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The Nicolaigarden school in Stockholm tries to free girls and boys from traditional gender roles, starting with replacing “him” or “her” with “friend.”...
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Four gender-equality campaigners share their views on feminism and the backlash against women's rights. What do you think?
The health and lives of millions of people across the globe are being threatened by government failures to guarantee their sexual and reproductive rights, Amnesty International said today as it launched a global campaign on this issue.
Around one in two women in Britain have been physically or sexually assaulted, according to the world’s biggest ever report into abuse suffered by women.
The number of women in work is at its highest since records began 43 years ago, but more women are self employed, and women are earning less than men.
"The European parliament has voted in favour of a resolution to criminalise the purchase of sex.
On Wednesday, 343 MEPs backed a report proposed by the London MEP and Labour spokeswoman for women in Europe, Mary Honeyball, which recommends the adoption of the "Nordic model" of prostitution that legalises selling sex but criminalises buying it. Some 139 MEPs voted against;105 abstained.
The yes vote formally establishes the EU's stance on prostitution and puts pressure on member states to re-evaluate their policies on sex work."
"Eight women appointed as ministers in Italy's new government have faced an avalanche of criticism over their dress sense, with one stylist urging them to give Giorgio Armani a call.
New prime minister Matteo Renzi aimed at boosting equality in Italy at the weekend by naming the women to his 16-strong cabinet, including 33-year-old Marianna Madia, who is eight months pregnant.
But instead of hailing a breakthrough for gender equality the press has been dominated by catcalls revolving around the clothes they wore to the swearing-in ceremony."
A row about children’s books exposes sharp cultural divisions in France.
"When culture wars break out in France, they are usually to do with protecting art-house films or the French language. Political battles over family values are a lot rarer, thanks to a fairly relaxed liberal consensus. Abortion in France, for instance, is legal and free. Couples can enter into official unions (PACS) without getting married. Gay marriage was legalised last year. And there is also cross-party agreement in favour of a strict form of secularism, known as laïcité and entrenched by law since 1905, which keeps religion out of public life.
Yet the country has recently found itself torn apart by virulent quarrels about the role and nature of the family. The most recent concerned several books designed for children of primary-school age, bearing such titles as “Jean has two Mummies”, “Daddy wears a dress”, and “Everybody naked!”, a volume that shows, page by page, family members, a baby-sitter, a policeman, a teacher and several others all taking their clothes off (see picture)."
"[...] Germany legalised prostitution in 2002, creating an industry now thought to be worth 16bn euros a year.
By treating prostitution as a job like any other, the idea was to prise women away from the pimps that often run the sex trade.
But critics say Germany's liberal approach with its sex laws has spectacularly failed, normalising prostitution and turning the country into what they are now calling the "bordello of Europe".
The number of prostitutes in Germany is thought to have doubled to 400,000 over the last 20 years. The market is now dominated by "mega-brothels", which offer sex on an almost industrial scale, often to tourists, many of them bussed in from abroad.[...]"
"More than 50 Cambridge University academics are calling for a different way of making senior appointments to tackle the lack of female professors.
They want a more "inclusive" recruitment process that takes into account a wider range of skills. At present 22% of professors in UK universities are women."
"A woman in Saudi Arabia has been appointed editor-in-chief of a national newspaper, the first female journalist to be promoted to such a public position in a country with an appalling record on women's rights.
Somayya Jabarti, a former deputy editor, has become the new boss at the helm of the Jeddah-based English daily Saudi Gazette, the paper's departing head has announced."
In what's being hailed as a victory for the LGBTQ community, Facebook for the first time is opening up its male/female binary and adding a host of new options across the gender spectrum for people to identify themselves. Now, Facebook's 1.15 billion users can select a third customizable option that opens up about 50 new terms, like "androgynous," "transsexual," or "cisgender."
"Laura Bates: Forty four percent of women in the UK have experienced physical or sexual abuse. Surprising? Not to us at the Everyday Sexism Project, where stories such as these are saddeningly commonplace."
Research by SPARK Movement showed that white men account for the overwhelming majority of people honoured in Google Doodles.
About a third of all women in the EU have experienced either physical or sexual violence since the age of 15, according to a survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.
That corresponds to 62 million women, the survey says.
It is said to be the biggest survey conducted on the subject, and is based on interviews with 42,000 women.
Hollywood under-represents women and the media frequently demeans them. As her hit film is shown in the UK, campaigner Jennifer Siebel Newsom taks to Emine Saner
Critics say advertising damages young girls by reinforcing gender stereotypes and sending harmful body image messages
"Last December, a small group of volunteers organised a production of ‘Trojan Women’ with female Syrian refugees now living in Jordan. Heather McRobie speaks to two of the organisers about how art speaks to those who have survived conflict, and the significance of ‘Trojan Women’ in a modern context of women’s experiences of war."
“To Great Men, A Grateful Country,” reads the stately portico of Paris’ renowned Pantheon. Now, it could well merit “To Great Women” too.
President Francois Hollande announced Friday that two women who fought with the French Resistance during World War II will be inducted into the Latin Quarter mausoleum that is the final resting place of dozens of French greats, but only one woman among them: Marie Curie.
The selection unveiled at a ceremony honoring those who battled the Nazis and France’s collaborationist Vichy regime makes good on the unpopular president’s hopes to achieve more gender equality in the country of Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite.
That motto still doesn’t ring true for many French women.
The induction in May 2015 of Resistance fighters Germaine Tillion and Genevieve de Gaulle-Anthonioz, a niece of former President Gen. Charles de Gaulle, will bring those honored in the Pantheon to three women and 72 men. Also slated for induction are two men, Pierre Brossolette and Jean Zay.
"In late 2013, women accounted for slightly more than 21 percent of the representatives in the lower or popular chambers of national legislatures worldwide, according to the Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). Filling one in five seats of national legislative bodies represents progress for women, but it is hardly rapid progress: 15 years ago, slightly more than 13 percent of the seats were held by women, write Atlas Corps Fellow Janice Pratt and Worldwatch President Robert Engelman in the Institute’s latest Vital Signs Online trend (www.worldwatch.org).
Low levels of female participation in parliaments undoubtedly reflect similarly low levels of participation in other political institutions as well as in social, educational, and economic spheres generally."
A new World Bank report stresses the need for action to advance equal opportunities for women in work, such as addressing gender biases early, expanding access to property and finance, and raising legal retirement ages—with major payoffs in tackling poverty.
We live in a world where sexual assault can be dismissed with jokes or excuses, even used in a chatup line or plastered across a T-shirt. The UK rape statistics are shocking, and so are these harrowing reports to the Everyday Sexism Project
"One in three women say they have suffered online harassment by a current or former partner, according to a report to be released on Friday that coincides with a global campaign to end violence against women and girls.
The report from the domestic violence charity Women's Aid reveals that 41% of women reported that a partner or ex had used their online activities to track them or check up on them, and 37% said they had felt threatened by such behaviour. Facebook and email were named as the most common platforms for abuse."