How should we judge a society that allows violent men the chance to regain their former popularity? In 2003 French musician Bertrand Cantat struck his girlfriend Marie Trintignant, a successful and revered actor, repeatedly about the face following an argument over a text message sent to her phone. It was seven hours before Trintignant’s’ b...Leggi Tutto
Official statistics do not back up employers claims that staff are happy on temporary or fixed-term work. According to a TUC analysis of official figures published on 12 August ahead of the latest unemployment figures, due out on 14 August, almost half of the rise in employment since 2010 has been
Nearly a quarter of mothers feel that they have been the subject of discrimination at work. In 2010, pregnancy and maternity became a protected characteristic covered by the Equality Act, which prohibited discrimination on the grounds of pregnancy and maternity for 26 weeks after giving birth, or
Pini Bothoko – The Monitor – Tuesday 13 August, 2013 (originally published August 12) TONOTA: Two women in Tonota are successfully pioneering coffee farming in Botswana [Southern Africa]. Elizabeth Selogelo 58 and Motlalepula Raditshaba 57 are in their second season of commercial coffee
Pro choice supporters fear that new legislation in Texas will limit access to abortions. Called ‘The Republicans back door abortion ban’ by critics, House Bill 2 (HB2) has caused a thunderstorm of controversy in a United States-wide debate concerning abortion services. HB2 was largely brought to
UNOCHA reporting from Yemen – WNN Improve It (WNN/UNOCHA) Sana’a, YEMEN, WESTERN ASIA: Thirteen-year-old Nakhlah Ramadhan was tending sheep with her younger sister Fatima on the outskirts of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, when she stepped on a landmine. She was killed instantly
Film Board responds to concern about depictions of sexual and sadistic violence. Sexual violence has continued to prove divisive in the popular press, never more so than with the publication of E.L James’s erotic fiction book, Fifty Shades of Grey in 2011. The book caused outrage for its
Lizzy Davies – Guardian – Monday, 12 August 2013 (originally published 08 Aug)   Italy‘s prime minister has vowed to crack down on violence against women, as the government passed a package of measures designed to tackle the problem. “We believe that in our country
WNN Breaking (WNN) Manama, BAHRAIN, WESTERN ASIA: As Ms. Maryam Al-Khawaja was attempting to return home for a visit to Bahrain from her home in Denmark, the female human rights defender and acting President of the BCHR – Bahrain Center for Human Rights was stopped by a British Airways staff
Zach Dyer – Tico Times - Friday, 09 August 2013 (originally published 01 Aug) A new report on social inclusion in the Americas shows “troubling” developments in Costa Rica, according to Americas Quarterly, a publication focused on public policy in Latin America. Despite its concerns about the
Daisy Sindelar, Nino Tarkhnishvili & Ana Lomtadze for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty – WNN Improve It (WNN/RFE/RL) Tbilisi, GEORGIA, EASTERN EUROPE: For many in socially conservative Georgia, a woman’s virginity remains a virtue. Virginity tests are another matter, however. A
Golnaz Esfandiari for RFE/RL – WNN Justice (WNN/RFE/RL) Tehran, IRAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: A group of prominent Iranian women’s rights activists and intellectuals have outlined some of their main demands for President-elect Hassan Rohani, who spoke against gender discrimination during his campaign
CBC News – Wednesday, 14  August 2013 (originally published  12 Aug) An Edmonton shelter that helps refugee and immigrant women escape violent situations is worried about its future if it can’t find more stable sources of funding. The program known as WIN III is operated by the Edmonton
Rabia Chaudry – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/CGN) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: It’s rare to open a paper these days without seeing stories about violence across religious and ethnic lines. Many scholars spend their careers asking why people become susceptible to such hatred. But maybe the
Donations needed to support former shop worker in tribunal claim over unfair treatment of casual workers. Last month the Sports Direct group announced that it was awarding its staff an average of 12,000 shares each. But the part-time staff, the majority of the workforce, were – and are
Re-establishing the importance of respect for a woman’s life, beyond her reproductive capacity. Twelve women’s stories will be told in a new film made in response to the Irish government’s recent and limited change to Ireland’s abortion law. The new legislation, passed last month
Temitayo Olofinlua on-the-ground with the Global Press Institute – WNN Science & Health (WNN/GPI) Lagos, NIGERIA, WESTERN AFRICA: Four teenage girls have invented a urine-powered generator to create safer and more access to electricity. Only 50 percent of Nigerians had access to
