WOMEN’S RIGHTS DAY: SOME IMPORTANT INITIATIVES

WOMEN’S RIGHTS DAY: SOME IMPORTANT INITIATIVES

Hello friends, I hope you are doing well. Let’s extend International Women’s Day with a small selection of initiatives that I find important. But before that, let’s make it clear again, March 8 is not Women’s Day, but that of our rights. The purpose of March 8is not that we have promotions on make-up, lingerie or household appliances, but that we can take stock of where we are in the fight for fairness and equal rights. Quite simply because everywhere on the planet, in 2022, we are not there yet, and as one would say: the fight continues. It’s a day to gather, discuss, reflect and see how to move forward even more together in the face of a lack of visibility, credibility and respect, not a day to receive the roses.

1. AXELLE JAH NJIKE

Victim of sexual and educational violence in her childhood,Axelle Jah Njikerecounts her resilience and the paths that led her to become a voice that counts among black feminist women. It’s a book that marks, that upsets, that proves that the experience of a single woman can resonate with many women. She also has a podcast: Me MySex and I (two Fridays a month). By listening to this podcast, we enter the lives of black women through a very small door that we usually rarely open:intimacy.

2. I BELIEVE YOU

JE TE CROIS est un podcast en plusieurs épisodes dans lesquels une femme RACHIDA raconte les mécanismes de l’emprise, de la violence conjugale et de comment elle a réussi à s’en sortir pour aider d’autres femmes victimes. I find that the podcast is very well done, because it covers various aspects with qualified speakers… in short, Rachida will take us to meet those who believed her precisely, those who held out a hand to her, those whom she also had to confront. . This is a podcast that I really recommend you listen to.

3. I MAY DESTROY YOU

This mini-series is not just entertainment, it is a documentary that addresses sexual violence in the different forms it can take. She also talks about the importance of sorority and the weight of intergenerational trauma… The series seems necessary, as it shows in an uninhibited way the daily life of racialized individuals, and the reality of the psychological violence experienced by victims of sexual assault.

4. BLUES AND BLACK FEMINISM (ANGELA DAVIS)

Blues et féminisme noir explore l’œuvre de deux blueswomen quelque peu oubliées : Gertrude “Ma” Rainey (1886-1939) et Bessie Smith (1894-1937). The first embodies the traditional blues, the second, the classic blues. Devalued by blues and jazz specialists who are generally white men, the work of these singers carries a specific message: it affirms the place and demands for autonomy of black American women. By analyzing and contextualizing the lyrics of their songs, Angela Davis highlights the beginnings of black feminism and the harbingers of the great emancipatory struggles to come. It shows that Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith were the first rock stars in the history of music: they were black, bisexual, party girls, independent and brawlers…

5. THE FEMINIST REVOLUTION NEWSLETTER (THE GLORIOUS)

Les Glorieuses est une newsletter féministe créée en 2015 qui fait la promotion de l’égalité totale entre hommes et femmes : chaque semaine, les Glorieuses aborde différentes thématiques telles que les discriminations de genre, le post-féminisme, les inégalités salariales, la littérature, la culture ou la sexualité. But Les Glorieuses also forms a community of 300 members who regularly organize meetings and events around the feminist struggle.

6. TCHIKA MAG

Tchika mag is the first magazine for girls aged 7 to 12. The magazine covers themes such as science, ecology, animals, evolving professions. Tchika also presents portraits of important and influential people. A fun and exciting magazine for young girls who want to learn while having fun.

And you ?
What have been your favorites or recent discoveries?

8 DOCUMENTARIES ON THE ISSUES AND THE NEED FOR FEMINISM

8 DOCUMENTARIES ON THE ISSUES AND THE NEED FOR FEMINISM

Hello friends, I hope you are doing well. On this day of March 8, symbolizing International Women’s Rights Day highlighting the fight for women’s rights, I invite you to watch these 8 documentaries (to see on Netflix) to fully understand the issues and the need for feminism for a fairer society. March 8 is International Women’s Rights Day: an opportunity to become aware of sexism, to listen to our demands, to take stock of the fight.

