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Yemeni Women Subjected to Abuse

I was reading about the horrid death of a 12 year old girl who died of rape after being married sold off as a bride bitch for breeding and forced labor.  This practice is endorsed by holy men psychotic, ignorant and delusional brutes and imposed on the devoted followers dirt fucking poor and hopeless.  And no...this is not the exception to the rule, nor is the brutal rape of children limited only to one faith.  I'll go off later on the lunacy of trusting children with any adult - much less man who claims to represent and invisible friend in the sky and can't hold a real job of his own.

In the meantime, I did find this well crafted piece about women in Yemen and how the underlying sexism of that culture this whole fucking planet exists to suck the energy and life out of women and give only cruelty and indifference in return. 

Breaking the Silence” chronicles the lives and injustices against the Akhdam women in Yemen. The ‘Akhdam’ , singular Khadem, meaning "servant" in Arabic, are a social group in Yemen, distinct from the majority by their darker skin and African descent. Although they are Arabic-speaking and practicing Muslims, they are regarded as non-Arabs and designated as a low caste group, frequently discriminated against and confined to unskilled and menial labor. In a society already riddled with patriarchy and poverty, the distain and discrimination against the Akhdam renders Akhdam women easy targets of violence and abuse. Akhdam women are subject to hate-based attacks and sexual assaults without any type of legal or social recourse.

This video, produced by Sisters Arab Forum for Human Rights and WITNESS, featuring the stories and voices of these three women, Haddah, Qobol, and Om Ali recounting their stories of violence, injustice and forced poverty uncover the legacy of discrimination the ‘Akhdam’ live with daily and the necessity for urgent action against these atrocities.

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What will be the next violation of human rights in Indonesia?

First there was the Aceh Legislative Council that passed the Qanun Jinayat punishing adultery and homosexual conduct with stoning to death and caning. Then there was the Constitutional Court decision upholding the Anti-Pornograhy law that criminalizes homosexuality, and leaves room to criminalize sensuality violating especially cultural minorities’ freedom of expression. Finally there came the mobs attacking the ILGA Asia Conference participants in broad daylight of Surabaya.

On March 23rd the Indonesian police cancelled the regional Asia Conference of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Association (ILGA) that was to be held in Surabaya through 26 – 28 March and was to be attended by more than 150 activists representing 100 organizations from 16 Asian countries. It is claimed that the police cancelled the conference due to pressures and threat of attacks from conservative Muslim groups, though in fact the duty of the police was to deter such attacks. As theinability of a state and its law enforcement units to protect the freedom of expression and association can only reflect institutional discrimination and systematic intimidation against human rights advocates.

On March 26th these groups did indeed attack the Conference participants in the Oval Hotel where they were trapped, having arrived in Surabaya unaware of the last minute cancelation, and unable to leave the city.

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“I’d rather die than go back to him”

SANAA, 21 February 2010 (IRIN) - It was every little girl’s dream - she was to get a new dress, jewellery, sweets and a party for all her friends.

What 10-year-old Aisha
(*not her real name) did not know was that after the wedding party she would have to leave school, move to a village far from her parents’ home, cook and clean all day, and have sex with her older husband.

“He took out a special sheet and laid me down on it,” Aisha told IRIN, wringing her small plump hands. “After it, I started bleeding. It was so painful that I was crying and shouting, and since then I have seen him as death.”

After a week of fighting off her husband every night, Aisha’s father was called. He had received 200,000 Yemeni Rial (US$1,000) for his daughter in `shart’, a Yemeni dowry, which he could not pay back.

“My Dad made a cup of tea and put some pills in it, which he gave me. The pills made me feel dizzy,” said Aisha. “My Dad told me to sleep with my husband, or he would kill me, but I refused.”

Instead Aisha broke a glass bottle over her head in a desperate attempt to stay awake. “My Dad hit me badly. I was bleeding from my mouth and nose,” she said.

After spending a few months in her husband’s home, where she said he would regularly drug her and beat her, Aisha managed to escape. Now, two years later, aged 12, she is unable to divorce him.

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Sexuality talks canceled for sake of ‘security’

By Indra Harsaputra ,  The Jakarta Post

Bowing to pressure, the organizers of the conference of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex associations across Asia decided Thursday to call off the event to avoid “unwanted circumstances”.

The police on Wednesday stated it would not grant a permit to hold the event, fearing protests from religious groups.

Poedjiati Tan, the organizing committee head of the 4th Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (ILGA) regional conference initially scheduled to be held from March 26 to 28 in the East Java capital, Surabaya, said the committee has canceled the event as well as hotel reservations to prevent unwanted circumstances.

They have also notified some 200 invited participants from 16 countries, she added.

”Actually, it’s not the permit issue, but the police are still considering the security issue,” Tan said.

Chairman of the National Commission on Human Rights, Ifdhal Kasim, said banning the conference was a violation of human rights.

“Holding a conference is a form of freedom of speech, which  is guaranteed by the Constitution,” he told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

He said the commission had sent a letter to East Java Police urging them to ensure the security of the ILGA conference in the province.

