DAILY WE ARE ENCOUNTERED WITH A HUGE AMOUNT OF NEWS, in the stream of which it is easy to get lost and miss important ones. Therefore, every month we recall the most significant events of the past 30 days that have influenced life in Russia and other countries. Today we tell you what people, phenomena and initiatives changed our world in September.
American athletes responded to doping charges
A hacker group calling itself the Fancy Bears has released data showing that WADA has authorized several American athletes to use illegal drugs for medical purposes. Hackers revealed confidential information concerning the health of American tennis players Williams sisters and gymnast Simone Biles, who became the heroine of the last Olympics in Rio. The athletes commented on the doping charges, saying that experts from WADA allowed them to use illegal drugs: all women underwent an official procedure confirming the need to take drugs from the black list. Endocrinologist Nikita Thaler told us more about the scandal in sports.
Anna Kuznetsova became the new Commissioner for Children's Rights
Vladimir Putin dismissed the children's ombudsman Pavel Astakhov, who wrote a statement of his own free will. His place was taken by Anna Kuznetsova, the founder of the Pokrov charitable foundation, the head of the executive committee of the ONF in Penza. Soon after the appointment, the journalists learned that the new ombudsman for the rights of the child believes in "the memory of the womb", and at the end of September Kuznetsova supported the idea of banning abortions and said that "the whole civilized world" was fighting against them.
Angelina Jolie divorces Brad Pitt
The actress filed for divorce after two years of marriage and 12 years of relationship. The official reason for the separation was irreconcilable contradictions regarding the upbringing of children: Jolie is unhappy with Pitt as a parent and demands that all six children live with her permanently, and the ex-spouse has only the right to visit. Sources of the publication claim that Jolie named September 15 as the date of the final separation, in a statement she indicated that she did not need financial support from her ex-spouse. Soon after the news of the divorce, Pitt was accused of child abuse, the actor denies the charges.
Poland may pass a law on a complete ban on abortion
The Polish parliament is discussing a bill on a complete ban on abortion. If it is adopted, even underage girls who have survived rape and women for whom childbirth may end in death will not be able to terminate a pregnancy. The law criminalizes those who are trying to have or have already had an abortion, and prison sentences of up to five years for women themselves and those who carry out the procedure. In protest, Polish women took to the streets with demonstrations and launched "Black Protest" - women and their supporters dress in black, expressing solidarity with the victims of the future law.
Qlean and The Question apologize for sexist ads
A violent reaction from users of social networks was caused by an offensive ad published by the Moscow cleaning service Qlean: a Qlean-branded question appeared on The Question resource: "What is cheaper: to marry or to hire a cleaner, a cook and go to prostitutes?" By the mutual decision of The Question and the Qlean service, the question was quickly removed from the site, and an apology on behalf of the company was published in The Question's official Facebook account. A personal apology was made by the author of the question, Qlean Marketing Director Roman Kumar Vias.
The 2016 Emmy Television Award Ceremony was held
The winners of the ceremony this year were the creators of the series "Game of Thrones": the fantasy saga won the award for best drama series, and also set a record for the number of Emmy figurines - in its history the series has received 38 awards. The best comedy show was the satirical "Vice President" with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the best mini-series - "American Crime Story", the best television film - the new episode of "Sherlock", "The Ugly Bride". Actors Tatiana Maslani, Rami Malek and Jeffrey Tambor, who played a transgender woman in the TV series Transparent, also received awards.
Mother Teresa was canonized
On Sunday, September 4, the Vatican hosted the canonization ceremony of Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun who became famous throughout the world for her missionary work and the organization of medical care in poor countries. The saint received the name Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The festive mass, which was attended by about one hundred thousand people, was held in St. Peter's Square by Pope Francis.
The government supported Mizulina's project to ban baby boxes
Senator Elena Mizulina said on her website that the government supported her draft law banning baby boxes - specially equipped windows in medical institutions where mothers can leave their child anonymously. The author of the bill believes that baby boxes encourage mothers to abandon newborns and create "the illusion of an easy humane solution to the problem." In addition, Mizulina spoke about the problem of domestic violence: the politician said that Russian men lack "affection and respect", and in our country there are some of the most progressive laws protecting victims of violence. It is not enough to respect the husband, according to the politician, much worse than hitting his wife.
For Playboy, a Muslim woman wearing a hijab starred for the first time
For the first time in the history of the publication, a photograph of a woman in a hijab will appear in the October issue of Playboy magazine. The heroine of the shooting is 22-year-old American journalist Nur Taguri, who has been working as a TV presenter on the Newsy channel since June. Since childhood, Taguri dreamed of working in television and, thanks to her dedication, she became the first leading Muslim on a commercial television channel in the United States. The interview with Taguri was part of the Renegades series, a Playboy project dedicated to people breaking stereotypes and following their dreams.
Aviasales publishes racist advertising post on behalf of Brad Pitt
SMM-specialists of the company wrote an offensive advertising post, "inspired" by the divorce of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. The text, written on behalf of Pitt, says the actor will use Aviasales to collect his adopted children from their grandmothers in Cambodia, Vietnam and Ethiopia. At the same time, the author of the post calls the adopted children "extras" and plans to "save money on money." Later, the founder of Aviasales, Konstantin Kalinov, made several obscene and sexist statements about Olga Strakhovskaya, editor-in-chief of Wonderzine, who criticized the company's strategy in a commentary on Lera Shvets's post. As a result, Strakhovskaya launched a flash mob on the Internet to boycott the service with the hashtag #boycottaviasales.