1. THE RULES OF OUR FREEDOM

“Period, End of Sentence”shines by its subject, elegantly defended: the taboo of menstruation in India… We do not cry over his fate and we make sure to change his condition by taking concrete decisions. These women who decide to manufacture sanitary napkins to preserve their dignity, it is noble. Because yes, it’s a huge taboo in India as the documentary explains and showing everyone (even men) being genuinely embarrassed by the question was necessary. We are shown women who are too busy investing themselves to complain, no way to complain. It’s nice to see. I also like this camaraderie between them, this close-knit group exudes something deeply human.

2. CITY OF JOY: A CENTER SPONSORED BY UNICEF

Since 1996, the Congo has been torn apart by war. The very significant mining resources in the east of the country have led armed militias to fight a bloody battle, causing atrocities against the surrounding civilian populations. The militias use rape as a weapon, with the aim of terrorizing people, and most of the victims are women. While the scale of this disaster is difficult to quantify, a study published in the American Journal of Public Health estimates that 48 women are raped every hour in Congo.
This heartbreaking film focuses on a center, created in 2011 in eastern Congo, intended to help women victims of sexual violence during the mining conflicts that rage in the region. Created by Doctor Denis Mukwege (Nobel Peace Prize 2018), Christine Schuler Deschryver (women’s rights activist) and Eve Ensler (author of the “Vagina Monologues”), the refuge baptized “City of Joy” operates like a boarding school. The women stay there for six months and devote themselves entirely to their reconstruction.

3. TESTIMONY: WHEN RAPE BECOMES A WEAPON OF WAR

This short film tells the story of Congo’s biggest rape trialwhere soldiers were accused of extreme violence against their own people.
The documentary gives voice to many women, whose strong and powerful testimonies are all the more terrible as some of them tell them without hatred or anger, almost like a story that does not matter despite the words. horrible things that pass their lips.

4. I AM JANE DOE

This intense documentary follows the real cases of young American women who have fallen into child prostitution after being tricked by the classifieds of a newspaper. They are drugged and forced into prostitution… The fight of several mothers to condemn the leaders of the websites that offer sexual services to minors.

5. AUDRIE & DAISY: HOW TOXIC MASCULINITY AND RAPE CULTURE SUPPORTS SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Two high school girls, in different cities, were sexually assaultedby boys they considered friends. This online harassment leads girls to attempt suicide. One of them dies tragically. This aggression, in the age of social media, is explored through the perspective of the girls and boys involved and through communities torn apart.

6. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY

They marked history and upset the codes. But their fight is far from over. This documentary paints a portrait of the scandalous women who were at the origin of the feminist movement in the 1960s. The film sweeps perfectly and with great passion all the issues taken up by these courageous women, who defied the mockery, norms and stereotypes incumbent on their sex.

7. BRAVE MISS WORLD

Israeli beauty queen Linor Abargil was abducted and raped in Milan, Italy, two months before she was crowned Miss World in 1998. Ten years later, she is ready to talk about it and encourage others to speak up. Now a globetrotting victim advocate, Linor encourages others to stand up against sexual violence by ending their silence. She travels to talk with teenagers in South Africa, where girls are statistically more likely to be raped than educated. For victims of sexual assault, the journey to wholeness never ends; Always, Linor Abargil, the BRAVE MISS WORLD, continues her unwavering efforts to keep nightmares at bay.

8. THE MASK YOU LIVE IN

A documentary that helps to understand the notion of toxic masculinity and why it is important to review the way boys are brought up.
How do you become yourself as a man in a country like the United States where the cult of warrior or stoic masculinityis relentlessly imposed from an early age? How can you then be able to manage your emotions when you are not supposed to have them? The documentary gives voice to adolescents, psychologists and sociologists. He details, sometimes with humor, the consequences of this education which demeans girls and locks boys behind a heavy mask to wear: lack of self-confidence, addiction to pornography, video games, suicides and homicides. Another way of understanding American civilization.

Tell me in the comments, which feminist documentaries do you watch and recommend? I can’t wait to read your recommendations …