The Clicking is a clickable zapping where you are provided with the most importat news of the month. This month in the Clicking: with the awakening of consciences to current societal issues, it’s easy to get sucked in by the overload of indignation. To bring back some hope to this daily struggle, we’ve decided to share a selection of our favorite news.
Women are on strike in Switzerland, but why?
On June 14, Swiss women stopped working and took to the streets. Why? Simply to demand equality, as their predecessors had done before them on June 14, 1991. It must be said that in terms of equality, Switzerland is far from being an avant-garde country. Men said yes to women’s voting and eligibility to stand for election only in 1971 and equality was not enshrined in the Federal Constitution until 1981. And since 1991, unfortunately, many women find that too little has changed. Driven by feminist movements of recent years such as #MeToo, they intend to put the subject of gender equality back on the agenda of politicians.
Megan Thee Stallion wins MTV Video Music Award…. Without a video
In August, at the last MTV VMAs, American rapper Megan Thee Stallion won Best Power Anthem for her song Hot Girl Summer in duet with Nicki Minaj. The only thing is that this song doesn’t have an official video so far… A real impressive win for the summer 2019 hit.
Missy Elliot wins MTV Video Vanguard Award
Still at the MTV Video Music Award ceremony, the music industry paid tribute to rapper Missy Elliot and her entire career, by awarding her the prestigious Mickael Jackson Vanguard Video Award. This award, which has already celebrated artists such as Britney Spears, David Bowie and Kanye West, was presented to her by Cardi B.
Who is Valentina Sampaio, Victoria’s Secret’s first transgender model?
At only 22 years old, the young Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio created a surprise in the fashion world by announcing at the beginning of August that she had been chosen by the famous lingerie brand Victoria Secret to be their first transgender model. A first for a brand often described as sexist and retrograde… Great news for Valentina, whose career in fashion is exploding!
Simone Biles continues to amaze the crowd and set records
On August 11, the American Gymnastics Championships were held in Kansas City, in which America’s little protégée, Simone Biles, 22, participated. During this highly publicized competition, the young gymnast performed to perfection two figures that had never been seen before in the discipline: a triple-double (a double backflip with three twists) on the ground, and a full-twisting double back off the balance beam. A technical feat.
Nualphan Lamsam and her tears of joy
The head manager of the Thai women’s football team and an emotional and passionate person. So, during the women’s football world cup in France this summer, when her team, losing, scored a goal, she collapsed in tears. Her pride, resilience and tears of joy after a 13-0 loss to the United States a little earlier,were seen around the world as a symbol of what sport can still be today, moments of strong, shared emotions.
2019 Women’s World Cup: who is Megan Rapinoe, the US activist star?
Megan Rapinoe, midfielder and captain of the US women’s football team, is as famous for her talent as for her verve. An ardent feminist, anti-racist and LGBT+ activist, the star of the football team, openly lesbian, refused to sing the American anthem in protest against the administration of Donald Trump, of which she says she is “ashamed”. She also made it clear that she would not go to the White House if the United States won.
Lépine 2019 Competition: An inventor creates a female urinal, for more equality and safety for women
Being able to urinate in public places in a hygienic and safe way…. like a man: this is the idea defended by Gina Perier, a French architect. The 25-year-old inventor participated in the Lépine 2019 competition with her mobile female urinal Lapee. Her invention takes the form of a raised platform with three seats, directly connected to an evacuation system, without doors. Its helical shape provides enough privacy, and provides women with a certain security. The urinal is designed to avoid the sense of vulnerability women can feel when in a squatting position. The elevation also provides safety since women have a 360 degree visibility on what is happening around them, and no one can observe them from above.
This book full of tampons is all the rage in Germany
For some time now, many developed countries have been in the middle of a heated debate over the unjustified taxation of sanitary items as “luxury” goods. This is the case in Germany, where hygiene products are taxed at 19%. Ann-Sophie Claus and Sinja Stadelmaier had a brilliant idea to protest against this absurd and sexist taxation and to bypass it! They have developed a book, “The Tampon Book”, filled with tampons! Indeed, in the country, books are taxed at 7%, compared to 19% for tampons and other… A clever way to reveal the absurdity of things ! Unsurprisingly, the book sold like hot cakes.
The Salvadoran woman who was facing 50 years in prison for losing her baby was acquitted
After thirty-three months behind bars and more than three years of legal battle, Evelyn Hernandez was finally acquitted of the charge of murdering her stillborn baby. The young Salvadoran woman was facing 30 to 50 years in prison for aggravated homicide after her baby died in childbirth in the toilets of her workplace in 2016. She was acquitted for lack of evidence on August 19. The judge acknowledged that “there was no way to prove the offence” and that is why he pronounced the acquittal, and that it was a “difficult labor”, according to Bertha Maria Deleon, Evelyn Hernandez’s lawyer.
Cyntoia Brown, an American woman sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, released after a public campaign
Cynthia Brown, sentenced to life imprisonment in 2006 for killing a man who forced her into prostitution when she was only 16, is to be released. Following a public campaign supported by many celebrities such as Rihanna and Ashley Judd in 2017, the Governor of Tennessee finally agreed to commute the young woman’s sentence last January. She is now out of prison, but remains on parole until 2029.
Princess Haya: the wife of the Emir of Dubai is not the first princess to try to escape
In early July, Princess Haya, wife of the Emir of Dubai, fled her country to go to England with her two children, where she is seeking protection and is now awaiting a judgment on her divorce and custody of her children. If this princess from the United Arab Emirates managed to escape, the previous ones were not always so lucky… In 2000, Princess Shamsa, one of the daughters of the Emir of Dubai, also tried to flee. She was found 2 months later, and is still in prison to this day. In 2017, Latifa Al Maktoum, another daughter of the Emir, had tried to escape for the second time. She was finally caught on a boat in Indian waters. After two months of torture, her Finnish friend was released, but Princess Latifa has not been seen alive since December 2018.
Taiwanese schools become the first in Asia to allow students to choose their uniforms, regardless of gender
This is a first in Asian culture. Taiwan, which was already the first Asian state to legalize same-sex marriage, has just taken another step forward for gender equality. From this new academic year on, students, for whom uniform is compulsory in this country, will be able to choose between a skirt or trousers, regardless of their gender, and without having to justify their choice.
California becomes the first US state to officially prohibit “hair discrimination”
This is a first in all of the United States! On January 1, 2020, a law will come into force in the State of California allowing the wearing of afro-cut, braids and dreadlocks in schools and workplaces, and firmly prohibiting any discrimination regarding natural hair. New York City was the first city to adopt such legislation at the beginning of the year. A significant step forward for the state’s African American communities.