#KuToo Please give women in Japan the choice to wear flat shoes

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Annie May Flower
Feb 13, 2021
Petition to stop forcing dangerous heels.

Our future must become clothes optional world wide!

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Calysta Goudee
Jun 15, 2020
Because this might cause long-term health problems related to their feet

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Richard Johnson
1 year ago
Women shouldn't be forced to wear uncomfortable or unhealthy shoes based on societal pressure.

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Cyndie Miles
1 year ago
Women shouldn't be oppressed or controlled, especially by something as essential as shoes you wear to work, which has a profound impact on your health, livelihood and social standing.

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Richard LaJeunesse
1 year ago
It’s been a long time coming. RPL

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Angela Price
1 year ago
Women should not be required to wear shoes that are uncomfortable & physically harmful to their feet.

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Emily Grey
2 years ago
This rule is incredibly sexist because female employees are having to work in a type of footwear that is painful, causes permanent damage and makes it more difficult to walk and carry out their work effectively. Employers must allow ALL employees to wear flat shoes which allow them to carry out their work without risking injuries and long-term health problems, regardless of their gender!

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Anita Kanitz
2 years ago
"Violence against women has become more than a national crisis."

"We are reviewing laws on domestic violence and sexual offences to prioritise the needs and interests of survivors."

"Violence against women is a men’s problem."

- President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Afrikca

Violence against women is prevalent. It is also preventable.

To end this violation of women’s human rights, everyone needs to understand it.

Global estimates show that 1 in 3 women will be subject to violence in her lifetime.

Violence against women and girls is prevalent in every society in the world. It is not confined to any particular class, culture or religion.

Violence comes in many forms.

Violence against women includes psychological, economic and emotional violence and abuse.

The United Nations defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”

The Asia Pacific region has some of the highest reported levels of violence against women and girls in the world.

UN regional data shows 15 per cent to 68 per cent of women across the region have reported experiencing physical and/or sexual partner violence in their lifetime.

In Papua New Guinea, more than two thirds of women have experienced family violence.

Gender based violence has reached pandemic levels in Papua New Guinea. In some parts of the country, 80 per cent of men admit they have been responsible for sexual violence against their partner.

Intimate partner violence is a leading risk for women.

Almost one third of all women who have been in a relationship have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner. Globally, as many as 38% of all murders of women are committed by intimate partners.

Sexual violence impacts girls.

Worldwide, up to 50 per cent of sexual assaults are committed against girls under 16.

Men are overwhelmingly the perpetrators of gender-based violence.

In order to eliminate this violence, the attitudes of men need to change. A great example of this is the work of one of our partners, the Nazareth Centre for Rehabilitation, which is based in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. The team run programs for male advocates who reinforce the work of women in pushing for gender equality, elimination of violence and respectful relationships.

The root cause of violence against women is gender inequality

At IWDA, we support our partners in Asia and Pacific to address gender inequality, which is the key driver of violence against women. We are challenging the attitudes and behaviours that condone violence against women and deny women’s right to safety.

Violence against women is a barrier to women’s leadership

Increasing women’s voice and leadership involves redistributions of power and resources, which is often met with resistance including violence against women.

These gendered acts of violence are used to deter, restrict and undermine the participation of women in political activism and decision making at all levels.

Financial dependency can prevent women from leaving violent partners.

Many women experiencing abuse rely on their partner for money to pay for essentials like food and housing. When they leave, they may not be able to meet their or their children’s basic needs.Working with women to build their financial literacy, grow their life and work skills, and to get in touch with income-generating opportunities empowers them to build the financial means to find security.
Laws must protect women.

Currently, 49 countries have no laws that protect women from family violence.

In the majority of countries with available data, less than 40 per cent of the women who experience violence seek help of any sort.

Among women who do seek help, most look to family and friends and very few look to formal institutions and mechanisms, such as police and health services. Less than 10 per cent of those women seeking help for experience of violence sought help by appealing to the police.
In Australia 1 in 6 women has experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former partner.

Violence against women is now recognised to be a serious and widespread problem in Australia, with enormous individual and community impacts and social costs. To find out more about gender-based violence in an Australian context, visit Our Watch.
Violence against women and girls comes at an economic cost.

