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Reblogged from Reality Check:

It’s not a contradiction to believe that gun control is good while abortion restrictions are ineffective violations of basic human rights. Abortion access improves society, whereas the proliferation of guns simply leads to more violence.

Source: Time to Stop Restricting Abortion and Start Restricting Assault Weapons

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I am struck by the irony of October being National Domestic Violence Month, and that I failed to commemorate it in this blog. I have been drawn into a neighbor’s struggle to begin her life anew due to domestic violence. Her lift to flight is occurring now and she will soar by the end of the month to a new county, and hopefully, a better life. Perhaps this is October’s best tribute. If there is anything I have learned from this experience, it is that from the outside, a person’s struggle to break free can appear to be something very different. At various times many of us in the neighborhood, including me, have thought her to be a liar, thief, drug user, public resource manipulator, and certainly, an indifferent mother. (more…)

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Update: in case you don’t get to the comment section on this post, Swarna Rajagopalan has provided a WordPress link to Prajnya Trust’s list of their activities for the 16 days campaign HERE.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

“Our goal is clear: an end to these inexcusable crimes – whether it is the use of rape as a weapon of war, domestic violence, sex trafficking, so-called “honour” crimes or female genital mutilation/cutting. We must address the roots of this violence by eradicating discrimination and changing the mindsets that perpetuate it.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Message for the International Day for the

Elimination of VIolence against Women

25 November 2009

November 25th marked the 10th anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The attendant 16 days campaign dedicated to the elimination of violence against women, is marked by a series of events hosted around the world. The international Theme is “Commit, Act, Demand”.

At Rutger’s Center for Women’s Global Leadership, organizations offering specific websites have been featured for their efforts in the elimination of violence against women. Rutger’s supporting theme is to “Take back the Tech”. The idea is to use median and the internet to revitalize and catalyze and engage the world against violence to women. The sites below are in English unless otherwise specified.

Brazil –

The “AGENDE” (in Portuguese) site could be found using Yahoo, not Google. They have had active yearly campaigns since 2003.

India –

The “Prajnya Trust” has chronicled it’s campaign against violence to women. I had trouble loading it directly but you can reach it by going first to the Prajnya Trust website HERE. If you are searching for resonance in your belief for a knowledge based, peaceful, diverse and democratic world, you will find it on the “More About” page of Prajnya.

International –

The “World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters” (French, also English and Spanish) was also found through Yahoo. They state that “Community radio producers from Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Europe, North America and Latin America and the Caribbean will dedicat(e) their 16 days campaign to highlight the effort of women and men working to put an end to gender violence

International –

“Save Darfur” has produced a list of actions to take for each day of the 16 days campaign. Today’s for November 30th asks that you write a letter to your editor telling them about the 16 days campaign, the violence in the Sudan and urging others in your community to get involved.

Ireland –

Women’s Aid”  has been working to address women’s issues for 30 years. They set up a WordPress blog for just this event. In addition to other actions, they have developed a reading list of books that they believe pertain to the issue of violence against women.

Mongolia –

The “National Center Against Violence” has bee operating since 1997. The have begun a “white ribbon” distribution campaign to men to encourage them to take a personal stance against violence. In addition to other activities, on the 29th, they distributed information regarding “Human Rights Day’ and the work of women in this field.

Uganda –

The “Gender Based Violence Prevention Network” again found by Yahoo, has it’s own 16 days campaign. They state that over 35 member organizations are participating in activities and providing information kits.

So, what’s happening in your neighborhood?

The National Domestic Violence Hotline might be one place to check out.

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A pattern where a man hits, threatens, verbally assaults, intimidates, bullies, confines, pimps or otherwise controls a women by violence is that of a misogynist sadist, and should be considered under the law of justice just as any other violent  crime with special dispensation as a hate crime.

A man who participates by acknowledging said crime without rendering the perpetrator to justice; who promotes alleged crime by seeking to confine the victim to this role under subliminal or overt  threat of loss of Christian or other religious redemption is also guilty.

I’m no lawyer, but that’s what I think. Read what the New Agenda is saying HERE.

By the way, I would say the same for any abusive paring of this nature.

If you need immediate assistance, dial 911.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). 

If you are in an abusive relationship and reading this post, don’t forget THIS.

I Own My Vote, PUMA, The Denver Group, Just Say No Deal, The New Agenda, 4ERA, 51 Percent

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Betty Jean and the ERA

If you haven’t been over to Oh My Valve’s yet today, go HERE. There is the most recent news, contact information on the judge that will preside over the domestic violence, and attempted murder case perpetrated upon Betty Jean’s daughters. 

For your edification, there is also a great list of statistics on domestic violence.

Politics are personal. Domestic Violence is personal. We all know this could my daughters, your daughters, or even your sons in this position. (more…)

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What Betty Jean said: Slap em on the wrist till they blow her brains out.

 

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Abusive Relationships

 

If you need immediate assistance, dial 911.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). 

When are we going to call this a hate crime?

Our thoughts are with BJ and her family.

I Own My Vote, PUMA, The Denver Group, The New Agenda

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Recently a report was issued from the National Womens’ Law Center, on insurance discrimination against women, documenting how the insurance companies unfairly charge women. One of the spurious reasons given is the field of gynecology and pregnancy care, which men do not have.

Gender discrimination crosses all boundries, however. (more…)

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