Women of the Diaspora: A Global Virtual Summit On Gender and Racial Discrimination Starts Friday, September 18 at 11:00 AM
Women of the Diaspora: A Global Summit on Gender and Racial Discrimination is the first in a series of webinars centering on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. On Friday, September 18, the summit focuses on Goal 5: gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, particularly those from the African Diaspora. The online discussion is from 11:00 am EDT to 1:00 pm EDT (3:00 - 5:00 pm GMT).
Organized jointly by the African Renaissance and Diaspora Network (ARDN), the Republic of Costa Rica and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the virtual discussion addresses racial discrimination and violence against women and girls. Among the participants are H.E. Epsy Campbell-Barr, First Vice President of the Republic of Costa Rica; Dr. Natalie Kanem, USG and Executive Director of the UN Development Population Fund; the Honorable Constance Newman, Chair of the Board of ARDN and former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs of USA; the Honorable Diane Abbott, British Member of Parliament; and Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, President and Chair of the Board of National Council of Negro Women.
Remembering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 1933 – 2020 by Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte, 9/20/20
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The nation lost a preeminent judicial scholar and champion for gender equality today, when Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Brooklyn native, passed away on the evening of Rosh Hashanah. Justice Ginsburg, the second woman ever appointed to the United States Supreme Court died of complications from pancreatic cancer. She was known for her dissenting opinions, which she dressed for in a judicial collar, or jabot.
Ginsburg started her legal career as an advocate for gender equality. In 1975, while a professor at Rutgers Law, Ginsburg famously argued the case Weinberger v. Wiesenfeld before the Supreme Court. She took on the case of the appellant, Stephen Wiesenfeld, who was denied Social Security survivor benefits after his wife passed away, because of his sex. After hearing Ginsburg's arguments, the Court held that gender‐based discrimination violated the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment.
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Japan reacts to tennis star Naomi Osaka's protest in support of Black Lives Matter by Nevin Thompson 9/6/20
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On August 27, Japanese tennis superstar Naomi Osaka briefly suspended her participation in the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in the United States following the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Osaka's “new voice” against racism drew accolades and, predictably, criticism in Japan.
Jacob Blake's shooting in Wisconsin on August 23, 2020, part of a historical pattern of violence against Black and BIPOC people by police in the United States, has provoked massive criticism and civil disobedience across the United States.
Numerous athletes and sports teams staged wildcat strikes to protest Blake's shooting. In a tweet on August 27, Osaka stated she would withdraw from the Western & Southern Open tournament to “get a conversation started in a majority white sport” (tennis).
World Tourism Day 2020: Global community celebrates “Tourism and Rural Development”, 9/13/20
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The 2020 edition of World Tourism Day will celebrate the unique role that tourism plays in providing opportunities outside of big cities and preserving cultural and natural heritage all around the world.
Celebrated on 27 September with the theme of “Tourism and Rural Development”, this year's international day of observation comes at a critical moment, as countries around the world look to tourism to drive recovery, including in rural communities where the sector is a leading employer and economic pillar.