Gender binaries are ingrained from the moment people are born: blue is for boys and pink for girls.
Therefore, segregation usually starts from the moment that mum starts decorating the nursery as well.
Then, there are girls’ films – boys’ films, girls’ toys – boys’ toys, and the list goes on and on. Society imposes this segregation in more ways than we are willing to admit.
by Laura Saxer
The South African actress and filmmaker Mmabatho Montsho initiated the YouTube series “Women on Sex”. The videos present various voices of South African women discussing female sexuality in a way it has never been done before in this local context.
This past month while exploring the ICT4D, the concept of healing has been coming up very often from people who have engaged in the process of participatory media.
Having been a music producer in the earlier stages of my career and having felt the healing powers of music, I felt compelled to write an article about music as a method of participatory communication and how it has been used to revoke negative female stereotypes.
by Jenn Warren
CHOMA Magazine is your best friend and big sister – inspiring, supporting and motivating you to make informed positive life choices to live healthily and HIV free .
Embracing technology in an effort to reach adolescent and teenage girls, CHOMA Magazine exists exclusively online and on mobile. Meaning hanging in Zulu, CHOMA focusses on young girls and women between the ages of 15 and 25 years, whether they are at school, unemployed or employed, or single, in a relationship, or married.
#ShoutingBack: Using technology to #ShoutBack for gender equality is a wonderful initiative, and I am happy to share one more entry point here with you.
Starting with myself and my own history, as we used to do in the women’s movement of the 70s and 80s where I have my own #ShoutingBack roots, I here share with you my ‘World Radio Day’ address to the Nepali Women Broadcasters last year, 2014. The theme was ‘Promoting Gender Equality within and through Radio’, and my 10-minute talk shares stories of how the good-old technology of radio can be a mind-blowing tool for #ShoutingBack, when taken into the hands of ordinary people.
by Jenn Warren
While research online and mobile gaming for social change for my organisation, Grassroot Soccer, and a potential project we may do in 2016-2017, I came across this innovative game that attempts to encourage female empowerment and independence for adolescent girls ages 8-13.
Games for Change calls Wonder City “a companion to the independent documentary film Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines” by filmmaker Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and aims to provide adolescent girls with a game in which they can become female superheroes and discover their preferred superpower and “style of power” .
by Laura Saxer
This month October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On 13 October 2015, a social media campaign therefore called for a #NoBraDay encouraging women to post Selfies of their naked breasts in the name of breast cancer awareness. Instead of saving lives, such a campaign can rather be criticised for sexualising and trivialising breast cancer. Also, how is such a campaign supposed to be understood by breast cancer patients? Continue reading
by Heather Gwaltney
“Probably in my mid-40s, I began to notice less attention… it’s almost like I’m not there.” – Yolanda Nadal
“Where are the older women in these ads?” – Sheila Malkind
“Women are addressing ageism in a personal way by trying to deny their own aging. They’re viewing aging as an optional thing.” – Donna Wagner
by Taylor Pittman, shared by Eleni Maria Rozali
Women who joined an online movement supporting reproductive rights were greeted with nasty responses.
A is For, a nonprofit organisation devoted to women’s reproductive rights, put a twist on Jimmy Kimmel’s popular “Mean Tweets” series and featured women who have participated in the #ShoutYourAbortion movement. Amelia Bonow and Lindy West, two activists who started the hashtag, were featured in the video as well as comedian Margaret Cho and actress Martha Plimpton, who pointed out she had many tweets to choose from.
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