<![CDATA[  Gendercide Awareness Project - Blog/News]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:31:04 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[India's Women Burn Survivors: Double The Trauma As Their Children Reject Them]]>Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:23:34 GMThttp://gendap.org/blognews/indias-women-burn-survivors-double-the-trauma-as-their-children-reject-them"They are often called "kitchen accidents". An innocent phrase that wears the garb of the unfortunate occurrence.

It is also a useful phrase; one that is employed cleverly to shroud anything from intense domestic violence, to physical abuse for dowry, to suicidal tendencies, to deliberate attempts of murder.

This article is not being recommended because it is yet another sob story from the "third world" - though there is no denying how quickly it brings a lump to the reader's throat. Read about how Anandi’s daughter shrank from her in horror looking at her scars, or how Parimala’s daughter refused to be held by her once-loved mother and you begin to scratch the surface of the suffering that these women and countless others like them go through - with no access to any kind of post-traumatic stress relief."

Read article by Rashmi Vasudeva from Piqd.
<![CDATA[In El Salvador, 'Girls Are a Problem']]>Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:01:28 GMThttp://gendap.org/blognews/in-el-salvador-girls-are-a-problemPicture
"SAN SALVADOR — I don’t want to go back to El Salvador. I felt afraid as a woman there more than in any other country in Latin America. I realized I had entered hostile territory while chatting with the taxi driver who picked me up at the airport, the first Salvadoran man I met. He told me he had a baby, a little darling called J. J., and showed me a photo.

When I asked him if he’d like more children, he said yes, but only boys.

“You know you can’t choose,” I said.

“I know, but I don’t want a girl,” he answered. “Girls are a problem.”

Girls are indeed considered a problem in a country where women are raped and killed daily. For the past few years El Salvador has been listed among the world’s deadliest countries for women, and ranks first in Latin America."

Read article by Catalina Lobo-Guerrero from The New York Times.

<![CDATA[They Fled Boko Haram, Only to Be Raped by Nigeria’s Security Forces]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:36:24 GMThttp://gendap.org/blognews/they-fled-boko-haram-only-to-be-raped-by-nigerias-security-forcesPicture
"MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — The camp was supposed to be a refuge. Falmata’s life had been stolen by war ever since the sixth grade, when she was abducted from her home and raped repeatedly by Boko Haram’s fighters for the next three years.

She finally escaped last spring, slipping into the bush while her captors slept. Fourteen years old and alone, she made it to a camp for victims of the war, and had just settled in for the night when she heard footsteps outside her tent. A security officer’s voice instructed her to come out. Frightened, she obeyed.
He took her to his quarters, she said, and raped her.
Hours later, after she had returned to her tent, another officer arrived, she said. He raped her, too.
“The same day I was brought there, soldiers started coming to rape me,” Falmata said. “They did it one after another. I’m not even sure those two knew about each other.”

Rape has been a defining horror of the war with Boko Haram, which has consumed northeastern Nigeria for eight years and spread beyond its borders. At least 7,000 women and girls have endured Boko Haram’s sexual violence, the United Nations estimates. Militants kidnap and rape young girls, teenagers and women, handing them out as so-called brides who are sometimes passed from fighter to fighter."

Read article by Dionne Searcey from The New York Times.

<![CDATA[December 11th, 2017]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:07:41 GMThttp://gendap.org/blognews/december-11th-2017]]><![CDATA[Not enough being done to address violence: activists]]>Thu, 07 Dec 2017 02:11:10 GMThttp://gendap.org/blognews/not-enough-being-done-to-address-violence-activistsPicture
"Say crime against women becoming an issue for rhetoric

While the number of crimes against women reported in Delhi last year was once again high, not enough had been done by the authorities to address the problem, activists said on Thursday. 

The Capital recorded the highest number of cases of crimes against women amongst all States, Union Territories and metropolitan cities, and accounted for 33% of all such cases reported in 19 metropolitan cities, the National Crime Records Bureau’s Crime in India 2016 report said. 

The report, which was released by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday, showed that the total number of cases of crimes against women came down from 17,222 in 2015 to 15,310 in 2016."

Read article by Damini Nath from The Hindu.

<![CDATA[Afghan Girls' Robotics Team Overcomes Setbacks to Win Contest in Europe]]>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 17:26:59 GMThttp://gendap.org/blognews/afghan-girls-robotics-team-overcomes-setbacks-to-win-contest-in-europePicture
"It has been a year of travel difficulties, project setbacks and family heartbreak, but a girls’ robotics team from Afghanistan has made a comeback.

The group of teenagers, who attracted international attention last summer when they were briefly denied visas to the United States to take part in a robotics competition, won an award at a top festival in Europe.

The teenagers, who hail from the western city of Herat, took the Entrepreneurial Challenge at the Robotex festival, which was held in Tallinn, Estonia, on Nov. 24 through 26, the Afghan embassies in London and Washington announced this week.

'We are extremely proud of the wonderful accomplishments of the Afghan All-Girl Robotics Team,' Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Said T. Jawad, said in a statement on Wednesday. 'They are an excellent example for people around the world of what can be accomplished by young Afghans if given the right support and the opportunity to excel in their education.'"

Read article by Christine Hauser from The New York Times.

<![CDATA[The Girls of the Taliban - Featured Documentary]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 00:27:27 GMThttp://gendap.org/blognews/the-girls-of-the-taliban-featured-documentaryAn insight into a girls' school in Afghanistan which imposes an even stricter interpretation of Islam than the Taliban.

Via Al Jazeera
<![CDATA[Very few girls took computing A-level]]>Sat, 25 Nov 2017 21:16:23 GMThttp://gendap.org/blognews/very-few-girls-took-computing-a-levelPicture
"A worrying statistic for the tech industry was revealed in freshly-released A-level data - only 9.8% of those completing a computing course were girls.

It comes amid a storm in Silicon Valley over the number of women employed in the tech industry.

Experts agree that the world faces a digital skills shortage and that a more even gender balance is crucial."

Read article by Jane Wakefield from BBC News.

<![CDATA[India's Slave Brides - 101 East]]>Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:39:27 GMThttp://gendap.org/blognews/indias-slave-brides-101-east101 East investigates how every year, tens of thousands of girls and women in India are trafficked into slave marriages.
<![CDATA[Laura Bush and H.E. Rule Ghani: Thriving Afghan businesswomen still need you]]>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:21:44 GMThttp://gendap.org/blognews/laura-bush-and-he-rule-ghani-thriving-afghan-businesswomen-still-need-youPicture
"As a busy working mom with a toddler, Manizha Wafeq, 32, juggles her day job training and mentoring fellow Afghan women entrepreneurs, along with her home duties after hours. When her work day is done, she hurries home to check on her husband and daughter and cooks a quick meal for them before dashing over to visit her aging parents — sometimes not getting to bed until after midnight.

Manizha and other Afghan businesswomen face the same challenges that confront working women around the world. They divide their time and attention between loved ones and caretaking duties, while contributing to the economic betterment of their families, their communities and their country. After years of being banned from public space under the Taliban regime, Afghan women have persevered and progressed in extraordinary ways."

Read article by Laura Bush and H.E. Rule Ghani from USA Today.