Clashes as protesters demand end to violence against women

Riot police in Turkey and Mexico have fired tear gas and smoke bombs at protesters calling for an end to violence against women. Thousands of protesters marched to mark the international day for the elimination of gender-based attacks. But clashes broke out with security forces in the Turkish city of Istanbul. And in Mexico City, police fired smoke bombs at a small group of hammer-wielding protesters who tried to grab their shields. Chanting “Not one (woman) less”, crowds had gathered in the Mexican capital to demand an end to femicide – the intentional murder of women because of their gender. … Continue reading Clashes as protesters demand end to violence against women

Barbaric: Slovakia issues apology for forced sterilizations of Roma women

The government of Slovakia has made a formal apology to the thousands of Roma women who were forcibly sterilized over several decades, the Slovakian news agency TASR reported on Wednesday. The governing coalition condemned the years of mistreatment of the ethnic minority. It was only in 2004 that laws were passed to ensure the validity of consent as many women had been unlawfully pressured or convinced to agree to sterilization without fully understanding the consequences. The human rights commissioner for the Council of Europe, Dunja Mijatovic, welcomed the “apology to victims of forced sterilisation as a first important step,” in … Continue reading Barbaric: Slovakia issues apology for forced sterilizations of Roma women

Taliban ban women in TV dramas

Women have been banned from appearing in television dramas in Afghanistan under new rules imposed by the Taliban government. Female journalists and presenters have also been ordered to wear headscarves on screen, although the guidelines do not say which type of covering to use. Reporters say some of the rules are vague and subject to interpretation. The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in mid-August and many fear they are gradually imposing harsh restrictions. The militant Islamist group, which took control following the departure of US and allied forces, almost immediately instructed girls and young women to stay home from school. … Continue reading Taliban ban women in TV dramas

Australian women sue over Qatar airport strip-searches

A group of Australian women who were strip-searched and examined at Doha airport are suing authorities in Qatar. The women were ordered off a flight and checked for whether they had given birth after a baby was found in a bin at Hamad Airport in October 2020. They described their experience as state-sanctioned assault and the incident sparked widespread outrage. Qatar later apologized and one airport official was handed a suspended jail sentence. But the women say their cases have since been ignored. They were taken off the Qatar Airways plane by armed guards before being taken into ambulances on … Continue reading Australian women sue over Qatar airport strip-searches

Polish abortion law protests over woman’s hospital death

Protests have taken place in several Polish cities after a family’s lawyer linked the death of a 30-year-old woman to tighter abortion laws. The woman died on 22 September but it has just been highlighted by her family’s lawyer, Jolanta Budzowska. Abortion is now permitted only in cases of rape or incest or when pregnancy threatens a mother’s health or life. The hospital has said its decisions were based on concern for the health of the mother and foetus. However, the family’s lawyer argued that the tighter restrictions meant that doctors waited too long to act. There were silent protests … Continue reading Polish abortion law protests over woman’s hospital death

Update: Texas abortions resume after court ruling despite legal fears

Some Texas abortion clinics have reopened amid fears that a legal ruling which halted the state’s near-total abortion ban may be short-lived. Other clinics have reported that concerns over lawsuits have prevented them from reopening. On Wednesday, a US judge temporarily blocked the new law, which effectively bans women from having an abortion. Texas officials appealed against the ruling, setting the stage for further court battles in the coming months. Abortion care provider Whole Woman’s Health, which runs four clinics across Texas, said it had already resumed offering abortion care on Thursday. Speaking to reporters, Amy Hagstrom Miller, the firm’s … Continue reading Update: Texas abortions resume after court ruling despite legal fears

WOW: Iceland misses out on Europe’s first female-majority parliament after recount

Iceland briefly believed it had made history by electing Europe’s first female-majority parliament – before a recount showed it had just fallen short. Some 30 of the 63 seats (47.6%) were won by women. But earlier results had showed women winning 33 seats (52%). No European country has breached the 50% threshold, with Sweden coming closest at 47%, according to data from the Inter Parliamentary Union. The results mean a further six women have been elected to Iceland’s parliament, but men still hold a majority of seats. Unlike some other countries, Iceland does not have legal quotas on female representation … Continue reading WOW: Iceland misses out on Europe’s first female-majority parliament after recount

San Marino votes to legalize abortion in referendum

Residents in the European microstate of San Marino have voted overwhelmingly to legalize abortion. With all referendum polls counted, around 77% of voters backed the decision, while nearly 23% said no. With the results in, Interior Minister Elena Tonnini has called on parliament to translate the result into law. The move would overturn a law dating back to 1865, which has made San Marino one of the last places in Europe where abortion is completely banned. Turnout for the referendum was 41% in the landlocked enclave, which is surrounded by Italy. The motion passed by voters would allow women to … Continue reading San Marino votes to legalize abortion in referendum

Doctor sued in first known challenges of new Texas abortion law

A Texas doctor who admitted to breaking the state’s new abortion legislation has been sued, in what could be a test of how lawful the mandate is. Writing for the Washington Post, Alan Braid said he had carried out a termination on a woman who was in the early stages of her pregnancy but “beyond the state’s new limit”. Former lawyers in Arkansas and Illinois filed lawsuits against him on Monday. The new legislation bans abortions from as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The law came into effect on 1 September, giving any individual – from Texas or … Continue reading Doctor sued in first known challenges of new Texas abortion law

OOPS: Woman shoots dead alleged ‘Peeping Tom’ standing outside bedroom window

An alleged “peeping Tom” was fatally shot by a woman after he reportedly stood outside her bedroom window in Houston, Texas, according to police. Officers rushed to a home in the 8900 block of Irvington Boulevard after shots were heard at about 11:30 p.m. on Friday. When police arrived at the scene they found the body of a man who had been shot several times lying outside the house. Houston¬†Police Department confirmed the shooting in a tweet shared on Saturday, which read: “North officers are at a shooting scene 8900 Irvington. Adult male deceased at the scene, 202.” The number … Continue reading OOPS: Woman shoots dead alleged ‘Peeping Tom’ standing outside bedroom window

Taliban announce new rules for female students

Afghan universities will be segregated by gender, and a new dress code will be introduced, the Taliban has said. Higher Education Minister Abdul Baqi Haqqani indicated women would be allowed to study, but not alongside men. He also announced a review of the subjects students would be taught. Women and girls were banned from schools and universities under Taliban rule between 1996 and 2001. The Taliban have said they will not prevent women from being educated or having jobs. But since they seized control on 15 August, they have asked all women, except those in the public health sector, to … Continue reading Taliban announce new rules for female students

German football star found guilty of assaulting ex

German footballer Jerome Boateng has been found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, and has been ordered to pay a 1.8m euro (¬£1.5m) fine. He had denied injuring the mother of his twin daughters, named as Sherin S, during an argument on holiday in 2018. She told the court in Munich that the former Bayern Munich defender and 2014 World Cup winner had punched her so hard, she lost her breath for a moment. In his testimony, Boateng described a different version of events. Under Germany’s domestic violence laws, he could have been jailed for up to five years. Wearing a … Continue reading German football star found guilty of assaulting ex