The United Nations is poised to name comic hero Wonder Woman an honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls at an October 21 event, Alison Flood reports for the Guardian. The occasion, which coincides with the character’s 75th anniversary, “will also mark the launch of the UN’s landmark global campaign supporting Sustainable Development Goal #5, which is to ‘achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls,’” the article said....more
Posts Tagged: women’s rights
In a nation as solipsistic as the US, we don’t hear much about politics in other countries. This is doubly true when it comes to woman-centered movements, and triply true when those movements are in Africa.
In an opinion piece for the Guardian, Minna Salami talks about feminist success stories the Western world has largely ignored:
What would have once sounded like a far-fetched feminist fantasy – namely women forming the majority of a parliament – is a reality in one country in the world: Rwanda.
Despite valiant efforts from protesters and pro-choice politicians, Texas’s state House of Representatives has “tentatively approved” the ultraconservative anti-abortion Senate Bill 5, the Texas Tribune reports. The bill
would ban abortion at 20-weeks gestation, require physicians that perform the procedure to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, require abortions to be performed in ambulatory surgical centers and require doctors administering abortion-inducing drugs to do so in person.
American Public Media talks with Lynn Povich, author of The Good Girls Revolt, about the group of female Newsweek employees who sued the publication for gender discrimination.
Newsweek split tasks between gender at that time: females worked in the research department while males were the writers and editors....more
Before yesterday, I suspect most people outside Missouri had never heard of Representative Todd Akin. I barely recognized the name myself, even though I consider myself a bit of a political junkie and I currently live in the neighboring state. All I really knew is that he was beating Senator Claire McCaskill pretty handily in her re-election bid, and that the Democrats were likely to lose that seat come November....more
ABC reports that Saudi Arabian women will be allowed to take part in local elections starting in 2015.
“This is in a country where women are subjected to many restrictions, including not being allowed to drive. The United States and Britain both praised the decision, but some local activists say there is still a long way to go.”
Here is a video from The Associated Press “Saudi Women to Vote, But Still Can’t Drive” (Some women who took action against this ban are being tried):...more
The six years Megan Stack spent in the Middle East reporting for the LA Times began as a sort of emergency assignment and ended with Every Man In This Village Is A Liar, her indelible memoir of an education in war and war reporting....more
“Yet if the injustices that women in poor countries suffer are of paramount importance, in an economic and geopolitical sense the opportunity they represent is even greater. There’s a growing recognition among everyone from the World Bank to the U.S. military’s Joint Chief of Staff to aid organizations like CARE that focusing on women and girls is the most effective way to fight global poverty and extremism.”
From the inimitable Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wu Dunn in The New York Times Magazine of August 23, 2009....more