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Saudi Women’s Rights Activist Convicted by Terrorism Court – WSJ

Prominent Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathoul was convicted Monday by a local terrorism court, but is set to be released on parole early next year, in a case that has garnered intense Western criticism of Riyadh’s human rights record.

Ms. Hathloul was picked up in May 2018 just as the conservative kingdom allowed women to drive, something she and other detained activists had long advocated. She was charged with aiding an enemy country and destabilizing the Saudi regime, as well as speaking with foreign journalists and diplomats, contacting Saudi dissidents living abroad and applying for a job at the United Nations.

The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh, a tribunal set up in 2008 to try al Qaeda suspects, sentenced her Monday to five years and eight months in jail, starting from the date of her arrest, according to her family and people familiar with the case. A reduction for time served means she will likely be released in March on three years’ probation, with a five-year travel ban. The sentence can be appealed.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, has accused women’s rights activists of espionage on behalf of regional rivals Qatar and Iran. Earlier in December, Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said Ms. Hathloul had allegedly passed classified information to unfriendly states. The two officials have denied that Ms. Hathloul’s activism was the reason for her detention.

However, Ms. Hathloul’s family said the only evidence presented against her in court, which was closed to foreign journalists and diplomats, were tweets about women driving and videos of her discussing male guardianship, a system requiring Saudi women to obtain permission from a male relative for decisions such as traveling abroad.

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50 Beautiful Women Of India

50 Beautiful Women Of India

Redefining the concept of beauty, the 50 Beautiful Women Of India campaign aims to explore the relativity between courageous and outspoken gamechangers and the conventional definition of beauty. The extensive list includes women who have come of age in politically fraught times, women who have rejected labels and found their own identity, women who have spoken up against injustice and women who won battles against life-threatening diseases. These are the women we look up to, they are brave, they are inspirational, and beautiful in every sense of the word. Authors: Anannya Chatterjee, Karen Alfonso, Manya Lohita Ahuja, Sreeparna Mazumder, Srijoni Roy, Stuti Bhattacharya, Tracy Ann
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ICC names Meg Lanning as captain in both Women’s ODI and T20I teams of the decade

ICC released Women’s ODI and T20I teams of the decade on Sunday.

Australian players dominated both the sides.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) released the Women’s T20I and ODI Teams of the decade on Sunday.

India’s veteran cricketers Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami were picked in the 50-over side, while Harmanpreet Kaur and Poonam Yadav made their way in the T20I team.

The Decade’s ODI Team included three players from Australia – skipper Meg Lanning, opening batter Alyssa Healy and all-rounder, Ellyse Perry.

Except for Aussies, two players from South Africa and the West Indies featured in the side, while the remaining two spots were grabbed by England’s Sarah Taylor and New Zealand’s Suzie Bates.

Here is Women’s ODI Team of the Decade:

Alyssa Healy, Suzie Bates, Mithali Raj, Meg Lanning (c), Stafanie Taylor, Sarah Taylor, Ellyse Perry, Dane Van Niekerk, Marizanne Kapp, Jhulan Goswami, and Anisha Mohammed.

The ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Decade ?

Just like the 50-over side, Australia dominated the T20I Team of the Decade, with four of their players featuring in the side, followed by two each from India, West Indies and New Zealand. England’s Anya Shrubsole filled the remaining one spot.

The trio of Healy, Lanning, Perry, made their way in the T20I side as well. Another Aussie was veteran bowler Megan Schutt.

New Zealand’s Suzie Bates and Stafanie Taylor from the West Indies also found a place in both ODI and T20I team of the decade.

Here is Women’s T20I Team of the Decade:

Alyssa Healy, Sophie Devine, Suzie Bates, Meg Lanning (c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Stafanie Taylor, Deandra Dottin, Ellyse Perry, Anya Shrubsole, Megan Schutt, Poonam Yadav.

The ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Decade ?

Plenty of runs and wickets in that side! ? #ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/mRkVN1SHSf

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Here’s Why We Can Never Forget Characterization Of Women In Mani Ratnam Films

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Even maniratam garu is a tamil director, telugu audience ki ayanante ekada leni respect. Way of taking ah level lo untundi. Actually vere eh direction lonu gurthupetkoleni scenes and frames Maniratnam sir direction lo ippatiki kalla edhute unatu untai. As a die hard fan of Maniratnam ga chepthuna his direction and screenplay just awww. Oka scene ni screen medha present chese style just epic. Every film is like his first film.. such a pure, emotional and real. Ayana direction oka level aythe female characterization next level asalu. A magic between confidence and insecurity. So let’s see few of them.

