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This Week in Women’s Rights 2012–11–19


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2017/11/19

“Equal Rights Amendment advocates are taking the MeToo movement to new heights.

As more women come forward with their sexual assault stories, Equal Rights Amendment advocates are pushing to renew Constitutional protections against sexual discrimination, USA Today reported.

“If you ever feel like you don’t think that we need to have some changes, I’m going to just say two words to you: Harvey Weinstein,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., said Friday during a public event in New York City. “The only way we’re protected is to have ironclad protection in the United States Constitution. Is it so challenging to say that women and men should have equality of opportunity, equality of protection under the law?””


“Activists and opposition politicians in Turkey have rounded on a law that allows Muslim clerics to conduct civil marriages, describing it as a blow to women’s rights and secularism and part of an ongoing effort to impose religious values on a polarised society.

The law allowing “mufti” marriages was passed by parliament and Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, then published in the country’s official gazette on Friday, despite protests by civil society activists and opposition lawmakers. Last month, Erdoğan declared the bill would be passed “whether you like it or not”.

“Women’s rights are going to decline,” said Nazan Moroğlu, an expert on gender law and a lecturer at Yeditepe University. “Everything that has been pushed on to women in this land has been done in the name of religion.””


“According to reports that former Vice President Joe Biden is making no attempt whatsoever to deny, the internet’s favorite uncle is moving closer and closer to a formal 2020 presidential bid. Of course, his vigilance in criticizing the dealings of the Trump administration, increasingly frequent appearances on late night shows, vocal social media presence and, most recently, an appearance at Glamour’s Women of the Year summit in New York on Monday hardly leave room for doubt, but Politico’s report last week made it start to feel real.

And yet, speaking of the women’s summit, beneath the former veep’s cuddly and progressive exterior, there’s room for criticism in terms of what, exactly, his presidential bid would mean for women’s rights. After all, I’d like to remind you that in a Washingtonian profile — albeit one published decades ago — Biden not-so-famously uttered the words, “I don’t like the Supreme Court decision on abortion. I think it went too far. I don’t think that a woman has the sole right to say what should happen to her body.” The quote may have quietly faded to irrelevance over the years, but it really shouldn’t have, and in either case, it seems more relevant now than ever to the Democratic Party — but more on that later.”


“Parveen Khan will probably never forget the horrific events of March 29, 2009, when her estranged husband walked into her room and bit her face in an act of revenge.

It was a Sunday afternoon when Khan, then 33, went to take a nap after working two jobs to support her two daughters. Her daughters, BulbulFareen and Saniya Shaheen, were playing outside with the children from the neighbourhood.

“He gave the girls some sweets and said ‘I will meet your mom inside’,” Khan told Al Jazeera.”

“For many community-level organizations led by women around the world, innovation is born of necessity. It is only by thinking creatively within systems — systems that have been designed to put them at a disadvantage — that they have been able to negotiate peace, access health care for LGBT populations, and ensure legal protections against rape and child marriage. These women and their organizations have developed an innovative reflex that enables them to approach challenges and advance human rights more responsively than most.

This special supplement highlights innovative social programs, collaborations, and movements underway among Canada’s diverse communities — 150 years after the country’s founding — and shares ideas for others involved in similar efforts around the world.

But at this juncture in history, women need the world of philanthropy to respond in kind. Canada has emerged as a counterbalance to some disturbing global trends for women and girls: growing populism, extremism, fundamentalism, and lines of conflict that are drawn and fought on women’s bodies. With the stakes as high as they are, Canadian groups advancing women’s human rights are going to have to do even more. We must match the courage and creativity of women at the front lines. There is no denying it: This work is political, and how we engage with it today will matter for decades to come.”


“Thousands of influencers, leaders and advocates are preparing to come to Vancouver for the Women Deliver Conference in 2019.

The conference is the largest gathering on the health, rights and well-being of women and girls.

“The Women Deliver Conference is yes, the largest in the world,” said Katja Iversen, a board member for the conference.”



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