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for May of 2017
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5-31-17 Public hearings begin in missing and murdered indigenous women inquiry
Public hearings begin in missing and murdered indigenous women inquiry
Canada's inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women is hearing from its first witnesses. Some 40 participants are registered for three days of public hearings in Whitehorse in Canada's Yukon territory. The inquiry is focusing on the systemic causes of violence against indigenous women as well as on prevention. A number of families have come out in recent weeks expressing concerns over the inquiry's delays and lack of transparency. Chief commissioner Marion Buller said the inquiry is listening for both details from families about lost loved ones as well as any patterns or trends that emerge from all the stories. On Tuesday, the inquiry heard the first of many harrowing and tearful testimonies from families who have lost relatives to violence.

5-31-17 Viewpoint: Why death penalty is not the answer to sexual violence in India
Viewpoint: Why death penalty is not the answer to sexual violence in India
The death penalty is a distraction from the real measures that India needs to take to protect women's rights to safety, writes Gopika Bashi of Amnesty International. Earlier this month in the Rohtak district of India's northern state of Haryana, two men were arrested after the body of a young Dalit woman who had been gang-raped and murdered was found in an empty field. A team from the National Commission for Women which visited the area demanded the death penalty for the accused, citing the brutality of the crime. Just a few days earlier, the Supreme Court had upheld the death sentences of four men convicted of the brutal gang-rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi in December 2012. Several political parties and media stations celebrated the verdict. But what's been lost in the din is the futility and unfairness of imposing the death penalty in cases involving violence against women. The Delhi gang-rape sparked nationwide protests and led to landmark reforms to India's sexual violence laws in 2013. The reforms expanded the definition of rape and criminalised acts including stalking, voyeurism and acid attacks. It also introduced the death penalty in cases of rape leading to the victim's death or her being left in a "persistent vegetative state", and rape by repeat offenders. Convictions in cases of sexual violence, however, continue to be rare. More than 34,000 rapes were reported in 2015, but the conviction rate was only 21.3%. The use of the death penalty in India has been flawed and arbitrary. (Webmaster's comment: Out of every 310 reported rapes in America only 7 rapists will be convicted. In America men will protect their right to rape and blame the woman for it!)

5-31-17 Priyanka Chopra attacked for 'showing legs' to India PM Modi
Priyanka Chopra attacked for 'showing legs' to India PM Modi
Actress Priyanka Chopra's decision to wear a dress that showed her legs for a meeting with Indian PM Narendra Modi has been criticised by some social media users in India. Some Facebook users told her off for "disrespecting" the PM". The unapologetic actress responded by posting a picture of both her mother and her wearing short dresses, captioned "legs for the day". Other Indian actresses have also faced anger over their choice of attire. Deepika Padukone once publicly called out a leading Indian newspaper in 2014 for tweeting a picture of her cleavage. "YES! I am a Woman. I have breasts AND a cleavage! You got a problem!!??" Padukone tweeted to the paper. Many other actresses also came out in support of her.

5-30-17 South Sudan soldiers on trial over rape of aid workers
South Sudan soldiers on trial over rape of aid workers
Thirteen South Sudanese soldiers have gone on trial accused of raping foreign aid workers and murdering their local colleague. The incident in the capital, Juba, last July resulted in a UN report which accused UN peacekeepers of failing in their duty to protect civilians. It happened as rival forces in the civil war clashed in the city. The soldiers' lawyer said the allegations were untrue, Reuters news agency reports. The incident happened in a rebel-controlled area, he added. Peace efforts have failed to bring an end to the three-and-a-half-year-old conflict, which has seen forces loyal to President Salva Kiir fighting troops who back former Vice-President Riek Machar.

