Equality

How Barack Obama paved the way for Donald Trump

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Don’t blame it all on racism. During the financial crash Obama sided with the bankers, not people losing their homes – making Trump’s victory possible Gary Younge The Guardian To celebrate its 225th anniversary, the US Mint and Treasury last week unveiled plans to issue a 24-carat commemorative coin depicting Lady Liberty as an African-American woman. With full lips and… How Barack Obama paved… Read More »

Marriage equality will lead to gender confusion, Australian Christian Lobby claims

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Exclusive: Same-sex marriage groups warn against ACL’s call for broader rights to discriminate against same-sex couples Paul Karp The Guardian Marriage equality will increase gender confusion because it undermines the “complementarity” of males and females, the Australian Christian Lobby has said. ACL makes the claim in submissions… Marriage equality will lead to… Read More »

Elor Azaria case: ‘No hope of equality before the law’

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Israeli soldier convicted of killing wounded Palestinian is expected to receive a lenient sentence later this month. Jonathan Cook Al Jazeera News Nazareth – It was the trial almost no one in Israel wanted. Last March, army Elor Azaria case… Read More »

Saudi jailed for call to end male control over women

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A Saudi man has been jailed for one year for calling for an end to the Muslim kingdom’s guardianship system that gives men wide controls over women, local media said Tuesday. RIYADH – Agence France–Presse Hurriyet The man, who was also fined 30,000 riyals ($8,000) by a court in the… Saudi jailed for… Read More »

250,000 turn out in Taipei for same-sex marriage

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Concert near Presidential Office came after a rally opposing proposals for marriage equality attracted just 70,000 the week before Asia Times Liu Hsiu Wen Around 250,000 people gathered in front of Taiwan’s Presidential Office on Saturday, urging the government to legalize same-sex marriage. Singers, public figures, concern groups and… 250,000 turn out in Taipei for same… Read More »

How Michelle Obama became a singular American voice

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The heart of the first lady’s efforts was a message about the country’s persistent inequities of race, class and gender. The Washington Post Peter Slevin Three weeks after Inauguration Day in 2009 and still a long way from crafting an agenda, Michelle Obama climbed into her motorcade and paid a visit to Mary’s Center, a Latino community services agency a few miles north of the White House. She read “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do… How Michelle Obama became a… Read More »

Comment: How marriage inequality ruins straight marriages

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“When he said those words I just burst into tears. I said to the celebrant that we need to stop, that this isn’t right.” SBS Ben Winsor One of the most common refrains from those opposed to marriage equality is that allowing two men or two women to marry would somehow undermine the institution of marriage, devaluing the tradition for heterosexual couples. In my experience, the reality has been the… Comment: How marriage inequality… Read More »

Comment: Tired of feeling like it’s my fault – why we need to break gender inequality

epaselect epa05345055 Women lie as victims during a rally against gender violence under the slogan 'Not one less - who touches one touches them all' in Montevideo, Uruguay, 03 June 2016. Many social organizations participated in the march defending the rights of women against gender violence and promoting gender equality. Protesters denounced also the lack of equality between men and women in many fields, such as the labor one.  EPA/JAVIER ROIBAS VEIGA

Excusing and perpetuating gender stereotypes, discrimination and enforcing gender roles all contribute to valuing women and girls less than men, writes Sarah Robinson. SBS Sarah Robinson I’ve always been a ‘strong woman’, passionate about equality and justice, unafraid to speak my mind. Sure, being yelled at by passing cars as I… Comment: Tired of feeling like it’s my fault – why we need to… Read More »

Domestic violence also has an economic penalty – we need to tackle it

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While Australia has a national conversation on domestic violence, some of the harms of this violence remain in the shadows. The Conversation The ways violence degrades women’s financial status and access to economic resources are particularly poorly recognised. Our research provides evidence for what many… Domestic violence also has an economic… Read More »

‘There’s definitely a global movement to eradicate women’s rights’: Garbage singer Shirley Manson

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Shirley Manson, frontwoman of 90s indie band Garbage, is bewildered. ABC Monique Schafter “Why any woman would want to divorce themselves from the idea of equality is beyond my understanding,” she told 7.30. She is reflecting on the current state of… ‘There’s definitely a global movement to… Read More »

Losing my religion for equality

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Clementine Ford: Jimmy Carter was right Carter’s message: the fight continues Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God. Jimmy Carter * I HAVE been a practising Christian all my life and a… Losing my religion… Read More »