Harvey Weinstein’s conviction is a step in the right direction, but it took powerful, well-resourced women to take down Mr. Weinstein. In order to end the epidemic of sexual violence, we need to invest in research and to support all survivors by creating evidence-based programs to help them to lead full, healthy lives.
With her new book, “Welcome to Wherever We Are: A Memoir of Family, Caregiving and Redemption,” sociologist Deborah J. Cohan explores the complexities of caring for an aging parent with a history of abusive behavior.
Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was sentenced on Wednesday to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault. the two primary accusers in the case, were present in the New York courtroom. As the two primary accusers in the case exited the room, attendees in the audience applauded them. This celebratory atmosphere extended beyond the courtroom to the online sphere.
The Taliban and the U.S. agreed on a “reduction of violence,” for seven days. The reduction in violence for the seven day period was to reduce violence by 80 percent. The Taliban has instead ramped up their attacks on the Afghan civilians and the Afghan government.
“Now, in the corner of this all, here I am as an olive-skinned, middle-aged activist in diaspora trying to inspire the transnational feminism to have more solidarity and to prevent together women from being turned and wrapped in the storming winds of violence, autocracy and militarism—in the Eastern and the Western states.”
From Mexico to Pakistan, women and feminists around the globe staged protests and demonstrations to call attention to issues affecting women, like equal pay, gender-based violence, femicide, inaction by governments or—more often than not—some combination. Here is a roundup of some of the demonstrations for women, by women throughout the world.
Watch this short documentary about the women’s movement in Iran, directed by Jeff Kaufman.
Mexico’s Congress approved an increase in prison sentences for gender-based killings and sexual abuse of minors. While the bill is a welcome step to curb the rising tide of gender-based killings in Mexico and Latin America, governments must do more to fulfill their obligations under international law.
“It was clear that we were meant to perform a part, a role that was somewhere between the consummate hostess and the pert niece. All I could do was smile and gently deflect from offensive, sexist or cruel comments—then hate myself for smiling when what I wanted most was to scream.”
Certainly the Weinstein conviction shows progress. And yet, we can’t call it justice, when the harm of the assault can never be undone, when the criminal justice system adds further harm, and when so many cases aren’t even taken seriously enough to be fully investigated.