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EDITORIAL:
FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY
by Lilian S. Mercado Carreon

COVER STORY: MEDIA VIOLENCE
by Leti Boniol
Media links violence with power and pleasure, making
violence seem appealing. p16

AN ISSUE OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Violence against women is the most pervasive form of human rights abuse that millions of women see it as a way of life. p11

THE RURAL CONTEXT
by Kees Van Der Waal
Rural women rely on one other strong woman for protection against abuse rather than on the police. p13

TWO VIEWS ON PORNOGRAPHY AND CENSORSHIP:

CONSUMING PORNOGRAPHY
by Sakuntala Narasimhan
If it is the state's duty to protect the public from things bad for the body why shouldn't it do the same about things harmful to the mind? p22

FEMINISM AND FREE SPEECH
Restrictions on sexual material treat women as infants and shore destructive stereotypes. This is not a feminist position. p26

GOD'S OWN SAY
Religions explain domestic violence. p65

 

MEDIA

VIETNAM: STATE OF THE ART OR ART OF THE STATE?
by Olivier In and Laurent Kugler
Commenting on Vietnam's cinema. p29

PAKISTAN: NEW TV RESTRICTIONS SHUT WOMEN OUT
by Beena Sarwar Women and men can no longer be seen together on television. p30

ASIA

NORTH-SOUTH DIALOGUE NEEDED IN ASIAN FINANCIAL CRISIS
by Gamani Corea
The former Secretary-General of the UNCTAD says the openness to all kinds of financial flows without control
mechanisms set the Asian economies for collapse. p59

GLOBAL GLOSSARY
Decipher the language of economic globalization. p61

STIRRINGS OF DEMOCRACY
by Keith B. Richburg
Across Asia, a more complex political reality is emerging. p63

WOMEN AND NEW TECHNOLOGY
by Catherine Russo Women learn about IT better in groups without men. p68

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: THE NEW GENDER EQUALIZER
by Gina Mission
The advent of telecommunications introduces women to the role of inter-actors. p70

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SPECIALS

BRIDGING NORTH AND SOUTH
by Juliana Makuchi Ngah-Abbenyi
An African, Third World woman and scholar wonders about global sisterhood. p56

CORPORATIONS AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Social pressure forced corporations to make general commitments to human rights, but without the programmatic steps to implement these. p32

TRIBUTE

SHAMIMAH SHAIKH
South Africa's leading Muslim gender equality activist passed away on 8 January 1998/9 Ramadan 1418. p50

DEPARTMENTS

A Day in Zapatista Land
by Mark Lucey p44

Poetry
by Mary Lou Sanelli
p48

Featured Artist: Cristina Q. Ramilo p49

One on Two: Social Ills Cannot be Blamed on Media
Armida Siguion-Reyna, controversial Filipino film producer argues against censorship in an interview with Luz Maria Martinez and Annie Calma Santoalla. p52

Country Report: Cambodia
by Nancy Pearson Arcellana
p72

Health Updates: Listening to our Pain  Preventing workplace injuries and
illnesses through ergonomics. p77

Women In Action covers a broad range of issues affecting women globally, but focusing on the particular needs and concerns of women in the Global South, and forwarding a progressive perspective tempered by the experiences of the third world women's movements.
On the cover: Violence against women is not just about physical and sexual violence. Violence against women is also woven into the images and words and meanings that media disseminates. The ad on the cover is by Pepe Jeans.
 
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