In class we spoke about government campaigns to eliminate masculinity. I was in Ecuador during the summer and while watching the World Cup saw some commercials from the government trying to change the social norm and equate masculinity (or in Spanish "machismo") with violence. Here's a youtube channel of these commercials the Ecuadorian government aired this past year:
There are 19 or so of these commercials, most with Ecuadorian statistics such as "In 2009, 64% of deaths of women published in newspapers are those that resulted of gender violence" or "8 out of every 10 Ecuadorian women have suffered physical, psychological, or sexual violence."
My favorites are:
They're in Spanish, but worth asking a Spanish-speaking friend for a translation
Here's a link to a site which still contains all of the Iraq War Logs in searchable format.
On Sunday November 28th, 2010 Wikileaks published over 250,00o United States embassy cables which give an inside look into the United States's government foreign activites. The article has some interesting links to follow up on concerning the leaks and a timeline that looks at the history of Wikileaks.
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 22, 2010 (IPS) - The U.N. Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) launched an ambitious new initiative to improve the safety and wellbeing of women in five major cities Monday - New Delhi, India; Cairo, Egypt; Quito, Ecuador; Kigali, Rwanda; and Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.
Interview with UNIFEM Executive Director about the Safe Cities project.