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Dear friends, 

Thank you for joining me again this week and if you’re a new subscriber – welcome! This week I write to you from Interlaken.🇨🇭

Women & The World is a newsletter powered by Love; love for meaningful connection, love for progress and celebration, and love that sheds light on the beautiful things happening in our world. Combine this love with a Hope to inspire, and that's how my weekly message to you begins.
  
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with love & light,
Jasmine
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Something Informative

We could all use a healthy dose of optimism, so let's see what was good in the world last week.
 

🚀Astronaut Christina Koch landed back on Earth after 328 days in space, the longest space mission by a woman: NASA astronaut Christina Koch made the most of her first trip to the International Space Station by breaking the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman and conducting the first all-female spacewalk with fellow NASA astronaut Jessica Meir. Koch is an electrical engineer from North Carolina, an expert in space science instrument development, and engineering in remote scientific locations including Antarctica and Alaska. Her research during the mission included growing protein crystals for potential use as treatments for Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons. After decades marginalising the women who contributed to its space programmes, Koch reminds us of the great strides NASA has taken to be more inclusive; the 2013 class (of which Koch was part) had a 50:50 gender split. But if NASA and other space agencies wish to consider more frequent and longer stays outside the Earth in future, they will need to know how prolonged space travel affects a diverse range of humans. Women and men are known to adapt to space differently in some ways; though the reasons are not fully understood, Dr Varsha Jain, a space gynaecologist based at Edinburgh university but currently working with NASA says that women, for instance, “are more likely to feel sick when they go into space, while men are more likely to get re-entry sickness when they come back to Earth.” Full Story 


🙅🏽‍♀️The Gambia’s #MeToo year breaks silence on rape: The Gambia is beginning to confront a culture of silence around sexual violence, led by a group of women breaking taboos by revealing the alleged abuse they endured at the hands of some of the country’s once most powerful men. The catalyst for change came in June last year when 23-year-old Toufah Jallow accused former president Yahya Jammeh of rape – a bombshell additional charge to a 22-year reign known for its extrajudicial executions, torture, and disappearances. She was quickly embraced as the figurehead of The Gambia’s #MeToo movement. Young activists created an #IamToufah hashtag and peacefully marched on the streets of the capital, Banjul, calling for an end to the silence on speaking out against rape. “When Toufah Jallow came out, we saw more people share their stories of sexual abuse publicly,” said Sirra Ndow, who set up an online platform supporting survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. “The Toufah movement has given survivors courage.” Full Story


📚These five women are the most accomplished new voices in young adult fiction: Only a decade ago, books for young people mostly featured white protagonists: an annual study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin found that of the 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, only 94 were about black people. But in the years since, to the benefit of all young readers, representation in the literature landscape is beginning to change significantly and in 2018 those numbers nearly quadrupled. Five black women are at the forefront of spearheading changes in representation: Tomi Adeyemi, Akwaeke Emezi, Elizabeth Acevedo, Angie Thomas, and Nic Stone. Adeyemi and her four peers share their influences, their creative process, and the very real impact of representation. Full Story 


⚖️India's first law school for rape survivors helps women take the law in their own hands: Saira wants to become a lawyer so she can put her rapists in jail. “I want to fight my own case and put those monsters behind bars,” says the 31-year-old from West Bengal. She may achieve her objective. In June, after three years of study, Saira will become the first student to graduate from a unique programme that offers survivors of sexual exploitation the chance to enrol in fully funded law courses. “When I become a lawyer, I will seek justice for myself,” she says. The School for Justice (SFJ) programme was founded in April 2017 in Kolkata and is run by NGO Free a Girl India, which fights the sexual exploitation of children, in partnership with local NGO Sanlaap and a law school. Those enrolled get their fees paid, receive stipends and in some cases receive free accommodation in a safe house. Full Story

Something Practical

A few opportunities and projects that caught my eye.

