The Gender Beat: Amal Clooney to Represent Yazidi Women; Study Finds Gender Bias in Literature

A round-up of what’s happening in the worlds of gender and sexuality.

Nadia Murad Basee, one of the Yazidi activists who will be represented by Amal Clooney. Credit: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz.

Nadia Murad, activist, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and one of the Yazidi women who will be represented by Amal Clooney. Credit: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz.

Amal Clooney will represent victims of Yazidi genocide

Lawyer and activist Amal Clooney will represent Yazidi women trafficked and enslaved by ISIS, say reports.

One of the people she will be representing is Nobel Peace Prize nominee Nadia Murad. Clooney plans to seek an International Criminal Court investigation and prosecution for crimes against the Yazidi community.

Clooney told the New York Times: “The European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the US government and the UK House of Commons have all recognised that there is a genocide being perpetrated by IS [the Islamic State] against the Yazidis in Iraq. How can it be that the most serious crimes known to humanity are being carried out before our eyes but are not being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague?”

Mid-Day column suggests it is time for ‘liberals’ to have a “re-think” on Tarun Tejpal

Malavika Sanghvi referred to the rape charges against Tarun Tejpal as a “brouhaha” in her column in Mid-Day, arguing that it was time to “reassess” the response to him in light of the current need for “strong liberal voices”. She referred to the criminal charges against Tejpal as “a grave error,” adding “…was there really need for such a vociferous dragging through the coals?”

Several commentators have condemned Sanghvi’s words, notably in The News Minute and Scroll.

The young woman who filed the charges against Tejpal responded in Kafila, saying, “There was nothing liberal about the source of Tehelka and Think’s funding, or the fact that stories in the newsroom were killed whenever they threatened the editor’s friends. (…) What kind of justice should one hope for when wealthy and influential criminals are lobbying with journalists, politicians and industrialists to hold an international conclave under the guise of “liberalism”?”

Five get life term for gang-raping Danish woman

Five men convicted of gang-raping a Danish woman in New Delhi in 2014 were awarded life imprisonment by a Delhi court on June 10, according to reports.

They were exempted from paying compensation to her because of their poor economic condition.

However, the court directed the Delhi Legal Services Authority to consider giving compensation to the victim. The three juvenile accused are facing a Juvenile Justice Board inquiry.

If you doubted there was gender bias in literature, this study proves you wrong

A new study confirms that the careers of women writers in Australia are adversely impacted by gender bias.

The study, conducted by two researchers from the Australian National University and Monash University, looked at reviewing patterns in top Australian publications between 1985 and 2013.The researchers found that male authors were likelier to have their work featured in published reviews, win awards and have their work included in course syllabi than female authors.

“In short, writing by men is considered more culturally important,” says Lisa Dempster, writing about the findings in the Guardian.

Study: women heart patients get a raw deal in India

A study conducted by the the American College of Cardiology Foundation found that women heart patients in India were less likely to get the right medication, according to a Times of India report.

The study was conducted across 17 hospitals between 2011 and 2015. The findings reveal that fewer women patients were tested or given guideline-directed medical therapy than men. “Only 38% of women patients got aspirin, as against 50.4% of the men. Similarly, 36.8% of the women in the study got beta-blockers as compared to 47.8% men,” says the report.

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