1. Born in a middle class family

2. Simple and elegant dressing especially in sarees.

3. They love to feel and dance in the rain.

4. She know when to act childish and when to be matured.

5. Will be a kind of girl everyone respects.

6. They won’t accept a guy’s proposal very soon.

7. They will fight and will get succeed for what they need.

8. Will give Lifelong support for fellow ones.

9. They will have a special admiration in fine arts and literature.

10. They have enough guts and face any kind of situation life throws at them.

11. She will be very unique in their character.

12. They will have their own dreams and responsibilities too.

13. They don’t like to get marry very soon.

14. She will fight for the man he loved.

15. They have beautiful hair that too curly.

16. Eyes speaks! Eyes says the unsaid words and convey emotions.

17. Last but not least, most of them are angry birds.

If showing women character is an art.. Mani sir is Picasso in it..! He will be remembered until the cinema exists. Man of few words but many Master pieces! Finest craftsman and legend.

Actually I’m nothing and have no words to express the significance of Mani sir films. You know what his titles are almost with girl names… As a girl fan I relate more to his films and characterizations. So comment your favorite women character from Mani sir films and let me know.

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Media Entrepreneur Sheila Eldridge Is Amplifying The Voices of Women of Color Through The Mocha Podcasts Network

Media veteran and entrepreneur Sheila Eldridge recently announced the launch of the Mocha Podcasts Network, which brings the voices of Black and brown women to the forefront. BLACK ENTERPRISE spoke with Eldridge about the network, what it takes to build a successful business in the entertainment industry, and overcoming obstacles as a Black woman entrepreneur.

BLACK ENTERPRISE: Tell us more about the Mocha Podcasts Network and why you launched it.

Eldridge: The podcast market is growing and only going to get bigger with nearly 100 million people who are currently regularly listening to podcasts in America and by 2023, it’s forecasted to have 160 million listeners. Based on my experience and success over the last 10 years in national radio syndication, the expansion into the podcast market solidifies our 360 landscape. The Mocha Podcasts Network (MPN) is a destination to showcase people of color with an emphasis on Black and brown women featuring conversations “from a Black perspective.” The initial roster of podcasts we’ll offer couldn’t be a more diverse group of heavy-hitting women like music legends En Vogue (The Funky Divas), comediennes Sherri Shepherd and Kym Whitley (Two Funny Mamas); TV host Jacque Reid (Vegan, Sexy, Cool); talk show queen Rolonda Watts (Rolonda on Demand); and The Real‘s Loni Love with the Café Mocha Podcast. With a belief in quality over quantity, we have a roster of talent with a variety of lifestyle content for our launch and we’ll be announcing new shows and partners in January 2021.

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As corporate companies focus on their diversity efforts amidst all the racial strife this country is going through, how important is this network, and do you anticipate it being easier to gain corporate dollars?

Black people are huge consumers of podcasts. In a recent Nielsen report, they indicate that podcasts have more traction among Black listeners than the general population. If we are only 13% of the U.S. population but are dominating in podcast consumption, that means there are a lot of ‘Black folks’ listening to podcasts and that’s a great place to have a destination for advertisers to target them. That’s why a platform like MPN is so important and relevant to our community. We know that historically Black businesses often don’t receive the advertising resources and campaigns that other companies do. Hopefully, during this time of racial reckoning with corporations in America, we’ll see brands not just posting about Black Lives Matter but spending dollars with companies and platforms that speak to and engage directly with Black consumers.

You’ve been running Miles Ahead Entertainment & Broadcasting for over two decades. What drives you to continue doing the work you do?

The entertainment business is an ever-evolving culture and my company has changed and grown with the times. I try to keep my fingers at the pulse of what’s happening and making sure my business model as a full-service media, marketing, and broadcast company isn’t just in the mix, but it truly helps impact the culture with our broadcast endeavors, client partnerships, and talent relationships.

I also enjoy being a training ground for young executives who start with me as interns and assistants, but now they’re vice presidents at Fortune 500 companies and we now do business together. My longevity is truly connected with my wiliness to pivot and embrace what’s new and what’s next in this business. That’s the only way to survive.

Being involved in the music industry for many years, how have you handled being a Black woman with the obvious hardships in a male-dominated field, yet, being able to successfully run your own company and how did/do you overcome the difficulties?

