<![CDATA[  Gendercide Awareness Project - Blog/News]]>Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:03:46 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Sold for¬†$7, child slave lifts lid on life as Indian maid]]>Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:15:16 GMThttp://gendap.org/blognews/sold-for-7-child-slave-lifts-lid-on-life-as-indian-maidPicture
"...When she was a little over knee high, Badaik's father took her on a trip. They walked through lush tea gardens, boarded a bus and reached "somewhere".

As she took in the sights, her father turned back and went home, leaving her at the doorstep of a "nice house".

He had sold her into slavery for 500 rupees ($7.70).

Badaik grew up working as a maid in the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, roughly 50km (30 miles) from her home in the tea gardens of the neighbouring state of Assam.

In 2016, a chance meeting with another maid - a fellow teenager who had been sold off - set her on a journey. Badaik retrod the bylanes commonly used by child traffickers to cross state borders and finally found her mother and her old home."

Read article by Anuradha Nagaraj from Thomas Reuters Foundation.

<![CDATA[Women need health and dental care to stay out of prison]]>Thu, 15 Mar 2018 02:01:34 GMThttp://gendap.org/blognews/women-need-health-and-dental-care-to-stay-out-of-prisonPicture
"'What I have done is not who I am. Most of us are emotionally and physically wounded. It’s not easy getting out and starting over. We need help, don’t just throw us out into society.'

This testimony from a woman in the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women describes a problem many face on release from a provincial prison. They have no safe place to go — no welcoming family, no home, no job, no community to support them in establishing a healthy crime-free life. Many have untreated chronic health conditions — including diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, hepatitis C and HIV/AIDs — and mental health challenges stemming from severe abuse in childhood. Likely they have no family doctor.

When you haven’t seen a dentist in years and your mouth is missing teeth, it can be hard to impress at job interviews, hard to find work. When you have chronic pain in your mouth after years of using a crack pipe, it is tempting to seek comfort through illicit narcotics — from the street.
It is not surprising then, that 40 percent of women return to provincial prison within one year of release. Or that a staggering 70 per cent are back behind bars after two years.
A new study from our research team at the Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education at the University of British Columbia reveals that basic health care, both in prison and on release, is essential — to ensure successful reintegration into society."

Read article by Patricia Janssen, Mo Korchinski and Ruth Elwood Martin from The Conversation.

<![CDATA[Ugandan girls forced into child marriage because they can't afford sanitary pads]]>Mon, 12 Mar 2018 21:10:09 GMThttp://gendap.org/blognews/ugandan-girls-forced-into-child-marriage-because-they-cant-afford-sanitary-padsPicture
"When Ugandan schoolgirl Auma got her first period she asked her mother for sanitary pads. Her mother suggested she find herself a husband to pay for them. Auma was just 12.

Auma's story is not uncommon. Many girls in Uganda drop out of education when they begin menstruating because their schools lack proper washrooms or because they cannot afford costly sanitary products which are all imported.

Aid agency Plan International says hundreds of girls are forced into child marriages by parents too poor to buy hygiene products.

Many others are pressured into having sex by boys who offer to buy them sanitary items in return. Some end up pregnant and drop out of school."

Read article by Emma Batha from Thomson Reuters Foundation.

<![CDATA[Female Infanticide - India]]>Sat, 10 Mar 2018 17:32:08 GMThttp://gendap.org/blognews/female-infanticide-india"...In India's southern state of Tamil Nadu, female infanticide is so frequent that all second daughters are known as 'the girl born for the burial pit'.

Desperately poor families routinely kill girl babies after birth for fear they can't afford to raise them or provide the extortionate dowry required by a groom's family. Pavati's husband killed her second daughter the day she was born. She went home to her father's house and didn't eat for a month following the death but with two other children she had to return to her tiny hut and carry on. Another baby, Hymera was luckier, brought to a safe house by her uncle despite fierce opposition from his neighbours. Now she is cared for by people who value her life. Teenage girls sit in a circle in a coconut grove discussing the strengths they will need as India's next generation of mothers. A report on the attempts of agencies, such as the Indian Council for Child Welfare, to stop infanticide through re-education, training of women and providing homes for unwanted girl babies. So far prosecuting local mothers for murder has done little more than punish the saddest victims of a social tragedy."

Via Journeyman Pictures.
<![CDATA[Women challenge Turkey traditions for right to work]]>Thu, 08 Mar 2018 01:30:53 GMThttp://gendap.org/blognews/women-challenge-turkey-traditions-for-right-to-workPicture
At a rally two years ago, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called women who aren't mothers "deficient". Previously, he's urged women to have at least three children and denounced birth control as "treason".

Read article by Mark Lowen from BBC News.

