Category Archives: Freedom of women

Op-Ed: Review Comparison on Two Different Human Rights Activism Techniques

By C. White on October 21, 2015

Book titled, Confronting Global Gender Justice: Women’s Lives, Human Rights includes “Marjorie Agosin’s poetics of memory: human rights, feminism, and literary forms” by Pérez and “Digital storytelling for gender justice: exploring the challenges of participation and the limits of polyvocality” by Hill. I recommend these readings, especially for anyone interested in female human rights advocacy. Both authors creatively use different, multicultural techniques to promote emotional relief to abuse victims, witnesses, and the readers or viewers of their work.

So why should you or anyone else care about their different techniques to address human rights creatively? You may wonder why you or anyone should bother looking at their work? Well, trust me, you will gain more perseverance, determination, and stress-relief from reading how they use traumatic experiences creatively. But I must advise that they have contrasting creative techniques to advocate for female human rights.

With Agosin, she uses poetry to expose social injustice in Latin America, by intersecting multidimensional domains with ethics, ethnicity, multi-voices, spirituality, humanitarianism, and ethics. Her narration is based upon fictional autobiographies on traumatic events. She advocates for awareness of the brutal, dictatorial, Pinochet regime (1973-1989) and her work gives “unofficial truths” to promote memory recollection, social injustice for the abused and missing females who disappeared, and accountability, through her visions, imaginations, distortions of facts, false reality, and metaphors. She uses her poetry to spiritually connect to the missing victims, their living relatives, and traumas from the brutal, Pinochet regime. Her Latin American culture may be confusing to some people, especially those unfamiliar with cultural norms and values involving the supernatural realm, magic, and the practice of spiritual human channeling of other people. Different countries, norms, and religions do not condone spiritual human channeling, and in the United States (US), only a margin of citizens currently practice the act. The act was also illegal in the US and West Europe, especially between the 17th and 19th century.

On the other hand, Silence Speaks is an ethnographic, digital storytelling, that allows ordinary people internationally, who were victims or witnesses to social injustice, to share their personal accounts. These “citizen journalists” use short video clips to address the address historical life experiences and their culture, from the interception of communication, teaching, and engagement in oral history. Viewers simultaneously are able to address their own conflicts, which directly promotes their inner-healings. I actually found this to be more enjoyable, less depressing, and more beneficial to the victims and short story viewers. I like how the short video clips contribute to the inner-healings of the traumatic victims and those who view their accounts. Therefore, readers and viewers are able to benefit from these creative, female human rights advocacy pieces, or share them with those who would.

Many people suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and I believe relaxation and creativity promotes and facilitates inner-relief, although complete inner-healing will never occur. Agosin’s poetries seems more enjoyable to those who share her Latin American culture. But Silence Speak is understandable to those familiar with the US culture because the internet channel, YouTube, is similar to Silence Speak and it is viewed regularly, worldwide. I have replaced television channels with short narrative clips on YouTube years ago, and experience great comfort and inner-relief from all kinds of unwanted stress on a regular basis. YouTube is very popular because it connects viewers with the narrators and stories, identical to Silence Speaks. So although I never watched Silence Speaks before, I know firsthand of its great effectiveness, based upon reading about Hill’s creative, female human rights advocacy technique.


Through these two weeks, reading Section2 and Section3,it seems Marxist Feminist Theory is an unavoidable topic.

in the heady days of the Women’s Liberation Movement, to identify four main currents within feminist thought; Liberal (concerned with attaining economic and political equality within the context of capitalism); Radical (focused on men and patriarchy as the main causes of the oppression of women); Socialist (critical of capitalism and Marxism, so much so that avoidance of Marxism’s alleged reductionisms resulted in dual systems theories postulating various forms of interaction between capitalism and patriarchy); and Marxist Feminism (a theoretical position held by relatively few feminists in the U. S. which sought to develop the potential of Marxist theory to understand the capitalist sources of the oppression of women).

Before reading Section2 and Section3 these materials, I was completely unaware of these, it is very hard to read. I found this article  sort out these issues from stages. I think it can help me understand. But his point of view in the article, I do not know which is right or wrong.

Jinxiang Li

Jimmy Carter speaks about the mistreatment of women being a human rights issue

Former US President, Jimmy Carter has long been an advocate and proactive in the equal treatment of women around the world. In this recent TED talk, he provides three main reasons for why he believes “the mistreatment of women is the number one human rights issue.”

