Posts Tagged women

Cool Stuff: Asgarda–Women In The Ukraine Create A Modern Day Tribe Of Amazons

Crazy stuff here. But it also shows how bad things are in that region when it comes to gender oppression. For these women to run to the mountains and form such a highly defensive warrior tribe indicates to me that obviously there are some issues there. Now the question I have is when will these modern day Amazons make the jump from swords and scythes, to firearms and modern combat arms training? Interesting stuff. –Matt


In the Ukraine, a country where females are victims of sexual trafficking and gender oppression, a new tribe of empowered women is emerging. Calling themselves the “Asgarda”, the women seek complete autonomy from men. Residing in the Carpathian Mountains, the tribe is comprised of 150 women of varying ages, primarily students, led by 30 year-old Katerina Tarnouska. Reviving the tribal traditions of the Scythian Amazons of ancient Greek mythology, the Asgarda train in martial arts, taught by former Soviet karate master, Volodymyr Stepanovytch, and learn life skills and sciences in order to become ideal women. Little physical documentation existed on the tribe, until recently, when renowned French photographer, Guillaume Herbaut, met the Asgarda back in 2004 in the midst of the Orange Revolution.
Story here.
Fight club
Imagine the Girl Guides with racier uniforms accessorised with pickaxes, chains and scythes and what have you got? Answer: a women’s youth movement sweeping Ukraine
By Sally Howard
12 Sep 2010
It’s 5.30am and dawn is breaking in the Carpathian Mountains. Morning mist garlands the mountaintops as the sun rises over a view that’s as old as the hills: headscarved babushkas push carts of hay by hand, white-tailed eagles circle drowsily above and the air is scented by the ancient spruces of Europe’s last stretch of virgin forest. Only the rumble of cargo trains driving west to Hungary disturbs this bucolic scene. That and the peals of three bikini-clad girls as they jump into the frigid Dniester, the fast-flowing river that courses south across the length of eastern Ukraine to the Black Sea.

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Publications: Journal Of International Peace Operations, January-February 2012

Excellent. This is a great JIPO and I love the focus on women in the PMSC industry. Check it out. –Matt


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Industry Talk: Pope’s Swiss Guard May Allow Women After 500-year Ban

     To me, the Swiss Guard are pretty interesting, because back in the day, these guys were the Blackwater of the industry.  But talk about pleasing the customer and hanging onto a contract? lol –Matt


Pope’s Swiss Guard may allow women after 500-year ban

Tue May 5, 2009 

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – After more than five centuries protecting popes, the Swiss Guard may consider opening the ranks of the world’s smallest army to women, its commander said Tuesday.

“I can imagine them for one role or another. Certainly we can think about this,” Daniel Anrig, who took over the post late last year, told Italian television program “Studio Aperto.”

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Iraq: 51 % Turn Out and 4,000 Women Candidates–Where is the Media?

   A couple of things with this.  First, the reporting on this is painful.  You have those journalists and MSM groups who did not support the war in Iraq, who are already promoting this election as a bust or not significant.  And then you have the other journalists promoting how kick ass this is.  What is the real deal you might say?  I say use common sense on this, and look at the facts.  

    As for my thoughts, I am extremely impressed with this election so far, and the voter turn out of 51% now  compared to the 2% in 2005 and the involvement of over 4,000 women running for office are very significant events in my opinion. That is awesome news, and that tells me that Iraqis are actually getting involved with the development of their country.  Isn’t that what we have been trying to get up and running over there?  Isn’t that how you defeat the enemy, with a state that is able to protect and govern itself, and work towards peace, stability, and eventually prosperity?  This is progress, yet no one cares.  Pffft.   Thanks to Arwa Damon for reporting the real story(although it is CNN-lol) and insh-allah.  –Matt 


Iraqi Women, CNN

Iraqi women show off their ink-stained fingers after voting Saturday in Baghdad.

Peace, high turnout reported at Iraq polls


    * Story Highlights

    * 51 percent turnout a sharp contrast to 2005 election, when only 2 percent voted

    * Election commission chief: Most important election since Saddam Hussein fell

    * The election was seen as a referendum on the popularity of Iraqi PM

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Half of Iraq’s registered voters turned out for peaceful provincial elections this weekend, the election commission said Sunday.

The turnout of 7.5 million voters starkly contrasted with elections in 2005, when the violence and intimidation of al Qaeda in Iraq kept voters away from the polls and only 2 percent of eligible voters participated.

Faraj al-Haidari, the head of the Independent High Electoral Commission, called the turnout this year “very high” for provincial elections in any country. Fifty-one percent of the 14.9 million registered voters cast ballots.

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