Những cuộc thi sắc đẹp: Áp lực của người phụ nữ ?

TS  – Hảo Linh

Cuộc thi sắc đẹp không phải là nguyên nhân mà chỉ là một dấu hiệu nhắc chúng ta rằng, xã hội vẫn còn nặng nề phán xét và coi trọng người phụ nữ qua vẻ bề ngoài.

Việt Nam tổ chức hơn 30 cuộc thi sắc đẹp quốc gia, chưa kể các cuộc thi cấp địa phương. Chúng ta ngạc nhiên vì đó là một con số lớn. Nhưng điều ta ngạc nhiên hơn cả, đó là tại sao sau bao nhiêu năm người ta công kích các cuộc thi sắc đẹp, sau một loạt những thay đổi quan niệm về vẻ đẹp đa dạng đang diễn ra ở khắp mọi nơi, giữa thời điểm phong trào nữ quyền đang dâng cao mạnh mẽ, trong đời sống hằng ngày, chỉ riêng việc đánh giá sắc đẹp của người khác đã khó chấp nhận; Thế mà, các cuộc thi sắc đẹp không chỉ vẫn còn “hợp thời”, phổ biến mà còn đang nở rộ, ngày một tăng về số lượng.

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“Ảo giác” về vẻ đẹp hoàn hảo

TS – Thu Quỳnh

Sự bùng nổ của các cuộc thi sắc đẹp trong những năm gần đây là biểu hiện cho thấy thị hiếu của công chúng xã hội, xu hướng tôn sùng vẻ đẹp hoàn hảo. Nhưng cùng với việc truyền thông tràn ngập về các cuộc thi sắc đẹp, thì theo TS. Khuất Thu Hồng, Viện trưởng Viện Nghiên cứu phát triển xã hội (ISDS), các tiêu chí của vẻ đẹp phi thực tế càng gây sức ép lên phụ nữ và xã hội nói chung.


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Tố cáo xâm hại tình dục: Vì sao phần lớn nạn nhân dừng lại trước cánh cửa công đường?

NGUYỄN THU QUỲNH 7/7/2022 0:00 GMT+7

TTCTMột khảo sát do Cơ quan Liên Hiệp Quốc về bình đẳng giới và trao quyền cho phụ nữ tại Việt Nam (UN Women) thực hiện từ tháng 2 đến tháng 6-2022 tại 3 trường đại học vừa công bố tuần trước cho thấy 90% nạn nhân không/không thể tìm đến trợ giúp pháp lý.

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Cách đây hơn một tháng, vụ việc nhà thơ Dạ Thảo Phương tố cáo bị cưỡng hiếp từ hơn 20 năm trước khiến truyền thông và mạng xã hội dậy sóng, nay gần như không còn ai nhắc tới. Tương tự, các vụ tố cáo xâm hại tình dục từng là tâm điểm dư luận… đều dần trôi vào im ắng.

Nhìn chung, khi còn ồn ào, các cuộc thảo luận về những vụ việc này đều lục lọi các chi tiết bề mặt mà quên mất căn nguyên: vì sao nhiều vụ việc tố cáo dần chìm vào im lặng, tại sao nhiều nạn nhân chịu đựng suốt một thời gian dài mà không tố cáo. Nếu không tìm được căn nguyên, không thể tìm được cách hỗ trợ và giành lại công lý cho các nạn nhân.

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Where children opt for marriage over school


By Hai Thu   July 5, 2022 | 11:37 am GMT+7

Where children opt for marriage over school

A H’Mong ethnic girl standing next to a corn field in Meo Vac District, Ha Giang Province. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc ThanhGiang Thi Mai, an eighth grade student, remarried a week after escaping a marriage by abduction for fear of becoming a woman no one would marry.

On the morning of January 31, in a house surrounded by a peach garden in Ta De village in the northern Son La Province’s Van Ho District, the 14-year-old looked in the mirror, combed her long hair, put on lipstick, and then ventured out.

That day her cousin on the other side of the village was getting married, and Mai and a friend put on their best clothes and headed to the wedding.

While they were on the way they were stopped by seven young men on three motorcycles. The tallest person flirted with Mai and said: “You look stunning today. Want to go to Hang Kia Commune and hang with us?”

The friend sitting behind her was terrified and clinging to Mai’s shirt. Both of them stayed silent.

One of the motorbikes sped up and blocked the road, causing Mai and her friend to fall off their motorbike.