The reasons he cites are: 1) the misinterpretation of scriptures by men; 2) excessive use of violence; and 3) “men don’t give a damn”

Mr. Carter highlights several global issues that negatively affect girls and women including: genital mutilation (FGM), infibulation, honor killings, human trafficking/slavery, prostitution, sexual assaults in the military, sexual assaults on university campuses in the US, and the gender wage gap.

At the end of this video, he calls for people to be proactive in protecting women and girls, globally.

Pop Star Identifies As Pansexual

Pop star Miley Cyrus recently revealed to several publications that she considers herself to be gender fluid and pansexual, claiming that she doesn’t label herself as neither boy nor girl and doesn’t limit herself to those labels when choosing romantic partners.

Pansexuality is not new, as experts say there have always been people who fall within the realm, but the term is unfamiliar to much of the public.  By opening up about her own intimate choices, Miley has opened the minds of many millennials and drawn the ire of many less open minded individuals.

Either way, she has at least brought awareness to a topic that we’ll certainly become more familiar with in the future.

The Oppressed Majority

Whenever I bring up feminism with a friend or acquaintance and label it as such the tension in the air often becomes palpable.  From my experience, most people will agree with you when you say that all humans deserve equal rights, but the moment that you label it feminism there is a hesitance.  People rebuke that the feminist battle has been fought, that we are equal and it’s time to drop it.  It seems evident to me that many people are still very threatened by the idea of individuals banning together to improve the welfare of others, especially when it is led by women.  Feminism has a long way to go, and I think that this video says volumes about our society and how far it is from liberation.

Roe At Risk: Fighting for Reproductive Justice Review

When I began to think of topics that would interest our entire class, I immediately thought of this video. Compiled by the Alliance 4 Justice, this video address the issue of Reproductive Justice. Many think of FGM or other extremes when you hear anything referring to injustices against women and control over their reproduction on a global perspective. But this is the tip of the iceberg and seems to paint a scene outside of the United States. But today, right here in our backyard, women are being stripped of the rights, their mothers and grandmothers fought for in the 20’s and 60’s. Whether you are pro-choice or pro-life, this video should impact your understanding of  the rights you are entitled to as a human being. Take a look at the video and feel free to comment. Thanks in advance. Pay close attention to the elected officials and decide for yourself. Do they attempt to refute the reproductive rights of women?     Ellen Branch

Egypt’s Brotherhood Blasts UN Women’s Document

Sarah El Deeb’s article discusses the opposition that a UN Women’s document has received from the Islamic Brotherhood in Egypt. The group has opposed this document because of clauses within it that they consider incompatible with the tenants of Islam. Actual details of the document have yet to be released pending negotiations. Officials are remaining optimistic that the document will pas, but there is speculation that Egypt will seek the choice to opt out of sections of the document before passing it. Libya has also publicly rejected the document. Egypt has called for an amendment to the document before they would approve it. Issues lie in the differences in interpretations of ideologies of Islamic law. The rise in Fundamentalist groups as a result of protests and political upheavals in the region has led to more traditional interpretations as well as an increase in violence against women. Women activists have responded on both sides, some agreeing with the document and others with those who have challenged it. Issues between differences in interpretations have created contention amongst Politicians and activist who have called for stronger protection and enforcement of rights for women. Shannon


Another take on intersectional issues in activism: Black Cuban feminists

Cuban hip hop artists Las Krudas


This Cuban Hip Hop group is interesting: Remember the critique that many black women in the US have of white feminists, and so they prefer the term “womanist” to “feminist”? Check out this group’s discussion of this issue and how they are framing themselves:

Black Cuban Feminist Hip Hop Band

Also a reminder of our discussion of communist countries attempting gender equality (and equality between races, in the case of Cuba).


India Rape Ordinance Blasted by Female Activists




Based on the deadly gang rape the president added an anti-rape ordinance into law. Protesters are furious because they say it was crafted without any input and falls short of bringing perpetrators to justice. The outcry is also due to the perceived dismissal of the recommendations made by the Verma committee’s report. The finance minister did say that the ordinance would speed up the trial of those accused in the gang rape. One positive move was when the Supreme Court is considering a measure to lower the age of adult from 18-16, therefore, those that are found guilty of sexual assaults will face time in prison.

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