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A new Brazilian law on femicide to offer greater protection

Cross-posted from UN Women

Announced on national television on International Women’s Day and hailed as a commitment to UN Women’s new Step It Up campaign, on March 9, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed a new law that criminalizes femicide, the gender-motivated killing of women, and sets tougher penalties for those responsible for such crimes. Noting that on average 15 women are murdered every day in Brazil simply for being women, she described the matter as “a gender issue.”

The new legislation amends Brazil’s Penal Code to redefine “femicide” as any crime that involves domestic violence, discrimination or contempt for women, which results in their death. Imposing harder sentences of between 12 to 30 years’ imprisonment, the bill also includes longer ...

Cross-posted from UN Women

Announced on national television on International Women’s Day and hailed as a commitment to UN Women’s new Step It Up campaign, on March 9, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed a new law ...

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“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” forces discourse on feminism

As readers of this blog are likely well-aware, feminism has lately gained mainstream momentum. From Cheryl Sandberg’s momentous yet controversial release of Lean In to the UN’s “HeForShe” campaign and Beyoncé’s VMA performance, feminism has re-emerged as a hot topic around the world, so much so that men and women alike are participating in a global conversation.

As readers of this blog are likely well-aware, feminism has lately gained mainstream momentum. From Cheryl Sandberg’s momentous yet controversial release of Lean In to the UN’s “HeForShe” campaign and Beyoncé’s VMA performance, feminism ...

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A feminist resurgence in 2015?

Three steps give a ballerina the momentum she needs for a grand jeté across the floor. This leap doesn’t come from nowhere; it starts with the momentum she needs to gather to make her toes push deliberately down to lift her body into the air.

Three steps give a ballerina the momentum she needs for a grand jeté across the floor. This leap doesn’t come from nowhere; it starts with the momentum she needs to gather to make her toes push deliberately ...

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Is it really like Orange is the New Black? A correctional nurse’s perspective

“I’m a women’s prison nurse,” I state as I swirl my drink at the bar.

Whether it’s the bar or a family holiday gathering, here are some of the top responses that follow each time someone, usually 18–55 years of age, and white, asks me what I do for a living:

“I didn’t even know prisons had nurses.”

“I’m a women’s prison nurse,” I state as I swirl my drink at the bar.

Whether it’s the bar or a family holiday gathering, here are some of the top responses that follow each time someone, usually 18–55 years ...

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Is Raunch Culture Feminist Culture?

I’m tired of raunch culture representing equality for women. With a recent surge in women directors, writers and actors embracing raunchy, vulgar and “unladylike” behavior for film, critics and essayists are quick to applaud the raunch-femme genre as a gain for feminism and leveling the Hollywood playing field.

I’m tired of raunch culture representing equality for women. With a recent surge in women directors, writers and actors embracing raunchy, vulgar and “unladylike” behavior for film, critics and essayists are quick to applaud the raunch-femme genre ...

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