Tag Archives: Gender

Fashion and Law Combine to Form the Model Alliance

The ABA Journal recently published an article vocalizing the woes of fashion model working conditions and the push towards labor organizing in the industry.  Model Alliance is a fashion model advocacy group.  Model Alliance teams up with Fordham University’s Fashion Law Institute to focus on the working conditions and legal rights of fashion models.  Read more about the joint forces here.

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Anti-Human Trafficking Film Forum

Even though federal laws provide protections for victims of human trafficking, Massachusetts lacked state laws and state statutes which would provide shelter to these people.  Instead, Massachusetts state laws treated human trafficking victims as prostitutes and criminals.

For several years, pending legislation on anti-human trafficking bills sat in the House of Representatives and the Senate.  It was not until June 2011 when the House approved an anti-human trafficking bill.  The Boston Herald wrote an article about the bill which is available here.

Finally, in November 2011, Massachusetts lawmakers approved a bill that would implement harsher punishments on individuals guilty of trafficking children for forced labor.  The Boston Globe wrote an article about the bill passage which you can read here.

However, Suffolk University Law School and the Boston Initiative to Advance Human Rights (BITAHR) will host a forum and panel discussion that explores sex trafficking as a human rights violation on February 3, 2012 to February 5, 2012.  The event will be at the Modern Theatre at Suffolk University.  To see the full schedule and buy tickets, read more here.  To read descriptions of the particular films, go here.

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Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): Re-authorization Bill

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a federal law that was enacted in 1994.  The Act requires re-authorization every couple of years.  For example, VAWA was re-authorized in 2000 and 2005.  This upcoming year, VAWA will need to be re-authorized for it to remain good law.

VAWA helps agencies, courts, district attorneys, special groups, and others prosecute individuals charged with committing violent crimes against women.  In some states that do not have broad laws that protect women victims, people rely heavily on VAWA to help these individuals.

Read more about the 1998 VAWA bill here.

Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT)and Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced the bill at the end of November 2011.  If you want to express your support for VAWA, you may call your State Senator and voice your opinions.  If you think the law is a waste of funds, you may call your State Senator and voice your opinions.  If you are not sure what VAWA entails, you may call your State Senator or any of the numerous policy groups and agencies in support of VAWA to learn more about the law in practice.


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Miss Representation

Miss Representation.org is a group and movement that aspires to eradicate gender stereotypes.  They believe that gender stereotypes exist because the media places youth, beauty, and sexuality as the ultimate value indicators of women.  Women are not appreciated based on their intelligence.  The group states that women are revered based on their sex appeal because of the media’s portrayal of females in movies, commercials, television shows, and magazines.

To help with their campaign, Miss Representation created a documentary film.  Click on the link to see the trailer.

If you are interested in seeing the entire film, the movie will be shown at the Suffolk University Law School on Tuesday, October 25th at 6pm.  The law school is at 120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108.  The screening will be in the Main Function Room which is on the first floor and directly across from the main entrance of the building, on the other side of the foyer, beyond the elevators.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend due to work obligations.  But, if you’re interested in learning more about the movement and how media impacts the portrayal of women, then you should check it out!

Update [10/15/2011]: Tickets will cost $10 (for non-members).  Tickets can be purchased at the registration website at this link.

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