First and foremost, violence against women is a violation of women’s human rights. But it carries a substantial financial burden too, including lost employment and productivity and a high cost of public health and justice services. Research indicates that the economic cost of violence against women could amount to two per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP), equivalent to $1.5 trillion each year.

Violence against women continues after ‘peace’ is declared

In times of conflict, rape, humiliation, and forced marriage are used as weapons against women and their communities. But even when peace is declared, women and children continue to experience high rates of violence. Read how we’re supporting the women of Bougainville to lead the way after conflict.
Ending violence against women is possible.

Violence against women is not inevitable – it is preventable. It is important to challenge the behaviours and norms that restrict women’s rights. Tell your families, schools, communities and workplaces. Together, our message will be amplified, and our voices heard.

Violence against women and girls has many faces:

Femicides and female infanticides, domestic and sexual violence, rape, gang rapes, mass rapes, war rapes, FGM, child and forced marriages, honor killings, dowry murder, sexual harassment, street harassment, acid attacks, witch hunts, sadistic pornography, forced prostitution and sex slavery, violence during childbirths, misogyny and bullying in the media and on social networks, stalking, victim blaming of female victims, forced dress codes like burqa and chadors, execution of female victims, lack of human rights and education.

books about misogyny and femicide:

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
by Jon Krakauer:
From bestselling author Jon Krakauer, a stark, powerful, meticulously reported narrative about a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana ­— stories that illuminate the human drama behind the national plague of campus rape.

Missoula, Montana, is a typical college town, with a highly regarded state university, bucolic surroundings, a lively social scene, and an excellent football team — the Grizzlies — with a rabid fan base.

The Department of Justice investigated 350 sexual assaults reported to the Missoula police between January 2008 and May 2012. Few of these assaults were properly handled by either the university or local authorities. In this, Missoula is also typical.

A DOJ report released in December of 2014 estimates 110,000 women between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four are raped each year. Krakauer’s devastating narrative of what happened in Missoula makes clear why rape is so prevalent on American campuses, and why rape victims are so reluctant to report assault.

Acquaintance rape is a crime like no other. Unlike burglary or embezzlement or any other felony, the victim often comes under more suspicion than the alleged perpetrator. This is especially true if the victim is sexually active; if she had been drinking prior to the assault — and if the man she accuses plays on a popular sports team. The vanishingly small but highly publicized incidents of false accusations are often used to dismiss her claims in the press. If the case goes to trial, the woman’s entire personal life becomes fair game for defense attorneys.

This brutal reality goes a long way towards explaining why acquaintance rape is the most underreported crime in America. In addition to physical trauma, its victims often suffer devastating psychological damage that leads to feelings of shame, emotional paralysis and stigmatization. PTSD rates for rape victims are estimated to be 50%, higher than soldiers returning from war.

In Missoula, Krakauer chronicles the searing experiences of several women in Missoula — the nights when they were raped; their fear and self-doubt in the aftermath; the way they were treated by the police, prosecutors, defense attorneys; the public vilification and private anguish; their bravery in pushing forward and what it cost them.

Some of them went to the police. Some declined to go to the police, or to press charges, but sought redress from the university, which has its own, non-criminal judicial process when a student is accused of rape. In two cases the police agreed to press charges and the district attorney agreed to prosecute. One case led to a conviction; one to an acquittal. Those women courageous enough to press charges or to speak publicly about their experiences were attacked in the media, on Grizzly football fan sites, and/or to their faces. The university expelled three of the accused rapists, but one was reinstated by state officials in a secret proceeding. One district attorney testified for an alleged rapist at his university hearing. She later left the prosecutor’s office and successfully defended the Grizzlies’ star quarterback in his rape trial. The horror of being raped, in each woman’s case, was magnified by the mechanics of the justice system and the reaction of the community.

Krakauer’s dispassionate, carefully documented account of what these women endured cuts through the abstract ideological debate about campus rape. College-age women are not raped because they are promiscuous, or drunk, or send mixed signals, or feel guilty about casual sex, or seek attention. They are the victims of a terrible crime and deserving of compassion from society and fairness from a justice system that is clearly broken.

Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture and What We Can Do about It
by Kate Harding:
Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s arrest. Congressman Todd Akin’s “legitimate” gaffe. The alleged rape crew of Steubenville, Ohio. Sexual violence has been so prominent in recent years that the feminist term “rape culture” has finally entered the mainstream. But what, exactly, is it? And how do we change it?

In Asking for It, Kate Harding answers those questions in the same blunt, bullshit-free voice that’s made her a powerhouse feminist blogger. Combining in-depth research with practical knowledge, Asking for It makes the case that twenty-first century America—where it’s estimated that out of every 100 rapes only 5 result in felony convictions—supports rapists more effectively than victims. Harding offers ideas and suggestions for addressing how we as a culture can take rape much more seriously without compromising the rights of the accused.

Speak
by Laurie Halse Anderson :
The first ten lies they tell you in high school.

"Speak up for yourself—we want to know what you have to say."

From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication.

In Laurie Halse Anderson's powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.

Speak was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.

Violated: Exposing Rape at Baylor University amid College Football's Sexual Assault Crisis
by Paula Lavigne,
Mark Schlabach:
In Violated, two ESPN investigative reporters provide readers with a shocking narrative of sexual crimes committed against women, and a university's culture that kept them quiet.

Throughout its history, Baylor University has presented itself as something special. As the world's largest Baptist university, it was unabashedly Christian. It condemned any sex outside of marriage, and drinking alcohol was grounds for dismissal. Students weren't even allowed to dance on campus until 1996.

During the last several years, however, Baylor officials were hiding a dark secret. Female students were being sexually assaulted at an alarming rate. Baylor administrators did very little to help victims, and their assailants rarely faced discipline for their abhorrent behavior.

Finally, after a pair of high-profile criminal cases involving football players, an independent examination of Baylor's handling of allegations of sexual assault led to sweeping changes, including the unprecedented ouster of its president, athletics director, and popular, highly successful football coach.

For several years, campuses and sports teams across the country have been plagued with accusations of sexual violence, and they've been criticized for how they responded to the students involved. But Baylor stands out. A culture reigned in which people believed that any type of sex, especially violent non-consensual sex, simply "doesn't happen here." Yet it was happening. Many people within Baylor's leadership knew about it. And they chose not to act.

Paula Lavigne, and Mark Schlabach, weave together the complex - and at times contradictory - narrative of how a university, and football program, ascending in national prominence came crashing down amidst the stories of woman after woman coming forward describing their assaults, and a university system they found indifferent to their pain.

He's a Stud, She's a Slut, and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know
by Jessica Valenti:
Double standards are nothing new. Women deal with them every day. Take the common truism that women who sleep around are sluts while men are studs. Why is it that men grow distinguished and sexily gray as they age while women just get saggy and haggard? Have you ever wondered how a young woman is supposed to be both virginal and provocatively enticing at the same time? Isn’t it unfair that working moms are labeled “bad” for focusing on their careers while we shake our heads in disbelief when we hear about the occasional stay-at-home dad?

In 50 Double Standards Every Woman Should Know, author Jessica Valenti calls out the double standards that affect every woman. Whether Valenti is pointing out the wage-earning discrepancies between men and women or revealing all of the places that women still aren’t equal to their male counterparts—be it in the workplace, courtroom, bedroom, or home—she maintains her signature wittily sarcastic tone. With sass, humor, and in-your-face facts, this book informs and equips women with the tools they need to combat sexist comments, topple ridiculous stereotypes (girls aren’t good at math?), and end the promotion of double standards.

Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape
by Susan Brownmiller:
"The most comprehensive study of rape ever offered to the public...It forces readers to take a fresh look at their own attitudes toward this devastating crime." -NEWSWEEK

As powerful and timely now as when it was first published, AGAINST OUR WILL stands as a unique document of the history of politics, the sociology of rape and the inherent and ingrained inequality of men and women under the law. In lucid, persuasive prose, Brownmiller has created a definitive, devastating work of lasting social importance.

