Starting things off with a number of stories about women around the world:
- The Independent has a must-read story, "Jennipher, the woman thrown to the dogs," about a woman in Uganda who was treated like property/an animal by her husband, including having been made to breast-feed litters of puppies. The report also discusses domestic violence in Uganda and what is being done to try to lessen it, such as doing away with paying for brides.
- From CNN: "Woman maimed by suitor fears more reprisals," about a woman in Pakistan whose nose was cut off by a man after she refused to marry him.
- Eve Ensler writes a column for the Huffington Post, "The Four Months Since Hillary," about women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- The Gulf Daily News, out of Bahrain, reports on "Rights push for divorced women."
- From Jewish Times: "Israeli Women Fight Relegation To Back Of Bus." According to the story, "a group of women who filed affidavits as part of a petition to Israel’s Supreme Court to ban gender-based segregation on Israeli public buses" -- a trend that is growing in practice.
- On NPR: "Iraqi Women Taking Aim At Parliament Again," featuring this excellent point: "Women's leadership doesn't always mean women's rights defenders."
- The Latin American Herald Tribune: "Ciudad Juarez Women’s Rights Activist Esther Chavez Dies." She was 76.
- From Vanguard: "The life and times of Maryam Babangida," the former first lady of Nigeria who died recently.
- From the Winnipeg Free Press: "Greed trumps rights for women ski jumpers." Keep these women in mind when the winter Olympics start soon.
In other news:
- The Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) reports on an important issue: "Advocates seek rape exams closer to home." Some women have to be driven two hours each way to a facility qualified to administer rape exams.
- The New York Times: "A Peril in War Zones: Sexual Abuse by Fellow G.I.’s." A lot has been written about this, and rightfully so. This issue can't be swept aside.
- I enjoyed this post on FWD/Forward: "Subtitles in Assassin’s Creed II and Ubisoft’s Pledge." As a casual gamer, it's nice to hear a developer listen to consumers on an issue like this.
- There's a great post on Comic Book Movie Fansites: "Still No Big Screen Love For Wonder Woman."
- If you can get past the headline and Vanity Fair-ness of this, the interview is actually quite good. Plus I adore Rashida Jones. "Rashida Jones is All About Hot Chicks Kicking Ass!"
- In case you haven't had enough end-of-year stories, check these out: On BlogHer, "Feminism and Gender in the Aughts," by Suzanne Reisman, and on Alternet, "10 Defining Feminist Moments of 2009," by Mikki Halpin. Also, I really like this concept of setting goals for yourself for the new year instead of resolutions.