Advancement of Women – July 14, 2017

Sweden holds first female-only jockeys championship

Al Jazeera English – July 5, 2017: The first women-only world championship in horse racing has been held in Sweden.

The event, which took place north of Stockholm, could become a fixture in the racing calendar. But some have questioned whether it will do much to promote gender equality in the sport.

 

Korea to build ‘comfort women’ museum in Seoul

Gulf Times – July 10, 2017: South Korea intends to build a museum in memory of wartime sex slaves for Japanese troops, a government minister said yesterday, re-igniting perennial tensions in the two neighbors’ relationship.

The plight of the so-called “comfort women” who were forced into sexual slavery for Japanese troops during World War II is a hugely emotional issue that has marred ties between the US allies for decades.

Mainstream historians say up to 200,000 women — mostly from Korea but also other parts of Asia including China — were forced to work at Japanese army brothels across the region during the 1939-1945 conflict.

“We are planning to build a ‘comfort women’ museum in Seoul,” said new gender equality minister Chung Hyun-Back at a shelter for a shrinking number of survivors, who now number only 38 in total.

 

Al Jazeera’s 101 East wins award for focus on women

Gulf Times – June 27, 2017: Aela Callan has been named the 2017 winner of the Jane Cunningham Croly Award for Excellence in Journalism, covering issues of concern to women for her film broadcast on Al Jazeera’s 101 East programme.

Callan won the award for Good Morning Pakistan, a film about female reporters risking their lives to deliver the news, Al Jazeera Media Network has said in a press statement. The documentary aired on 101 East, Al Jazeera’s weekly Asian current affairs programme.

The Jane Cunningham Croly Award recognises journalists who best capture the courage, vision and spirit of Jane Cunningham Croly, a pioneering journalist who devoted her life to helping women improve their lives and expand their rights.

The award organisers said Callan’s film “demonstrated a concern for the rights and the advancement of women in society and made a bold statement about the challenges women journalists face”.

 

Saudi public schools to introduce physical education for girls

Al Arabiya English – July 11, 2017: Saudi public schools will begin offering physical education for girls in the coming academic year, the kingdom’s education ministry announced on Tuesday, a long-awaited step toward social reform in the Islamic kingdom.

Physical education for women is controversial in Saudi Arabia, where conservatives consider it immodest, and it is not mandatory. It is not offered in most public schools, although some private schools include it in the curriculum.

 

Ivanka Trump takes the spotlight at the G20 – and a seat

Al Arabiya English – July 9, 2017: US President Donald Trump shared the G20 spotlight on Saturday with his daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump, as she helped launch a loan program for women and caused a stir by briefly occupying her dad’s seat at the table with world leaders.

Ivanka, who ran an eponymous clothing and jewelry business before taking a formal job at the White House, has made women’s issues one of her signature policy areas, and the G20 revealed the power she wields as a trusted confidante to the president.

The World Bank used the occasion to launch a public-private loan program aimed at providing over $1 billion to support women entrepreneurs in developing countries, a project Ivanka first initiated just five months ago.

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