To commemorate Women’s History Month this March, Feminist Majority Foundtation is presenting an entire month of special programming with our sister sites, www.FeministCampus.org and www.MsMagazine.com, with speakers, contests, and actions. Feminist leaders and stellar women like LA Sparks Guard Tamecka Dixon, labor and feminist activist Dolores Huerta, and FMF’s own Eleanor Smeal as well as women leaders from Brazil, India, and Uganda will be in our FeministCampus.org chat room to discuss the successes and challenges facing women in different parts of the world.
FMF kicked off our celebration on March 5th with two live chats on global feminist issues. Our first guest was Minnijean Brown-Trickey, a woman who has spent her life fighting for the rights of minority groups and the dispossessed, specializing in the plight of Canada’s native communities. Brown-Trickey was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior in the Clinton administration and is currently working on her autobiography, tentatively entitled, Mixed Blessing: Living Black in North America. In her chat, Brown-Trickey spoke about the importance of working towards peace while spreading the message of non-violence, especially among young people. Our second guest was Mavis Nicholson Leno, the Chair of Feminist Majority Foundation's Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan. Since 1997, Leno has been the United States' most outspoken critic of the Taliban's horrific treatment of women. In the chat, Leno discussed the major challenges still facing Afghan women and pointed out that individuals must still work to put “constant pressure our government to continue its current pledge to help rebuild the infrastructure of Afghanistan and guarantee the ongoing participation of women as equals in that society.”
5/20/2013 Afghan Violence Against Women Law Blocked in Parliament - On Saturday, the Speaker of the Lower House of Afghan Parliament delayed a vote on the Elimination of Violence against Women law after two hours of vociferous debate between conservative religious and more liberal members of Parliament. . . .
5/20/2013 Walmart, American Retailers Refuse to Join Bangladesh Accord - Walmart, along with 13 other major North American companies, refused to sign a legally binding agreement to improve working conditions for overseas factory workers that manufacture their clothes after a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh killing an estimated 1300 workers, the New York Times reports.
The agreement requires retailers pay $500,000 to improve worker safety measures over a five year period. . . .