MINISTER: RAPE IS SOMETIMES RIGHT

Amidst the multitude of causes arriving in my email boxes on a regular basis are those that should be dealt with immediately or can be left until later on; but this particular cause requires urgent action.  The case of the two Indian girls who were raped by a numerous men and hanged.  Shocking, barbaric, unbelievable and sadistic!
I am a mother of a young daughter and the horror of what these innocent girls must have endured is unimaginable.   How can men do this?   How can they call themselves men?   How can they go back to work and their families?   Yes, indeed, this horrific crime warrants more than a prison sentence but when you have corrupt police officers and politicians with no scruples or empathy for such heinous acts perpetrated upon women – what can be done in the name of justice?
The below email (in the German language) arrived on Mon, 9 Jun 2014 at 18:23:

“Vergewaltigung…ist manchmal richtig”

“Rape … is sometimes right”

from Alaphia Zoyab – Avaaz.org to you 

 

Liebe Freundinnen und Freunde,
Dear Friends,
Zwei junge Mädchen in Indien wurden an einem Baum erhängt, nachdem mehrere Männer sie vergewaltigt hatten. Nun reagierte ein Minister mit der schockierenden Antwort, dass “Vergewaltigungen… manchmal richtig” seien. Der Premierminister muss handeln. Mit einem millionenstarken Aufruf für ein Ende der Vergewaltigungsepidemie in der Stadt, in der er sein Mandat hat, können wir ihn aufrütteln. Unterzeichnen Sie jetzt:Two young girls in India were hanged from a tree after several men had raped them. Now a minister responded with the shocking answer that “rape … sometimes is right”. The Prime Minister must act. With a million-strong call for an end to the rape epidemic in the city in which he has his mandate, we can force him into action. Sign up now:

unterzeichnen

Ich brauche Ihre Hilfe. Zwei junge Mädchen wurden an einem Baum erhängtnachdem mehrere Männer sie in der Nähe ihres Wohnhauses in Indien vergewaltigt hatten. Ein Regierungsminister hat gerade mit der schockierenden Antwort reagiert, dass Vergewaltigungen “ein soziales Verbrechen sind… manchmal sind sie richtig, manchmal falsch.”

I need your help.  Two young girls were hanged from a tree after several men raped them near their appartment building in India. A government minister reacted with the shocking response about rape “social crimes are … sometimes  right, sometimes wrong.”

Es ist abscheulich! Doch dies ist kein Einzelfall. 
 Ich selbst bin unter den Augen von hochrangigen Polizisten angegriffen worden und nichts wurde unternommen. Ich weiß, dass das System Indiens Frauen völlig im Stich lässt. Doch ich glaube, dass wir das gemeinsam ändern können.
It is abominable!  But this is not an isolated case.  I, myself, have been attacked in view of a senior police and nothing was done.  I know that the system for women of India can completely leave them feeling helpless .  But I believe that we can change that together.

Der neue Premierminister meines Landes machte vor der Wahl das Versprechen, die heilige Stadt Varanasi, in der er sein Mandat hat, als wichtiges Tourismuszentrum auszubauen. Wenn wir überall in Premierminister Modis Stadt einen millionenstarken globalen Aufruf zum Schutz von Frauen verbreiten, wird er handeln müssen, um seinen Tourismusplan zu retten.
The new Prime Minister of my country made a promise ​​before the election – the promise was that the holy city of Varanasi, in which he has his mandate was to be expanded as an important tourism center.  If we spread a million strong global call for the protection of women everywhere in Prime Minister Modi’s city, he will have to act to save his tourism plan.
So eine Anzeigenkampagne hat es in Indien noch nie gegeben. Doch dies ist eine nationale Krise, die drastisches Handeln verlangt.
Unterzeichnen Sie jetzt — lassen Sie uns zwei Millionen erreichen und von Modi fordern, dass er Indiens Mädchen und Frauen schützt:
Thus, an ad campaign, like never before in India.  But this is a national crisis that requires drastic action.
Sign up now – let us reach two million and demand that Modis protects India’s girls and women:
die 14 und 15 Jahre alten Mädchen verschwanden, ging einer der Väter zur Polizei und bat sie auf Händen und Knien, etwas zu unternehmen. Sie lachten ihn aus und schickten ihn nach Hause. Zahllose Familien in Indien, die solchen Horror durchmachen, sehen sich dieser entsetzlichen Untätigkeit der Polizei ausgesetzt. Nach internationalem Protest wurden schließlich fünf Männer festgenommen, und zwei Polizisten entlassen.  Doch alle 22 Minuten wird in Indien jemand vergewaltigt und die Polizei, das Rechtswesen, ja sogar die Minister lassen uns im Stich!
As the 14 and 15 year old girls disappeared, one of the fathers went to the police and asked them on hands and knees to do something.  They laughed at him and sent him home.  Countless families in India who are going through such a horror, of horrific police inaction are vulnerable.  After international protests, eventually five men were arrested and two policemen released.  But every 22 minutes, someone is raped in India and the police, the judiciary, and even the Minister let us down!