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US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, ending 50 years of federal abortion rights




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  • The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that established the constitutional right to abortion.
  • Roe since 1973 had permitted abortions during the first two trimesters of pregnancy in the United States.
  • Almost half the states are expected to outlaw or severely restrict abortion as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision on a Mississippi case known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
  • Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion. The court’s other five conservatives, including Chief Justice John Roberts, joined in the judgment, which was opposed by the three liberal justices.

Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, ending decades of federal abortion rights

The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that established the constitutional right to abortion in the U.S. in 1973.

The court’s controversial but expected ruling gives individual states the power to set their own abortion laws without concern of running afoul of Roe, which had permitted abortions during the first two trimesters of pregnancy.

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‘This could happen to any of us’: Graphic video of men stomping on a woman’s head shakes China to the core 

‘This could happen to any of us’: Graphic video of men stomping on a woman’s head shakes China to the core

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‘This could happen to any of us’: Graphic video of men stomping on a woman’s head shakes China to the core ----------

Tata, a 34-year-old in the Chinese city of Chengdu, was scrolling through her social media feed at her office desk on Friday afternoon when she came upon a harrowing video that shook her to the core. 

In surveillance footage, three women are shown sharing a meal in a barbeque restaurant when a man approaches their table and places his hand on the back of one of the women. The woman pushes him away, but the man refuses to back off and reaches out again for her face. As she pushes away his hand, the man slaps her and pushes her to the ground as she struggles to fend him off. 

Her friends try to help her, but they too are attacked by the man and his friends, who rush into the restaurant as the violence breaks out. The group of men then drag the first woman through the door by her hair, smashing her with bottles and chairs and repeatedly stomping on her head as she lays on the sidewalk, her clothes stained with blood. 

The video was so graphic and the assault so savage that Tata had to pause it midway. “Immediately I was filled with outrage and horror. I could totally empathize with her — the terror she must have felt in that moment,” she said, asking to only be referred to by her English name. “

And this could happen to any of us.” The shock and anger reverberated widely as the video spread like wildfire on Chinese social media. By the evening, the attack — which took place around 2:40 a.m. Friday in the northern city of Tangshan — had ignited a nationwide uproar, drawing hundreds of millions of views and dominating online discussions throughout the weekend. Many were appalled that a woman was so brutally beaten simply because she rejected a man’s sexual harassment. Others lashed out at the police for failing to take action until the incident went viral. 

Following the outcry, the Tangshan police issued a statement Friday saying they had identified the suspects and were “sparing no effort” to arrest them. By Saturday afternoon, all nine suspects involved in the assault had been apprehended, the police said, including four who had fled about 600 miles (965 kilometers) south to Jiangsu province. 

Two women were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and were in stable condition, according to police. 

The attack also rekindled debate about violence against women and gender inequality in China, which critics contend remains a highly patriarchal society with pervasive misogyny despite growing awareness of gender issues among young women. “What happened at the Tangshan barbecue restaurant was not an isolated social incident, but part of systemic gender violence. We need to … acknowledge that we still live in an environment that supports, encourages, and drives men to engage in gender-based violence against women,” said a widely shared social media article. 

In recent years, a series of incidents of horrific violence against women have sparked outrage. Last year, a Tibetan vlogger died after her ex-husband set her on fire while she was live-streaming to her fans on social media. The ex-husband was sentenced to death in October. 

Earlier this year, a mother of eight was shown in a video chained by her neck in a shed in rural Jiangsu province. After repeated initial denials, authorities eventually admitted that she was a victim of human trafficking. “Of course we should take legal action to punish individual attackers and perpetrators. But without addressing systemic gender oppression, without changing the social norms that promote machismo and encourage violence, we’re just going to continue our anger in the next incident,” the social media article said. 

But such discussions did not appear to sit well with the Chinese government, which has long cracked down on China’s feminist movement by arresting and silencing activists and censoring online debates. The article, which was published on WeChat, along with other social media posts about gender issues, have been scrubbed from the internet. Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform, said in a statement Saturday that it had blocked 992 accounts for breaches including “deliberately provoking gender confrontation” when discussing the Tangshan attack. Weibo’s official account shared some of the posts from the users they blocked, which included violent and derogatory language towards Chinese women. Other censored Weibo posts captured by CNN, however, were from users voicing concerns about violence against women and urging people to “keep speaking up.” Some state media reports initially downplayed the man’s act of sexual harassment as “trying to strike up a conversation,” drawing backlash from female readers. Authorities and state media have sought to portray the attack as an isolated event, shifting the focus away from gender issues to local gang violence.

Five of the suspects had criminal records, ranging from offenses of illegal detainment to intentional harming of others, according to state-run China National Radio. On Sunday, Tangshan authorities launched a two-week campaign to crack down on organized crime. 

