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5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

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5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Posted by Laura Heaton on March 11, 2011

5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Here at Enough, we often swap emails with interesting articles and feature stories that we come across in our favorite publications and on our favorite websites. We wanted to share some of these stories with you as part of our effort to keep you up to date on what you need to know in the world of anti-genocide and crimes against humanity work.

The Daily Beast’s International Women’s Day feature, an interactive multimedia piece showcasing “150 Women Who Shake the World” is very engaging and inspiring.

Professor Eric Reeves has written extensively about Sudan over the years and came out with an overview of the situation in Abyei, its historical underpinnings, and a hard-hitting commentary about the failings of the U.N. to protect civilians and the “fundamental error” that U.S. diplomats made that pushed the contested region to the current crisis.

Here’s a different slant on the human rights implications of our electronics consumerism. For the March magazine, Wired’s Joel Johnson takes a deeper look into the scandal surrounding the conditions at China’s Foxconn factory – a world manufacturer of electronics products, accounting for nearly 40 percent of the $150 billion industry – that drove many of its workers to suicide.

Infuriated by her community’s indifference to the rape epidemic affecting its women and threatened by her own husband, Rebecca Lolosoli set off to create a village only for women. Twenty-one years later, 64 women – many of them survivors of rape – live in the village of Umoja (“Unity” in Swahili) in Kenya where they support themselves as artisans, creating beaded jewelry.  Eliza Griswold reports for The Daily Beast.

And to finish off this women-focused week, don’t miss “The Hillary Doctrine,” a Newsweek report by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon on Hillary Clinton’s tenure as U.S. secretary of state and her mission, long in the making, to advocate for women who are disempowered, subjected to violence, and undervalued. Clinton frames her “doctrine” in terms that are less easily brushed aside as “just a women’s issue”:

While Clinton views the subjugation of the world’s women as a moral question, she plants her argument firmly on the grounds of national security, terrain she knows is far less likely to be attacked as “too soft” to be relevant to U.S. interests. “This is a big deal for American values and for American foreign policy and our interests, but it is also a big deal for our security,” she told NEWSWEEK. “Because where women are disempowered and dehumanized, you are more likely to see not just antidemocratic forces, but extremism that leads to security challenges for us.”