The term “act like a lady, think like a man” isn’t just a title of a book that Steve Harvey wrote; it’s how I approached working in this industry. And I learned early on that if you command respect from people while over-delivering, it can help you combat some of the obstacles you face due to gender. The truth is, no matter the industry you’re in, we know women still have to fight for respect and definitely for equal pay in comparison to our male counterparts. But I will tell anyone this: if you can survive and thrive in the music industry, you can make it anywhere! My foundation in music and all of those obstacles gave me the strength and the fight to transition into the marketing and corporate branding worlds, as well as my broadcast entities.

What advice would you share with someone looking for a sustainable career in entertainment?

I recently had a client call me and told me that they had been quoting the advice I gave them more than a decade ago in a recent conversation which was “put everything in the contract.” People and businesses change their minds, but the terms of your contract are a binding agreement that must be honored despite it all.

Also, networking and good relationships are invaluable assets. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve closed a deal or landed new business as a result of a referral, having previously worked with someone, or from someone just talking up my company’s services. Apply those two things to whatever else you’re doing and it’ll help you along the way. My mantra is “networking works” as entrepreneurs–we just have to do more of it!

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Among sea of protesters at Singhu, women-only tents offer a safe and private space for many | Cities News,The Indian Express

A month ago, 26-year-old Rupinder Singh, a student from Punjab’s Moga, joined the farmers’ protest at Singhu with one intention — to listen, and to solve problems. If an ingredient in a langar was over, he would fetch that; if a protester couldn’t read the newspaper, he would read out the news item aloud; if someone needed hot water to bathe, Singh would help them find a geyser.

So, when he realised that women protesters returned to their villages and towns in Punjab quicker than men due to lack of privacy, Singh knew he had to arrange tents just for them. On Friday, Singh and his friends set up 70 waterproof tents in a space cleared up between tractors from Moga, 500 metres from the main stage.

Singh said, “I did a recce of the area to find the best spot to place the tents, after we raised Rs 1.5 lakh between friends and sought help from an NGO called Jap Ji Foundation. There are tents in three sizes that can accommodate two, three and five people each, and have a layer of razai, and a blanket. These are just for women, and for families that have young children.”

On Saturday, Manjinder Kaur (47), Tezbir Kaur (42) and their children came to Singhu border after the men of the family returned home after weeks of protesting. “We feel very comfortable and safe here, there is privacy to change clothes too. There’s a bathroom for women less than 50 metres away,” said Manjinder.

By 7 pm, the tents start filling up, and since Friday, Singh has been inundated with calls from women making bookings.

Amritpreet Kaur (27) from Patiala said that she heard about tents for women from a fellow protester on Saturday but was unable to find the number or its location. “It had been a week so I decided that I’d rather just go back and return in a few days. But today, I found the tents for women and have decided to extend my stay.”

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Four Black women physicians write op-ed in remembrance of Dr. Susan Moore – TheGrio : TheGrio

Four Black women physicians write op-ed in remembrance of Dr. Susan Moore

“If a physician can’t be heard by her own peers to save her life, then who will listen?“

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Black physicians have been voicing their sadness and outrage online in light of Dr. Susan Moore’s death, who raised attention towards racial treatment as a patient.

In an op-ed for The Washington Post, four Black women physicians echoed their anger and amplified Moore’s dying message to address racism in the health system.

The physicians include Aletha Maybank, chief health equity officer at the American Medical Association, Camara Phyllis Jones, family physician, epidemiologist and former president of the American Public Health Association; Uche Blackstock, founder and CEO of Advancing Medical Health Equity, and Joia Crear Perry, president of the National Birth Equity Collaborative.

“COVID-19 has exposed the devastating realities of long-standing structural inequities experienced by Black and Brown people in this country. They are more likely than Whites to be infected, and more likely die,” the op-ed said.

Maybank, Jones, Blackstock, and Perry further emphasized that Moore’s experience was a “confirmation” that value is often assigned based on the color of your skin.

“That system has a name: racism. No matter how well-intentioned our health-care system is, it has not rooted out the false idea of a hierarchy of human valuation based on skin color and the false idea that, if there were such a hierarchy, “White” people would be at the top.”

In a video shared on Facebook, Moore documented her mistreatment by medical staff at Indiana University Health System on Dec. 4. theGrio reported that her fever spiked to 103 degrees after being sent home, and her blood pressure decreased. She was then admitted to Saint Vincent Carmel Hospital, where she said she received better treatment.

