Jun 272007

from the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq:

Dear Friends

The CNN visited our OWFI office in Baghdad during our last “Freedom Space 5” event.

Because of the blockage of the streets, more than half the poets and audience were not able to reach to our event.

We will not be able to see the CNN report here in Baghdad. Please watch it for us and let us hear your responses.

Yanar Mohammed

Greetings from CNN!

Thank you so much for being a part of CNN’s “People You Should Know” project. It has come together wonderfully and we could not have done it without your help.

Below you’ll find the specific airdate and airtimes for your piece. The placement of the pieces is determined by each individual show producer, therefore your piece will air some time DURING the news hours or half hours listed below.  And please note, all times listed are for CNN U.S. and are eastern times.

The piece will also be streamed on our website at http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2007/peopleyoushouldknow

Thank you again for your participation and for taking the time to share your story with us. Hope you enjoy the piece!

Friday June 29th
CNN Headline News:

 June 27, 2007  Posted by on June 27, 2007 Comments Off on CNN Video of OWFI Poetry Event in Baghdad
Jun 262007

Many thanks to Lynette Dumble and Jennifer Drew for passing on this revolting report in London’s Daily Mail about  Judge Julian Hall who

“is at the centre of a storm over the “pathetically” lenient sentence he imposed after hearing that the girl had appeared much older than her age.The same judge caused uproar earlier this year by setting free another paedophile and telling him to give his victim money “to buy a nice new bicycle”.

However we should also be appalled at the Daily Mail’s characterization of the child molester in the second para. as a “paedophile”. We’ve said it before and we’re just going to keep on saying it. Someone who molests a child in any way is not a pedophile, which comes from the Greek word “paidophilos” which means “loving children”. How this word started to be used to refer to the rape and sexual assault of children is unclear, but it’s continued use is indicative of the level of child hatred in this world and is truly unacceptable.

 June 26, 2007  Posted by on June 26, 2007 1 Response »
Jun 252007

Newsweek recently conducted a poll to find out how knowlegable Americans are. Do you know the name of the Speaker of the House the Chief Justice, where did the hijackers come from, yada yada. Hard to tell the rhyme or reason to some of the other questions–who was the first Republican President, when did the Korean War end, and then there is this:

“Which of the follwoing kills one woman every minute each day around the world?”

Only 15% knew the correct answer which is childbirth.  28% said AIDS, 54% thought it was heart attacks and 3% didn’t know.

Interesting insight into the pervasive misundertandings about women’s lives.

 June 25, 2007  Posted by on June 25, 2007 1 Response »
Jun 222007

How dangerous is childbirth?  Depends where you are (hint the U.S. would not be one of your first choices).  Check out these  stats courtesy of Jill Sheffield:

  • One in 30,000 women in Sweden will die of pregnancy complications.
  • One in 2,500 women will die of these causes in the United States. (No there is not a missing zero and the rate for Black women is 4 times higher)
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, one in every 16 women will die in pregnancy or childbirth.
  • In Afghanistan, such complications kill one in every seven women.
 June 22, 2007  Posted by on June 22, 2007 Comments Off on Giving Birth? Might Want to Move to Sweden…