News and Miscellany, 10 September 2015

Rap Against Rape: How India’s Young Women Are Using YouTube Video To Stand Up For Themselves, International Business Times, September 10

BANGALORE — “Acid has become as common a commodity as lipstick.” Reshma Bano, a Mumbai teenager, speaks from painful experience. It’s been 16 months since her brother-in-law poured acid on her face while two of his cronies pinned her down, but every moment is etched in her memory.

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Targeting Reshma — the youngest in the family he had come to resent — would hit her family the hardest.“I was the youngest, the darling of my family,” says Reshma, who has four siblings, including Gulshan.

Today, the teenager is a YouTube sensation for defying her attackers with a series of videos offering beauty tips to young girls.

The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit Is An Amazing Group Of Women Helping Save South Africa’s Wildlife, Bustle, September 10

The responsibility of protecting Africa’s endangered wildlife usually falls in the hands of men, but one group of South African rangers is changing that. The Black Mambas, an anti-poaching unit made up mostly of women, is helping save the environment by stopping poachers from killing South Africa’s leopards, lions, elephants, cheetahs, hippos, and especially rhinos. They’re doing such a good job that the United Nations awarded the Black Mambas with the 2015 Champions of the Earth award in the “inspiration and action” category this week, to recognize the “rapid and impressive impact” the unit has made on poaching in the area.

GirlTrek is Transforming Lives of Black Women Through Walking, NBC News, September 10

Karmen Curry has been a part of the Detroit GirlTrekkers , the largest chapter in the country, since 2012…..

Curry says the key was making the decision to consistently walk, and sticking with it. She started walking by herself at first and then joined the Detroit Harriet Tubman walking challenge which is held in March each year. GirlTrek chapters host the event, which is the kick-off to a larger challenge to walk 30 minutes daily five days a week, for eight weeks straight.

Curry sees walking as more than just a part of her toolkit for staying healthy. “It is about sisterhood and support,” she said. “In our group there are mostly middle aged ladies that come together. We are connected, and nobody gets left behind. No matter who lags behind there is always someone to walk with you.”

Sexual assault on women doesn’t stop at age 65: expert, Australian Aging Agenda, September 11

In a wide-ranging address at the Let’s Talk About Sex Conference this week, Dr Barrett shared the stories of older women who had experienced sexual assault, as captured in her research project. As Australian Ageing Agenda has reported, her three-year study was the first and most in-depth account of the issue to date.

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She cited national figures showing that one woman a week was killed in Australia by a current or former partner, while one in five experienced sexual assault by current or former partner. “It would be crazy to think that assaults on women stop at age 65,” she said.

Patient or Family, Women Pay More For Alzheimer’s, Futurity, September 10

Women bear six times the cost of Alzheimer’s disease care, per capita, that men do, a new study shows.

The researchers say the greater cost burden is largely due to the informal care women deliver to family members with the disease.

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They found women AD patients have 16 percent higher Medicare costs and 70 percent higher Medicaid costs than male patients over their lifetime. And the greatest gender difference was in the cost of uncompensated informal care, where a female family member of a male AD patient will bear a burden six times greater than a male family member of a female AD patient.

‘Are you safe?’ cards tailor-made for immigrant women in Whitehall, Pittsburg Tribune-Review, September 9

In August, Whitehall Police began carrying wallet-size “Are you safe?” cards translated into three languages — Burmese, Karen and Nepali — with phone numbers for the Women’s Center and Shelter; National Domestic Violence Hotline; and South Hills Interfaith Ministries, or SHIM, Prospect Park Family Center.
The cards were provided by SHIM through a FISA Foundation grant and are the latest in an initiative to inform women of services offered in their native languages, said Lori Haller, community support specialist.

Why Is It So Hard for Unmarried Women In China To Go See A Gynecologist? Jezebel, September 10

As Crystal explained, and several other Chinese women have corroborated, there are two main ways to have a gynecological exam in China. You can go to a large women’s hospital and simply pay for the exam out of pocket (starting at around USD $30, depending on the hospital), or you can have the exam at a smaller facility as part of an annual health check package offered by your employer. These exams take place at checkup centers that are usually staffed by retired doctors or those seeking to make a bit of extra money on the side, and are essentially considered a workplace perk.

26-year-old journalist Xinyuan Yu’s first visit to the gynecologist took place on one of these employer-provided health checks. Unaware that her marital status would determine which examinations she would be entitled to, she filled out the forms truthfully, and checked the box to indicate that she was unmarried. As she hopped onto the examination circuit and began going from exam room to exam room as if on one large production line, she realized that there was one room she hadn’t been assigned to, and approached the nurse at the door to ask why. “Are you married?” asked the nurse. “No,” said Xinyan. She was promptly shooed away without explanation.

Report Finds Most Nations Hinder Women New York Times, September 10

The United States is one of four countries around the world with no national laws requiring paid parental leave for new mothers.

Russia bars women from a variety of jobs, including freight train conductor and mining rig operator.

And Iran and Qatar are among 18 countries that require a married woman to ask for her husband’s permission to go to work.

Those are among the findings of a World Bank study of 173 countries on how domestic laws impede women’s ability to work, open a business and participate in public life.

San Francisco County Jail Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi @Ross_Mirkarimi @SheriffSF & @NCLRights (USA) Gender Identity Watch, September 10

San Francisco County Jail Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has decided to completely disregard the rights of incarcerated Women by adopting a policy that allows Men who identify as Women, like Paul Daniel Raynal, to be housed with Women. Mirkarimi’s plan will allow pre-operative transgender inmates permanently into new populations. “Some will still have their penis,” Mirkarimi said, to make it clear what the new classification will immediately mean. This violates international standards regarding the treatment of prisoners.

Monster” by Robin Morgan: The Anthem of the Women’s Movement, Feed Your Need To Read, undated

As Morgan herself explained it, “‘Monster’ was becoming a rallying cry for women, who made it their own: phrases, lines, stanzas, entire sections appeared on banners, posters, protest signs, buttons, T-shirts, bumper stickers, and note cards … I was stunned and grateful that the poem had apparently unlocked and expressed the grief and rage suffocating so many women. Some called it ‘the anthem of feminism,’ and others termed it ‘the pledge of allegiance’ to the Women’s Movement.”

Want to live with aboriginal women elders in their own country? Kapululangu Aboriginal Women’s Association, Facebook

Geese defiling memorial for women victimized by violence CTV News Vancouver, September 9

Elinor Warkentin, a volunteer with the Women’s Monument Committee, says the beautiful design of the memorial is partially responsible for attracting the birds. The monument is comprised of 14 granite benches, all with a scar in the middle to collect rain water and symbolize a pool of tears.

“It’s a beautiful thought, beautiful symbolism, but the geese only see it as water,” says Warkentin. “The geese drink the water, and while they’re here they defecate all over the benches and the site of the monument, which makes it difficult for people to reflect and enjoy the space.”

A parking lot was built over a nearby watershed for geese in 2013, and the birds have been migrating over to the monument ever since.

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