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International Women’s Day

It’s 2010. You’d think that things have changed. They have not. Our greatest resources, women and girls, continue being raped and killed.

To mark International Women’s Day, Amnesty International released two reports looking at sexual violence in locations across the developed and developing world; specifically Cambodia and the Nordic Countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Amnesty International reports on the astounding similarities between countries that you’d never expect.

“In poor and rich countries alike, women who are raped or abused have little chance of seeing their attackers brought to justice,” said Widney Brown, Senior Director of International Law and Policy at Amnesty International. “It is shocking that in the 21st century with so much legislation designed to ensure women’s equality, that virtually every government fails to protect women or to ensure that their abusers are held to account for their crimes.”

–taken from Amnesty International article, RAPE VICTIMS WORLDWIDE DENIED JUSTICE AND DIGNITY

Read the rest of the article here.

The Economist reports on gendercide this week in their magazine in their cover story The war on baby girls: Gendercide. What happened to 100 million baby girls? Killed, aborted, or neglected, at least 100 million girls have disappeared — and the number is rising.

In fact the destruction of baby girls is a product of three forces: the ancient preference for sons; a modern desire for smaller families; and ultrasound scanning and other technologies that identify the sex of a fetus…

…And all countries need to raise the value of girls. They should encourage female education; abolish laws and customs that prevent daughters inheriting property; make examples of hospitals and clinics with impossible sex ratios; get women engaged in public life—using everything from television newsreaders to women traffic police. Mao Zedong said “women hold up half the sky.” The world needs to do more to prevent a gendercide that will have the sky crashing down.

Stop raping and killing our greatest resource.