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Supporting Muna to get her life back

UN Women | December 8, 2016 | Women
Crossposted from UN Women. Muna Hadad has suffered a lifetime of violence and abuse. Fearing her son’s safety, she left her abusive second husband and found refuge in a woman’s shelter supported by UN Women. Today, she is safe, independent and a working mother. Muna Hadad* has a harrowing story. Her parents divorced when she was very young. When she turned 15 years, her father came back and forced her to live with him and his new wife. Over the next seven years, Hadad’s father raped her several times and her stepmother and stepbrothers physically abused her. At 22 she was married to a man chosen by her family. When her husband discovered that she was not a virgin, he promptly divorced her. Rejected by her husband and family, Hadad was put in jail under administrative detention for nine months. The Jordanian Crime Prevention Law n.7 (1954) authorizes administrative detention for protective custody purposes to detain women at risk of violence or honour killing for up to one year. However, most justice sector professionals believe that detention has a negative impact on women and their families. “Women in administrative detention face several challenges in being reintegrated into the society, stigmatized and rejected by their families, which can substantially extend their confinement,” explains Ziad Sheikh, UN Women Representative in Jordan. Once she left detention, Muna Hadad decided to marry again, but soon after the marriage, her second husband started to drink and gamble. “One day, when I was six and a half months pregnant, he came home drunk and high. He hit me brutally and I went into labor. When day broke, I gave birth,” recollects Hadad. Eventually, she decided to leave her husband, fearing for her son’s safety. Hadad found refuge at the Jordanian Women’s Union shelter for survivors of gender-based violence. The shelter is part of a joint programme Hemayati (‘My safety’ in Arabic) supported by UN Women, in partnership with UNFPA and UNICEF, and generously funded by the Government of Norway. The programme aims to increase sexual and gender-based violence survivors’ access to comprehensive and confidential lifesaving protection services, including health, psychosocial and legal services. “I have everything I need now. The Jordanian Women's Union helped me find a job and they registered my son in school. I am doing the best I can to become independent,” says Hadad. She is one of 5,186 women who have been supported through the programme. The programme also engages survivors in advocacy through arts and theatre. Muna Hadad, along with other survivors of gender-based violence recently performed in a play on early marriage, to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, a global campaign running from 25 November to 10 December. The experience bolstered Hadad’s confidence. “My message to parents is to take care of their daughters,” she says. “My message to women is to be strong and stand on your own feet.” According to Nadia Shamrouk, the General Manager of the Jordanian Women’s Union, the plays provide a therapeutic experience to survivors of gender-based violence. “This is the first time that survivors played such roles as part of their healing process. One of the women who acted in the play had not been able to speak about the violence that she had suffered, but since participating in the play, she has opened up. She even decided to go to court to get custody of her children,” shares Shamrouk. The Hemayati programme will continue through 2017, and aims to expand safe access to response services, shelters and health care, including reproductive health services, for survivors of gender-based violence. * The name of the survivor has been changed to protect her...
She's Fit To Lead

Introducing The Career Chronicles

She's Fit To Lead | December 8, 2016 | Women
About She's Fit To Lead - She's Fit To Lead is a media property that is devoted to inspiring college age women to become confident real world leaders. With a robust following on our website and social media and a successful track record of live events, we have...
Pollo Del Mar

Singer Martina Sorbara Talks Dragonette's 'Cozy' Home in the Queer Community, New Album 'Royal Blues'

Pollo Del Mar | December 8, 2016 | Queer Voices
“We’ve always felt embraced by the fringes,” says singer Martina Sorbara. “That’s because we haven’t ever fundamentally fit anywhere perfectly. That’s how we get pulled toward each other – Dragonette and the LGBTQ communities.”More than a decade into its career, the Canadian electronic music trio of Dan Kurtz, Joel Stouffer...
Erin Schrode

So Much For Ivanka’s Meeting With Al Gore…

Erin Schrode | December 8, 2016 | Politics
Al Gore and Ivanka Trump walk into a bar… well not quite. But the two did walk into Trump Tower on Monday to discuss climate change. And guess what? It was all a smokescreen.
Skirting the Rules

How to Fix the Most Common Communication Habits that Hold You Back at Work

Skirting the Rules | December 7, 2016 | Women
Most of us could use some advice when it comes to navigating the unspoken rules of work because we don't learn them in school. Skirting the Rules caught up with Jocelyn Greenky, an office culture and politics expert and co-author of...
Charlotte Barnes

Why Must I Choose Between Cats Or Babies?

