Posts Tagged Justice

Afghani women resorting to immolation in increased numbers

According to the New York Times, self-immolation is on the rise among women in Afghanistan:

It is shameful here to admit to troubles at home, and mental illness often goes undiagnosed or untreated…The choices for Afghan women are extraordinarily restricted: Their family is their fate. There is little chance for education, little choice about whom a woman marries, no choice at all about her role in her own house. Her primary job is to serve her husband’s family. Outside that world, she is an outcast.

Many of the women who are burning themselves are trying to escape violence inflicted on them by husbands and in-laws. Sometimes, the burnings themselves are even purported to be suicide attempts when they are actually homicidal ...

According to the New York Times, self-immolation is on the rise among women in Afghanistan:

It is shameful here to admit to troubles at home, and mental illness often goes undiagnosed or untreated…The choices for Afghan women ...

Help Colorlines celebrate love

Colorlines Editor Kai Wright told readers earlier this month that he wants to celebrate love more at Colorlines. I’m not entirely sure, but I believe it’s in response to the recent barrage of youth suicides.

Either way, I think it’s a fabulous idea. In Kai’s words:

There may be a long road ahead to justice, but surely it begins with everyone doing their best to love themselves and one another.

You can support this effort by sending in ideas for posts celebrating love. Instructions here.

In the latest celebrating love post, Colorlines highlighted the incredible journey of Mia Mingus and Stacey Millburn, two queer disabled diasporic Korean women of color who are moving from their respective Southern ...

Colorlines Editor Kai Wright told readers earlier this month that he wants to celebrate love more at Colorlines. I’m not entirely sure, but I believe it’s in response to the recent barrage of youth ...

[Don't] Stop Snitchin’

This week, News One is reporting that a community group comprising mostly males and calling themselves the “Detroit 300″ has been mobilizing within their community to help catch rape suspects. Interestingly, to do so they have been actively countering the dominant community creed (and now meme) to “stop snitching” to police on community residents who are known to be guilty of a crime. From the article:

“A community group known as ‘Detroit 300′ is being credited for helping police track down 3 teens accused of raping a 90-year-old woman.  Now they’re pledging to take back the streets and continue to patrol the neighborhoods…

In times where the ‘Stop Snitching’ creed controls Black neighborhoods all across the country, this group is helping to bring ...

This week, News One is reporting that a community group comprising mostly males and calling themselves the “Detroit 300″ has been mobilizing within their community to help catch rape suspects. Interestingly, to do so they have been ...

Will Bangladesh acknowledge its rape history?

The NYT reports: “As the 40th anniversary of the 1971 war approaches, the Bangladeshi government has set up an International Crimes Tribunal to investigate the atrocities of that era. But human rights advocates and lawyers fear that the mass rapes and killings of women will not be adequately addressed.”

This particular site and time of rape being used rampantly as a war crime was first brought to many Western feminists’ attention through Susan Brownmiller’s 1975 book Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape, in which she wrote that 200,000 women–at the least–and more likely up to 400,000 women had been raped during the 1971 war.

There are many events planned for the 40th anniversary commemoration, but it’s still unclear if ...

The NYT reports: “As the 40th anniversary of the 1971 war approaches, the Bangladeshi government has set up an International Crimes Tribunal to investigate the atrocities of that era. But human rights advocates and lawyers fear ...

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