Gender Equality
live: Ireland celebrates crushing win for Yes vote as PM promises swift abortion reform
Ireland has voted 'Yes' to end the country's ban on abortion after a historic referendum. Voters were deciding whether to repeal the eighth amendment of the country's constitution, which recognises the equal right to life of both mother and unborn child, effectively banning terminations.
May 26 11:43AM The Independent

Swedish Law Declares Sex Without Consent Is Rape
The Swedish parliament has passed a bill that the government said, "states the obvious: if sex is not voluntary it is illegal." The new legislation rules that sex without explicit mutual consent is rape.
May 25 10:11PM NPR.org

Exit Polls Indicate Ireland Will Repeal 'Cruel and Inhumane' Abortion Laws
Ireland's abortion laws are among the most restrictive in the developed world, but that appears soon to change according to exit polls conducted by The Irish Times. If the final vote tally mirrors the exit polls, it will be a major win for women's rights, repealing a constitutional amendment that forbade abortions in almost all circumstances, including in cases of rape, incest and fatal fetal abnormality.
May 25 9:44PM Rolling Stone

Sweden has outlawed sex without consent
Sweden on Wednesday outlawed sex not based on mutual consent, with campaigners hoping other European countries would also toughen up rape legislation after the #MeToo anti-harassment campaign. With the new law, Sweden will join a small number of countries, including Britain and Canada, where the lack of consent in sex, even without violence, is enough to constitute a crime.
May 25 5:31PM World Economic Forum

Saudi authorities release three women's rights activists
Authorities in Saudi Arabia have released three prominent women's rights activists, Amnesty International said on Thursday. The three are part of a group of 11 women's rights campaigners who have rallied for more liberties, including the abolition of the male guardianship system that, among other things, prevents women from travelling without the permission of a male relative.
May 24 7:27PM aljazeera.com

The business case for empowering women through climate-resilient supply chains
Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 3:59amFor the past three years, the World Economic Forum's annual Global Risk Report has ranked climate risks high priority in terms of likelihood and impact. For business, this includes both supply chain risks, like water scarcity, and general physical and operational risks that will require resilience and adaptation solutions.
May 24 1:06PM GreenBiz

Irish abortion vote puts spotlight on outdated Australian laws
Pretend it is 1899 in Queensland. I am not allowed to vote.
May 24 6:03AM The Sydney Morning Herald

They think the problem is that they're Indigenous
Updated May 24, 2018 12:17:42 Related Story: June Oscar named new Social Justice Commissioner Related Story: How storytelling helped five stranded Aboriginal women survive in the outback Related Story: Opinion: I went from foster care to jail like too many Aboriginal kids. I'm fighting so my boys won't Related Story: Aboriginal children need loving, safe and culturally appropriate homes Related Story: 'We're human beings': Aboriginal women speak out on domestic violence Related Story: 'Culture of fighting': Study explores impact of DV on Aboriginal inmates Next month, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians will celebrate NAIDOC week with the theme Because of Her We Can.
May 24 1:47AM ABC News

Irish comedians abroad ask people to vote yes on their behalf in abortion referendum
Sharon Horgan and Aisling Bea have enlisted the help of fellow Irish comedians living abroad to ask people living in Ireland to "be our yes" in the abortion referendum. On 25 May, voters in Ireland will decide whether the 8th amendment of the country's constitution will be repealed.
May 23 10:29AM Mashable

Pakistani convicts teach inmates their legal rights
Karachi, Pakistan - In the sweltering heat and humidity of Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, Salma was packing up her tiny suburban home. Her husband had been murdered there, shot in the middle of the night.
May 23 10:00AM aljazeera.com

Pakistan's transgender rights law
From major disaster, conflicts and under-reported stories, we shine a light on the world's humanitarian hotspots Shorter, hotter, earlier: Shrinking spring slashes Pakistani harvests Coal-reliant Philippines struggles to power up clean energy 'You're next' - Saudi activist faces threats after women drivers arrested As Asians get rich and healthy, 'smart crops' replace rice on future menus Swedish girls fearing forced marriage told to hide spoon in underwear A new bill will seek to end discrimination against Pakistan's transgender community. By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio LAHORE, May 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bindya Rana wipes away tears of joy as she recalls her long battle to have the rights of Pakistan's transgender community formally recognised in law.
May 23 4:03AM news.trust.org

With Word And Deed, Trump Rallies Abortion Rights Opponents In Midterms
In need of strong turnout from the GOP base in the midterm elections, President Trump rallied anti-abortion activists at a fundraiser in Washington, D.C.
May 23 3:23AM NPR.org