Transgender Russian woman demanded to be suspended from work in elections
Petersburg woman Ekaterina Messorosh, unexpectedly for herself, found herself in the center of press attention after she made a transgender transition. The interest of journalists was aroused by the fact that Messorosh is a member of the election commission at one of the polling stations where elections to the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg and the State Duma of Russia were held on September 18. Vitaly Milonov, known for his hostile attitude towards LGBT people, as well as activist Timur Bulatov, expectedly opposed Messorosh's participation in the work of the PEC. Messorosh told Wonderzine about herself and her work in the elections.
Non-commercial partnership "E.V.A." raises funds for the project "Equal protects equal"
NP "E.V.A." launched fundraising for the project "Equal protects equal", which until the end of September existed on the basis of the President's grant. Within the framework of this project, six human rights defenders, who have undergone special training, advise people with HIV, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis, helping them to receive medical and social assistance, establish a constructive dialogue with doctors and defend their rights. All consultants working in the project are truly “equal”: they, like the people who turn to them, live with HIV.
After blocking large porn resources on Facebook, a flash mob was launched #respornobzor
In response to the blocking by Roskomnadzor of two popular porn resources YouPorn and Pornhub, a flash mob #Respornobzor was launched on the Russian-language Facebook. The action was initiated by the digital director of Esquire Russia and former editor-in-chief of the Afisha magazine Daniil Trabun, as well as Daniyar Shekebaev, Tarlan Abdullaev and journalist Mikhail Levin. They were the first to post videos in which they watch porn and retell what is happening in the frame, urging other users to express their protest in the same way. The organizers called for "practicing their own openness" and opposing bigotry.
Results of a study on the movement of AIDS dissidents in Russia published
The Svecha Charitable Foundation, with the support of the Treatment Preparedness Coalition, conducted the first research in Russia to analyze the anti-scientific movement of HIV / AIDS dissidents on social networks and its negative impact on the opinion of people living with HIV. The researchers studied the largest community of AIDS dissidents, VKontakte, found out who constitutes the core of the movement and how its members are related to each other, and also collected data on rhetorical strategies of movement, with the help of which they influence “newcomers” who have just learned about their diagnosis., and "doubters" - those who did not accept either one or the other point of view.
Marina Abramovich lost in court to Ulai
Performance artist Marina Abramovich lost in court to her former lover and co-author Ulai. The artist filed a lawsuit in November last year, accusing Abramovich of wanting to "erase him from history", not showing his name at exhibitions of joint works, and does not pay the money owed to him. The Amsterdam District Court found the artist guilty and ordered her to pay Ulai 250 thousand euros. Marina Abramovich and Ulay have worked together for over ten years and have created many famous performances inspired by their uneasy relationship.
The site about literature "Gorky" was launched
The founder of the bookstore "Falanster" Boris Kupriyanov and the former editor of "Afisha" Nina Nazarova (last year she told us about her favorite books) launched a site about literature "Gorky". Nina Nazarova became the editor-in-chief of the publication. "Gorky" will write about both new books and old ones - according to Nazarova, now most of the media only talk about new products, while all information is "scattered and built on a 'marketing' principle." About why a new website about books is needed, Nazarova spoke in an interview with Wonderzine.
Hopes & Fears product director Rita Popova starred in Monki campaign
Rita Popova, Hopes & Fears' product director and regular writer and friend of Wonderzine, took part in the Global Manifesto for Women's Rights, a new campaign by the Swedish brand Monki, featuring prominent women breaking stereotypes. Rita talked about one of the campaign tenets - “Knowledge is Power” - and shared her experience: at the age of 21, Rita was already the editor-in-chief of Look At Me, dedicated to innovation and technology, and was a woman in an exclusively male world, where many did not believe in her professionalism.
The action "Children instead of flowers" raised more than 7.5 million rubles
The Vera Charitable Foundation reported that this year, thanks to the Children Instead of Flowers campaign, in which schoolchildren and parents participate on the Day of Knowledge, it was possible to raise at least 7.5 million rubles. The flash mob "Children instead of flowers" was invented in 2014 by the teacher of one of the Moscow lyceums Asya Stein. She suggested that the parents of her students not bring flowers on September 1, so that the money that could be spent on the bouquet would be transferred by the parents along with their children to one of the charitable foundations. Now the action is held annually: the parents agree and give one beautiful bouquet to the teacher from the whole class, and the remaining money allocated for the purchase of flowers in the family budget is transferred to the Vera fund and other charitable organizations.
Former refugee Fadumo Dayib is running for president of Somalia
In the next presidential elections in Somalia, the only woman will take part - this is 44-year-old Fadumo Daiib, who was forced to leave her home country in 1990 and lived in Finland for many years, becoming a well-known activist and expert on public health. Dayib, who has received widespread support in the country, considers herself an optimist and believes that Somalia can achieve stability and peace if she gets rid of the current government. Among her priorities are the destruction of the traditional clan system and the eradication of cruel traditional practices, including female genital mutilation, the fight against corruption and the restoration of the country's sovereignty.
Scientists have found that women over 40 enjoy sex more
Scientists from Cleveland have published the results of a new study on the sex life of women, according to which women over 40 get much more pleasure from sex than in their youth. A survey of more than 500 American women from 40 to 75 years old showed that women get more pleasure from sex with age, although they do it less often. Researchers attribute this to the fact that mature women are more confident in themselves, are able to speak openly about their preferences, diversify their sex life in different ways and convince their mature partners to take medications for erectile dysfunction.