Women's, Human Rights Groups Use Internet to Fight Abuses
Next week, international human rights activist Jean-Paul Marthoz of Human Rights Watch will address an "Outlook for Freedom" conference in Budapest about the many ways that non-governmental organizations, women's rights, and human rights organizations are using the Web to educate and inform citizens about human rights abuses.
"By jumping over borders, by opening cheap access to information, and by providing forums for debate in countries where the media are monopolized, the Internet offers the disenfranchised a chance to participate."
The Feminist Majority has created a "Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan" Web site that educates, informs, and mobilizes people to protest the Taliban's repression of Afghan women. Afghanistan Women's Association International is also dedicated to educating the public about the Taliban's abuses.
Human Rights Watch has publicized widespread attacks against ethnic Chinese women in Indonesia on its Web site, www.hrw.org.
For information on how governments have attempted to censor their citizens' access to the internet, see http://www.oneworld.org/news/by_theme/index.html.
9/12/2014 Violence Against Women Act Turns 20 - Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary. . . .
9/12/2014 Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery - An Indiana woman has been charged with feticide after she delivered prematurely and sought hospital treatment.
Purvi Patel, 33, sought help at an emergency room for vaginal bleeding where it was discovered that she had delivered prematurely at home. . . .