Feminist News Round Up! Malala, Somali Women, Sextortion, Residential Schools

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Hey all! There is a lot of feminist news today so I thought I would post it!!

From Aptn.ca

APTN National News
As Charlene Bearhead sheds light on one of Canada’s darkest moments students of all ages look on.

They hang on her every word.

They hear about the atrocities of the Indian Residential School system as part of a large group of non-Aboriginal student’s participating in “Project of Heart” at the University of Alberta this week.

This comes almost two decades removed from the closure of the last residential school in Canada.

APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan has the story.

Here’s the link to the video: Getting to the Heart of Residential Schools

 

‘Sextortion’ – He guys it is wrong to sexual extort women over the internet. This is wrong and can get you up to 105 years in prison. Don’t do it.

A man who is said to have blackmailed more than 350 women after convincing them to strip off in front of their webcams has been arrested in the US.

Prosecutors said Karen “Gary” Kazaryan, 27, had hacked into hundreds of Facebook, Skype and email accounts to obtain naked or semi-naked pictures.

It is alleged he threatened to post the nude images of victims publicly unless they removed their clothing on camera.

If convicted, he could receive a maximum jail sentence of 105 years.

 

Our favorite 15 year old, Malala Yousafzai is still recovering from having a bullet removed from her spine.

 

This is an awesome story about Somali women returning to the country to rebuild.

Safia Yassin Farah is 34 and her desk is that of a high-flying executive anywhere in the world, except that the view from her office is of high walls, wire and armed guards.

She left the US to take up a post working with young people in Mogadishu, helping them obtain an education and skills.

“I’m here to stay. I’ve quit my job,” Ms Farah says, sounding thrilled and scared at the same time.

“I grew up in the US and got my degree at the University of New Hampshire. I had a job, a house, I had everything.”

She says she was motivated to return after hearing about the plight of Somali children caught up in violence, including being recruited by the al-Qaeda affiliate, al-Shabab, which has lost control of Mogadishu and other towns to Amisom and government forces but still controls many rural areas of southern and central Somalia.

 

Bitch Media has a great article about the uproar cause from a political profile that calls out sexism.

Hollaback Takes Over the World. :D

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Eight new cities across the globe got Hollaback Chapters today!

What is Hollaback you ask?

Hollaback! is a movement dedicated to ending street harassment using mobile technology. Street harassment is one of the most pervasive forms of gender-based violence and one of the least legislated against. Comments from “You’d look good on me” to groping, flashing and assault are a daily, global reality for women and LGBTQ individuals. But it is rarely reported, and it’s culturally accepted as ‘the price you pay’ for being a woman or for being gay. At Hollaback!, we don’t buy it.

We believe that everyone has a right to feel safe and confident without being objectified. Sexual harassment is a gateway crime that creates a cultural environment that makes gender-based violence OK. There exists a clear legal framework to reproach sexual harassment and abuse in the home and at work, but when it comes to the streets—all bets are off. This gap isn’t because street harassment hurts any less, it’s because there hasn’t been a solution. Until now. The explosion of mobile technology has given us an unprecedented opportunity to end street harassment—and with it, the opportunity to take on one of the final new frontiers for women’s rights around the world.

-from the ihollaback website

Learn more on http://www.ihollaback.org. They have a lot of cool stuff on their website, I encourage the checking out of it.  Also here’s a quick link to Hollaback! Alberta

 

-SB

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

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Hey Dec 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This national day of remembrance was declared as a direct response to the Montreal Massacre.

From Canada to reflect on violence against women By Robin Dudgeon:

The national day of remembrance was established back in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada to mark the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. On Dec. 6, 1989 a Montreal man committed a murder-suicide killing 14 young women at l’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal on the basis of their gender.

from nupge.ca:

Violence against women and girls continues to be a serious issue in Canada: In 2008, 146 female were murdered in Canada. Forty-five of these women were victims of spousal homicide. On average, 178 females were killed every year between 1994 and 2008; It is estimated that 60% of Canadian women and girls have suffered from physical or psychological violence at some time in their life; Between April 1, 2007 and March 31, 2008, approximately 101,000 women and children were admitted to 569 shelters in Canada; According to the 2004 General Social Survey, Aboriginal women 15 years and older are three and a half times more likely to experience violence than non-Aboriginal women. The Native Women’s Association of Canada has documented evidence that 582 Aboriginal women and girls have gone missing or have been murdered in Canada in the past few decades; and Annual costs of intimate partner violence is calculated at US$1.16 billion in Canada according to UNIFEM in its report :

ViolenceAgainstWomenMDGs

A dramatization of the event is entitled Polytechnique:

 And if you’re looking for some more reading material on Feminist Activism post-polytechnique. Read Reframing the Montreal Massacre: Strategies For Feminist Media Activism by Maureen Bradley. I shall post a link to the pdf below:

The Montreal Massacre and Feminist Media Activism

Also Check out The White Ribbon Campaign to End Violence Against Women, who run a campaign  from November 25 (the International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women) until December 6, Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. (SO sorry this post is late!) And as part of their campaign, here’s 16 ways to engage men and boys:

1. Think about the kind of man you want to be: kind, responsible, one that shares equally in family life and respects women and girls.

