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Blunt Commutes Sentences of Missouri Women Who Killed Their Abusers
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The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY | Gov. Matt Blunt has commuted the prison sentences of two women who killed the men who had abused them. "After an exhaustive review of the facts in both cases, I am commuting the sentences of Stacey Lannert...
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HORROR ON THE NATIONAL MALL! Thousands of Women Locked in Basements of D.C. Museums! visit site
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America's favorite feminist masked avengers (and creative complainers) reveal the shocking truth about the low, low number of women and artists of color in our national art museums. ....
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Teen Dating Violence Widespread visit site
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Dating violence takes many forms: physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, as well as emotional abuse. Abusive behavior is behavior in which the abuser ... With all of the excitement and fun associated with teenage dating, many people are unaware of..
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Students Alert Their Peers to Dating Violence visit site
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Teen leaders taking on violence at their Bronx high school know they have a long road ahead of them - they've walked it.

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Teacher's Aide Faces 9 Counts of Sexual Misconduct visit site
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Rebecca Kelley, 24, appeared in justice court with her attorney Stephen Weiss Friday. She pleaded not guilty to 4 counts of sexual conduct with a minor.
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Child Abuse Survey Report Reveals Shocking Figures visit site
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survey revealed shocking facts pertaining to child abuse in India. More than 53 per cent suffered sexual abuse, while 54 per cent suffered physical and 48 per cent emotional abuse at the hands of parents and family members....
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Angelina Jolie Blasted By Halle Berry: What About American Kids? visit site
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Halle Berry says Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were wrong to adopt children from abroad when so many children in America need homes, ....
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UPDATE: On Yet Another Vicim Arrested for Protecting Her Life.... Admitted Killer Says Husband Abused Her visit site
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The bruises that covered Dr. Ann Marie Gryboski's face when she appeared in court Monday, charged with the murder of her husband, Patrick Lancaster, painted a brutal portrait of the man who allegedly beat her for years...
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'This Really Couldn't Happen to Me' visit site
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Oct 4, 2006
Organizing Younger Women
A Series by the Younger Women's Task Force (YWTF)



The Younger Women's Task Force: Activism Trumps Apathy
On July 19, 2005, Chapter Directors of the Younger Women’s Task Force traveled from across the country to Washington, DC for the first annual YWTF Chapter Director Retreat. For those of you not familiar, YWTF, a project of the National Council of Women's Organizations, is a nationwide, diverse and inclusive, grassroots movement dedicated to organizing younger women in their 20s and 30s to take action on issues that matter most to them. By and for younger women, YWTF works both within and beyond the women's movement, engaging all who are invested in advancing the rights of younger women.

The four-day Chapter Director Retreat in July was filled with strategic planning, trainings on lobbying, grassroots organizing, fundraising and design, as well as Congressional meetings and general socializing. The YWTF also drafted its mission and vision, and renewed its commitment to giving younger women a voice in the policy-making process. As a founding member of YWTF, I saw how the retreat is a turning point for this group and for younger women everywhere. The group’s greatest hope is to create a forum that does its best to represent young women across the country and the issues that matter most to them. In my eyes, the retreat proved that younger women are not apathetic; rather, they simply want to be part of a movement that makes room for their opinions and is constantly evolving in response to cultural and societal trends.

Nothing saddens me more than to hear people comment on how young women today command no presence in politics or advocacy, or how they take for granted the hard-won battles of the previous generations of women. In actuality, younger women are attending college at greater rates than even a decade ago, they’re forging nontraditional career paths and maintaining them even after marriage and having children (if they so choose to get married and/or have children), and they’re still fighting to close the pay gap. I know of a young woman at least four or five years my junior who has worked in Africa, India and Southeast Asia to improve the rights of women and is now consulting for nonprofits. She is not a rarity yet we rarely hear about women like her achieving so much at such a young age. We know they’re out there, we know they’ve got a lot to say and the heart to conquer the world, but where do they go when they want to mobilize and let people know they’re here to continue the fight?

Venerated organizations that have had a very strong presence for the last several decades are the usual stomping grounds where people go to begin their involvement in grassroots activism. These groups all do phenomenal work, but within the women’s community a disconnect has appeared between the generations that has not been fully addressed: younger women face a world that is radically different from the late 1960s and early 1970s, so much so that even though the core issues are the same the effect they have on the lives of younger women today is not the same as it was three or four decades ago. So while many women want to safeguard the reproductive rights of women, there are more subtle nuances to that struggle today than the all-or-nothing, starting-from-ground-zero battles of our mothers’ generation.

Where does that leave younger women? There’s a sense of frustration, of feeling marginalized, of being needed for “strength in numbers” but not being listened to or taken seriously when attempting to showcase their own talents and highlight their own issues. In essence, they feel relegated to the children’s table with little hope of someday becoming one of the adults. It’s causing many younger women to step back and say “maybe this movement isn’t for me,” giving older generations the impression that they don’t care when, in fact, they care a great deal but aren’t finding fulfillment from a movement that’s supposed to speak directly to who they are and what they want.

