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feminist news round-up 24-04-16

Image: Pascal Maramis via Wiki Commons (CC BY 2.0)

Image: Pascal Maramis via Wiki Commons (CC BY 2.0)

Jessica Jones and Master of None honoured by Peabody Awards
Critically acclaimed TV shows Jessica Jones and Master of None have been recognised by the judges of the prestigious Peabody Awards. In particular, the judges applauded Jessica Jones for asking ‘unpopular questions about power and consent’. Yay for recognition!

Prince dies aged 57
In the wake of Prince’s death, multiple people have written about the effect he had on society and how we view sexuality. Alyssa Rosenberg wrote for Daily Life that Prince and David Bowie showed that there was more than one way to be a man, whilst K.T. Billey described how Prince opened up a world beyond the gender binary for her at the age of 10, for Salon. Thoughts?

Government launches ad campaign to tackle violence against women
The federal government has launched a $30 million advertising campaign on TV, radio, print and online aimed at tackling sexist attitudes that lead to violence against women. From a mother telling her daughter that a boy slammed a door in her face because ‘he likes you’ to a woman being knocked to the ground by her angry partner, the campaign highlights the need to stop violence and gender stereotypes ‘from the start’.

Florida Supreme Court places injunction on 24-hour waiting period for abortions
In a moment of level-headedness, the Florida Supreme Court has decided to cease the 24-hour waiting period for abortions, which forced women to visit a counsellor a day before having the procedure. The law was created by Republican governor Rick Scott last year, and the court ruling will remain in effect until the government’s challenge is heard.

UNICEF creates virtual child as voice for war victims
The UN has taken hundreds of photos of children who have been victims of wars in South Sudan, Ukraine and Burundi to create ‘Sofia’, a 3D character for a new campaign. The campaign aims to depict the suffering of the over 250 million children living in and fleeing war zones worldwide. In the video, Sofia represents three different children escaping and living in war zones.


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