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This week’s roundup: birth control apps; free tampons in NY; Copacabana’s rape culture installation and the Clit list for victims of sexual assault

This week, we have seen:

HEALTH SERVICES

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Photo credit: Telegraph.co.uk

Birth Control Apps give women better control over their contraception Check out this great article from the New York Times reporting on a latest trend in contraception apps, giving free and easy access to contraceptive medicines and treatments without needing a doctor’s prescription

New law brings free tampons to NY schools, prisons and shelters The Huffington Post reports on a new legislation, recently voted by New York City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland to guarantee free menstrual hygiene products to women in New York City public schools, homeless shelters and jails.

ACTIVISM

Copacabana’s installation denounces ingrained rape culture A new installation in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, makes a powerful point about violence against women and particularly the overwhelming culture of rape in the country. 420 red and white panties as well as pictures of women with tears in their eyes and blood on their face show how rape culture is still a big concern and mostly considered as taboo in the country.

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Photo credit: ADRIAN SAMSON VIA GETTY IMAGES, Huffington Post

The Clit List helps victims of sexual assault rediscover pleasure According to the Huffington Post, The My Body Back Project, which helps women victim of sexual assault, has created the Clit List, an online resource for sexual assault survivors in search of advice, tutorials, and porn that won’t catalyze the return of painful memories.

New law brings free tampons to NY schools, prisons and shelters

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Photo credit: Gustaf Brundin—Getty Images; Time.com

The Huffington Post reports on a new legislation, recently voted by New York City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland to guarantee free menstrual hygiene products to women in New York City public schools, homeless shelters and jails.

The Clit List helps victims of sexual assault rediscover pleasure

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Photo credit: ADRIAN SAMSON VIA GETTY IMAGES, Huffington Post

According to the Huffington Post, The My Body Back Project, which helps women victim of sexual assault, has created the Clit List, an online resource for sexual assault survivors in search of advice, tutorials, and porn that won’t catalyze the return of painful memories.

Copacabana’s installation denounces ingrained rape culture

A new installation in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, makes a powerful point about violence against women and particularly the overwhelming culture of rape in the country. 420 red and white panties as well as pictures of women with tears in their eyes and blood on their face show how rape culture is still a big concern and mostly considered as taboo in the country.

BuzzFeed France’s Facebook page summarizes the initiative with this interesting video while Minutenews gives more context on the installation.

Birth Control Apps give women better control over their contraception

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Photo credit: Telegraph.co.uk

Check out this great article from the New York Times reporting on a latest trend in contraception apps, giving free and easy access to contraceptive medicines and treatments without needing a doctor’s prescription.

This week’s roundup: Stanford rape case buzz; #SayHerName; Deloitte promotes women partners and NextGen Jane ‘smart tampons’

This week, we have seen:

ACTIVISM

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Case buzz shows need to move away from ingrained rape culture A recent rape case in Stanford has captivated social media and papers alike posing another time the question of our culture being one that often legitimizes rape and turns to the victim for blame. Refinery29 tells that story.

VIOLENCE

#SayHerName fights for forgotten women The Guardian writes about Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, who recently launched a campaign to raise awareness about the number of women and girls that are killed by law enforcement officers.

WORKPLACE

A third of new partners promoted by Deloitte will be women According to the Telegraph, Deloitte will add 80 employees to its partnership ranks, one third of which will be women. This comes after a serie of measures meant to accommodate more women in the workplace, showing a cultural shift in a mainly male dominated industry.

HEALTH

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NextGen Jane breaks taboo over women’s health with ‘smart tampons’ According to Fastcompany, women’s sexual health monitoring is about to get more scientific (and possibly less taboo). Ridhi Tariyal and Stephen Gire, an entrepreneur and a scientist, who created the ‘smart tampon’ featured in the article, were stunned by the vast number of women’s health issues that go undetected and jumped on the opportunity.

NextGen Jane breaks taboo over women’s health with ‘smart tampons’

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According to Fastcompany, women’s sexual health monitoring is about to get more scientific (and possibly less taboo). Ridhi Tariyal and Stephen Gire, an entrepreneur and a scientist, who created the ‘smart tampon’ featured in the article, were stunned by the vast number of women’s health issues that go undetected and jumped on the opportunity.

A third of new partners promoted by Deloitte will be women

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Photo credit: http://www2.deloitte.com/global/en/pages/public-sector/articles/the-gender-dividend.html

According to the Telegraph, Deloitte will add 80 employees to its partnership ranks, one third of which will be women. This comes after a serie of measures meant to accommodate more women in the workplace, showing a cultural shift in a mainly male dominated industry.

#SayHerName fights for forgotten women

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Photo credit: Kimberlé Crenshaw, American civil rights activist. Photograph by Felix Clay Photograph: Felix Clay for the Guardian

The Guardian writes about Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, who recently launched a campaign to raise awareness about the number of women and girls that are killed by law enforcement officers.

Case buzz shows need to move away from ingrained rape culture

A recent rape case in Stanford has captivated social media and papers alike posing another time the question of our culture being one that often legitimizes rape and turns to the victim for blame. Refinery29 tells that story.

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The case has also made headlines as the victim’s powerful letter to her attacker went viral over social media. Buzzfeed published a transcript of it and it is definitely worth your time to read it in details.Screen Shot 2016-06-09 at 10.31.23 PM

The cast of Girls even made a video to declare their support to the Stanford victim and the importance of educating people about sexual consent. You can see it on this article from the Daily Mail.

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