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Women's March 2019: thousands to protest across US

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 20:00
  • Policy platform to be revealed at main event in Washington DC
  • Movement has suffered infighting over antisemitism claims

Thousands of protesters will take to the streets across the US on Saturday to resist Donald Trump and stand up for women’s rights at the third annual Women’s March.

Though this year’s event has been marred by controversy, participants will seek to channel the spirit of the first massive march in 2017 that saw hundreds of thousands of protests take over the nation’s capital the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, spurring activism and political campaigns by women around the country.

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Women's March: 30 countries set to take part in third global protest

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 06:57

Women to march against violence and austerity with UK rally likely to have anti-Brexit tone

Women in more than 30 countries around the world are expected to gather on Saturday as part of the global Women’s March, to protest against violence against women and the impact of policies of austerity.

In London thousands are expected to gather outside Portland Place in central London at 12.30pm and march to Trafalgar Square by 1.30pm, ending in a two-hour rally.

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Woman denied abortion in Dublin despite new legislation

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 03:33

Hospital’s decision has raised questions over introduction of abortion services in Ireland

A hospital in Dublin has refused an abortion to a woman with a fatal foetal abnormality, raising questions over Ireland’s recent introduction of abortion services.

The Coombe hospital, a leading maternity facility that has signed up to the service, reportedly declined to terminate the pregnancy because it did not “fall neatly” into a fatal foetal abnormality diagnosis.

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Women's March to take to streets after controversy divides movement

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 02:51

Saturday’s event set to be smaller after several major sponsors withdrew following allegations of antisemitism

Just two years after leading the largest recorded protest in US history, the third annual Women’s March on Saturday is set to proceed under a cloud of controversy.

Related: Theater project lets women who accused Trump tell their stories

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Ultrarunner Jasmin Paris on her gruelling 83-hour win: ‘I just had one job to do'

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 02:20

The winner of the brutal Montane Spine Race on how hiking with her baby helped her to smash the men’s record – despite having to express milk along the way

It is Britain’s most brutal running race – 268 miles non-stop along the Pennine Way, from Edale in Derbyshire to the Scottish Borders, in January. Jasmin Paris, who is still breastfeeding her 14-month-old daughter Rowan, and was expressing milk along the way, this week beat 136 other competitors – including 125 men – from 15 different countries, to win the Montane Spine Race outright. In the process, on Wednesday, she smashed the men’s course record by more than 12 hours.

Paris, who is a vet working at the University of Edinburgh and studying acute myeloid leukaemia, told the Guardian she had planned to wean her daughter before the race began, but two back-to-back viral infections meant baby Rowan refused to take anything except milk for five days, and so by the time of the race she was still breastfeeding to avoid mastitis.

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Victim-blaming outcry as Japan pop star says sorry for alleging fans assaulted her

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 19:55

Band manager criticised for silence after Maho Yamaguchi, a singer with NGT48, said she was attacked at her home

Japan’s harsh treatment of its female celebrities has again come under scrutiny following outcry over the music industry’s handling of an alleged assault on a member of a popular girl band.

Social media users and TV commentators have joined the barrage of criticism targeting AKS, a music management agency, after Maho Yamaguchi, a singer with NGT48, went public this month with allegations she had been assaulted by two obsessive fans at the end of last year.

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Anti-abortion film Roe v Wade releases first footage online

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 02:02

A trailer for the controversial film from rightwing entrepreneur Nick Loeb references Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the supreme court

The first footage has emerged of Roe v Wade, a controversial anti-abortion film, which is part of conservative efforts to overturn the landmark 1973 US supreme court ruling that deemed abortion a fundamental right under the US constitution.

Co-written and co-directed by entrepreneur Nick Loeb, who sued his former partner Sofía Vergara in an attempt to gain control over their frozen embryos, Roe v Wade is an explicitly pro-life statement that its makers claimed was shot in secret fearing harassment from pro-choice activists. This is an entirely separate project from one recently announced by UK producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward, which will focus on lawyer Sarah Weddington, who represented “Roe” AKA Norma McCorvey, the Texan woman who challenged state law denying her an abortion.

