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Internation Women’s Day

March 8, 2010

It’s International Women’s Day
Good Things:
As everyone has already mentioned, Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman to win a Best Director Oscar.

Boris Johnson has announced that three new Rape Crisis Centres will open in London this year, following the Boris Keep Your Promise campaign.

The Government has announced a new position concerning worldwide violence against women, filled by Baroness Kinnock.

But, all these good things come with bad.  First, Bigelow’s Oscar: At the F-Word, Amy Clare writes  how it’s taken

over eight decades for the representation of women in this illustrious category to leap from 0% to 1.2% (and it hardly needs pointing out that the representation of non-white, LGBTQI or disabled women still stands at 0%). That figure surely shows that however much it may be cause for celebration, Bigelow’s win also serves to remind us that Hollywood is still overwhelmingly dominated by white, straight, cis, able-bodied males.

in her article on Bigelow’s win. Melissa McEwan at Shakesville points out the “Battle of the Sexes” framing of the bloody seating plan (seating Bigelow next to her ex-husband, James Cameron) in her round up at Shakesville. And Sady Doyle of Tiger Beatdown has pointed out the coverage that Bigelow recieved for making a film about men.

Enough of the Arts. The fact that London will receive three new Rape Crisis centres is a good thing. The fact that it took a year’s campaigning to get them is not, nor is the fact that they are so needed.

And the UK government taking a more visible stance on gender inequality is great, but the gender inequality and violence against women in question, described in Action Aid’s report, is horrifying. Here are some examples:

1 in 3 women worldwide will be subject to violence at some time in their lives

and

60 million girls are sexually assaulted at or on their way to school each year.

This feels like a basic and cobbled together post, and has taken far too long too write.  But a moment of respect for all the women who are affected by gender inequality and violence against women, and for everyone who speaks out against it.

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