Vor der Wahl wuchs eine riesige Bewegung in Indien heran. Ihr Ziel: dringendes Handeln für ein Ende der Gewalt gegen Frauen. Experten entwarfen ein Womanifesto — einen sinnvollen Plan für wichtige Reformen, mit denen sich die Vergewaltigungsepidemie aufhalten lässt. Das Womanifesto behandelt rechtliche und medizinische Aspekte, sowie psychologische Unterstützung und — ganz wichtig — öffentliche Bildung und Aufklärung. Mehrere Parteien unterzeichneten, doch Modi ignorierte es.
Before the election, a huge movement was growing in India.  Their goal:  urgent action for an end to violence against women.  Experts designed a Womanifesto – a meaningful plan for major reforms that the rape epidemic can be stopped.  The Womanifesto treated legal and medical aspects, as well as psychological support and – most important – public education and enlightenment.  Several parties signed, but Modi ignored it.
Sogar Modis Mitarbeiter stimmen dem Großteil des Plans zu. Jetzt müssen wir nur noch ihn selbst dazu bringen, den Plan in die Tat umzusetzen.
Even Modis employees agreed to most of the plan.  Now we just need to get him to put the plan into action.

Bis jetzt hat sich Modi noch nicht zum unglaublichen Ausspruch seines Kollegen geäußert. Aber Indiens Präsident hat bereits gesagt, dass diese neue Regierung ‘einen Null-Toleranz-Ansatz bei Gewalt gegen Frauen’ haben wird. Lassen Sie uns eine gewaltige Petition schaffen und Varanasi mit Plakaten und Anzeigen überziehen, die dazu aufrufen, dass aus diesem Versprechen ein Aktionsplan wird. Unterzeichnen Sie jetzt:
Until now, Modis has not yet commented on the incredible statement of his colleague.  But India’s president has already said that this new government ‘has a zero-tolerance approach to violence against women’.  Let us create a massive petition and Varanasi swamp them with posters and ads which will draw attention to the promise of an action plan.  Sign up now.
Das Entsetzen über dieses Foto kann uns in Traurigkeit erstarren lassen, oder uns zum Handeln bringen. Überall in meinem Land verlangen Frauen ein Ende dieser Vergewaltigungskultur und kämpfen für Gleichheit und Sicherheit für alle. Bitte stehen Sie mit uns für ein Ende der Gewalt ein!
The horror at this photo is extremely saddening, and drives us to action. Everywhere in my country women are asking for an end to this culture of rape and fight for equality and security for all.  Please stand with us for an end to the violence!
Voller Hoffnung,
Full of hope.
Alaphia, mit dem Avaaz-TeamWeitere Informationen:Grausames Verbrechen in Indien:
Mädchen vergewaltigt und erhängt: Vater fordert Gerechtigkeit (DPA)
http://www.swp.de/ulm/nachrichten/politik/Maedchen-vergewaltigt-und-erhaengt-Vater-fordert-Gerechtig…
Indien: Die Frauen erheben sich, doch die Gewalt geht weiter (FAZ)
http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/indien-die-frauen-erheben-sich-12968686.htmlIndien: Wieder Vergewaltigung und anschließender Mord (Deutsche Welle)
http://www.dw.de/indien-wieder-vergewaltigung-und-anschlie%C3%9Fender-mord/a-17677281

