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September 13 2013

Black Mauritanians suffer 'slavery-like' conditions, says UN | Global development | theguardian.com

Black Mauritanians suffer ’slavery-like’ conditions, says UN | Global development | theguardian.com
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/sep/12/black-mauritania-slavery-un

Black Mauritanians are still subject to slavery-like practices, including sexual violence and discrimination, a UN human rights expert has said.

The UN special rapporteur on racism, Mutuma Ruteere, told the Guardian that generations of people, particularly women and girls, were still living with families in a “slavery-like” relationship, and were being forced into sex with male relatives, in some cases with their fathers.

“You have situations where people still live with and are working for certain families, and where women are forced to have sexual relations with family members – fathers and sons,” said Ruteere, speaking from Kenya. “And there are situations where children, particularly the girls who are the products of those relations, are then forced to have sexual relations with the same family members.”

“This kind of relationship is going on over generations. There is a lot of sexual violence against these women and girls, I met individuals who are subjected to this. It’s a situation that is slavery-like.”

#esclavage #viol #culture_du_viol #racisme #impunité #Mauritanie #femmes #filles #inceste

Yemeni child bride, eight, 'dies on wedding night' | Global development | theguardian.com

Yemeni child bride, eight, ’dies on wedding night’ | Global development | theguardian.com
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/sep/11/yemen-child-bride-dies-wedding
Horrible !

An eight-year-old Yemeni girl has died of internal bleeding on her wedding night after marrying a man five times her age, a social activist and two local residents said, in a case that has caused an outcry in the media and revived debate about child brides.

Arwa Othman, head of Yemen’s House of Folklore and a leading rights campaigner, said the girl, identified only as Rawan, was married to a 40-year-old late last week in the town of Meedi in Hajjah province, north-western Yemen.

“On the wedding night and after intercourse, she suffered from bleeding and uterine rupture which caused her death,” Othman said. “They took her to a clinic but the medics couldn’t save her life.”

Othman said authorities had not taken any action against the girl’s family or her husband.

#enfant #mariage_forcé #sexisme #pauvreté #filles

July 24 2013

Mutilations_génitales_féminines : 30 millions de femmes en danger | Unicef France

#Mutilations_génitales_féminines : 30 millions de #femmes en danger | Unicef France
http://www.unicef.fr/contenu/actualite-humanitaire-unicef/mutilations-genitales-feminines-30-millions-de-femmes-en-danger-2013-07-22

Pourtant malgré cette opposition, plus de 125 millions de femmes et de filles en vie aujourd’hui ont subi des MGF/E et 30 millions de filles risquent encore l’#excision au cours de la prochaine décennie. Obstacle principal à la disparition des MGF/E : les traditions culturelles locales qui ne s’arrêtent pas aux frontières, mais qui varient selon les groupes de population, à l’intérieur comme au-delà des bordures nationales.

Dans la moitié des pays disposant de données, la majorité des #filles subissent ces mutilations génitales avant l’âge de 5 ans. En Égypte, en République centrafricaine, en Somalie et au Tchad, au moins 80 % des filles sont excisées entre 5 et 14 ans, parfois dans le cadre de rites marquant le passage à l’âge adulte.

Et les hommes sont peut-être les meilleurs porte-paroles de cette volonté de changement. Le rapport de l’UNICEF conclut, d’après les enquêtes menées, que non seulement la majorité des femmes et des filles est contre cette pratique, mais qu’un nombre important d’hommes et de garçons y est opposé. Dans trois pays (la Guinée, la Sierra Leone et le Tchad), les hommes sont plus nombreux que les femmes à vouloir y mettre fin, alors que les MGF/E sont souvent considérées comme étant l’expression d’un contrôle patriarcal sur les femmes.

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