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Twenty-four thousand people die daily from hunger. Children under 5 make up three-fourths of this number. page 152, True Grit: Women Taking On the World, for God’s Sake by Deborah Meroff Wondering what this is all about? Read my post … Continue reading

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Social workers in Toronto estimate that there are 10,000 children living on the streets, and that many of them fall prey to pimps. More than 400 children, some as young as 11, are reported as working for pimps in Calgary … Continue reading

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The dowry system has been legally banned in India for over 40 years. Nevertheless, the offering and receiving of a marriage settlement is still an expected practice in many parts of the subcontinent. Since it falls upon the bride’s family … Continue reading

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Around many parts of the Muslim world it is not uncommon for girls as young as 9 to be married to men old enough to be their grandfathers. While the practice may be officially illegal, it is accepted because the … Continue reading

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Voting rights: In November 1999, Kuwait’s National Assembly rejected by a two-thirds majority a decree by the Emir that would have granted women the right to vote and run for political office. page 114, True Grit: Women Taking On the … Continue reading

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Extract from the Penal Code regarding ‘Crimes of Honor’ Morocco: Article 418 Penal Code Murder, injury and beating are excusable if they are committed by a husband on his wife as well as the accomplice at the moment in which … Continue reading

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‘Every year about 40 Palestinian women die at the hands of their fathers or brothers,’ writes Geraldine Brooks in Nine Parts of Desire; ‘they are accused of pre-marital or extra-marital sex. Often the women are then burned so the killing … Continue reading

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Uganda has one of the most comprehensive prevention programs in Africa. Infection rates among educated women dropped by more than 50 percent between 1995 and 1997. page 93, True Grit: Women Taking On the World, for God’s Sake by Deborah … Continue reading