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EUROPEAN ELECTION RESULTS

 TEAM London Update

        

In today’s bulletin for London …

  • European Election Results
  • Local Council Results
  • Comment

European Election Results

The final result for the London European elections saw us win 148.013 votes, being 6.73% of the total cast.  Interestingly that’s very similar to the GLA result in 2012 where we won 150,447 votes (6.79%) and perhaps this shows a solid core support for the Liberal Democrats but sadly it was not enough this time to re-elect Sarah Ludford as our MEP.

Sarah has been the MEP for London since 1999 and has been a great liberal campaigner; two recent examples being her work on the European Arrest Warrant and her determined opposition to the illiberal Data Retention Directive. These successes are just highlights of the great work she has done in the name of liberalism. Alongside that she has been a frequent visitor to local Lib Dem campaign activities across the capital.

You can see the full London Euro results here.

The UK now has just one Lib Dem MEP; Catherine Bearder won a seat in the South East Region.

Local Council Results

Congratulations to the team in Sutton who managed to increase their council group from 43 to 47 but they are now the only Lib Dem controlled Council in London. Yesterday saw the delayed Norbiton ward result with one more Lib Dem councillor elected to the Kingston team, although their total of 18 down from 27 mean we’ve lost control there.

Overall the total number of the Lib Dem councillors in London is now 118, down from the previous figure of 245.

Across London many extremely hard working local campaigners have lost their seats. As well as being sad to see Sarah Ludford not re-elected, many well known names have lost out locally – Jill Fraser in Camden, Carol Caruana in Kensington and Chelsea and Nigel Bakhai in Ealing to name but three. High hopes in Haringey were dashed including the loss of leader Richard Wilson’s seat.

You can see the full London results on the London Councils site.

There are also two contests that are to be re-run over the summer due to deaths of candidates.

Comment

It is hugely disappointing to see so many great champions lose out in these elections. Our campaigns team including Chris Butler and Simon Drage have worked incredibly hard to support activity across the capital and we share their disappointment as we do for the local teams.

We mentioned at the start the comparison to the GLA elections. It’s time for a break and reflection now, and then to look at how to build on that support base for the future, including the General Election next year and the next GLA elections are just round the corner in 2016.

 

Hospital Closure Clause

Health and Well Being is very close to my heart since one of my profiles as a Lib Dem Councillor was Vice Chair of the Health and Well Being Scrutiny Committee in the London Borough of Sutton between May 2010 and January 2012.

I am particularly thrilled with the outcome of this campaign since I feel that local people, including doctors, are better suited to determine their fate.

The closing down of local hospitals would have exasperated untold misery for people who already find it difficult to travel in dire straits either to visit friends and relatives or to acquire medical treatment themselves.

I commend the thousands of campaigners who decided to make a stand and, as a result, made a profound difference.

Thanks to Lib Dem MP Paul Burstow, ex-Health Minister who tabled the amendments to the clause and listened to the voice of the people.  That is democracy!

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Dear Jennifer,

Some very, very good news. We did it! The government has accepted our amendment to the hospital closure clause in the House of Lords. [1]

Without our amendment the hospital closure clause would have given the government new powers to close any hospital in England, even if local doctors were against it.

The clause was voted through by MPs back in March, after the government made some concessions. Their changes didn’t go far enough, but it seemed like the government wouldn’t budge any further.

The clause was due to be passed today. So the government’s decision to accept – almost word for word – the changes proposed by lawyers funded by 38 Degrees members came right down to the wire – and it was a big surprise.

Our people powered pressure worked and our hospitals are now safer. Thank you for everything you’ve done to make this happen. Hurrah!

David Lock QC, an NHS expert lawyer, has checked the government’s changes and here’s what he said:
“This is a very satisfying outcome. It recognises the compelling logic of the position taken by 38 Degrees members.”

38 Degrees members, alongside others like the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign, have been campaigning on this for months:

  • Over 150,000 of us signed a petition calling for the plans to be scrapped
  • After meeting with 38 Degrees members, Lib Dem MP and ex-health minister Paul Burstow tabled amendments to the clause. The government, fearing a rebellion from within its own ranks, made some concessions but they didn’t go far enough.
  • The campaign then moved to the House of Lords. Baroness Finlay, a well-respected doctor and influential crossbench peer, led the charge. 38 Degrees members funded briefings and advice from legal heavyweights and we wrote to peers. [2]

In the end, everything we did together – alongside other campaigners and parliamentarians like Baroness Finlay, Paul Burstow MP, Andy Burnham MP – worked. The government has made the changes that they needed to.

Regardless of what happened today, we’ve still got a huge amount to do to protect our NHS. But wins like this, especially on the NHS, don’t come along that often. Today gives us more proof that when we work together, we can achieve great things, and make the government sit up and listen. So for today, let’s celebrate.

Thanks for everything you do,

Becky, Blanche, Rachel, Ian, Rebecca, Maddy and the rest of the 38 Degrees team

PS: Here’s what Baroness Finlay said:
“I am delighted that the Government have recognised the need for equity and the importance of safeguarding good patient services in a population.

The campaign to achieve this would not have been as effective without the support of 38 Degrees members.”

PPS: 38 Degrees is funded by small donations from hundreds of thousands of us. To donate to 38 Degrees to ensure we can carry on campaigning to protect our NHS please click here: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/hospital-closure-clause-donate

NOTES
[1] Here’s a link to the amendment, as tabled by the government:
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/lbill/2013-2014/0093/amend/ml093-I.htm
[2] To read everything we did together to make this possible on the 38 Degrees website:
http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/?s=hospital+closure+clause+


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TAKING THE OFFERING

It’s 08:58 am already and there was that mad rush and grab a dress, put the make-up on, twist the bun in hair,  jump into the car, clunk-click and off for Holy Communion Service at 09:30 saga.  

I walked into the Church as the Minister gave the notices, plonked the can of sweetcorn into the donations basket for the needy and sat in the pew which is probably the warmest place – since the sun shines directly through the coloured glazed windows onto it!

Normally, my offering ranges between 5-10 Euros depending on whether I missed Church in the previous weeks.  I hadn’t been for about 3 weeks, so I should really have given a little bit more!  Generally speaking, I should check the amount I have in my purse before leaving the house – but Mark (my husband) normally does that – when he is on the island.  He returned to the UK last week!

The one thing I invariably forget to do is to change my notes.  So today was no different!  I opened up my purse and gasped as I saw only 50 Euro notes!  Lucky for some but not for me at this particular moment in time.  I very politely whispered to the Church Warden that I’ll have to take change out of the offering bowl – pardon?  What does that sound like?  I was a little embarrassed to say the least.  There I was, just about to put the change into my purse when I noticed two 5 Euro notes rolled up within the wads of notes already in my hand; I gulped and wondered what to do next!  This calls for quick thinking and action; definitely, not a military operation but I used to be in the Army!

The Minister’s in the process of blessing the offering and I have 50 Euros in my hand instead of 40 Euros!  So I thought, it’s now or never – do something, so I tottered up to the altar and whispered “Mike!” that’s the Minister’s name.  I sheepishly beckoned him to come over and gave him the 10 Euros I had taken mistakenly.  Mike being one in a million – grinned and took the money!  As I walked back to the pew, I thought “flipping heck” and tried to ignore the loud echoing click of my high heel shoes!

CIVIC EDUCATION UNDER THREAT IN SPAIN

The European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning website:

http://www.eucis-lll.eu/news/eucis-lll-news/civic-education-under-threat-in-spain/

focussed on a full press release article dated 12 July 2013 about the Spanish government’s proposal in draft form “Education Act for the Improvement of Educational Quality”.  The Spanish Government intend to suppress Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights in primary, secondary and baccalaureate programmes.  This directly contradicts Spain’s commitments towards the Council of Europe.

