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The Fem Digest – Issue #2

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Right before COVID-19 crisis started to bite virtually all of Europe, women* around the world went on strike for International Women's Day, focusing on four main areas: salaried work, domestic work, education and training as well as striking from consumption.

International Women's Day caused a scene in Pakistan, where women faced violent threats ahead of the Aurat March (Urdu for Women's March). In Kyrgyzstan, Women's march against gender-based violence was attacked by masked men – and police in the country have arrested dozens of protesters. In Europe, thousands of women across Spain marched against gender inequality despite coronavirus fear. Also, videos showing French police clashing with women, using tear gas and violently detaining them, caused outrage amongst feminist activists.

Last but not least, in Brussels, over 6,000 people demonstrated with Young Feminist Europe joining a collective of other youth-led feminist groups to form a bloc in the march. Other members of Young Feminist Europe could be found striking in Vienna, Hannover, Mexico and Buenos Aires.

*All self-identifying women
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Feminist news, stories & comments

Domestic violence

Coronavirus outbreak: When the bigger danger is at home

COVID-19 isolation could create fertile ground for domestic violence. With workplaces shutting down, victims might be trapped at home with their abuser.

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Scotland becomes 1st country to make period products free

Scotland is poised to become the first country to end period poverty by providing free sanitary products after its Parliament passed the 'Period Products Bill'.

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Isabel Cabanillas de la Torre

Isabel Cabanillas' murder sparks renewed protests against femicide in Mexico

Isabel Cabanillas de la Torre was shot as she cycled home last month in the border city of Juárez. Her death returns spotlight on endemic violence against women.

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The Gender Equality Strategy, EU's commitment to equality

The EU has committed to a political framework for gender equality, prioritising the ratification of the Istanbul Convention and women's socio-economic participation, all with a gender-mainstreaming and intersectional perspective.

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What we've been up to

Violence against women

Towards understanding the Nordic paradox

The Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden are often considered as feminist utopias. Yet they have some of the highest rates of partner violence against women in the European Union...

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#MyClitCounts Webinar: Attitudes Towards Virginity and Black Women's Sexuality

The third episode our webinar series was led by Dolly Ogunrinde, who provided an overview of black women’s sexuality and attitudes towards virginity in the black community.

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64th UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW64)
YFE members Emma, Joana, Xenia and Jaimie mobilised to bring the voice of young European feminists to the yearly women’s rights gathering of 10,000+ representatives and activists from across the world in New York. The 2020 edition of CSW was especially important since this year marks 25 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action were adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women.

Due to concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations of the WHO, the UN decided to scale back the CSW64 to a minor format where only the permanent UN representations in New York participated on 9 March. No general debate or side events were held. It remains to be seen if and in what format an equivalent gathering of feminist organisations and activists will be organised by UN Women.

What we're reading, watching and listening to!

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

'Hidden Figures' tells the inspiring untold story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, three brilliant African-American women working at NASA who served as the mathematical brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn. With the recent passing of Katherine Johnson, we felt like we had to highlight this Oscar-nominated movie!

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Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting and Revolution

Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution

'Girls Resist!' is a smart and relevant activism handbook for teen girls who are mad about the way the world is going and who are ready to fight for change, social justice, and equality by veteran feminist activist and organiser KaeLyn Rich.

Add it to your list ⇒

Sampa The Great

Sampa The Great

27-year-old Zambia-born, Melbourne-based Sampa the Great is a poet and singer-songwriter who fights for equality with her activist songs. In November, she released her extraordinary debut album 'The Return' and is now definitely a dominant force in the hip-hop scene!

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YFE Feminist of the Month

Anjum Sultana
Anjum Sultana is the National Director of Public Policy & Strategic Communications at YWCA Canada, the nation's oldest gender equality organisation. She holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of Toronto, and her research works include topics such as the role of social media in sex education and post-partum mental health of immigrant mothers. Because of her engagement on issues impacting diverse women and girls across the globe (including Generation Equality), not only was Anjum awarded one of the 2020 Woman of Distinction awards —she's also our Feminist of the Month!

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