Irom Sharmila is protesting the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA),
which gives Indian soldiers impunity in the insurgent northeastern states. She has been fasting and in solitary confinement for about 13 years
Sharmila has been in solitary confinement for about 13 years, in the security ward of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, the biggest hospital in Imphal. Indian authorities have been charging her with attempting to commit suicide — a crime carrying a one-year prison sentence. She is released every year on the completion of her sentence, but she resumes her fast, refusing even liquids. As her health deteriorates, the police arrest her again for attempting to commit suicide and put her away in her hospital prison, where the doctors force-feed her a liquid diet.
- from al jazeera america, The longest fast
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT BURIES REPORT ON SEXUAL ASSAULT OF REFUGEES SEEKING ASYLM
Among the string of allegations, he hears of women being denied underwear, security guards taunting asylum seekers and the fabrication of welfare notes.
How widespread is violence against women in Burma?
The Burmese army is using sexual violence against ethnic women as a weapon of war. It is not only happening in Kachin State, but also throughout the country, especially in ethnic region in Karen State and Shan State. The Burmese army soldiers live with ethnic women, often impregnating them and leaving them behind with children and no support. To them, women are only a source of entertainment. Women are also openly kept as sex slaves by military units, showing the complete impunity for the officers involved.
- from open society foundation, Women, Violence, and Burma: Reporting from the Frontlines in Kachin State
The Mohawk protesters who have been holding a blockade near Tyendinaga since Sunday are now vowing to increase the intensity in the coming days after the federal government failed to call a national inquiry Friday into missing and murdered Indigenous women.
- from warrior publications
RCMP, Police could care less about missing and murdered indigenous women in kkkanada
Meghan Rhoad, a researcher for the report, told Windspeaker she was “deeply troubled” by the allegations, not to mention the significant “level of fear” witnessed amongst complainants that police would retaliate if they stepped forward.
“In too many of the cases we heard described, there was impunity for the violence committed against them,” said Rhoad.
“I would like to see… the government and police look seriously at what they can do right now to set a new path, in terms of their relationship to Indigenous women and girls.”
RCMP Chief Supt. Janice Armstrong released a statement soon after the report’s release, promising the force would examine the accusations carefully but only if alleged victims’ identities were released or filed formal complaints.
- see more, from AMMSA
Police say body of Loretta Saunders has been found
Police in Halifax say the body of a missing university student has been located and investigators are treating the case as a homicide.
An aspiring lawyer from Newfoundland and Labrador, Saunders had been a student at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax for the past three years. She was set to graduate in May.
The Inuk woman, who was three months pregnant, had just finished writing a thesis about murdered and missing aboriginal women.
Saunders was last seen alive at her apartment in Halifax’s Cowie Hill neighbourhood on Feb. 13. She was reported missing Feb. 17.
- see more, including video report, from CTV
Outcry ensues Canadian Government Squash inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women
A highly anticipated all-party Parliamentary committee report has raised the ire of opposition parties and First Nations groups across the country.
The report on curbing rates of violence against Aboriginal women released Friday makes 16 recommendations. Suggested measures include creating a public awareness campaign, strengthening the public justice system, maintaining the government’s commitment to develop the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights, implementing a national DNA missing persons index and providing more support for on-reserve Aboriginals.
To the chagrin of many, however, the Tory-dominated committee does not recommend a national inquiry.
- from yahoo! news canada
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Portraits of Tribal Heroines for Women’s Day
Tribal women have known brutal displacement, fear, murder and rape at the hands of invaders, for decades. They have suffered humiliation by governments that perpetuate the idea that they are somehow ‘backward’ or ‘stone age’.
They have seen their lands taken from them, their self-respect annihilated and their futures become uncertain. Even in the 21st century, the myth exists that tribal women and their communities are doomed archaic peoples that are destined to die out naturally.
But it is only the concept that is antiquated. Tribal women are not ‘backwards’ or ‘primitive,’; they have complex, evolving societies that flourish when they are left alone to pursue the self-sufficient and diverse ways of life they have developed over centuries. Despite their suffering, the resistance of many tribal women today is growing.
- reposted from the free,
full gallery HERE http://www.survivalinternational.
Chile: March for International women’s day attacked by police
Thousands of women joined this Friday to march organized by the “Feminists Fight Coordinator”, the “Coordinator March 8″, the Single Confederation of Workers (CUT), ANEF, Confederation of Copper Workers and the Federation of Students University of Chile (FECh).
This occasion of the commemoration of International Women’s Day, scheduled to end with a cultural event in the Almagro Park Commune Santiago.En place Special Forces of militarized police, attacked the crowd with tear gas, water cannons and wagons strong police contingent.