The YWTF was created specifically to address that disparity and show younger women that they can make a difference with their energy, devotion and old-fashioned gumption. We don’t ever want them to feel alone or that they have to fit a certain kind of mold to be part of the group. We want the YWTF to matter to younger women, from the most assertive activists to those who cannot join but still find its purpose relevant. We want the YWTF to highlight the younger women’s community in all its shapes, sizes, beliefs and activities.


Beth Nichols-Howarth is a founding member of the Younger Women's Task Force. Beth works for a PR firm in Washington, DC, focusing on projects related to women’s health and social policy issues. Born in New Jersey, she received her B.A. from Rutgers University and her MSW from Boston University. As a clinician she has counseled female and male survivors of sexual assault, both individually and in group settings, as well as female survivors of domestic violence. She has also worked directly with adolescent girls on issues of self-esteem, body image, and dating violence. She recently got married in Charleston, SC, and in the fall she will begin a training course to become a yoga instructor. Beth works on outreach for YWTF.


Previous Organizing Younger Women Columns:

  • The "F" Word

    The Younger Women's Task Force (YWTF) is a coalition of progressive younger women, ages 19-39, from over forty states in this country. YWTF members are working to provide a stronger voice in the policymaking process for younger women; increase the impact of younger women activists through the articulation of, and collaboration on, a common agenda; and define and develop the next generation of the women's movement by reaching out to all progressive younger women including those who may not identify with the women's movement. To join YWTF, please email ywtf@ncwo-online.org.

    The National Council of Women's Organizations is a nonpartisan, nonprofit umbrella organization of over 200 groups that collectively represent over ten million women across the United States. The only national coalition of its kind, NCWO has over twenty years’ experience uniting American women’s groups.

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    Posted: Oct 4, 2006 8:37pm
    Oct 4, 2006
    Minerva Teresa Torres Albeldaño, an eighteen-year-old woman from Chihuahua City in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, disappeared on 13 March 2001 after leaving home to attend a job interview.  It took nine days for the police to initiate a search for Minerva.  They maintained that she had run away, denying the urgent and repeated requests of her parents for intervention.  When the media reported that the remains of a body had been found by the Chihuahua State judicial police in July 2003, Minerva’s family, along with the families of other missing girls, called for DNA tests to be carried out or for other attempts to be made to identify this and other bodies that had been discovered.  The authorities, however, did not perform any DNA testing on the remains and did not inform the families of any other efforts they were undertaking to identify the body.  Instead, they stored the remains in the Office of Expert Services of the State Public Prosecutor’s Office.  At the same time, they repeatedly told Minerva’s parents that Minerva was alive, even that she had been located.  The police took Minerva’s mother and other mothers whose daughters were missing to brothels in areas where the missing young women had supposedly been located, leaving the women waiting in vain while the policemen reportedly sat around drinking.  Officers assigned to the case changed repeatedly and leads were not followed up in a timely way.  Finally in April 2005, four years after Minerva’s parents had declared her missing, the Public Prosecutor’s office asked Minerva’s parents to provide DNA samples.  On 28 June 2005 they were informed that the remains discovered on 16 July 2003 and held in the Office of Expert Services for two years were those of Minerva.  It was at that time also that Minerva’s family identified the clothing on the remains, which matched the details they had provided to the police when she first disappeared.  Jesús José Solís Silva was the State Public Prosecutor when Minerva was reported missing.  He resigned in 2004 when 17 state police officers were implicated in the drug-related murders of 12 people.


    Over the past decade, several hundred women have been murdered in or near Ciudad Juárez, a town in the state of Chihuahua at the United States border.  Murders of a similar pattern have also occurred in Chihuahua City.  Minerva’s case illustrates the repeated and consistent failure of the Mexican authorities to investigate these crimes properly.  The federal government officially cites 379 murders of women from 1993 up to the end of 2005, but this official number does not include homicides in Chihuahua City.  In addition, federal officials have cited 34 missing women from Ciudad Juárez unaccounted for. 

    International bodies, state and national human rights commissions and international, national and local non-governmental organizations and family groups have undertaken independent inquiries into the murders of women in Ciudad Juárez.  They have all criticized the Mexican authorities’ inefficient and incompetent investigations of the murders.  The National Human Rights Commission in Mexico as early as 1998 called for the investigation of the Chihuahua State Public Prosecutor for his role in neglecting to investigate the human rights abuses being committed against women in Ciudad Juárez.  The Special Rapporteur of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights reported after her visit to Mexico in February 2002 that the impunity that had existed since 1993 with respect to the serious violations of women’s rights in Ciudad Juárez contributed significantly to the perpetuation of violence against women.  The 2005 report issued by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (the CEDAW Committee), following its 2003 visit and inquiry into the murders in Ciudad Juárez, noted that “[v]iolence against women has…taken root [in Ciudad Juárez] and has developed specific characteristics marked by hatred and misogyny.”  The CEDAW Committee found that these crimes were gender-based and suggested this is why they have been tolerated for years by the authorities with total indifference.  In addition, in Chihuahua State evidence of use of torture in one case and allegations of others to extract confessions has compounded the belief that some of those accused have been framed, which has put in further doubt the government’s commitment to securing justice in these cases.

