International Women’s Day – Free Soni Sori! – (also some cool links from my newsfeed)
Soni Sori’s court date keeps getting postponed. It is now scheduled for March 13th. It’s more critical than ever before to keep up the media and public pressure to release her and Lingaram Kodopi.
For more information, visit Free Soni Sori and Lingaram Kodopi.
For International Women’s Day, Amnesty International has released the following video and has called for the unconditional release of Soni Sori.
Here’s a video montage of the global solidarity for Soni Sori via her powerful letters.
Worth Watching (and sharing).
And finally, I just had to share some wonderful Women’s Day links that popped up on my newsfeeds! Enjoy!
Feminism is not an organization that one formally joins, and it can never be the isolated achievement of individual women. To be a feminist is to feel part of the history that has produced us; it is to insert oneself into two centuries of thick, textured narratives of struggles and celebrations that transcend national boundaries; to hear the strains of songs of anger and sorrow and militancy in many tongues; to remember our heroines, our foremothers; and above all, to feel an enormous sense of continuing responsibility.
To see like a feminist is not to stabilize, it is to destabilize.
You see, like most women, I was born with the chromosome abnormality known as “XX,” a deviation of the normative “XY” pattern. Symptoms of XX, which affects slightly more than half of the American population, include breasts, ovaries, a uterus, a menstrual cycle, and the potential to bear and nurse children. Now, many would argue even today that the lack of a Y chromosome should not affect my ability to make informed choices about what health care options and lunchtime cat videos are right for me. But others have posited, with increasing volume and intensity, that XX is a disability, even a roadblock on the evolutionary highway. This debate has reached critical mass, and leaves me uncertain of my legal and moral status. Am I a person? An object? A ward of the state? A “prostitute”? (And if I’m the last of these, where do I drop off my W-2?)
International Women’s Day began as a day of rebellion and outlandish demands – Equal pay! Votes for women! Reproductive rights! – but 101 years later, judging by the invitations in my email inbox, it seems to be more about jazzy corporate lunches, poetry competitions and praising our valued sponsors. At the UN, in a session on body image and the media, delegates (who are meeting this week) applauded politely as a promotional anti-airbrushing video by Dove cosmetics was shown. Cabinet Minister Lynne Featherstone gave a speech in which she condemned the “distorted image of beauty” offered by cosmetics advertisers, and lauded the efforts Dove has apparently made to change this while selling body lotion at £7.49 a tube.
The British delegates present failed entirely to mention that Featherstone is part of a government responsible for putting more women out of work than at any point since records began. Lynne Featherstone and Dove cosmetics claim to be on the side of “real” women, but one suspects that the single mothers whose benefits are about to be cut and the domestic violence victims whose refuges are being closed may not find that prospect terribly comforting.
Julia Gillard’s rise marks the triumph of machine politics over feminism
In 1963, a senior Australian government official, A R Taysom, deliberated on the wisdom of deploying women as trade representatives. “Such an appointee would not stay young and attractive for ever [because a] spinster lady can, and very often does, turn into something of a battleaxe with the passing years [whereas] a man usually mellows.”
On International Women’s Day 2012, such primitive views are worth recalling; but what has happened to modern feminism? Why is it so bereft of its political, indeed socialist roots, that any woman who “achieves” within an immoral system is to be admired? Take the rise of Julia Gillard as Australia’s first female prime minister, so celebrated by leading feminists such as the writer Anne Summers and Germaine Greer. Both are unstinting in their applause for Gillard, the “remarkable woman” who on 27 February saw off a challenge from Kevin Rudd, the former Labor prime minister she deposed in a secretive, essentially macho back-room coup in 2010.
Greer wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald of 3 March that she “fell in love with” the “matter-of-fact” Gillard long ago. Omitting Gillard’s politics entirely, she asked: “What’s not to like? That she’s a woman, that’s what. An unmarried, middle-aged woman in power – any man’s and many women’s nightmare.”
Neighbors and relatives repeatedly suggested to Rehana Azmi to pull out Adv. Khalid Azmi, the youngest among five brothers of Adv. Shahid, from the law filed. She used to reply them, “I don’t want the spark ignited by Adv. Shahid Azmi to die down with him. I want it to continue in my family. Everyone has to die one day but as Allah said in Quran martyr doesn’t die, Adv. Shahid will always be alive.”
She even said, “If I had the education I could have been sitting in Shahid’s office and continue to work for the needy and poor.”
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