This Week In Feminist News: A Picture Speaks A Thousand Lies

  • At the infamous meeting between Prime Minister Trudeau and Trump this week, both white and questionable men sat down with 15 plus business women to talk politics. As the stereotype goes, Trudeau was polite and avoided direct conflict with Trump regarding his blatant misogyny – but we are not happy about it. Trudeau in many ways gave Trump the opportunity to appear like he cared about women.Trudeau, there is a time and a place to be kind, and this occasion was NOT one of those times. (Metro News)
  • We are continuing to put you in the hot seat, Trudeau. In November 2016, Finance Minister Bill Morneau released a statement (that largely went unnoticed) informing Canadians that a ‘gender-based analysis of budgetary measures’ would be completed to shape financial decisions in 2017, and now in Ottawa, commitments are being deliberated. Portions of the budget are said to be specifically assigned to initiatives such as childcare, gender-based violence, and participation in the workforce. (Global News)
  • If you weren’t tuned in on Sunday night, the 59th Grammy Awards sent Adele home with album of the year above Beyonce’s masterpiece Lemonade. Adele’s speech proved to us all that she was just as shocked by her win as we were, saying, “I can’t possibly accept this award.” Although Adele’s album 25 was certainly award-worthy, Lemonade’s loss leaves many questioning the racist panels behind the Grammy’s. (The Guardian)
  • Last weekend Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven led a delegation to Iran where Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei warmly greeted her upon her arrival. However, back in Sweden, she was heavily criticized for following Iran’s law that every woman wears a hijab. Critics of Lofven argue that female garb such as the hijab and burka are inherently oppressive (or anti-feminist), however for millions of women, the hijab is a proud symbol of their beliefs. (Washington Post)
  • A “Lass War” protest has been organized in the north of England to picket a male-dominated powerhouse conference later this month. Out of 98 speakers presenting over a two-day period, only 13 are women. Protesters plan on sporting hard hats, hi-vis jackets and men’s suits on the day of. (The Guardian)
  • A story was released this week on the Prerna Girls School in India and how it works to serve disadvantaged girls living in turmoil. The school teaches simple life lessons such as personal hygiene, but also goes beyond the basics and empowers student’s with feminist values. Sadly India is ranked 130th out of the worlds 155 countries in gender equality and schools such as Prerna are a rare and extraordinary find. (NBC News)
  • A school in Sierra Leone is encouraging alumni and volunteers to participate as mentors to prevent female students from dropping out. Once a refugee at the age of 12, Moiyattu Banya returned to Sierra Leone and was inspired to create the Girls Empowerment Summit Sierra Leone (GESLL) to provide workshops and leadership programs for young girls. Today, support offered from volunteers is inspired by GESSL and is said to work against the difficulties of poverty and the patriarchy. (News Deeply)
  • Vogue made headlines this week after releasing a diversity issue that undeniably appropriated Japanese culture. White model Karlie Kloss later apologized for her portrayal as a Geisha in the magazine, but the cover itself featured women with all similarly fair complexions. Clearly Teen Vogue needs to teach their Grandma a thing or two. (CBC)

Have a lovely long weekend and take care of yourself <3

Love, ToFemCo ~