Is the apple in the garden of Eden responsible for gender-based discimination? Was it actually an apple? This opinion article explores the role of the apple in gender politics with slight detours through the Hero’s Journey and social norms based on Judeo-Christian ethics.
The recent kidnappings and probable selling into sexual slavery of Nigerian school girls, the gender (and ethnic) rantings of now-dead Elliot Rodgers, and the ubiquitous misogyny that characterizes Internet comment sites is evidence that the perception of women’s value of women around the globe is compromised.
The article below demonstrates how three modern artists are using sculpture and performance art to explore the delicate relationship between female sexual identity and gender-based violence. Links at the end of the embedded article provide videos of interviews with the artists.
Gender equality as a human right is far from established either in the United States or around the globe. According to Erin Downey, PhD, former fellow at the state department and adjunct professor at Tulane University, war and political conflict only aggravate the risk of violence and suffering for women and children in affected areas.
Zainab Salbi, knows firsthand about tyranny. Her father was a pilot for Saddam Hussein. She was eventually sent to the United States for an arranged marriage that turned out to be “another world of tyranny and abuse.” She started over and eventually founded Women for Women International with the goal of helping women in war-ravaged countries regain their lives.
Women for Women International accepts donations and sponsorships toward the goal of providing year long training programs and ongoing support for war-torn women in the eight countries it serves. The program contains for modules:
To become part of the solution to bring peace and sustainability to our sisters around the world, please consider donating today. Since 1993, Women for Women International has helped over 384,000 women rebuild their lives.
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“Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”
- Leonardo da Vinci
Screenshot from embedded UNESCO video of a woman bound, signifies that the struggle for women to have full participating human rights remains.
No tips offered by anonymous sources helped convict Trent Mays or Ma’lik Richmond, two Steubenville, Ohio teenagers found delinquent in the August 2012 rape of a 16-year-old, Jane Doe. That is according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office in a phone interview Thursday morning.
“All items presented at the time (of the original investigation) by ‘Anonymous’ were previously known to law enforcement,” said Dan Tierney, spokesperson for the Attorney General.
By “Anonymous,” Tierney is referring to the vigilante hacktivist group who hacked into school computers and, in collaboration with Local Leaks, a tip-gathering website for anonymous informants, gathered over 1,000 tips about the incident. Tips included tweets, videos, and accusations of local conspiracies between law enforcement, school officials, and community leaders. Investigative blogger, Alexandria Goddard, and “Anonymous” created national awareness by publishing evidence that witnesses and partakers of the evening had posted to social media sites, many of which have been subsequently deleted.
Many in the Steubenville community viewed the social media attention as a witch hunt. Goddard was slapped with a defamation suit which was later dropped. The community splintered. While the investigation continued, voices picked teams, either blaming the victim, blaming social media for using the case to promote its anti-rape political agenda while disregarding the victim’s privacy, or lionizing the social media attention and it role in bringing perceived justice.
Comment from Grand Jury article, capturing the sentiments of community members in support of the social media presence brought on by Alexandra Goddard and “Anonymous.” (Accessed June 22, 2013 at 5:47 p.m. PST)
“If you could charge people for not being decent human beings, a lot of people could have been charged that night,” said William McCafferty, Steuvenville Police Chief. McCafferty voiced frustration over being accused of not aggressively investigating participants and some adults who, tweets captured by Goddard suggest, may have been aware of that night’s events. Repeated calls from law enforcement for information resulted in only one person coming forward voluntarily.
“This is a good community, with good people…I know that it desperately needs to be able to put this matter behind it and begin to move forward,” wrote DeWine in a statement on his website the day after Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond were convicted of rape. To be able to move forward though, DeWine noted, “…this community needs assurance that no stone has been left unturned in our search for the truth.”
To ensure the turning of those stones, the Attorney General announced on March 18 the formation of a grand jury that would fully investigate allegations of further wrong-doing.
“What happened here is shocking, and it is appalling,” wrote DeWine. “But what’s even more shocking and appalling is that crimes of sexual assault are occurring every Friday night and every Saturday night in big and small communities all across this country. And there comes a point, where we must say, “Enough! This has to stop!”
Because “the investigation is ongoing,” Tierney was unable to comment on whether any of the anonymous tips provided by Local Leaks were being processed for the grand jury, nor how they would be vetted if they were being processed. A direct call to the state’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s “Crimes Against Children” division led back to the spokesperson.
The 14 member grand jury “was seated but didn’t begin work” on April 15. It reconvened on April 30 and worked for three days and then “continued” for what were supposed to be three weeks. But three weeks passed and no grand jury had reconvened. Nor had it on June 17, the date of its reschedule.
“We don’t have a definite date for when the grand jury will reconvene,” reported Tierney on June 20.
As It Stands:
DeWhine is addressing sexual assault from a state-wide platform.
Attorney General DeWine will speak about a new program to help sexual assault victims in Ohio at 10 a.m. Live steam: http://t.co/2umOmtBE4c
Deric Lostutter, the man who self-identified as “KYAnonymous,” the leader of #OpRollRedRoll, “Anonymous’s” presence in Steubenville, is currently facing jail time for computer crimes. He could get 15-25 years. The rapists got one and two.
Reno Saccoccia, the coach who was allegedly aware of the events of that night, had his contract renewed by the school district for two more years.
The website Local Leaks has been suspended for violation of Terms of Service.
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