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Say No to the High Payment of Dowry and Bride Price in Cameroon.

2013/05/07
The dowry system is a shame and should be abolished in Cameroon. Bride price gives the parents the authority to 'sell' their daughters, reinforcing the myth that girls and women are property." women are not for sale". With the high demands from parents many women and men are deprived from getting married. With the high rate of unemployment they can’t afford paying the exorbitant prices and demands. The women are exposes to many societal ills and are the most

vulnerable. Modalities and laws must be instituted by government authorities to regulate the functioning of bride price, if it has to re-exist at all. Bride price is a hindrance to a healthy marriage institution. Women need to face their traditions for a better woman world and Say NO to Bride Price. Bride Price reduces women to the status of chattel or property and exposes them to all sorts of abuse, widow inheritance and the risk of HIV infection.Many young men who cannot afford Bride Price simply co-habit. This makes them forfeit many rights and entitlements, which can be particularly detrimental for already disadvantaged and vulnerable women.The promise of Bride Price encourages parents to force young girls out of school in order to be married off for Bride Price. This discriminates against girls in education. The mothers of the brides are ridiculed to the background when the traditional rites are performed. The dowry collection is carried out by uncles, in-laws and the bride’s fathers. The mothers are not given any token of appreciation as it called, when they have been the ones responsible for the well being of their children. The essence of the bride price is to make a woman submissive and powerless. It is a shame and should be abolished.

Sign the Petition Say No to the Payment of Dowry and Bride Price! Link: https://www.change.org/petitions/the-government-of-cameroon-the-ministry... Link: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/334/235/242/ Link: https://www.facebook.com/SayNoToThePaymentOfDowryAndBridePrice [HMTS Read more at Original post]

Relates to Cameroon
Sectors: Violence Against Women, Human Rights, HIV/AIDS, Gender Discrimination, Child Marriage

'Honour killings' bring dishonour to India

2012/12/27
The public beheading of a woman by her brother in Kolkata highlights a surge in so-called 'honour killings'. Read more at Al Jazeera
Relates to India
Sectors: Violence Against Women

Delhi Rape Victim in Singapore — Updated

2012/12/27
A young Indian woman who is fighting for her life after being gang raped 11 days ago on a moving bus has been shifted to Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth hospital. Read more at The Wall Street Journal
Relates to India
Sectors: Violence Against Women

250 Lady Health Workers refuse to take part in polio drive

2012/12/27
Terrified by the murders of nine vaccinators last week, more than 250 lady health workers (LHW) in the garrison city have dissociated themselves from the three-day short interval additional dose (SIAD) campaign for polio immunisation starting in 63 union councils of the district from Thursday. Read more at Dawn
Sectors: Violence Against Women

Unicef supports adolescent girls with extension of Dare to Care campaign

2012/12/25
Cricket and Bollywood Tuesday joined hands against gender discrimination as Unicef brand ambassadors Irfan Pathan and Priyanka Chopra launched a website to support adolescent girls. The website - The Cheer-O-Meter (www.d2c.in) comes as an extension of IPL team Delhi Daredevil's "Dare to Care" campaign for adolescent girls. Championing the cause of reducing discrimination against women, the campaign is meant to promote education and equal opportunities for girls. Read more at Daily News
Relates to India
Sectors: Gender Discrimination, Education

Amnesty International Says Death Penalty No Answer to Rape

2012/12/24
The Wall Street Journal’s India Real Time talked to Salil Shetty, secretary-general of Amnesty International, about human rights in the country during 2012, including the recent horrific rape in Delhi. Read more at The Wall Street Journal
Relates to India
Sectors: Violence Against Women

Indian police shut roads in heart of Indian capital to prevent more protests against gang-rape

2012/12/24
Authorities shut down roads in the heart of India's capital on Monday to put an end to a week of demonstrations against the brutal gang-rape of a woman on a moving bus. Read more at Star Tribune
Relates to India
Sectors: Violence Against Women

Duped women fight back as Burma gets to grips with human trafficking

2012/12/24
Burma has been fighting trafficking within its borders for the past eight years – it signed the 2004 UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime and in 2007 established its own anti-trafficking taskforce – with more than 1,700 victims rescued to date. But rights groups say it still lacks the teeth to prosecute and prevent cases from reoccurring – meaning that repeat offenders like Chit Htet's sister-in-law often walk free. Read more at The Guardian
Relates to Myanmar
Sectors: Trafficking

Malala asks for Pakistan college not to be named after her

2012/12/21
Malala Yousufzai, a 15-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for promoting girls' education, has urged Pakistan to reverse a decision to rename a college in her honour to avert militant attacks on students, according to an official. Read more at The Guardian
Relates to Pakistan
Sectors: Violence Against Women, Education

