Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: An Uncompromising Woman
This article is about the president of Liberia, Sirleaf, who we heard about in Turtles can Fly. It discusses her frustrations with the corruption still present in Liberia, especially because UN troops will start pulling out after next year's elections, and the problems with the Women and Children Protection unit in Monrovia. I thought it was interesting how this article discusses Sirleaf's personal experience with a violently abusive husband, and how this shapes her strength as a politician today.
Female Empowerment in Afghanistan
I thought this was a nice parallel to the beauty parlor described in Nimo's War, Emma's War:
Not only does it serve as an escape for Abada, but it offers her an outlet to express herself in a way that also positively effects those who watch her show.
DR Congo women march against rape
Sexual Violence In Haiti
I found these reports particularly eye-opening given that the Haiti earthquake was so recent, and yet women and girls are still suffering from rape and sexual abuse. It's strange to think that this is happening right next door to the United States, and in spite of the U.S.'s pledged "full support" to providing rescue and humanitarian aid to the Haitian people.
Open letter to Ocampo: using DNA to identify rapists
Corporate War Crimes
October 29–30, 2010
The Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands
The illegal exploitation of natural resources has fueled and financed brutal conflicts around the world, yet there has been little success to date in holding companies accountable for trafficking in conflict resources. This conference, accompanying the Open Society Justice Initiative’s launch of a manual on prosecuting commercial actors for the war crime of pillage, is meant to foster renewed public debate about how the law can—and should—be used against companies whose theft of natural resources has driven deadly conflict.
UN Report focuses on global lot of women
NYtimes small article focuses on some statistics from reports released by the UN or associated groups. Writer gives general statistics over topics I think we've discussed in class. At the end of the day - women still outlive men even though they outnumber women by 57 million.
Women are Heroes: Guerilla Art
There are multiple ways to do politics, and art is one of them. See how artist JR uses photography to address violence against women in Kenya .... pervasive art, he says.
Women are Heroes: http://blog.ted.com/2010/10/19/announcing-the-2011-ted-prize-winner-jr/
A women's touch
This article brings to light a girl who is becoming head of security in one of the most dangerous areas of Mexico.