Category Archives: Feminism

Maasai Women Taking Bold Stance to Protect Land Rights

More than 2,000 Maasai women are taking a bold political stand in a move aimed at protecting community land rights.

From the 27th of March until the 7th of April,women gathered in Magaiduru village, one of the nine villages in Loliondo Division that has recently been declared by the government as a wildlife corridor, essentially prohibiting any future use of the lands by the local communities. The women – some of whom walked more than a day and half to reach Magaiduru – gathered to protest this decision and to collectively demand that the land in Loliondo be returned to the communities.

“Women are gathering and demonstrating because without land there is no life for them,” explains Maanda Ngoitiko, Executive Director of the Pastoral Women’s Council (PWC). “They’ve been empowered over the years, and have deep knowledge about what is happening and are therefore are not willing to sit quietly as their livelihoods are stolen away from them.”

via Maasai Women Taking Bold Stance to Protect Land Rights.

Former Chilean student leader Camila Vallejo runs for congress

Former Chilean student leader Camila Vallejo runs for congress.

After much speculation the district where Camila Vallejo — poster-child of the Chilean student movement and, increasingly, icon of the global left — will compete in the upcoming congressional elections was announced this week. The Communist Party candidate will vie for a seat in La Florida, a borough in south-east Santiago in which Vallejo has spent most of her life.

How Muslim Families Use Breastfeeding to Make Adopted Babies Their Own | Green Prophet

My clients are women who had been married for many years and had difficulty conceiving a child. Under my supervision the mothers adopted and breastfed infants around the age of four months old with 250 ml of expressed breast milk.

Lactation and milk expression took approximately two weeks. To encourage lactation, the mothers began by orally taking 60 mg of Domperidone a day and several cups of brewed Fenugreek while pumping and stimulating their breasts every two hours.

During the first week, small beads of milk could be seen coming out of the nipple; by the end of two weeks, the mothers were able to express 250 ml of breast milk, fulfilling the need for the five feeds to make the children their own.

via How Muslim Families Use Breastfeeding to Make Adopted Babies Their Own | Green Prophet.

Women take over Kenya’s farming sector | Environment | DW.DE | 09.04.2013

According to the World Bank, women make up 80 percent of Kenya’s farmers. Despite their majority, they still have many challenges to overcome, like gaining ownership of the land they work.

Flanked by a poultry yard and several cows grazing just a few meters from her home, Linda Okal is busy in her vegetable garden in Kenya’s central Mbeere province – famous for its agricultural products.

Okal grows maize and cultivates fruit trees, rears dairy cows and numerous chickens. She also takes care of her two children. “I started farming when my husband moved to town to look for a white collar job,” Linda says. She was left behind to take care of the farm and the children – an increasingly common tale in Kenya, where more and more women take over farms.

Women traditionally used to stay at home to take care of the family and cook for the men on the farm, Okal told DW. “But there were no female farmers.”

Linda Okal

Now, more than 80 percent of Kenya’s farms are run by women. Only half of these women actually own their farms; the others work the land that belongs to their husbands. But not having ownership creates a lot of problems. Since the women don’t own the land, they cannot join farming cooperatives that would help them interact with other people who could help them improve production or sales.

via Women take over Kenya’s farming sector | Environment | DW.DE | 09.04.2013.

Peta’s Ingrid Newkirk: making the fury fly | World news | The Observer

Is it Peta’s strategy to upset everyone, I ask Newkirk. “No,” she says. “Our mission is to provoke thought. People have been taught to disregard what happens to pigs or chickens, to not think about the suffering they go through. Our job is to make them think. We’re not out to be popular.”

via Peta’s Ingrid Newkirk: making the fury fly | World news | The Observer.

Mapping Lebanon | USAID Impact

Grace Abou-Jaoude Estephan, Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at the Lebanese American University.

Your work entails putting together a hazard map of Lebanon for earthquake-induced landslides. Why is this work important?

