Gang Members Arrested for Rape and Murder of Ciudad Juarez Women
Ten gang members confessed to raping and beating fifty or more young women in Ciudad Juarez, a Mexican city near the U.S. border. So far, the suspects have denied murdering the women and police say they cannot prove otherwise.
Women's groups report that 118 women have been brutally raped, murdered and left to decay in a nearby desert in the last 5 years. Many of the women's bodies were intentionally disfigured beyond recognition.
Special prosecutor Maria Esfarsa told CNN that she believes the murders may express unemployed men's anger at women for moving into the workforce, albeit at poverty wages. Women's rights activist Judith Gallarza said that the women of Ciudad Juarez are perceived as "expendable" and "disposable."
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .