Stop the Abuse of Afghan Women Target: President Karzai Sponsored by:Care2.com When Gulsoom was 15, she was forced to marry a 40-year-old man. Her husband was a drug addict who regularly beat her. Feeling trapped in her abusive marriage, Gulsoom attempted suicide by setting herself on fire. More and more Afghan women are resorting to suicide to escape abuse within forced marriages. Last year, a law was passed in Afghanistan that legalized marital rape. Laws like this keep Afghanistan's hospitals overrun with women who attempt suicide by self-immolation. These women do not have the support of their governments to report their abusers and leave their abusive husbands--they see death as the only way out of their miserable circumstances. Women should not be seen as second-class citizens. Until the government enforces protection for women and outlaws domestic violence, the women of Afghanistan will continue to seek refuge through suicide. Tell the President of Afghanistan that women need more laws to protect them from violence... (read more and sign petition here)
Fight Violence Against Women on International Women's Day Africa Faith and Justice Network
AFJN Despite the tremendous advances celebrated today on International Women's Day, evidence shows that violence against women worldwide is still a daily occurrence with an unconscionable number of victims. The WHO estimates that in some countries, as many as 70 percent of women experience sexual coercion, physical assaults, or other forms of abuse during her lifetime. Even further, "women and girls are particularly targeted by the use of sexual violence, including as a tactic of war to humiliate, dominate, instill fear in, disperse and/or forcibly relocate civilians member of a community or an ethnic group," as stated by the United Nations in security council resolution 1820. This atrocious tendency has been particularly disturbing in the DRC, where 200,000 cases of sexual abuse have been reported over the past decade, with countless more unreported. This year's International Women's Day, encourage our [USA] leaders to take action against violence against women worldwide! The International Violence Against Women Act of 2010 (H.R. 4594), introduced in the House and Senate early February 2010, empowers the US government, through its foreign assistance, to pursue effective remedies to violence against women worldwide. By forming the Office for Global Women's issues within the department of State, calling for ambitious and accountable country-specific programming, and requiring the integrating women's issues into all aspects of US foriegn policy, the passage of this bill will demonstrate to the world that the US doing its part for women. While fighting impunity for acts of sexual violence, H.R 4594 would also direct the US, through its support of local organizations, to empower women in politics, economy, education, human rights promotion, and participation in peacebuilding. H.R. 4594, represents an window of opportunity for many women worldwide. Tell your representative to co-sponsor today! . In Peace, Rocco, Bahati, and Allison P.S. Check out our April Conference
David Horton's indefatigable energy and excellent public speaking skills for animals is well known right around Australia. Here he speaks with Claudette Vaughan on how to live the non-violent animal rights philosophy.
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David answers the question "What are some of your favourite vegan cuisines, vegan/AR authors and why?" . I use a lot of energy as a manual worker so I like solid food. I want more burgers, pies and cakes. I wish they sold nutritious, yummy, vegan pastries, but they don’t. So I have to make them myself. I like cooking but I’m not much good at it, but with practice … even my cakes and pies can turn out okay, sometimes. As for reading matter, apart from some home grown magazines and web sites I like hard copy to read in the bath or under a tree. My favourite author at the moment is Will Tuttle, for his World Peace Diet. I can’t stop re-reading it. I’m looking forward to read the Endgame books by Derrick Jensen. I’m hoping to get into Francione soon, I like Neal Barnard and Michael Klaper and have learnt so much from them as I have from Gill Langley’s book Vegan Nutrition and Amanda Sweet’s The Vegan Health Plan. And I think we should all learn by heart John Waddell’s book But You Kill Ants. . For a full list of David’s books please contact David Horton at: . Tel (02) 9356 4752 63/2 Ithaca Road Elizabeth Bay NSW 2011 Australia Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
More Americans than ever
believe gay and lesbian
identity is something
you’re born with,
according to new polling
data from Gallup. In its
and Beliefs poll,
conducted May 2-7,
a random sample o...