Lv Pin, a prominent Chinese feminist now based in New York, said by detaching the Tangshan attack from the lens of gender, the Chinese government is distancing itself from the responsibility it should take for failing to address the problems of gender inequality and violence in society. “When we talk about systematic problems, the responsibility should lie with the government. But now, the government is using its crackdown (on organized crime) to shore up its legitimacy. This type of campaign-style crackdown will not address the problem of gender violence,” she said. Feng Yuan, the founder of Beijing-based women’s rights advocacy group Equality, said to eliminate systematic gender violence, China should start with incorporating more content about gender equality in education. “It is not only about teaching kids slogans and abstract concepts, but showing them how to apply them in real life — such as showing mutual respect for one another,” she said. Law enforcement should also shed its passivity when it comes to dealing with cases involving gender violence, Feng said. “In many domestic violence cases, the police response was often perfunctory, while a large number of sexual assault cases were easily dismissed on the ground that there was not enough evidence,” she said. The relatively light punishment for gender violence has also failed to deter transgressors.

Following the Tangshan attack, social media users recirculated state media reports on a similar incident that took place in 2020. In eastern Zhejiang province, a 25-year-old woman was beaten by a group of men till she passed out at a restaurant after she rejected a man’s sexual harassment. She was hospitalized for 15 days, while the men were detained for 10 to 13 days. No further charges were brought. Tata, the office worker in Chengdu, said the attack on the female diners in Tangshan showed that gender violence can happen to anyone. “Chinese women have long suffered from victim shaming in gender violence, but the girls who were assaulted in Tangshan are ‘perfect’ victims. They did not go out alone and they were not scantily clad,” she said, referring to accusations that are often leveled at victims of sexual assault in China. “All they did was try to protect themselves and their friends. But even though they did everything right, they were still subjected to such brutal violence — that’s what scares many of us.”Nectar Gan is China Reporter for CNN International in Hong Kong. She covers the changes taking place in China, and their impact on the world.
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Smart Asian women are the new targets of CCP global online repression

3 Jun 2022|Albert Zhang and Danielle Cave Strategist special repor

The Chinese Communist Party has a problem with women of Asian descent who have public platforms, opinions and expertise on China.

In an effort to counter the views and work of these women, the CCP has been busy pivoting its growing information operation capabilities to target women, with a focus on journalists working at major Western media outlets.

Right now, and often going back weeks or months, some of the world’s leading China journalists and human rights activists are on the receiving end of an ongoing, coordinated and large-scale online information campaign. These women are high-profile journalists at media outlets including the New YorkerThe Economist, the New York TimesThe GuardianQuartz and others. The most malicious and sophisticated aspects of this information campaign are focused on women of Asian descent.

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Indian man jailed for 10 years over wife’s ‘dowry death’

By Rhea Mogul, CNN

Updated 0545 GMT (1345 HKT) May 25, 2022 CNN

Despite being outlawed under the 1961 Dowry Prohibition Act, India’s dowry system remains deeply entrenched in society and has become associated with violence against women.

Vismaya Nair is seen in this undated image.

Vismaya Nair is seen in this undated image.

(CNN)A court in southern India on Tuesday sentenced a man to 10 years in prison in a ruling that found he abused his wife over their wedding dowry, leading to her death by suicide.

The district court in Kerala state found Kiran Kumar guilty under India’s “dowry death” law, which allows charges to be brought against people for causing the death of a woman within the first seven years of a marriage featuring dowry gifts and payments.

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A brief lesson on Roe v. Wade


By Valerie Strauss

A crowd gathers outside the Supreme Court early on May 3 after a draft opinion was leaked, appearing to show that a majority of justices were ready to overturn the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Roe v. Wade, the historic 1973 Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in the first trimester of a woman’s pregnancy, is in danger of being struck down by the conservative majority, according to news reports published Monday night.

According to this Washington Post article, a draft opinion published by Politico said that a majority of justices are ready to reverse the ruling — though until a decision has been formally announced, any vote that has been taken can be reconsidered. In any case, the leak itself was big news — an unprecedented breach of court protocol in modern times.

Supreme Court is ready to strike down Roe v. Wade, leaked draft shows

The following background on the case comes from the National Constitution Center, a nonprofit organization in Philadelphia with a congressional charter to disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a nonpartisan basis:

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Quấy rối tình dục nơi công sở: Chỉ đùa thôi, làm gì mà căng?

