We have some good news, and then we have some bad news.
Good news: Amnesty International has drafted a policy to decriminalize the buying and selling of consensual sex between adults. This does not include the decriminalization of sex trafficking, the buying and selling of sex involving a minor, nor the buying and selling of sex involving coercion, deception, threats, or violence. This is the decriminalization of buying and selling sex between people over the age of eighteen who have made the conscious decision that they would like to either purchase or sell sex. Clear? Okay. Read More
BY Hannah Baxter
on Mar 10, 2015
On March 9, 2015, the 59th session of the Commission of the Status of Women began at the United Nation Headquarters in New York, and will last until the 20th of this month. Representatives of Member States, UN Entities and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (oh that’s what NGO stands for!) from all around the world are meeting to discuss what often feels like the never ending fight for international women’s rights. Read More
An open letter addressed to Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, (the two members of Pussy Riot who appeared at the Amnesty International Human Rights Concert at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn on Wednesday night and the same two who recently interviewed on the Colbert Report), by the still anonymous members of Pussy Riot stated quite simply that the two are no longer considered members of the group.
Their actions have been considered, by the remaining anonymous members, to contradict the very principles of Pussy Riot. Read More
BY Katrina Pallop
on Feb 19, 2013
The "Maggies" in 1950s Dublin
The Irish government has changed its tune about offering an apology to victims of the Magdalene Laundries. These institutions, operated by Catholic nuns, incarcerated up to 10,000 women from 1922 to 1996. Since the last laundry was shuttered, survivors and advocates have been demanding an official apology from the state, as well as compensation for wages, pensions, and healthcare.
For the last decade or so, these demands have gone unanswered by the government. Read More
BY Jules Abraham
on Jun 08, 2010
It was May 3rd 2006, a group of women walked together within the fresh scent of the flowers they were planning to sell at the Texcoco local market. They must have been relishing the small pieces of triumph and hope within themselves, because today was the day they had been told they could finally sell their flowers again. Thoughts of returning home with happy little extras for their families that night were swiftly extinguished upon their approach. Read More
BY Katie Oldaker
on Feb 08, 2010
This past week, several members of Congress re-introduced the International Violence Against Women Act, a bill designed to support international programs to end violence against women. From an article on Politico.com, co-written by Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and Representative Bill Delahunt (D-MA), as well as Larry Cox and Kerry Kennedy (from Amnesty International USA):
"IVAWA will support innovative programs that challenge public attitudes and cultural practices that perpetuate and condone violence against women and girls. Read More
Elizabeth Simbiwa Sogbo-Tortu was disqualified from running for chief in an election in her home country of Sierra Leone, because she is a woman.
Not only was she barred from the election solely based on her gender, but as of Monday, she could not return to her home because it had been besieged by members of a Sierra Leone traditional group and her convoy pelted with stones. She has taken refuge in the capital and at the time was being protected by armed police, UN officials, and women’s rights campaigners. Read More