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"How are women around the world finding their own voice.... between ingrained traditions and pop culture stereotypes"
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Bénédicte Kurzen : l'Afrique dans le regard d'une femme

Bénédicte Kurzen  : l'Afrique dans le regard d'une femme | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
En 2005, Bénédicte Kurzen s'était installée à Johannesbourg en Afrique du Sud et avait co-fondé “Eve Photographers”, un collectif de six femmes photographes qui travaillaient alors sur des sujets de “femmes“, en particulier sur les questions liées...
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En Iran, l’entraîneur qui voulait des femmes dans les stades

En Iran, l’entraîneur qui voulait des femmes dans les stades | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
En Iran, l’entraîneur qui voulait des femmes dans les stades...
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Neuroscientists take aim at Naomi Wolf's theory of the "conscious vagina"

Neuroscientists take aim at Naomi Wolf's theory of the "conscious vagina" | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
Well, if Naomi Wolf wanted to draw attention to herself through the publication of her new book, Vagina: A New Biography, she has certainly succeeded —...
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Most New Saudi Women’s Rights ‘Meaningless’

Most New Saudi Women’s Rights ‘Meaningless’ | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
Christoph Wilcke of Human Rights Watch discusses women's issues and the struggle between progressive and conservative groups in Saudi Arabia.
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Family Life According to the Brotherhood

Family Life According to the Brotherhood | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is committed to upholding patriarchal and traditional values around a woman’s place in society, and many Egyptian women need no convincing.
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Saudi Arabia Signals Openness to Women Seeking Work

Saudi Arabia Signals Openness to Women Seeking Work | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it

“Why do we educate our women and then expect them to just sit at home?”

Limited female participation in the work force is ingrained in Gulf culture, but the Saudi government is aiming to bolster female employment opportunities without transgressing religious boundaries.

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Egypt is starting to take sexual harassment seriously

Egypt is starting to take sexual harassment seriously | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it

 It has long been tacitly accepted and the victims blamed, but the 'Facebook generation' is slowly helping to change perceptions...

By Baher Ibrahim. The Guardian.

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Les Speed Sisters, des Palestiniennes qui réalisent leur rêve de liberté au volant de bolides

Les Speed Sisters, des Palestiniennes qui réalisent leur rêve de liberté au volant de bolides | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
Six jeunes femmes palestiniennes ont dû convaincre des parents sceptiques, s'adapter aux contraintes de l'occupation israélienne et faire fi des préjugés d'un public parfois désapprobateur pour devenir des stars locales et le sujet d'un...
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Clarisse Feletin : “Il y a déni social et juridique à propos du harcèlement sexuel”

Clarisse Feletin : “Il y a déni social et juridique à propos du harcèlement sexuel” | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
Pour France 2, Clarisse Feletin signe un documentaire exceptionnel sur un tabou majeur du monde du travail. “Sexe, mensonges et harcèlement” est diffusé ce mardi 4 septembre.
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Straightening Out the Work-Life Balance

Straightening Out the Work-Life Balance | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
The pursuit of “work-life balance,” which sounds so wholesome and reasonable, can be a zero-sum game in the office.
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Jera Oliver's curator insight, November 14, 2014 3:33 PM

How many times have you hesitated before submitting a request to use accrued paid leave? I frequently dread having conversations about my need to be out of the office for a partial or full day. Reports and data show that many workers are concerned about being perceived as less committed to their jobs when they take time off. Whenever I come to the reason box on a request form, I usually see a parenthetical note stating "optional," but even if I don't list something, a justification inevitably makes it way into a conversation with my supervisor or my peers. It should more realistically be entitled "Rationale for Using an Earned Benefit to Take Care of Other Things that Matter in My Life." I feel compelled to justify why my life is "interfering" with my daily 8 to 5 schedule, as if it is an absurd occurrence.

 

From job interviews to water cooler chats to leave request conversations, many American workers strive to maintain a veil of outright commitment to their jobs and complete availability, working late into the night and responding to emails within 10 minutes -- all day. For most of us, work is important since it enables us to utilize our talents and generate income, but other aspects of our lives mean just as much, if not more.

 

In this NY Times article, Cali Williams, chief executive of Flex + Strategy Group/Work + Life Fit, comments: “My advice is to remove the why — take the reason out of it. You shouldn’t say, 'I’m leaving at 3 p.m. to take my kid to a soccer game' because what about the person who has to take their parent to chemotherapy or the person who needs to go to marriage counseling?” The request for (or implied expectation of) a rationale imposes discomfort where none should exist. Sure, certain mechanisms have to be in place if the need for leave is long-term. Companies want to be sure all employees are treated fairly when administering its leave policies. But do I really need to tell my supervisor "why" each time I wish to be out of the office, especially if I've done my due diligence to ensure that tasks will still be completed in a timely manner?     

