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MAKERS Launches 'Femojis' 
Have you heard of "femojis" yet? If you have not yet, you will soon find them on your smartphones. The term stands for feminist emojis which are now being created by the platform MAKERS. They noticed that emojis picturing men involved a much wider range of activities and professions, so the platform decided to add a category of powerhouse feminist women emojis including Beyonce, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Taylor Swift, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham and Ellen DeGeneres, The Huffington Post reported May 21. The emoji set also includes lesser known feminist icons like Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel into space. 

Women's Activists, Including Gloria Steinem, to Cross Korea's DMZ 
Thirty female activists are expected to walk from the North Korean border across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to South Korea on May 24, CNN reported. The group of women includes feminist Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Peace laureates, Mairead Maguire from Ireland and Leymah Gbowee of Liberia. The group, called WomenCrossDMZ, says its two-mile walk through the DMZ is intended to draw attention to the need for peace between the Korea neighbors. But it has already caused plenty of controversy. Human rights activists have criticized the event, saying the women's group is missing major problems faced by North Korean women and should cross instead the China-North Korea border where Korean often become victims of human trafficking.

#SayHerName Movement Calls for Gender Inclusive Movement to End State Violence
May 21 was a national day of action to end police violence against black women. The day followed a vigil held in New York City to remember the black women and girls killed by the police. The movement, labeled #SayHerName, kicked off with the release of a brief by the African American Policy Forum, Say Her Name: The Urgent Need for a Gender Inclusive Movement to End State Violence. The document argues that the inclusion of black women’s experience is critical to effectively combat anti-black state violence. 
Here is a glimpse into the #SayHerName vigil in  New York:

--- Hajer Naili, Staff Reporter

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