Panel discusses gender and politics in the Andes

first_imgSubject of the documentaries “Soy Andina” and “Soy Andina II: The Return,” Nelida Silva spoke alongside associate producer of both films, Doris Loayza, and associate political science professor Guillermo Trejo in a panel discussion that examined local politics and gender in rural Peru.Silva said she was born and raised in the rural Andean town of Llamellin, Peru but moved to New York when she was young and lived there for 20 years. In New York, Silva said she worked as an accountant before eventually returning to her hometown.“I decided to back to my village to teach women, so they could earn some money,” she said.Silva said she was proposed as a candidate for mayor of Llamellin, though she initially struggled to decide whether or not to run for office.“I wasn’t sure,” she said. “Candidates are seen as corrupt people.”The documentary “Soy Andina II: The Return” details Silva’s campaign to be mayor. Silva said she ran on a platform of economic development and ultimately lost the election.Traditional gender roles often deter women from becoming involved in politics, but her candidacy demonstrates women’s capabilities, Silva said.“Despite the macho system, which is dominated by males, there is more space for women,” she said. “However, there were more receptive young people — some men, too, but not those who had a [stake] in politics.”Loayza said producing a movie featuring Silva’s political campaign was an arduous task that presented constant challenges, especially in terms of objectivity.“My role was not easy,” Loayza said. “We had to be objective.”Loayza said making two films about the same place brought about some challenges, especially concerning the locals’ perceptions of the documentaries.“The townspeople were developing the idea that the footage from the town was going to be big and disseminated internationally, which made it hard,” she said.Trejo said the film almost never discusses the country of Peru at large because Peruvian politics has a “more local dimension.”“There’s this idea that you leave but you never leave,” he said, “We are living in a reality with the question of universal citizenship. We are not trees. You don’t belong to one place.”According to Trejo, Silva’s gender played an integral role in the success of her campaign.“[Silva] was facing two enemies: political machines and the question of gender,” Trejo said. “It was interesting and infuriating. It is hard for a woman to be heard — not to speak up, because she was, but the audience wasn’t listening. It doesn’t matter if you have the [microphone].”Tags: Documentary, Peru, soy andinalast_img read more

Liquor laws failing to protect those vulnerable to alcohol-related harm

first_imgStuff 15 December 2016Family First Comment:  We didn’t need a report to tell us the obvious! The alcohol industry is laughing all the way to the bank because of weak liberal laws around alcohol abuse. And be warned – the same will happen in the marijuana industry if we adopt dopey laws.Liquor laws promising to increase community control of alcohol use are failing under the weight of the alcohol industry, a new report shows.The Alcohol Healthwatch report, released on Thursday, found at-risk communities are devastated that their attempts to control alcohol use are being pushed back by the alcohol industry.Researcher Dr Nicki Jackson said the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act and Local Alcohol Policy Act had done little to control alcohol sales.Jackson said it was very clear that communities wanted stronger restrictions on where and when alcohol could be sold, but what had happened was upholding the status-quo.Local Alcohol Policies (LAP) were the central feature of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, and would allow each council to develop its own policy addressing community concerns relating to the location and number of liquor stores, as well as their trading hours.The report found that, as of July, 19 of 67 local councils in New Zealand were yet to develop their own alcohol policies.Of the 31 policies that had reached provisional stages, the alcohol industry had appealed all but one.None of the 19 policies which were adopted had measures in place that could reduce the existing number of alcohol outlets in an area.The report also found that Maori and Pacifica communities were more likely to live in areas where no local alcohol policy has been established.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Syracuse smashes No. 25 Notre Dame in 81-66 upset

first_img Published on January 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesse On Thursday night, everything clicked for the Orange (14-8, 4-5 Atlantic Coast) and its 81-66 upset of the Fighting Irish (14-6, 5-3) hardly looked like an upset at all. After Notre Dame jumped out to a 5-0 lead, SU went on a 23-1 run the Fighting Irish could never overcome, especially with starting point guard Demetrius Jackson sitting with a hamstring injury. But even with Jackson sidelined, Syracuse’s fourth win over a ranked opponent added a little more shine to its tournament resume.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange captured it by locking down the paint — neither Zach Auguste or Bonzi Colson scored in double-figures — and, more simply, never giving Notre Dame much of a chance.“It starts with our defense, that’s the difference for us and we can score some points,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “But you know we scored a lot at Virginia and we couldn’t win. We’ve got to play better defense and that was really the difference tonight.”Cooney was at the center of the 23-1 run, which started with 18:22 on clock and ended when Colson hit a floater at the 9:48 mark. Cooney scored 10 points in that span and, when the spurt ended and Syracuse’s momentum starting to wilt, stole a Colson outlet pass in the backcourt by sneakily sprinting in front of Steve Vasturia. In stride, Cooney collided with Colson in the paint and blindly tossed a layup through the rim while the baseline referee whistled for a foul.When Cooney made the ensuing free throw, SU held the 17-point lead it took into halftime. He led all scorers with 15 first-half points, while Lydon chipped in 13 and six rebounds.“Just staying aggressive and knocking down the looks that we had,” Lydon said of the Orange’s success in the first half. “And most importantly just getting defensive stops.”The Fighting Irish cut the deficit to 12 at the start of the second, but Richardson’s four-point play pushed it back to 16. On the next possession, Gbinije glided around a ball screen and calmly sunk a jumper from the top of the key that made it 18.Every time V.J. Beachem hit a 3 to inch UND a little closer, the Orange had an answer. A Gbinije drive and finish. A Cooney 3. Two free throws from Richardson. A Fighting Irish comeback, which was fleeting all night, was never considered as the game wound down.With 2:23 left in the game, Cooney was called for hand checking Rex Pflueger in the backcourt. Boeheim sprung off the bench in usual fashion. Cooney turned to his coach, flapped his hands at his sides and smiled. Boeheim, in unusual fashion, smiled back, and walked back to his seat laughing and shaking his head.Syracuse played its most complete game of the season and it seemed appropriate, even necessary, to let loose and enjoy it.Shortly after the final buzzer sounded, Boeheim joked that he probably wouldn’t have won the Jim Boeheim look-alike contest at halftime. Walk-on Shaun Belbey did a mock interview in front of a TV camera, arm-and-arm with Lydon, and bragged about his cheering skills. Gbinije yelled across the locker room that while Richardson may seem tough, he’s actually a “softy” on the inside.On Thursday, there was a lot to be happy about.“I think Syracuse is an NCAA Tournament team,” UND head coach Mike Brey said. And on Thursday, the Orange sure looked like one. Comments As the game clock dipped below three minutes, every Syracuse player had a highlight and they all added up to a 21-point lead against the 25th best team in the country.Trevor Cooney, always burning Notre Dame, stole a pass in the backcourt before finishing an acrobatic three-point play. Malachi Richardson was pushed into the crowd while sinking a 3 and finished a four-point play. Michael Gbinije drove baseline and spun a reverse layup off the top of the backboard and into the net. Tyler Lydon hit two 3s as the first half wound down. Tyler Roberson soared above the rim for a crowd-pleasing tip-in. Dajuan Coleman went on a 5-0 run in the second half that was punctuated with an emphatic dunk.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more