Today’s Lady News: Afghan TV Show Says Shelters Force Women Into Prostitution

  • A multi-part Afghan television series has accused women’s shelters in Afghanistan of being brothels — even ones registered with the government. The 27-year-old TV host, Nasto Nadiri, is running for Parliament in September and is a critic of women’s rights campaigns, especially when affiliated with international NGOs. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Maria Teresa de Nicolo, a former prostitute, has told a corruption inquiry that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gave her gifts the night she shared his bed with two women. De Nicolo said that she and about 15 other women were invited guests at a private dinner for the prime minister and everyone received jewelry. [Guardian UK]
  • Iran has rejected an asylum offer from Brazil for a woman sentenced to death by hanging. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was convicted of adultery in 2006 and originally sentenced to death by stoning. [CNN]

  • Congress may soon vote on a bill aimed at combating violence against women worldwide by increasing aid to 20 countries. One of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Bill Delahunt, said ending violence against women will help U.S. security interests. [Miami Herald]
  • Women Helping Battered Women in Burlington, Vermont, has been awarded over $300K from the Office of Violence Against Women’s Transitional Housing Grant Program. According to counselors, victims of DV need transitional housing to help them financially get on their feet after leaving an abusive relationship. [Burlington Free Press]
  • A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has ruled that Muslim prison employees in Delaware County may not wear head scarves at work because it could compromise security. In 2007, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit on behalf of three Muslim women. [Philadelphia Inquirer]
  • Regions in Ohio and Kentucky have been awarded $300K from the Department of Labor to support women in non-traditional/male-dominated occupations, such as construction, advanced manufacturing and transportation. [Cincinnati.com]
  • New Jersey’s Democratic lawmakers are attempting to override the governor’s veto of a bill that would restore $7.5 million in family planning funding for low-income women. [NJ.com]
  • The new workplace sexism: men talking to other men when women’s backs are turned. [The American Prospect]
  • Another look at skin lighteners for people of color. [ABC News]
  • An author in New York is charged with placing online advertisements in Eastern Europe that claimed he was looking for an assistant, but he would sexually abuse the women who came to work for him. [New York Post]
  • Do women use the social networking site Foursquare less than men do because they’re more concerned with person safety aspects of revealing their location? [Media Post]
  • Want to share with the world why you breastfeed? Upload a 20-second video to IBreastfeedBecause.com.

INTERNATIONAL

  • A jury in Perth, Australia, will decide this week whether a Muslim woman may wear a burka while sitting on a jury for a fraud case. [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • Women in India are taking a stand against street harassment and using Facebook and Twitter to network. [New York Times]
  • The French news site France24.com has launched the first interactive iPad documentary called “Rape In Congo: Violated Peace.” [France24.com]
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