Issue I December 1, 2000
As women from the Roman Catholic tradition, we
have a special expertise in analyzing and critiquing the language
in which the Vatican presents and sometimes cloaks
-its ideas and and aims. We have read with concern and
consternation the Report of the Holy See. In the Report an
aspect of religious fundamentalism that misuses tradition
and anthropology to limit women's roles, functions and rights is
Genetically humans are divided into two genders - men and women. But this issue of gender raises a great question today. From the beginning of the civilization men are playing the role of the peer of the realm and women of the slave of the same. From the western world to this 3rd world country, this act of showing power has become a culture where,” Men dominate and women resist ”. But how long can we resist?
Issue I November 1, 2000
Coalitions to Promote Women's Health : The Philippines Example
The Philippines is largely (85 per cent ) a
roman Catholic country -one reason why Philippines are quite
conservative in terms of women's status and rights, Traditional views
about women have affected their health, particularly maternal
mortality (2in 1,000 live births), the prevalence of sexually
transmitted diseases reproductive tract infections and treated
problems, domestic violence and other forms of violence such as
rape and incest, and women's nutritional health (more than fall of
Filipino pregnant and lactating women are anemic). Abortion is
illegal, but various estimates place the number of clandestine
abortions between 150,000 and 750,000 per year.
Issue I October 1, 2000
Girl Child: A Girls' Empowerment
Initiative in Pakistan
The 1990s were
declared the Decade of the Girl Child in south Asia by a meeting
of South Asian Association of Regional co-operation (SAAR)
ministers. These declarations acknowledged the low status of the
girl Child, and marred a move towards the initiation of projects
that would address her basic needs. The Girl Child project
described here was set up to create awareness and provide
information. The small group of leaders who were originally
trained spread the benefits to 2.7 million individuals in the
project's first phase.
Issue I September 1, 2000
Marilina Castello Garcia is the representative of the
international department of the Cuban Federation of Women since
1978. following view is based upon he interview interviewed in
the New Worker (April 9, 1999), a tabloid of NCP-
The history of women has still to be written- there's not much
in the history books. Women have played a significant role in
Cuba, in the struggle for independence, against colonialism, and
in the clandestine fight leading to the Revolution in which
many Cuban Women were fighter.
Rights & Interests Violated
Gender discrimination is a chronic malady in the United States.
According to a report of the Inter parliamentary Union in
January, women constitute only 12.9 percent of the total members
of the US congress. The latest survey by the National
Women and police center showed that from 1990 to 1997, the
number of women in law enforcement departments across the
country increased by a mere 3-2 percent.
Issue I August 16, 2000
is An Anarchist View on Women:
Do you Agree on it?
- 1 percent of the property in the world is owned by
- 50 percent of the world's population are women.
- 75 percent of the work is done by women.
- 10 percent of the wages are paid to women.
These figures were on women's lib posters, probably from the seventies.
I don't know the source and the figures are always abstract and
dependent on how you use them.
Initiatives to Empower
in Southern Africa
ASATUW - Annual Southern African Trade Union Women's Forum
meets every year to discuss common issues and to develop
recommendations. it is a process of preparation and is a net work,
where women of the federations maintain on going contact.
It is a philosophy. women implement principles of
participation, self help. inclusiveness,. effectiveness, result
Issue I August 1, 2000
To Empower Women
message that women would be liberated through their
individual efforts in the working world was reinforced by
official role models. After the founding of the people's
Republic (and even earlier in the communist base areas), the
Party advocated the view that women could be emancipated only
through participation in work outside the home. Government
publications consistently publicized role models of heroic women
whose efforts were helping to build socialism and raise the
status of all women. Visitors to China during the early
and mid 1970's for example, were invariably told the Iron Girl
Brigades. Along with the slogan " Women Hold Up Half the
Sky" they were probably the most frequently cited proof
that women in New China had become equal participants in
I July 16, 2000
the International Women’s Day of the year 2000, COSATU would liked to take
opportunity to salute all the women around the
globe for their courage and for the contributions they
continue to make in
the fight against poverty , violence, oppression , injustice,
wars, famine, disease.
massive contribution women make around the world, they still
fall into the category of the poorest an the most oppressed.
Massive technological advances
and the development of the global village have done
little to benefit women around the world. In fact, in many
instances it has actually increased their
Issue I July 1, 2000
Taboos And an Un-named Disease
is a known fact that, cancer is the most fatal disease in this
world and breast cancer is termed as the ‘Greatest Killer of
Women’, between 25 and 50. According to WHO’s 1985 report,
about five million people die of cancer every year and it is
apprehended, after twenty five years this number may rise up to
10 million. About 30 percent of cancer suffering women are
sufferers of breast cancer and 20% of them die of
this deadly disease.
In High Positions:
Unsolicited Issue in Bangladesh
the presence of women is expected in almost all the
areas-politics, administration, business, art, culture and literature
outside their house by achieving high positions
everywhere. But a woman in high position is still an unsolicited
issue in Bangladesh.
Violence Against Women In Rural Bangladesh
Programs, Women's Income And Violence: Ethnographic
the lack of effect of women’s contribution to family support
on domestic violence in the multivariate analysis,
evidence from the four credit program villages in the
ethnographic study suggests that both the loans and the social
dimensions of credit programs may help to inhibit violence
against women .
Bringing home a resource that benefits men can protect women
from violence. This is illustrated
in the case of S.
Violence Against Women In Rural Bangladesh
feature is published from a joint work of Research and
Training Institute, Arlington, USA, Department of Economics, Jahangirnagar University,
Dhaka, Bangladesh and Development Research Center, Dhaka,
legitimacy of men’s violence against women
general, the women in the study acknowledged that men are their
guardians and have the right to beat them if they behave
unacceptably. Many think this right is grounded in Islamic
religious doctrine .
IN WHICH MEN BEAT THEIR WIVES
ethnographic team was asked to keep track of situations in which
women were beaten by their husbands or others in the family.
Most of the cases that came to the researchers’ attention
involved men beating their wives. Although there were many
variations, the vast majority of situations involved
discrepancies between role expectations and actual behavior
and/or economic issues such as the woman incurring an expense or
asking for something for her, or the man attempting to extort
something from his wife or her family.