Rights groups: Three more activists arrested in Saudi crackdown
Saudi authorities have arrested at least three more women's rights activists, widening a crackdown on campaigners a month before the kingdom lifts its ban on female drives, according to human rights groups. The government on Saturday announced the arrest of seven people, identified by rights groups mostly as women who have long campaigned for the right to drive and to end the kingdom's male guardianship system.
May 22 8:16PM aljazeera.com

Trump takes on Planned Parenthood
Trump moves to defund "family planning" centers that provide, or make referrals for, abortions Anti-abortion groups heap on praise, while groups like Planned Parenthood promise a battle (CNN)Before the Trump administration even announced a rule to stop Title X family planning program sites from providing abortions or even sharing information about where to receive the procedure, the responses from advocates on both sides of the issue began pouring in. "This 'gag rule' is not only unconscionable, but it undermines medical ethics by forcing health care professionals to withhold accurate and timely medical information from patients," said Dr.
May 22 7:55PM CNN

Norway to ban child marriage as it seeks to set a global example
From major disaster, conflicts and under-reported stories, we shine a light on the world's humanitarian hotspots Shorter, hotter, earlier: Shrinking spring slashes Pakistani harvests Coal-reliant Philippines struggles to power up clean energy 'You're next' - Saudi activist faces threats after women drivers arrested As Asians get rich and healthy, 'smart crops' replace rice on future menus Swedish girls fearing forced marriage told to hide spoon in underwear The Nordic country has a minimum age of 18, but allows 16- and 17-year-olds to marry with parental consent. By Emma Batha LONDON, May 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Norway approved a law banning all child marriage on Tuesday, with campaigners saying it would set an example to others ahead of a global 2030 deadline for eradicating the practice.
May 22 6:00PM news.trust.org

Saudi Arabia arrests three more women's rights activists in widening crackdown
Saudi Arabia has arrested at least three more women's rights activists in a widening crackdown just weeks before a ban on women driving is set to end, international rights watchdogs said on Tuesday. Rights groups last week reported the detention of seven activists, mostly women who previously campaigned for the right to drive and an end to the kingdom's male guardianship system, which requires women to obtain the consent of a male relative for major decisions.
May 22 5:34PM haaretz.com

Mother found guilty of forcing daughter into marriage in landmark U.K. trial
We focus on stories that help to empower women and bring lasting change to gender inequality Shorter, hotter, earlier: Shrinking spring slashes Pakistani harvests Coal-reliant Philippines struggles to power up clean energy 'You're next' - Saudi activist faces threats after women drivers arrested As Asians get rich and healthy, 'smart crops' replace rice on future menus Swedish girls fearing forced marriage told to hide spoon in underwear The girl was promised to the man, who was 16 years her senior, when she was 13 By Emma Batha LONDON, May 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A mother who tricked her teenage daughter into travelling to Pakistan to marry an older man has become the first person in England to be convicted of forced marriage. Campaigners said Tuesday's landmark conviction would send a strong message to families planning to coerce their daughters into marriage, and would empower more girls to speak out.
May 22 5:30PM news.trust.org

Saudi reforms on women's rights just a 'facade' to fool outsiders
Get short URL Extending women's rights in Saudi Arabia is just a faade to placate forces outside of the kingdom and is not really for the benefit of Saudis, according to Joe Lombardo, co-coordinator of the United National Antiwar Coalition. At least seven Saudi feminists have been arrested and called traitors for undermining the kingdom's national security.
May 22 5:12PM RT International

Arrests Of Saudi Women's Rights Activists 'Point To The Limits Of Change
The dark side of Saudi Arabia's reform campaign became apparent last week when 10 activists, mostly women's rights campaigners, were arrested as the Saudi media denounced them as "traitors." The clampdown comes just weeks ahead of the kingdom's much-publicized June 24 lifting of its prohibition on women driving.
May 22 4:48PM NPR.org

India tea workers live in 'appalling' conditions on $2 a day
We focus on stories that help to empower women and bring lasting change to gender inequality Shorter, hotter, earlier: Shrinking spring slashes Pakistani harvests Coal-reliant Philippines struggles to power up clean energy 'You're next' - Saudi activist faces threats after women drivers arrested As Asians get rich and healthy, 'smart crops' replace rice on future menus Swedish girls fearing forced marriage told to hide spoon in underwear "In the global supply chain of tea business, the condition of workers is not taken into consideration." (Adds comment from Tata in paragraph 8) By Annie Banerji and Zarir Hussain NEW DELHI/GUWAHATI, May 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - W omen working on tea plantations in northeast India earn a "pitiful" $2 a day and live in "appalling" conditions with almost no toilets, according to a report released on Tuesday.
May 22 4:41PM news.trust.org