International Day of Action for the Decriminalization of Abortion

On 28 September, IPPF joins human rights and pro-choice advocates across the world for the ‘International Day of Action for the Decriminalization of Abortion’. To ensure the highest standard in women’s health all governments must legalize abortion.

This is a serious human rights issue. Each year, 47,000 women die from unsafe abortions. A staggering 5 million are hospitalized each year, a terrible proportion of whom suffer chronic disability.

The criminalization of abortion leads to increased poverty and prevents women’s economic empowerment. These restrictive laws imprison women who simply want to continue their education or who are trying to improve the economic situation for their families. Unmarried pregnant teenagers suffer disproportionately from these laws. Sadly, 40% of unsafe abortions occur in under 24 year olds.

Is it right to criminalise women for simply wanting to continue their education; for wanting to improve the economic situation of their families; for wanting to be good mothers?

Why should governments criminalise health care professionals who simply strive to provide the best quality of care for their patients?

How can we possibly continue to let women die from unsafe abortions?

To secure the reproductive rights of women around the world, IPPF advocates for legal, safe and stigma free abortion care.

Let’s recognise a woman’s right to choose the outcome of her pregnancy as a fundamental human right
Let’s celebrate the health care professionals who work to provide good quality abortion services, support the well-being of women and protect them from abuse
Let’s place more scrutiny on governments, ask why they restrict access to safe abortion services and hold them accountable for denying half their population their basic human rights

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Vatican occupied by abortion rights activists

The Vatican is decorated with a banner displaying the text “Abortion Pills, A Gift From God” and instructions how to do an abortion yourself with a medicine called misoprostol.
virtual occupation stpieters square, vatican

Visitors to the Vatican can see the banner after downloading the application Junaio from on their smart phones or tablets, click on the magnifying glass in the right corner, search for “abortion”, click on the „Women on Waves „log and turn till the small yellow dot in the right upper corner falls in the highlighted beam.

When looking at Saint Peter’s Cathedral through the smartphone or tablet using the app, the big billboard hanging from the sky pops up in front of Saint Peter’s Cathedral.

Not only the Vatican, but religious and governmental buildings all over the world have been virtually occupied. The action is an initiative by Women on Waves in collaboration with Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights.

The action is marking September 28th, the International Day of Action for the Decriminalization of Abortion. With the action women on Waves wants to ensure that women all over the world have access to information how to do a safe abortion with a medicine called Misoprostol, which is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines.

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Die deutsche Asylpolitik treibt Flüchtlinge in den Suizid

Zwei junge Männer im Alter von 22 und 24 Jahren in dem Flüchtlingslager in Weiden haben am Samstag Morgen versucht, sich das Leben zu nehmen. Sie wurden daraufhin in die geschlossene Abteilung des Wöllershof Bezirksklinikum eingewiesen.

Einer ihrer Freunde nutzte die vorgeschriebenen zehn Minuten Besuchszeit, um von ihnen persönlich zu erfahren, warum sie es getan haben. Sie entgegneten, dass sie erschöpft seien vom Lagerleben in Weiden und von all dem, was sie in den letzten 20 Monaten, in denen sie auf eine Antwort ihres Asylantrags warteten, erlebt haben. Sie mussten in der Unterkunft auf engstem Raum zu viert leben. Sie waren immer wieder rassistischem Verhalten nicht nur durch die Ausländerbehörde und durch die Polizei ausgesetzt, sondern auch durch die Stadtbewohner_innen. Die Flüchtlinge werden zu ausbeuterischer Arbeit wie den so genannten Ein-Euro-Jobs verdonnert, ohne die sie nicht einmal Anspruch auf ihr Taschengeld gehabt hätten. So wurde dieses Lager immer mehr zu einem Gefängnis, außerhalb dessen Mauern keinerlei Unterstützung von Behörden
oder anderen Stellen zu erwarten war. Alleingelassen in dieser verzweifelten Situation ist diesen jungen Menschen als letzter Ausweg nur die Selbsttötung in den Sinn gekommen.

Tatsächlich sind dies keine Einzelfälle, was uns zuletzt der Selbstmord von Samir Hashemi am 4. September in Kirchheim in der Nähe von Stuttgart ins Gedächtnis gerufen hat. Dass viele Asylsuchende unter Depressionen leiden und Selbstmordgedanken haben, ist vielen Behörden und Heimleitungen bekannt. Dennoch werden keine konkreten Maßnahmen ergriffen. Noch viel schlimmer: Durch den Druck, der immer weiter aufgebaut wird, werden sie oft in den Selbstmord getrieben. Diese Atmosphäre der Angst und absoluten Verzweiflung werden systematisch erzeugt und die bittere Konsequenz daraus billigend in Kauf genommen.

