International film festival empowers women in Turkey

International film festival empowers women in Turkey

Julia Nho – Today’s Zaman – Wednesday, 14 May 2014 (originally published  09 May) Flying Broom (Uçan Süpürge), an Ankara-based women’s NGO, commenced its 17th Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival on Thursday night at the State Opera and Ballet house in Ankara. One of the most pressing problems affecting the empowerment of women in […]

Meet the [Women] Mipsterz

Meet the [Women] Mipsterz

Erin Cunningham – The Daily Beast – Monday, 20 January 2014 (originally published 15 Jan) Yasmin Chebbi describes her style as edgy. She wears vibrant colors, mixes dresses with combat boots, and sports handmade jewelry. She cites her mother, a major Vogue enthusiast, as her greatest style inspiration, and loves making outfits out of pieces […]

Women empowered by Brazil’s family grant scheme

Women empowered by Brazil’s family grant scheme

Jonathan Watts – Star – 07 January 2014 (originally published 03 Jan) The Bolsa Familia (Family Grant) poverty relief programme gives women in Brazil greater freedom and independence. MARIA da Paz and her three daughters live high on the slopes of Rocinha, just beyond the boundary line between Rio de Janeiro’s biggest favela and the […]

[India] Widows Celebrate a Little At Last

[India] Widows Celebrate a Little At Last

Sudeshna Sarkar – IPS – Friday, 30 August 2013 (originally published 27 Aug) VARANASI, India , Aug 27 2013 (IPS) – Namuna Gautam was among millions of Indian women who celebrated Rakshabandhan this year, but one thing set her apart. It was the first time the 80-year-old took part in the festival, in which sisters […]

What does it mean to be African?

What does it mean to be African?

Wale Idris Ajibade – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) New York, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: What does it means to be African in the real sense? Is it spiritual? Is it a course, a journey, a deep sense of hope of healing, reconciliation, or a birthright based inclination? Is it a responsibility for just Africans, or […]

The Poetry of [US] Women’s Work

The Poetry of [US] Women’s Work

Dr. Peggy Drexler – Huffington Post – Tuesday, 16 April 2013 (originally published 10 Apr) I’ve never liked the term “working mother.” To me, it implies that I’m some kind of subcategory, and not a full member of the club. The label also combines a bit of praise for a superhuman effort with a whiff […]

Lebanese women take on Muslim judges who call rape a ‘marital right’

Lebanese women take on Muslim judges who call rape a ‘marital right’

Arwa Damon and Tim Hume – CNN – Friday, 22 February 2013 (originally published 17 Feb) Beirut, Lebanon (CNN) — Lebanese women are taking to the streets to demand that the government takes domestic violence seriously, by introducing laws to protect women from abusive partners. Nadine Mouwad, a founder of feminist collective Nasawiya, says the prevalence […]

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