to fight and kill in Taylor’s Liberian army and became convinced that it would be up to mothers to make a difference. “With your society as upside down - we turned it upright!” Thousands of women wearing white shirts are still petitioning successfully to other African governments for peace. Now based in Ghana, Gbowee is general director for Women Peace and Security Network Africa.

Tawakkul Karman

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Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Winner | Be A Hummingbird

“I will be a hummingbird’ | Wangari Maathai

Kenyan environmentalist and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai died late Sunday from cancer. At 71, Mrs Maathaid was one of the most widely respected women in Africa, wearing many hats as an environmentalist, feminist, politician, rabble-rouser, human rights advocate and head of the Green Belt Movement.

Wangari Maathai was awarded the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize

Born into a progressive-thinking family near Nyeri, in the Central Highlands of Kenya, Wangari Maathal attended Loreto Girls’ High School in 1959, at a time when the majority of girls in Kenya were not educated. Her elder brother Nderitu insisted that she become an exception.

Upon graduation, the young woman became part of the “Kennedy airlift,” a scholarship program of the U.S. government and the Kennedy family that took her to Mount St. Scholastica (now Benedictine College) in Atchison, Kansas, where she completed a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. writes Green Belt

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Denmark's First Female Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Denmark has elected its first female prime minister. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, 44, won a narrow victory against her far-right opponent and the slim majority left-center ‘Red Bloc’ is expected to loosen strict reforms enacted in 10 years of far-right majority rule.

Not at stake is the Danish acceptance of strong social welfare through high taxes. The parliamentary party differences lie in the protection and implementation of financing the system during uncertain global economic times.

The Guardian UK reports, “Analysts said that in a society that prizes consensus, major changes in key policy areas were unlikely. But with economic stagnation and a rising budget deficit dominating the campaign, the outgoing government promised spending cuts while Thorning-Schmidt argued for more investment in education, welfare, and infrastructure.

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Father Kills 3 Raped Daughters for Honor in Libya | Mukhtar Mai Afraid in Pakistan

Shattered: Human rights investigators interviewed survivors of the siege of Misrata and revealed widespread war crimes by Gaddafi’s men.Physicians for Human Rights reports an agonizing story out of Libya, one that stops the hearts of those of us who support international women’s rights. Three girls aged 15, 17 and 18 were allegedly assaulted by soldiers while at school in Tomina, located near the war-shattered city of Misrata.

The crime emerged from the June interviews conducted around human rights abuses in Libya. The report issued by PHR said that the three girls returned to their family in late April, telling their father that they had been raped in the Alwadi Alahdar elementary school for three consecutive days.

In response, the father slit each of his daughters’ throats with a knife that very day, killing them. Another long-time Tomina resident and mother of three corroborated these ‘honor killings’ to the PHR team.

The report continues with PHR reporting that one obstetrician/gynecologist saying that Libyan women won’t go to the gynecologist after being raped. Another informant interviewed said: ‘If Qaddafi destroys a building, it can be rebuilt. But when Qaddafi rapes a woman, the whole community is destroyed forever. He know this, and so rape is his best weapon.’ The informant said ‘I’d prefer to die if that happened to my wife.’

Gaddafi Maid Suffering from Burns

Burned Gadhafi family nanny being treated in Tripoli CNN

Shweyga Mullah was discovered and interviewed by CNN, then hospitalized in Tripoli for terrible burns she says came when she refused to beat Aline Skaf Gadhafi’s small child, who was crying for an extended time. Mullah was the Ethiopian nanny to Hannibal and Aline Gadhafi’s young son and daughter for the past year.

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