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Violence against women.

Recognizing November 25 as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Amnesty International declared violence against women to be today's "most pervasive human rights challenge." Stressing that such violence spans cultural and religious boundaries and political, social, and economic status, AI cites numerous examples from around the world: worldwide, 120 million women are subjected to brutal circumcision every year; in the United States, over 700,000 women are raped annually; in Bangladesh, 50 percent of all murders are of women by their partners; in South Africa, 147 women are raped every day; in Britain, there's a call for help every minute by victims of domestic violence; more than 2,000 women, mostly from former Soviet republics, are channeled annually through Cyprus and forced into prostitution in European and Arab countries; in Sri Lanka, domestic help are beaten and raped and then discarded. The latter problem has become so prevalent that a Bureau of Foreign Employment was established at a Colombo airport to assist them--on average fifty every day.
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Title Annotation:Worth Noting
Author:Gajewski, Karen Ann
Publication:The Humanist
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:00WOR
Date:Jan 1, 2004
Words:170
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