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Learn of the plight of our Afghan sisters & brothers from the headlines of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)


towards Global Sisterhood Network operations and to support feminist struggles in South Asia and the Middle East


2015 Feminist Cinema

 Prodigal Daughter - A Documentary and Reconciliation Story, produced and directed by Mabel Valdiviezo


 2015 Analyses by Women of Substance

  Farkhunda’s lynching in broad daylight illustrates a continuum of women's rights abuses in Afghanistan by Carol Mann

  GM Industry's legal constructs of personhood deny the common freedoms of democratic electorates by Vandana Shiva


 Feminist Treasures departing Mother Earth 2015

Joan Kirner: First Woman Premier of Victoria, Forever a Feminist Inspiration. June 20 1938-June 1 2015                                                                                                        


2015: Global Incidents of Patriarchy and Misogyny

Philippines: Exploitation & desertion of pregnant young prostitutes largely due to Australian male sex tourists

US: Despite opposition from the gun lobby, State lawmakers focus on reducing gun access to those convicted of domestic violence crimes [the overwhelming majority being MEN]


India: Govt patriarchy/misogyny lets husband-rapists off the hook for sexual assault - an indictable crime in anyone's book

Read also:   Sterilisation of 8,863 women vs 19 men in Tuticorin makes a mockery of Population Foundation's optimism on women's reproductive rights

and  40 years ago mass vasectomies ousted a govt, but mass tubectomies [in the main of poor, illiterate women] prevailing to this day escape political consequence


Pakistan: In the political arena, women acceptable only as proxies and/or extension of male politicians

Afghanistan: 8 girls in critical condition following mass poisoning at school in Samangan province

India: Women undergoing sterilisation in Bihar suffer from unsanitary conditions & extremely shoddy equipment

Read also: Women's reproductive rights sacrificed via pimary focus of 2014 budget on sterilisation

China-India: Masculinised sex ratios predicted to leave 21% of men aged 50 in China & 15% in India unmarried till at least 1970

Australia: Melbourne, May 6 2015, Shine Bright Candle Light Vigil for Women & Children slain in Domestic Violence

Iraq: Flourishing under the US-led Occupation, the systematic brutalisation of women continues into 2015

Afghanistan  Women take over responsibilities for burying sister Farkhunda brutally murdered by male mob

Australia: Majority of cases unreported, but sexual assaults against women and children, 93 % committed by men, rise by 19% in 2013-14

Afghanistan: Performance artist Kubra Khademi forced into hiding post-metal underwear demo against sexual harassment
 


International Women's Day 2015

UN 2015 Theme: Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it! ­(but negotiations not to be squandered)

Global:   Female Genital Mutilation declining, but in some African & Middle Eastern countries still hovers at 80 per cent


India: Dr. V. Rukmini Rao, feminist extraordinaire, "Woman of the Year 2014"

Australia:  Rosie Batty, Australian of the Year, and a powerful, articulate catalyst for change to the country's Domestic Violence pandemic

Thailand: In face of significant Australian stains on Thai Women's wombs, surrogacy banned for foreigners

Turkey: Murder of Ozgecan Aslan who resisted rape, a tipping point for the country's feminists 

UK: Dementia - Underfunded, and a triple whammy for women as carers, victims, & researchers

Jordan:  Impoverished women from Turkman communities in Amman left nameless in birth, marriage & death

UK: 1.4 million women victims of Domestic Violence in 2014, 3 times more common amongst lowest incomes 

India: Women left to recover in cold, wet conditions as regulations again violated in Varanasi sterilisation camp

UN Security Council: Advised much more needed to end the brutalization of women & girls in conflict zones and essential to increase women's participation in peace efforts

China: Black Market Surrogate Industry lures school girls with large sums for perilous egg donations 

India: SC judges demand answers over controversial clinical trials of HPV vaccines in tribal girls and boys

India: In 2014 Delhi's overall crime rate increased by 100%, rape by 32%, with less than one-third of crimes solved 

Mexico: Six women slain daily, but misogyny & corruption inhibit justice for the country's pandemic of Violence Against Women

Global:   Gender inequality the scourge of the 21st century, with systemic change warranted at UN's 2015 reviews of Beijing Declaration and Sustainable Development Goals

China: Kong Ning, brave woman jailer-turned-lawyer-turned-artist, addresses environmental safety & speedy end to death penalty

India:   Chhattisgarh government's "Rat Poison Theory" to explain sterilisation deaths nothing less than a farce

Burma:  Multi-billion dollar Dawei SEZ [deep-sea port] project destroys women's livelihoods

Egypt: FGM a mockery of 2011 Revolution, and still prevalent despite 2008 ban

India: Deaths of 15 women finally drive home the misogyny of incentive-driven sterilisation camps