Monday, September 19, 2005
What We Need to Know Today
The Bush adminstration cares so much about women that it appointed Norris Alderson a veterinary expert as acting head of its office of women's health. So now a vet knows more about women health than say a woman's health expert. Unbelievable.
Labour Prime Minister Helen Clark won a third term in office in New Zealand elections over the weekend; in Germany Angela Merkel did not receive enough votes to form a coalition government in Germany.
Pakistan has opened more Madrassa schools for girls but these schools only test girls on the rules of Islam and instead of creating a more open environment for learning. Women's activists are concerned that girls are being stymied in their education.
GIRLS EDCUATION IN PAKISTAN
Women in Nepal have finally been released from the cowshed- literally. During the periods women were forced to stay in cowsheds. The Supreme Court in Nepal outlawed this practice over the weekend.
NEPALESE WOMEN RELEASED FROM COWSHED
Mosou women run the family structure in the Chinese tourist hamlet of Lugu Lake. Women determine the family line and only women have the right to inherit. Additionally, there are no typical marriages just "walking marriages" where men come to the women's home at night but leave in the morning. Maybe we should all learn from this.
ABC radio is lanching a channel geared towards talk radio for women.
Women directors are few and far between in Hollywood. This year's Toronto Film Festival featured 4 films directed by women in its Gala (high profile) section. North Country by Niki Caro starring Charlize Theron; Mary Harron's The Notorious Bettie Page, with Gretchen Mol; and Phyllis Nagy's Mrs. Harris, featuring Annette Bening and Deepa Mehta's Water.
Women's power at the box office was evident this weekend. Reese Witherspoon's new romantic comedy Just Like Heaven topped the box office with 77% of those purchasing tickets for the flick women over 25.
The TV season officially opens tonight and the disturbing trend about many of the shows is the gruesome intense level of violence against women in dramas. Is it because TV networks are trying to lure young men into their shows? Do people really believe that young men will only watch shows that mutilate, rape and degrade women?
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN TV
Sania Mirza is back in India looking for her second WTA title and her first since making it to the fourth round of the US Open. Security is tight because a Muslim group threatened to stop her from playing in the attire she wears which they deem as inappropriate for a Muslim woman.
They should be kissing her feet since she is a young woman with strong beliefs and is painting a very pretty picture of Islam.