Chosen by THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW as One of the Outstanding Books of the Year

The Night Stalker
by Philip Carlo:
Painstakingly researched over three years, based on nearly one hundred hours of exclusive interviews with Richard Ramirez on California's Death Row, The Night Stalker is the definitive account of America's most feared serial murderer.
From Ramirez's earliest brushes with the law to his deadliest stalking expeditions to the unprecedented police and civilian manhunt that resulted in one of the most sensational trials in California history, The Night Stalker is an eerie and spellbinding descent into the very heart of human evil.
It is more than epic nonfiction at its most brutally real - it is true crime masterpiece.

Stalked!: From Victim to Victory, a Journey to Self
by Sandi Musk:
Take your life in your own hands,
Hold your head up high,
You can and you will heal
From anything.

This is the message Sandi Musk preaches to victims of domestic abuse. A victim herself, Sandi miraculously survived a six-hour struggle for her life when her stalker attacked her in her home, beating and punching her, then viciously biting off her ear. After attempting to drown her, he dragged her to her car, intending to drive her to a remote area and kill her. While slipping in and out of unconsciousness, with her son providing the inspiration to live, Sandi managed to escape, dragging herself to a neighbor's house for help.

Scarred physically and emotionally, Sandi found a special inspiration in sculpting, an art to which she says she was guided -- perhaps by God -- to create a symbol she felt could help other victims like herself. She soon became determined to spend her life helping others. She decided to do this by founding SELF (Self-Empowerment, Life Fulfillment), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of stalking and domestic abuse. She has spoken to community groups about her work and has also counseled individual victims who need help. Her story, Stalked! has been written to help people better understand the need to help these victims.

Crime Against Women: The Rise Of Female Feticide, Dowry Deaths And Female Oriented Crimes In The East
by Dueep J. Singh :
This is a hard hitting book about crime against women and children, related to crimes based on child abuse, honor killings, domestic violence and rape.
This book is not for the fainthearted. If you start to read it, you may want to close it often, saying to yourself this is not true. But that is the attitude we have been taking all over the world for centuries. And that is why we allow women and children oriented crime to flourish, undetected and unpunished. That is because we definitely do not want to face reality.
Every personal and researched story I recount here is true. and based on fact.
This book is not restricted to just crimes against women, it is also going to talk about crimes against children and the reasons why these crimes happen.
You can use this book for research purposes, because the statistics given here are authentic.

Honor Killings
by Lisa Idzikowski :
Honor killings are acts of vengeance committed by male relatives against female relatives who have brought dishonor upon the family. This dishonor can include refusal to enter into an arranged marriage, being the victim of sexual assault, seeking a divorce, or having social or professional interactions outside the community. These crimes often go unpunished or lightly punished in cultures in which the practice is enshrined and are often reported as suicides or accidents. Honor killings occur worldwide, including among immigrant communities within Western democracies. The articles in this volume provide multiple perspectives on how best to prevent, prosecute, and punish such crimes, how to safeguard womens safety and freedom, and how to balance tradition, religion, and community standards against the protection of universal human rights.

I Survived an Acid Attack: The tragic testimony of a woman who went through hell and back
by Patricia Lefranc,
Sébastien Yernaux:
December 2009. The life of Patricia Lefranc shatters into pieces.

As Patricia is entering her building's lobby, her ex-boyfriend smashes her on the ground and attacks her with acid. The nightmare lasts several minutes and Patricia is burned to the third and fourth degree on 30% of her body, including her whole face. "When I woke up, I resented the doctors for keeping me alive" she explains.

But Patricia has three children whom she loves dearly and it was impossible for her to give up on life. This young woman, with a sweet voice and an incredible sense of humour, has decided to live, to fight and move on with her life. Today, she is struggling to recover her old face and has already gone through 97 surgeries. She is also advocating to ban the free selling of sulfuric acid in Europe. This book tells a touching story, filled with challenges and won battles.

Discover the touching testimony of a woman who, without even realizing it, teaches us a great deal about heroism.

