Saturday, October 26, 2013

Saudi Women Protest Through Driving.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi activists said more than 60 women claimed to have answered their call on Saturday to get behind the wheel in a rare show of defiance against a ban on female driving in the ultraconservative kingdom.

Saudi professor and campaigner Aziza Youssef said the group has received 13 videos and another 50 phone messages from women showing or claiming they had driven. She said they have no way to verify the messages.

If the numbers are accurate, this year's campaign is the most successful effort yet by Saudi women demanding the right to drive. Youssef said they have not received any reports of arrests or women being ticketed by police.

A security official said that authorities did not arrest or fine any female drivers on Saturday. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

However, there have been a few roadblocks along the way.

Youssef said she and four other prominent women activists received phone calls this week from a top official with close links to Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, warning them not to drive on Saturday, the day the campaign set for women's driving.

View gallery."In this image made from video provided by theOct26thDriving …
In this image made from video provided by theOct26thDriving campaign, which has been authenticated b …
She also said that "two suspicious cars" have been following her everywhere all day. "I don't know from which party they are from. They are not in a government car," she said.

Though no specific Saudi law bans women from driving, women are not issued licenses. They mostly rely on drivers or male relatives to move around.

Powerful clerics who hold far-reaching influence over the monarchy enforce the driving ban, warning that breaking it will spread "licentiousness." A prominent cleric caused a stir when he said last month that medical studies show that driving a car harms a woman's ovaries.

American ladies, remember this the next time you want to argue for something else that's far less severe. We actually live in a great country. I wonder what type of bogus study said you can't drive without your ovaries being hurt? In any case, I do hope that these women make it through safely with no arrests or violations.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

I think we all know somebody who has suffered from breast cancer. It might be a family member, a friend, or other loved one. The results might have been minimal or totally fatal. Some people believe it won't happen to them, while some others might be scared like crazy of it. The good news is that early detection drastically increases the survival rate. Here are some ideas.

First, no matter how young you are, give yourself a breast exam at least once a month. You don't need fancy technology for this. You simply start feeling your breasts and the areas around them for lumps once a month. After doing this so many times, you'll start to know when something doesn't feel normal. If you feel a lump, then see your doctor.

The Duke Cancer Institute gives more detail about how to give yourself a breast exam. No, it's not complicated.

If you are forty years old or older, then it's time to start getting yearly mammograms. If you have a family history of breast cancer, then you should start mammograms ten years before the first degree relative (mother, sister, etc) got it. It's believed that mammograms are expensive, but they are not. Private insurance often covers them. If you do not have private insurance that will cover it and you can't purchase an exam on your own, then speak to your local health department about getting a mammogram. They will either help you get set up with one or will refer you to a local place that can get you a mammogram. You can also dial 1-800-GO-KOMEN (1-800-465-6636).  You local YWCA may also have information about where to go. More information can be found here.


Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Story of One Brave Child.

This eleven year old girl ran away from her family to avoid being married off. She says she'd rather be dead than be married off. I don't agree with killing oneself, but she's been in a desperate situation, and she's far from the only one. No child should have to be put through this.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Indonesian province bans female secretaries

The governor of an Indonesian province on Saturday said he had ordered his top staff to replace their female secretaries with men following a string of extra-marital affairs.
"I received inputs that many government office heads here are involved in extra-marital affairs with their female secretaries," Rusli Habibie, the governor of Gorontalo province on northern Sulawesi island told AFP.
"They treat them much better than their own wives. They bring them presents from official trips like perfumes or branded bags while their poor wives get nothing," he said.
"For these reasons, I ordered them to replace their female secretaries with male assistants or with old women who are no longer attractive," he added.

Read more:

I bet a woman who gets hired now will feel soooooooo happy knowing the employer doesn't find her attractive. I have an idea. Let's get rid of male employers that do this stuff? In our country, we call this sexual harassment. We just flat out say that bosses can't date those who work under them. Simple concept. It doesn't always work, but it's better than this idea.

Hold Universities and Colleges Responsible.

