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Womens Liberation Front


Welcome to, formerly known as.Womens Liberation Front.  A website that hopes to draw and keeps your attention for  both the global 21th. century 3rd. feminist revolutution as well and a selection of special feminist artists and writers.

This online magazine will be published evey six weeks and started February 1st. 2019. Thank you for your time and interest.

Gino d'Artali
indept investigative journalist
and radical feminist











                                                                                                            CRYFREEDOM 2019/2020

<protester Munisa Mubariz pledged to continue fighting for women's rights. <If the Taliban want to silence this voice, it's not possible. We will protest from our homes...
27-31 August 2022
27-23 August 2022
14 and 19-13 August 2022
13-3 August 2022

'I will resist': Afghan female journalists defy taliban pressure.
JULY 2022

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International media about atrocities
against women worldwide.

31-21 August 2021
16 AUGUST-27 JULY 2022

JULY 2022
19 - 11 July 2022

(incl. 28 June 2022 and
6 and 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2022



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When one hurts or kills a women
one hurts or kills hummanity and is an antrocitie.
Gino d'Artali
and: My mother (1931-1997) always said to me <Mi figlio, non esistono notizie <vecchie> perche puoi imparare qualcosa da qualsiasi notizia.> Translated: <My son, there is no such thing as so called 'old' news because you can learn something from any news.>
Gianna d'Artali

