Public Statement by World Future Councillors and Ambassadors calling on world leaders and policy makers to step up action to eradicate female genital mutilation/cutting
5 February 2015
On the eve of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, we, World Future Councillors and Ambassadors call on all governments to step up action to end this pandemic violation of women and girls’ human rights.
WASHINGTON – Among college-age females (ages 18 to 24), the rate of rape and sexual assault was 1.2 times higher for nonstudents than students for the period 1995–2013, the Bureau of Justice Statistics announced today. Nonstudents (65,700) accounted for more than double the average annual number of rape and sexual assault victimizations compared to students (31,300). For 2013, no differences in the rates of rape and sexual assault were found between the two groups.
Vatican City, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 – Today, on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, the Global Freedom Network (GFN) has brought together leaders of the Christian Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox, as well as Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim faiths who have jointly declared one common humanitarian endeavour: To eradicate modern slavery by 2020 throughout our world and for all time as a crime against humanity. In a ceremonial act, a Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders against Modern Slavery was signed by:
21 November 2014 ¦ Geneva - Current efforts to prevent violence against women and girls are inadequate, according to a new Series published in The Lancet. Estimates suggest that globally, 1 in 3 women has experienced either physical or sexual violence from their partner, and that 7% of women will experience sexual assault by a non-partner at some point in their lives.
NOVEMBER 12, 2014, NEW ORLEANS, LA. The New Orleans Office of Inspector General today released the results of its inquirt into sex crime investigations by five detectives in the Special Victims Section of the New Orleans Police Department. Results of an OIG audit released in May of NOPD's Uniform Crime Reporting for forcible rapes showed NOPD misclassified 46% of forcible rape offenses tested. The OIG Investigations Division reviewed the 90 sex crime related reports randomly selected for the audit and found significant concerns with 23 reports from five detectives.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced that he will pledge up to $35 million in funding to eliminate backlogs of untested sexual assault evidence kits, or “rape kits,” nationwide, generating DNA evidence that will help solve cases in New York City, New York State and across the country. The District Attorney’s Office will allocate funding to analyze untested rape kits, audit the scope of jurisdictions’ backlogs, create data- and information-sharing systems, and ensure jurisdictions adhere to best practices for the testing and use of rape kit evidence.
I’m not sure where to begin. Like you, the unfolding allegations of the past week have left me in shock, sadness, and some anger.
As you have no doubt heard, since CBC fired radio host Jian Ghomeshi on Sunday, his lawyers have commenced legal proceedings against us. That limits what we have been able to say about the circumstances of his firing, but we will defend our action. In the meantime, there are a few things that are important for me to address.
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