Tag Archives: Violence and Abuse

Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity

4 Aug

While the social construction of femininity has been widely examined, the dominant role of masculinity has until recently remained largely invisible. Tough Guise is the first educational video geared toward college and high school students to systematically examine the relationship between pop-cultural imagery and the social construction of masculine identities in the U.S. at the dawn of the 21st century.

In this innovative and wide-ranging analysis, Jackson Katz argues that widespread violence in American society, including the tragic school shootings in Littleton, Colorado, Jonesboro, Arkansas, and elsewhere, needs to be understood as part of an ongoing crisis in masculinity.


We own the streets

11 Apr

Hollaback (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

” Hollaback is a movement to end street harassment powered by a network of local activists around the world.  We work together to better understand street harassment, to ignite public conversations, and to develop innovative strategies to ensure equal access to public spaces.

Street harassment is one of the most pervasive forms of gender-based violence and one of the least legislated against. Comments from “You’d look good on me” to groping, flashing and assault are a daily, global reality for women and LGBTQ individuals. But it is rarely reported, and it’s culturally accepted as ‘the price you pay’ for being a woman or for being gay. At Hollaback!, we don’t buy it. ” Hollaback.org

Bellow is a link of their website in the US

Hollaback! You have the power to end street harassment

Also there is one branch working in London here

HollabackLDN! |  About Us

” That site is a resource to allow people to share their stories without being victims, as well as to highlight just how often it happens, and to work on what we’re going to do about it.

Street harassment occurs on a daily basis all over the world, and indeed all over London. The term ‘Street harassment’ is used to describe sexual harassment which takes place in public spaces, and refers to behaviour such as staring, commenting, shouting, following, touching, grabbing, groping, flashing, assault, and violence. Part of the problem with street harassment is that it’s invisible. ”

Those website offers tools and practical advise to fight street harassment, both being the target and bystander. Check them out.

Personally I am not a big fan of the popular Facebook, but would be great if you have a profile in there, that you could join their group ( HollaBack! – Brooklyn – Non-Profit Organization | Facebook  )  and share it around.

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Somalia: No authority to rape

22 Feb

Rape (Photo credit: Valeri Pizhanski)

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Somalia: No authority to rape.

” My name is Laila and I’m a journalist. I recently wrote a story about a young woman brutally gang-raped by government soldiers in Somalia, hoping that her bravery in telling such a painful story would bring attention to the awful rape problem there. Instead, the government used my article to jail a rape victim and another journalist covering the story for ‘insulting the state’!

Rape is horrific, but to be raped when the only authorities you can turn to for justice are your rapists — it’s the most crushing powerlessness. But together I think we can bring her hope. That’s why I started a global petition on the Avaaz site, because Somalia’s government depends heavily on financing from other governments, so the international community can press them to stop the cover up and bring real reforms to end the epidemic of rape by security forces.

Our call for change could really work, but it needs to be big. UN envoy Zainab Bangura has told us that she will directly deliver our petition to donor countries and Somalia’s President. Help by signing and forwarding this email — let’s show these women that they’re not alone, and that no one has the authority to rape them.

–Laila Ali, British-Somali journalist based in Nairobi ”

Somalia: No authority to rape.

If you click the link above you can sign this petition …

” As concerned citizens, we call on you to adopt a zero tolerance policy for human rights abuses committed by Somalia’s security forces, and to ensure women are protected. The UN reports hundreds of cases of rape each month, many committed by government forces whose salaries are being paid for with foreign aid. Somalia’s peaceful future depends on securing women’s rights — we urge you to take immediate steps to do so. ”

Once you sign to sent your petition 

“Share this petition to protect women in Somalia!

Thanks for signing — your name has been added and will be delivered to International donors to Somalia and Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, President of Somalia.

Let’s amplify our impact by sharing this campaign with all the persons we know with the share tools below!
Now help reach 500,000 signers — spread the word with Email, Facebook and Twitter below. ”

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How widespread is violence against women?

8 Feb
A white ribbon to commemorate the National Day...

A white ribbon to commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

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Violence against women and girls continues unabated in every continent,country and culture. It takes a devastating toll on women’s lives, on their families and on society as a whole. Most societies prohibit such violence – yet the reality is that too often, it is covered up or tacitly condoned.

– United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


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