The Guardian
16 Aug 2022
By Stephanie Kirchgaessner
<<Saudi woman given 34-year prison sentence for using Twitter
Salma al-Shehab, a Leeds University student, was charged with following and retweeting dissidents and activists
A Saudi student at Leeds University who had returned home to the kingdom for a holiday has been sentenced to 34 years in prison for having a Twitter account and for following and retweeting dissidents and activists.The sentencing by Saudi's special terrorist court was handed down weeks after the US president Joe Biden’s visit to Saudi Arabia, which human rights activists had warned could embolden the kingdom to escalate its crackdown on dissidents and other pro-democracy activists. The case also marks the latest example of how the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has targeted Twitter users in his campaign of repression, while simultaneously controlling a major indirect stake in the US social media company through Saudi's sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF). Salma al-Shehab, 34, a mother of two young children, was initially sentenced to serve three years in prison for the <crime> of using an internet website to <cause public unrest and destabilise civil and national security>. But an appeals court on Monday handed down the new sentence – 34 years in prison followed by a 34-year travel ban – after a public prosecutor asked the court to consider other alleged crimes. According to a translation of the court records, which were seen by the Guardian, the new charges include the allegation that Shehab was <assisting those who seek to cause public unrest and destabilise civil and national security by following their Twitter accounts> and by re-tweeting their tweets. It is believed that Shehab may still be able to seek a new appeal in the case. By all accounts, Shehab was not a leading or especially vocal Saudi activist, either inside the kingdom or in the UK. She described herself on Instagram – where she had 159 followers – as a dental hygienist, medical educator, PhD student at Leeds University and lecturer at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, and as a wife and a mother to her sons, Noah and Adam.
Shehab sometimes retweeted tweets by Saudi dissidents living in exile, which called for the release of political prisoners in the kingdom. She seemed to support the case of Loujain al-Hathloul, a prominent Saudi feminist activist who was previously imprisoned, is alleged to have been tortured for supporting driving rights for wo-men, and is now living under a travel ban.>>
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Women's Media Center
8 July 2022
<<Women under siege.
By Nikita Jain
The Gradual Normalization of Violence Against Indian Muslim Women.
NEW DELHI — In April, a video emerged of a Hindu priest addressing a crowd outside of a mosque in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, threatening to kidnap and rape Muslim women. He was recorded making many incendiary remarks against the Muslim community — each met with cheers from the crowd and chants of <Jai Shri Ram> (<Victory to Lord Ram,> a phrase of nationalist devotion co-opted by Hindu supremacists) — but what garnered the strongest reactions online was his pronouncement that if a Muslim harassed any (Hindu) girl in the area, he would respond by kidnapping Muslim women and publicly raping them. The video immediately went viral.
Only a few days before, in the eastern state of Gujarat, the national president of a right-wing extremist group — known for inciting violence against India's marginalized communities — launched into a hate-fueled diatribe against Muslims while giving an address at an event, encouraging Hindu men to <save> Muslim women by impregnating them. Anti-Muslim violence and hate speech have become normalized under the ruling Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which rose to power after the country’s 2014 general elections, but activists say that the attacks against India’s Muslims (which are India’s second-largest religious group, with a population of 172 million) have ratcheted up over the last year — particularly, against Muslim women.
While the harassment of Muslims in India is nothing new, it has be-come observably more pronounced in recent years. In 2020, while Muslim women were being targeted by law enforcement for protesting the new Citizen Amendment Act (CAA) — which eased citizenship access for religious minorities from Muslim-majority countries but not for Muslims themselves — <love jihad,> an Islamophobic conspiracy theory portraying Muslim men as sexual predators converting Hindu women to Islam, inspired <unlawful conversion> laws that served no other purpose than to further malign the Muslim community. More recently, Muslim women have become targets of a unique and insidious ire. In July 2021, an app called <Sulli Deals> surfaced that reportedly allowed men to bid on the profiles of featured Muslim women — all of whom happen to be prominent figures within their respective professions, including journalists, social workers, students, and online personalities. Rather than an actual sales platform, the app, hosted on GitHub, functioned only to humiliate the women who appeared on it. After sparking public outrage, GitHub suspended the account. Delhi Police were just as slow to open an investigation into its founders. In January of this year, another app, called <Bulli Bai,> emerged on the same platform, also containing photos of Indian Muslim women, accompanied by derogatory content. But this time, the app included Muslim women in their 60s and 70s. The app again sparked outrage, not least of all after law enforcement failed to make any significant arrests in the <Sulli Deals> case. After significant pressure from civil society, and multiple complaints, six people were eventually arrested in connection with both cases; all have been granted bail. One of the women featured on the <Bulli Bai> app was Khalida Parveen, 67, who runs the feminist organization Amoomat Society in Hyderabad. Parveen has spoken publicly about rising fascism in the country, which put her squarely on the radar of right-wing trolls on Twitter. <I was not ashamed,> said Parveen. <I felt pity that people like that can stoop to such a level that they can auction off the photo of a woman who could be their mother.> Rather than pla-cing the blame on the app's creators, Parveen pointed to the political climate that enabled them to make it. <With this government, the hate factory towards Muslims has taken an ugly turn.>>
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Women's Media Centre
12 Apr 2022
Elayne Clift
<<Nellie Bly, Journalist and Changemaker, Is Honored With New York City Monument.
