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A Day Without Women: Strikes In Mexico Follow Huge Rallies

The wildcat strike, dubbed “a day without us,” is intended to show what life would be like if women vanished from society. It followed a series of massive protests on Sunday to mark International Women’s Day. In the northern Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez, on the border with the United States, factories stood unusually quiet as many women stayed home.

Think Women’s March Wasn’t Radical Enough? Do Something About It

By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor for The Guardian - It might not have been as black, brown or working class as many might have liked. But criticizing it from the sidelines doesn’t help anyone. The United States has just experienced a corporate hijacking. If Trump’s inaugural speech did not alert you to the fact that they intend to come after all of us, then you are not paying attention. The scale of the attack is as deep as it is wide, and this means that we will need a mass movement to confront it. To organize such a movement necessarily means that it will involve the previously uninitiated – those who are new to activism and organizing. We have to welcome those people and stop the arrogant and moralistic chastising...

Black Women’s Resistance To The Legacy Of The Arab Slave Trade

Blackness and the Islamic Empire slave trade For the past fourteen centuries Arab, Turkish, Persian and some African nations and empires have conducted the Arab slave trade, also known as the “Islamic Empire slave trade” or “Eastern slave trade.” This slave trade was practiced primarily in North Africa, the Horn of Africa and in what is today known as the Middle East, as well as in southern Europe. People were captured from the interior of Africa and then sold in slave markets in the Middle East, North Africa and the Horn of Africa. Even though what the true numbers, a conservative estimate from some historians say that from the 8th century till present day, around 20 million people were taken from southern and central Africa and through the Red Sea, Indian Ocean and the Sahara desert. Black refugee women face further issues in Egyptian society. Single women and Black refugee mothers find it difficult to find housing because Egyptian landlords only want to rent to two-parent households. Furthermore, the common job for refugee in the informal economy is as a domestic workers, in which they often are subjected to psychological, physical and sexual abuse from their employers.

Half Of Humanity’s Voice Was Not Heard At NATO: Women

An Afghan women’s rights campaigner has flown 4,500 miles from her home in Kabul to protest at the lack of female delegates at the Nato summit in Wales. Samira Hamidi held a ‘Talk to me - not about me’ sign outside Celtic Manor to draw attention to the fact that despite Nato commitments to discuss the potential plight of women when allied troops move out of Afghanistan, there is not a single female representative in either the British or Afghan delegations at the discussion. Hamidi’s protest, representing the Afghan Women’s Network and a coalition of NGOs involving Amnesty International and Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) called ‘No Women, No Peace’, also serves to highlight the fact that of all the international peace agreements signed in the last 30 years, just one in 40 of the signatories have been women.

Amazon Women: On the Front Lines of Grassroots Climate Leadership

Women have organized and battled for centuries to win basic rights, to be treated with respect and equality. Meanwhile, patriarchal institutions driven by the thirst for power, accumulation, and economic growth have fought hard to maintain their seat at the top of the social and political hierarchy. Indeed, our current political and economic institutions are overwhelmingly led by men. Women are also uniquely capable of shifting the way the world operates in fundamental ways. Indeed, women activists and leaders have been at the core of the environmental movement since it's inception. From Rachel Carson to Vandana Shiva, from suffrage to climate talks, women have pushed the boundaries of what is possible, and what is just, in our society. Cindy Rosenthal, in her book When Women Lead, suggests that women use strategies that have an "integrative style: sharing power and empowering others, being noncompetitive and inclusive, seeking consensus and mutuality in relationships, and inviting participation rather than imposing dominance." Women in positions of leadership have also been shown to be more concerned with environmental risk, and less willing to impose those risks on others.
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