March 2011

USAID Responds
to the Earthquake
and Tsunami in Japan



“The United States stands ready to help the Japanese people in this time of great trial. The friendship and alliance between our two nations is unshakeable, and only strengthens our resolve to stand with the people of Japan as they overcome this tragedy.”

– President Barack Obama

To read about USAID, click here.

If you wish to donate, please click the link below to see a list of active organizations in Japan that are accepting donations for earthquake and tsunami relief.

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The Christian Science Monitor  – Exclusive:
1 in 5 Air Force Women
Victim of Sexual Assault, Survey Finds


The Air Force is set to release a comprehensive survey about sexual assault, which could become a model as the Pentagon begins to address sexual assault within its ranks more openly.

Anna Mulrine
The Christian Science Monitor
March 17, 2011

In a quiet push to more honestly address sexual crimes within the military, the Air Force will release a survey later this week that finds 1 in 5 women say they have been sexually assaulted since joining the service.

It is one of the most comprehensive studies undertaken by the US military to assess sexual assaults within its ranks, and could become a model for how the military as a whole begins to address the problem, defense officials say.

To read the story at The Christian Science Monitor, click here.

Story thanks to SWAN – The Service Women’s Action Network

Exclusive: 1 in 5 Air Force women victim of sexual assault, survey finds.

Candlelight Vigil and Speak Out
March 8, 2011


AF3IRM San Diego to speak out against women and children becoming spoils of wars, abuse of women in the military



Olive Panes
AF3IRM San Diego Chapter Coordinator
March 1, 2011

On International Women’s Day, Tuesday, March 8, 2011, AF3IRM San Diego will be holding a candlelight vigil and speak out against militarism: the continued U.S. wars and occupation, the devastating effects on women and children, and the mistreatment of women in the military. The event will take place in front of the Miramar Air Base where allies such as Collectivo Zapatista, Comité de Mujeres Patricia Marín, KMB and PSL will voice out their demands.

Militarism is an ideology that creates a culture of fear and supports the use of violence, aggression, or military interventions for settling disputes and enforcing economic and political interests. AF3IRM asserts that women fall victim to slavery, sex, rape and forced prostitution as a result of militarism. Further, women are the spoils of war and exposed the actual realities – the displacement, harassment, rape and murder of women and children worldwide. Women’s bodies become a symbolic battlefields, recreating the acts of conquering troops upon occupied peoples. Additionally, women in the military are also victims within this institution. With 1 in 3 women in the military being raped or sexually assaulted, a gross lack in services, and the war budget making it impossible to fund any new programs to address these inhumane conditions for women, we call to demand the following:

End all U.S. wars, military occupations worldwide

We demand justice for the women around the world sexually assaulted by US military servicemen

End the rape, sexual assault, poverty draft of women in the US military.


To read the press release for more details and contact information, click here.

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Time: 5:30-7pm

Where: Sidewalk across the street from Miramar Air Station (Clayton Drive & Miramar Road)

Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces


Representative Niki Tsongas (D.- Mass.)
The Boston Globe
February 27, 2011

More than a dozen veterans who were victims of sexual assault while serving in the US military, including two from Massachusetts, recently filed suit in federal court alleging that the Pentagon did not take adequate steps to protect them. Their complaint is reflective of the deep frustration and sense of betrayal that many victims feel with our military leadership, which seems to be unwilling to forcefully confront the issue of sexual assault within the ranks and which has not provided sufficient resources, rights, and legal protections to victims.

Last year, there were 3,230 reported sexual assaults against members of our armed forces. However, the Pentagon estimates that as few as 10 percent of such assaults are actually reported.

To read this full article at The Boston Globe, click here.

Abuse Often Follows Afghans to America


Kirk Semple
The New York Times
February 27, 2011

When she arrived in New York from Afghanistan last year to join her husband, an Afghan-American she had married in Kabul, Nadia K. was thrilled at the prospect of a new American life.

But soon after she moved in with him and his family in Flushing, Queens, she said, they started treating her like a servant. Her husband revealed that he loved another woman. When Nadia complained, her sister-in-law beat her, with the consent of the husband, who often looked on, smiling.

To read the full article at The New York Times, click here.

To visit the Women for Afghan Women web site, click here.