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We could all use a healthy dose of optimism, so let's see what was good in the world last week.
👏Major win for women's rights in Sudan with the criminalisation of female genital mutilation (FGM): Sudan’s new government has outlawed the practice of FGM, a move hailed as a major victory by women’s rights campaigners in a country where the dangerous practice is widespread. The UN estimates that nearly 9 in 10 Sudanese women have been subjected to the most invasive form of the practice, which involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia. (For comparison, globally, it is estimated that some 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM). Now, anyone in Sudan who performs FGM faces a possible three-year prison term and a fine under an amendment to Sudan’s criminal code approved last week. Full Story
🏹Skeletal damage hints some hunter-gatherer women fought in battles: Women’s reputation as nurturing homebodies who left warfare to men in long-ago societies has slowly been disproved over the last decade. Most recently, through bones. Skeletal evidence from hunter-gatherers in what’s now California and from herders in Mongolia suggests that women warriors once existed in those populations. Two research teams had planned to present these findings April 17 at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.The results have been provided to Science News by the scientists. Sexual divisions of labor characterised ancient societies, but were not as rigidly enforced as has often been assumed. Full Story
🔐European Parliament shelters 100 homeless women: A European Parliament building in Brussels is housing 100 homeless women - many of them victims of domestic abuse - who have been severely affected by Belgium's coronavirus lockdown. The Helmut Kohl building, an office block in the city centre, opened its doors to them on Wednesday. Offices have been turned into bedrooms, each for one or two women. They also get meals and medical care there. Charities, governments, and human rights bodies all over the world have stressed that the pandemic has increased domestic abuse cases worldwide. The parliament, based in the Belgian capital, teamed up with Samusocial to run the facility, which is much-needed because social distancing has forced many women's shelters to close. Full Story
A few opportunities and projects that caught my eye.
Travel // SF // Associate counsel at Airbnb - Details Media // DC // Data analyst at Al Jazeera - Details Publishing // SF // Editorial fellow at Business Insider - Details Media // LA // Legal associate at Netflix - Details Higher Ed // Palo Alto // Gender integration at Stanford - Details Music // NYC // Data scientist at Spotify - Details Media // NYC // Visual design at Thrive Global - Details
Media // Rome // Coordinator at Netflix - Details NGO // Rome // Policy consultant at WFP - Details Internet // Milan // Software Engineer at Bending Spoons - Details Internet // Milan // Policy intern at Amazon - Details
Internet // Engineer at Upframe - Contact email@example.com for details! Media // Berlin // Visual comms at Netflix - Details Marketing // Berlin // Comms at HelloFresh - Details NGO // Berlin // Network intern at streetfootballworld - Details Marketing // Berlin // Copywriter at R/GA - Details
Media // London // Business editor at Al Jazeera - Details Internet // London // Marketing manager at Badoo - Details Education // London // Editor at Kaplan - Details NGO // London // Analyst at Friends of Earth - Details Internet // London // Freelance italian moderator at Badoo - Details NGO // London // Copywriter at Wikimedia - Details Internet // London // Strategy at TikTok - Details Publishing // London // Analyst at The Economist - Details
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🎨The NGO Girl Up has put together a wonderful list with free virtual tours of the world's most famous art galleries. My personal favourite is the Johannesburg Art Gallery which offers an array of works from South African female artists. Bon voyage!
🧘♀️So it turns out that not all spreadsheets are tediously long and boring lists! Here's an awesome one I found for you with tons of links to *free* workout classes, subscriptions, and more to keep you moving while isolated. And if any of you have some fun at-home workout selfies send them along and i'll include it in next week's newsletter ;)
🕊Some mental health tips from Arianna Huffington, founder of Thrive Global, a fantastic company focused on ending the stress and burnout epidemic. Oh and in case you missed it I shared some job opportunities *see above* with Thrive, and I'd be happy to refer you if you're interested in working there (I worked there for a year!)
♻️Sustainability in fashion, a conversation between designers with Vogue.
🎬You'll want to jot this down in your calendar: on May 6th Michelle Obama will release "Becoming", a documentary directed by Nadia Hallgren (here's the trailer) that shares the stories of the amazing people she met after the release of her memoir (also a good quarantine read in case that stack of 10+ books you told yourself you'd get through isn't enough.......).
🎭Comedy in times of covid: what's it like to be a comedian with no audience? Here's a fun interview of a comedian who usually has sold-out shows in NYC, Mary Beth, and how she's adapting to isolation. Spoiler alert: she streams live from her bathtub.
🦇Bat you won't regret watching this documentary (pun *totally* intended). Bats are amazing creatures and one young woman spent a year for a fellowship research project to find out how cultural perceptions of bats influence bat conservation. The documentary covers the importance of bats, their threats, and how different culture's beliefs about bats impacts their survival. Watch the video.
🧠Brain food: No existential musings or reflections here for you this week. Instead, i'll leave you with a different flavour in your food for thought: a small hint (below) of the exciting changes soon to come for Women & The World!!
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