Women Wednesday #8
Posted on 19 December 2016
(Vince Talotta / Toronto Star)
Pink ladoos (a baked sweet) are being handed out at Canadian hospitals to celebrate the birth of girls and the tackle gender prejudice that exists in South Asian communities. Traditionally, yellow ladoos are used to celebrate the birth of a boy, whilst the birth of a girl is overlooked.The Pink Ladoo project is “a way to counter rituals associated with male-preference culture,” according to Harbir Singh the director of the Canadian campaign. It was only after the birth of her second daughter that she realised how prevalent the gender bias is, “Oftentimes, instead of a “congratulations,” I received an ‘It’s-OK-maybe-next-time.’" Congratulations on your healthy daughters Harbir and your tasty campaign!
Sixteen female filmmakers, wearing sausage costumes, stormed the red carpet at one of Australia's most prestigious screen awards, protesting the lack of female nominees this year. Only 2 of the 28 pre-selected films were directed by women, leading to the organisation WIFT to create the Charter for Gender Equity at the AACTAs, to ensure fairer assessment and representation of female created and driven content. The sausage costumes were a tribute to the Australian Academy of Cinema and Arts Awards being a “sausage party” and they called for gender equality on and off screen. When the demand “sausage rolls” was given, all the protesters dropped to the floor and rolled around the red carpet, further disturbing the live broadcasting of the event. We too believe in sausage rolls over gender roles!
(Faisal Al Nasser / Reuters)
Over 14,000 women in Saudi Arabia signed a petition challenging the country’s strict male guardianship system. The law requires women to have consent from a man to travel, work or study. A leader of the campaign Aziza Al-Yousef, who was stopped by police in 2013 for breaking the country's ban on women driving, was asked if she was concerned about the negative consequences of her campaign. She said; "I'm not worried, I'm not doing anything wrong." It was hand delivered and filed on the 26th September, by two of the activists running the campaign but there is yet to be an official response. Keep fighting ladies. #IAmMyOwnGuardian
Have a positive week,