Posts tagged ‘op-ed’

Counterpoint: “Saudi women going to Games is a sham” @SAISHopkins #olympics #hwhtw

Much has been made (including by HWHTW – see: News: “Saudi Arabia To Send Olympic Women Athletes For First Time”) of the gender  milestones reached with the 2012 Olympics: more women athletes than men, and  female participants from every participating country, including Saudi Arabia.  Jocelyne Cesari, a professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS, argues that the presence of female Saudi athletes at the Olympics does not signify a big step forward for Saudi women:

“But if [judo competitor Wojdan] Shaherkani had withdrawn, it would not have been a setback for Saudi women because her inclusion was not a sign of advancement. The presence of Saudi women is the result of several months of pressure by the International Olympics Committee on Saudi Arabia to include women competitors or face being banned from participation.

“The situation for female athletes in Saudi Arabia is bleak.

“Saudi women in general are denied the right to practice sports. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that prevents girls from taking part in sports in government schools. Physical education is allowed only in private schools. Women are not allowed to play in official sports clubs or even watch matches in stadiums. Girls’ football, volleyball and basketball games in private schools and colleges are held secretly.”

Read the full article: http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/01/opinion/cesari-saudi-women-sports/index.html

August 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm 1 comment

Hillary Clinton and Julia Roberts: “Clean stoves would save lives, cut pollution”

Check out this post from sister blog SHEenergy:

“Julia Roberts has joined Secretary Clinton’s  Alliance for Clean Cookstoves as a Global Ambassador.  The two penned an op-ed for USAToday on the need for clean cookstoves in the developing world in honor of Mother’s Day.

‘Clean stoves’ would save lives, cut pollution
By Hillary Clinton and Julia Roberts

This Mother’s Day weekend, most of us will enjoy a home-cooked meal — maybe even breakfast in bed. We’ll probably take it for granted that the meal was prepared in a clean kitchen, where the air is safe to breathe. But for nearly half of the world’s population, cooking at home is a deeply dangerous act…”

Read the full post: http://sheenergy.wordpress.com/2011/05/08/hillary-clinton-and-julia-roberts-clean-stoves-would-save-lives-cut-pollution/

May 8, 2011 at 1:11 pm Leave a comment


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