Tag Archives: Women around the World

Beauty. Drugs. Death.

27 Nov

Maria Susana Flores Gamez, beauty queen, was competing for Miss Mexico but her fight fell short when her body was found in the middle of a drug war. Flores Gamez was enrolled in a local college and had been modeling and completing pageants for three years. According to the Associated Press beauty queens and Mexico’s violence involving drugs is a common trend, and this is the third instance. “Miss Bala” was arrested for drug acts that were forced on her by gang members.  While in 2011 former Miss Sinaloa Laura Zuniga was arrested for suspicion of drugs and weapon infringements.

Javier Valdez is an author of book “Miss Narco” which evaluates the recent trend for young women in Mexico. Valdez says, “It is a question of privilege, power, money, but also a question of need,” said Valdez. “For a lot of these young women, it is easy to get involved with organized crime, in a country that doesn’t offer many opportunities for young people.”

Even young women who are attempting to head down the proper path seem to get held up with major obstacles: drug, violence and war. How can these women better their lives if they do not have opportunities after they win pageants and earn a college degree? These women attempt to use all the resources they can to further themselves from their environment, but it seems to be a pattern that they will fail.

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Pee power!

24 Nov

While stumbling around the internet yesterday I came across this article about four young women in Africa that have created something quite incredible. According to the article, the girls have found a way to turn one liter of urine into six hours of power, quite an amazing feat for girls much younger than myself.

Saudi Arabian Princess fights for Women’s Rights

23 Sep

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Saudi Arabia is known for being widely against women’s rights. In the country, women are not allowed to drive  cars, travel alone, marry, study, take a job, or even have access to certain types of healthcare without the approval of her male guardian. All women are required to have a male guardian to approve their decisions. This role can be taken by fathers, husbands, brothers, uncles, and even sons.

One prominent woman in Saudi Arabia is speaking out against the oppression, Princess Ameera al-Taweel. Ameera argues that 57% of college graduates in the country are women, women at least deserve the right to drive.

“I think it’s a very easy decision. And it is for the government. A lot of people are saying this is a social issue…. Education was a social issue. And a lot of people in Saudi Arabia were against women getting educated. Yet the decision was made,” said Ameera.  The princess hopes to unite young liberal Saudi women to actively lobby for equality.

It’s amazing to see a woman as privileged as the princess lobbying for the equality of her fellow women, especially considering how unpopular it is in her country. She is really serving as a great example of a woman brave enough to speak her opinion, even when the lawmakers in her country don’t want to hear it.

(If you want to learn more of the effects of male guardianship on women read this story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13932287 . This was a story of a young woman who was allowed to go to med school if her father could collect her salary.)