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More News to Jeer This Week: Souad Abderrahim, elected as part of the candidate list of Tunisia' s Islamist Ennahda party, regards single mothers as a social disgrace who should not have legal rights. She made the comment in an interview with a French Arabic radio station. Abderrahim is the most visible woman in the Ennahda party. "Liberties shouldn't be absolute, but framed within the customs, traditions and the respect of morals" she said. "There is no room for complete or absolute freedom." Women's eNews translated her comments from Arabic. In Jerusalem, ultra-Orthodox rabbis are trying to contain the encroachment of secular values through a fierce backlash against the mixing of the sexes in public, NPR reported Nov. 8. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released detailed data Nov. 9 on nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in 2010 finding the most days away from work in the female-dominated ranks of health care support workers. For these workers the incident rate increased 6 percent to 283 cases per 10,000 full-time workers, more than twice that of all private and public sector workers at 118 cases per 10,000 full-time workers. The rate among nursing aides, orderlies and attendants rose 7 percent, to 489 per 10,000 workers. The rate of musculoskeletal disorder cases with days away from work for nursing aides, orderlies and attendants increased 10 percent to a rate of 249 cases per 10,000 workers. Victims of a sterilization program in North Carolina spoke out Nov. 7 on the MSNBC TV show, Rock Center. The state was one of 31 to host a government eugenics program from 1929 to 1974. Tens of thousands of Americans, many of them black, were sterilized as a result of these programs. Nearly half of seventh-to-12th graders suffered sexual harassment in the last school year, finds a study by the American Association of University Women, The New York Times reported Nov. 7. Girls reported more harassment: 56 percent compared with 40 percent for boys. Children from lower-income families reported more severe effects. Around the world an estimated 67,000 women die from unsafe abortions every year, including about 1,500 in Uganda, The Globe and Mail reported Nov. 6. Thousands more are maimed or permanently injured, mainly because the criminalization of abortion forces them into the hands of dangerous backroom practitioners. Noted: Barbara Sheehan, a nationally known battered woman acquitted of murder charges in the confessed killing of her police-officer husband, was sentenced to five years in prison on a weapon charge, reported CBS Nov. 10. Sheehan admitted to shooting her husband 11 times with his two guns, a revolver and a Glock, in February 2008. Sheehan testified she feared for her life and shot her husband in self-defense. A new way of measuring poverty made public Nov. 7 puts the rate for female-headed households at 29 percent, almost unchanged from the existing official statistic of 28.7 percent. Census Bureau economist Kathleen Short, said in a brief phone interview this week that the category had "too many moving parts," to understand why no statistical difference exists. She said the category included many younger women caring for children as well as many women 65 and over living on their own with high medical expenses. Record numbers of young, white British women converting to Islam report a lack of help adjusting to their new religion, The Independent reported Nov. 7. Of the 5,200 Britons who converted to Islam last year, more than half are white and 75 percent of them women, according to several surveys. A member of the Ukrainian women's rights group Femen was detained in the Vatican Nov. 6 after holding a topless protest against the Roman Catholic Church's "misogynist policies" under the balcony of Pope Benedict XVI, Radio Free Europe reported Nov. 7. A statement on the group's website said the stunt was a "protest against papal patriarchal propaganda," which "imposes medieval ideas about women on the world." Would you like to Comment but not sure how? Visit our help page at Would you like to Send Along a Link of This Story?

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