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The men who leave their spouses when they have a life-threatening illness

Sun, 03/29/2020 - 23:00

When relationships are hit by serious illness, such as cancer, it can bring existing gender inequalities shockingly to the surface

When Christie Sanchez was 12, she had the best stepdad in the world. He was charismatic and intelligent. He introduced her to new music and took her hiking every weekend. Then, her mom got sick.

For two years Sanchez’s mom, Sandra, battled stage four breast cancer. It was advanced enough that within days of her diagnosis she was having her breasts, lymph nodes and both ovaries removed.

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State control over women's bodies is an unforeseen outcome of the coronavirus crisis | Emma Barnett

Sun, 03/29/2020 - 00:00

A U-turn on women’s ability to access home abortions and the cancellation of IVF means they have less say over their fertility

It’s been quite a week to have a womb in the UK.

First, pregnant women were suddenly categorised as vulnerable, and advised to stay home by the government. But then some of them were told to come back into work by their employers – including the riskiest of all, the NHS.

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Why has the media ignored sexual assault allegations against Biden? | Arwa Mahdawi

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 03:00

Conservatives who didn’t care about the multiple sexual assault allegations against Trump have seized on the accusations while liberals turn a blind eye

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Mothers say they are being kept at work in UK as fathers stay home

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 02:35

Charities hit out at firms’ unequal coronavirus stance as pregnant women also lose out

Mothers with school-age children are being told they cannot work from home during the coronavirus pandemic, while fathers at the same companies are encouraged to do so, according to organisations providing legal advice and support for parents.

Legal advice lines have also been inundated with calls from pregnant women who have been made redundant while male workers have been kept on, and others who have been told they must go to work or face the sack despite being categorised as a vulnerable group in government guidance.

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Japan Airlines ditches compulsory high heels and skirts in big win for #KuToo movement

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 18:09

Company becomes first major employer in the country to stop forcing dress code on women

Female flight attendants working for Japan Airlines will no longer be required to wear high heels or skirts, the airline has said, in a rare victory for Japan’s #KuToo campaign against workplace dress codes for women.

The airline is the first major Japanese company to relax its regulations in response to complaints from women that having to wear high heels was uncomfortable and often left them in considerable pain.

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Outrage in South Korea over Telegram sexual abuse ring blackmailing women and girls

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 18:29

Alleged ringleader forced victims to carve ‘slave’ into their bodies and send him degrading images that were shared with scores of others

A sexual blackmail ring that operated on the app Telegram and targeted dozens of women, including underage girls, has rocked South Korea and triggered demands for authorities to crack down on the rising number of sexual offences online.

Police on Wednesday took the unusual step of naming the man who allegedly ran an online network that lured at least 58 women and 16 girls into what authorities called “virtual enslavement” by blackmailing them into sending degrading and, in come cases, violent sexual images of themselves.

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UK abortion law briefly changes during Covid-19 outbreak

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 05:10

Guidance, deleted after a few hours, said women could take both early medical abortion pills at home

The UK government published then deleted changes to abortion law that would have allowed women to access medical terminations without travelling to a clinic, leaving women’s health charities “staggered”.

In the guidance, which was published for at least five hours on Monday, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said: “The secretary of state for health and social care has approved two temporary measures in England to limit the transmission of coronavirus (Covid-19) and ensure continued access to early medical abortion services.”

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Clinics in Ohio and Texas ordered to stop ‘nonessential’ surgical abortions

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 14:00

State officials cited guidelines to conserve medical supplies amid the coronavirus outbreak as advocates call the move political

Ohio and Texas have ordered health care providers in the state to stop performing “nonessential” abortions, touching off a deeply contentious debate over reproductive rights in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Both states cited federal guidelines aimed at conserving necessary medical supplies to combat the spread of the coronavirus outbreak in the US and argued that abortions do not qualify as essential surgeries. But advocates say the moves taken by two conservative attorneys general is about advancing a political agenda, not protecting public health.

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