India has been embarrassed by revelations of the brutal gang-rape and murder of two young girls. Pakistan is under fire after the "honor killing"of a pregnant woman. Is sexual violence on the increase in that region—or just getting more attention? Will an international spotlight bring much-needed change? Also, GM's internal report on recall failures. On today's Talking Point, money, politics and public TV.
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International Center for Research on Women on violence against women
UN Women's strategy for combatting violence against women
UN Women on violence against women in (Indian, Nepalese and Pakistan) politics
After receiving results from an international investigation today, General Motors CEO Mary Barra fired 15 people, disciplined five more and admitted to repeated delays in recalling 2.6 million cars linked to at least 13 deaths in 47 crashes. Addressing GM employees in Warren, Michigan, she asserted, "But I never want to put this behind us. I want to keep this painful experience permanently in our collective memories. I don't want to forget what happened because I – and I know you — never want this to happen again."
Jeff Bennett is automotive reporter for the Wall Street Journal.
A gang rape on a bus during broad daylight in Delhi shocked the world two years ago, and India passed new laws for protection of women. But last week, teenage girls were hanged in trees after being raped and murdered. Police may have covered it up, and one politician says, "Boys will be boys." India's new Prime Minister has yet to say a word, but such atrocities are hardly unique to that country. A pregnant woman's "honor killing" has riled Pakistan. The US is officially "horrified," and Senators have called prevention of violence against women a "diplomatic priority." UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon calls it an issue of "security and peace." Can deep-seated traditions be overcome? What about economics? Can global exposure make a difference?
Andrew MacAskill, Bloomberg News (@AndyMacAskill)
Priya Nanda, International Centre for Research on Women (@ICRW)
Michael Kugelman, Wilson Center (@MichaelKugelman)
Rebecca Reichmann Tavares, UN Program for Women (@unwomenindia)
A film on money in American politics was produced for broadcast on public television. It's called "Citizen Koch" to reflect the influence of the Koch Brothers in funding political campaigns since the US Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case. After its premiere at Sundance this past January, the film lost $150,000 in funding from the Independent Television Service, the public agency that supports the production and distribution of independent documentaries.
It turns out that the Koch Brothers are also influential in funding public TV. Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Tia Lessin, co-director of Citizen Koch, says that's had great impact on the film and its availability to American audiences.
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