This week, we have all been blessed with a new artistic installment from Solange.



This Week in Women: Dior, Selma Blair, & Solange

From a human rights crisis at the border to sisterhood fashion statements, this week brought truths to the surface vocalizing the need and action around advocating for the protections, liberation, and freedom of expression for young people and women. It’s time for This Week in Women!

Calls for Change as New Data Reveals Sexual Abuse of Unaccompanied Migrant Children 

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) provided Department of Health and Human Services data before a congressional hearing with the House Judiciary Committee, showing documentation that over 4,500 unaccompanied children detained at the border have been been sexually abused while in the custody of United States from 2015 to 2018. The atrocities are incomprehensible and are being widely criticized as systemic abuse.

“The latest revelations out of Washington about the sexual abuse of immigrant children while in the custody of the United States government are appalling. But sadly, not surprising given the level of callousness with which we have treated migrant children,” said Executive Director of Children’s Rights Sandy Santana in an official statement. “We know from our work to reform broken foster care systems that sexual exploitation is particularly likely when children are institutionalized in large numbers without proper oversight. The sexual abuse reported by HHS occurred in private facilities that received millions in taxpayer dollars. But the buck stops with the government agencies that oversee them. Congress must hold the Administration accountable for developing a workable and transparent plan to protect children in its care.”

Organizations, such as the Women’s Refugee Commission, testified before Congress this week encouraging enforcement child welfare standards and advocacy for “change to improve the lives of crisis-affected women and children,” specifically calling out Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).

Solange Drops Surprise Fourth Album 

Fans have been blessed with a new artistic installment from Solange. This Thursday she posted about the new cover of her fourth, full-length album, When I Get Home, with the teaser that it would be released at midnight.

Solange graced the world with her visionary A Seat At The Table album, released in 2016. This week Solange’s BlackPlanet page offered context to the new album through fragmented quotes, such as “An exploration of origin” and “How much of ourselves do we leave at home and how much do we carry with us forever?”

Fashion Statements Made this Week

Selma Blair looked stunning in a Ralph & Russo dress and cape on the Oscar’s red carpet, but what really grabbed people’s attention was the panache with which she served looks with a new accessory: a walking cane. The actress announced that she was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). In an interview published by Vanity Fair, the actress addressed the diagnosis and how it is aiding in her new approach. She also alluded to the “one complaint” she has with her lifestyle changes and that is that there are limited adaptive fashion options, “I would like to partner with someone like Christian Siriano on a line for everyone—not just people who necessarily need adaptive clothing, but for those who want comfort, too. It can still be chic. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice style. Like, let’s get elastic waistbands to look a little bit better.”

On the note of fashion as a powerful form of self-expression, Dior Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri Dior announced the arrival of three new designs that celebrated “Sisterhood.”

The T-shirts were unveiled at the Dior Autumn-Winter 2019-2020 show this week as a #SisterhoodIsGlobal campaign — the collections celebrated “impertinent” girls in the vein of 1950s British “Teddy Girls.” The three designs include “Sisterhood is global”, “Sisterhood is powerful” and “Sisterhood is forever.”

Featured image via Solange

Stay tuned to Milk for more of This Week in Women and check out our previous installments here.

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