The number of femicides - gender-related murders - in Brazil has reached civil war-like proportions. In just 10 years 40,000 women were killed in this country merely for being women.
Every year, between Nov. 25 and Dec. 10, the international community and women’s rights groups organise 16 days of activism against gender violence.
The idea originated with the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership, which in 1991 urged that the interval between Nov. 25 - International Day Against Violence Against Women - and Dec. 10 - International Human Rights Day - be dedicated to this issue.
In Brazil this year the activities have taken on special importance because on Dec. 3-4 a meeting will be held in the southern city of Porto Alegre to draft the civil society shadow report to be presented to the committee on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), when it meets in February in Geneva.
Ukrainian riot police on Monday took up position near Kiev’s city hall, which is occupied by pro-Europe protesters demonstrating against a government U-turn in trade policy towards Russia, Reuters eyewitnesses said.
About 200 police, wearing black helmets and carrying shields, poured out of three buses at a cross-roads in central Kiev and took up position about 50 metres from the building, but made no move towards it.
What we didn’t have was sex education. None. What the school called sex-ed was lumped into our religion class, and that’s where all the thinking stopped. The biblically-rooted curriculum left sexually active kids completely on their own, especially the girls. Girls who so much as kissed multiple guys were labeled as “skanks” and ridiculed as relentlessly as they were pursued. Forget putting condoms on bananas, condoms were never even mentioned. Neither was the pill. Or sex, really. We covered the act of sexual intercourse by watching a video in class that included footage from an abortion. Did you read that right? We watched an abortion. In class.
We covered sexuality by reading about Sodom and Gomorrah — sorry straights! You weren’t even mentioned! We wrote five-paragraph essays detailing our thoughts on homosexuality. I found that essay on a floppy disc years later. In it, I wrote that since I was not gay, I didn’t know whether or not it was a choice and therefore couldn’t pass judgment on whether it was wrong. Of course, I was massively gay and didn’t realize it, and honestly: how could I have? To my knowledge, I had never met a gay person. All the effeminate men I knew were priests.
This feeling that I couldn”t be a leader at the school didn’t come out of nowhere. A faith that doesn’t include women in its leadership positions is sending a very strong message to young women. stay off the altar, whatever the altar might be. There is a part of mass where the priest stands in for Jesus, and blesses the stale communion wafers for the congregation. This is why the church says women can’t be priests; we can’t even for a moment; stand in for a dude.
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Eight Web giants have joined hands to start a public campaign for new limits on how governments collect user information amid concerns of growing online surveillance.
The companies — Google Inc, Microsoft Corp, Apple Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter, LinkedIn Corp, Yahoo Inc and AOL Inc — issued an open letter to President Barack Obama and Congress to bring in reforms and restrictions on surveillance activities.
Documents leaked by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the National Security Agency had penetrated and perhaps targeted some of the companies, prompting Microsoft, Google and Yahoo to increase the amount of encryption.
The letter said the companies understood that governments need to protect their citizens’ safety and security, but they believed the current laws and practices need to be reformed.
The ‘Reform Government Surveillance’ campaign details five major concerns including limiting governments’ authority to collect users’ information, transparency about government demands and avoiding conflicts among governments.
It’s Grace Hopper’s 107th birthday, more on that here. And the real Borg collective, aka the Anita Borg Institute has been working to get more schools to teach computer science (most do not,) with the “Hour of Code” challenge in Grace Hopper’s name.
More at the Anita Borg Institute
Have you done your Hour of Code yet?
Join millions of others at: code.org.
Cast in order of appearance:
Leigha Benford (CS student)
Tanya Parker (CS student)
Angela Bassett (Actress)
Kenna (Recording Artist)
Dwight Howard (NBA player)
Gregory Shelby (Barista)
Nas (Recording artist)
Warren Sapp (NFL Hall-of-famer)
Thomas Suarez (CS student)
Sarah Michelle Gellar (Actress)
Shakira (Recording artist)
Ashton Kutcher (Actor)
Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
JR Hildebrand (Indy race car driver)
Janice Mak’s computer class of 3rd and 4th graders
Asher Bradshaw (skateboard prodigy)
John Pistone (retired Navy)
Raquel Allegra (fashion designer)
Tricia Donegan (Yoga instructor)
Bren Cohee (Surfer)
Bill Gates (Microsoft founder, technologist, and philanthropist)
President Barack Obama
Sarah Serrano (retired Army)
Dr. Banafsheh Bayati (Doctor)
Mike Hopkins (NASA Astronaut)
Rick Mastracchio (NASA Astronaut)
Susan Wojcicki (SVP at Google)
Yassi and Lili (Students)
Hadi Partovi (Code.org Founder & CEO)
Elizabeth Billings (Student)
James Gwertzman (Code.org Chief Evangelist)
Student in Colombia (Fundacion Pies Descalvos)
Lilia Luciano (Journalist)
4-year-old Sofia (Student)
70-year-old Firooz (Retired professor)
Juri Wang (Video game developer)
Student in Kenya
Carly Rae Jepsen (Recording artist)
Kamya Parekh (Student)
Ali Partovi with family (Code.org co-founder)
Steve Jobs (appearing with permission of his estate)
Erica Khosrowshahi (Student)
The Clisham family (Students)
Mark Zuckerburg (Facebook founder, technologist)
Monique Coleman (Actress)
Chris Bosh (NBA player)
Governor Jeb Bush
Senator Cory Booker
(“selfie” videos from students doing the Hour of Code from around the world)
Macklemore (Ben Haggerty), voice-only (Recording artist)
Directed and produced by:
Nicole Ehrlich and James Gwertzman
Hadi and Ali Partovi
Special thanks to:
Everyone who helped this video happen, including the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the NASA press office, Lauren Selig, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Factory Films, Casey Wasserman & Wasserman Media Group, the Steve Jobs estate and Emerson collective, Magnolia Films, Code.org’s generous donors, and all of our supporters around the world who contributed “selfie” videos.