She was a journalist, traveler, suffragist, inventor, industrialist, and woman's rights activist, but first and foremost she was a humanitarian. Her name was Elizabeth Jane Cochran, but she was better known by her nom de plume, Nellie Bly. Born in 1864 in Pennsylvania, she began her career at age 19 as a journalist at the Pittsburgh Dispatch when she wrote a rebuttal to a misogynist columnist who argued that girls were meant for having children and keeping house. His piece was called <What Are Girls Good For?> Bly responded with <The Girl Puzzle,> signed by <Lonely Orphan Girl.> In 1887, having moved to New York City, where she was turned away by numerous newspaper editors, she found the offices of The New York World, owned by Joseph Pulitzer, and promptly talked her way into an undercover assignment that led to her feigning <madness> in order to investigate what was happening to women at the Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell Island, now Roosevelt Island. Her book, Ten Days in a Madhouse, which first appeared in The New York World as a series, resulted in changes in asylum care. The experience changed Nellie's life and led to her becoming the first female investigative journalist in America. A year later, Bly determined to take a world trip that would beat Phileas Fogg, the protagonist of Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days, on a global trip. Her editor liked the idea, and 72 hours later, in a traveling suit and clutching a small <gripsack,> she was on her way, beating the fictional Fogg's record by completing her trip in 72 days, having traveled solo for more than 21,700 miles. The trip made her famous worldwide. But Nellie Bly's biggest legacy remains her commitment to humanity, social change, and women's lives. Motivated by the cruel treatment of women she had witnessed during her asylum experience, she found her true calling. <I have never had but one desire and that was to benefit humanity,> she said.>>
Here I quote London-based writer Rosemary Brown:<The more I got to know her, Brown says, the more I was intrigued by this spirited woman who wouldn't take no for an answer despite living in a world where women 'knew their place.' Nellie knew her place all right, smack dab on the front page of the world's newspapers. She gave voice to the voiceless and challenged oppression wherever she found it.>>
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Women's Media Centre
5 August 2022
By Shaistha Khan
<<Muslim Women Reclaiming Spaces in Mosques Across India.
Mosques are public spaces for Muslims not only to worship, but also to strengthen their relationship with their religious faith and to find and build community. During the Prophet Muhammad's lifetime, women took part in all aspects of the mosque, including praying in congre-gation, teaching and learning the tenets of Islam, and participating in civic and legislative matters of the community center. At the holy mos-ques in Mecca and Medina, even today, women engage in worship alongside men and partake in congregational prayers.
Women in mosques, a taboo across South Asia
As far back as the 16th century, women from the Delhi Sultanate — Razia Sultan, the first female Muslim ruler, and Maham Anga, the foster mother of Mughal emperor Akbar — were well known for building mosques. In his book Women in Masjid: A Quest for Justice, author and journalist Ziya Us Salam writes, <It all began to change with the decline of the Mughals and the coming of the British. As conservatism was the order of the day, women began to be excluded from both mosques and cemeteries.> Over the years, this conservatism and indoctrination have been perpetuated throughout South Asia. Women praying in mosques is now widely considered taboo, with some mosques going as far as barring entry to women. These cultural diktats stem from patriarchal notions that women must stay at home or be shielded from the public. <Biases against Muslim women's access to mosques are more pronounced today than at any time in the Islamic history of India,> Salam writes. <In Lahore, Pakistan, I will never forget how my uncle locked my aunt and me inside our home before leaving for the fajr(predawn) prayer,> says Asra Nomani, a journalist who has reported extensively from South Asia and activist for women’s rights in mosques. <In Delhi, Lucknow, and my village in Jaigahan, Uttar Pradesh, I was stunned to see there wasn’t even a space for women in mosques. Praying in mosques is considered a taboo today because regressive interpretations of Islam, and puritanical beliefs have prevailed over women's rights that Islam granted us in the seventh century,> Nomani adds.>>
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Women's Media Center
4 August 2022
By Juana Ponce de Leon
<<The rise of the ‘nobodies’ in Colombia.
In a conservative, racist, classist, self-proclaimed religious country like Colombia, the election of Afro-descendant Francia Márquez to the vice presidency is seemingly miraculous. That for the first time in our nation's history a Black Colombiana, a progressive candidate, could be elected to its highest offices has to be understood not simply as a historic milestone, but a turning point that a movement made possible.
For six decades, Colombia had been steeped in armed conflict. The peace accords of April 2016 made evident the desire by many to leave violence behind and aspire to a peaceful society. However, Colombia's media establishment, which, like in much of Latin America, is control-led by wealthy families and leans conservative, has tried to sink the accords. Much like Trump and his coterie of autocratic followers, who cling to the lie of electoral fraud and use news and social platforms to fan popular discord, former right-wing president Alvaro Uribe continues to malign the accords for ostensibly pardoning the perpetrators of violence, members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army (FARC), and demand that they not go unpunished. Despite international praise for the accords —President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for taking on this challenge— the inflammatory media messaging has fueled violence.
The resistance has responded. Masses of Colombians long fed up with the power plays of the ruling elite organized a grassroots campaign to insist on change and successfully brought Francia to the highest echelons of the political structure. With the formidable Gustavo Petro, a former guerrilla, long-time senator, mayor of Bogota, and now president elect, Marquez is taking on a calcified political structure. They will be inaugurated this Sunday. Speaking recently to the Colombian press, the Vice-President Elect Marquez addressed the conservative, racist Colombian establishment, saying <I know you have trouble accepting that a Black woman, who worked as a domestic, now will be in the presidential palace…I am the voice for the nobodies…we do not live well here in Colombia. We should all aspire to live joyfully.>>
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Al Jazeera
3 Aug 2022
By Zubair Amin
<<Muslim women in India allege bias in hiring for jobs
From being denied jobs for wearing a hijab to more implicit forms of exclusion, as revealed by a recent study, the women are struggling.
New Delhi, India – Lubna Aamir, 28, is a dentist by training. But practising her profession remains a dream for her. After studying dentistry and a few years of practice at a government college in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Aamir wanted a better position. In 2018, the Pune resident started applying for a job at clinics across India through email. She even dropped resumes in person at some clinics. <I wanted to branch out to what we call the class practice and have an experience beyond local circles,> Aamir told Al Jazeera. She applied for jobs at nearly two dozen places but there was no response <despite having very good credentials>.
