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I saw Inch’Allah a little over a week ago during the AGH Film Fest. It was really good and certainly a challenge for me to watch at times. It passes The Bechdel Test with flying colours! Check out the trailer:
Last month, The Atlantic Cities published an extremely inspiring piece about how Vienna, Austria has taken tangible, living, meaningful steps along the route of what has been called “gender mainstreaming”:
Gender mainstreaming has been in place in the Austrian capital since the early 1990s. In practice, this means city administrators create laws, rules and regulations that benefit men and women equally. The goal is to provide equal access to city resources. And so far, officials say it’s working.
Vienna has adopted gender mainstreaming in a number of areas of city administration, including education and health care policy. But nowhere has it had more of an impact than on the field of urban planning. More than sixty pilot projects have been carried out to date. As the size and scale of these projects increase, gender mainstreaming has become a force that is literally reshaping the city.
An inspiring interview with Kathy Iandoli, music journalist and freelance writer for outlets such as Billboard, VICE and Rolling Stone. Iandoli is also the media editor of HipHopDX. She an Beyoncé are kinda one and the same 😉
Differing punishment dolled out for killing an intimate partner is telling. Vastly more men than women are in jail for murdering spouses, but women who kill abusive husbands serve disproportionately long sentences if found guilty. According to the Michigan Women’s Justice and Clemency Project, men who kill their intimate partners get an average sentence of 2 to 6 years whereas women are sentenced, on average, to 15 years. If you find yourself saying, as so many do, “why don’t women leave instead of committing murder,” it’s important to note that a woman is actually at 75% greater risk of harm from her abuser after she leaves. As one of the Missouri Coalition lawyers says, that’s the wrong question — why not ask why the abuser doesn’t leave instead?
— “I’m an instrument that will avenge”: The stories of women who fight back, by Soraya Chemaly on SALON.com (via Margaret Shkimba)
And for a really pretty bizarre pick-me-up, here’s some fun with a little country hit called Jolene. Props to BtichMedia for the playlist.
— Compiled by Amelia