“Those people were trying to kill me. Clearly, everyone has to agree they discharge me way too soon,” Moore said in the video. “They are now treating me for bacterial pneumonia as well as Covid pneumonia. I am getting very compassionate care. They are offering me pain medicine.”

Moore sadly passed away on Dec. 20 from COVID complications at the age of 52.

The op-ed further explored the nuances and “white supremacist ideology” that has shaped the medical field’s values and practices, such as a 2016 study that Black people experience less pain than white people. 

It notes the dark history of gynecology responsible for that belief, with Dr. J Marion performing vaginal surgical procedures on enslaved Black women without the use of anesthesia.

This pointed to one of Moore’s cries for help when seeking pain medication from her doctor.

“He doesn’t know why my neck hurts and he doesn’t feel comfortable giving me any narcotics. All I can do is cry I was in so much pain. He said you can just go home right now,” Moore shared.

On Twitter, Jones noted her, as well as the other doctors, knew that “it could have just as easily been us. We might be next. Anti-racism is the cure.”

Say her name! Dr. Susan Moore! Yet ANOTHER loss of Black genius and vibrant humanity due to racism.

As four Black women physicians, @DrAlethaMaybank, @uche_blackstock, @doccrearperry and I know that it could have just as easily been us. We might be next. Anti-racism is the cure. https://t.co/ptelhKKa9E

— Camara Jones (@CamaraJones)

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Two women and three girls were found dead in Arkansas on Christmas Day – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather | Indiana Traffic

(CNN) — A relative visiting family at Christmas made a gruesome discovery when they entered their relatives’ Pope County, Arkansas, home to find two women and three girls dead.

The Pope County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a possible homicide on Pine Ridge Road on Christmas Day after the family member discovered the bodies, the sheriff’s office said.

All five victims — ranging in age from 8 to 50 — were related to each other, Sheriff Shane Jones said in a news conference Saturday.

It’s unclear how long the women and girls had been dead before their bodies were discovered. Asked if the victims suffered gunshot wounds, Jones said was too early to tell but “some are gunshot wounds.”

The incident appeared to be isolated and domestic in nature, Jones said, and there is no danger to the public.

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No suspect has been identified. Arkansas State Police are assisting local investigators.

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Pope County, Arkansas: 5 women, girls found dead in apparent Christmas homicide – ABC11 Raleigh-Durham

Two women and three girls have been found dead in a home in northwest Arkansas in what authorities said are being investigated as suspected homicides.

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Women over 50 paid £8,000 a year less than men for full-time work | World news | The Guardian

Women over 50 in the UK are paid almost £8,000 a year less than men, according to research revealing that the collapse of retailers during the pandemic has hit women much harder than men.

An analysis of official data found that the median annual salary of women working full-time in their 50s was 23% less than that of men in the same age group, according to a report by Rest Less, a company that offers help and advice to people over 50. Women in their 60s were paid 25% less.

The study shows that a woman in a full-time job earned on average just under £28,000 this year, compared with nearly £34,000 for men. But the gap was wider for those over 50 – £26,230 for women and £34,325 for men, the report said. Women aged over 60 are paid £23,903 on average, while men receive £31,667.

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a string of high street failures, including the collapse of the department store chain Debenhams and Arcadia, the retail group that includes Topshop and Dorothy Perkins. Women tend to make up the bulk of the retail workforce, including older women and mothers working part-time.

Widespread job losses in the hospitality industry have also disproportionately affected women.

Stuart Lewis, the founder of Rest Less, said: “Women in their 50s and 60s face the double discrimination of age bias, combined with the widest gender pay gap of all ages, receiving a salary of £8,000 less per year than their male counterparts in full-time employment.

“Whilst the state pension age has now been equalised at 66 for both sexes, decades of a gender pay gap and the resulting wide gulf in private pension savings mean that the future retirement incomes of men and women remain far from equal,” he added.

“The fact that earnings peak in our 40s and decline as we head into our 50s and 60s has profound implications for all of us and our retirement savings plans. We can no longer rely on bigger salaries in the years before we retire to fund our pensions, and instead need to consider the most efficient ways to save for retirement from an early age.”

Progress in tackling the gender pay gap has been painfully slow, and women who are in their mid-30s now will never know equal pay in their working lives if efforts to narrow the gap are not stepped up, according to separate recent analysis from Labour. It was published on 20 November to mark Equal Pay Day, the day that women in effect stop being paid because of the gender pay gap in the UK.

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