<![CDATA[Ghana's Living Shopping Baskets]]>Tue, 06 Mar 2018 01:52:27 GMThttp://gendap.org/blognews/ghanas-living-shopping-basketsPicture
"...In Accra, thousands of girls from the age of six work as market porters, also known as 'living shopping baskets' or 'kayayei'.

The girls rise at dawn each day to carry heavy loads on their heads for traders and shoppers in the bustling market's of the Ghanian capital.

Bamunu is eight years old. She hasn't seen her family since they sent her away from their home in a rural northern village two years ago to work as a kayayo."

Read article from Al Jazeera.

<![CDATA[Asian nations struggle to meet global target to lower deaths in childbirth]]>Fri, 02 Mar 2018 01:15:24 GMThttp://gendap.org/blognews/asian-nations-struggle-to-meet-global-target-to-lower-deaths-in-childbirth"It seemed a simple statement: women should not die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth.

Yet two years after world leaders agreed to 17 global goals at the United Nations, including the childbirth target, countries in Asia Pacific are grappling to twin the rhetoric with social, cultural and political realities.

An estimated 85,000 mothers died in 2015 from childbirth in the region, home to more than half of the world’s population and some of its fastest growing economies, U.N. figures show, with the maternal mortality rate seen as a key way to measure improvement in a nation’s health.

These deaths accounted for 28 percent of the global total, translating into a maternal mortality ratio (MMR) of 127 deaths per 100,000 live births, according to the U.N. agency for population UNFPA, which released its latest State of the World Population Report on Tuesday."

Read article by Thin Lei Win from the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
<![CDATA[IILM and GENDAP host 'My Daughter, My Treasure' -- a Multi-Faith Conference]]>Wed, 28 Feb 2018 22:07:02 GMThttp://gendap.org/blognews/iilm-and-gendap-host-my-daughter-my-treasure-a-multi-faith-conference
Left to right -- Yolanda Bluehorse, MBA, Dr. Jackie Roese, Shaykh Basit, Molana Kirmani, Cantor Vicky Glikin, and Swami Yatindra Chaitanya
Native American, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, & Hindu Scholars
Discuss the Status and Treatment 
of Women & Girls in the Sacred Texts. 

Why does common practice differ from teaching?
All of our faith experts agree that their sacred texts honor and ennoble women. Nevertheless, practices that denigrate women are common across religions and cultures, pointing to a strong need for religious education that restores women to their rightful place. 
Fathers cross the stage with their Daughters in our Father-Daughter Procession of Pride.

Father Wadiyat Abbas says of his daughter Atika, "Our baby girl is a blessing from Allah, an answer to her brother’s prayers. Atika completes our family and fills our lives with joy, laughter, and love."

Father Luke Wu says of his daughter Jessica, "Jessica is very warmhearted and always happy to help others. She volunteers in a lot of activities."

Dr. Eagle Thomas Knife Chief describes his daughter Aspen Lee Knife Chief with these words -- "blessing, grace, bright, love, devoted, passionate, leader, faithful, caring, strong, reliable, patient, practical, responsible, stable." 
<![CDATA[Nigeria's Dapchi school abduction: Father's plea to find daughter]]>Tue, 27 Feb 2018 22:25:48 GMThttp://gendap.org/blognews/nigerias-dapchi-school-abduction-fathers-plea-to-find-daughterPicture
"The father of a 14-year-old girl who is among 110 believed to have been abducted by Boko Haram has pleaded with the Nigerian government to act quickly.

"We don't want these girls to stay long with those militants. Anything can happen to them," Kachalla Bukar told the BBC.
Jihadists stormed the school in the town of Dapchi in the north-eastern Yobe state on 19 February.

The attack has revived memories of the Chibok schoolgirl abduction in 2014.

President Muhammadu Buhari said it was a "national disaster" and apologised to the girls' families.

Mr Bukar says his wife cannot stop crying and he cannot sleep since their "brilliant" daughter Aisha disappeared.

'We are begging the government to control the situation quickly.'"

Read article from BBC News.

<![CDATA[YouTube uses its massive platform to help every girl get an education]]>Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:32:23 GMThttp://gendap.org/blognews/youtube-uses-its-massive-platform-to-help-every-girl-get-an-educationPicture
"There's something staggering about the fact that 130 million girls around the world don't receive an education. 

It's enough to make some people feel skeptical or cynical about efforts to solve the problem. But The ONE Campaign, an international advocacy campaign dedicated to ending poverty around the world, sees a glimmer of hope in social media and digital technology.

That's why ONE launched #GirlsCount earlier this year. The initiative invites anyone to choose an unclaimed number between 1 and 130,000,000 and record themselves in support of girls' education in what's effectively a user-generated public service announcement. 

The idea is for 130 million people to submit clips to the campaign, raising raising awareness about the problem and inspiring people to act along the way. If 130 million people do indeed participate, the final video will be the longest in the world and take five years to watch, according to ONE."

Read article by Rebecca Ruiz from Mashable.