5-29-17 Three Indian men held over molestation viral video
Three Indian men held over molestation viral video
Indian police have arrested three men who allegedly molested two girls with their friends and posted a video of the incident on social media. It is not clear when the video was shot, but the location has been identified as Rampur district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. A officer told the BBC that police were trying to identify other suspects. He added that the police registered a case after the video went viral on social media. Rahul Srivastava, chief spokesperson of the state police, said police were confident that the other suspects would be arrested soon. At least four men can be seen groping and abusing the women in the video while nine others watch. The men continue to molest the women and laugh even as they plead to be allowed to go. Scrutiny of sexual violence in India has grown since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus. But violent sexual attacks against women and children continue to be reported across the country.

5-29-17 Paris mayor may ban black feminist Nyansapo festival
Paris mayor may ban black feminist Nyansapo festival
The mayor of Paris has called for a black feminist festival in the city to be banned on the grounds that it excludes white people. At the Nyansapo Festival in July, billed as "blackfeminist", 80% of the venue will be reserved for black women. Black people of any gender will be allowed in another area, while a third area will be open to all. Anne Hidalgo tweeted that she reserved the right "to prosecute the organisers for discrimination". Some French anti-racism organisations have condemned the festival. SOS Racisme called it "an abomination" and said it "wallows in ethnic separation", while Licra, the International League against Racism and Antisemitism, said: "Rosa Parks would be turning in her grave." On Friday the regional head of the far-right National Front party had challenged Ms Hidalgo to explain the "blatantly racist" event.

5-26-17 Revenge pornography and “sextortion”
Revenge pornography and “sextortion”
Facebook investigated nearly 54,000 potential cases of revenge pornography and “sextortion” on the social media network in one month. The company disabled more than 14,000 accounts over such content; 33 of the cases involved children.

5-26-17 Weiner pleads guilty
Weiner pleads guilty
In a tearful appearance, disgraced former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty last week to sexting a 15-year-old girl, saying he had destroyed his “life’s dream in public service.” Weiner, 52, was caught sending explicit messages and images to the North Carolina girl last year, while his estranged wife, Huma Abedin, was serving as a top aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. FBI agents seized Weiner’s laptop, where they found emails that prompted then–FBI Director James Comey to announce he had reopened the investigation into Clinton’s private server—roiling the 2016 campaign in its final days. In a deal with prosecutors, Weiner pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to one count of transmitting obscene material to a minor—a felony that carries up to 10 years in prison and will require him to register as a sex offender. As Weiner entered his plea, Abedin filed for divorce.

5-25-17 The feminists of post-Soviet Georgia
The feminists of post-Soviet Georgia
"It seemed the coolest, Berlin-style outfit," she told me later. Saturday nightlife was calling — Sophiko and her friend dove onto the crowded streets of Tbilisi, buzzing with foreign tourists. It was their decision what they would wear, how they would cut their hair, who they'd date and what they'd drink that night. The capital of post-Soviet Georgia has been taken over by a young and free generation of women, who are growing increasingly rebellious against all post-Soviet dogma. Walking on Tbilisi streets earlier this month, I recognized a radical change in the appearances of young Georgian women. When I began to report from Tbilisi in the late 1990s, feminism was still an exotic phenomenon — unacceptable in traditional Georgian families. Tbilisi women wore elegant black clothes, often with good but conservative taste. Just as in my favorite movie by Otar Iosseliani, Once Upon a Time There Was a Singing Blackbird, women continued to stick to traditionally long skirts, not revealing too much bare skin. Back then, nobody could imagine the freedom some young women celebrate these days. "The time when men dictated how women behave is long gone," my friend Timur said, admitting something not many men in the Caucasus region are ready to accept. The traditional pride of masculinity still runs deep in the region. "Although Georgian men often misperceive women as not being good leaders, managers or decisions makers, this is the moment when they have to wake up, as women are taking over the steering wheel in many Georgian families."

