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I doubt that the kidnappers will get this or care.  That speaks of their alienation from our time and vision.   They fail to see the present as an arc to the future.

How Boko Haram imperils Nigeria’s future

By Melinda Gates
May 8, 2014 –

Editor’s note: Melinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

(CNN) — I think of myself as an “impatient optimist.” There are times, however, when it’s harder to muster the optimism, and the impatience takes over. That’s how I felt when I read about the hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the extremist group Boko Haram to be married off or sold into slavery.

It’s difficult to pinpoint the worst aspect of this atrocity. And it’s pitiful that this is nothing new. Treating women as spoils or weapons of war has been a common practice for thousands of years.

SNIP

… perhaps the most awful part of the story is that Boko Haram stands against a better future for ordinary Nigerians.

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You would have to be a long-time reader at this blog to remember this post from more than three years ago.

CAN YOU HEAR HER NOW?

Tragedy Strikes Women’s Rights Advocate Up Close and Personal: Her Daughter is Shot.

December 21, 2008 by still4hill |

… I woke up to this news the morning after it happened in a neighboring town. I had no idea that her mother was someone I knew from the blogs and Blog Talk Radio. This is cross-posted from Freemenow.

Louisa Rodas, the daughter of outspoken women’s rights advocate Betty Jean Kling was shot in the head the evening of December 15th, 2008 as reported HERE and HERE and HERE. In Betty Jean’s Blogspot, Freemenow, she writes: “She has less than a 50/50 chance of surviving and if she does, she will have one eye, one ear, a half of a head and be paralyzed on one side-we have no idea how much brain damage.”

Betty Jean’s daughters Denise & Louisa

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Not long after the incident, Louisa’s sister Denise succumbed to cancer.  Louisa was in the hospital for a long time and then went into rehab.  She will never be the same.

I just received an email from a friend and would like to share it here.  Please write letters and ask for a long sentence for the man who shattered this family.

Friends,

Many of you know BettyJean. BettyJean needs people to write letters to the Judge in NJ on her daughter’s behalf. Louisa Rodas, BettyJean’s daughter, was the victim of domestic violence.
George Hartwig, the man who shot Louisa is being sentenced at the end of this month. He needs to be sentenced harshly. The deadline is Jan. 27. She has less than thirty letters written to the judge. You can even just hand write a letter and send it on Tuesday.
Let’s get her hundreds of letters.
Please, take a moment and think of people who will write letters and ask them.
More information:
This is an article about George Hartwig in Court: http://www.northjersey.com/news/HARTWIG.html?page=all
This is what Betty Jean wrote to me today in response to my questions:

Q: Is the letter to ask judge to put him away for good?

A: No not forever- just not the minimum sentencing. We want 40 years.


URGENT-

That is how long Louisa will suffer in the  condition he left her in.


They need to see this link!

Here is the address to send your letter;
Judge Liliana S. DeAvila-Silebi
Bergen County Justice Court
10 Main Street Hackensack,
New Jersey 07601
Thank you very much for reading this,
Jennifer

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7 indicted in connection with Bhutto assassination

From Shaan A. Khan, CNN
November 5, 2011 — Updated 1517 GMT (2317 HKT)
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Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — Seven men, including two senior police officers, were indicted Saturday for conspiracy to commit murder in the killing of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, a defense attorney told CNN.

Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007.

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I just received this. Sickening. I have no words.

U.S. Strongly Condemns Stoning Of Woman in Orakzai, Pakistan

Philip J. Crowley
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
September 28, 2010

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the brutal stoning of a woman in Orakzai, Pakistan, allegedly by members of the Pakistani Taliban, which is depicted in a video circulating on the internet.

This vicious attack, carried out as a crowd of onlookers watched, violates all norms of human decency and is a chilling example of the cowardly disregard violent extremists have for human life. There is no justification for such barbaric and cruel treatment of a fellow human being.

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This, from the Washington Post,  is seriously disturbing.  Settling differences is, or should be a good thing, but settling them in such a way that a significant portion of the population is excluded from the negotiations is NOT a good thing.  I just do not trust Hamid Karzai to do the best thing for women.   I think he simply does not care.

Afghan women fear loss of hard-won progress
By Karin Brulliard
Tuesday, March 16, 2010; A01

LAGHMAN, AFGHANISTAN — The head-to-toe burqas that made women a faceless symbol of the Taliban’s violently repressive rule are no longer required here. But many Afghan women say they still feel voiceless eight years into a war-torn democracy, and they point to government plans to forge peace with the Taliban as a prime example.

