September 13, 2013

This week on To The Contrary, our panelists discuss a shocking UN survey in Asia that sheds light on a worldwide problem: sexual assault; parents who give away their kids to strangers on the internet; and why having one child may be the way to go.

On the panel this week: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Red Alert Politics Editor Francesca Chambers, RH Reality Check Editor at Large Erin Matson, IWF Senior Policy Analyst Hadley Heath, United States Institute of Peace’s Manal Omar

Here are some of their thoughts:
 
Papal Revelations
Erin Matson: "Pope Francis has taken an important first step toward reducing harm inflicted on women and LGBT, but we need to see action"
 
Hadley Heath: "The Pope really suggests we take the issue in the greater context of the gospel of Jesus Christ."
 
Del. Eleanor Norton: "The Pope was sending a real message all over the world, and all I can say is: 'Message received.'"
 
Francesca Chambers: "I don’t think it’s that controversial that he said to look at the rest of the Bible."
 
 
 
The UN & Women
Del. Eleanor Norton: "Increasingly, we’re seeing that the issues the world still has to work on are issues that flow from gender."
 
Erin Matson: The Vatican "has interfered" in treaties that "would help women, over concerns about contraception."
 
Francesca Chambers: "You’re not going to see a lot of free enterprise in a stable economic situation until you have a stable political situation"
 
 
Hadley Heath: "I think the real enemy to women’s advancement, aside from certain governments...is poverty"
 
Wadjda
Manal Omar: Wadjda is "groundbreaking, not only for women, but I think for all Saudi in the world of art and filmmaking.'"
 
Hadley Heath: "I hope that many Americans get a chance to see [Wadjda]... We have a lot to learn from Haifaa Al-Mansour."
 
 
Del. Eleanor Norton: "What is happening in Saudi Arabia matches how women will gradually get their freedom."
 
Erin Matson: "Every single time a woman takes a deep breath and tells her story... I believe that has radical power to advance society."
 
 
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