In view of the economic, social and institutional crisis, this is not conducive to moving democracy forward.  This draft proposal, if agreed and finalised, will take Spain back in time and exasperate the next generation’s effort to discuss and make decisions in a democratic manner.   Young people should be given the opportunity to express themselves freely, discuss and debate topics in the school environment without fear of reprisals.  Through positive dialogue, acceptance of each other and trust in one’s ability will arouse the desire to make a difference in society.

The aim of the Spanish government should not just rest at educating followers but rather to develop and encourage aspirations for future leaders.

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Teachers Who Bully

Teachers Who Bully

Normal scenario is a child being bullied by another child – but what happens when it is the teacher bullying?

We need to define what teacher bullying is.

  • The teacher uses power to punish, manipulate a situation, or disparage a student beyond what is considered to be a reasonable disciplinary procedure.
  • The teacher bad mouths the student (in the lunchroom or teachers’ room) to other teachers.
  • Other students may notice that “he/she picks on your son/daughter”.
  • An insecure teacher e.g. who has problems expressing himself in the students’ native language may bully kids out of envy.
  • The teacher may be suffering from personal problems e.g. dealing with parent e-mail enquiries and starts bullying their child in retaliation.
  • Sadistist teacher:  May get pleasure out of humiliating students, hurting students feeling and being spiteful.
  • Teachers who bully may have been bullied in their childhood.

SUBJECT TIMETABLING

I certainly have been learning a lot about education since the last time I uploaded a post which regrettably was about five months ago!

I’m talking about subjects generally taught in schools.  Has anyone ever wondered how much time should be allocated teaching individual subjects?  I think that this question should be addressed when transferring knowledge, skills and habits to the next generation as well as analyzing school examination results in consideration of core and non-core subjects.

Core subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science

So in search of information, I came across the TES FAQ weblink which gives a guideline of the number of hours that should be taught of each subjects in KS1, KS2 and KS3:

https://sites.google.com/site/tesfaqs/timetable

KS1 Curriculum Time

Subject Recommended time per week* Total hours over year Percentage of a
21-hour teaching week
English 5 – 7½ hours 180 – 270 24% – 36%
Mathematics 3¾ hours 135 18%
Science 1½ hours 54 7%
ICT 50 minutes 30 4%
D&T 50 minutes 30 4%
History 50 minutes 30 4%
Geography 50 minutes 30 4%
Art & Design 50 minutes 30 4%
Music 50 minutes 30 4%
PE 1¼ hours 45 6%
RE 1 hour 36 5%

TOTAL

17½ – 20 hours 630 – 720 hours 84% – 96%

KS2 Curriculum Time

Subject Recommended time per week* Total hours over year Percentage of a
23½-hour teaching week
English 5 – 7½ hours 180 – 270 21% – 32%
Mathematics 4¼ – 5 hours 150 – 180 18 – 21%
Science 2 hours 72 9%
ICT 55 minutes 33 4%
D&T 55 minutes 33 4%
History 55 minutes 33 4%
Geography 55 minutes 33 4%
Art & Design 55 minutes 33 4%
Music 55 minutes 33 4%
PE 1¼ hours 45 5%
RE 1¼ hours 45 5%

TOTAL

19¼ – 22 hours 690 – 810 hours 82% – 96%

KS3 Curriculum Time

Subject Recommended time per week* Total hours over year Percentage of a
21-hour teaching week
English 3 hours 108 12%
Mathematics 3 hours 108 12%
Science 3 hours 108 12%
ICT 1 hour 36 4%
D&T 1½ hours 54 6%
History 1¼ hours 45 5%
Geography 1¼ hours 45 5%
Modern Languages 2 hours 72 8%
Art & Design 1 hour 36 4%
Music 1 hour 36 4%
PE 1½ hours 54 6%
Citizenship 45 minutes 27 3%
RE 1¼ hours 45 5%

TOTAL

21½ hours 774 hours 86%