Occupied anti-patriarchy center La Tremenda Destroyed
Manresa : Endesa knocks down without prior notice, the anti patriarchy occupied social center CSO La Tremenda
”………………Against this agressive eviction we respond with the strength and hard hitting necessary so that such actions don’t go unpunished. We invite everybody to express their solidarity with the La Tremenda in the way they think appropriate,. Attacks like this don’t intimidate us, on the contrary they make us stronger. Let being frightened change over to their side.. No attacks without resistance!”
the clitoris brigade (columna clitoral)
La TRemenda hosted for the past 9 years an anarcofeminist movement fighting against patriarchy , which occupied the building on Calle San Salvador . Despite the use by the feminist collective the Manresa City Council granted a municipal license for demolition to Endesa , which was the origin of the action this morning before the workers were surprised by members La Tremenda .
The members of the evicted group did not want to comment to the press , but according to some reports in the alternative media network , presented a complaint to the police court for a crime of burglary. Also according to these same sources , they had not received any notice of the demolition . The locals have been equally surprised since, as they affirmed , they never had problems with the anarchafeminists .
- from the free, La Tremenda…Occupied anti-patriarchy center Destroyed
Israeli Soldiers Forcefully Disperse Women’s Day Demonstration
Israeli soldiers fired tear gas at protesters at the Qalandiya checkpoint in the central West Bank on Saturday.
The checkpoint separates Ramallah from al-Quds (Jerusalem), which has been the historical capital for Palestine before the occupation of the country by Israel.
The protesters tried to pass the checkpoint to assert their right to enter al-Quds.
“We are trying to revive the role of women in the popular struggle [against Israel], to maintain the Arab identity of al-Quds, and to boycott Israeli goods,” said Intissar al-Wazir, head of the General Union of Palestinian Women.
- from pressTV, Israeli forces attack Palestinian protesters in West Bank
Global Uprisings: fighting sexual assault in Egypt – see the video
In this first video in the Global Uprisings interview series, Egyptian activist Mariam Kirollos reflects on the fight against sexual assault in Cairo.
The following interview is the first in a series of interviews conducted at the Global Uprisings conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, that took place during the weekend of November 15-17, 2013. View more interviews and online documentaries at globaluprisings.org.
Rape in the U.S. military
In 2004, after Lt. Jennifer Dyer reported being raped by a fellow officer at Camp Shelby, Miss., she said she was held in seclusion for three days, read her Miranda rights and threatened with criminal prosecution for filing a false report. After finally being given two weeks leave, she was threatened with prosecution for being AWOL when she would not report for duty to the same location where the man she had accused — who was later acquitted on assault charges — was still posted.
Lance Cpl. Sally Griffiths was also accused of lying after she reported being raped by a fellow Marine while stationed in Okinawa, Japan. It wasn’t until she got access to her case file and found a statement by the Marine that confirmed her story that she was able to obtain the discharge she sought. The Marine she accused was never prosecuted. He continued to serve in the military and was promoted several times.
After Army Spc. Suzanne Swift went AWOL instead of staying in the same unit as the soldiers who she accused of sexually harassing her, the Army court-martialed her when she refused a deal that would have forced her to remain in the military and sign a statement saying she had not been raped.
More recently, there have been the well-publicized cases of Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, who was murdered after accusing another Marine of rape, and Jamie Leigh Jones, who says that she was gang-raped while working for Halliburton/KBR in Iraq. Jones claims that after she reported her rape, the company put her in a shipping container and warned her that she would lose her job if she left Iraq for medical treatment. The rape kit collected by military medical personnel was lost after it was turned over to Halliburton/KBR. The Pentagon has refused to investigate or to testify before Congress.
- from the LA Times
Every four hours a sexual assault or rape is reported in the United States Military. In 2009 alone there been 3230 reported cases of sexual abuse among our service men and women. According to experts from the Department of Defense, the Military Rape Crisis Center and the Department of Veterans Affairs many more rape cases go unreported or are under reported.
Army captain accuses Brig Gen Jeffrey Sinclair, 53, of sexually assaulting her during course of three-year relationship
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY:
International Women’s Day was first celebrated on March 19 (not the later March 8), 1911. A million women and men rallied in support of women’s rights on that first International Women’s Day.
The idea of an International Women’s Day was inspired by America’s National Women’s Day, February 28, 1909, declared by the Socialist Party of America.
Not even a week after the first International Women’s Day, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire killed 146, mostly young immigrant women, in New York City. That incident inspired many changes in industrial working conditions, and the memory of those who died has been often invoked as part of International Women’s Days from that point on.
The next year, the Socialist International met in Denmark and delegates approved the idea of an International Women’s Day. And so the next year, the first International Women’s Day — or as it was first called, International Working Women’s Day — was celebrated with those rallies in Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.
- from wikipedia