5-25-17 The sex slaves of al-Shabab
The sex slaves of al-Shabab
When Salama Ali started investigating the disappearance of two younger brothers last year she made an awful discovery - not only were radicalised young Kenyan men leaving to join the al-Shabab militants in neighbouring Somalia, but women were being seized and trafficked by the group as sex slaves. Salama's search for information about her brothers had to be carried out quietly and confidentially, as any hint of a connection with the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab can arouse the suspicion of the security forces. So she met discreetly with other women in Mombasa and the surrounding area, sharing stories and seeking information about male relatives who had vanished. "We discovered there were lots of us," Salama says. But Salama also uncovered something very different - stories of women who had been taken to Somalia against their will. The women were both young and old, from Christian and Muslim communities, from Mombasa and other parts of Kenya's coastal region. They were usually promised high-paid work in another town or abroad, and then kidnapped. Last September Salama trained as a counsellor and set up a secret support group for returning women. Word spread and soon women began seeking her out and asking to join the group.

5-22-17 Female genital mutilation is illegal in the U.S. So why is it still happening?
Female genital mutilation is illegal in the U.S. So why is it still happening?
Adama tells me her story, the motivation for her fight, she pounds on her chest proudly. She has an enormous smile and a stylish shock of short hair. Adama is 23, originally from Gambia. When she was a little kid there, her mother told her: "You're going to go visit your aunt, and when you come back, we're going to take you to school." She was 7, and what happened was that her genitals were mutilated. Which is really common where Adama is from. In fact, when she went back to school, she found most of the girls in her school were also mutilated. Adama says she asked her mother, "Why did you take me to this woman ... to get mutilated?" And her mother said to her: "Well you know, when you are mutilated, you're able to control yourself, so that when you get married, your husband will find you a virgin." "It's ultimately about controlling female sexuality," says Dr. Deborah Ottenheimer, who works with FGM survivors. "There are a lot of medical side effects. Difficulty with menstrual periods afterwards, chronic vaginal infections. Also women tend to have difficulty with childbirth. They have a higher rate of complications with birth." About 200 million girls alive today have undergone genital mutilation. Half a million of them are in the U.S. New York has the highest number of cases among U.S. cities. A lot of those women came to the U.S. already mutilated, like Adama. In 1996 the U.S. passed a law criminalizing the practice, and also making it illegal to send a girl abroad to undergo the procedure. But recently, a doctor in Michigan became the first person in the country to be arrested on charges of performing mutilations.

5-22-17 Will I be next? South Africa women ask
Will I be next? South Africa women ask
A white coffin carries the remains of Karabo Mokoena. Her friends and family have gathered to say an untimely goodbye to their loved one. She was found dead, burnt beyond recognition and buried in a shallow grave in a deserted field, several days after she went missing. It is alleged that her boyfriend Sandile Mantsoe doused her body with acid and then set her alight when she threatened to leave him. Mr Mantsoe has been charged with murder and defeating the ends of justice but has not pleaded. The 22-year-old's death is the most recent case of femicide to have sparked public outrage. She was buried in Johannesburg's Soweto township.

5-20-17 South African men march against abuse of women and children
South African men march against abuse of women and children
Hundreds of protesters, most of them men, have marched in the South African capital, Pretoria, over rising levels of violence against women and children. One of the organisers, Kholofelo Masha, said men had to take collective responsibility for the increase in beatings, sex attacks and killings. South Africa has one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the world. Police figures showed that 64,000 cases were reported last year. A series of grisly murders of women and children has hit the headlines this year and President Jacob Zuma has described the situation as a crisis. The protesters on Saturday marched behind a woman symbolically dressed from head to toe in white. Some carried placards bearing the names of women killed by their partners. (Webmaster's comment: And why don't American men do the same thing? Male violence against women is at epidemic proportions in America. It's time decent men spoke out!)

5-20-17 Rape in India: Kerala woman castrates 'rapist holy man'
Rape in India: Kerala woman castrates 'rapist holy man'
A 23-year-old Indian woman has cut off the genitals of a Hindu religious teacher in the southern state of Kerala, claiming he raped her for years. Police said the suspect, named as Gangeshananda Theerthapada, would come to the woman's house to perform prayer rituals for her father's health. Her mother had hoped the self-styled holy man would ease the family's woes. Instead, her daughter claims he assaulted her at every opportunity. On Friday night, she grabbed a knife and attacked him when he allegedly tried to rape her, and then called the police herself. The alleged rapist was rushed to Thiruvananthapuram Medical College for emergency surgery. The hospital said in a statement: "A 54-year-old man from Kollam was admitted at 12.39am [19:09 GMT] to the hospital on Saturday. His penis had been cut (90%) and was hanging precariously. There was no way it could be stitched back. "Plastic surgeons who are urology experts in the hospital did emergency surgery to stop the blood loss and to enable him to pass urine."

5-19-17 Ex-congressman Anthony Weiner pleads guilty to sexting
Ex-congressman Anthony Weiner pleads guilty to sexting
Former New York congressman Anthony Weiner has tearfully pleaded guilty to sending obscene material to a minor. He must register as a sex offender and faces a possible prison term for exchanging explicit texts with a 15-year-old girl last year. The 52-year-old's estranged wife, Huma Abedin, filed for divorce on Friday after seven years of marriage. Weiner quit Congress in 2011 over a sex scandal and was again exposed in his 2013 run for New York mayor. He was reportedly wearing his wedding band as he entered his plea on Friday morning at a Manhattan court. Weiner was released on bail, pending sentencing on 8 September. As part of his plea agreement, federal prosecutors said they would consider a term between 21-27 months "fair and appropriate". Weiner cried in court as he said: "I have a sickness, but I don't have an excuse." He acknowledged it was "morally wrong" and unlawful to have knowingly sent obscene messages between January and March last year to a North Carolina girl whom he knew to be 15 years old. (Webmaster's comment: Most of these people that cry in court are not crying because they feel bad about what they've done, they're crying because they got caught!)

5-19-17 Ex-congressman Anthony Weiner pleads guilty to sexting case
Ex-congressman Anthony Weiner pleads guilty to sexting case
Former New York congressman Anthony Weiner has pleaded guilty to sending obscene material to a minor. The charge stems from sexually charged text messages he exchanged with a 15-year-old girl last year. He stepped down from his congressional seat in 2011 over a series of sex scandals and was again exposed during his 2013 bid for New York City mayor. He may have to register as a sex offender and could face prison time. Mr Weiner entered his plea at a Manhattan court on Friday morning, according to local media. He could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison, though prosecutors are reportedly seeking two years. Mr Weiner again made headlines during last year's US presidential election.

5-15-17 I acted as a man to get work - until I was accused of rape
I acted as a man to get work - until I was accused of rape
Pili Hussein wanted to make her fortune prospecting for a precious stone that's said to be a thousand times rarer than diamonds, but since women weren't allowed down the mines she dressed up as man and fooled her male colleagues for almost a decade. Pili Hussein grew up in a large family in Tanzania. The daughter of a livestock keeper who had many large farms, Pili's father had six wives and she was one of 38 children. Although she was well looked after, in many ways, she doesn't look back on her upbringing fondly. "My father treated me like a boy and I was given livestock to take care of - I didn't like that life at all," she says. But her marriage was even more unhappy, and at the age of 31 Pili ran away from her abusive husband. In search of work she found herself in the small Tanzanian town of Mererani, in the foothills of Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro - the only place in the world where mining for a rare, violet-blue gemstone called tanzanite takes place. "I didn't go to school, so I didn't have many options," Pili says. "Women were not allowed in the mining area, so I entered bravely like a man, like a strong person. You take big trousers, you cut them into shorts and you appear like a man. That's what I did."

5-12-17 Should rapists receive the death penalty?
Should rapists receive the death penalty?
The Supreme Court’s judgment in a notorious gang-rape case “will put the fear of God into sexual predators,” said in an editorial. The “gut-wrenching, graphic details” of the crime are seared into our nation’s consciousness: In 2012, six drunken men brutally attacked a physiotherapy student on a moving bus, beating up her male friend and raping and violating her with a metal rod. The 23-year-old victim, Jyoti Singh, became known as Nirbhaya, or “Fearless,” because of her valiant efforts to fight off her attackers; she died of her injuries two weeks after the assault. One of the attackers committed suicide in police custody; another, a minor, was sentenced to three years in prison. The final four assailants were sentenced to death, a rare punishment here, and last week the Supreme Court upheld their sentences. They will hang: a suitable end for the criminals who awoke “a deep, seething rage” among Indian women. Why did this rape resonate so? asked Namita Bhandare in Before 2012, poor women were raped every day in India, and the entire country did not rise up in outrage. Nirbhaya, though, was “an ideal victim” to arouse Indian sympathy. She was “the hardworking daughter of an airport loader who had sold his land in order to educate her,” an aspirational figure “India could and did empathize with.” That’s why the Nirbhaya case “remains a touchstone of almost mythical proportion.” Massive nationwide protests after Nirbhaya’s death led to new laws mandating tougher penalties for rape and special courts to fast-track cases.

5-12-17 Karabo Mokoena murder: Suspect appears in South Africa court
Karabo Mokoena murder: Suspect appears in South Africa court
The man believed to be the boyfriend of a 22-year-old woman whose killing has shocked South Africa has appeared in court in Johannesburg to face murder charges, local media report. Karabo Mokoena's mother wept as she arrived at the hearing. A widespread online campaign to find Mokoena was called off on Wednesday when her father confirmed her death. The case has sparked a fierce debate about the levels of violence faced by women in South Africa. Police are still waiting for DNA tests to confirm the identity of the body, which they said was "badly burned". The case has prompted an outpouring of anger and grief in South Africa, mostly by women who took to social media to share stories of abuse they had suffered at the hands of their partners. The suspect will remain in custody after the case was adjourned until 24 May, local Jacaranda News reports. The hashtags #RIPKarabo and #MenAreTrash have been trending across the country as women call for an end to violence against them. South Africa has among the highest rates in the world for the rape and murder of women. More than 40,000 cases of rape are reported every year, figures which are thought to only represent a fraction of actual attacks.

5-12-17 Al-Nahyan trial: UAE princesses accused of servant abuses
Al-Nahyan trial: UAE princesses accused of servant abuses
Eight Arab princesses are on trial in Brussels for trafficking and abusing servants during a stay there. Sheikha Hamda al-Nahyan and her seven daughters hired a floor of rooms at a luxury hotel over eight months in 2008. They brought with them from the United Arab Emirates a retinue of more than 20 servants whom they are accused of holding in conditions close to slavery. The plaintiffs say they were prevented from leaving the hotel and forced to eat the princesses' leftovers. The princesses are being tried in absentia along with an Indian butler. If found guilty, they could face hundreds of thousands of euros in damages and even a prison sentence - but rights activists say it is highly unlikely that the UAE would extradite them to serve time behind bars. Nonetheless, it would be "hugely significant" if one of the wealthiest families in the world was publicly linked with trafficking and slavery, says Nicholas McGeehan, an expert on migrant workers in the Gulf for Human Rights Watch. He argues that despite being abolished in law, domestic slavery continues in Gulf states - "perpetuated by ruling elites for whom it serves an important societal purpose in conferring status". He added: "It's top-down and tolerated."

5-11-17 Triple talaq: India top court reviews Islamic instant divorce
Triple talaq: India top court reviews Islamic instant divorce
India's Supreme Court has formally opened hearings into a number of petitions challenging the controversial practice of instant divorce in Islam. The court said it would examine whether the practice known as "triple talaq" was fundamental to the religion. India is one of a handful of countries in the world where a Muslim man can divorce his wife in minutes by saying the word talaq (divorce) three times. But activists say the practice is "discriminatory". Many Muslim groups have opposed the court's intervention in their religious matters, although the move has the backing of the current Indian government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The sensitive issue is being heard by a multi-faith bench made up of five judges - a Hindu, a Sikh, a Christian, a Zoroastrian and one Muslim. The bench has combined several petitions from Muslim women and rights groups into one to examine the issue. The Indian government has told the court that triple talaq is unconstitutional, against gender justice and the dignity of women.

5-10-17 Dan Heyman: US reporter arrested for shouting questions on healthcare
Dan Heyman: US reporter arrested for shouting questions on healthcare
A reporter was arrested on Tuesday night at the West Virginia Capitol for allegedly causing a disturbance by shouting questions to two Trump aides. Dan Heyman had asked Health Secretary Tom Price and White House adviser Kellyanne Conway about coverage under the Republican healthcare plan. The veteran health reporter wanted to know if domestic violence would be covered as a pre-existing condition. He later said he "was trying doing my job". He faces a fine and jail time. Mr Heyman, who works for the Public News Service, spoke to reporters after being released by police. He said that he had been following the Trump team's entourage through the capitol building while wearing his press badge and a shirt identifying his media outlet. "He didn't say anything," Mr Heyman told reporters about Mr Price's refusal to answer his question. "So I persisted," he added. (Webmaster's comment: The beginning of the shutdown of the freedom of the press! Hitler did this very same thing also!)

5-10-17 Women's protest hits Dutch website with ad boycott
Women's protest hits Dutch website with ad boycott
A Dutch shock blog has been hit by an advertising boycott, after a campaign launched by more than 140 women. TV journalists, columnists, politicians and a leading economist signed an open letter accusing GeenStijl of denigrating women and online intimidation, as well as racism and homophobia. They accused big brands such as Rabobank and the Efteling theme park as well as the Dutch ministry of defence of "paying the salaries of the most influential trolls on the internet". Now several advertisers have responded by pulling their ads, including the brewer Grolsch, the furniture store Ikea and the Dutch tax office. GeenStijl has been shock-blogging for 14 years and describes its stance as "tendentious, unfounded and gratuitously offensive".

5-8-17 Revenge porn: Image-based abuse hits 'one in five' Australians
Revenge porn: Image-based abuse hits 'one in five' Australians
One in five Australians has suffered image-based abuse, according to the nation's most comprehensive study on "revenge porn". The national survey of more than 4,200 people found that men and women were equally likely to be targeted. A fifth had had nude or sexual images taken without their permission, while 11% said images of them had been distributed without consent. The results showed abuse was even more rife than thought, researchers said. Men were more likely to be perpetrators, while women held greater fears for their own safety, according to the study by RMIT University and Monash University. The risk of victimisation was higher for minority groups including indigenous, disabled and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Australians.

5-6-17 Rape charges to be dropped in Maryland school case
Rape charges to be dropped in Maryland school case
Maryland prosecutors are expected to drop charges against two immigrant teenagers accused of raping a student in a secondary school toilet. Jose Montano, 17, and Henry Sanchez, 18, were charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in March. Prosecutors said they are dropping the case against Mr Montano on Friday and are expected to do the same for Mr Sanchez, according to his lawyer. The case drew national attention amidst a White House crackdown on immigration. Authorities said Mr Sanchez came to the US from Guatemala illegally while Mr Montano's lawyers said he came from El Salvador to live with relatives who are citizens. Following their arrest, the White House said "tragedies like this" had motivated President Donald Trump's actions on illegal immigration. But prosecutors said evidence, including video, interviews and the victim's text messages, does not support her claims.

5-5-17 India court upholds 2012 Delhi gang rapists' death penalty
India court upholds 2012 Delhi gang rapists' death penalty
India's Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences of four men convicted of the gang rape and murder of a student in Delhi. Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh were given the death penalty by a court in 2013. Rejecting their appeal, Justice R Banumathi said the men committed "a barbaric crime" that had "shaken society's conscience". The brutal gang rape led to nationwide outrage and and new anti-rape laws. The 23-year-old physiotherapy student was attacked on a bus that she had boarded with her male friend as they returned home from watching a film in December 2012. Her friend was also beaten up. Jyoti Singh - whose name was publicly revealed by her mother only in 2015 - died from injuries in a hospital 13 days later.

5-5-17 Wives get bats
Wives get bats
A top official in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is handing out thousands of paddles to newlywed brides so they can beat their husbands if they drink. The 15-inch bats are usually used to beat dirt out of clothes or rugs, but Gopal Bhargava, the state’s minister for rural development, instructed the women to use them to punish their husbands should the men become drunk and abusive. Inscriptions on the paddles include “This bat is given to reform alcoholics” and “Police will not say anything.” Alcohol abuse is an increasing problem in rural parts of India, where, civic groups say, many men spend most of the family’s wages on booze. Five Indian states have banned liquor sales, and at least four more plan to do so.

5-5-17 Ivanka: Is the first daughter a feminist?
Ivanka: Is the first daughter a feminist?
Ivanka Trump can’t have it both ways, said Lizzie Crocker in TheDailyBeast?.com. Last week, the fashion executive and senior White House adviser learned that representing her father comes at a cost, during an appearance at the W20 Summit on female empowerment in Berlin. Flanked by true heavyweights, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and International Monetary Fund director Christine Lagarde, the first daughter served up an “empty-calorie word soup” about feminism, before defending President Trump as a “tremendous champion” of women’s rights. Ivanka was met with an embarrassing chorus of groans, boos, and hisses. Good, said Arwa Mahdawi in America’s princess has some nerve talking about “women’s empowerment.” Unlike the impressive women on stage with her, Trump owes her entire success to her daddy, who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by at least 15 women. “Really, it’s time that she was booed off the world stage.”

5-4-17 'Unlock iPhone', says judge in US sextortion case
'Unlock iPhone', says judge in US sextortion case
A Florida judge has ruled that two defendants in a sextortion case must hand over the passwords to their mobile phones so officials can search them. Reality TV star Hencha Voigt and former boyfriend, Wesley Victor, are accused of threatening to release explicit images of social media star Julieanna Goddard unless she paid a ransom. The defendants said the ruling broke their constitutional rights. But Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Charles Johnson said he was following the law. "For me, this is like turning over a key to a safety deposit box," he said on Wednesday. Prosecutors allege that Ms Voigt and Mr Victor told Ms Goddard to pay them $18,000 (£14,000) within 24 hours, or they would release X-rated videos and photos of her.

5-2-17 A woman is on trial for laughing when a senator said Jeff Sessions treats 'all Americans equally'
A woman is on trial for laughing when a senator said Jeff Sessions treats 'all Americans equally'
A woman is on trial this week for laughing during Jeff Sessions' congressional confirmation hearing in January when Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) attested the attorney general nominee had a record of "treating all Americans equally under the law." Desiree Fairooz, 61, is accused of "disorderly and disruptive conduct" that was intended to "impede, disrupt, and disturb the orderly conduct" of the hearing, The Huffington Post reports. Fairooz is an activist associated with the group Code Pink, but she said she had not planned to disrupt the hearing. Writer Elizabeth Croydon dismissed Fairooz's charges on Twitter, claiming "if my hero Desiree Fairooz wanted to make a scene, she would have made a scene. Desiree just had an involuntary reaction to a bogus lie that was told bold-faced in front of the American people. Jefferson Sessions has a record of not treating every American equally." A rookie officer who had never worked at a congressional hearing or arrested someone before was responsible for arresting Fairooz. On Tuesday, an attorney asked the officer, Katherine Coronado, if Fairooz's laughter was "loud enough to draw your attention" or if it made people turn around. Coronado agreed it had, and said Fairooz had been laughing "very loudly."

5-1-17 Indian brides given bats to keep abusive husbands in check
Indian brides given bats to keep abusive husbands in check
Hundreds of brides at an Indian mass wedding have been given wooden bats and urged to use them as weapons if their husbands turn abusive. Messages such as "for use against drunkards" are written on the paddles, which measure about 40cm (15in) and are more traditionally used for laundry. Gopal Bhargava, a state minister in Madhya Pradesh, said he wanted to highlight the issue of domestic abuse. He told the women to try to reason with their husbands before using them. But if their spouses refuse to listen, they should let the paddles - known as mogri and usually used to beat dirt out of clothes - "do the talking", he said.

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