pulitzercenter

pulitzercenter:

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The 50-something teacher at the Koranic school described her as “calm and obedient,” ideal marriage material. Samira Abdoulaye, 19, did not return the sentiment.

Older than most of her peers—and all her 18 female siblings when they married, Samira the “calm and obedient” daughter said “no.”

Unfortunately, her rejection meant little and one afternoon the “old man,” as she describes him, showed up at the compound where she lived with her mother, her father’s two other wives, and several siblings and their daughters.

Her mother Salmou accepted the offer. Married herself at 12, Salmou felt relief in knowing her daughter would be taken care of. That Samira might object did not cross her mind.

And Samira, who was generally calm and obedient, did not think she could tell either parent no. Her older siblings—the brothers in particular—had teased her and berated her for remaining single for this long. And it was a source of disappointment and anxiety for her mother.

Believing she didn’t have the voice to object, she resolved to derail the nuptials by the only means at her disposal, ending her life.

Read more from Pulitzer Center grantee Jennifer Koons’s project:  Less is more in Niger

madeinafreeworld

HORRIFYING STORY: Traffickers “bought and sold babies like bread.”

madeinafreeworld:

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“Baby factories” in Nigeria force pregnant women to give birth in disgusting conditions, then their newborns are taken away and sold to childless couples. 17 people in Niger, including wives of senior politicians, were recently arrested for buying babies from Nigeria.

SHARE this sickening story to raise awareness of babies who are sold before they’re even born.

givology
givology:

unicef:

“I told my parents I would not get married now; I am too young for that. I would not be able to continue my study if I get married.” 

Kalpona was 12 when her parents arranged for her to marry a man more than twice her age. A few days before the wedding, they agreed to let her continue with school instead.

In Bangladesh, 65% of girls are married as children. Pledge your support for ending child marriage within a generation:http://uni.cf/GS14

Givology recognizes that opportunity costs are a big factor that prevents children from attending school and urges you all to show your support for combating such factors in the developing world.

givology:

unicef:

“I told my parents I would not get married now; I am too young for that. I would not be able to continue my study if I get married.”

Kalpona was 12 when her parents arranged for her to marry a man more than twice her age. A few days before the wedding, they agreed to let her continue with school instead.

In Bangladesh, 65% of girls are married as children. Pledge your support for ending child marriage within a generation:http://uni.cf/GS14

Givology recognizes that opportunity costs are a big factor that prevents children from attending school and urges you all to show your support for combating such factors in the developing world.

halftheskymovement
halftheskymovement:

Twenty-nine women were found slaughtered Saturday inside of an apartment where they allegedly worked as prostitutes on Baghdad’s east side. This execution is viewed not only as an attack on the women’s line of work, but as an attempt by the local Shia militia group who allegedly murdered them to assert their dominance in the area.  
Officially, the investigation is still taking place, but many Iraqi’s believe it is obvious who committed the crime, and why: “Iraqis say that it was likely carried out by Asaib Ahl al-Haq, an Iranian-backed Shia militia group that operates openly in Zayouna. There is no proof that it is responsible for the killing Saturday, but few Iraqis doubt that it is capable of such violence.”
Read more via The Daily Beast.

halftheskymovement:

Twenty-nine women were found slaughtered Saturday inside of an apartment where they allegedly worked as prostitutes on Baghdad’s east side. This execution is viewed not only as an attack on the women’s line of work, but as an attempt by the local Shia militia group who allegedly murdered them to assert their dominance in the area.  

Officially, the investigation is still taking place, but many Iraqi’s believe it is obvious who committed the crime, and why: “Iraqis say that it was likely carried out by Asaib Ahl al-Haq, an Iranian-backed Shia militia group that operates openly in Zayouna. There is no proof that it is responsible for the killing Saturday, but few Iraqis doubt that it is capable of such violence.”

Read more via The Daily Beast.

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assbutt-in-the-garrison:

reblogalert:

boneycircus:


Nicholas Lord, a Navy sailor since 2008 currently on active duty, is under investigation after threatening to rape a young woman who is a Navy recruit.
The young woman posted a photo of herself on Facebook, captioning it to say she’s proud of how she’s working hard to get in shape for the Navy, and she’s excited to be leaving soon. The photo was shared on the page for her Delayed Entry Program for her fellow Navy recruits.
Nicholas Lord, who is not a current recruit and who has been serving in the Navy since 2008, then commented:
You’ll end up pregnant real soon you fucking wh***. If I could and I knew you, I’d hold you down and rape you.
The next day, Lord gloated about his threat on his Facebook page, updating his status to say he’d been “trolling feminist pages.” In case it needs to be said, the Facebook page for a Navy program is not a “feminist page.” It’s a Navy recruiting page. (x) (x)
I don’t know what the Navy’s punishment system is like, but I hope he gets the worst possible. I hope they investigate his past history in the military, too. If he’s bold enough to outright threaten female recruits, under his own name, on public, Navy-run social media, I seriously doubt he hasn’t harassed and threatened female sailors. He may even have raped them.
Especially given the military’s problem with letting men get away with harassment and rape, they need to severely punish him.

Send it viral, and he will see ramifications.

If you only reblog one thing today I hope it’s this.


signal boost the shit out of this. i wanna see this dickwad’s name everywhere.

assbutt-in-the-garrison:

reblogalert:

boneycircus:

Nicholas Lord, a Navy sailor since 2008 currently on active duty, is under investigation after threatening to rape a young woman who is a Navy recruit.

The young woman posted a photo of herself on Facebook, captioning it to say she’s proud of how she’s working hard to get in shape for the Navy, and she’s excited to be leaving soon. The photo was shared on the page for her Delayed Entry Program for her fellow Navy recruits.

Nicholas Lord, who is not a current recruit and who has been serving in the Navy since 2008, then commented:

You’ll end up pregnant real soon you fucking wh***. If I could and I knew you, I’d hold you down and rape you.

The next day, Lord gloated about his threat on his Facebook page, updating his status to say he’d been “trolling feminist pages.” In case it needs to be said, the Facebook page for a Navy program is not a “feminist page.” It’s a Navy recruiting page. (x) (x)

I don’t know what the Navy’s punishment system is like, but I hope he gets the worst possible. I hope they investigate his past history in the military, too. If he’s bold enough to outright threaten female recruits, under his own name, on public, Navy-run social media, I seriously doubt he hasn’t harassed and threatened female sailors. He may even have raped them.

Especially given the military’s problem with letting men get away with harassment and rape, they need to severely punish him.

Send it viral, and he will see ramifications.

If you only reblog one thing today I hope it’s this.

signal boost the shit out of this. i wanna see this dickwad’s name everywhere.