Charlotte Barnes | December 8, 2016 | UK Lifestyle
Once you step back and look again, it becomes quite clear that the cats vs babies 'war' is just a smokescreen for the older 'women who choose to have children' versus 'women who choose not to have children' divide.
Amy Smalarz

Fresh Eyes

Amy Smalarz | December 6, 2016 | Women
Yes, this is one of Andy Grammer's latest songs and you have probably heard it song before. But, before you continue reading, take a minute and click HERE so you can listen to this song. I mean, really listen. Not...
Rhonda O'Neill

The Fog Of Grief During The Holidays

Rhonda O'Neill | December 6, 2016 | Healthy Living
I have now spent ten difficult holidays without my late husband, and eight heartbreaking holidays without my son. The first few holidays after their loss were so painful that I don’t remember much about them, other than I quickly understood that the holidays would never be the same....
Honey Good

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

Honey Good | December 5, 2016 | Women
Why do I immediately think of the word 'treasure' when I am shopping for a loved one, a friend and even for myself? I think there are two reasons: Everyone needs a little bit of love and what better than a gift given...
Honey Good

Must Love Dogs... Especially Orchid!

Honey Good | December 5, 2016 | Women
"The word dog is G-d spelled backwards. Orchid is G-d like!" ~Honey Good It is an early morning in the Good home and I am both happy and sad. Happy because my husband Shelly and I are off to Europe in a few...
UN Women

Wartime sexual violence survivors become entrepreneurs in Bosnia and Herzegovina

UN Women | December 5, 2016 | Women
Crossposted from UN Women. A UN Women project helps female survivors of sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina transform their lives and families by boosting their economic opportunities and teaching them how to set up a business and grow their markets.
Thought Catalog

You’re Allowed To Leave

Thought Catalog | December 8, 2016 | Women
This post was brought to you by Thought Catalog and Quote Catalog. By Rania Naim You’re allowed to leave any story you don’t find yourself in. You’re allowed to leave any story you don’t love yourself in. You’re allowed...
The Cut

Why The Casey Affleck Sexual Harassment Allegations Just Won’t Stick

The Cut | December 5, 2016 | Women
By Allie Jones Casey Affleck, the 41-year-old younger brother of Ben, is predicted to win an Oscar for his starring role in Kenneth Lonergan’s New England family drama Manchester by the Sea. He posed for the cover of Variety...
Susan Eleuterio

Politics Is Personal: The Invisible Woman

Susan Eleuterio | December 5, 2016 | Politics
As an invisible woman, I'm calling for all of us to make our concerns visible, not just through protest, but through organizing, running for office, and pushing back on legislation and Cabinet appointments.
Rohini Dey

Groping -- Women In A Trump Administration

Rohini Dey | December 5, 2016 | Women
Given the history of a litany of dangerous statements about women by President-elect Donald Trump and his coterie, there has been a deafening silence on his position on women in America since his victory. So far, three policy areas for which Trump has anointed female chiefs are Secretary...
Sarah Ockwell-Smith

5 Reasons Why I Hate The Elf On The Shelf

Sarah Ockwell-Smith | December 5, 2016 | Parents
Here are the five top reasons why we never have, and never will, have a magical elf in our house at Christmas time:
Juliet Carnoy

A Letter To Hillary Clinton From Millennial Women: We Need You Now More Than Ever

Juliet Carnoy | December 5, 2016 | Women
Dear Secretary Clinton, When Donald Trump won the presidency late on election night, it tore into the spirits of tens of millions of Americans. Many of us, so sure that you would be elected as the first female president of the United States, felt something indistinguishable from...
Bon Appetit

This One Simple Trick Will Make You The Coolest Host Ever

Bon Appetit | December 5, 2016 | Taste
For Bon Appetit, by Amiel Stanek and Ashley Mason. Room temperature vodka is a travesty. You want that stuff as cold as possible. That's a given. But how do you manage that while throwing a party? Trips to the freezer are annoying, and you want the booze to...
Samantha Matt

What I Realized About Getting Older After Turning 28

Samantha Matt | December 7, 2016 | Women
At what point did I become so old? Okay, not old. But, like, old. As in: not young; out of touch with what’s trendy and not trendy; looks out of place at music festivals; considers a night out a night sitting at a non-crowded bar drinking expensive...
Beth Broderick

The Wizard Of Id ... Dos And Don'ts In The Age Of The Democalypse

Beth Broderick | December 5, 2016 | Politics
The following are some ideas of what you can do to prevent the full-scale corruption of our ideals and be a beacon of light in the coming gloom.
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