Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Geri Halliwell brings order to Nepal

As if being a woman in Nepal wasn't bad enough, your best hope of your government taking domestic violence seriously is a visit from Geri Halliwell:

"[Prime Minister Medhav Kumar] was really cool - forward thinking. He wants to educate women and look after their maternal health.

"My presence apparently gave the confidence for that new prime minister to speak out about violence against women because there was a western presence there. Suddenly he thought, 'Okay, this is cool to do it'. It was having that diplomacy and saying 'We can learn from each other', basically."

It wasn't that he thought "Clearly, this is an issue nobody gives a honk about, otherwise the UN might have sent someone with a bit more clout than Halliwell to take us to task. I'll just tell her what she wants to hear, and wait until they send in someone with more gravitas. Like Ellen."

I might be being really unfair, though: perhaps ContactMusic just failed to detail the signed agreement to bring forth legislation changing the status of women in Nepali culture that Halliwell had secured?


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