Grace Abou-Jaoude Estephan, Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at the Lebanese American University. Photo credit: Grace Abou-Jaoude

Lebanon is a country that is located in a relatively active seismic zone. Its rugged topography makes it vulnerable to earthquake and landslide hazards. Astonishingly, records from 303AD describe the destruction of houses, cities, and monuments. Although Lebanon has not experienced any major earthquake since 1956, the recent discovery of an active thrusting fault close to its coastline has significantly raised its risk of being hit by a high magnitude earthquake. Unfortunately, no effort has been done to assess the impact of a seismic event on the risks of triggering landslide hazards in the country.

The goal of my project is to produce an earthquake-induced landslide hazard map of Lebanon that clearly shows the critical areas prone to earthquake-induced landslides. The map will be used as a reference for anyone concerned with public safety, urban planning, and disaster management.

via Mapping Lebanon | USAID Impact.

IPS – Market Gardening Provides Livelihoods for Refugees in DR Congo | Inter Press Service

Standing behind her market stall in Masisu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which overflows with cabbages, carrots and onions, Marceline Dusabe does not fit the traditional profile of an internally displaced person. She, unlike many others displaced by the internal conflict in North Kivu, is not in need of food aid.

In fact, thanks to the money that she and her husband both earn from selling the produce they grow, they are even able to live in the privacy of their own home – progress that Dusabe’s husband, Jules Birigimana, is particularly proud of.

via IPS – Market Gardening Provides Livelihoods for Refugees in DR Congo | Inter Press Service.

#RISE UP – cameras4change

Eve Ensler’s V-Day campaign to end violence against women.  This year One Billion Rising a new born effort by V-Day, is taking place in cities all over the world.  I arrived home from the Vancouver event to watch them “doin it live in San Fran”, it is an empowering piece of work!!!  So happy that everyone is joining together to consider the momentum that needs to take place in order to overcome the many issues that women face.  Sometimes the acts of violence themselves cause a domino effect in a girl’s or woman’s life, it is not just the event, but the long lasting and far reaching consequenses that are also at issue here.  Solidarity goes a long way to create a space for people to begin the healing process.  V-Day and One Billion Rising is a good turn in the right direction, and I really hope that as humans we can all take stock and move together.

via #RISE UP – cameras4change.

The Day in Gun Violence – NYTimes.com

A teenager died after he was shot and killed late Wednesday at a home in Lancaster, Pa. Police said the shooting apparently followed an argument. The teen, 17, was transported to a hospital by ambulance and taken into surgery, but was later pronounced dead.

—WHTM

A pregnant 19-year-old Knoxville, Tenn., woman died Wednesday after being shot on Porter Avenue. Police say Marcia Crider was 13 weeks pregnant. Police believe the shooting is related to a domestic dispute.

—WBIR

Police say a shooting over a domestic dispute left two women dead and the suspected shooter severely beaten in rural Robeson County, N.C. Kendra Matteson called 911 about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday saying her husband, Joseph Matteson, 32, was threatening to shoot her with a handgun. When deputies arrived at the house, Joseph Matteson’s mother, Donna Matteson, and the home’s owner, Kathy Bullard, were shot to death. Shot multiple times was Bullard’s son, Mark Bullard, whom the sheriff identified as Kendra Matteson’s ex-boyfriend. Witnesses told investigators Joseph Matteson was severely beaten by Mark Bullard and a family friend after he ran out of ammunition. The sheriff says he ran out of bullets before he could shoot his wife.

via The Day in Gun Violence – NYTimes.com.

It doesn’t get more personal than the Violence Against Women Act

I come from a family of five generations of mothers and daughters who all suffered and survived more than sixty years of domestic violence, so I have a personal stake and passion for any matters concerning violence against women.

My grandmother was powerless as my grandfather mercilessly beat her and her eight children until they were all bloody. My mother, her lungs crushed by my father’s vicious beating, was told to kiss her five children goodbye from herPhiladelphiahospital bed.

via It doesn’t get more personal than the Violence Against Women Act.