In 2008 I launched the website www.StopStreetHarassment.org where people around the world share their stories. I now have 15 correspondents who write monthly articles about the issue from seven countries.
The two-day Take Root conference examined the tenets of reproductive justice: ensuring “the right to have a child, the right to not have a child, and the right to raise that child in a healthy, safe environment.”
It’s hard for some of us to view models as “workers” in the way labor rights advocates understand the term, but working conditions in the fashion industry indicate a need to organize.
The Boy Scouts have delayed their vote on whether they will allow gay people to join their organization. Ellen discussed it in her monologue. (via Upworthy)
Culture is one of the most sensitive aspects of people’s lives, particularly as it relates to sexual and reproductive behavior, attitudes, and norms. Therefore, when we talk about female circumcision (I still cannot call it mutilation), we should always look at this cultural practice as one of many good and bad things that happen to women universally, and not only to African women but women worldwide.
Malala Yousafzai speaks for the first time since was targeted and shot in October 2012 for her advocacy on behalf of girls’ education. Malala announced the creation of the Malala Fund, which supports the right to education for children across the world. (via Upworthy)
International Day of Zero Tolerance: A Culturally Conscious Look at Female Circumcision In Sierra Leone
On February 6th – the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Cutting – here is a short clip of a video documenting the practice as it currently occurs in Sierra Leone. It is important to keep cultural and social structural ties to the practice in mind when working to bring an end to it.
First Openly Gay Member of British Parliament Says to Embrace Equality or Lose Election “Like the Republican Party” in America
Margot James, the first openly lesbian woman to become a Conservative MP, says Britain still has a long way to go on equality, as she added her voice in support of gay marriage.
Without a usable pathology report, the charges no longer stand up to scrutiny.
Roe also acknowledges a related fact: until its passage women’s bodies, legally speaking, functioned like production facilities, holding tanks, regulated environments, the property of the men who impregnated them.