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Iran: Shadi Sadr's Speech for the International Women of Courage Award Ceremony

Sadr dedicates her Award to imprisoned women’s rights activist Shiva Nazar Ahari

Your Excellency Mrs. Clinton, Respected Members of the Jury, Ladies and Gentlemen, (cont...)

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Pope Benny, Gays in Uganda, Rocket Ships

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    Coming Soon: "Finding Bibi" - a film about being a woman, between cultures

    Bita Haidarian, an Iranian American filmmakersets off on a journey around the world to find out where she is from and who she is.

    Born in America to Baha’i refugee parents from Iran, Bita tells the tragic-comic story of her family coming to America, her childhood in Texas, trying to fit in, and competitive cheerleading – all part of the quest of a girl who knows more about MTV than Al Jazeera.

    Bita wanders through the US, Europe, the Middle East and Pakistan examining the cultures at play on her life and the lives of women in these places.  It looks thoroughly engaging and we're lucky, I'll have an interview with Bita here in the near future for you all to read.

    The overwhelming trailer response has inspired us to build an organization around the movie.  Our goal: to bridge the gap between east and west by sharing the compelling stories of women - some empowered, others seeking empowerment - from both hemispheres. (website)

    And Bita’s plea to public – please watch my film!  If it doesn’t succeed, I’m going to have to get married.

    They have a website, a facebook page and a twitter account.


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    The Speculative Ramayana Anthology: Call For Submissions

    Requirements: Stories should be between 2,000 and 7,000 words and in English. No reprints or material posted online. No multiple or simultaneous submissions. Stories should be submitted in standard manuscript format as an attached RTF file.

    Where to submit: Stories should be emailed to Hardcopy submissions will be ignored. Include the story-title and author name(s) in the email’s subject line. For example:

    Submission: “Name of Story.” by A. N. Author

    Reading period: February 14, 2010 - June 01, 2010.

    Publication date: February, 2011

    Payment: Rs. 1000 (~$25) plus a contributor copy.

    What we are looking for: Stories that use the Ramayana in an essential and innovative way. As the anthology title suggests, the stories need to have an speculative element. We take speculative fiction to include sub-genres like magic realism, science-fiction, fantasy, new weird, slipstream, interstitial, etc.

    We’ve mentioned that the Ramayana should be used in an “essential and innovative way”. By “essential,” we mean that the stories should be about the Ramayana, and not say, about the Iraq war. That being said, the Iraq war is a perfectly acceptable setting for a story about the Ramayana. Perhaps one useful test of “essential” is this: if the Ramayana had never been written, would your story lose its point?

    “Innovative” means that your story manages to surprise us. Be bold. Courageous. We've read a lot of tame retellings. There are a great many versions of the Ramayana-- over three hundred according to one authoritative count-- and people have been telling and retelling this story for millennia, so surprise is a scarce resource. On the other hand, this is a constraint uniquely suited to the speculative imagination.

    We are especially interested in stories with strong female characters and feminist perspectives. The Ramayana has generally emphasized male voices; it would be interesting to hear from other perspectives.

    Finally, it is worth emphasizing that we care deeply about how a story is told. We’re looking for literary stories. Given a choice between an idea-rich but poorly-told story and a well-told but not-so-brilliant story, we’ll pick the well-told one. Of course, we are looking for stories with both virtues: brilliant words and brilliant ideas. The Ramayana deserves nothing less.

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    Petition: Support Victims of Violence against Women & Women's Rights Defenders in Albania

    Please, sign the petition below by February 28, 2010, by sending an email message to that says:

    I sign the Petition in Support of the Victims of Violence against Women and Women’s Rights Defenders in Albania.

    Please, provide the following information in your message: first and last name, organization, country, and email address.  Thank you for your support!


    Directors of public and private TV and radio stations in Albania

    Editors-in-Chief of daily newspapers and weekly magazines in Albania

    The Albanian National Commission on Radio and Television


    Dear Madams/Sirs:

    We would like to bring to your attention recent regrettable cases of incorrect and unfair media reporting on cases of violence against women and the work of the organizations that provide support and shelter to the victims of this violence in Albania. The most recent case was a report by the program “Fiks Fare” in Top Channel related to the case of a woman victim of extreme domestic violence that has included severe and repeated physical violence. Inexplicably, “Fiks Fare” sided with the perpetrator, who exploits the victim’s children to stop his wife from divorcing him after years of severe domestic violence. This perpetrator, other than repeatedly abusing his wife, has over the last four years threatened and intimidated several women’s rights defenders who provided assistance to her.

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    An Appeal from Khalida Brohi to Fight "Honor" Killing

    Ending the custom of Honor Killing by changing tribal perspectives, Empowering local women & promoting positive customs!

    For the cost of a few cups of coffee, you can help save lives!!!

    Participatory Development Initiatives (PDI), a youth-led civil society organization in Pakistan, has taken the bold step towards injecting life into traditions of death and headed towards abolishing the custom of Honor Killing in Pakistan!

    The most unreasonable idea and the dynamic changemaking strategy is attacking the crime strategically by promoting the diverse positive tribal traditions in patriarchal societies of Pakistan, and actually taking the whole community itself towards changing the tribal codes of Honor.


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