Every “student” in the film wrote at least one line of code. Anybody can learn. code.org
“Worlds change real fast, don’t it?” her mother says.
In the short span of Dasani’s life, her city has been reborn. The skyline soars with luxury towers, beacons of a new gilded age. More than 200 miles of fresh bike lanes connect commuters to high-tech jobs, passing through upgraded parks and avant-garde projects like the High Line and Jane’s Carousel. Posh retail has spread from its Manhattan roots to the city’s other boroughs. These are the crown jewels of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s long reign, which began just seven months after Dasani was born.
In the shadows of this renewal, it is Dasani’s population who have been left behind. The ranks of the poor have risen, with almost half of New Yorkers living near or below the poverty line. Their traditional anchors — affordable housing and jobs that pay a living wage — have weakened as the city reorders itself around the whims of the wealthy.
Long before Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio rose to power by denouncing the city’s inequality, children like Dasani were being pushed further into the margins, and not just in New York. Cities across the nation have become flash points of polarization, as one population has bounced back from the recession while another continues to struggle. One in 5 American children is now living in poverty, giving the United States the highest child poverty rate of any developed nation except for Romania.
This bodes poorly for the future. Decades of research have shown the staggering societal costs of children in poverty. They grow up with less education and lower earning power. They are more likely to have drug addiction, psychological trauma and disease, or wind up in prison.
The uncontested star of coastal tide pools is disappearing from large areas along the Pacific coast, including Monterey, where the marine invertebrates have been withering and dying by the thousands.
Nobody knows what is causing the die-off, but the killer - most likely some kind of virus, bacteria or pollutant - is widespread and extremely virulent. It has ravaged a variety of different starfish species in tide pools and in deeper water along the coast from Mexico to Alaska.
Pete Raimondi, a marine biologist and lead researcher of a team of scientists, laboratory technicians and geneticists, said he has seen 90 percent of the sea stars, as the multi-armed predators are also known, die within in an infected area in just two weeks.
“Where it has hit, it has been pretty lethal,” said Raimondi, a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz. “This is going on up and down the coast. … It’s going to change what’s out there pretty fundamentally.”
(CNN) — A South Carolina sheriff is refusing to lower the American flag in tribute to Nelson Mandela, saying the honor should be reserved for American citizens.
President Barack Obama ordered flags lowered to half-staff for the international icon until sunset Monday.
But Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark says not in his department.
+Scientists are focused on epigenetics and the inheritance of sperm. Stress, trauma, toxic exposure, compromised nutrition and more all affect sperm and all can manifest themselves as INHERITABLE TRAITS. Even emotional distress experienced by men is expressed as an inheritable characteristic in his offspring.
+According to a multi-generational study of more than 1,000,000 people in Sweden, the children of men who are older than 50 are more than twice as likely to be autistic.After the man is 55 the likelihood of autism increases to 4.4 times. In a 2006 Michael Gantz, of the Harvard School of Public Health and author of the book Understanding Autism: From Basic Neuroscience to Treatment (CRC Press, 2006) estimated that “$35 billion annual societal cost for caring for and treating people with autism likely underestimates the true costs.”
+They also have a greater propensity to suffer from inherited bi-polar disorder and to be schizophrenic. A 2002 study, The Economic Burden of Schizophrenia in the United States, estimated the costs of this debilitating illness to be “$62.7 billion, with $22.7 billion excess direct health care cost ($7.0 billion outpatient, $5.0 billion drugs, $2.8 billion inpatient, $8.0 billion long-term care).”
+It’s also not just that there is an increased risk of illnesses like bi-polar disorders, critical genetically-borne abnormalities, autism and schizophrenia. Pregnancies resulting from sperm of men older than 35 are significantly more likely to result in spontaneous termination of pregnancies. The Wall Street Journal, in a move sure to scare the lights out of its core readership, reported that the rate of miscarriage more than doubled for men over 30 and increased by 75% for men over 40. A longitudinal study of nearly14,000 women “found that the risk of miscarriage to expectant mothers was 60 per cent higher when the father was aged 40 or over compared to when he was 25-29 years old.”
And so….we are electing people inclined to penalize women for the outcomes of their pregnancies. An entire political party has a state-by-state “personhood for fetuses” agenda.
READ THE WHOLE THING
and many other links in Soraya Chemaly’s blog post.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Monday she will dissolve the lower house of Parliament and call elections in an attempt to calm the country’s deepening political crisis.
Yingluck’s announcement came as thousands of anti-government protesters began marching through Bangkok in a “final showdown” against her government.
“After listening to opinions from all sides, I have decided to request a royal decree to dissolve Parliament,” Yingluck said in a televised statement. “There will be new elections according to the democratic system.”