21
Mar 17

#CSW61, join the discussion for women’s economic empowerment

The 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) is taking place from 13 to 24 March 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The theme of this year’s event is women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. On the UN Women website, you can take part of the latest updates and top stories from the event. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has asked men to be prepared to lose more positions to women as to ensure gender parity (Gender equality. 2017). Guterres argues that:

“Generally no one likes to lose positions they have long held, but the reality of gender parity is that many more will be in positions that today are occupied by men. But that’s a good thing.”

The event has indubitably suffered from the devastation of the budget proposal in Washington, D.C released four days in the event, specifying great cuts in fundings to the UN and speakers have also been drawing attention to the empty chairs at the event – a result of the travel ban (Zakaria, 2017). But for now, this let’s have a look at how CSW encourages you to take part of the session yourself by using social media.

With #CSW61, together with hashtags connected to all of the side events taking place, you can follow tweets from the event and discuss women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work with thousands of participants. You can also access the latest information on logistics, the official session and the side-events through @UN_CSW on Twitter and UN_CSW on Facebook, and even follow stories on unwomen Snapchat and Instagram. Continue reading →


07
Mar 17

New Media Activism and Feminism in Zimbabwe

Just like new media activism has contributed to a change in the discussion about equality in the global North, its impact on societies where these issues seem to be ignored by the society, media and policy-makers may be even bigger. Internet can give people the possibility to have a voice and create communities, which as a combination can help renegotiate identities in a structured social system (Mitra, 2001, p. 30). In Zimbabwe. Internet has given a voice to both women and their situation as well as to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual and intersexual and Queer (LGBTIQ) citizens. The dominant homophobic patriarchal culture in the country has made it nearly impossible for the people to discuss human rights for marginalized groups. New media is offering alternative space of information, debate and discussion (Nhamo, Sithandazile, 2016 & Mpofu, 2016). Continue reading →


02
Mar 17

The toxicity in the feminist movement and new media

https://thisismoscatolife.com/2017/01/24/why-the-historic-womens-march-was-controversial-for-most-black-women/

The Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017 aimed to unite women for “the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country” (Mission & Vision, 2017). In the blogpost “I’ll pass on “Unity” and the Women’s March” , Barbara Sostaita is taking distance from the event on the grounds that white women first need to demonstrate a promise. A promise, for which she even requires a contract, that white women will (in summary) put their bodies in the line for WOC and “commit to the lifelong struggle against hatred and oppression in all its forms” (2017). Continue reading →


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