Mukhtaran Mai was gang-raped in June 2002 on orders of a "panchayat" (village council) as "punishment" for her younger brother's alleged illicit relations with a woman from a rival tribe. The rape made international headlines, with women's rights groups demanding justice for Mai and punishment for the rapists. Read more: Religion, 'honor' and Pakistan's 'revenge rape' In August 2002, an anti-terrorism court sentenced six out of the 14 accused persons to death. Four of them were sentenced for rape, while the other two were convicted as being members of the village council. Eight others were released. However, in 2005, the Lahore High Court acquitted five of the six convicts while one person's death penalty was converted to life imprisonment. Mai challenged the decision in the Supreme Court, but her appeal was rejected in 2011. In her review petition, Mai requested the apex court to form a larger bench to hear her case, saying that she was dissatisfied with the Lahore High … [Read more...] about Mukhtaran Mai: ‘More Pakistani women are demanding their rights now’
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Loose Women viewers have been left furious after three panelists claimed they would struggle to be in a relationship with someone who didn't drink alcohol. Hosts Jane Moore, Christine Lampard and Rochelle Humes all admitted that ditching booze would have a profound effect on their relationships, while Nadia Sawalha confessed it's 'not easy' that her husband Mark Adderley is 15-years sober. This comes after reports that we tend to pick mates with the same gene variant linked to drinking habits. Viewers raged over the chat, with one insisting they were 'disgusted' with the presenters 'glorying alcohol' while another slammed the group for feeding a 'stigma' that those who don't drink are 'boring'. Hosts Jane Moore (far right) , Christine Lampard (far left) and Rochelle Humes (right) all admitted that ditching booze would put them off their partners Christine, 40, spoke of enjoying a glass of alcohol with her … [Read more...] about Loose Women panelists are accused of ‘glorying alcohol’ after admitting they would struggle to be in a relationship with someone who doesn’t drink
Should there be a gender quota in the film industry? The role of women, #MeToo and the distribution of power in the industry were debated at all the leading film festivals this year. While calls for a 50/50 balance of men and women in directorial and executive positions in the film industry by 2020 were made, most festivals remain far from reaching from such goals. The DOK Leipzig festival has already established its own quota, through which not only 40 percent of the movies submitted must have female directors, but just as many must be selected in the competition, too. Is a quota a good tool to create fair competition? DW asked Barbara Rohm of the Pro Quote Film association and Kirsten Niehuus, managing director of the film funding department of the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg . DW: A woman in front of or behind the camera — does it make a difference? Barbara Rohm: I don't think there is a specifically male or female view of something. There is … [Read more...] about Is a quota for women in film necessary?
Is it possible to "opt out" of a lucrative career, enjoy an egalitarian marriage and then opt back in to the workplace when you're ready? All signs point to no, and we shouldn't be surprised. If women want to be equal players in society and in our families, then we need to actually be equal players. And we need to expect men to do the same. In this week's New York Times magazine, Judith Warner looks back at some of the women who were highlighted in that same magazine 10 years ago, in an article on the so-called "Opt-Out Revolution". In that older piece, journalist Lisa Belkin explored the thesis that highly-educated women in elite jobs were "opting out" en masse, returning to their homes to take care of their children. The opting out was framed as a freely-made choice, indicating that despite feminist gains and increases in gender equality, what women really want is to be home with babies and dependent on a male partner. "Why don't women run the world?" the article asked. "Maybe it's … [Read more...] about When are we going to involve men in discussions of work/life balance?
Something was different on the Dortmund underground. The trams to the Westfalenstadion, on matchdays usually packed with black-and-yellow clad football supporters, were strangely empty. "So how many are boycotting?" asked one fan, on his way home rather than going to the match. "About 15,000, I heard," replied his friend. "Maybe more because of the cold." Inside the stadium, the famous Yellow Wall, usually a sea of color in the buildup to kickoff, was a sad patchwork of gray punctuated by the relatively few fans who had braved the minus temperatures. The central block right behind the goal, the usual home of Dortmund's vocal ultras, was completely deserted. The last time the "Südtribüne" was so empty for a league game was when it was forcibly closed by the German Football League (DFL) after crowd trouble. But on Monday night, this was a self-imposed exile. "For fan-friendly kickoff times!" read a huge yellow banner stretching across the front of the terrace. "No to Monday … [Read more...] about ‘Football needs to decide what its fans are worth’