Gender activists say they have been pressing the administration of President Hamid Karzai for a part in any deal-making with Taliban fighters and leaders, which is scheduled to be finalized at a summit in April. Instead, they said, they have been met with a silence that they see as a dispiriting reminder of the limits of progress Afghan women have made since 2001.

“We have not been approached by the government — they never do,” said Samira Hamidi, country director of the Afghan Women’s Network, an umbrella group. “The belief is that women are not important,” she said, describing a mind-set that she said “has not been changed in the past eight years.”

The remarks below are so frustratingly paternalistic and chauvinistic that I want to scream! Such a typical stance. The women are close-minded, and the Taliban just want to protect them. Right! It is awfully hard to be open-minded when you cannot SEE and have to stay trapped at home. Women have new lives in Afghanistan. If these men cannot accept it, they should be voted out.

Arsala Rahmani, a lawmaker and former Taliban government official, said he thought women’s activists were being close-minded, defying what he called “a mother’s duty to always try to unite their sons.” He said that the Taliban restricted women to protect them from conflict — not out of ideological misogyny — and that Omar and his fighters would accept any ideas the Afghan public favors.

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This article from On Top Magazine pretty much speaks for itself.

Miss. School Officials End Prom Over Lesbian Couple

By On Top Magazine Staff
Published: March 10, 2010

A northern Mississippi high school has canceled its annual prom dance rather than allow a lesbian student attend with her girlfriend, the AP reported.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Itawamba County School District announced the cancellation of the Itawamba Agricultural High School (IAHS) prom dance for junior and senior students.

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Wow!  Let’s just punish EVERYBODY!  It’s like some 21st Century version of Dickens  (How DARE he ask for more gruel!”) or Jane Eyre (“How DARE she have naturally curly hair!”).   Now EVERYBODY, go kneel in the cobblestone courtyard for hours! In the rain! Holding a brick in each hand!

Do these idiots understand that there is no quicker way of getting the whole student body behind Constance McMillen and her date than by cancelling the prom?  That, of course, was a rhetorical question, and that,  of course, would be a GOOD thing.  Why do I have a feeling that this prom will go on and Constance and her date will attend in their finery and look as cute as all the other kids?   Good luck,  IAHS Classes of 2010 and 2011!  I think you have a good chance at forcing their hand.  If they taught you nothing else in your four years there, the district has done a great job of giving you a first-hand civics lesson.

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“Elimination of Violence Against Women” Day

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
November 25, 2009

“Today, a woman somewhere in the United States will be physically assaulted by her husband. In a remote village on the other side of the world, traffickers will lure a young girl away from her family and sell her into sexual slavery. In towns in every region of the globe, groups of men will harass young women as they attempt to go to school. And in a conflict-ravaged land, armed men will brutally rape a mother and her daughter, part of a deliberate strategy of war. Today and every day, women and girls all over the world will face violence simply because they are female. This gender-based violence not only harms the victims and their families, it shreds the fabric that weaves us together as human beings.

“Violence against women cannot be accepted as ‘cultural’ — it is criminal. Today, as we mark Elimination of Violence Against Women Day, let us recommit ourselves – men and women in every country – to work together to end these atrocities, to hold those who commit them accountable, and to support the survivors. No woman or girl anywhere in the world should have to walk in fear or live under the threat of violence.

“When women are accorded their rights and afforded equal opportunities in education, health care, employment, and political participation, they drive social and economic progress. They lift up themselves, their communities, and their nations. But none of these benefits is possible unless girls are able to learn without fear and women are able to have autonomy and decision-making over their own lives, and those are the very things that violence and the fear of violence take away.

“The United States will continue to stand with women around the world to ensure that their rights are protected and respected, and that they have the opportunity to pursue an education, find a good job, live in safety and fulfill their own God-given potential.”

The Obama Administration has made women’s empowerment a core pillar of American foreign policy. Earlier this year, the President appointed Melanne Verveer to be the first ever Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. In August, Secretary Clinton traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo to shine a spotlight on the use of rape as a tactic of war. And in September, she chaired a United Nations Security Council session that passed Resolution 1888 to prevent and respond to sexual violence in armed conflict.

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