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This Week in Women’s Rights 2017–11–05


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

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

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2017/11/05

“OTTAWA — The Trudeau government offered a taste of its peacekeeping plan on Wednesday by promising millions in funding for women’s rights abroad, even as signs point to an actual mission coming soon.

The money, totalling $17 million, was committed as part of a larger effort to ensure women are better included in peacekeeping as well as conflict prevention and postwar reconciliation.

The announcement included money to help the UN train female police officers, investigate and prosecute sexual crimes in conflict zones and hire a gender adviser for the UN secretary general.

There were also several different specific initiatives in Colombia, Haiti and Mali — all of which have emerged in recent months as potential places where Canadian peacekeepers could be deployed.”


““This is the year of the woman,” comedian Chelsea Handler tweeted after multiple women came forward to reveal they had been sexually assaulted by Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein. “From Fox, to Silicon Valley, to Hollywood. We may have the lost the election, but it raised sleeping lions.”

And the proclamation is not unfitting to a restless and turbulent 2017.

Only 21 days into the year, an estimated 5 million women worldwide participated in the Women’s March. The international protest set the tone for the year ahead, and the fight for women’s rights grew in the nation’s focus, more than it had been in recent years.”


“Today’s feminist zeitgeist might have rendered beauty pageants irrelevant outside of Sandra Bullock films, but they still exist.

However, instead of using their time on stage to wither on about their favourite date — for Cheryl Frasier in Miss Congeniality, it was April 25th — contestants in Miss Peru 2018 informed the crowd about gender-based violence.

Rather then reading out details about their measurements, the aspiring beauty queens surprised audience members by reading facts about violence against women in their respective regions.”


“The attacks on reproductive rights just keep coming. Today, Congress held a hearing on a bill that would outlaw abortion as early as just six weeks of pregnancy. This amounts to an effective ban on abortion, as many women do not even know if they are pregnant by that time. In fact, it’s the second unconstitutional pre-viability abortion ban that the House has considered in the last month. Just a few weeks ago, the House passed a bill banning abortion beginning at 20 weeks. And President Trump said that he would sign that bill if it landed on his desk.

It is clear that the goal of the president and leaders in Congress is to ban abortion completely, and the anti-choice activist behind this latest piece of legislation has boasted that the bill would prohibit abortion before a woman even knows she’s pregnant and was crafted “to be the arrow in the heart of Roe v. Wade.”

She also claimed that Mike Pence expressed support for her bill in a White House meeting.”


“BEIRUT, Nov 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Women in Saudi Arabia have scorned the government’s decision to grant citizenship to a female robot who, unlike them, does not need a male guardian or have to cover her head in public.

Social media was abuzz with questions about whether the robot, Sophia, who was unveiled at a technology conference in the capital Riyadh last week, will be treated like other women in the conservative kingdom now that she is a citizen.

“It hit a sore spot that a robot has citizenship and my daughter doesn’t,” Hadeel Shaikh, a Saudi woman whose four-year-old child with a Lebanese man does not have citizenship.”


“Afghan university sees first graduates in women’s studies

Afghanistan’s first graduates in women’s studies donned caps and gowns on Sunday to collect their unusual qualifications in the patriarchal country.

Kabul University is the country’s first higher education institute to offer a degree focused on gender and women’s issues, according to the United Nations Development Programme and university officials.

Feminist theories, media, civil society and conflict resolution were among the largely women-focused topics covered in the two-year Master’s course, funded by South Korea and run by the UNDP.”



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