<I had scored excellent grades and had an internship from a government college which is much sought after in the dental industry. My work profile was good. Still, I was not getting any response,> she told Al Jazeera. Muslims make up nearly 14 percent of India’s 1.35 billion population but do not have the same representation in government or private sector jobs. Multiple government-appointed commissions have found the community is at the bottom among India’s social groups in terms of education and employment. One of those commissions, headed by now retired Justice Rajinder Sachar, found in 2006 that India's Muslims were disadvantaged in social, economic and educational terms. Less than 8 percent of them were employed in the formal sector compared with the national average of 21 percent, the commission said in its report. According to the 2011 census, the last conducted by the government since the 2021 exercise was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, the participation of Muslim women in jobs was less than 15 percent, whereas it was more than 27 percent for Hindu women. The corresponding figures for Buddhist and Christian women were 33 percent and 31 percent, respectively. The situation has worsened since 2014 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came into power, with the government pursuing policies targeting the Muslim minority and their economic and religious rights.
Doubly marginalised
In a deeply-polarised society, Muslim women are doubly marginalised. Experts say they stand at the intersection of gender and religious differences which significantly increases their likelihood of suffering prejudice by potential employers. <The bias was always there but with the dominance of the BJP and RSS, people have been now calling for the exclusion of Muslims from all the economic areas,> Apoorvanand, an academic and activist based in capital New Delhi, told Al Jazeera. <Since this enjoys the protection and patronage often by the state, it is now being done openly,> he added. The RSS refers to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, a far-right paramilitary group founded in 1925 that mentors India's Hindu supremacist groups, including the ruling BJP. The organisation, which counts Modi among millions of its lifetime members, aims to turn secular India into an ethnic Hindu state. Apoorvanand said the objective of the Hindu right is to <cripple the Muslims economically, force them into a state of deprivation and constant want so that they turn into a permanent subjugated population>. <Politi-cally Muslims have been disempowered. The idea now is to disempower them in all areas of life,> he said.>>
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The Guardian
1 Aug 2022
By Ed Pilkington in New York
<<Female journalist told skirt too short when reporting on Alabama execution.
Last Thursday night, the state of Alabama took three hours to find a vein in Joe Nathan James Jr through which officials could pump lethal injection drugs and execute him, a process that the department of corrections insisted was <nothing out of the ordinary>. Alabama appears to specialize in its extraordinary sense of the ordinary, particularly when it comes to the death penalty. It has now emerged that, during that execution, prison officials subjected female reporters who came as witnesses to the proceeding to a clothing inspection, attempting to bar one woman from the death chamber on grounds that her skirt was too short. Ivana Hrynkiw, a journalist for Alabama's pre-eminent news outlet, recounted how she was pulled aside by a prison official and told that her skirt was too diminutive to meet regulations. <I tried to pull my skirt to my hips to make the skirt longer, but was told it was still not appropriate,> she recounted on Twitter. The paradox that the state went to such lengths to uphold what it regards as propriety in clothing even as it prepared to kill a man appears to have been lost on the department of corrections. Officials also subjected an Associated Press reporter, Kim Chandler, to a full-body inspection, making her stand to have the length of her clothing checked. Chandler said that such an indignity had never happened to her before in the many times she had covered executions since 2002. Hrynkiw was eventually allowed to enter the death chamber after she borrowed a pair of waterproof fisher's waders from a photographer, attaching their suspenders under her shirt to keep them up. That was deemed appropriate attire when watching a judicial killing. But even then it didn't stop. The reporter was informed that her open toe heels were a breach of regulation and she was forced to change into tennis shoes retrieved from her car. <I felt embarrassed to have my body and my clothes questioned in front of a room of people I mostly never met,> Hrynkiw said. <I sat down, tried to stop blushing, and did my work.>
After all that, the reporter did her job, and so did Alabama. After three hours digging around for a vein, it found one, and went ahead with the execution.>>
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Women's Media Center/WMC FBOMB
27 July 2022
by Sheany
<<Indonesian Trains Will Blacklist Sexual Harassers.
Indonesia's state-owned railway company, announced on June 21 that it will now blacklist sexual harassers from using its services — a re-freshingly bold policy move that may set a precedent for other service providers in the Southeast Asian country. KAI's announcement fol-lowed an incident of sexual harassment aboard one of its train services that was caught on camera and had gone viral on social media. <KAI is implementing this policy to give a deterrent effect and prevent perpetrators from doing the same thing in the future,> the company stated. The incident was first brought to light on Twitter by user @Selasarabu_, whose video has now been viewed 2.6 million times on the platform. The clip showed the hand of another passenger slowly crossing the seat divider and attempting to slide below the poster’s thigh. The poster, who identifies herself as Sela, had quickly messaged the train conductor and asked to be moved to a different seat — in Indonesia, train passengers are informed of their train conductors' numbers in case of emergencies or inconveniences. She was swiftly accommodated and moved to a new seat. As the video gained online traction and made headlines across the country, KAI quickly put out statements addressing the problem before issuing the new policy.
<KAI urges and supports victims to report incidents like this to law enforcement officers so that it can be followed up,> the company wrote in a tweet. Under the new policy, any passenger caught committing sexual harassment will no longer be able to use KAI's services, and the company will place them on a blacklist that would include personal details, including their ID number.
A 2018 survey conducted by the Coalition for Safe Public Space (KRPA), a coalition of civil society groups, and distributed to more than 62,000 people across Indonesia, showed that sexual harassment in the country occurred most often on the streets, at 28.2%, with public transportation coming second, at 15.7%.>>
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