West African Women Disproportiately Affected by Ebola
More than half of all Ebola cases in West Africa have been adult women, Voice of America
reported Sept.22. Aid agencies also say women are the most affected by border closures and travel restrictions, as they carry out most of the commercial cross-border trade. Activists say women's needs must be considered as authorities attempt to stop the Ebola epidemic. The United Nations’ Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, better known as U.N. Women, said that women and girls account for more than 55 percent of reported Ebola cases in affected countries.
Girls, Women Silent and Missing in Global Films
Only about 31 percent of all speaking characters in popular global films are female, finds a Sept. 22 study
commissioned by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Among other findings, authors also report that sexualization is the standard for female characters globally: girls and women are twice as likely as boys and men to be shown in sexually revealing clothing, partially or fully naked, thin, and five times as likely to be referenced as attractive. Films for younger audiences are less likely to sexualize females than are those films for older audiences.
Senate May Become Involved in NFL's Domestic Violence Cases
Sen. Dianne Feinstein warned that members of the Senate may become involved in the NFL’s domestic violence scandal, saying the situation has gone on “too long,” The Washington Times
reported sept. 21, citing an interview aired on CBS on Sunday. “I think I can speak for all the women in the Senate by saying we’re surprised, amazed and very resolute to do something about it,” the California Democrat said on “Face the Nation.”
Actress Emma Watson Invites Men to Fight Gender Inequality
The actress Emma Watson kicked off the “HeForShe” campaign
with a speech on gender equality at the UN, Yahoo
reported Sept. 21. Watson's campaign urges men to take a stand against gender inequality of all types. Feminism isn’t a “women’s issue,” she argued; it’s everyone’s issue. She spoke about the myriad ways in which girls and women are discriminated against in the world and how men, too, suffer from gender stereotypes.
Cuomo's Campaign to Start Door-Knocking Op Targeting Female Voters
After having mainly reached out to voters through a massive TV ad campaign, the Cuomo campaign is set to unleash a digital and door-knocking operation designed to motivate women voters in November, The NY Daily News
reported Sept. 22. Campaign volunteers and paid workers will begin this week knocking on “tens of thousands” of doors in the city and the surrounding suburbs to promote Cuomo’s 11-point “women’s equality agenda” and ask for support for the governor and his running mate, former Buffalo Rep. Kathy Hochul, a campaign source said. Team Cuomo will also target women across the state on social media sites to encourage women to follow the campaign on the website of the newly formed Women’s Equality Party, which was created this summer.
UK Opens First Clinic for FGM Victims
Britain's first specialist clinic for child victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) opened in London on Sept.22 as part of a push to eradicate the illegal ritual in the country, Reuters
reported. The University College Hospital clinic, initially to be held once a month while demand is assessed, will offer medical treatment and psychological help to girls up to 18, who have suffered or may be at risk of FGM. The clinic will liaise closely with police, social care and community groups and will provide evidence and expert witness statements for court cases. It will also help identify and protect girls at risk.
Afghanistan's New President Vows to Boost Number of Women in Government
Afghanistan's new president-elect says he wants Afghan women represented at the highest levels of government, and he pledged to appoint a woman to the Supreme Court, The Associated Press
reported Sept. 22. Ghani Ahmadzai said in a statement that he is committed to ensuring that women are well represented in government and the education and economic sectors.
India's PM Speaks Out Against Violence Against Women
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that there should be no compromise on the issue of dignity of women, in an interview on CNN
. "Dignity of women is our collective responsibility. There should be no compromise in this matter... We have to revive the family culture in which a woman is respected and considered equal, her dignity encouraged," the official said.