16 days, week 2: a selection of links

Jessica Reed
3 December 2007


- Take back the tech: one of the campaign's daily contribution to "16 days" is the fascinating Who males history? Something to bare in mind: historical invisibility is a form of violence against of women, whose legacy to the world has been erased or conveniently not recorded and/or celebrated.

"The field of science and technology is particularly steeped in the culture of elevating ‘father figures’. Think of all the notable names in computing, and chances are, you’ll come up with Bill Gates, Richard Stallman, Steve Jobs, Charles Babbage, Alan Turing etc. It’s less likely for us to know names of women such as Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, Betty Holberton, Kathleen Antonelli and more, who also played critical roles in the expansion of knowledge and innovation in this field".

- Interview with Imam Cheick Mohamad Diallo: Every Day a New Battle against Circumcision in Mali (via Qantara.de)

"The religious authorities must change their views, otherwise our education efforts will never succeed. I myself have been excluded from the Association of Imams since 2000, because I called circumcision non-Islamic in a televised sermon. This exclusion persists today."

- Ann Jones in West Africa: 16 Days Against Gender Violence, a set of pictures (via the International Rescue Committee flickR acount). Plus: Ann Jones blogs 16 days from West Africa.

- Pambazuka News ran a special issue covering 16 days against gender violence with podcasts and articles.

- The Mail & Guardian and sexism in the Xhosa culture:

"So far we’ve heard that Zulu “girls” are insatiable and Xhosa “girls” are always sexually available, so where does that leave Sotho and Venda “girls”? I wonder if they’re heart-broken not to be up there with the rest of us sex objects? Or are they also tired of South African men defending their lascivious behavior by hiding behind “culture”? "

- Amnesty UK opened its 16 days against gender violence blog with the words of Janey Godley, comedian and author.


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