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When escaping an abusive employer is a crime: the trap Britain sets for Filipino domestic workers

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 21:00

Enticed to the UK with promises that never materialise, many women face exploitative or abusive employers – and a government that just wants to deport them

You see them sometimes in the kitchens and nurseries of wealthy people – women, mostly Filipino, rarely introduced by name. They come to the UK with a promise of income and regular hours, working as housekeepers or nannies to send money back home to their own families; but for many of them the reality is shockingly different.

There are nearly 19,000 people on overseas domestic visas in the UK, according to a Freedom of Information request from the Home Office seen by the Guardian; and together they make up, like the Windrush generation, a population of migrants under threat.

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GPs could use breast cancer 'calculator' to predict risk to women

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 20:01

Scientists devise method using genetic data and lifestyle to work out who should be screened

Women may be able to go to their GP to find out their risk of getting breast cancer and choose whether or not to be screened, if a new online calculator devised by scientists is successful.

Related: Women with BRCA gene mutations given clearer picture of breast and ovarian cancer risk

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Another day, another reason to be elated by congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 07:54

The newly sworn-in Democrat has taken aim at CBS News for its lack of black journalists. She is exactly what the world needs.

Another day, another reason to be elated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. This time the newly sworn-in congresswoman – who in a matter of weeks has reshaped the political conversation in her own party and a country hit by the longest government shutdown in US history – aims squarely at CBS News. For its lack of black journalists.

Tweeting to her 2.4 million followers, Ocasio-Cortez wrote: “This [White House] admin has made having a functional understanding of race in America one of the most important core competencies for a political journalist to have, yet CBS News hasn’t assigned a *single* black journalist to cover the 2020 election.” In true AOC style – bold, snappy, forthright, instantly meme-able – she added: “Unacceptable in 2019. Try again.”

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What would make a woman go back to Boko Haram? Despair | Azadeh Moaveni

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 20:00
In northeastern Nigeria, the militant group exploits a broken social system. There are lessons here for the rest of the world

Zahra and Amina seem like lucky survivors of the scourge of northeastern Nigeria, the jihadist movement known as Boko Haram. Both were wives of fighters. Zahra escaped by agreeing to detonate an explosive vest that the militants strapped to her. After walking miles to her intended target, a government checkpoint, she turned herself over to soldiers. Amina fled with her three children after her husband was killed in battle.

Today, both women live in a camp for survivors of the conflict in the northeastern city of Maiduguri. When I met them on a recent research trip to the city, the last thing I expected to hear was that they wanted to rejoin the insurgents. Conventional thinking and security policies that aim to dissuade women from extremist groups tend to focus on ideology, presuming that only brainwashing could compel them to voluntarily join radical, violent militias. But here in the northeast, some women have largely been compelled to affiliate with Boko Haram by social and political conditions. Perversely, the group offers them respite from insecurity and the limited opportunities afforded them in a deeply patriarchal society riven by poor governance.

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Rahaf al-Qunun lands in Toronto after long journey to safety

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 06:42

Saudi teen was granted asylum by Canada after flying to Thailand to escape her family

The Saudi woman who barricaded herself in a Thai hotel room in a desperate attempt to flee abuse landed in Canada on Saturday, capping a tumultuous and uncertain journey towards safety.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun arrived in Toronto, the country’s largest city. As she entered the airport’s arrivals area, she was accompanied by Canada’s minister of foreign affairs, Chrystia Freeland, who has been a vocal critic of Saudi Arabia’s jailing of female dissidents.

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Psychologists' warning over masculinity offends the right | Arwa Mahdawi

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 04:00

The APA’s sensible concern over the danger posed by traditional gender roles will save lives

Last August the American Psychological Association (APA) released its first-ever guidelines for therapists working with men and boys. Nobody paid much attention to these for several months, but they went viral this week. This was largely due to the APA condensing its academic report into a tweet explaining that the key takeaway is that traditional masculinity is harmful and socializing boys to suppress their emotions causes damage. Suddenly everyone on the internet was an armchair psychologist and conservatives were up in arms about war on men.