Pornography and Silence: Culture's Revenge Against Nature
by Susan Griffin:
A profound analysis of how pornography impacts on the relationship between men and women. Maintaining that sado-masochism has become endemic to our society, Griffin considers pornography as a crucial expression of modern culture and surveys the plots and images of pornographic books, movies, and magazines. "A serious effort to apply feminist insights to sexual psychology."--Ellis Willis, New York Times Book Review

Stabbed to Life: The Resilience of a Domestic Violence Survivor
by A. Michelle:
Can you imagine being stabbed in the presence of your children 18 times??As seen on the #MontelWilliams Show, that honored her 15-year-old daughter as a SHERO for stopping the attack, the ordeal spurred Author A. Michelle to not only face her own issues but become an amazing, selfless advocate for other victims. As a result, survivors in the LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA areas can contribute successful completion of programs of recovery, family reunification, drug treatment, and ending violent relationships. Author A. Michelle tells her gripping story of ABUSE and DOMESTIC VIOLENCE that nearly killed her and her COMPELLING JOURNEY OF STRENGTH AND RESILIENCE that gave her a REASON TO LIVE.

Cut: One Woman's Fight Against FGM in Britain Today
by Hibo Wardere:
Imagine for a moment that you are 6-years-old and you are woken in the early hours, bathed and then dressed in rags before being led down to an ominous looking tent at the end of your garden. And there, you are subjected to the cruellest cut, ordered by your own mother.

Forced down on a bed, her legs held apart, Hibo Warderewas made to undergo female genital cutting, a process so brutal, she nearly died.

As a teenager she moved to London in the shadow of the Somalian Civil War where she quickly learnt the procedure she had undergone in her home country was not 'normal' in the west. She embarked on a journey to understand FGM and its roots, whilst raising her own family and dealing with the devastating consequences of the cutting in her own life. Today Hibo finds herself working in London as an FGM campaigner, helping young girls whose families plan to take them abroad for the procedure. She has vowed to devote herself to the campaign against FGM.

Eloquent and searingly honest, this is Hibo's memoir which promises not only to tell her remarkable story but also to shed light on a medieval practice that's being carried out in the 21stcentury, right on our doorstep. FGM in the UK has gone undocumented for too long and now that's going to change. Devastating, empowering and informative, this book brings to life a clash of cultures at the heart of contemporary society and shows how female genital mutilation is a very British problem.

Abducted
by Charlene Lunnon,
Lisa Hoodless:
In 1999, at the tender age of ten, Charlene Lunnon and Lisa Hoodless were snatched as they walked to school. Over the next week, they were held captive, tortured, raped and almost killed. News of the girls' disappearance dominated the headlines, and the entire country held its breath, praying for their safe return as a massive police hunt failed to turn up any clues.
But then a miracle happened. The girls were found alive, their abductor was arrested and the case was closed. But there was to be no such closure for Charlene and Lisa.
Over the coming years, their friendship was strained to breaking point, as they struggled to reconcile themselves to their painful memories and to each other.
Abducted is their astonishing first-hand, insider account of how it feels to be kidnapped, how they survived their horrific ordeal and how they have found the strength to move on and rebuild their lives.

Child Rape in Ghana: Lifting the Veil
by Martha Donkor:
This book analyzes the etiology of child rape in Ghana within the framework of rape culture. By applying feminist perspectives and psychological theories to laws in Ghana to protect children against sexual abuse, this book creates room for both victims and perpetrators to tell their stories while also incorporating the views of the public through a textual analysis of reader comments on child rape in the nation's newspapers. The presentation of both victims' and perpetrators' perspectives is done with the goal of drawing attention to the pervasiveness of child rape in Ghanaian society and to provide a lens through which we can detect potentially dangerous situations that can lead to child molestation in our homes and communities, revealing lapses in social organization and interactions that make child rape possible.

Nujood Ali and the Fight Against Child Marriage
by Katherine Don:
An exploration of the lives of children forced to marry, and the efforts to help them.

Female Infanticide and Child Marriage
by Sambodh Goswami:
Female infanticide and child marriage are the twin baneful practices which have limited the social space of, and have also contributed greatly to the deterioration of the status of, women in India. This book explores the origin, causes, and the prevalence of these two social evils in various castes and regions of Rajasthan, India. It also highlights the efforts of the various enlightened rulers, individuals, and caste/social organizations who worked incessantly in the elevation of women's positions and the abolition of these practices in Rajasthan. Female Infanticide and Child Marriage presents many new startling facts which had been hidden or neglected.

