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Three weeks ago, the Fawcett Society started unprecedented legal action against the UK's coalition government on the grounds that its emergency budget was unlawful. But the Treasury has failed to meet today's deadline for telling the charity which campaigns for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2010 at Women's Views on News
In another stunning example of people entirely missing the point when it comes to rape, the Swindon Advertiser carries a story about a local campaign warning women of the danger of being sexually assaulted. The campaign slogan 'Let your hair... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2010 at Women's Views on News
News 24 reports that a group of Nigerian women in the country's oil rich South have blocked access to a Chevron natural gas pipeline. The move is designed to highlight poor living conditions in their Ogburodo community in Delta state,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2010 at Women's Views on News
The Guardian today has a worrying article about how changes to the way in which solicitors practice certain types of law are leaving victims of domestic abuse without legal help. The arguments are fairly technical, but the upshot seems to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2010 at Women's Views on News
The Guardian report on the decision to hold a beauty contest in Toronto, in which scantily clad Pakistani women will pose with the country's national flag. The contest, which is due to take place today, has attracted wide spead condemnation... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2010 at Women's Views on News
The issue of burka-wearing continues to generate controversy as this article in the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph rather depressingly demonstrates (and see previous WVoN story). Kettering MP Philip Hollobone appears to have made the banning of burkas in Britain his personal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2010 at Women's Views on News
We all know the extent to which the main stream press tend to over-react when any woman in the public eye ventures out with visible evidence that she is not some hairless genetic anomaly, something actresses Mo'nique and Julia Roberts... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2010 at Women's Views on News
According to an article from the Associated Press, Indonesia's state run train operator has decided to set aside two carriages on one of its most popular routes from the capital Jakarta as designated 'female only' spaces. This is in response... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2010 at Women's Views on News
An interesting article from the Guardian today about the slightly bizarre trend towards 'artificial insemination' movies in amongst this summer's blockbusters, with storylines focusing on women who choose to have children without a man in their lives. Caroline Hagood argues... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2010 at Women's Views on News
Another story this morning (in addition to WVON's post about similar problems in Afghanistan) about a group of women who find themselves in such awful situations that death seems preferable to continuing to exist under such conditions. The South African... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2010 at Women's Views on News
Bit of a weird one this. The Independent reports that Cambridgeshire Police are apparently considering introducing the fantastically named 'Shewees', plastic urinating devices to enable female officers to answer calls of nature whilst on duty. The devices debuted on Dragons... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at Women's Views on News
It's a story that just doesn't seem to go away, the too early sexualisation of our children, and this time its Tesco under fire for a 'school uniform' mini skirt, designed to be worn by girls aged nine and up.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at Women's Views on News
Current World Health Organisation guidelines suggest that women wait six months before trying to conceive again after miscarriage, with the NHS recommending three. But the BBC reports on research from the University of Aberdeen today, based on a study of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at Women's Views on News
We've run a depressingly large number of stories on WVON recently about women worldwide who find themselves used as sexual commodities, as prostitutes or brides to be bought and sold. But Asiaone has an equally disturbing reminder today that this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at Women's Views on News
Elena Kagan is to become the newest member of the 9 person Supreme Court in the US, its highest judicial body, according to a piece in the Guardian. She represents President Obama's second successful pick for the court, and carries... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at Women's Views on News
An article in the Mail today suggests that even in these supposedly enlightened times, women still face a choice between their career and their children. And in a refreshing change of tone (especially for the Mail!), rather than berating women... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2010 at Women's Views on News
Sify news reports on claims made by women arrested at the G20 summit protests in Toronto, that police made sexually charged remarks to them during their time at a detention centre. In particular, journalist Amy Miller alleges that she was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2010 at Women's Views on News
The number of women in UK prisons is growing much more quickly than the number of men, according to this article from the Independent. And this is the case despite the fact that their crimes are frequently less severe. Research... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2010 at Women's Views on News
The F word carries this piece today about (surprise, surprise) some rather distorted priorities from councillors in Croydon. Croydon's rape and sexual abuse support centre is one of only two such centres in the whole of London, and yet it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2010 at Women's Views on News
St Joseph's Catholic hospital in Phoenix is at the epicentre of a whirlwind of controversy, after it took the decision to carry out an abortion on a pregnant woman, who would almost certainly have died without it late last year.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2010 at Women's Views on News
I'm a fan of topical comedy shows like Mock the Week and Have I got news for you, so I was interested to see this article in the Guardian, examining the conspicuous lack of women panellists and hosts in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2010 at Women's Views on News
The BBC picks up on a story we blogged on yesterday, about the Malaysian government's decision to appoint women judges to its Islamic courts. The move, which is part of the country's wider reform of Sharia law, has been welcomed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2010 at Women's Views on News
The Times of India carries a sad story today about a woman from Allahabad who has allegedly killed herself and her two young children. 35 year old Kanti apparently set fire to herself, her eight year old daughter and three... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2010 at Women's Views on News
It sounds like it may well be a tough time to be a women in Chechnya, according to this disturbing story in the Independent. Apparently, in the region's capital Grozny, an unpleasant new trend involves men in cars cruising the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2010 at Women's Views on News
First it was naked women on calendars. Now, according to the BBC, it's an attempt to storm the charts. The Women's Institute (WI) is clearly as keen as ever to thrown off its fusty, jam making image and good for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2010 at Women's Views on News