Noushin Arefadib is a 29-year-old Iranian Australian who works for Centre for Social Research (CSR), a Delhi-based NGO seeking to eradicate female foeticide, facilitate social justice and empower women through their Gender Training Institute (GTI). Here, she talks about the nature of the work carried out by CSR, and her broader view of feminism around the world.
At present, many of our Local Authorities are in the strange position of being legally required to do something that they cannot do, and no one seems to mind, not least the Ministers with whom I have raised this matter. It all seems to a step too far for Government. After all, they don't have to suffer the misery of poor housing personally.
Have you noticed how much those in power talk of learning lessons? The government, and Desperate Dave in particular, are forever boring on about lessons which must be learned. If a hospital in your neighbourhood is killing more people than cigarettes, someone will say that lessons must be learned, as though they are imparting some higher wisdom that would not have occurred to ordinary men and women.
If there had been no Mandela, or if Mandela had been a different kind of man, would South Africa's destiny have been different? How much difference can one man make? These are not, I know, original questions. But I think, for obvious reasons that I don't have to spell out, this may be a good week to ponder them.
In a week when the country is collectively obsessed about a group of elite athletes running around small grass courts in SW19, it's hardly surprising a pair of running shoes topped the headlines. What's more surprising is who was wearing them. Never mind the commercial power a Nadal or Sharapova can have when wearing a certain brand of T-shirt or skimpy tennis skirt. This week, Democrat senator Wendy Davis managed to turn a pair of pink Mizuno trainers into Amazon's best-selling shoe.