In 48 hours, two transgender women have been killed in the United States. It’s time to address transphobia and the violence surrounding it in this country and all over the world.
What was the saying? Blacks can’t swim.
Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are making sure that the saying stays true, because as of now, there is only one HBCU with a swim team: Howard University.
Nigeria’s outgoing president, Goodluck Jonathan, signed an anti-female genital mutilation (FGM) bill into law last week.
According to UNICEF, 25% of Nigerian women between the ages of 15–49 have been subjected to FGM. The Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act will protect against FGM as well as other discriminatory practices including throwing spouses out of the home, and traditions that discriminate against widows.
Photo: Goodluck Jonathan/Twitter
From the Guardian:
Imagine being pregnant and going into labor. Now imagine having handcuffs around your wrists attached to a chain, leading to a chain wrapped around your waist. Another chain leads from your waist to your feet, where cuffs keep them only inches apart. This is a practice known as shackling.
Across the United States, prison policy dictates that people be shackled whenever they are transported outside the prison. Many states make no exceptions for women in labor, childbirth or postpartum recovery.
In 2009, after extended advocacy and lobbying from prisoner rights organizations, New York passed legislation that bans the use of restraints on women during labor, delivery, and postpartum recovery. It largely bans the use of shackles on women who are taken to the hospital for a caesarean section or to be induced, as well as when women are returning to the prison from the hospital. But shackling continues to be a common reality for mothers who give birth while in New York state’s prison system.
Maria Caraballo was five months pregnant when she arrived at Bedford Hills, New York’s maximum-security prison for women. In February 2010, nine days after her due date, she was taken to Westchester Medical to be induced. She had learned about the anti-shackling law the month before and, as officers prepared to place her in the van, she told them it was against the law to shackle her. “You have no choice,” she said the officers told her. “If you refuse we’re going to write you up.”
Read more at the Guardian
“I didn’t even know what I was doing was considered organizing until someone told me,” Johnetta “Netta” Elzie, a key Ferguson organizer, told the Atlantic.
An interesting trend executed by white women on social media is emerging.
A growing number of Caucasian females are using the #nappyhair hashtag to describe their locs.
According to a recent report released by the MacArthur Foundation, poor black women are evicted as much as black men are incarcerated.
The study also found that for various reasons, low-income women are evicted at much higher rates than men.
A 22-year-old Philadelphia woman’s abduction has been captured on video, and police are asking for the public’s help in finding her.
Carlesha Freeland-Gaither was last seen around 9:40 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of West Coulter Street.
While just about every other group has seen a decline in unemployment, black women get no reprieve when it comes to finding work.
Twitter is the latest company to confirm that the field of technology isn’t diverse.
The company released a statistical breakdown of the genders and ethnic backgrounds of its employees, and like many companies, the “diversity report” does not live up to its name.