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by Gela Velasquez of WEAct 1325 Secretariat
25 March 2015 —The Asian Development Bank marks International Women's Day and the 20th Anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action with the Distinguished Gender Month Speaker Address, delivered by Dr. Zainah Anwar, a founding member and Former Executive Director of Sisters in Islam (SIS), and the current director of Musawah, the SIS-initiated Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family.
Dr. Zainah Anwar, like many other Muslim feminists from around the world, works hard to show that Islam and gender equality are compatible. In her speech, she gave emphasis to the violence, injustice, cruelty, and discrimination experienced by women, justified in the name of Islam, throughout the Muslim world. She similarly highlighted the call for locating gender equality and human rights within the framework of Islam, allowing millions of women to embrace both their religion and gender equality, without forgoing their identities. Dr. Anwar also addressed some of the challenges ahead, based on local and international experiences, while exploring the final frontiers in the Muslim world for advancing gender equality.
At the beginning of her address, Dr. Zainah Anwar highlighted specific questions that confront women's groups all over the Muslim world and in the minority Muslim context today: If God is just, if Shariah Law is supposed to bring about justice then why do so many laws and policies made in name of Islam lead to injustice and discrimination against women? This question has been in line with the struggle women, particularly in the Muslim world, experience to end discrimination against them and face the challenge of the patriarchy in government and in society in general. While women experience violence, injustice, cruelty, and discrimination, the religious authorities and the most conservative forces within Islam dictate that these are justified according to the laws of Islam. These religious authorities are obviously unsurpassed in their knowledge and interpretative skills and have been traditionally educated to believe that their interpretation of Islam, being inherently unjust and patriarchal, is definite and eternal.
By Flavia Fascendini for APCNews
PERGAMINO, Argentina, 20 March 2015
“In a time when there are 200 million fewer women with access to the internet, where women’s rights activists and advocates are rarely present to disrupt discussions at internet governance and policy spaces and where 98% of sexual rights activists say the internet is crucial to their work, with 51% of them facing violence and intimidation online, how would a feminist internet look like?” This was the concluding remark made by APC’s Jac sm Kee to the “Intergenerational dialogue” panel at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59) in New York.
by Sylvia Estrada Claudio
I can hardly look at the compilation of memes a friend sent me. I do not even know whether I shall write about this because it would only call attention to the memes.
They aren't very scandalous actually. They are just in very bad taste. In any case, I trust the mature reader to decide not to bother to look them up (a good option) or if they wish to do so, look them up without passing them on. I tried to find them myself, but only to find out more about the scumbags who post them.
by Annabs Sanchez
|Photo via StudioFOW|
Right now, I just finished reading an article on video game porn about a genre called non-con.
Non-con is an innocuous term that's short for non-consent, which is a despicable semantic play on the word rape.
On March 6th, just two days before International Women's Day, at least 10 feminist activists in China were taken into police custody or put on house arrest on the grounds of "creating disturbance". They had been working on a nationwide campaign against sexual harassment on public transportation and had planned to distribute leaflets and post stickers on public transit vehicles.
Wang Man, an alumni of the Isis International Feminist Activist School, is one the five activists known to still be detained along with Li Tingting, Wei Tingting, Zheng Churan, and Wu Rongrong. There are no "formal charges" against the women and their ongoing detention has lead to growing concerns from the feminist community and human rights groups.
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