Roe v Wade: Pro-choice campaigners score major win in Kansas

Kansas voters have chosen to uphold abortion rights in the first electoral test of the deeply polarizing issue since the US Supreme Court allowed states to ban the procedure outright. Voters overwhelmingly said they did not wish to amend the state constitution to assert there is no right to abortion. If the ballot had gone the other way, lawmakers could have moved to further restrict or ban abortion in the state. Michigan, Arizona, Missouri and Washington also held elections. These states saw Senate races that could determine which party controls the upper chamber of Congress next year, and two of … Continue reading Roe v Wade: Pro-choice campaigners score major win in Kansas

Spanish government launch campaign to stop body-shamers at beaches

Spain’s equality ministry has launched a summer campaign to encourage women worried about how their body looks to go to the beach. “Summer is ours too,” runs the slogan above an image of five diverse women of different shapes and sizes. “All bodies are beach bodies,” said Social Services Minister Ione Belarra. Women’s Institute head Antonia Morillas said physical expectations affected not only women’s self-esteem, but denied them their rights. The campaign illustration of five women relaxing on the beach also features a topless woman after a mastectomy. The institute, which is behind the initiative, said it was an attempt … Continue reading Spanish government launch campaign to stop body-shamers at beaches

WWE chief McMahon retires amid sexual misconduct allegations

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) boss Vince McMahon, who turned the firm from a regional player to global giant, says he will retire amid a flurry of misconduct claims. He stepped down from his roles in WWE last month following reports he paid millions to suppress allegations of sexual misconduct and infidelity. Mr McMahon remains WWE’s majority shareholder. He has led WWE for decades, often appearing as a performer in the ring. In a statement that did not mention the allegations against him, Mr McMahon said he has the “deepest appreciation and admiration for our generations of fans all over the … Continue reading WWE chief McMahon retires amid sexual misconduct allegations

Australian police under searchlight over growing cases of gender violence

A landmark trial of a specialist domestic violence police station has been recommended by a coroner after two murders that shocked Australia. Hannah Clarke, and her children, and Doreen Langham were burned to death by their ex-partners in Queensland. Magistrate Jane Bentley this week found authorities missed or ignored signs that both women would be killed. The trial was among several recommendations she made to improve responses to domestic violence. Magistrate Bentley said the new model police station should have specialist police officers, support workers, a child safety officer and a lawyer to provide legal advice to police and victims. … Continue reading Australian police under searchlight over growing cases of gender violence

Judge blocks Louisiana’s abortion ‘trigger law’

A Louisiana judge has blocked the state’s abortion “trigger law” banning the procedure at any stage of pregnancy. The controversial law, which was passed in 2006, makes no exceptions in cases of rape or incest. The decision comes days after a landmark ruling from the US Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion. Access to the procedure is now up to individual states. Louisiana is one of 13 states that has reinstated bans or strict limits following the high court ruling. These so-called “trigger laws” can come into immediate or near-immediate effect following the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe … Continue reading Judge blocks Louisiana’s abortion ‘trigger law’

US firms pledge to pay staff travel expenses for abortions

Major companies including Disney, JP Morgan and Facebook owner Meta have told staff they will cover employee travel expenses for abortions, as millions of US women face restricted access. It follows a landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court that overturned the constitutional right to abortion. The judgement paves the way for individual states to ban the procedure. Other firms, such as Amazon, had already announced similar moves. But since the ruling a growing number of companies have confirmed they will cover travel costs through their health insurance plans for employees who leave their home state to get an abortion. … Continue reading US firms pledge to pay staff travel expenses for abortions

Chinese police deputy dismissed over attack on female diners in Tangshan

A deputy police director in China has been removed from office following an investigation into a brutal attack on a group of women in a restaurant. The attack in Tangshan city saw a group of men beating four female diners. The incident, captured in a shocking viral video, sparked an intense debate about gender violence in China. A report released on Tuesday found the handling of the case by the deputy director of district police and other officers had been “slow and improper”. The provincial public security department report did not make clear whether the deputy director, surnamed Li – … Continue reading Chinese police deputy dismissed over attack on female diners in Tangshan

Spanish Congress approves ‘only yes means yes’ sexual consent law

Spain’s Congress has approved legislation that seeks to make it easier for victims of sexual violence to prosecute their attackers by emphasizing the importance of consent. The initiative was driven by the legal and social fallout from a notorious gang-rape case six years ago. The Guarantee of Sexual Freedom law, also known as the “only yes means yes” law, was approved by a clear margin. It must now be approved by the Senate before coming into effect. “Sexual freedom will finally be a right in our country,” said Irene Montero, Spain’s minister for equality, who was instrumental in creating the … Continue reading Spanish Congress approves ‘only yes means yes’ sexual consent law

Women awarded damages over Japan exam discrimination

A medical school in Japan has been ordered to pay compensation to 13 women for discriminating against them in entrance exams. Juntendo University in Tokyo set stricter requirements for female students because it said women had better communication skills than men and had an advantage in interviews. The judge ruled the requirements were discriminatory, local media report. It is believed to be the first ruling of its kind in Japan. It comes after a government investigation was launched in 2018 after another institution, Tokyo Medical University, was found to have tampered with the scores of female applicants from as early as … Continue reading Women awarded damages over Japan exam discrimination

US women soccer team secures equal-pay deal

A new equal-pay agreement between the United States men’s and women’s teams has been hailed as potentially “changing the game around the world”. US Soccer has announced the teams will pool their World Cup prize money, along with their share of television and sponsorship revenues. “These agreements have changed the game forever in the United States,” said US Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone. “They have the potential to change the game around the world.” Women’s squad players filed a discrimination lawsuit in 2019 and a settlement, which included a $24m (£17.7m) payout, was reached on that earlier this year. US Soccer said … Continue reading US women soccer team secures equal-pay deal

Californian court declares law requiring women on boards unconstitutional

A Los Angeles court has said that a Californian law requiring companies to have up to three women on corporate boards is unconstitutional. Superior Court Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis said the law, passed in 2018, violated the right to equal treatment under the state and federal law. Secretary of State Shirley Weber’s office said she will review the ruling. Under the law companies faced fines of up to $300,000 (£240,000) for failures to meet the required representation. It called on all corporations headquartered in California to have at least one board member who identified as a women by the end of … Continue reading Californian court declares law requiring women on boards unconstitutional

Spain plans menstrual leave in new law for those with severe pain

Spain is planning to introduce medical leave for women who suffer from severe period pain, media reports suggest. A draft bill says women could have three days of leave a month, that can also be extended to five in some circumstances. But politicians warned that the draft, leaked to Spanish media outlets was still being worked on. If passed, it would be the first such legal entitlement in Europe. Only a handful of countries around the world have such legislation in place. The Spanish legislation is part of a much wider reproductive health reform which will include changes to the … Continue reading Spain plans menstrual leave in new law for those with severe pain