Gender-South Africa: ‘There Is A Sense Of Vindication’

There Is A Sense Of Vindication - Gender-South Africa Miren Gutierrez* interviews THENJIWE MTINTSO, Ambassador of South Africa to Italy ROME, Nov 26 (IPS) - Born in a squatter camp in Orlando East and raised by a single mother; working in a factory while completing secondary school by correspondence; arrested and banned by the apartheid…

Teaching at University

As in previous years, I was invited to teach at University of Navarra as Guest Professor last month. As part of the International Media Programme, I spoke about the crisis in the media sector, the coverage of the war in Iraq, propaganda and gender. The International Media Programme is part of a one academic year…

Revista Emakunde – Sobre género

La revista Emakunde publica una entrevista -en euskera- sobre el nuevo servicio de noticias sobre asuntos de género creado por Inter Press Service, que dirijo. El servicio se centra en cuatro temas fundamentales: el traspaso o herencia de la propiedad (que en muchos países está vedado a las mujeres), la violencia llamada "de género", la…

DEVELOPMENT: Plenty On the Plate – Part 2

By Miren Gutierrez* and Oriana Boselli An internally displaced person in Congo carries rations distributed by the World Food Programme. Credit:U.N. ROME, Oct 4 (IPS) - "From a current 6.5 billion population, a billion don't get enough to eat right now. Extrapolate that to 2020, and you begin to recognise why this is not just…

POLITICS-ITALY: Don’t Even Speak of Equality! – Part 2

By Miren Gutierrez* and Oriana Boselli The prevailing machismo in politics discourages women’s involvement Credit:Italian government ROME, Sep 22 (IPS) - Angelica Mucchi-Faina, psychology professor at the Perugia University, thinks that "in Italy you cannot even talk about equal opportunities for women in politics." However, Italy signed the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms…

POLITICS-ITALY: Where Are the Women? – Part 1

By Miren Gutierrez* and Oriana Boselli Luisa Capelli: Italian feminism "has been marginalised" Credit:Oriana Boselli/IPS ROME, Sep 22 (IPS) - Four ministers out of 21; 193 parliamentarians out of 952 (upper and lower houses); no party leaders. Why are there so few women in Italian politics?"The feminist movement in Italy has been strong… But in…

Blogging about women…

I have started to blog on women's issues at Gender Masala. My latest comments are about Il corpo delle donne, a documentary about the manipulative, humiliating image of women in Italian television, and about how the latest version of Star Trek reproduces the utdated sexual prejudices of the sixties. I am fascinated by how media portray women. Maybe it…