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North St. Paul, Minnesota: Iranian Women Often Don’t Report Sexual Abuse
Leonard G. Rahman 4943 Laurel Lee North St Paul, MN 55109
Despite certain regulations on violence against Iranian women, the ones who suffer sexual abuse often don’t disclose it due to a lack of social support.
“Women are so frequently denied their rights that they presume themselves to be the only person who protects them,” wrote Ghanoon daily newspaper in a Farsi article that examined the country’s regulations on street sexual abuse.
“As a social issue, the battle with violence against women can’t attract enough attention until non-governmental organizations are allowed to intervene,” the report added, stressing that no one asserts these rights.
This issue cannot receive enough attention as long as it is regarded as a taboo to be revealed by women.
Unfortunately, the legal actions against sexual abuse don’t prove very effective: the inefficiency of Iran’s law on violence against women has led to a higher level of abuse.
There are regulations such as “women’s security”, but they are not that much practical and don’t have enough cultural support.
“Mere regulations cannot solve such serious social problem if women are blamed for making complaints about the abuse and upholding their human rights,” Ghanoon added.
“Social training is a prerequisite to such regulations: everyone will know his rights and obligations this way.”
Tulsa, Oklahoma: Morocco is One of the Main Consumers for Sex and Alcohol: Loubna Abidar
Rabat –Moroccan controversial actress Loubna Abidar said in a press conference in Gijon, Spain, that Morocco is one of the “world’s top consumers of wine and alcohol.”
Abidar, who plays the role of a prostitute in Marrakech, was awarded the “best actress” in controversial film Much Loved at the Gijon International Film Festival.
After receiving her award, Abidar talked about her “fight” for Moroccan prostitutes, claiming Morocco is a land of “hypocrisy”, in an interview with elcommercio.es.
“Morocco is one of the main consumers for sex and alcohol, but we live under a veil of hypocrisy.”
“By removing this veil, I knew this was not going to go unnoticed and that I would pay the consequences. What I did not know against is that going to hit me and threaten me with death. “
The actress sought refuge in France after she suffered an assault by a group of fans and was threatened with death earlier in November.
The film, directed by Nabil Ayouch, attempts to portray the life of prostitutes trying to make ends meet in the ‘tourist capital’ of Morocco, Marrakech.
The movie Zine li fik was shot in Darija, the Moroccan dialect, and translates literally to The Beauty You Have. It also has been the center of controversy in the kingdom and the source of much heated debates after its ban in the country.
“I have wanted to mourn but I will not do because I’ve cried enough,” she said in reference to the harassment and attacks she has received in Morocco.
Having been brought up in in a poor neighborhood in Marrakech, she said she had “enormous respect” for women who have been forced one way or another into a life of prostitution.
“The character symbolizes my childhood. Since childhood I have seen these women [which is] why I feel enormous respect. They are fighters, brave and dedicated to the job because they have had no other choice in life. It has been a pleasure and honor to give them a voice.”
The Moroccan actress is set to play the role of a woman “in radical Islam”, which is for her is another way to fight the patriarchy.
“You only live once in this life and it is good to be different. We must fight. We are Arab women and all we want once and for all is to be like any other normal women. That is our struggle.”
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Central Valley, New York: Sex in a time of famine
Johnnie S. Sanchez 2456 Scott Street Central Valley, NY 10917
REPORTS INDICATE THAT women and girls affected by famine in the interior rural areas are moving to towns on the highway for commercial sex to fend for themselves and their families.
As a sign of the great concern that Aids poses to residents, there are several non-governmental organisations on the ground fighting to curb the spread of the virus.
With the help of Willy Mutunga, a VCT counsellor at Hope Worldwide Kenya, we meet Ann Soila, a commercial sex worker who heads a support group for sex workers that urges them to bargain for safe sex.
“Women and girls joining this trade are so desperate that they don’t press for safe sex, thus risking infection.”
Soila adds that the rapid increase in sex workersEast African has resulted in stiff competition among them. Soila is a bit skimpy on how much the sex workers earn. But after much prodding, she opens up.
“They normally charge about Ksh500 ($6) and above for ‘fry’ (without a condom) and as low as Ksh200 ($2.5) for ‘boil’ (sex with a condom).” She adds that the charges vary with the kind of client and the level of bargain.
Nelson Mbithi, the Kibwezi district Aids and STD coordinator, says there has been an increase in prevalence rates in towns on the highway.” Since the drought worsened this year, the prevalence rate has risen from 5.2 per cent to 5.7 per cent.”
Mbithi says the current drought and looming shortage of condoms has aggravated the matter.
