Women’s Rights News in Brief February 26th 2017

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(Picture from The Media Express)

Amnesty International reports on women’s rights

The Media Express reports that Amnesty International has released a 2016/17 report that described the “disturbing” situation in Iran with regards to women’s rights. There have been crackdowns on women’s rights campaigners and other problems for women living in the those areas. 

Those crackdowns have targeted both human rights and women’s rights defenders. There has been the absurd increased in popularity associating human right defenders and women’s rights campaigners, and so on, as criminals. Or their activities as criminal.

Even further, this lead to actions against activists. They were “subjected to lengthy, oppressive interrogations by the Revolutionary Guards.” Many women will not only be rightly remonstrating such unfair treatment, but will surely be asking themselves: A) Is this fair? B) How is this just? and C) How is this solving anything?

Ella Baker and the SNCC / The African Americans
(Picture from KQED Learning)

KQED provides some resources for Women’s History Month

KQED reported on Women’s History Month, which is upcoming for next month. It is a firm reminder of the need to work for women’s rights. Some highlights from the resources were Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the right to vote.

There’s been a strong focus on the right to education through Mary McLeod Bethune and citizenship education too. There’s also been a focus on the civil rights leader Dorothy Height.

For African American lenses, there’s Ella Baker who founded the SNCC in addition to the right to health care and the pill in addition to women’s right to choose. It closes with Title IX and the 1972 education amendment. (All of the information is provided in the hyperlinked text at the start)

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Participants in a Community of Practice meeting in Amsterdam focusing on strengthening girls’ and young women’s activism and leadership. Credit: Mama Cash

Funding for women’s rights

50.50 has stated that, “We see examples of feminist organisations working well together where funders have needed to catch up.” The article describes numerous examples of ways that women’s-rights organisations and coalitions can come together under one banner.

For example, for sex workers: there is the Red Umbrella Fund, as well as the FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund. Both of which are participatory funds which assist the rights of sex-workers. Other general examples are face-value analysis that some governments are increasing funding for civil society.

The Global Philanthropy Project commissioned research that brought to bear the necessity for “power dynamics” to be “transparent and equal, and where [civil society organisations]can not only co-design project design and implementation, but also overarching funding policy and strategy.”

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. Jacobsen works for science and human rights, especially women’s and children’s rights. He considers the modern scientific and technological world the foundation for the provision of the basics of human life throughout the world and advancement of human rights as the universal movement among peoples everywhere.

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