Category Archives: Feminism

Palestinian journalist: Car arson won’t stop me from criticizing Palestinian Authority – The Jerusalem Post

“Most of my writings aim to improve the performance of the government. I also write a lot about women’s rights. Indeed, there’s corruption and our institutions are rotten to the core. We saw many cases of administrative corruption even during the battle to curb the spread of the coronavirus. I’m not against the PA; I’m only against rampant corruption.”

Asked if she would now be more careful in her writings, Harhash replied: “I won’t allow anyone to intimidate me. If they sense I’m afraid, that means they won. The status of the Palestinian media is sad. We’ve reached the point where people and journalists are afraid to express their opinions.

“Sometimes I think to myself that we’ve become worse than some of the Arab regimes. The only thing that bothers me is that my daughters are still in a state of panic because of the attack on my car. But I’m determined to pursue my work because that’s my duty as a journalist who cares about good government and freedom of expression.”

Source: Palestinian journalist: Car arson won’t stop me from criticizing Palestinian Authority – The Jerusalem Post

Team Lioness: the Kenyan women rangers risking their lives for wildlife | Environment | The Guardian

Purity Amleset Team Lioness, a patrol unit among 76 rangers from the local Maa community. Their job is to protect wildlife from poaching, trafficking in bushmeat and human-wildlife conflict.

“I risk my life to spare their life [wildlife],” says Amleset, who is on a regular 20km patrol to visit the local community, tracking and recording GPS coordinates of wildlife sightings, as well as threats like snares or any suspicious activity along the way.

“I grew up here with wildlife as our friends. We are thriving together. The water point, we share together with wildlife. The grass we use to herd the cattle, [we] herd together with wildlife,” she says.

Eunice Mantei, 20, says: “You know before, us females in our community we were seen as a weak point. In our society we are not recognised, our worth is just to give birth and take care of the children. But now we have been recognised.

“We are working in the same field like men … Our families depend on us, [whereas] before they used to depend on men solely. Now … I can use my salary to educate my younger brother … to give my mother good health and raise the standard of my family. That feeling of being recognised drives me to be a female ranger.”

 

Source: Team Lioness: the Kenyan women rangers risking their lives for wildlife | Environment | The Guardian

Pelvic mesh scandal is what happens when men with power ignore women | Richard Vize | Society | The Guardian

At the heart of these scandals is a refusal to listen to the people who were suffering. Doctors simply would not believe women with mesh implants were enduring excruciating pain and many other consequences, including contemplating suicide. Much of this revolved around male doctors dismissing the concerns of middle-aged women.

This left the patients feeling belittled, ignored and above all disempowered. Any notion of shared decision-making was destroyed. This same dismissal of the voice of the patient is evident in the repeated failures uncovered to obtain anything approaching informed consent for treatment, with little or no information provided on options or risks. Astonishingly, Lady Cumberlege reports that even now hundreds of women are becoming pregnant and taking sodium valproate while unaware of the risks.

 

Source: Pelvic mesh scandal is what happens when men with power ignore women | Richard Vize | Society | The Guardian

Opinion | Stacey Abrams: I Know Voting Feels Inadequate Right Now – The New York Times

Every night for more than a week, we have witnessed the anguish and anger of demonstrators, their cries punctured by politicians urging them to vote their power. Both are right. Protest to demand attention to the wrenching pain of systemic injustice. Vote because we deserve leaders who see us, who hear us and who are willing to act on our demands.

Voting will not save us from harm, but silence will surely damn us all.

Watch your tone – sister-hood magazine. A Fuuse production by Deeyah Khan.

Rosena Allin-Khan is doing her job. She is doing it particularly well. She has the background and expertise to make her statements even more salient and relevant. And so, she put a man on the defensive. The look of contempt in Matt Hancock’s eyes at that point was evident. His instinct was to attack. She has said she doesn’t expect an apology. Instead, she has received a mass of support, quite rightly, for being treated with such condescension. She said she will continue to be the voice of frontline health workers using the privilege as an MP to raise important issues. Meanwhile, Matt Hancock, and all those other men who find a clever, intelligent, confident, opinionated woman challenging, need to mind their patriarchal tone.

Source: Watch your tone – sister-hood magazine. A Fuuse production by Deeyah Khan.

In the Shadows of Men: Guardianship – NadiaHarhash

GUARDIANSHIP There is a certain guardianship forced on us, both men and women, by society. This guardianship takes the form of men of religion and men of politics. This is what takes shape in societies with tribal thinking and with dictatorships. The same authority can be said in an intellectual thinker, whether his ideas are…

Source: In the Shadows of Men: Guardianship – NadiaHarhash

Naming of Pinochet’s great-niece as Chile women’s minister sparks outrage | World news | The Guardian

Macarena Santelices has praised the ‘good side’ of the 1973-90 dictatorship in which over 300 women were raped under torture
— Read on www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/08/pinochet-great-niece-chile-womens-minister

Right-wing men should just be banned from civil society – this is beyond belief!