CLICKING: NOVEMBER 2018

Clicking is a clickable zapping where you are served the most important news of the month. This month in the Clicking: the female midterms tsunami, the lessons of the struggles for LGBTQI+ rights at school and the ever-increasing number of offenders in power…

 

The mid-term elections in the United States were a clear victory for women.

Throughout November, Americans had the opportunity to go to the polls for midterms. And the verdict was final: the Democrats won, and the women, the big winners of these elections, broke records again. More women than ever before ran for governor, house representative and senatorial positions. And many of them won! Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman to enter the congress in New York, Rashida Tlaib became the first Palestinian-American woman in Michigan and the first Muslim woman in the congress, and Peggy Flanagan became the first indigenous woman to be elected to an executive position in government.

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Nevada becomes the 10th state in the United States to abolish the tax on pads and tampons.

The US “pink tax” concerns hygiene protection and makes a lot of ink flow. Already 9 States in the United States had made the historic and important decision to abolish it, agreeing to consider hygiene protection as a basic necessity for women and transgender men. In November, Nevada became the 10th state to abolish this tax. One more step towards equality.

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Scotland becomes “the first country in the world” to teach LGBT+ rights in schools.

In Scotland, the fight against homophobia, transphobia and the fight for the rights of LGBTQI+ people have been integrated into future school curricula, a first in the world, and recognition for the historical struggles of these communities, which are still too often discriminated against. According to the country’s Minister of Education, this is self-evident, for him, “it is vital that the programs are as diverse as the youth in our schools.

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A reusable pads kit ©Protect Paga Period

In Burkina Faso, a women’s collective creates washable and reusable pads to fight against school girls drop out rates

In Burkina Faso, most girls of school-age still miss school days when they have their period. Not having the means to pay for hygiene protection, they stay at home, as period are still particularly taboo in this country. A women’s cooperative therefore took the initiative to launch a reusable and ecological sanitary pad to fight this scourge. This kit, which is not only educational -it is accompanied by explanatory booklets on periods and health of young girls-, it also creates employment for women and stimulates the country’s economy in the north, where clothing workshops have been set up.

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In Saudi Arabia, feminist activists have been tortured during their incarceration.

Nine feminist activists arrested and imprisoned in mid-year, even as the country removed the ban on women driving, were tortured during their incarceration, and at least one of them was sexually harassed. According to an Amnesty International report, during the first months of their imprisonment, they were reportedly whipped and electrocuted daily. One of them tried to commit suicide several times. Still imprisoned to this day, torture in the strict sense of the word reportedly has stopped, but not ill-treatment…

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Missy Elliott performing at 2018 Essence Music Festival ©Erika Goldring/Getty Images

 

Missy Elliott becomes the first female rapper to be nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

To get into the Hall Of Fame, you have to write songs that have been published for at least 20 years, and Missy Elliot’s first album has just celebrated her 20th birthday. She has therefore just been nominated alongside 6 other candidates. If she wins, she will be the 3rd rapper to enter the Hall Of Fame, and the very first female rapper in the history of the United States.

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Victoria’s Secret apologizes, but trans activists don’t believe it.

The sulfurous lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret is still controversial. Ed Razek, the brand’s marketing director, told Vogue that he did not want transgender or plus-size models in his fashion shows. According to him, “the show sells dreams”, and hiring models that differ from the “norm” would go against the brand. Of course, a few days later, the brand made its official apology on social networks. Munroe Bergdof, a trans activist, explains to Dazed that in her opinion, these apologies are just a way to repair damage already caused to the brand’s image, but are not sincere.

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An Irish demonstrator with her sign ©AFP

#ThisIsNotConsent: or how a thong revolted Ireland

Ireland is in turmoil after a rape trial held in early November. During this trial, the accused’s lawyer argued that the 17-year-old victim was obviously trying to seduce her that night, since she was wearing a lace thong. An argument that shocked the country and politicians, triggering a wave of protests and demonstrations across the country, with a single slogan: waving their underwear in the streets and even in the Chamber of the Assembly, women chant “This is not consent”, it is not consent.

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American women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer joins the elite coaching group with her 1000th victory

Vivian Stringer, coach of the Rutgers women’s basketball team, won her 1000th victory in mid-November, bringing her into the American Elite Coaches Hall of Fame. At 70 years of age, C. Vivian does not seem to be ready to end her brilliant career.

