Take Action to Defend Women from Violence March 09, 2005 5:53 PM
Speak up for Women's Rights!
Mexico: Lydia Cacho Ribeiro and Other Human Rights Defenders Under Threat
Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, president of the Women's Assistance Center (CIAM), and staff at three CIAM shelters around Mexico, have received multiple death threats as a result of their work to protect the rights of women and girls. The threats are reportedly from men whose wives and/or children found refuge from domestic violence at the shelter and want them to return home.
Iraq: Disappearance of Huda Hafez Ahmad al-'Azawi's, Businesswoman
At 4 a.m. on February 17, US soldiers and members of the Iraqi National Guard forced their way into the house of Huda Hafez Ahmad al-'Azawi, a businesswoman in Baghdad. They handcuffed and blindfolded her, and beat, handcuffed and blindfolded her two daughters, Nura aged 15 and Sarah aged 20. Her whereabouts are unknown and Amnesty International is concerned for her safety.
India: Women Facing Violence in Gujarat
During the large-scale violence in Gujarat in 2002, some medical professionals were reported to have participated in violence against members of the Muslim minority and disregarded reports and obvious signs of sexual assaults of women in their care. Victims could not count on receiving medical assistance and cannot rely upon medical/forensic evidence when pursuing justice for the crimes perpetrated against them.
Sudan: Violence Against Women By The Janjawid Militia
Urge the Government of Sudan to protect the women of Darfur from violence by the Janjawid militia. Ask that the Government to halt to attacks on women, bring perpetrators of sexual violence -- in particular members of the Janjawid militia -- to justice, and ratify international laws that protect women from sexual violence in conflict and publicly condemn all forms of gender-based violence in Darfur.
Kosovo: Rights of Trafficked Girls
Since the July 1999 deployment of an international peacekeeping force to Kosovo and the establishment of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission (UNMIK), Kosovo has become a major destination country for women and girls trafficked into forced prostitution. It has been estimated that many hundreds of women and girls have been trafficked, including some as young as 12 years old.
HOW VIOLENCE AFFECTS WOMEN?
From birth to death, in times of peace as well as war, women face discrimination and violence at the hands of the state, the community and the family. Every year, millions of women are raped by partners, relatives, friends and strangers, by employers and colleagues, security officials and soldiers. Women are the overwhelming majority of victims from violence inflicted in the home. During armed conflicts, violence against women is often used as a weapon of war, in order to dehumanize the women themselves, or to persecute the community to which they belong.
However, violence against women is never normal, legal or acceptable and should never be tolerated or justified. It's time to recognize that violence against women is a global human rights scandal that affects us all. Across the world, Amnesty International activists are working to work towards making women's human rights a reality.
Find out what you can do.
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Rosa Del Angel
Amnesty International USA
Online Action Center
Please visit these sites: http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/action/index.asp?step=2&item=11553
(The above info was posted by Denise at Amnesty International. Denise's profile: http://www.care2.com/c2c/people/profile.html?pid=214325341)
**Speak up for Women's Rights!
Reject Bush's Hostile Policies Towards Women!
Women have fought hard for equal rights, and the battle is getting even harder. As we struggle with a growing health care crisis, unequal pay, violence against women, and the strain of balancing work and family, George W. Bush is trying to turn back the clock on women's rights. He's rolling back our rights to health care, to choice, and even to privacy.
It's time for women across America to stand up, be heard and fight back! Add your name to this petition to PUT AN end TO George W. Bush's hostile policies towards women -- and we'll send your comments to Bush as a follow-up to the April 25th 2004 'March for Women's Lives' through Washington DC.
You'll be counted with the growing movement of Americans who are fed up with George W. Bush's constant attacks on women's health and our right to choose.
Sign the petition at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/976845738 and pass it on to every woman you know.
Peace & Love,
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March 13, 2005 8:17 AM
Thank you Sandra for posting this.:)
I just signed the petition.I think that women of the west have no idea what its like to live in other countries where women's rights are almost non-existent!
I support Amnesty International,and I believe in its causes esp for women.
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TAKE ACTION March 17, 2005 10:34 AM
I TAKE ACTION ALWAYS FOR VIOLENCE AGAISNT WOMEN. I SIGN ALL THE PETITIONS I CAN, SUPPORT MOST OF THE GROUPS, AND WE HAVE A LOCAL SHELTER HERE, ONCE A YEAR I GO THRU MY HOUSE BOX UP CLOTHES, BEDDING, TOWELS, KITCHEN ITEMS AND ANYTHING ELSE I THINK A WOMAN CAN USE.......I WAS ONCE IN A SHELTER WITH NOTHING BUT THE CLOTHES ON MY BACK AND I KNOW HOW AWFUL THAT FELT TRYING TO PUT MY LIFE BACK TOGETHER BESIDES HEALING FROM THE PYHSCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SCARS SO I LIKE TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY WHEN EVER I CAN, I DONT HAVE MUCH, BUT I HAVE MORE THAN THESE WOMEN DO AND I KNOW THEY ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL
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