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In Haifa Al Mansour’s landmark film ‘Wadjda’, Ten-year-old Waad Mohammad plays a girl who is also testing the boundaries of a woman’s place in a highly conservative society where her love for Western music and fashions land her in trouble.
The female director of Saudi Arabia’s first feature film, showing at the Venice film festival, has explained how she beat the odds to produce the heartwarming tale of a girl’s quest to own a bicycle.
For all the implicit criticism of the state of women’s rights in Saudi in the film, Haifa said things are gradually changing and having a Saudi prince on board showed that officialdom was supportive of this shift.
Haifa continued: “I think women need to stick together in places like this and fight together and empower each other.”
HACE just turned 30 and has impacted approximately 30,000 lives nationally. The non-profit organization is dedicated to the advancement of Latino professionals in the workplace, and is also a source for expertise and insight for corporations. In the last three years, the Chicago chapter has placed a special focus on women through its Mujeres de HACE program. Through this program, more than 200 women have taken their professional and personal lives to the next level, and this month, the first program in Houston will launch.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – State lawmakers, hospital system administrators and dozens of women urged Texas officials Tuesday not to sever funding to Planned Parenthood under a law barring state support for clinics affiliated with abortion providers.
State Rep. Donna Howard, an Austin Democrat, noted that abortion was a moot point since Women’s Health Program rules exclude women who are pregnant.
“None of the women’s health providers actually conduct abortions. That is not an issue here,” she told the hearing, “and I am concerned about the Legislature and leadership in this state actually holding women’s health care hostage to some political agenda.”
“We’re basically destroying the infrastructure that we have built up across the state to provide family planning services to women,” Randall Ellis of Legacy Community Health Services said.
“I’m poor, but I’m not stupid,” said Alexis Lohse, a college student at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth who relies on Planned Parenthood for birth control and wellness exams. “This proposal is about one thing: politics.”
The implementation of the ban on Nepali young women working as domestic helpers in Kuwait has been postponed, according to an envoy yesterday.
The objective is clear, and it is very beneficial to women since some women under 30 are still vulnerable when it comes to decision making,” he explained. “Since they are young, they decide abruptly without thinking for a second time; if they don’t want to work, they won’t work and cooperate, we cannot do anything about it. That is why we do not want our young women to work as domestic help. I do not say that every young woman is like this, but the truth is that we are subjected to the challenges and probably mistreatment, since young women are vulnerable, indeed, and cannot decide clearly,” added Paudel.
‘First Female Kiowa Leader Emerges’ – Native Times
This past month an Oklahoma Indian tribe made history in more ways than one.
While Kiowa women have always been integral to the workings of the tribe in political, cultural, and social spectrums (regardless of their at times absence from some historical and contemporary records), 37 year old Ah-Keen-Geah-Ah-Lay (Charging After the Enemy) was recently sworn in as the tribe’s first female leader. Her legal name is Amber Toppah and she is the great-great-great granddaughter of Chief Satanta (White Bear). Ah-Keen-Geah-Ah-Lay is the daughter of Carol Bearbow Toppah (Kiowa/Cheyenne) and the late Byron Toppah (Kiowa). She is one of a growing number of younger Kiowas to be obtaining higher education degrees and choosing to work within the at times difficult field of tribal governance.
How long Amber Toppah will remain in this position is uncertain. Her time is her present to the tribe. Her presence is the impact on emerging young Indian women, as well as those of a more advanced age who have waited for this day to come.
Australia’s best known radio DJ has launched a ferocious attack on female politicians, including the prime minister, Julia Gillard, reigniting the debate on sexism in the country’s politics.
Alan Jones, a former Wallabies rugby coach and conservative prime ministerial speechwriter, criticized a $A320m (£207m) government initiative to improve female participation, accusing women in power of “destroying the joint”.
Jones’s comments came days after a veteran conservative political lobbyist, Grahame Morris, called one of ABC TV’s best-known female interviewers, Leigh Sales, a “cow”.
The incidents have sparked outrage in Australia. A Facebook petition calling for an advertising boycott against Jones has gained thousands of signatures while a Twitter campaign with the hashtag #destroythejoint has been trending.