Research indicates necessity rather than choice. The number of working mothers has increased by one million since 1997, with more than 2.2 million now the main wage-earner in their family. Initially that sounds like good news, as if women are beginning to earn more equitable wages. The reality is
Welcome to our weekly round-up of British women’s sports news and results from around the globe. Tennis: Laura Robson was forced to pull out of her first round match at the Rogers Cup in Toronto with a wrist injury. She was due to face Belgian player Yanina Wickmayer on 5 August. Robson is
Awareness campaign also a vehicle to explore the social stigma attached to female body hair. In aid of the UK’s only charity for sufferers of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Verity, cis and trans women around the country are taking a break from their usual body hair removal regimes all this
How do you take a 13-year-old victim of sexual abuse and turn her into a ‘sexual predator’? The UK courts can show you how. This is the point we have arrived at: a 13 year old child is sexually assaulted by an adult male and the judge and prosecutor both hold the child responsible for
WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Berkeley, California, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: As global temperatures rise, so do our levels of hostility and violence, according to a new study. Scientists from the University of California, Berkeley and Princeton University  discovered a strong link between shifts in
Page three of the Irish Sun no longer shows bare breasts. The Irish edition of Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid has adopted a more covered-up approach to the ‘glamour shot’, with this week’s ‘stars’ including former Miss World Rosanna Davison and Dutch model Sylvie van der
Former Radio Four newsreader Charlotte Green becomes first woman in prestigious 5 Live role. I fear I hear a chorus of “So what?” from those who have no interest in football. But actually it’s quite a significant moment for women in sport. Slowly but surely, women are starting to break down the
We are looking for a co-editor to lead on our new media watch section on the website. This new section will act as a watchdog on media representation of women in the UK. It will feature photos and videos with short comments, and will be visual and interactive, grabbing people’s attention when
Education, not filters, should be the focus of the government’s actions. On 24 July, Prime Minister David Cameron made a speech on ‘internet and pornography’ outlining a series of new policies. One of these new policies in particular has elicited debate and no small amount of controversy: the
David Smith for Guardian Development Network in Namibia, Africa – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/GNDN) Windhoek, NAMIBIA, SOUTHERN AFRICA: When Erin Hayba began a project to bring computers to solar-powered schools in the world’s biggest refugee camp, there were plenty of skeptics. “People
WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) UN New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: 12 August 2013 – Marking International Youth Day, United Nations officials today highlighted the plight as well as the contributions of young migrants, who often face hard conditions away from their homes. “It is important to emphasize the
Some dates for your diary of woman-centric events going on around the UK this week. Workshops: 14 August: Choicework: Pro Choice Embroidery Workshop and Discussion - Feminist Library, 5 Westminster Bridge Rd, London, SE1 7XW at 7pm. Choicework is a participatory patchwork piece celebrating and
New research shows that boys are typically paid more than girls for carrying out household chores. A number of years ago, the Equal Opportunities Commission, as it was then, ran an advertising campaign for equal pay. The poster featured two children – one a girl and one a boy. The caption read
New e-book reminds us that the struggle for women’s suffrage continues. Refreshingly, there was much positive hullaballoo surrounding the centenary of Emily Wilding Davison’s death. Brutally mown down by King George V’s horse after running on to the track at the Grand Derby in Epsom on June 8
Students and sex work: ‘everybody knows this goes on’. As reported in the Huffington Post, the National Union of Students (NUS) has estimated that 20 per cent of women working in lap dancing clubs are students. And a study by the Universities of Kingston and Leeds found that as many as
Rene Kiamba – WNN Science and Health (WNN/USAID) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: At the Africa regional conference of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) held last month in Nairobi, Kenya, one thing was clear. In order to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG)
Mabvuto Banda - IPS - Thursday, 07 August 2013 (originally published 03 Aug) LILONGWE, Aug 3 2013 (IPS) - Malawi’s President Joyce Banda knows a thing or two about women’s empowerment. After all she is the first female southern African head of state. But she has not had it easy. Banda had a tough