The Witches: Salem, 1692
by Stacy Schiff:
Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff, author of the #1 bestseller Cleopatra, provides an electrifying, fresh view of the Salem witch trials.

The panic began early in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's niece began to writhe and roar. It spread quickly, confounding the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, husbands accused wives, parents and children one another. It ended less than a year later, but not before nineteen men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death.

Speaking loudly and emphatically, adolescent girls stood at the center of the crisis. Along with suffrage and Prohibition, the Salem witch trials represent one of the few moments when women played the central role in American history. Drawing masterfully on the archives, Stacy Schiff introduces us to the strains on a Puritan adolescent's life and to the authorities whose delicate agendas were at risk. She illuminates the demands of a rigorous faith, the vulnerability of settlements adrift from the mother country, perched--at a politically tumultuous time--on the edge of what a visitor termed a "remote, rocky, barren, bushy, wild-woody wilderness." With devastating clarity, the textures and tension of colonial life emerge; hidden patterns subtly, startlingly detach themselves from the darkness. Schiff brings early American anxieties to the fore to align them brilliantly with our own. In an era of religious provocations, crowdsourcing, and invisible enemies, this enthralling story makes more sense than ever.

The Witches is Schiff's riveting account of a seminal episode, a primal American mystery unveiled--in crackling detail and lyrical prose--by one of our most acclaimed historians.

Slavery Inc: The Untold Story of International Sex Trafficking
by Lydia Cacho,
Elizabeth Boburg (Translator)
, Roberto Saviano (Translator):
Illegal, inhuman, and impervious to recession, there is one trade that continues to thrive, just out of sight. The international sex trade criss-crosses the entire globe, a sinister network made up of criminal masterminds, local handlers, corrupt policemen, willfully blind politicians, eager consumers, and countless hapless women and children. In this ground-breaking work of investigative reporting, the celebrated journalist Lydia Cacho follows the trail of the traffickers and their victims from Mexico to Turkey, Thailand to Iraq, Georgia to the UK, to expose the trade's hidden links with the tourist industry, internet pornography, drugs and arms smuggling, the selling of body organs, money laundering, and even terrorism.

This is an underground economy in which a sex slave can be bought for the price of a gun, but Cacho's powerful first-person interviews with mafiosi, pimps, prostitutes, and those who managed to escape from captivity makes it impossible to ignore the terrible human cost of this lucrative exchange.

Shocking and sobering, Slavery Inc, is an exceptional book, both for the colossal scope of its enquiry, and for the tenacious bravery with which Cacho pursues the truth.

Death by Domestic Violence: Preventing the Murders and Murder-Suicides
by Katherine S. Van Wormer,
Albert R. Roberts:
Each year, about 33 percent of all women and 3 percent of all men murdered in the United States, are killed by a so-called intimate, a spouse, partner, or lover. Nationwide, murder by an intimate is the number one cause of death for pregnant women. And murder by an intimate is not just an American problem. A European task force recently found domestic violence accounts for 25 percent of all homicides in London, and 35 percent across England and Wales. In this timely book, van Wormer and Roberts describe the problem, and what they have seen and heard on the front lines with both women and men who have escaped domestic violence that was escalating toward deadly levels. The text examines not only the psychology of the batterer but of domestic murder, and domestic murder-suicide. Drawn from the experience and insights of these two widely-known social workers, the text includes a safety plan for those at risk and a chapter providing narratives of women in prison for killing their abusive husband or partner.



Drawing on the experience and insights of these two widely-known social workers, Death by Domestic Violence separates domestic violence myths and facts, explains the traumatic bonding that occurs between batterer and victim, and details how one facet of the solution could be school-based interventions and education. The book culminates with recommendations for further reduction of harm and a safety plan for those at risk.

Dangerous Relationships: Pornography, Misogyny and Rape
by Diana E.H. Russell :
In this uncompromising volume, Diana E Russell examines the relationships between pornography, misogyny and rape, and contends that these relationships are indeed dangerous to women.

