12 March 2016 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

WITADA Top 1012 March 2016
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place. 


In this week’s Top 10 we feature stories from around the world in recognition of International Women’s Day (IWD) 2016.


1. IWD began in 1975 when the United Nations marked 8 March as a day to celebrate women’s achievements while also noting that there is much more required to achieve gender equality. Today there remain many very good reasons why we still need to mark International Women’s Day and Amnesty International have come up with six of them!


2. Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) looks at the issue of sexual violence in this feature piece to mark IWD. They state that in 2014 their medical teams treated over 22,000 victims of sexual violence in 91 projects over 29 countries and over 90% of those were women and girls with the majority under the age of 18 years.


3. Eva Cox shares her views about the state of feminism in this article in The Conversation. She suggests that feminism has not really achieved the hopes of the 1970s and that we have ‘settled for much less’. “We achieved formal legal equality over the subsequent decade, but moving past that into wider social equity changes seems definitely to have stalled.”


4. Celeste Liddle is a Arrernte woman, feminist, activist, unionist, and writer who delivered this years keynote speech at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre annual IWD address. New Matilda have provided an unedited version of her speech, ‘Looking Past White Australia and White Feminism‘. And in this article she reminds us of the importance of the unique struggles for Indigenous women and the broader issue of ensuring that the struggle for women’s equality does not leave some groups of women behind.


5. This is a very disturbing story from Human Rights Watch about invasive examinations of women in Afghanistan that are designed to test for virginity prior to marriage. It is argued that these exams are scientifically valid in determining virginity but the World Health Organisation has stated clearly that they have no scientific validity and should never be conducted.


6. NTIV (National Indigenous TV via SBS in Australia) has featured ‘20 inspiring black women who have changed Australia’ from Truganini in the 1800s to Nova Peris, Rachel Perkins, Dr Anita Heiss and Megan Davis today.


7. Currently there is no law in Morocco to deal with domestic violence and yet nearly two-thirds of women have experienced some form of violence in their relationships. Now a famous Moroccan comedian and feminist activist, Mounia Magueri,  has produced a video highlighting the problem of domestic violence.


8. The Climate Council have featured ’19 Climate Champions who also happen to be women!’ – most of whom you probably haven’t ever heard about.


9. And don’t for get to check out WITADA’s International Women’s Day 2016 blog!


10. And for your viewing enjoyment, TED has a playlist of 10 great TED talks on feminism as well as 4 TED-Ed lessons for IWD that are must watch viewed as you relax this weekend!


Thanks for your company this week. See you all again for your Top 10 next week.