If I told you that the state of Ireland had sanctioned the systematic and chronic abuses of the human rights of women for over 150 years, what would you say? What if I told you that the institution that perpetrated these abuses has not only never apologised to the victims, but denies their happening completely? […]
Violence is among the most severe human rights violations, and women are often attacked for sexual reasons or even on account of their gender. The phenomenon of femicide is on the rise and reports estimate that of all women killed in 2012, almost half were killed by intimate partners or family members. Women human rights defenders are also often the deliberate targets of violence. According to a 2012 Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women – See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/end-violence-against-women/rights#sthash.y3LYgrhz.dpuf
The 300 Libyan drowned migrants hardly caused a stir, Katie Hopkins labelling them “cockroaches” got more media attention. Such a disgusting world we live in.
Both France and Nigeria were rocked by waves of terror during the early weeks of 2015, yet they received very different reactions.
Almost immediately after the terrorist attack in Paris, resulting in 17 deaths, the majority of the global community became united via the hashtag, “Je suis Charlie”. Foreign leaders gathered together in the streets, linking arms to show a pledge of solidarity and a stronghold alliance against terrorism.
That same week a massacre occurred in Baga, Nigeria where a death toll of 2,000 people has been estimated. The dead mainly consisted of women, children and the elderly who were unable to flee. It’s been reported that they have almost given up hope in counting the bodies.
Now, I don’t mean to come across as pro-utilitarian because I don’t believe the lives of 17 are worth any less than 2000, but what I do believe in, is equality. What makes…
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I feel the same
Honestly, it was a rash decision. Waking up to the news on Friday morning that the Conservatives had gain a majority, filled me with an overwhelming sense of dread.
I lay in bed for two hours, arguing over ‘Whatsapp’ with my friends about the pros and cons of this situation. I felt as if I was grieving.
Some may call this an over-reaction. And I do understand this. You can’t protest democracy. Complaining about a legally elected government is just being a sore loser.
However, what about the conservative agenda that was about to be enforced on people. The people who live a life that many cannot understand. The first example that comes to mind, is the debate of minimum wage vs living wage. It is estimated that 320,000 people exist on minimum wage (http://www.poverty.ac.uk/tags/minimum-wage). While the charity LivingWage believes that people need £7.85 to live and £9.15…
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I haven’t been able to take my mind off Zarah(real names withheld) in Paraguay ever since I got to watch and listen to her story on Aljazeera news some days ago. The 10year-old girl is unfortunate to have been raped by her step-father…yes her own step-father, Gilberto Benitez Zarate, 42.
There have been cases of girls being raped by people known and close to them, the society is still battling with this but then what happens when they are confronted with a hopeless situation or burdened with an unwanted pregnancy? When there are cases of teenage or underage pregnancies, should abortion come to the rescue especially in countries where they are illegal?!
In Paraguay, like in many other countries of the world, abortion is illegal. A number of human rights, Health organisations, society and family health groups have also risen to her defense of not being mature…
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Interwoven into our performance of Blurred Lines of Justice is a narrative inspired by the courage of acid attack survivor Laxmi from New Delhi, India.
Bringing to life the potential paused by violence, the courage of women recovering and the hope ignited in the potential of the future scripted in the incorporation of acid attack survivors cannot be translated into monologues, dialogues, or by the limitations of language.
Vitriolage brings the experience of defiance, from stigma to resilience, to life conducted through the universal language of movement. It is from the heart we hope to activate emotions to enliven education so that we can stand up in light of courage of acid attack survivors around the world and act out to end all forms of violence against women.
Check Out Stop Acid Attacks Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/StopAcidAttacks?fref=ts
Saudi Arabia announced that there are new openings for executioner positions. Saudi Arabia’s civil service ministry, stated on their website that the government is hiring now eight new executioners to carry out the increasing number of death sentences which usually done by public beheading.
The new jobs details say that there are no special qualifications needed. They main role is executing a judgment of death ,also they might involve performing amputations for those convicted of lesser crimes. The jobs were classified as “religious functionaries” and that they would be at the lower end of the civil service pay scale.
In Saudi Arabia , Crimes like drug trafficking, rape, murder, apostasy and armed robbery are punishable by death. While amputation is punishment for crimes like theft.
Photo from: amnesty international
According to Amnesty international, Saudi Arabia is one of the top five countries in the world who conduct death sentences. in…
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Brian Eno’s letter to America: WHY? I just don’t get it
Speaking at the National Demonstration for Gaza, London, 26/07/14
Dear All of You:
I sense I’m breaking an unspoken rule with this letter, but I can’t keep quiet any more.
Today I saw a picture of a weeping Palestinian man holding a plastic carrier bag of meat. It was his son. He’d been shredded (the hospital’s word) by an Israeli missile attack – apparently using their fab new weapon, flechette bombs. You probably know what those are – hundreds of small steel darts packed around explosive which tear the flesh off humans. The boy was Mohammed Khalaf al-Nawasra. He was 4 years old.
I suddenly found myself thinking that it could have been one of my kids in that bag, and that thought upset me more than anything has for a long time.
Then I read that the UN…
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