Q&A: "Clergy sexual abuse of women is a violent abuse of power"

Publication Date: 
May 15, 2011
Dr. Valli Batchelor

Cléo Fatoorehchi interviews DR. VALLI BATCHELOR of the World Student Christian Federation Book Project.

NEW YORK, May 15, 2011 (IPS) - Ninety to 95 percent of victims of clergy sexual exploitation are women, according to recent estimates by the Columbia Theological Seminary's Rev. Pamela Cooper White, and yet very few studies have been conducted on this issue.

Child Marriage: Barrier to girls' empowerment

Publication Date: 
May 23, 2011
Global Health Magazine
Ending child marriage within this generation - Global Health Magazine

An adolescent girl living in poverty could be the most powerful person in the world. If she is reached early enough, she can accelerate economies, arrest major global health issues and break cycles of poverty.

When a girl gets a chance to stay in school, remain healthy, gain skills, she will marry later, have fewer and healthier children, and earn an income that she’ll invest back into her family and community.  When she can grow into a woman and become an educated mother, an economic actor, an ambitious entrepreneur, or a prepared employee, she breaks the cycle of poverty. She and everyone around her benefits.

Housemaids: The gap between our conduct and Islamic principles

Publication Date: 
May 17, 2011
Arab News

Islam has advocated sublime human conduct.  
It came to polish the behavior of people, whether individuals or groups, and to ensure their human rights in the best possible manner and form of human conduct. It did not stop there. It also called for a better treatment of animals.

More Under the Veil: Women and Muslim Fundamentalism in MENA

Publication Date: 
May, 2009

It is important to begin any discussion related to religious fundamentalism with an exploration of what is meant by the term “fundamentalism.” The word “fundamentalism” was originally coined in reference to a movement within the Protestant community of the United States in the early part of the 20th century. In the broadest sense, fundamentalism can be understood as “a selective retrieval and imposition of...[religious] law and sacred texts as the basis for a modern socio-political order” (Hardacre 1994:130).

International: Bin Laden's wife and the stereotyping of Muslim women

Publication Date: 
May 13, 2011
The Guardian
'I could relate Amal Ahmed al-Sadah to the general context of Muslim women, but this risks essentialising her' Photo: Guardian

We should focus on events in Bin Laden's home, but not sensationalise the details of Amal Ahmed al-Sadah's life. Women played an interesting role in the account of the final hours of Osama Bin Laden's life. Three wives, as well as nine of his children,  where he was killed, along with the families of two Pakistani brothers. Initially, it was  that Bin Laden had used one of his wives as a human shield.

A Toolkit for Intersecting Violences

Publication Date: 
March, 2011
Toolkit for Intersecting Violences - Central American Women's Network

This is a companion to the CAWN report Intersecting Violences (2010) by Patricia Muñoz Cabrera. The report provides a review of feminist theories and debates relating to violence and poverty as they affect women, with a focus on Latin America. In this Toolkit we provide some practical examples on how the intersectional analysis explored in the report is being put into practice on the ground.

Europe: New Council of Europe convention to prevent and combat violence against women

Publication Date: 
May 11, 2011
Council of Europe

Istanbul, 11.05.2011 - The Council of Europe’s new  (CETS n° 210) has been passed and also open to accession by non-European countries and by the European Union. 

This new landmark Council of Europe treaty is the first legally binding instrument in the world creating a comprehensive legal framework to protect women against all forms of violence, and prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence.

Strategising Online Activism: A Toolkit

Publication Date: 
May, 2011

Strategising Online Activism: A Toolkit
was inspired by the workshops held in Asia and Africa for the partners and members of the Violence is not our Culture (VNC) campaign.

While this toolkit has been designed primarily for the local partners and activists of the VNC campaign, this can be a resource, too, for human rights activists who are keen to develop their online activism and want to know where and how to to start.

Land, Proptery and Housing Rights in the Muslim World

Publication Date: 
April, 2008

During its work in a range of Muslim countries from Afghanistan to Indonesia, UN-HABITAT has been increasingly aware of the importance of Islamic land tenure conceptions and land rights. Over 20 percent of the world’s population is Muslim but there has been little research on the complex and distinctive forms of land tenure and land rights. The Land Tenure and Property Administration Section of UN-HABITAT therefore commissioned a year long in depth study of the Islamic and other dimensions of land and property rights in the Muslim world which is reproduced in Sait S and Lim H (2006) Land Law and Islam: Property and Human Rights in the Muslim World (London: Zed Press/UN-HABITAT).

The World's Women and Girls 2011 Datasheet

Publication Date: 
April, 2011

This datasheet includes statistics from research in diverse countries that aims to explore barriers to gender equality. This includes: attitudes about men and women's roles within the household, early marriage, and data on healthcare and birth rates.