2. Be respectful towards women, girls, and other guys. Sexism and homophobia hurts us all.

3. Ask first. Whether it’s holding hands, kissing, or more, it’s important to communicate and seek consent.

4. Never use coercion, threats, or violence in your relationships with others.

5. Wear a white ribbon and pledge to never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women and girls. Visit our website to order ribbons.

6. Teach your students and the youth in your community about gender equality and healthy, equal relationships.

7. Be a good role model and share with the boys and young men around you the importance of respecting women and girls. Visit http://www.itstartswithyou.ca to find out how.

8. Learn about the impact of violence against women in your community. Volunteer with a local shelter or a women’s organization. 9. Challenge and speak out against hurtful language, sexist jokes, and bullying, in your school, community, workplace, or place of worship. 10. Link your website to ours or place a banner for our It Starts With You Campaign on your website or blog and help us spread the word.

11. Accept your role as a man in helping to end violence against women. It affects everyone.

12. Start a White Ribbon Club or Campaign in your school or community. Visit our website to find out how.

13. Order our awareness materials and help educate others in your school, community, or workplace about men’s violence against women and girls.

14. Watch our collection of powerful digital stories to learn about the important connection between masculinity and gender equality.

15. As a community leader, policy maker, funder, or NGO staff member, read our issue brief to learn about the important role that men and boys can play in ending gender-based violence.

16. As a father or a family member, teaching the boys in your life about healthy equal relationships helps you do your part in creating healthy families and strengthening family bonds.

-SB

Women in Comics

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Here are the links from Friday’s show:

Women in Refrigerators – a site made by Gail Simone, the American author behind Birds of Prey. This site lists every superwoman who has been murderd, raped or depowered. It also has a lists of responses to the site by famous individuals in the comic book industry.

Comic Vine –  a cool site and forum, check out the 3 minute Expert videos that give the life and times of a character. The hardship female characters experience is really evident here.

Check out this sweet webcomic The Adventures of A-Girl!  by Elizabeth Watasin.

Geek Girls ComicCon  actually on in Seattle this weekend.

 

Trigger Warning for Sexual Assault: Edmonton Man Admits Groping 20 Women

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Trigger Warning for Sexual Assault.

This story just posted on the Edmonton Journal:

An Edmonton man admits he groped 20 women in the downtown and Whyte Avenue areas over nine days this summer.

Darrel Julian Walker, 39, pleaded guilty Tuesday in provincial court to multiple sexual assaults.

Walker usually followed his victims, approached them from behind and groped their crotches, buttocks or breasts before fleeing on foot with a muttered “sorry.”

The assaults occurred in various locations, including parking lots, sidewalks, Whyte Avenue, Scotia Place, the City Centre Mall pedway and the Farmer’s Market at 104th Street and Jasper Avenue.

From June 28 to July 6, Walker said he assaulted only one woman some days, but that he accosted six on July 5.

At times, his victims were purchasing a parking voucher or entering their vehicles. Others were walking down the street.

On one occasion, he groped a woman near Whyte Avenue, then followed her as she stopped at three different businesses to get away from him.

Walker immediately ran from any woman who turned on him or defended herself.

He knew none of the victims, who ranged in age from 16 to 56.

Walker was arrested July 6 after a police officer stopped him for jaywalking at a downtown intersection and realized he had outstanding warrants.

The next day during a police interview, Walker admitted to the assaults. He initially said there had been at least a dozen incidents and that he had been drunk.

Walker also expressed remorse in the interview. “I know it’s wrong. I wouldn’t want it to escalate to anything worse. This kind of thing, I’ve never done before. It makes a person wonder, if I can get away with this, what’s next? I don’t want that to happen to me … I don’t want to hurt anybody.”

Walker returns to court Nov. 21.

“I wouldn’t want it to escalate to anything worse”? You sexually assaulted 20 women! How much worse are you imagining it could be?