Today in Cis Privilege: Working for tips means women must accept sexual harassment

Women make up the majority of tipped workers, and are 70% of servers. Nearly 37% of all sexual harassment charges filed by women with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) come from the restaurant industry — that’s more than 5 times the rate for the general female workforce [1].

What’s living off tips got to do with sexual harassment? Everything.

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Today in Cis Privilege: California Prisons Illegally Sterilized Dozens Of Women

Between fiscal years 2005-2006 and 2012-2013, 144 bilateral tubal ligations, or tube-tying procedures, were carried out. According to the report, tubal ligations are generally done “for the sole purpose of sterilization,” so prisons must follow strict guidelines to perform them.

Auditors found that 39 of 144 did not give full consent. In 27 of the 39 procedures, the physician did not sign a consent form guaranteeing that the “inmate appeared mentally competent and understood the lasting effects of the procedure.” And in 18 of the 39 cases, physicians violated the required waiting period between the inmate’s consent and the actual procedure. Inmates who did give consent did not have a witness of choice, as required by prison medical regulations. Physicians did not document their conversations with inmates about the sterilization process with any of the 144 inmates. And none of the procedures were authorized by an oversight committee of state medical professionals.

“This audit demonstrates there is a systemic problem, and implicates the entire culture. The right to have a family is a fundamental right that each of us has. Many of these women are first-time offenders and already have families,” claimed Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, a member of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, in response to the audit.

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/06/21/3451634/audit-confirms-illegal-sterilizations/

Today in Cis Privilege: Gang trafficked at least 120 women into London where they were raped

The Hungarian-based gang trafficked at least 120 women into London where they were raped, beaten and forced to work in brothels across the capital.

The six gang members — led by Indian-born Vishal Chaudhary — are among 25 criminals convicted or jailed in the past month alone in a series of operations against Eastern European human trafficking gangs targeting London.

Police say there are an increasing number of joint inquiries with countries such as Poland, Hungary and Romania into prostitution and trafficking gangs.

Scotland Yard said there are at least seven live inquiries into crime groups bringing women into London.

In one operation with Romanian police, the first of its kind, 12 Romanian nationals were jailed for 89 years in their own country for bringing women to Britain to work in prostitution.

In another case earlier this week a Russian madam who ran a “high class” escort agency was jailed for eight years at Southwark crown court. Tatiana Shmyrova, 45, exploited a talented former Bulgarian athlete after she was lured to Britain with the promise of a new life working as a tour guide in London.

The Chaudhary gang trafficked more than 120 women from Hungary into the UK.

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/sex-traffickers-facing-jail-after-forcing-120-women-to-work-in-london-brothels-9534488.html

Today in Cis Privilege: Only 2.6% of construction workers in the U.S. are women

The share of women in the construction industry has remained shockingly low—under 3 percent—for decades, due in large part to the discrimination that blocks women from entering and staying in the field. Sexual harassment and hostility, lack of mentors, and stereotyped assumptions about women’s capabilities all contribute to the problem. Unequal access to construction jobs in turn negatively affects women’s income, as traditionally male fields pay higher wages and have a lower wage gap than those dominated by women. More must be done to reverse this trend in construction, and the growth of women’s participation in similar nontraditional fields shows that it is possible.

http://www.nwlc.org/resource/women-construction-still-breaking-ground

Today in Cis Privilege: PA mother of seven dies while serving two-day jail term for kids’ truancy violations

State officials want to know how and why a Pennsylvania woman died while serving a two-day jail term related to her children’s truancy.

Eileen Dinino, a 55-year-old mother of seven, died Saturday at the Berks County Jail in Bern Township, about halfway through the 48-hour sentence she was ordered to serve after her children racked up multiple truancy violations.

A jail staff member found Dinino unresponsive in her bunk while performing blood pressure exams on inmates.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/06/12/pa-mother-of-seven-dies-while-serving-two-day-jail-term-for-kids-truancy-violations/

Today in Cis Privilege: 1.3 million Nepalese women suffer painful and debilitating condition of uterine prolapse

Like 10 percent of Nepal’s 13 million women, Devi suffers from the painful and debilitating condition of uterine prolapse. The ligaments and muscles in her pelvic floor are too weak to hold the uterus, which slips into the vagina. The condition is often caused by overwork, not enough recovery time between pregnancies or pregnancy at a young age.

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/6/9/uterine-prolapsethehiddenagonyofnepalesewomen.html

Today in Cis Privilege: Liberia’s victims of sexual violence turn to being purchased for rape to survive in peacetime

‘Everything is broken, spoiled. They killed my ma and my pa and impregnated me, three men during the war. I live by myself and my two children are sitting at home, not going to school. There’s no one to help me.’

Carmen was ten when she was gang raped during the brutal civil war in Liberia that lasted from 1999 to 2003. The conflict left a generation of children orphaned and traumatised, without education or skills to make a living, and thousands of teenage girls were left pregnant from rape, with no means to support their children.

Now Carmen has no choice but to work as a hopojo, or sex worker, to support her son, now 10, and her daughter, seven.

‘When I don’t go on the street, I can’t eat and nor can my children,’ she adds.

http://www.trust.org/item/20140609105720-me5ov/?source=fiTheWire