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In House speech, Rep. Gwen Moore recounts being raped

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) on Wednesday recalled her own experiences of being sexually abused during a speech in favor the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. “Violence against women is as American as apple pie,” she said on the House floor. “I know, not only as a legislator, but…

Pakistan makes domestic violence a criminal offense

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Senate on Monday passed a bill that makes violence against women and children an offence carrying jail terms and fines, state media said. The Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill was introduced by Senator Nilofar Bakhtiar and passed unanimously by the upper house of the federal parliament,…

U.S., Canadian imams issue fatwa against honor killings

Over 30 American imams signed a fatwa Saturday condemning honor killings, after a Canada court convicted Afghan immigrants for murdering four female relatives accused of damaging the family’s reputation. “There is no justification for honor killings, domestic violence and misogyny in Islam,” according to the religious order issued by the…

Thousands protest domestic violence at Guatemala volcano demonstration

About 12,000 Guatemalans on Saturday linked hands on a giant heart banner on the slopes of a volcano crater to draw attention to the scourge of domestic violence. New President Otto Perez, a rightwing general who took office last Saturday, arrived on the scene by helicopter and handed a Guatemalan…

675 Pakistan ‘honour killing’ victims: commission

At least 675 Pakistani women and girls were murdered during the first nine months of the year for allegedly defaming their family’s honour, a leading human rights group said Tuesday. The statistics highlight the scale of violence suffered by many women in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where they are frequently treated as second-class citizens and there…

Teenage Pakistani wife has nose, lips removed by abusive husband

A teenage Pakistani woman Monday told of her terror as her husband chopped off her nose and lips in a furious marital row, and threatened to kill herself unless the police brought him to justice. The horrifying case underscores the brutal violence suffered by some women in Pakistan, where a…

“Tradition” is just code for patriarchy

Julie Sunday, writing for RH Reality Check, reports on a piece of legislation that passed the Texas House and will probably become law because Republicans have a super-majority. The law would require any university that has a “gender and sexuality center” to also have a “traditional values center” as a…

How covering up for abuse is sadly common

With all this feminist discussion as of late—and because I live in a brand new state with brand new politicians—I’d be remiss in not talking about this David Paterson situation. Seems the trade-off is between governors who do their evil at home and those who inflict it on their constituents,…

Health care reform and domestic violence

Thanks to blogger spork_incident for bringing this to my attention. According to a press release for SEIU, 9 states allow insurance companies to consider domestic violence a pre-existing condition, and use that to deny insurance claims. Eight of the 16 major insurance companies have used this right to deny coverage…

Tools and patriarchs: The re-normalizing of domestic abuse

I’m currently reading Kathryn Joyce’s book Quiverfull, which is scheduled to come out next month, and I’ve been enjoying the articles she’s been publishing to promote the book. She’s got one up at Alternet today about one of the worst aspects of the Christian patriarchy movement—if you tell women to…

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