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Celebrating diversity: Mardi Gras 2014

/ Texts and Photographs: Daniela Quinteros Rosas / Celebrating diversity and tolerance in a party was never as important to the streets of Sydney, Australia as this year. Mardi Gras 2014 was one of the biggest parade ever made submerging one of the main avenues with colors and energy all around. More than 9.400 homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals, transexuals, transgender and heterosexual where glowing and shi ...

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Panchomania is not enough. A New Spirituality for a New Humanity

Pope Francis I (Papa Pancho by his hispanophone nickname) has made an attempt to soften up the stance of the Catholic Church with respect to homosexuality. At no point did he propose a change in the doctrine of marriage being between a man and a woman, and he certainly did not condone homosexual acts per se, but rather attempted to show compassion and the possibility of gay people approaching the Church for ...

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Maternity Leave: Women’s Survival vs. Family Responsibilities in Rwanda

  Human Wrongs Watch Kigali, 22 October 2014 (ILO)* – Kanyange’s (not her real name) baby is crying intermittently as they wait to meet a doctor at a health care centre in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.  Source: ILO “My baby has been like this over the last two days. This started just after I had returned to work after my six-week maternity leave had expired.” . The doctor’s instructions brought more c ...

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“Women Are Being Driven Offline”: Feminist Anita Sarkeesian Terrorized for Critique of Video Games

Anita Sarkeesian, a prominent feminist critic of video games, was forced to cancel a speech at Utah State University last week after the school received an email threatening to carry out "the deadliest shooting in American history" at the event. The email sender wrote: "feminists have ruined my life and I will have my revenge." The sender used the moniker Marc Lepine, the name of a man who killed 14 women, ...

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Liberians in US Face Worsening Stigma

  Human Wrongs Watch By Philippa Garson, New York, 17 October 2014 (IRIN)* — Africans living in the US from the three Ebola-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, are under enormous pressure trying to help their families and ravaged communities back home. And they face an additional challenge: stigma.    **Photo: Bobby Digi | In better times – market in Little Liberia selling food ...

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“Alarming Number of Girls Assaulted, Beaten, Raped, Mutilated and Even Murdered”

  Human Wrongs Watch An estimated 70 million girls aged 15 to 19 report being victims of some form of physical violence while around 120 million girls under the age of 20 have experienced forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts, while 70 per cent of girls aged 15 to 19 who had been victims of physical or sexual violence never sought help as many said they did not think it was abuse or did not se ...

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Addressing domestic violence — together

Victoria Law Given that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I’ve been thinking about ways in which friends, loved ones and other community members have helped support survivors in their circles. If 75 women are abused every hour, readers most likely know at least one person who is or has been in an abusive relationship. Chances are that most of us, when confronted with abuse in our communities, ma ...

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Israeli airline criticized over Orthodox Jews ‘bullying’ women passengers

  Human Wrongs Watch By Russia Today (RT)*, 1 October 2014 — Israel’s national airline El Al has been petitioned to “stop the bullying, intimidation and discrimination against women” on its flights by ultra-Orthodox Jews who refuse to be seated next to women on religious grounds. A petition on Change.org has been issued following the last week’s scandal when a transatlantic flight from the US to Israel ...

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A Permanent Memorial to Slave Trade at UN Called ‘The Arak of Return’

  Human Wrongs Watch On 26 September 2014, at a high level ceremony on the margins of the UN General Assembly, the representatives of six nations – The Netherlands, New Zealand, Qatar, Senegal, Jamaica and Spain – marked the financing of The Ark of Return, the new memorial which is expected to be unveiled on the grounds of the UN’s Headquarters in New York in the beginning of 2015.   A Powerful Me ...

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Interview to Georgina Hassan, Argentinean singer and songwriter who has joined the campaign for October 2 #diadelanoviolencia #nonviolenceday

Buenos Aires, September 8, 2014 1. Georgina, we know you're working on a new album / book called Calculus. Can you tell us a little about how did this third album of your career came about? Tornasol began brewing when I was pregnant with my daughter Violet. It was a very beautiful and inspiring time. I found the need to move away from my familiar places. In this way songs in Spanish and some in Portuguese w ...

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