R Kelly arrested on federal sex crime charges.

R Kelly has been arrested on federal sex crime charges, a spokesman for the US Attorneys office has said. In a statement, Joseph Fitzpatrick said child pornography, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice were among the 13 charges against the R&B singer. The arrest was the second time this year that Kelly has been taken into custody in Chicago on sex charges. Kelly was also arrested in February on 10 counts in Illinois involving four women, three of whom were minors when the alleged abuse occurred. He pleaded not guilty to those charges and was released on bail. [...]

By | 2019-08-11T18:24:14+01:00 July 12th, 2019|News/Politics, Women's Rights|0 Comments

New York pays $610,000 to a woman forced to give birth in handcuffs.

New York City has agreed to pay $610,000 to a woman they kept handcuffed and shackled whilst in labor. The woman, identified as 'Jane Doe', was 40 weeks pregnant at the time of her arrest for violating an order of protection that was part of a child custody dispute with her former partner. CNN reports: According to the complaint, she was taken from jail to New York's Montefiore Medical Center the next morning with metal cuffs on her wrists and heavy shackles on her feet, binding her legs together at the ankles. Shackling pregnant women in police custody or prison [...]

By | 2019-07-05T10:57:47+01:00 July 5th, 2019|News/Politics, Women's Rights|0 Comments

Dalai Lama ‘deeply sorry’ for remarks about a potential female successor.

The Dalai Lama has apologized for controversial comments made during a recent BBC interview. Responding to a question of whether he would be open to having a female successor, the Tibetan spiritual leader said any future female Dalai Lama should be "attractive". Watch: https://youtu.be/c3Ukm4gKYU4 A statement released on the official Dalai Lama website reads: Remarks made by His Holiness the Dalai Lama during a recent BBC interview have caused disquiet that we felt it was important to address. Firstly, in responding to a question about whether his own reincarnation could be a woman, and suggesting that if she were she should [...]

By | 2019-07-03T12:11:08+01:00 July 3rd, 2019|News/Politics, Women's Rights|0 Comments

Britain bans gender stereotype advertising.

The UK advertising standards authority have implemented the ban on gender stereotype advertising following their initial plans announced last year. In a statement issued Friday 14th June, the ASA wrote: [Advertisements] must not include gender stereotypes that are likely to cause harm, or serious or widespread offence. This change follows a review of gender stereotyping in ads by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) – the body that administers the UK Advertising Codes. The review found evidence suggesting that harmful stereotypes can restrict the choices, aspirations and opportunities of children, young people and adults and these stereotypes can be reinforced by some advertising, which [...]

By | 2019-06-30T09:46:02+01:00 June 17th, 2019|LGBTQ+, News/Politics, Women's Rights|0 Comments

Woman jailed over stillbirth is freed from 30-year sentence.

A court in El Salvador has freed a woman who was sentenced to 30 years in prison after she gave birth to a stillborn baby in a toilet. The BBC Reports: Evelyn Beatríz Hernández Cruz, 20, had served nearly three years of her sentence for aggravated homicide.Following an appeal a court ordered she be re-tried, but she will be able to live at home during the process.She and her lawyers have always maintained she was unaware she was pregnant and no crime had occurred.But prosecutors said she was guilty of murder because she had had not sought out antenatal care.Activists [...]

By | 2019-06-30T09:55:10+01:00 February 16th, 2019|News/Politics, Women's Rights|0 Comments

‘Upskirting’ becomes illegal in the UK

The law changes today. https://twitter.com/MoJGovUK/status/1095110484527706113 From The Ministry of Justice: What is upskirting? Upskirting is a highly intrusive practice, which typically involves someone taking a picture under another person’s clothing without their knowledge, with the intention of viewing their genitals or buttocks (with or without underwear).It can take place in a range of places, eg British Transport Police have seen a rise of reports on public transport.The new law will capture instances where the purpose of the behaviour is to obtain sexual gratification, or to cause humiliation, distress or alarm.Anyone, and any gender, can be a victim and this behaviour [...]

By | 2019-06-30T09:55:21+01:00 February 12th, 2019|News/Politics, Women's Rights|0 Comments

Watch: ‘Tell Him’ – Jameela Jamil’s must-see speech on feminism, sex, and toxic masculinity.

Jameela Jamil brings the house down with a brilliant essay at the Makers conference. I won't say anymore, as the video speaks for itself. You can find more videos like this at the Makers Conference video playlist here: Makers

By | 2019-06-30T09:55:53+01:00 February 11th, 2019|Women's Rights|0 Comments

Kamala Harris kicks off 2020 presidential campaign.

BBC Reports: A campaign kick-off is a political show of force. It's a chance to demonstrate that a candidate's appeal exists beyond op-ed think-pieces, lines on a fund-raising report or clicks on a social media post. Nothing drives home the potential of ballot-box success quite like a throng of faces in a cheering crowd. On a warm Sunday afternoon at a public square in Oakland, California, Kamala Harris made just such a statement, packing in an estimated 20,000 people as she officially launched her presidential bid. "These are not ordinary times, and this is not an ordinary election, but this [...]

By | 2019-06-30T09:56:48+01:00 January 28th, 2019|News/Politics, Women's Rights|0 Comments