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Air pollution 'as bad as smoking in increasing risk of miscarriage'

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 09:00

Scientists called study’s findings upsetting and said toxic air must be cut

Air pollution is as bad for pregnant women as smoking in raising the risk of miscarriage, according to a scientific study. They said the finding was upsetting and that toxic air must be cut to protect the health of the next generation.

Air pollution is already known to harm foetuses by increasing the risk of premature birth and low birth weight. Recent research has also found pollution particles in placentas.

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The Guardian view on Andy Murray: great Scot, great guy, great backhand | Editorial

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 08:25
The former Wimbledon men’s singles champion is a man who reshaped the game, on and off court

Andy Murray, who has signalled his retirement from tennis, is a sports revolutionary. His claim in history was to be Britain’s first Wimbledon men’s singles champion in many decades, a feat he achieved in 2013 and 2016. He won two Olympic golds and is the only person to have been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year three times. He was also the first British tennis player to be knighted. But these achievements, remarkable as they are, don’t make him a revolutionary.

Three things make him a man who really shifted the dial. The first is the way he changed how he himself was seen. When he first came to notice, Mr Murray was a gifted but introverted player who found it hard to win over the public. His outsider’s awkwardness was often contrasted with the establishment entitlement of his predecessor as British number one, Tim Henman. Mr Murray was Scottish and had not risen through the system, training in France. “Tory Tim”, as some commentators dubbed him, was blazered and southern – and rose through the very traditional Lawn Tennis Association.

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Universal credit to be paid to main carer in attempt to help women

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 03:17

Work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd unveils package of changes to benefits system

The government will seek to make universal credit payments to women if they are the household’s main carer, Amber Rudd has said, as part of a package of changes to the heavily criticised benefits system that have been unveiled by the work and pensions secretary.

Rudd, who also said she wanted the long freeze on working-age benefit levels to end next year, used a speech at a jobcentre in south London to further emphasise what she said is a more caring and thoughtful approach to the welfare system.

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'Irish history is moving rapidly': backlash to abortion law fails to emerge

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 01:19

Besides a fleeting protest in Galway, abortion has become available in 22 of Ireland’s 26 counties with barely a fuss

Ireland voted by a landslide to legalise abortion – but turning that social revolution into medical reality has fallen largely on the shoulders of just 200 GPs.

Related: Apprehension on all sides before launch of Irish abortion services

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India: teenage girl murdered and mutilated by family for eloping, say police

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 20:22

Girl killed with help of a butcher friend, say police in Bihar in so-called ‘honour killing’

Police in eastern India say a teenager who was found dead this week with her body dismembered and mutilated was murdered by her family in a so-called “honour” killing.

The body of the 16-year old from Gaya, a city in Bihar state, was discovered on Sunday. Pictures of her mutilated remains were widely shared on social media along with claims she had been doused in acid, sparking protests and candlelit vigils in the city.

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Mother and two boys suffocate in Nepal's latest 'period hut' tragedy

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 06:06

Practice of banishing women to small outbuildings during periods claims further victims despite country declaring practice illegal

A woman and her two sons have suffocated to death in a windowless shed to which they were banished in the latest tragedy linked to the illegal practice of chhaupadi, whereby women in Nepal are forced to sleep in “period huts”.

Police said Amba Bohara, 35, had spent four days in the cowshed with her sons Ramit, nine, and Suresh, 12, when her father-in-law discovered their bodies on Wednesday morning.

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Ocasio-Cortez has shown ‘shameless’ women are a powerful force | Suzanne Moore

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 05:33
Of course the rising Democratic star terrifies men who would oppress her – she has shown she is unafraid of them

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has feet. And she washes sometimes. In order to do this she takes off her clothes, the brazen hussy. I presume this to be the case, although the picture of feet in the bath that the Daily Caller published seems to have been falsely ascribed to her. Experts have been brought in to analyse the length of the toes in the image, because this is clearly the biggest issue in America right now.

This quite insane attempt to shame her is so bizarre after the video of her dancing on a rooftop at college backfired and she responded by dancing into her congressional office. She is more popular than ever. She excites the left because of her youth, her passion and her politics. She excites the right because she has a body – and, God knows, she may even enjoy that fact. This must be highlighted as sinful, over and over again.

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