bbc.com – Colombia’s President Santos enacts tougher law on acid attacks

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Natalia Ponce de Leon showed her face for the first time at the signing, after undergoing at least 20 operations

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos has signed a law that imposes tougher sentences on the perpetrators of acid attacks.
Anyone convicted of such crimes will now serve between 12 and 50 years in jail.
Acid attacks have become a major concern in Colombia over the past decade.
About 100 people – most of them women – are estimated to be targeted every year.
The attackers can be male or female, ranging from disgruntled neighbours to jealous partners.
The law had been approved by the Senate in November.
The enacting ceremony at the presidential palace in Bogota was attended by several victims of acid attacks. Continue Reading →

bulatlat.com – Second stage of ‘One Billion Rising’ is about justice – women’s groups

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“Justice begins when we speak, release and acknowledge the truth in solidarity and community. One Billion Rising for Justice is an invitation to break free from confinement, obligation, shame, guilt, grief, pain, humiliation, rage and bondage.… Read the rest

HuffingtonPost.com – Kick-Ass Women Of The Muslim World

Malala Yousafzai gave a stirring speech at the U.N. last Friday, her first major appearance since being shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban in October for her efforts to promote girls’ education in the country.… Read the rest

“Hands Off Women – HOW” An international network to struggle violence against women

Tomorrow, November 23th, will be presented (11 am, Foreign Press Center in Rome), the non-profit organization headed by Isabella Rauti. At the conference, moderated by Livia Azzariti and Morgan Witkin, also attended by the Chinese writer Xinran Eady, the Ambassador of Pakistan in Italy Tehmina Janjua and the President of United Nations Women Guild Habi Bamba 
Rome, November 22th, 2012 – A network of people and international associations to struggle a social disease like that of violence against women.… Read the rest