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Justice grants the status of “biological parent” to a transgender woman

On Wednesday, November 14, the Montpellier Court of Justice handed down a historic and unprecedented decision, which allows the civil status of the filiation of two parents, one of whom is a transgender woman, and the child’s biological father, who therefore has two biological mothers on his civil status. Even today, outside the context of adoption, the law does not allow for double maternal filiation. The notion of “biological parent” was finally retained by the court, a new concept, which reveals for the first time in France a non-sexual filiation.

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Incarcerated women fighting California wildfires ©Peter Bohler, The New York Times

These women prisoners fought the California wildfires

Last November, particularly powerful wildfires ravaged California for several weeks, exhausting the firefighting teams on site. Among these firefighters, California prisoners, paid less than $2 an hour, risked their lives to save the rich homes on the coast and in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

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Ohio is considering a law prohibiting abortion and punishing it with the death penalty.

In the State of Ohio in the United States, a bill to ban abortion completely, and to punish it with the death penalty, is being considered. This proposal would prohibit abortion in all existing cases, including rape, incest, or risk to the life of the expectant mother. The law considers a foetus as an “unborn human being” from conception to birth. A person in his own right whose life could not be threatened. A huge step backwards for this state of the USA which is already one of the strictest in terms of anti-abortion law…

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Sandra Parks, an anti-gun activist schoolgirl, was killed by a stray bullet. 

The very young American gun activist, Sandra Parks, 13, was killed by a stray bullet in her Milwaukee home on November 23rd, the week of Thanksgiving. The girl had made herself known at the age of 11 for writing a shocking essay that had become viral, denouncing the use of firearms in the United States, and the crimes committed by these weapons in her own city.

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In Calvados in France, two petitions call for the departure of the mayor of Cabourg, sentenced for domestic violence. 

Two petitions were posted online on Sunday, November 25, calling for the resignation of the mayor of the municipality of Cabourg, Tristan Duval, following his conviction for domestic violence on November 21. The latter had hit his partner in the middle of the street, injuring her on the brow bone, shoulder blade, cheekbone and fracturing a rib. These petitions denounce the “shame of this Republic which protects the aggressors and closes its eyes”, the court having sentenced the mayor of the city to 3 months suspended prison, but firmly dismissing the sentence of ineligibility.

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En Marche deputy, Hugette Tiegna, at the Assemblée Nationale ©J. Demarthon, AFP

In the Lot region, in France, MP Huguette Tiegna files a complaint after being called a “macronist negress”. 

Hugette Tiegna, Member of Parliament En Marche in the Lot area, has decided to file a complaint following the disgusting insults of an extreme right-wing website calling her a “fat macronist negress”. The MP has received many supports since her tweet denouncing the atrocities, including that of Fréderic Pottier, interdepartmental delegate for the fight against racism, who announced that he had initiated a procedure to close the website that had caused the remarks against the MP.

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Why the Nobel Prize for Literature will not be awarded this year

The Nobel Prize for Literature was cancelled this year, following complaints from 18 women against a relative of the Academy, Jean-Claude Arnault (the husband of one of the academicians, Katarina Frostenson). He was sentenced to two years in prison for a rape committed in 2011 against a young woman, having also filed a complaint for a second rape in December of the same year. The testimonies of the 18 women against Arnault had already shaken the Swedish academy in 2017, because they reveal that many academics were aware of Jean-Claude Arnault’s actions, but closed their eyes, and that many of these attacks would have taken place in places belonging to the academy.

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Homicide in Besançon, France: Razia’s alleged murderer arrested in Athens

Razia, the 34-year-old Afghan mother of a family, stabbed in the middle of the street in Besançon on October 30, can rest in peace. Her husband, the alleged murderer of the young woman, was finally arrested at Athens airport by Greek police officers following an international arrest warrant issued against him. Today, many demonstrators are screaming scandal and asking for explanations. The young woman had indeed filed a total of 7 complaints against her husband for aggravated domestic violence and death threats. Why wasn’t Razia heard?

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In Pakistan, Asia Bibi was released and taken to a “safe” place. 

Christian Asia Bibi, who had been sentenced to death for blasphemy after drinking water from a fountain reserved for Muslims, was finally released and taken to a “safe” place. After spending 8 years in prison on death row, the young woman was released, but she still could not leave the country. Asylum claims have been made by Asia Bibi’s husband, for the couple and their 3 children, in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, but the government has undertaken never to let the young woman leave the country.

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