Women Wednesday #47

Posted on 20 September 2017

NEON MOON'S WOMEN WEDNESDAY

We love how women are changing the world and making an impact to their home countries that we're talking all things awesome and new every Wednesday!

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INDIA

Video volunteers

(Video Volunteers)

In a small village called Walhe, in Pune district, Maharashtra, nine women, including health workers and housewives, have become members of a unique club that are fast becoming the talk of the town. A space that is their very own to discuss and debate the nuances of patriarchy. The club is one of 56 being run across 13 states in India and is part of #KhelBadal, a campaign to dismantle patriarchy being run by Video Volunteers. Rohini Pawar, who for the past seven years has used her video camera to expose unfair practices, runs these clubs. For many of the women, this discussion club is a safe space where they can share their opinions and aspirations. “We make an excursion out of each discussion club. We usually pack lunch and water and go to the field. I don’t want the women to worry about who might hear what,” she says. In the past few months, they have celebrated birthdays with cakes for the first time in their lives; they have danced and sung and talked about things they have never given a second thought to. What an amazing show of sisterhood and solidarity!

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Beauty queen

(Brian Finke / BBC)

"My skin is beautiful," Krystyna Farley says. "So I don't wear any makeup, just lipstick - that's all." Krystyna, who will soon turn 92, has spent the last year as the incumbent Ms Connecticut Senior America. "People think that if you're over 60 you're finished - it's not true," "You're showing people you are still alive and you still can do it - you can dance, you can sew, you can paint, you can do anything you want." Krystyna embraced beauty pageants late in life, entering the Ms Connecticut Senior America competition for the first time at the age of 70. That time she was second runner-up. At her next attempt, a few years later, she was first runner-up. At her third attempt, in 2016, she was crowned queen. She handed on her Ms Senior Connecticut crown to 2017's queen back in May and, with her 92nd birthday approaching on 19 August, she says now may be the time to hang up her tiara for good. But with nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a fifth on the way, she still has plenty to keep her busy. "Right now I'm dressed, I have earrings on - I'm always ready for something to happen," Krystyna says. "Sure, nothing is happening, but I'm always ready." Always be ready for your next thing Neon Moon friends!

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Archaeologist

(Trowelblazers)

Shahina Farid’s first exposure to archaeology was a school visit to the Tutankhamun exhibition at the British Museum, and by age 15 she had already decided she was going to be an archaeologist and then spent time volunteering on local excavations. She studied archaeology at the University of Liverpool and spent several years as a professional in commercial archaeology in London and on projects across the globe. Many would agree that she is the best field archaeologist in the business. Shahina was invited to join the famous Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in central Turkey project as field director in the 1990s, where she worked for almost 20 years. Her expertise has been a driving force behind the iconic excavation and her impact on the wider discipline cannot be overstated. Her work in constructing the Çatalhöyük stratigraphic sequence is the cornerstone of countless archaeological and scientific studies, and without her input, the famous Hodder “reflexive methodology” would only be a theory. Managing the communication and interaction of an international team of over 200 researchers and students is no mean feat, and despite her firm, no nonsense attitude to work in the field, Shahina has also been a mentor to a generation of archaeologists who have worked at the site, and an inspiration to all. She left Çatalhöyük in 2012, but will always be thought of as the Lady of the Höyük.

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