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NGO // Perugia // Event manager at OXFAM - Details 
Fashion // Florence // Product editor at LuisaViaRoma - Details 
NGO // Rome // Management specialist at FAO - Details 
Internet // Ceccano // Social media manager at Kromin - Details 
Finance // Rome // Travel & lifestyle at American Express - Details 
Marketing // Milan // Analyst intern at Interbrand - Details 
Sports // Caldogno // Community at Correre Naturale - Details 
Media // Milan // Branded content supervisor at Freeda - Details 
Fashion // Milan // Copy Editor at Tod’s - Details 
Tourism // Bologna // Connector at The Student Hotel - Details 
Design // Naples // HR specialist at IKEA - Details


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Publishing // London // Junior production assistant at Culture Trip - Details 
Internet // London // Marketing manager at TikTok - Details 
Policy // London // Team coordinator at Future of London - Details 
Publishing // London // Business analyst at The Telegraph - Details 
Media // London // Data analyst at Virgin - Details 
 

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NGO // Geneva // Coordinator at World Economic Forum - Details
 

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Finance // Washington // Research at Thomas Reuters - Details 
NGO // NYC // Event consultant at UN Women - Details
Media // SF // Office manager at Thrive Global - Details 
NGO // Culver // Social media manager at XPrize - Details 
Internet // Seattle // Coordinator at Yelp - Details 
Think Tank // Washington // Editorial assistant at Atlantic Council - Details 
Media // NYC // Community manager at Womanboss - Details 
NGO // Washington // Research at World Justice Program - Details 
Retail // SF // Coordinator at Taylor Stitch - Details 
Think Tank // Washington // Research at Pew Research Center - Details 
Retail // Ventura // Content & community at Patagonia - Details 

 
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NGO // Sydney // Researcher at Human Rights Watch - Details 
NGO // Brisbane // Support officer at WWF - Details 
 

 

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Something Fun

for your eyes, heart, and mind. 

 
💃Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s Superbowl performance: there was *intense* hip work, there was pole-dancing, and there was a whole lot of politics. The performers (both moms over 40!) made some not-so-subtle references to a wide range of issues from child detention centers to Trump’s travel ban on Muslim populations. 

🏳️‍🌈Trans actors challenge outmoded ideas of masculinity. Historically, trans male representation in film and television has remained all but nonexistent; but now, there’s a new group of rising stars.

👠Memorial honours the 440 Turkish women who were murdered in domestic violence by mounting 440 pairs of shoes to the facade of a building on a busy street in Istanbul. 

✊🏾While working for the Seattle Police Department, Melba Mitchell-Ayco wanted a way to give back to the city’s youth and close the gap for underserved communities. She founded Northwest Tap Connection, a dance studio in Seattle dedicated to teaching students about issues of race and social justice, all the while dancing at a high level. 

🛹Afghanistan's all-girl skateboarding school becomes the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary: American filmmaker Carol Dysinger talks about her Academy Award-nominated documentary short about girls learning to skateboard in Kabul.

👩‍⚕️Also in Oscar Awards news: A doctor who ran an underground hospital hopes her academy award will expose atrocities she witnessed during the Syrian civil war.  In “The Cave”, the young doctor and her staff were filmed for more than two years as they treated as many as 5,000 patients a month in a makeshift hospital dug deep into the earth during the Syrian civil war. 

🔫Meet Chandro Tomar, the 84-year-old grandmother who inspires young girls to take up sharpshooting, her favourite sport. 

🌷What one writer learned about beauty by interviewing women who'd been prisoners of the Soviet gulag: “talking to these women, I realized that human beings are capable of great fortitude, and I also realized that there is no situation, no matter how awful, that we cannot survive.” 
 
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Applications are now open for the award-winning Women Deliver Young Leaders Program which connects passionate young advocates with the platforms, people, and resources to amplify their influence on a larger scale. Since its inception, the program has worked with 700 young advocates from 138 countries who are on the front lines of initiatives to advance gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women.

🌤She had her head in the clouds, and made history for it: How Joanne Simpson’s blue-sky thinking helped meteorologists better understand the climate.

🧠Brain food: There is great inspiration and humility in harmonising the rhythm of your decisions to the natural world.  
 

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