And you thought your period was rough: in the district of Achham, Nepal, women are ostracized each month while they are menstruating. During what is called “chaupadi,” a menstruating woman must stay in a small hut called a “goth” away from the village and her family. She’s also not allowed to use the same water as others or prepare food in the kitchen because she is seen as impure. All alone or with a few other women in the goth, women are extremely vulnerable to rape. Others have suffered jackal attacks, snakebites, or fire while trying to protect themselves from the elements of the Himalayas.
Because of these dangers, Nepal outlawed chaupadi in 2005. But according to The New York Times, because it’s a two-day drive outside of the capital of Kathmandu, Achham has yet to feel the effects of this change. Keep reading »
Beatriz, a 22-year-old woman in El Salvador with severe health problems, was refused a lifesaving abortion of a fetus with severe birth defects by the Supreme Court of El Salvador yesterday. The country has a strict ban on all abortions, regardless of any threat to the health or life of the mother. Beatriz, who has a malfunctioning kidney, lupus and other health-related issues, appealed to the court to terminate her pregnancy. The fetus, in its 26th week, has a severe birth defect in which parts of its brain are missing. It is not expected to live more than a few hours after birth.
As quoted in The New York Times, one of Beatriz’ lawyers said, “The court placed the life of the anencephalic baby over Beatriz’s life. Justice here does not respect the rights of women.” Keep reading »
Th anti-domestic violence campaign, “No More Abuse,” has been launched in the desert of women’s rights: Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is not known for it draught of gender parity. Just last month it was considered a “victory” of sorts that women were allowed to ride bicycles. (Granted the privilege comes with a lengthy post script: in a full abaya, with a male relative present, in designated spaces.) Keep reading »
“All men should be feminists. If men care about women’s rights the world will be a better place.”
–John Legend totally gets it. We can’t expect real social change if we don’t also encourage men to participate in the process. Chrissy Teigen is one lucky lady. [Celebitchy]
I’m warning you, it’s hard not to read this story without getting enraged.
Last week, a 29-year-old kindergarten teacher from New York went down to Germantown,
Pennsylvania Maryland, to terminate her pregnancy at 33-weeks. She was married and fully enthusiastic about having a baby, according to the Washington Post, which says she had a Pinterest board filled with baby items and a baby registry. But tragically, earlier this month, the woman instead found herself getting a late-term abortion at Germantown’s Women’s Reproductive Center clinic.
The abortion was a multi-day procedure, requiring her to stay in a hotel nearby. At some point during the procedure, she was taken to the ER of a local hospital, where she died the next day. Her death is currently under investigation by the state of Maryland.
This story is sad enough as it is. But the absolutely enraging part is that anti-abortion protesters have now been protesting outside the Germantown clinic revealing the woman’s name, where she worked, showing her photos, and sharing confidential details about her medical procedures which were revealed by “anonymous sources.”
That’s so fucked up. Keep reading »
Missed the State Of The Union address last night? Well, here’s a guide of some major points for those of you who still want to know where we’re at. The economy continues to dominate President Obama’s agenda, given how the first 20 minutes were a mixture of economic policies from spending cuts to boosting the middle class. Though we’re no longer arguing about the Bush tax cuts, bailouts, or the debt ceiling, we have new talking points: sequester cuts, deficit reduction, tax codes. Oh my.
Sam Seaborn, fictional speechwriting dreamboat from “The West Wing,” would argue the SOTU speech is not solely about policy, it’s about noble over-reaching that government should aspire to. So what’s on President Obama’s agenda? Where are we heading in the next four years? Keep reading »