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The Internet Proves a Powerful Tool for Women’s Leadership Winners in 2013
Women who started digital petitions popularized on social media in Saudi Arabia and New Jersey make up part of the Women’s eNews 21 Leaders honor roll for 2013.
Manal Al-Sharif of Saudi Arabia captured the world’s attention with the Women2Drive campaign which gained visibility for women on YouTube and Twitter. More than 100 Saudi women and their male supporters drove cars publicly and posted videos on YouTube in a country where women are required to employ a male driver to get around if a male relative isn’t available. The digital campaign was backed up with an online petition on the website change.org, which gained support from more than 100,000 people in 156 countries in 2012.
Emma Axelrod, Sammi Siegel & Elena Tsemberis of New Jersey also harnessed the power of online petitions at change.org to put the first female moderator on a presidential debate in 20 years. Candy Crowley was appointed moderator of the second meeting of Obama and Romney after a questionable performance from PBS’s Jim Lehrer earlier in the campaign season. The girls gained over 100,000 signatures and continued the winning streak of women’s equality issues online.
These four women will receive their honors alongside leaders from Norway, India, Colombia, Ireland, Canada and the U.S. as 21 Leaders for the 21st Century,
Women’s eNews’ annual gala to celebrate the gains that have been made in women’s equality. As an international news organization, the 21 Leaders Gala provides an annual point of celebration for Women’s eNews, a nonprofit news organization that raises women’s voices around the world through journalism.
(WOMENSENEWS)—Violence against women is reaching crisis proportions in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala, finds a June 5 report by the Nobel Women’s Initiative and Just Associates, an advocacy group supporting grassroots organization working in 13 countries.
The finding is based on over 200 testimonies from human rights activists.
“From Survivors to Defenders, Women Confronting Violence in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala,” was based on a fact-finding mission in January 2012 led by Nobel laureates Jody Williams and Rigoberta Menchú Tum.
The authors said that both government and organized crime have perpetrated rape, torture and murder…Read more
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By Sammatha Kimmey
(WOMENSENEWS)—NARAL Pro-Choice America communicates via press releases and social media with its Facebook followers and one-million-plus activist members about every bill related to contraception or abortion.
Yet, Erika West, deputy political director, says it may be necessary to step back and consider the “totality of damage” that a GOP-controlled House has tried to bring on choice since the 2010 elections… Read more