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UN: Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity


In December 2011 the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a ground-breaking report on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity.

The 25-page report documents discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, in all regions of the world, and outlines how international human rights law can be used to end violence and related human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The report emphasizes that the Human Rights Council and UN Member States have a duty to address human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  Read More...

We recently discovered TrustLaw, a Thomson Reuters Foundation service that is a global hub for free legal assistance and news and information on good governance and women’s rights. TrustLaw identifies organsations and brings them together with outstanding legal teams to provide free legal advice in every country for NGOs and social enterprises.

TRUSTLAW POLL-Afghanistan is most dangerous country for women. TrustLaw asked 213 gender experts from five continents to rank countries by overall perceptions of danger as well as by six risks: health threats, sexual violence, non-sexual violence, cultural or religious factors, lack of access to resources and trafficking.

Following are key facts on each of the five countries, ranked in order of danger:


World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development

The World Bank report,  "The World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development"    focuses on gender equality for the first time in 30 years. Its basic conclusion is twofold: development can contribute to gender equality; and gender equality can help promote development.  According to the report the lives of women around the world have improved dramatically in recent years but the gaps still remain in many areas. The report stresses that greater gender equality can enhance productivity and improve development outcomes for the next generation. The report argues that closing these persistent gender gaps matters. It matters because gender equality is a core development objective in its own right. But it is also smart economics. 

Building on a growing body of knowledge on the economics of gender equality and development, the report identifies the areas where gender gaps are most significant—both intrinsically and in terms of their potential development payoff—and where growth alone cannot solve the issues. It then sets forth four priorities for public action:

o    Reducing excess female mortality and closing education gaps where they remain

o    Improving access to economic opportunities for women

o    Increasing women’s voice and agency in the household and in society

o    Limiting the reproduction of gender inequality across generations.

Policies need to focus on the underlying determinants of gender gaps in each priority area. In some priority areas—such as excess female mortality in infancy and early childhood as well as in the reproductive years—improving service delivery (especially of clean water and sanitation, and maternal care) is of primary importance. For other priority areas—such as gender gaps in earnings and productivity—policies need to tackle the multiple constraints that originate in the workings of markets and institutions to limit progress. Policy makers will need to prioritize these constraints and address them simultaneously or sequentially. Read the full report here.



A peek inside the Church's drawers: South Dakota sex abuse scandal  *By Stephanie Woodard       

The letters are casual, even chatty, from officials of St. Francis Mission, on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, in South Dakota, to Catholic Church superiors. The mission ran one of many boarding schools to which Native American parents were required to send their children from the late 1800s until the 1970s, when most of the institutions were closed down or transferred to tribal control.

“All goes along quietly out here,” one priest wrote in 1968, with “good religious and lay faculty” at the mission. There are troublesome staffers, though, including “Chappy,” who is “fooling around with little girls—he had them down the basement of our building in the dark, where we found a pair of panties torn.” Later that year, Brother Francis Chapman was still abusing children, though by 1970, he was “a new man,” the reports say. In 1973, Chappy again “has difficulty with little girls.”

Some documents are more discreet than explicit. In 1967, two nuns at St. Paul’s Indian Mission, on the Yankton Sioux Reservation, also in South Dakota, had excessive “interest in” and “dealings with” older male students, says a report to Church higher-ups. (St.Paul’s was renamed Marty Indian School when the tribe took it over in 1975.)  Another nun has “too close a circle of friends, especially two boys.”. Read more

*Stephanie Woodward writes about human rights, food, gardening, culture and health—and, when in Indian country, on the intersections of these topics with politics. Read her blog at Reporting from Indian Country.  

As we begin a new year we are looking ahead, to building new relationships with kindred spirits around the world who are working to make life safer for women and girls and are writing a “new story” about ending violence against women.. In this new year we will continue to explore the intersection of violence against women and the emotional health and well-being of men and boys across the globe, expanding our cross-cultural dialogue with indigenous communities that are focused on this particular issue as a way to prevent violence against women and heal their community. We invite you to join this conversation, share your stories at: oneinthreewomen2@gmail.com.

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Save the Date 2012

4th Annual Violence Free Teens Conference, Cultivating Connections: Empowering Youth and Adult Allies to End Relationship Violence   February 16-17, 2012  http://peaceoverviolence.org/calendar/2012/2

2nd World Conference of Women's Shelters 2012

February 27 to March 1

Washington D.C.

18th Annual Nursing Network on Violence Against Women, International Conference

March 4 – 6, 2012

University of Virginia, School of Nursing, Charlottesville, VA.


7th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women
March 26-28, 2012
in Dallas


2012 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking

San Diego, CA

April 2 - 4, 2012


National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) 15th National Conference Domestic Violence and NOMAS' 37th National Conference on Men and Masculinity
Preserving Our Roots While Looking to the Future
July 22-25, 2012
Denver, CO


Living in Full Empowerment, Inc. 2012 Inaugural Women's Conference/Detroit Metro Area

Monday, July 30 (2012) , Dearborn, MI

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The Women of Color Network (WOCN) 2012 National Call to Action Institute and Conference

July 9-13, 2012,  Minneapolis, MN.

ICOWHI 19th International Congress on Women’s Health
“Women’s Health 2012: Partnering for a Brighter Global Future”
14 – 16 November, Bangkok, Thailand



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