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Prügelstrafe und religiöser Fundamentalismus

Posted by entdinglichung - 29. Juli 2009

Im Sudan wurden kürzlich Frauen wegen des Tragens von Hosen und in Malaysia wegen des Trinkens von Bier von Sharia-Gerichten zu Stockschlägen verurteilt … doch auch im „Freien Westen“ regen sich religiöse FundamentalistInnen und verwandte Kräfte, welche ihre Variante von Sozialdisziplinierung gerne mit gesetzlichem Rückhalt per physischer Gewalt durchsetzen wollen. So dürfen Neuseelands WählerInnen von 31. Juli an zur Frage „Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?“ in einem Referendum ihr Votum abgeben. Nachdem der Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 Eltern das Schlagen ihrer Kinder gesetzlich untersagte bildete sich dort eine Koalition aus rechtspopulistischen Libertarians (ehemals „Association of Consumers and Taxpayers„), evangelikalen Parteien und Vereinigungen (Wer die Rute spart, hasst seinen Sohn, / wer ihn liebt, nimmt ihn früh zur Zucht. (Spr 13,24)), einem islamischen Verband, „Vaterschaftsrechts-Aktivisten“ und anderen autoritären Charakteren, welche es als Verletzung ihres ureigenen Gewohnheitsrechtes, ihrer Religionsfreiheit und/oder ihrer Privatssphäre ansehen, wenn sie ihre Kinder nicht mehr prügeln dürfen und damit ihren Teil zur Brutalisierung der Gesellschaft beitragen.

„The woman responsible for collecting 300,000 signatures in a bid to overturn Ms Bradford’s bill is Sheryl Savill, a 40-year-old mother of two who works as a communicator for an evangelical organisation, Focus on the Family. Her husband is a policeman.

Ms Savill said: „When I realised how the anti-smacking law would directly affect the way I was raising my girls I knew that I had to do something. A light smack done in a good home that’s full of love isn’t child abuse.““ (Quelle)

Das auch Kinder ein Recht auf physische Unversehrtheit haben und nicht geschlagen werden wollen scheint derartigen Gestalten vollkommen egal zu sein, Grund genug, diesen und anderen TugendterroristInnen das Handwerk zu legen, zumal die Erfahrung zeigt, dass diese sich nicht hiermit zufrieden geben würden sondern versuchen werden, ihre reaktionäre Utopie schrittweise der gesamten Gesellschaft überzustülpen.

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Neun Frauen im Irak droht die Ermordung durch den Staat

Posted by entdinglichung - 29. Juli 2009

Der nachfolgend dokumentierte Aufruf der Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) stammt von der Webseite Socialist Blog News:


OWFI’s Campaign to Stop the Execution of Female Prisoners in Iraq

Eleven female prisoners were taken to the extreme protection prison in Kadhimia in Baghdad two months ago for the purpose of execute capital punishment on them.

In spite of allegations of liberation and democracy, the Iraqi state continues to claim the right to terminate the citizens‘ lives whenever needed, as if the citizens were a property of the state and can be disposed of by killing. Furthermore, the state legislates a judicial process for these killing and gives them the name of capital punishment.

One of the eleven women jailed in the death center, Kasima Hamid was terminated recently in June, while Lamia Adnan was terrorized to death, as she died from a heart attack. The rest of the women live under daily terror lest they are next on the death row and their children are orphaned.

Nine women await termination any day and have no hope to live. OWFI follows up on their families trying to help them get over their tragedy and difficulties which mostly resulted from the political chaos of this era. These families grief their daughter in silence.

We demand the cancellation of the decision to terminate these women and their immediate return to the C4 women’s prison. The women who stand for death row are: Samar Saad, Shirooq Hassoun, Sabreen Nasser, Samira Abdulla, Um Hussein*, Hanan, Thikra Fakhry, Luma Adnan, and Wassan Taleb.

OWFI also demands a fair trial for Samar Saad and Wassan Taleb and all who were convicted by the crimes that their husbands or male relatives committed. These crimes took place in places far away from the women. Nevertheless, the verdict, which in some cases was multiple death penalties, was imposed on the women within a speedy and superficial legal process.

OWFI will forward an appeal to the offices of the prime minister and the president. Nevertheless, we are not optimistic to any positive result without pressure from outside Iraq .

Therefore, we call upon all women’s and human rights organizations to support our demand of stopping the execution of these women. No human being should be killed whatever the accusation is.

Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, 25-7-2009

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Ein Interview zur Lage der Hausangestellten in Tansania

Posted by entdinglichung - 29. Juli 2009

Quelle: Internationaler Gewerkschaftsbund (ITUC-CSI-IGB)


„An international convention on domestic work would help us a great deal“

Brussels, 27 July 2009: The Tanzanian Conservation, Hotels, Domestic and Allied Workers’ Union, CHODAWU (1), has been working in defence of domestic workers and in the fight against domestic child labour for over ten years. With less than one year to go before the first ILO discussion on a new international convention on domestic work, Titus Mlengeya, National Chairman of CHODAWU, outlines the trade union action taken in this area and the problems still to tackle.

What are the main forms of exploitation suffered by domestic workers in Tanzania?

As there is no formal employment contract, domestic workers face harassment and threats from their employers but do not usually dare to complain. They are often treated like second-class citizens in relation to the family members in the household. Some domestic workers receive unduly severe punishments for the slightest of errors. And then there is also the potential problem of sexual abuse: domestic workers refusing sexual relations with their boss risk being dismissed. This also creates tension with the boss’s wife, who does not usually trust the domestic worker as she suspects her of colluding with her husband. In situations like these, the worker is doubly mistreated in the household.

Another recurring problem is the irregular payment of wages. At the end of the month, domestic workers are told they will be paid the following month… There is no certainty as to when they will be paid and, in some instances, the employer holds on to their wages until their departure, saying that they do not really need the money. So they end up like slaves, as they do not have the freedom to leave the job with the guarantee of being paid. In addition, it is not uncommon for them to have considerable amounts deducted from their salary (which is sometimes as little as 10 dollars) for small damages such as a broken glass. After deductions like these they are left with nothing of their wages at the end of the month.

What services do you offer domestic workers?

We have set up five help centres in Dar es Salaam, the capital, which is the main destination of domestic workers from the rest of the country. The two other centres are in regions considered to be the main places of origin of domestic workers and have been set up to try and contain the problem at the source. The aim of these centres is to help domestic workers living in very difficult circumstances. They mainly take in former child domestics and welcome around 4000 children a year on average. The staff at the centres includes teachers, nurses and matrons, who give advice and training. One of the aims is to counsel those who have suffered from exploitation so that they can get back to feeling like normal human beings. Another aim is to give them training in different disciplines (sewing, cooking, housekeeping, etc.) so that they can then secure decent work and a decent life. These training courses are organised in conjunction with specific institutions (driving schools, hotel management schools, etc.). The younger ones manage to get back into mainstream education.

Is it not up to the authorities to offer training?

Indeed, it is the government’s responsibility to look after its citizens’ welfare, but CHODAWU, as a union associated with domestic workers, has a role to play to ensure that its members are not mistreated. But you cannot protect them if they themselves are not made aware of their own situation, if they have no confidence in the fact that they are human beings and deserve to be treated the same way as everyone else. This awareness cannot be gained if we leave them in their current state of ignorance. If we do not act at this level, they will continue to be disrespected, to receive extremely low wages, and this new generation of domestic workers will develop within the context of mental and material difficulties, which is no good for the future.

How do you make contact with exploited children?

We have been cooperating for over ten years with NGOs and representatives of the authorities at neighbourhood level to identify where child domestics can be found. We also make good use of the media, as some domestic workers, in the towns, have access to radio and TV programmes. Even if they cannot sit down to listen to these programmes, they can listen while they are working, and learn about how others have been rescued by CHODAWU.

We also go to the bus and train stations to identify newcomers. Some people trade in these children, recruiting them in rural areas and then selling them in the towns. Whenever we identify potential victims, we work in partnership with the police to have the traffickers arrested and we take the children to our centres. We also contact the authorities in the villages where they come from. If we do not find a member of the family who can take care of the child, we give them long-term shelter in our centres.

Children who have been trafficked and then rescued by our programme are now helping us to identify other mistreated children and adult domestics suffering from exploitation, and bring them to our centres. It is also a means of recruiting them as members and letting them open up about their grievances so that CHODAWU can try to help resolve the problems with their employers.

Do these programmes bring you new members?

Yes, but we are above all fulfilling our duty in terms of social responsibility. Having responsible citizens is crucial to Tanzania’s future. CHODAWU has become like a parent for a group of former exploited workers, as we have helped them to regain a normal life. They place great trust in us and we have a long-term relationship with them.

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