After defining pornography and considering the various types of pornographic material available, the author demonstrates that hatred of women is a predominant aspect of pornography, and that racist undercurrents are often exploited in visual pornography of all types. She then provides a rich body of statistical evidence that supports the argument that pornography is a cause of rape.

Corrective Rape: Discrimination, Assault, Sexual Violence, and Murder Against South Africa's L.G.B.T. Community
by Charlayne Hunter-Gault:
In this investigation of sexual violence against LGBTI individuals in South Africa, esteemed journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault sheds light on practices of "corrective rape" — an assault in which a man rapes a lesbian in an attempt to “cure” her sexual orientation. This book examines the wider social context of anti-LGBTI sentiment in South Africa, a country that was the first in the world to include constitutional language forbidding discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation, and the search for equality in a post-apartheid nation. Hunter-Gault interviews sexual assault victims and explores South Africa's problem of sexual violence — particularly against black lesbians — within the lens of the country's complicated history towards human rights.

Based on a 2012 article the author originally published in the New Yorker, this book features an extensive amount of new material with updated historical perspective, interviews, and case studies. Corrective Rape is a critically important and eye-opening account of a devastating problem within one of Africa's most populous and economically advanced nations.

Anyone concerned with the rights of individuals in the gay and lesbian community, as well as human rights in general around the world, needs to be informed on this topic. Hunter-Gault, an award-winning journalist with years of experience reporting on civil rights and injustice around the globe, has crafted an engaging, fast-paced read that will spur dialogue and inspire action.

Academic and Workplace Sexual Harassment
by Michele A. Paludi:
This book represents the first comprehensive resource manual for understanding and preventing sexual harassment in the academic community and in the workplace.

Studies indicate that sexual harassment is at epidemic proportions in the academy and in the workplace: from 30%-70% of women in U.S. colleges and universities experience some form of sexual harassment (including sexual assaults) each year; a University of Massachusetts study reports 13% of undergraduate women were raped by acquaintances; and 50% of women in the workplace report serious sexual harassment from supervisors and fellow employees. This manual provides the results of research and of practical, effective experience in reducing the occurrence of sexual harassment, investigating complaints, and providing counseling and remedies for the victims. In addition, the authors have compiled bibliographies, audio-visual material, and pedagogical techniques for dealing with sexual harassment in the academy and in the workplace, as well as information and workshop techniques to facilitate training programs.

Not for Sale: Feminists Resisting Prostitution and Pornography
by Rebecca Whisnant (Editor),
Christine Stark (Editor):
Including the latest research on prostitution and pornography, this essay anthology shows how the sex industries harm those within them while undermining the possibilities for gender justice, human equality, and stable sexual relationships. From sex industries survivors to social activists and theorists such as Taylor Lee, Adriene Sere, and Kristen Anderberg, this volume asses from a feminist perspective the racism, poverty, militarism, and corporate capitalism of selling sex through strip clubs, brothels, mail-order brides, and child pornography.

Walking Through Fire: A Life of Nawal El Saadawi
by Nawal El Saadawi,
Sherif Hetata:
Famous for her novels, short stories and writings on women, Saadawi is known as the first Arab woman to write about sex and its relation to economics and politics. Imprisoned under Sadat for her opinions, she has continued to fight against all forms of discrimination based on class, gender, nation, race or religion. In In a Daughter of Isis, she painted a portrait of the childhood that moulded her into a novelist and fighter for freedom and the rights of women. This autobiography takes up the story of her extraordinary life.

No Way Out: Child Marriage and Human Rights Abuses in Tanzania
by Human Rights Watch:
This 75-page report documents how child marriage severely curtails girls’ access to education, and exposes them to exploitation and violence – including marital rape and female genital mutilation (FGM) – and reproductive health risks. Human Rights Watch examined the gaps in Tanzania’s child protection system, the lack of protection for victims of child marriage, and the obstacles girls face in attempting to obtain redress, as well as shortcomings in existing laws and government plans to combat child marriage.

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Rafaella Fiorelli
2 years ago
Good luck to your fight against this kind of harrashment!

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2 years ago
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