 

I am a person of many titles: full-time administrator, single mother, preschool room parent, church volunteer, elder care provider, homeowner, avid traveler, bookworm, non-degree graduate student and (possibly) overachiever. Each of these activities and interests mean a lot to me and some of them I don't want to discuss at work. There are times when I already feel bad about having to do everything by myself - child care drop offs, medical appointments for a kid and an aging parent (and myself when I can), house repairs, personal finances, etc. I don't have a spouse, so everything falls on me. To provide a justification for time off when I'm already dealing with work-life stressors feels like an invasion of privacy, opening doors for potential judgment. Could I be overlooked for promotions because face time is (perhaps wrongly) associated with productivity? Is my character on the line?

 

Of course, I know I can't give everything my undivided attention, but I don't want to feel guilty for choosing to dedicate some time to other matters, especially if my daily job duties won't really be impacted. The 40 hour work week is less than 25% of the 168 hours we all have in a seven day period of time; yet, it seems to dictate a lot of what the traditional 9 to 5, Monday through Friday, traffic-fighting, commuting worker is able to (sanely) accomplish in life overall, work-life policy or not.

 

This is a bigger issue than just the traditional workplace though. For instance, service providers could do more to at least have evening or weekend hours that open up more options for clients. Until then, let's at least consider doing more at work to not only tout work-life balance, but to actually effectuate it as well.

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Comment Ryan Gosling est devenu une icône féministe

Comment Ryan Gosling est devenu une icône féministe | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it

Dans un livre inspiré de son blog "Feminist Ryan Gosling", une étudiante américaine fait le pari de démocratiser les thèses féministes grâce à l'acteur de Drive. En voiture Simone (de Beauvoir).

Par "Les Inrocks "

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QUÉBEC: Une femme Premier ministre, enfin !

QUÉBEC: Une femme Premier ministre, enfin ! | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
Le mouvement étudiant a bousculé l'agenda politique au Québec : des élections anticipées auront lieu le 4 septembre. Elles pourraient voir Pauline Marois, chef de file du Parti québécois, devenir Premier ministre.
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In Praise Of the Male Biological Clock

In Praise Of the Male Biological Clock | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it

When my husband and I had our first child, our son, I had to look up the strangely ominous label I’d read on my chart: “elderly primigravida.” With visions of wrinkled babushkas hovering in my already anxious mind, I discovered...

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European Proposal Presses for Women to Join Boards

European Proposal Presses for Women to Join Boards | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it

Companies allocating fewer than 40 percent of seats on supervisory boards to women could face sanctions, according to a proposal by the European Union justice commissioner.

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"Toi aussi, fais sortir ton mâle intérieur..!"

"Toi aussi, fais sortir ton mâle intérieur..!" | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
Initiés par l'Américaine Diane Torr à la fin des années 80, les ateliers Drag King se répandent partout en Europe. A Paris, l'atelier organisé par Victor Marzouk a été filmé dans un documentaire qui passe ce jeudi sur Arte.
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Battle Hymn of the Slacker Father

Battle Hymn of the Slacker Father | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it

The whole planet is becoming Sweden.

Carol Tavris reviews The End of Men: And the Rise of Women...

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ISRAËL • Feriez-vous l’amour avec un Arabe ?

ISRAËL • Feriez-vous l’amour avec un Arabe ? | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
La cinéaste Yolande Zauberman et son compagnon, l’écrivain Sélim Nassib, sont partis en Israël pour interroger les Juifs et les Arabes sur leur désir de faire l’amour ensemble.
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Love and Free Will Challenge Traditional Pakistani Family Ties

Love and Free Will Challenge Traditional Pakistani Family Ties | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
Young Pakistani women are increasingly asserting their rights against the traditions of forced marriage and parental authority.
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Don't look now: US bloggers claim avoiding the mirror can improve your image

Don't look now: US bloggers claim avoiding the mirror can improve your image | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
'Mirror-fasting' for a month or even a year is the way, some say, to break the unhealthy habit of constantly checking one's looks...
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Le féminisme «prosexe, proporno, proputes» de Morgane Merteuil

Le féminisme «prosexe, proporno, proputes» de Morgane Merteuil | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
Escort girl et porte-voix du Syndicat du travail sexuel, elle dénonce dans un pamphlet les associations féministes anti-prostitution.
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Les féministes dénudées Femen débarquent à Paris

Les féministes dénudées Femen débarquent à Paris | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
L'actualité International sur Têtu.com : Les féministes dénudées Femen débarquent à Paris...
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Female Saudi film director breaks taboos in Venice

Female Saudi film director breaks taboos in Venice | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
The film follows the everyday life of a young girl and her attempts to circumvent restrictions and break social barriers...
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"The Good Girls revolt"

"The Good Girls revolt" | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
“The Good Girls Revolt” is about how a small band of women at Newsweek successfully challenged sex discrimination at the magazine and throughout the industry.
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Hanna Rosin reality check, part whatever

Hanna Rosin reality check, part whatever | A Voice of Our Own | Scoop.it
Imagining a nascent middle-class matriarchy begins with some real information.
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