The Argus catches you up on the important and the underreported.
By: Sam Mathers, News Editor
- Saudi Arabian Women Sign Petition to End Male Guardianship
Back in September, 14,000 women in Saudi Arabia signed a petition to end male guardianship. Current laws require women to get permission from their father, brother, or other male relative before travelling abroad, getting married, leaving prison, and sometimes before receiving employment or access to healthcare. The petition was started by activist Aziza Al-Yousef, who was arrested in 2013 for deliberately breaking a law that bans women from driving.
- Mother Nature Needs Her Daughters
For just under three weeks in December, 76 women with backgrounds in science set out on the largest all-female expedition to Antarctica. With the tagline “Mother Nature needs her daughters,” the purpose of Homeward Bound 2016 was to study the impacts of climate change, and is part of a larger initiative to bring 1,000 women into leadership roles in science over the next 10 years.
In February, not long after a source from Donald Trump’s team alleged the President wants the women who work for him to “dress like women,” the hashtag #DressLikeAWoman went viral. Female surgeons, climate researchers, welders, scientists, soldiers, pastors, race car drivers, and many more began sharing photos of themselves at work along with the hashtag. Some shared photos of influential women throughout history, and one woman offered this advice: “How to #DressLikeAWoman: 1. Be a woman 2. Put on whatever clothes you damn well please.”
Earlier this month, after a Halifax taxi driver was acquitted on charges of sexual assault, women began offering each other safe rides using the hashtag #HaliLadyCab. Many are calling for the judge to be removed from the bench who cited a lack evidence and said “a lack of memory does not equate a lack of consent” in reference to the half-naked, unconscious victim found in the back of Bassam Al-Rawi’s cab, who the judge believes could have consented before losing consciousness. The hashtag was started by Alana Canales, who wanted to offer a safe alternative “for local ladies who need it.”
- “Give Us Our Roses While We’re Still Here”
Last week, a National Day of Action was held “to celebrate the lives of Black trans women & protect all trans women & femmes.” The National Day of Action is a response to the increasing number of trans women of colour being murdered each year. In 2017 alone, seven trans women of colour have been killed in the United States. Rallies were held in Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Washington, D.C., to name a few. The National LGBTQ Task Force joined the rally in Washington.