Women’s Rights

Gender Equality in Principle But Not in Reality – Report

Equality - Pro bono

Seven in 10 Australians think women and men still don’t have full equal rights, while only six in 10 actively support women’s rights, according to a new global study coinciding with International Women’s Day. Lina Caneva Pro Bono Australia The new data from Ipsos showed that although the vast majority of people around the world say they believe men and women should be treated equally (88 per cent on average), most still think the current situation is one of… Gender ... Read More »

It’s never too late to learn

India - Asia Times

Newfound literacy for 30 grandmothers has reaped rewards for not only themselves but their entire community Anusha Venkat Asia Times Just after lunch, Kantabai Laxman More makes the short walk to her school – nothing but a thatched shed put up under a mango tree that’s much younger than her. And she is… It’s never too… Read More »

Gender equality: A game changer for nature

Women - Al Jazeer

As increasing numbers of women are empowered through conservation projects that mainstream gender equality. Aban Marker Kabraji Al Jazeera News In Fiyoaree, the Maldives, Leena wakes up every day just a little before sunrise for her morning prayer. She prepares breakfast… Gender equality: A… Read More »

Feminism’s new frontier: Localising aid

Feminism - Al Jazeera

Forming real partnerships between donors and local organisations is key to achieving progress in women’s rights issues. Jessica Neuwirth Al Jazeera News This International Women’s Day, my hope is that we start rethinking existing patterns on how human rights funding decisions are made. Recent discussions on… Feminism’s new frontier… Read More »

If you want to support refugee women on Nauru, let us speak

Mina Taherkhani 1a by Saba Vasefi

I escaped a violent husband and father in Iran to come to a country which claims to uphold women’s rights. Mina Taherkhani The Guardian All I have experienced is terror and panic. I am Mina Taherkhani. I’m 35 years old. I escaped from violence to seek peace and freedom. I’ve been in the detention centre in Nauru for… If you want… Read More »

Not one woman less!

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Now is the time to continue marching forward with our heads and placards held high for all to see. Agustina Paz Frontera and Winnie Byanyima Al Jazeera News Women and girls – everyone – mark this Wednesday, March 8 in your diaries and on your calendars as an important moment in history. Be available for… Not one woman… Read More »

Is the church’s culture of shame increasing abortions?

Church - ABC

I have been the senior minister at St Barnabas Broadway, in Sydney’s inner city, for six years. Michael Paget ABC Before that I was on staff for another eight. In all that… Is the church’s… Read More »

The five most urgent steps to stop women being killed

women - Brisbane

In 2015, 140 recommendations were laid out in the Not Now, Not Ever report to tackle domestic and family violence from three fronts: culture and attitude, police response and the justice system. Amy Mitchell-Whittington Brisbane Times The report was prepared by the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland, chaired by The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce who this week finalised her second annual progress report on the… The five most… Read More »

Protesters fight domestic violence law changes in shadows of Russia’s conservative push

RUS - ABC

Russians opposed to the decriminalisation of domestic violence say they have not given up hope of bringing in a new law to protect women. Lisa Millar ABC But they are up against changing cultural norms that are seeing Russia become increasingly conservative. President Vladimir Putin signed… Protesters fight domestic… Read More »

Law protects women by guarding innocent unborn

Opinion

Thirty-one years ago in the District Court, Justice Fred McGuire interpreted the Queensland Criminal Code to allow abortion to be performed in cases where there is a serious danger to the physical or mental health of a woman. Julie Borger On Line Opinion There is no need to change existing Queensland legislation, as no woman has ever been jailed for or even convictedof an illegal abortion in the 118 years the law has been in place. And it cannot… Law ... Read More »

When the freedom to offend is a freedom to harm

Freedom - The Guardian

A backlash against politically correct language ignores the deeper oppression that unchecked microaggressions inflict on groups such as women and black people Abi Wilkinson The Guardian We’re currently in the midst of something of a backlash against “political correctness”. And by “we”… When the freedom… Read More »

We’re doomed by the identity trap, damned when we try to escape

Identity - The Guardian

It’s disheartening that even someone as resilient as Diane Abbott was hounded into defining herself in terms of race and gender Nesrine Malik The Guardian Diane Abbott wrote a powerful article in these pages last week about the hatred she receives. Whatever one thinks… We’re doomed by… Read More »

Sweden’s feminist foreign minister has dared to tell the truth about Saudi Arabia. What happens now concerns us all

Margot Wallström 1a LLLL @ UN

Margot Wallström’s principled stand deserves wide support. Betrayal seems more… Nick Cohen The Spectator If the cries of ‘Je suis Charlie’ were sincere, the western world would be convulsed with worry and anger about the Wallström… It has all the ingredients for a clash-of-civilisations… A few weeks ago Margot Wallström, the Swedish foreign… Sweden’s feminist foreign… Read More »

Do Iranian MPs want to send working women back home?

Iran - Al Monitor

On Jan. 15, Iranian lawmakers approved a new law that would oblige state-run and public organizations to accept early retirement requests of female employees who have worked at least 20 years, without pushing any age limit. Alireza Ramezani Al Monitor At present, the age limit for early retirement of women covered by the Social Security Organization (SSO) is 52. The law needs… Do Iranian MPs… Read More »

Women in public life are now being openly bullied. How has this become normal?

Bullying - The Guardian

Diane Abbott isn’t the only female MP enduring more sexist and racist abuse than usual – and it seems to be completely accepted Suzanne Moore The Guardian Those of us in the UK are thankful that we don’t live in the land of the pussy grabber-in-chief, but in the land of his handmaiden. Theresa May, she… Women in public… Read More »

When a doctor’s right to choose trumps a woman’s right to choose

TOPSHOT - A woman with rosary beads around her head attends the anti-government, pro-abortion demonstration in front of Polish Pariament in Warsaw, Poland on October 1, 2016. / AFP / WOJTEK RADWANSKI        (Photo credit should read WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

In Italy, conscientious objectors make it difficult to have an abortion. Giulia Paravicini Politico On the books, abortion in Italy is legal. In practice, it is out of reach for many women. An unprecedented wave… When a doctor’s… Read More »