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1. AFRICA ON ICE
These Nigerian women are making history

These fierce athletes are on track to put Nigeria on the map in the most unlikely of places: the upcoming 2018 Olympic Winter Games. For what, you may ask? Bobsledding. That’s right – these women, from a country that has rarely seen snow in living memory, are bobsledding their way into the history books. The team consists of Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga.

Bobsledding has quite the history of attracting the underdogs. Remember the ’90s classic Cool Runnings? That film was based on the true story of a group of Jamaicans who qualified for the Olympics in 1988 and stole the hearts of people worldwide. Now, 30 years on, let’s hope that these incredible Nigerian women will do the same (and perhaps even inspire Disney to make a sequel? Pretty please!).

2. A MAJOR CHANGE IN CALIFORNIA’S SCHOOLS
And Another Victory For The LGBTQ+ Community

California will be the first US state that will teach with LGBT-inclusive textbooks. This ruling requires schools to teach about the accomplishments of LGBT people in history and other social sciences subjects. Not only this, but the state board of education even went the extra mile, rejecting two textbooks that excluded LGBT history. California is known as one of the most progressive and inclusive states in the US. In a time when it seems everything’s just going backwards, it’s great to see one positive step forward in the US.

3. SA COURT WEIGHS IN ON POLYGAMY
And Helps Women Left Destitute Because Of It

Thursday 30 November was a big day for women married in polygamous unions. The Constitutional Court found that section 7 of the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act is unconstitutional and has given parliament 24 months in which to correct the legislation. Section 7 states that ownership and control of marital property is reserved for husbands only. The Court found that this particularly affects women in traditional polygamous unions (like in Venda customary marriages) when their husbands die or leave them. Often, the wives see all of their husband’s possessions go to male heirs, leaving them with no security. The court has ruled that women married in these kinds of unions will have joint and equal ownership of marital property.

4. WORLD CAPITAL FOR CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN
Delhi takes the shameful crown yet again

The stats are in and they don’t look good: Delhi has once again been named the world capital of crimes against women. Delhi already has a reputation for being a dangerous city, with an average of 23 crimes reported every hour for a year. 33% of all crimes in Delhi are crimes against women. This is perhaps why women report that even though they’re eligible for top universities in the area, they rather opt for lower-ranking universities for safety reasons.

 

5. METRORAIL/PRASA SLAMMED FOR SAFETY
Current situation is just not good enough

During 16 Days of Activism For Gender-Based Violence, the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (PRASA) has been slammed for not ensuring the safety of female and young commuters. Unite Behind Coalition and Public Transport Voice agreed that PRASA has been spending money in dubious places without ensuring the safety of the most vulnerable commuters. This comes at a time when PRASA was ordered by the Western Cape High Court to pay Masibulele Rautini full damages for injuries he sustained after being thrown out of a Metrorail train by robbers. The court found that PRASA should have taken measures to ensure safety on board the train. It shows us that big organisations can and should be held accountable for the safety of those who need it most.

 

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