Authorities in 15 towns have banned burkinis, citing public concern following recent terrorist attacks in the country
Photographs have emerged of armed French police confronting a woman on a beach and making her remove some of her clothing as part of a controversial ban on the burkini.
“I was sitting on a beach with my family,” said the 34-year-old who gave only her first name, Siam. “I was wearing a classic headscarf. I had no intention of swimming.” I created the burkini to give women freedom, not to take it away Aheda Zanetti Read more A witness to the scene, Mathilde Cousin, confirmed the incident. “The saddest thing was that people were shouting ‘go home’, some were applauding the police,” she said. “Her daughter was crying.”
El Salvador's strict abortion laws mean a woman can be charged with homicide for suffering a miscarriage. But a high-profile case that drew global condemnation may prove a catalyst for change, reports Claire Provost
Patty Hajdu, the federal minister of the status of women, has said that gender equality won't be achieved as long as gender-based violence continues to exist. The Agenda welcomes Hajdu to discuss the new national strategy against gender-based violence and to look at the particular issue of online violence against women. Working Towards Gender Equality
Laurence Rossignol provokes anger by comparing women who wear burqas to ‘negroes’ who supported slavery in the US
The bigger problem is the analogy she stands behind that is as racist as it is Islamophobic. And why the distant gaze over to the US? Slavery is as important in the history of France. It was as institutionalized then as open contempt for women wearing hijabs and burqas is now. It's no less misogynistic coming from a French woman minister.
The "baby penalty" in academe could be eased with four key reforms.
The good news: Many more women than ever before are completing Ph.D.’s in the sciences. Back in 2000, when I was appointed the first female dean of the graduate division at the University of California at Berkeley, I was delighted to learn that about half of the incoming doctoral students in the biological sciences—and more than 30 percent in heavily male fields like chemistry and engineering—were women. However, I also noticed that in most of the science departments where young women were eagerly enrolling, very few of the faculty members were female. (...) - The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Mary Ann Mason, March 3, 2014
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