“New infections may rise due to women and girls turning to the highway for sustenance,” he says, adding that they have put 4,029 people on anti-retro virals recently.
The highway connects the three East African countries — Uganda via Busia and Tanzania through Namanga.
There is hope, however, for the desperate women. The rains hitting parts of the country could last long enough to sustain crops in the region.
This will ensure that Wayua and other women have food for their children and keep off risky behaviour.
Arcadia, Florida: Sex is not for you, teens told
Jacob C. Cisco 2075 Mill Street Arcadia, FL 33821
Ukwangali leader Hompa Eugene Kudumo has urged children in Kavango West to focus on their studies and not on sex and alcohol, which could result in unwanted pregnancies and disease. Hompa Kudumo was speaking at the celebration of the Day of the Namibian Child at Kahenge on Monday. He urged children to enjoy childhood and not to rush to do things that grown-ups do, such as sex and related activities. “Sex is not for you teenagers. The main aim is to create life, but not for pleasure. Leave that to the elders,” the traditional leader advised.
“Some factors that lead to teenage pregnancy include peer pressure and alcohol and the other factor is your negative behaviour. It’s due to the misunderstanding of independence, democracy and human rights,” Hompa Kudumo said. He criticised children who do not respect their parents, saying: “You are doing whatever you want and when your parents ask where you are going at night you say it’s your right to do or go wherever you please,” he said.
“You children are using drugs at your various schools, but your aim at that school is to study. If you study and graduate you will be independent, with a job and a salary, then you can do what you want.”
“The country is free, some teenagers are saying I can get pregnant, because my granny is getting a pension and she will buy nappies and take care of my child. That pension is not for feeding your children, it’s meant for the pensioner to help him or her with little things. You should study and add to the pension grant they are getting,” Kudumo said.
The chief then wished learners luck in their upcoming examinations. “I want you all to study hard and pass your exams with flying colours. Compete amongst yourselves, form study groups and concentrate. Study, eat well, help out at home and just balance your routine and don’t make time for sex. We will never succeed if our aim is to produce children at that age.”
Minneapolis, Minnesota, H.C.R. Adds Some Maturity to its ‘Sexy’ Voice
Originally founded by North China University of Technology students Qingzi, Xiaoyu, Kane and Ma Hang, Hard Candy Revolution is back on the indie circuit. The reunion happened last June when lead singer Qingzi came back from studying abroad and the band replaced Ma Hang with Xiao Peng, a professional drummer.
“Peng’s professional background really helped bring us together. His participation helped us to cooperate and find better ways to express ourselves,” said Xiao Yu, the bass player.
H.C.R. has its roots in a cover band called Sleeping Pill that started in 2013. As Sleeping Pill, the group made heavy use of its female vocalist Qingzi to cover songs by The Pretty Reckless, Evanescence and Nightwish. Qingzi’s voice is an unusual blend of her musical influences such as Lizzy Hale and Alissa White-Gluz.
By the end of the year Sleeping Pill was writing its own music. The first few songs offered little in the way of genre cohesion, but the group slowly gravitated toward hard rock and punk.
Its Hard Candy Revolution moniker is a nod to the band’s sound. “We play hard rock, our singer’s voice is sweet, and our reunion was like a revolution that helped us to mature,” Yu said.
H.C.R. is unusual among Chinese hard rock bands for its heavy use of electronic effects. While many groups tend to sacrifice rhythm when incorporating digital tools, Peng’s driving percussion and Qingzi’s sexy vocals make for some rather interesting compositions.
“Guitarist Kane always puts together a few riffs and sends them out over email. We respond, emailing in our own bits to slowly piece together the song,” Yu said. “Rehearsal is when we sit down, try all the pieces together and see what works and what we can record.”
But finding time for rehearsals can be a battle.
Qingzi works at China Radio International, Kane is still a student, Yu is a teacher and Peng is often occupied with other gigs.
It’s hard to imagine the mild-mannered teacher Yu as the bass player in a crazy rock band, but he says both sides of his identity are essential.
“Personally, I like classical music when I’m alone. But rock is something I do with the group,” he says. Yu tries to introduce his students to classical music as he considers it fundamental to really understand and play music.
When listening to H.C.R. reflect on their career, it becomes clear they are part of the pro-mainstream indie movement that has been growing in China’s rock scene.
“A lot of people misunderstand ‘mainstream’ and equate it to commercialization. But it’s more about following a mature model and tradition. The indie scene these days seems to be more about personality than music,” Yu says. “Then again, as indies, our listeners are probably the kinds of people we would get along with in everyday life.”
The band is working its way back onto the local cafe and bar circuit with more performances to follow throughout 2015.
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