Cheers and Jeers

UAE Opens Citizenship; Afghan Must Wed Rapist

Saturday, December 3, 2011

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An Afghan woman imprisoned for adultery after being raped by a relative is going free, but only because she agreed to marry the man who assaulted her, The Guardian reported Dec. 1. The woman, 19, became pregnant following the attack in 2009 and her baby daughter was born behind bars. She has agreed to become the second wife of her rapist, a prospect that supporters say she had dreaded. In Afghan culture, marrying the father of a child born out of wedlock is seen as a way of legitimizing the child, even in cases involving rape, the article reported.

Gulnaz was jailed for 12 years for adultery after she reported being raped by a cousin by marriage in an attack that left her pregnant. As the case became publicized, the sentence was reduced to three years. She has spent the past two and a half years in jail.

More News to Jeer This Week:

  • A senior naval officer stripped and spanked a female sailor against her will at least nine times during nine months last year, The Age reported Nov. 29. The officer faced the first day of a two-week trial into the allegations on Nov. 29.
  • A number of high-profile British female athletes have been criticizing BBC after it announced that the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist was an all-male line-up, The Telegraph reported Nov. 29. The list of 10 nominees was released Nov. 28. It is the first time since 2006 that the final list has not included a woman.
  • Former New York Giants superstar Lawrence Taylor was slammed Nov. 28 with a federal sex trafficking lawsuit filed by the teen who was forced to prostitute herself to him in motel room in Suffern, N.Y., last year, the New York Post reported.
  • A group of female jail workers in King County, Seattle, have filed claims alleging two of their coworkers sexually harassed them for years, SeattlePi reported Nov. 30. Some of the women claim they were even locked up and taunted over a loudspeaker.
  • Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo retains its reputation as "the rape capital of the world." The Catholic Online reported Nov. 28 on U.N. statistics saying that 48 women are raped every hour and the crime is rarely punished.
  • Noted:

  • A new trial of a microbicide gel to protect women from infection with HIV was canceled after researchers reported that it was not working, The New York Times reported Dec. 1.
  • Apple said Nov. 30 that the apparent inability of Siri, the virtual assistant in the iPhone 4S, to retrieve information about abortion clinics and women's health services in some areas was not intentional or deliberate, The New York Times reported. The computer company attributed the problem to kinks in the product that were still being ironed out. Siri is officially still a beta or test product.
  • Women's organizations from around the world decided not to endorse the current Joint Action Plan on Gender Equality and Development launched Nov. 30 in Busan, South Korea, where the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness is taking place. Women's groups expressed concern about the overwhelming focus on promoting women as vehicles of economic growth, rather than rights holders in the plan.
  • Recent numbers show an increase in the number of violent-crime sentences among female offenders in Iowa, The Des Moines Register reported Nov. 30. Historically, the female inmate population has been charged more with drug-related sentences and less violent crimes. Current numbers, however, show the trend has flipped for female offenders, according to Iowa Correctional Institution for Women.
  • Female bosses in U.K. understand better that staff need a good work/life balance more than male bosses, a new survey has found, Women in Technology reported Nov. 30.
  • On November 30, HBO broadcasted award-winning filmmaker Kim Longinotto's newest documentary, PINK SARIS. The filmmakers describe it as an unflinching and often amusing look at the all-woman Gulabi Gang in Northern India and Sampat Pal, their charismatic leader.
  • A woman came forward with charges of a 13-year extramarital affair with Herman Cain during an interview with Fox News that aired Nov. 28. The Republican presidential candidate denied the claims.
  • A group of Jewish women in Brooklyn, N.Y., issued a call for women to join Hatzolah, a volunteer emergency medical service organization that serves mostly Jewish communities around the world, The Huffington Post reported Nov. 28. Hatzolah is an all-male organization.
  • Morocco's moderate Islamist party, the PJD, claimed victory in a widely watched, Arab Spring-inspired national election, as initial results showed it ahead of rivals, the Hindustan Times reported Nov. 26. Though religion-based, the Islamists say they have a progressive agenda and vow not to be overly conservative.


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