Trigger warning: this petition contains information about sexual assault that may be upsetting to survivors.
We are members of a group of hundreds of students and recent graduates fighting sexual violence at colleges and universities, driven by our own experiences of assault, harassment, and abuse on campus. Many of us filed complaints with the Department of Education's Office of Civil rights because we feel our schools broke federal law by refusing to protect us either before or after we were assaulted. In fact, the Department of Education has only ever publicly found one school to be in noncompliance with the law, even though a recent study suggests nearly two thirds of colleges in America don't comply.
We started this petition to demand that the Department of Education step up to hold colleges and universities publicly accountable for complying with federal law about protecting survivors of sexual assault like us.
Indeed, one in four women will be raped by the time she graduates college. And, often, survivors are betrayed by the school administrations they turn to after their assault. In this past year alone, hundreds of survivors from dozens of schools have bravely shared their experiences. Almost all have been silenced or ignored by their campus administrations, and most have been forced to drop classes, clubs, sports teams, jobs – or abandon their educations entirely – in order to ensure their basic safety.

more, Please sign the petition.

It's sad that in 2013, women feel the needs to drop out of school for their own safety. It shouldn't be like this.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

India Considers Chemical Castration for rape victims, along with other proposed changes.

After a 23-year-old girl was raped by six men in a moving bus in Delhi last month, young men and women launched protest rallies across the country.
When the Indian girl died of her injuries in a Singapore hospital two weeks after the attack, the mass outrage turned more virulent, with protesters demanding the death penalty for the six rapists and seeking stricter deterrents against growing violence against women in the country.

 This week it came to light that the party was readying a draft bill to propose a tougher law to punish sexual attackers. Press Trust of India has reported that, for rape convicts, prison sentences of up to 30 years are to be proposed. The bill also includes a proposal for chemical castration of convicted rapists, in rare cases.

One of the six accused in the Delhi case is possibly a juvenile, being less than 18 years old. Although he reportedly inflicted the most fatal injuries on the girl, as a juvenile, he is likely to be let off with a mild punishment. The bill would also seek to reduce the age limit of those legally called "juveniles" from 18 to 15.In India it often takes years or even decades for a court to decide legal cases, including rape cases. The bill would propose to fast-track all rape cases so that they are settled within 3 months.


Okay, I cannot believe that India takes this long to determine a trial. Settling it in three months would be a huge start. I also don't agree with the death penalty in any case, so thirty years along with chemical castration would be okay for me. Some argue the chemical castration is a bad idea because it's permanent and it can't be taken back if one is proven innocent. Perhaps they should have an appeals process before doing that.

I like the idea though because many rapists rape again. Child Molesters almost always violate again. Some of these people don't wait until they get out of prison, some rape in prison. Imagine if we could put a stop to it more often over here.

I also have to say I've been impressed with how men have reacted to the news of the woman being so brutally raped and killed. They've actually laid down in the streets to protest.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Crown Prosecution Service To Crack Down On Female Genital Mutilation.

Carrying out or assisting female genital mutilation has been a criminal offence since 1985. The law was made tougher in 2003 with the passing of the Female Genital Mutilation Act, which makes it an offence for UK citizens of permanent residence to take a child abroad for cutting, even where the practice is legal. The maximum penalty is 14 years imprisonment.
But only three cases have ever been referred to the CPS – the first in 2010 – and not one of them made it to court. In the first case, the victim gave conflicting accounts of what happened, where it took place and who carried it out.


 Prosecutions for female mutilation are particularly difficult because they could require a girl to implicate her own parents in a crime. There are also cultural taboos and communities may stay silent or close ranks. It is also hard to obtain reliable evidence if the crime is carried out abroad.


I cannot believe that it was 1985 before they made female genital mutilation illegal in the United Kingdom. I would think that it's not only hard to prosecute due to a lack of evidence and kids not wanting to implicate their parents, but I think it's possible that these girls believe that what their parents are doing is right. They're being taught that for religious reasons, they need to have this done. They've been taught since day one that their parent's version of religion is correct, so why would they question it? Women usually support having their daughters "circumcised" to keep them from wanting to have sex before marriage. If grown women are convinced, then so are kids.

This means that it's probably up to third party witnesses such as midwives to let the secret out.  I'm surprised to hear that midwives are wanting the prosecution. I would have thought the family would ensure they brought somebody into their circle who supported their ideas one hundred percent. Obviously not.