Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday called violence against women an "epidemic" that "cuts to the very core of how we measure ourselves as a society."

Speaking before the White House Tribal Nations Conference, the vice president focused on the plague of violence against Native American women, who face the highest rates of domestic violence and abuse in America. Nearly one in three Native American women will be raped, he said

More than half-way through an international campaign to end violence against women, a top United Nations expert on the issue is calling for a binding international legal standard that holds Member States accountable in fighting this widespread human rights violation.

To read full article, visit this UN News Centre link.

 

(Reuters) - Pope Francis and Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian leaders pledged on Tuesday to use their religions to help stamp out modern slavery and human trafficking by 2020.

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"Male sex aggression on a university campus" was the title of one of the first studies published about a topic now very much in the news. Way back in 1957, sociologist Eugene Kanin posited a model where men used secrecy and stigma to pressure and exploit women.

Today, 21 million women, men and children worldwide are trapped in slavery, denied the right to live and ultimately work in freedom, dignity and equality, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has spotlighted on this International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

A newly published surveillance video on Monday showed the fatal attack on a young woman after she defended two teenage girls from male harassment – a death that has been mourned with candlelight vigils across Germany.

To read full article, visit this Globe and Mail link.

Jian Ghomeshi, 47, former host of the internationally syndicated music and arts program Q on Canadian Broadcasting Corp radio, appeared in court to answer four counts of sexual assault and one of choking.

To read full article, visit this Reuters link.

A video showing two sisters in northern India hitting back at men who allegedly harassed them on a crowded bus has gone viral in a country where many women endure sexual harassment on a daily basis.

To read full article, visit this Guardian link.

Amnesty International supporters worldwide today join the 16 Days against Gender Violence campaign to challenge violence and discrimination against women and girls, including the denial of sexual and reproductive rights.

The campaign, which runs from 25 November to 10 December, aims to celebrate heroes – women human rights defenders – in every region of the world who fight discrimination and call on governments to prevent, investigate and prosecute discrimination and violence against women and girls.

(CNN) -- Hundreds of students walked out of their Oklahoma high school Monday to protest the school's response to the alleged bullying of three classmates who say they were raped by the same person.

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