#MoveTheMoney from war to peace

In 2015, there was a global military spend of $1.6 trillion (SIPRI). Meanwhile, gender equality and peace remain drastically under-funded: As the 2015 Global Study on UNSCR 1325 (Global Study) found, there is a “consistent, striking disparity between policy commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment, and the financial allocations to achieve them” (p. 372).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tys3snVT9n0&feature=youtube
http://www.peacewomen.org/wps-financing

The hidden toll: family violence linked to suicide deaths

The data showed victims of violence – the majority who were women – commonly suicided more than a year after their last violent experience.

But the perpetrators of violence – predominantly men – most commonly died by suicide within six weeks of the most recent violent outburst.

. . .

Women who have been abused by their partners are almost four times more likely to have suicidal thoughts, according to a paper on suicide in women launched at the National Suicide Prevention Conference in Hobart on Tuesday.

It found women have higher rates of suicidal behaviour – like planning and suicide attempts – than men.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/the-hidden-toll-family-violence-linked-to-suicide-deaths-20150728-gim7b4.html

Glasgow Women’s Library: a treasure trove that shows how far feminism has come

Today, with more than 20,000 books and 300,000 archival items, all donated, the GWL has expanded to take on 22 paid staff alongside about 100 volunteers, with guaranteed funding from Creative Scotland for the next two years.

We can only dream of The Women’s Library in Newtown having 22 paid staff! At present we are struggling along with about 30 part-time volunteers. Please contact us at twlnewtown@gmail.com if you are able to lend a hand.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/sep/19/glasgow-womens-library-feminism-museum-womens-history-uk-cookery-books-spare-rib-anti-suffragette?

UK MPs call for end to abusive men using courts against families

The government must carry out a full review of family courts to stop them being used by violent men to perpetuate abuse against their partners and children, MPs have said. . . .

The debate focused on many personal stories of women who had been subjected to violence and coercive control by their partners, only to have to face them again in the family courts when the men fought for child contact.

MPs said the family court system was allowing violent men to re-victimise women. Increasing numbers of men were representing themselves and re-traumatising their victims when they made repeated and often spurious applications for access, they said.

And the same is true here in Australia.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/sep/15/mps-call-for-end-to-abusive-men-using-courts-against-families

Australian activist Muriel Matters remembered

The Muriel Matters Society is trying to raise awareness of the role played by the South Australian activist in the fight to get British women the vote. In 1908 Muriel Matters chained herself to an iron grille in the ladies gallery of the House of Commons and made a speech demanding that women have the right to vote.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-06/australian-activist-muriel-matters-remembered/7819182

https://murielmatterssociety.com.au/home-page/who-was-muriel-matters/

Women ask for pay increases as often as men but receive them less, study says

“. . . there is no country on earth where women make as much as men for the same work. WEF research has predicted that it will take 81 years at current rates of improvement for women to reach parity.

“We didn’t know how the numbers would come out. Having seen these findings, I think we have to accept that there is some element of pure discrimination against women,”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/05/gender-wage-gap-women-pay-raise-men-study

Gender Pay Gap Day – the problem starts at the top

How about our current PM stops revering a retired leader with a demonstrated inability to think laterally. But then why bother thinking about how to change things when you are so comfortable with the status quo?

http://www.womensagenda.com.au/talking-about/opinions/item/7314-what-if-we-changed-john-howard-s-status-quo-on-women

http://www.womensagenda.com.au/talking-about/opinions/item/7312-women-have-limits-says-john-howard-so-why-should-the-liberal-party-bother-with-targets

http://www.womensagenda.com.au/talking-about/editors-agenda/item/7311-happy-equal-pay-day-relax-and-enjoy-just-don-t-spend-too-much

John Howard: Women have ‘limits on capacity’ in politics

FORMER prime minister John Howard says there will never be an equal representation of women and men in parliament, because “women play a significantly greater part of fulfilling the caring role”.

Since the July election, Australia’s female representation in Parliament has slipped from 42nd in the world to 50th as other countries around the world implement quotas and targets.

http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/careers/john-howard-women-have-limits-on-capacity-in-politics/news-story/a0ad49697ac9576755fe8858083f238e

Campaigners call for Parliamentary inquiry into prostitution to be wound up after Labour MP Keith Vaz  ‘consorted wit h male escorts’

Nordic Model Now, which campaigns for the abolition of prostitution, said the committee should immediately scrap it because the MP’s actions were tantamount to a conflict of interests.

The campaign group said that the inquiry should be reconvened with members – 50 per cent of whom should be women – who have no history of sex buying.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/04/campaigners-call-for-parliamentary-inquiry-into-prostitution-to/

Gillian Armstrong: I used to think, ‘I did it, why can’t all the other women?’

Gillian Amstrong now recognises the need for affirmative action to address gender inequality in the film industry.

In 2011 only 26% of Swedish government film funding went to female directors. Serner set out to achieve gender parity by the end of four years and reached her goal in two and a half.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/aug/30/gillian-armstrong-i-used-to-think-i-did-it-why-cant-all-the-other-women?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/06/swedish-cinemas-bechdel-test-films-gender-bias

Female tourists advised not to wear skirts in India and France’s witch hunt of Muslim women continues

Women aren’t safe from harassment regardless of what they wear and continue to be blamed for male criminality regardless. When are men going to begin policing men?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/29/india-female-tourists-skirts-safety-advice?

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/aug/29/legal-misunderstanding-france-witch-hunt-muslim-women?

Feminists decry sex change proposals on men who identify as women

“By allowing any person to self-identify their sex, it effectively redefines what ‘sex’ means under law,” Ms Anne said. “It stops being a reflection of a physical biological reality and becomes a social construct and a reflection of how a person subjectively feels about themselves.”

On a practical level, the group believed Ms Banks’s amendments would undermine protections under the Sex Discrim­ination Act that allow for women-only services such as domestic violence shelters and support groups, gyms, sports, events and clubs.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/feminists-decry-sex-change-proposals-on-men-who-identify-as-women/news-story/600466f4e420ad31dca556c23d863bbc

Fortunate to work flexibly? No. We need to create a new world of work

Men are already complaining that women are taking their jobs, but in fact we need more flexibility than the traditional workforce can offer. We need to create a new world of work.

http://www.womensagenda.com.au/talking-about/opinions/item/7276-we-need-to-create-a-new-world-of-work
http://www.womensagenda.com.au/talking-about/editors-agenda/item/7278-merit-and-why-it-s-not-the-wrong-time-to-be-a-60-year-old-male

Salim Mehajer threatens estranged wife and her family with rape

First the extravagant wedding now the extravagant threats to rape his wife’s parents. Just shows how dreams can end up nightmares.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/video/2016/aug/23/salim-mehajer-threatens-estranged-wife-and-her-family-with-video? http://www.mamamia.com.au/salim-mehajer-a-current-affair-video/
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/aug/21/salim-mehajer-dream-video-motivational-urges-people-success

When one in two women are sexually harassed, it’s a problem that’s ‘normal’

If its endemic in the police force, its little wonder nothing is being done about sexual harassment and discrimination throughout our society.

http://www.womensagenda.com.au/talking-about/editors-agenda/item/7275-when-one-in-two-women-are-sexually-harassed-it-s-a-problem-that-s-normal

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-22/sexual-harassment-incidents-high-in-afp-workplaces-review-finds/7772382