On Sunday, Port Authority police detectives pulled International Monetary Fund (IMF) head Dominique Strauss-Kahn off of an Air France flight in John F. Kennedy International Airport departing for Paris and arrested him for allegedly sexually assaulting a New York hotel housekeeping employee, attempted rape, and unlawful imprisonment. He was then taken into the Manhattan police Special Victims Unit for questioning and a forensic exam.
The woman, a 32-year-old African immigrant, stated that Strauss-Kahn attacked her after pulling her into his $3,000 per night hotel room. The woman stated she eventually was able to escape and was treated for minor injuries at Roosevelt Hospital. IMF Director of External Relations Caroline Atkinson issued the following statement: "IMF Managing Director Strauss-Kahn was arrested in New York City. Mr. Strauss-Kahn has retained legal counsel, and the IMF has no comment on the case; all inquiries will be referred to his personal lawyer and to the local authorities."
In 2008, Strauss-Kahn admitted to having inappropriate relations with a woman employee at IMF, although the IMF executive board stated at the time that "there was no harassment, favoritism or any other abuse of authority by the managing director." Prior to becoming managing director of IMF in 2007, Strauss-Kahn served as a former French finance minister, national legislator, and economics professor. He has been leading in the polls in France not only as the Socialist Party presidential candidate but also against incumbent President Sarkozy.
Media Resources: Associated Press 5/16/11; International Monetary Fund Statement 5/15/11; New York Times 5/15/11; NPR 5/15/11
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .