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Archive for 'Women’s Rights'

Huge crowd in LA for Women’s March despite “pro-Palestinian” boycott

You may recall four years ago when the actor Scarlett Johansson ended her relationship with Oxfam after the charity took exception to her involvement with the Israeli company SodaStream, which at the time operated a factory on the West Bank– including a commercial during the American Super Bowl. Even though SodaStream has since closed that […]

Sexual predators on the Left

Writing at The Daily Beast in the wake of the awful revelations about movie producer Harvey Weinstein, James Kirchick makes the unsurprising point that the political Left, no less than the Right, has its share of sexual predators. Weinstein is just the latest in a long line of men whose left-wing politics coexisted harmoniously with […]

Linda Sarsour on feminism and Zionism

The controversy can be traced back to a recent International Women’s Strike: Organizers of the strike wrote in its platform that the decolonization of Palestine is “the beating heart of this new feminist movement.” Emily Shire, a Zionist feminist took issue with this stance in a thoughtful op ed in The New York Times; in an interview […]

International Women’s Day, Putin style

From an AP roundup of worldwide activities on International Women’s Day: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (dih-MEE’-tree med-VYEH’-dyev) has approved a five-year national action plan supporting women’s interests. The signing came on International Women’s Day on Wednesday. Valentina Matvienko, who as speaker of the upper house of parliament is one of Russia’s most prominent female […]

Jill Stein SILENT on Trump sexual predation

This is a cross-post by Paul Canning Blogger Clay Claiborne has written a lot about the bizarre campaign of Dr Jill Stein. How she has switched, with no explanations, her position on Syria. On some of the more outrageous things she has said about Hillary Clinton and about her relationship with Russia. Nothing, in my […]

Boycott of women’s world chess championship in Iran, is defending women’s freedom of choice

This is a cross-post by Potkin Azarmehr When the US female chess champion, Nazi Paikidze-Barnes, and some of the world’s other top female chess players announced last week, they will boycott the next world chess championships in Iran, because they have been told they are expected to wear the compulsory headscarves in Iran; it was a […]

Solidarity with women in Poland protesting new abortion law

Although pro-choice campaigners will of course oppose Poland’s planned further restrictions on its already very narrow criteria for legal abortion, many who identify as pro-life will probably be equally concerned by the proposals. Currently women in Poland can only secure an abortion if their life is in danger, if the foetus is seriously deformed, or […]

Boycotting the chess world championship

Women keen to compete in next year’s world chess championship will be forced to don a hijab.  This announcement immediately prompted calls to boycott the event.  I can understand the misgivings of some Iranian women who welcome the chance to compete in an international event on their home turf. For example Ghoncheh Ghavami, a British-Iranian […]

Another Corbyn cock-up

Many issues which might broadly be termed ‘feminist’ prompt intense debate – sex work, consent and abortion are some of the most obvious examples.  The gender pay gap is another keenly contested topic.  Some imply that women are routinely being paid about 14% less than men for doing the same job. Others, by contrast, insist […]

Supreme Court rules against Texas abortion law

Remember Texas State Senator Wendy’s Davis’s principled but ultimately futile filibuster against a law designed to severely restrict access to legal abortions? By a 5 to 3 vote, the Supreme Court struck down the law that placed extreme and unnecessary requirements on abortion clinics and was clearly designed to restrict access to abortions rather than […]