Ngọc Ánh

Thứ hai, 19/07/2021 – 06:30

(Dân trí) – “Tôi rơi vào trạng thái trầm cảm khi đến công ty và không dám nói chuyện bị quấy rối với chồng. Tôi chỉ xóa nhanh những tin nhắn tục tĩu vì sợ bị hiểu lầm” – chị Đ.T.H. chia sẻ.

Phải chăng chỉ là… đùa vô hại?

Chị Đ.T.H (28 tuổi, trú tại Hà Nội) đang là nhân viên của một công ty trong lĩnh vực truyền thông. Chị đã kết hôn và có con gái hơn 3 tuổi.

Môi trường làm việc của chị khá thoải mái, cởi mở, thậm chí những chủ đề “nhạy cảm” cũng hay được mọi người đem ra bàn tán trong giờ nghỉ giải lao.

Vì đã lập gia đình nên chị Đ.T.H không quá lo lắng và chưa từng nghĩ sẽ trở thành nạn nhân bị quấy rối tình dục. Cho đến cuối năm ngoái, trưởng phòng nhân sự thường xuyên gửi những bức ảnh và đường link clip nhạy cảm vào Zalo của chị. Người này còn hứa hẹn nếu “chiều” anh ta, chị sẽ sớm được thăng chức, tăng lương.

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Nhiều nữ nhân viên bị quấy rối tình dục chọn im lặng thay vì lên tiếng (Ảnh minh họa).

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UN Women helps ease climate risks for ethnic minority farmers in mountains of Viet Nam

UNwomenDate: Friday, 21 May 2021

Author: Thao Hoang

Quang Kim, Viet Nam — The villagers of the Giay ethnic minority are often at the mercy of the weather, so UN Women is helping them avert losses in their main livelihoods of farming and raising chickens and fish.

Quang Kim, a commune in Ta Trang village near the capital of Lao Cai province in northern Viet Nam, is often hit by flash floods and landslides during the storm season.

Quang Kim, shown here on 6 April 6, 2021 is always at high risk of flooding. Photo: UN Women/Thao Hoang

Quang Kim, shown here on 6 April 6, 2021 is always at high risk of flooding. Photo: UN Women/Thao Hoang

“The income of my family depends much on planting rice and selling chicken and fish, but all were buried by the flood in October last year,” said Ho Thi Nhung, 38, who lives here with her husband and two sons. “In recent years the weather has become more unpredictable and extreme, and more rains make the chickens easily get sick and die. … Every six months I raised around 100 chickens, but more than half of them could not survive.”

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Sau World Cup là đại học

HUY ĐĂNG – TẤN PHÚC 24/3/2022 6:00 GMT+7

TTCTBên cạnh các khoản thưởng tiền tỉ, những lời tán dương không dứt, các cô gái của bóng đá Việt Nam còn nhận một phần quà đặc biệt ý nghĩa sau thành tích giành vé dự World Cup: suất học bổng đại học.

 Đội trưởng tuyển nữ Việt Nam Huỳnh Như. Ảnh: Nguyên Khôi

Với riêng các nữ tuyển thủ ở TP.HCM, có ít nhất hai trường đại học trao tặng học bổng cho họ, là Đại học Hoa Sen và Đại học Công nghệ thông tin.

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No Man’s Land

10/03/2022: Transparency International newsletter

This week, we took to the streets to mark International Women’s Day. This year, we are thinking of Ukrainian and Russian women in particular.

© Transparency International, illustrations courtesy of Andrea Fonseca

International Women’s Day is also a stark reminder that there’s still a very long road ahead to fulfilling the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”, a cornerstone for making progress on the rest of the SDGs, including the goal to end poverty in all its forms, everywhere. Taking action to advance gender equality is therefore crucial.

Women are most affected by inequality, not least because they represent the largest proportion of people living in poverty. And corruption worsens these existing inequalities. Tiếp tục đọc “No Man’s Land”

Strengthen women’s livelihoods and participation for greater resilience to disasters and climate change in Viet Nam

UNWomen – Thao Hoang – Friday, 22 November 2019

When Tran Thi My Linh, a 51-year-old rural woman first said that she would replace her rice fields with lotus fields, she raised many eyebrows. In the little commune of Hoa Dong in Phu Yen province, just south of Viet Nam’s capital, Ha Noi, villagers had planted rice for generations. However, with the changing weather patterns in recent years, millions of people have been affected in Phu Yen and in rural Viet Nam in general and people have started looking for new livelihoods.

Tran Thi My Linh, 51-year-old. Photo: UN Women/Thao Hoang

Tran Thi My Linh, 51-year-old. Photo: UN Women/Thao Hoang

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