According to CNN every day, 10 women are killed in domestic violence cases in a country known for its glorious models. And it takes a high-profile incident - such as the case against a Brazilian goalkeeper who is the prime suspect in the disappearance and murder of a woman - to bring attention to the problem, said Women's Affairs Minister Nilcea Freire.
According to official figures, an estimated 83,000 women are victims of psychological or physical abuse, including sexual abuse, each year in Ecuador. This translates to 7,000 gender-based violence incidents per month, and 230 each day. IOM and Ecuadorian authorities, including officials of the Ministry of Public Health, this week opened the first emergency room for victims of gender-based violence in the country.
The 50-page report, released by the Geneva-based international housing rights watchdog the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE), exposes the reality facing women in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia, where lack of access to adequate housing, including emergency shelter, prevents victims of domestic violence from escaping their abusers.
An Iranian woman at a protest in Brussels highlights the barbarity of death by stoning, in which women are buried up to their necks in front of a crowd of volunteers and killed in a hail of rocks. Twelve Iranian women and three men are on death row awaiting execution by stoning despite an apparent last-minute reprieve for a mother of two who had been facing the horrific sentence after being convicted of adultery.
A coalition of Pakistani women’s organisations has launched a safe abortion hotline with the support of the Dutch organisation Women on Waves and Mama Cash grantee the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership. Women can call the hotline for practical information about sexual and reproductive health in general and about the use of misoprostol, a drug that can be used to induce miscarriage early in pregnancy.
Waris Dirie, an Austrian of Somalian origin, is an inspiration to the many victims of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), especially in Africa. Born into a family of Somalian nomads, Dirie's genitals were mutilated when she was three years old. She was sold in marriage at 13 years after which she fled Africa. From the heart of the desert to the West, where she became one of the highest paid models, Dirie has come a long way. She has been chosen as the United Nations spokesperson against FGM and is a fierce crusader against the ritual of FGM, calling it one of the biggest challenges facing Somalian women
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