Archive for December 11th, 2017

11/12/2017

Free Trade Is Bad for Women. A WTO Declaration Won’t Change That

Human Wrongs Watch

By Sophie Hardefeldt*

Gendered exploitation is at the heart of the free trade agenda — a few tweaks to the edges won’t make it feminist.

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Container Ships, San Francisco bay. Wikimedia Commons.

Gendered exploitation is at the heart of the free trade agenda – a few tweaks to the edges won’t make it feminist. In fact, it won’t do anything much at all. If we really want an international trade system that works for women, tokenism won’t cut it. We need to overhaul our approach to trade.

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11/12/2017

Pakistan Gets Its First One-Stop Shop for Women Fighting Violence

Human Wrongs Watch

By Zofeen Ebrahim*

KARACHI, Dec 10 2017 (IPS) – Sliced noses, broken ribs, fractured fingers, slashed arms, bruised and bloodied faces with teeth missing and eyes swollen… Sana Jawed, 30, has been witnessing these brutalities for over a decade.

Station House Officer Nazima Mushtaq speaking to a survivor at the VAWC. Photo courtesy of VAWC

“You can never get over the physical and psychological mutilation that scores of women go through every day in our society,” says Jawed, who is currently managing the new state-of-the-art all-women Violence Against Women Centre (VAWC) in Multan, in Southern Punjab. Before this she was working in the Punjab government’s social welfare department and managing shelters for women across the province.

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