Women Deliver Conference 2013 Videos

The decade’s largest conference on women took place in this past week, and the videos of the discussions are online.  The link for the videos is below; are worthwhile, but the 6th video down, entitled “Presidential Session: Ending Violence Against Women” is especially relevant for FEM. The panel includes Gary Barker, from Promundo and MenEngage, as well as Times of India columnist Bachi Karkaria.

To view, click here;

http://new.livestream.com/WomenDeliver/conference2013/videos/20032163

Behind a Healthy Woman, there’s Girls and Men

“Men–and girls– are now being very much encouraged to be part of a global system to helping women have healthy babies, and healthier lives.” As FEM works on including men and boys in the fight for gender equality, a global conference on Women is taking place in Malaysia. Here is one response to the conference, which calls for a higher focus on the engagement of men and girls in gender issues.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/morra-aaronsmele/behind-a-healthy-woman-th_b_3346608.html

Can ‘Women Deliver’ make a difference?

Thousands of women’s rights advocates, policymakers and civil society groups are gathering in Malaysia this week for the third Women Deliver conference. Guests include Melinda Gates; the head of the UN Development Programme, Helen Clark; UNFPA’s executive director Babatunde Osotimehin, and acting head of UN Women Lakshmi Puri. In addition, CHSJ’s Abhijit Das and representatives of MenCare and Promundo are there. Will the international conference make a difference in the local experiences of women and girls? Here is one take on the issue. More to come.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2013/may/28/women-deliver-improve-lives-girls

‘Boy or girl?’ Gender a new challenge for schools

Should young boys and girls have specific gender norms to fulfill? FEM is clear about our beliefs that we need to rewrite traditional roles, and this article gives  thorough analysis of how gender roles are forced from a very young age.  For anyone concerned about making India more gender equitable, this is a thought-provoking piece.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/boy-or-girl–gender-a-new-challenge-for-schools/1122161/0

Mumbai blames sexual violence on…mannequins?

“You can’t blame it on illiteracy or poor policing. Or patriarchal mindsets in India.   It’s the fault of the racy mannequins haunting Mumbai’s lingerie stores, seducing passers-by and turning them into sex offenders. At least that’s what the city’s municipal corporation would have you believe.”

Banning mannequins in the name of sexual violence is disturbingly off-base. FEM consistently argues on addressing the deap-seated notions of patriarchy, and it is hard to see that so may people are only willing to address such surface level aspects of our culture.

http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2013/05/28/mumbai-blames-lingerie-clad-mannequins-for-sex-crimes/

Midwives do more than deliver babies

This article is from a speech by Kate Gilmore at the Women Deliver conference in Malaysia. FEM and MenCare are at the conference, and it is important for FEM members to stay updated on the events there.  As a group of organizations and individuals dedicated to creating a more gender equitable society, we should learn from numerous points of view on the topic. To read the excerpt, click here:

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/midwives-do-more-than-deliver-babies/article4756988.ece