Philippines only a signature away from passing reproductive health bill into law

2012/12/21
Within minutes of the announcement that the Philippines' landmark reproductive health bill had been ratified, jubilant messages began flooding the Twitter feed of Pia Cayetano, one of the senators who pushed through the final version of the legislation by a margin of 11 votes to five. Read more at The Guardian
Relates to Philippines
Sectors: Reproductive Health

UN calls for ban on 'grotesque practice' of female genital mutilation

2012/12/20
On Thursday, in a major victory for that campaign, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for a global ban on FGM. Read more at ABC News
Sectors: Female Genital Mutilation

Solar lamps reduce childbirth risks in remote northern Kenya

2012/12/20
Hasna Muktar, a traditional birth attendant in remote Sankuri village in northern Kenya, has met her share of challenges while delivering babies, from snakebite and threatening hyenas to the choking fumes of kerosene lamps that are widely used to provide a feeble light at night-time deliveries. But that last problem, at least, is now being overcome, thanks to the installation of solar panels and bright, low-energy LED lights. [AlertNet Read more at http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/solar-lamps-reduce-childbirth-risks-in-remote-northern-kenya/]
Relates to Kenya
Sectors: Reproductive Health

Activists woe low conviction rate, long trials

2012/12/18
The brutal gang rape of a physiotherapy student in a moving bus has provoked the ire of women rights activities, who blame long trials and low rate of conviction for the emboldening of anti-social elements. Read more at The Times of India
Relates to India
Sectors: Violence Against Women, Public Policy

Indians Outraged Over Rape on Moving Bus in New Delhi

2012/12/18
And then, the police said, the men beat the couple with an iron rod and repeatedly raped the woman as the bus circled the city. The woman suffered severe injuries to her head and intestines and required multiple operations, local news media reported, indicators of an assault so savage that India’s capital on Tuesday was shaking with public outrage. Protesters encircled a local police station and blocked a major highway. India’s Parliament erupted in angry protests and condemnation. Read more at NY Times
Relates to India
Sectors: Violence Against Women, Political Participation/Governance

UN says more than 125 rapes during DR Congo army retreat

2012/12/18
More than 125 women were raped as Democratic Republic of Congo troops pulled back from a rebel offensive last month, according to a UN investigation revealed Tuesday. Read more at AFP
Relates to Democratic Republic of Congo
Sectors: Violence Against Women, Peace and Conflict

Sudan's Bombing Campaign, and the Aftermath for Women

2012/12/18
Since September 2011, Sudanese government forces have bombed indiscriminately across Blue Nile State, spreading palpable fear among civilians who live there. Government bombardments and ground attacks have killed, maimed and injured scores of civilians, destroyed property including markets, homes and schools, and displaced tens of thousands of women, men and children. Read more at Huffington Post
Relates to Sudan
Sectors: Violence Against Women, Peace and Conflict

Nine Afghan girls killed by blast

2012/12/17
Nine young and impoverished Afghan girls lost their lives in a land-mine explosion Monday while they were collecting firewood in eastern Afghanistan, officials said. The blast, outside a village in the Chaparhar district of Nangarhar Province, left three other girls wounded. All the victims were schoolchildren, between 9 and 11 years old, according to information provided by government officials. Read more at Washington Post
Relates to Afghanistan
Sectors: Violence Against Women

Financial Crisis Hit Women Harder on Jobs

2012/12/15
The global financial and economic crisis hit women harder than men in the job market — and no improvement is likely in the coming years, the U.N. labor agency said in a new report. The International Labor Organization said the gap between unemployed women and men rose in 2012, destroying 13 million jobs for women. Read more at ABC News
Sectors: Gender Discrimination

Cervical cancer: striking women down at the peak of their lives

2012/12/14
Mwamjengwa has cervical cancer – a highly preventable and highly curable disease that few die from in Europe these days. But there is little screening in Tanzania and cervical cancer kills large numbers of women, many of whom are never diagnosed because local hospitals do not recognise the disease until it is too late. Read more at The Guardian
Relates to Tanzania
Sectors: Reproductive Health

Some Côte d’Ivoire Women Don’t Want Joint Responsibility for Family

2012/12/14
After 17 years of women struggling for parity with men in the household, Côte d’Ivoire’s legislature has finally adopted a law which establishes equal responsibility for legally married spouses. But not everyone is happy. Read more at Inter Press Service
Relates to Ivory Coast
Sectors: Public Policy, Gender Discrimination
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