    The federal authorities have always maintained they do not have the authority to investigate cases from Chihuahua State unless there is suspicion of organized crime.  However, with the continuing failure of the Chihuahua State authorities to respond effectively to the murders and to identify and bring the perpetrators to justice, they finally in 2004 established the Office of the Special Prosecutor with a mandate to collaborate with and support the Chihuahua State authorities to resolve the homicides in Ciudad Juárez.  The first Special Prosecutor, María Lóez Urbina, issued three reports in which she identified 131 state officials who appeared to have criminal and/or administrative responsibility for the mishandling of investigations.  The federal authorities replaced María Lóez Urbina in May 2005 without explanation and the position of Special Prosecutor was brought to an end in February 2006 with the issue of a final report.  That report implicated 177 public servants, including judicial police and prosecutorial staff, involved in 120 cases (i.e. over 35% of all public servants involved in homicide cases from 1993 to 2005), who are said to have acted either with administrative or criminal negligence.  The State Public Prosecutor’s office claims that all state officials implicated by the Special Prosecutor in negligence have been removed from their positions.  However, information from the Special Prosecutor documenting the alleged misconduct remains confidential and there has been no indication that any of the officials mentioned have been prosecuted, even in cases of suspected criminal responsibility. 

    The Special Prosecutor’s final report points out that some murders in Ciudad Juárez may go unpunished due to serious deficiencies and omissions of investigation, as well as the length of time that has passed since these crimes were committed.  This ongoing failure to deliver justice is evidenced by the handing back in June 2006 by the federal authorities to Chihuahua State investigators of 14 cases of rape and murder in Ciudad Juárez, which remain unsolved despite a 3-year federal inquiry.  Federal authorities had taken over from the Chihuahua State authorities on the basis that organized crime might be involved, but even by 2003 when the inquiry began many of the cases were already two years old.  In the meantime, in the continuing climate of impunity, murders of women continue in Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua City.  As recently as July 2006, 23-year old Elsa Anglae Jurado Torres was doused in gasoline and set on fire by an unidentified man in Ciudad Juárez.  She died five days later.

    Mexico ratified CEDAW in 1981.  CEDAW requires under Article 2 (c) that States Parties “establish legal protection of the rights of women on an equal basis with men and…ensure through competent national tribunals and other public institutions the effective protection of women against any act of discrimination.”  Although the federal government claims not to have the authority to investigate crimes committed within an individual state, it does have an obligation under CEDAW to ensure the equal protection of women under the law.  A similar obligation is imposed under the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence Against Women (Convention of Belém do Pará, which Mexico ratified in 1998.  The Mexican Constitution at Article 133 provides that international treaties ratified by Mexico (including CEDAW) prevail if they are in accord with the laws and the Constitution of Mexico, and the Mexican Supreme Court in interpreting this provision has ruled that international conventions to which Mexico is a party rank higher than federal statutes and can be directly applied.  In addition, Mexico’s own Constitution guarantees women and men equality before the law.
    Recommended Actions

    Please write to the authorities listed below.  Remind them of the government’s obligations under CEDAW to ensure equal protection of the law to women.  Urge them to find ways to ensure that all cases of the murder of women in Chihuahua State are appropriately investigated and punished, in particular by prosecuting all those officials considered by the Special Prosecutor to be criminally negligent in their investigations.  Mention the case of Minerva Torres as a clear example of investigative misconduct and ask what is being done to bring to justice those who were responsible for the delay or obstruction of justice in her case, including State Public Prosecutor Jesús José Solís Silva, who had oversight responsibility at the time.  Call on the authorities to make clear by prosecuting the responsible government officials that obstruction of justice will not be tolerated.  Address your letters to:

    MDP Patricia González Rodríguez
    Chihuahua State Public Prosecutor
    C. Vicente Guerrero #616
    Col. Centro C.P. 31000
    Chihuahua, MEXICO
    Fax: +52 614 4 29 33 0

    President Vicente Fox Quesada
    Residencia Oficial de "Los Pinos"
    Col. San Miguel Chapultepec
    C.P. 11850, México, D.F., MEXICO
    Fax: +52 55 52 77 23 76
    Email:
    vicente.fox.quesada@presidencia.gob.mx

    Send copies of your letters to the recently appointed Special Prosecutor for Attention to Crimes Related to Acts of Violence against Women in Mexico, Dr. Alicia Elena Pérez Duarte, at Río Amazonas No. 43 Piso 9, Col. Cuauhtémoc, Delg. Cuauhtémoc, C.P. 06500 México, D.F., MEXICO, Fax: +52 55 53 46 09 90, Email: atencionmujeres@pgr.gob.mx.

    Please keep Equality Now updated on your efforts and send copies of any replies you receive to:

    Equality Now P.O. Box 20646, Columbus Circle Station, New York NY 10023, USA
    Equality Now Africa Regional Office, P.O. Box 2018, KNH 00202, Nairobi, KENYA
    Equality Now P.O. Box 48822, London WC2N 6ZW, UNITED KINGDOM
    info@equalitynow.org


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