On 8 March 1857, women garment workers in New York City, USA, marched and picketed, demanding improved working conditions, a 10-hour day and equal rights to men. Their ranks were broken by the police.

Fifty-one years later, on 8 March 1908, 15,000 New York women garment workers marched again, this time demanding the vote and an end to sweatshops and child labour.

International Women's Day is marked on this date by women's groups around the world. It is commemorated at the UN and is designated in many countries as a national holiday.

Deborah Cole

February 26, 2009

"They told us we were in the camp brothel, that we were the lucky ones. We would eat well and have enough to drink. If we behaved and fulfilled our duties nothing would happen to us."

So begins the wrenching account of Frau W., a prisoner of the Nazi concentration camp Ravensbrueck north of Berlin who between mid-1943 and December 1944 was forced to work as a sex slave for her fellow detainees.


By Aimee Green, The Oregonian
Wednesday February 25, 2009, 9:03 PM



12 February 2009 - A Global Report on Trafficking in Persons launched today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) provides new information on a crime that shames us all.


By Paul Chaderjian
Sherman Oaks, Calif. -  Rubina Peroomian, Ph.D., spoke recently at the Merdinian School in Sherman Oaks about her latest book, And Those Who Continued Living in Turkey after 1915.

At the conclusion of the event, which was hosted by the ARPA Institute, the Armenian Reporter asked Dr. Peroomian to expound on the topic of psychological and sexual warfare waged against Armenians during the Genocide of 1915 - a subject that the author has investigated extensively in her new study.


(WOMENSENEWS)--When Eve Ensler met Dr. Denis Mukwege, the celebrated gynecologist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, almost three years ago, it was hard to communicate.

Her French was weak, and his English was choppy.


A WOMAN suspected of recruiting more than 80 female suicide bombers has confessed to organising their rapes so she could later convince them that martyrdom was the only way to escape the shame.

A New York congresswoman’s proposed bill would force the Pentagon to better protect service members against sexual and domestic violence.

The Military Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Act, introduced Tuesday by Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., would establish an Office of Victims Advocate within the Pentagon and create confidentiality protocols to protect the rights of victims under military law.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — MySpace says about 90,000 sex offenders have been identified and removed from its huge social networking website.
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said Tuesday the new figure is nearly double what MySpace officials originally announced last year.

Cooper and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal have led efforts to make social networking websites safer. MySpace executives sent the updated numbers to Blumenthal's office Tuesday.

TAMPA, Florida (CNN) -- Don Stratton says he's just a good ol' boy. He's simple and plainspoken. But he has a painful past he can't leave behind. When he talks about it, the old emotions surface.
Stratton attended a Florida reform school as a teenager in the early 1960s. Nearly half a century later, he's telling a chilling tale of alleged beatings, sexual abuse and violent death at the hands of reform school workers.


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