"How do you end global poverty? Educate girls. Simply put: educating girls is the highest return investment possible to break cycles of poverty. Research shows that an educated girl will marry later, have fewer children, and educate the children she does have – sons and daughters equally. She is more likely to avoid contracting HIV/AIDS, and less likely to be a victim of domestic violence. She’ll earn more money, and is more likely to become a community leader. But the other overarching truth that the filmmakers encountered at every turn was this: girls around the world face barriers to education that boys do not – and they are being left behind by the millions. Gender violence, discrimination, bonded servitude, school fees (parents forced by economic necessity to choose typically educate sons over daughters)… and the situation that three girls in the film faced: early or forced marriage."
— When you educate girls, extraordinary things happen — New Internationalist
Filmmaker and activist Aida El Kashef made the video to show Egyptians what these mob attacks on women look like.
“It’s not a fight, it’s a girl inside, now their hands are in her pants, now they’re doing this, now they’re doing that,” El Kashef says.
Asked why the police didn’t intervene, she says, “I wouldn’t trust a policeman saving me.”
El Kashef says that 20 other women were assaulted that night. Sexual harassment has always been a part of life in Egypt, but before the revolution, there were few demonstrations, and mass sexual assaults were virtually unheard of. Not anymore.
— Egyptian women fight back as sexual assaults skyrocket - CBS News
"Alors que vous êtes d’accord sur le fait que cette loi à elle seule n’arrangera en rien la situation des personnes qu’elle prétend protéger, que les solutions pour celles-ci se situent dans une lutte sociale bien plus globale, vous continuez de défendre cette mesure, au nom de la « norme sociale ». Au nom de cette norme, vous êtes donc prêt à sacrifier des personnes, notamment des femmes. Et ça voyez vous, ça vous situe aux antipodes de mon combat. Mon combat, il se situe dans le cadre d’un combat plus général du droit des femmes à disposer de leur corps : le droit de n’être contrainte à aucune activité, que ce soit la prostitution ou une autre ; le droit d’exercer le métier qu’elles souhaitent ; que la question « où, quand, comment, combien ? » ne regarde que la personne concernée."
— Mon ami abolitionniste et moi (lettre ouverte à Patric Jean) | A contrario
"Last week the new issue of American GQ came out and it neatly encapsulated where western feminism is today. Inside, Knowles gives an interview that will probably be studied by future generations for lessons in both the loopiness of the 21st-century celebrity world and how hilariously far American magazine interviews have fallen since the days of, say, Gay Talese and Lillian Ross. In this typical piece of puffery, Knowles shows off her “temperature-controlled digital storage facility that contains virtually every photo of her”, including one video diary entry in which she informs herself that she is going to listen to one of her own songs before having sex with her husband, which is one way to get in the mood, I guess."
— Beyoncé: being photographed in your underwear doesn’t help feminism | Hadley Freeman | Comment is free | The Guardian