Weekend Digest

11 Feb

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Women in Tunisia’s Revolt, via Muslimah Media Watch

Unlike in Lebanon or in Iran, where Neda Agha-Soltan became a symbolic figure of resistance, there was little mention of the women who took part in the protests in Tunisia, or of the victims of the security forces response, such as the woman who was shot and killed in Nabeul.

What explains this disparity? This was very much a media event, and perhaps this in itself was part of the reason. In the Arab world, and to a lesser extent in French media, there has been a month of in-depth coverage of a developing story, but in English-language media, the real coverage began only as Ben Ali began making concessions. Consequently, there was no narrative to frame events, so a disproportionate amount of the analysis has focused on the new media’s role in the uprising, from Wikileaks to Twitter.

Abuse stifles the potential of Afghan women, via RAWA News

According to UNIFEM, Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous and restrictive places to be a woman and an estimated 87 percent of women are victims of domestic violence.

“If this is indeed true, it is due to the 30 years of war that has instilled and molded violence in the lives of the people in Afghanistan,” Shakila Hamidi, program manager at Women for Afghan Women, told MediaGlobal. Women are especially vulnerable in areas of armed conflict.

Afghan war killed 2 children daily in 2010, via RAWA News

An average of two children per day were killed in Afghanistan last year, with areas of the once peaceful north now among the most dangerous, an independent Afghan rights watchdog said on Wednesday.

The Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) said in a report that, of the 2,421 civilians the group registered as killed in conflict-related security incidents in 2010, some 739 were under the age of 18.

Is Sexual Violence Against Latina Farmworkers a Hate Crime, via Catherine A. Traywick

We would like to point out that Catherine is the co-founder and former member of WBB. Be sure to check out her blog!

This week, two high-profile tri­als involv­ing the racially moti­vated mur­ders of Lati­nos in Penn­syl­va­nia and Ari­zona are expos­ing the unset­tling impli­ca­tions of grow­ing anti-immigrant sen­ti­ment. But while antag­o­nis­tic polit­i­cal dis­course and incen­di­ary pol­icy are shown to pro­voke eth­nic violence–correlating with a 52 per­cent increase in hate crimes–they also indi­rectly drive sex­ual vio­lence against immi­grant women. The com­bi­na­tion of stricter enforce­ment and increased cul­tural ani­mos­ity toward immi­grants ren­ders undoc­u­mented women work­ers more sus­cep­ti­ble to work­place rape and sex­ual exploitation–violent crimes that don’t gen­er­ally reg­is­ter as hate crimes but that nev­er­the­less bespeak of racially charged motives.

If there are any other articles or blog posts you found interesting, please leave a link in the comment section.

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