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Filming on the Fringe

In the midst of a nascent film industry, a handful of female filmmakers have emerged in the Arabian Peninsula, pioneering film in the region and using it as a tool to fight for change. Saudi Arabia and Yemen both present volatile environments for any director; in the former, cinemas are illegal, and in both, authorization from the government prior to ... More
Tagwa Badredine Al-Hum, Sudan’s Smartest Girl

On September 3, 2011, Tagwa Badredine Al-Hum’s family was celebrating a holiday near their hometown of Damazin, the capital of Blue Nile state in Sudan when airstrikes began to pound the city. The family packed their few belongings—along with 13 cows and goats—and fled to a refugee camp across the border in Ethiopia. Eventually, the relatives ended up ... More
François Hollande : panthéonisez des femmes !

Alors que le Panthéon a vocation à honorer les grands personnages qui ont fait l’Histoire de France, seules deux femmes y reposent pour 71 hommes : Marie Curie, deux fois prix Nobel, pionnière de la physique nucléaire, et Sophie Berthelot … pour ne pas être séparée de son mari Marcellin Berthelot, chimiste et homme politique. ... More
Nick Kristof, Sheryl Sandberg about Women

I like when things look simple. When you can sum it up in one sentence. But in reality, things look quite different and may need a more balanced approach and not a somewhat oversimplified vision with on one side (quoting Sheryl Sandberg in Nick Kristof‘s article: She’s (Rarely) the Boss) ‘women who don’t aggressively pursue ... More
Smart Sports Bra can detect breast cancer

October 2012 is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Mammography Day was yesterday. Needless to say this article published on Mashable last week is of high interest although a bit geeky. According to the article: First Warning Systems‘ Breast Tissue Screening Bra is like a continuous monitoring system for breast cancer that could be more ... More
The League Of Extraordinary Women

Last month I read on Fast Company website : Meet The League Of Extraordinary Women: 60 Influencers Who Are Changing The World. Ellen McGirt writes: ‘The previously untold story of how an unprecedented network of high-achieving women from the world’s largest companies, innovative startups, philanthropic organizations, government, and the arts ... More
Half the Sky: Moving Individual Stories To Engage People

Last week I met with friends to discuss Half the Sky, by Pulitzer-prize winning American journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. I mentioned the book for the first time in International Women’s Day: Ordinary Extraordinary Women and since then, many people I know decided to buy the book, whether it is the English or the French edition (published ... More
Olivier Dahan’s ‘punchy’ movie for Amnesty International

This topic is like any other of its kind when it comes to violence, wherever and against whoever it is: awful. In 2004, Amnesty International launched its global Stop Violence Against Women Campaign and last week Amnesty International France released a short ‘punchy‘ movie (02:30) directed by Olivier Dahan (La Môme/La Vie en Rose) starring ... More

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