Nach dem Selbstmord von Mohammad Rahsepar Anfang des Jahres und den darauf folgenden monatelangen Straßenprotesten haben Flüchtlinge am 8. September den Protestmarsch nach Berlin begonnen, um eben diese menschenverachtende Behandlung durch den deutschen Staat und Degradierung zu Menschen zweiter Klasse zu bekämpfen.

Und so sprechen wir zu euch: Ihr seid nicht allein! Nehmt diese Situation nicht einfach hin! Wehrt euch, schließt euch uns an und lasst uns gemeinsam unsere Rechte als Menschen erkämpfen!


We Like You a Lot, Ms. Scientist, But We’d Rather Hire the Guy

A recently released study, “Science Faculty’s Subtle Gender Biases Favor Male Students,” shows compelling evidence for unconscious gender bias among faculty, specifically in some natural and biological science fields.

The researchers asked a national sample of 127 biology, physics and chemistry professors to evaluate the application materials of an undergrad science student who applied for a lab manager position, a job they saw as a gateway to other opportunities.

Everyone was given the same materials, but half the applicants were given the first name Jennifer and half were called John. The participants were told the student would be given feedback based on their evaluations.

The results are sobering. There was a significant difference in the average competence, hireability and mentoring ratings by gender. Professors who thought they were evaluating a female applicant saw a less-qualified candidate than professors who were evaluating the identical application materials but thought it was from a man:

So not only was there a gap in perceived competence and fit for the position, but professors were less willing to engage in the type of mentoring that can help students gain both skills and confidence in their abilities—which can be especially important for under-represented groups.

And despite what you might expect, female professors were just as likely to do this as male professors were. Just thinking an applicant was female seems to have touched off an unconscious bias that led them to see female candidates negatively and to be less willing to spend time mentoring them. Professors’ age, tenure status and discipline didn’t make a difference, either.

The professors were also asked to recommend a starting salary. Again there was a significant difference. The average suggested beginning salary for the male candidate was $30,238, while for the female student it was $26,507:

The authors point out that these findings are especially noteworthy because, unlike many studies of gender bias that use college students or people who have never had to make the type of hiring or mentoring decisions they’re being asked to engage in for the study, this sample was made up of scientists who are active in their fields, regularly working with students.

Interestingly, when asked how much they liked the candidate, those evaluating the female student gave a higher score than those assigned the male student. But this didn’t translate into seeing the female candidate as competent. The study authors argue that this is strong evidence for subtle gender bias. The professors didn’t express dislike or hostility toward a female candidate. In fact, they tended to actively like her. But as the researchers explained,

… despite expressing warmth toward emerging female scientists, faculty members of both genders appear to be affected by enduring cultural stereotypes about women’s lack of science competence that translate into biases in student evaluation and mentoring.

This study implies that women in the natural and biological sciences (and yes, surely other fields too) still face prejudices that can impact the opportunities they are given to work closely with professors, as well as limiting their access to jobs and starting them out at a lower salary. These factors can snowball over time, creating larger and larger gaps in career achievements and income as men capitalize on opportunities while women find it impossible to catch up.

via Ms.Magazine

„Männer werden ab 21.12. wie Frauen behandelt“ – scheint schrecklich zu sein…

Ivo Bovic über Unisexismus in der Umkleidekabine

„Die ganze Welt ist gleichberechtigt, nur eine letzte kleine Bastion bleibt uns Männern, wo wir den Frauen gegenüber noch einen bescheidenen Vorteil genießen dürfen. Und die soll nun auch noch geschliffen werden. Nicht mit uns! Wehrt Euch, Männer!“

Das will uns die Sparkasse offenbar weismachen, mit ihrer neuen Werbekampagne anlässlich der Einführung der Unisex-Tarife bei Renten- und Lebensversicherungen Ende des Jahres. Ungleiche Tarife gab es bisher aufgrund der unterschiedlichen Lebenserwartung. Frauen leben zum Beispiel in Deutschland etwa fünf Jahre länger als Männer. Der Europäische Gerichtshof (EuGH) hat beschlossen, dass alle Versicherungsunternehmen ab dem 21.Dezember 2012 nur noch Unisex-Tarife anbieten dürfen.

Folgende Plakate fand ich bei mir im Fitnessstudio und zwar in der Umkleidekabine der Männer und in der Männerdusche. Ich glaube, ein Kommentar ist überflüssig…