Girl launches changing room privacy case

A 13-year-old girl who objects to sharing changing rooms with transgender pupils has been granted permission by the High Court to take landmark legal action against her local council over its schools

Source: Girl launches changing room privacy case | News | The Times

Harassment fears as students post extreme pornography in online lectures

Students are posting extreme pornography in online lectures, prompting academics to warn that the switch to digital learning in the coronavirus pandemic will increase harassment at UK universities.

Source: Harassment fears as students post extreme pornography in online lectures | Higher education | The Guardian

US McDonald’s workers file $500m sexual harassment lawsuit

Two McDonald’s employees in Florida have filed a $500m (£400m) class action lawsuit, accusing the fast food giant of fostering “systemic sexual harassment”.

It is the most recent in a series of sexual harassment allegations waged against the company, including another class action lawsuit in Michigan launched in November 2019.

Source: US McDonald’s workers file $500m sexual harassment lawsuit – BBC News

Family Court to triage family violence matters within 72 hours

The Family Court will be able to triage urgent parenting disputes relating to children within 72 hours in a newly-designated COVID-19 list.

Over three-quarters (77.3%) of domestic violence workers surveyed in March reported that safe places for child handovers with their abusive ex-partners no longer being open or available was a serious issue of concern for clients in the context of COVID-19, with many women having to compromise their personal safety through makeshift, informal handover arrangements.

The survey also revealed that three-quarters (75%) of frontline domestic violence workers hold “serious concerns” about the numbers of women succumbing to child contact with a violent parent due to their own lack of other supports in the context of COVID-19.

Last year 89% of domestic violence court advocacy workers surveyed across NSW last year reported having issues with police not including children as protected persons on ADVO applications either “sometimes”, “usually” or “always”, whilst 59% reported issues with police reluctance to enact an ADVO breach where family law orders exist, notwithstanding the ADVO overriding the family law order.

Source: Family Court to triage family violence matters within 72 hours

It’s time to properly consider the value of women’s work

When the Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the latest coronavirus spending spree he said this: “You may have thought that was a lot (of money)“. Consider this. According to a new analysis from Oxfam, if American women received a minimum wage for the unpaid care work they do around the house, including caring for relatives, they would have made $1.5 trillion last year.

Globally, women would have earned $10.9 trillion. That exceeds the combined revenue of the 50 largest companies on the Fortune Global list. Women perform 75 percent of such work globally.

As schools and childcare centres close, as elderly or disabled parents, friends or neighbours require additional support, and as individuals en-masse (at least those lucky enough to still have a job) work from home, it begs the question: who will take on the burden of the additional unpaid care and domestic work that goes along with these seismic changes?

The short answer, most experts agree, is women. At least in the short to medium term. Past behaviour predicts future behaviour and all that.

This pandemic is causing a dramatic reappraisal on many fronts. Who would have thought Australia would essentially see the introduction of a basic income?

The value of women’s work, or the traditional undervaluing of such work, should not escape such scrutiny.

Source: It’s time to properly consider the value of women’s work

Women academics submitting fewer papers to journals during coronavirus

Six weeks into widespread self-quarantine, editors of academic journals have started noticing a trend: Women — who inevitably shoulder a greater share of family responsibilities — seem to be submitting fewer papers.

When men take advantage of “stop the clock” policies, taking a year off the tenure-track after having a baby, studies show they’ll accomplish far more professionally than their female colleagues, who tend to spend that time focused primarily or solely on child care.

Source: Women academics submitting fewer papers to journals during coronavirus – The Lily

Joice Loch: the Australian hero who saved thousands from the Nazis.

This is the incredible story of Joice NanKivell Loch, a Queensland-born writer and humanitarian who smuggled thousands of Polish Jews out of Romania.

Today, Joice is considered one of this country’s most unsung heroes. With 11 medals from Australia, Greece, Poland, Romania and Britain, the writer-turned-humanitarian remains Australia’s most decorated woman.

Source: Joice Loch: the Australian hero who saved thousands from the Nazis.

75% of the UK’s NHS workers are women. But average hospital protective-wear designed for the average man

Seventy five per cent of NHS workers in the UK are women, a figure that rises to 90 percent for nurses. And yet the personal protective equipment (PPE) currently being used across the country’s 1,257 hospitals were designed for the “size and shape of male bodies”.

That’s according to the British Medical Association, a professional organisation for doctors, with over 160,000 members.

Source: 75% of the UK’s NHS workers are women. But average hospital protective-wear designed for the average man

Surrogacy is not a gay rights issue; it is a women’s rights issue

New York State rushed through a bill legalizing commercial surrogacy despite ongoing opposition from women’s groups.

All surrogate pregnancies are medically classified as “high-risk” due to the use of hormones involved, and even egg donation confers risks of developing endometriosis, infertility, or the fatal condition of OHSS.

By passing the CPSA quietly and attaching it to a budget intended to help those suffering financial repercussions as a result of a global pandemic, New York lawmakers are sending a clear signal that they are deliberately ignoring women’s opposition to the surrogacy industry, and that they value profit and male entitlement to use female bodies over women’s safety and health. Surrogacy is a predatory, profit-driven industry — whether appealing to women’s kindness through terms like “compassion” and “altruism,” or exploiting marginalized women in economic need, it turns both women’s bodies and children into a commodity to satisfy the desires of the wealthy for a child that carries their genetic material.

Source: Surrogacy is not a gay rights issue; it is a women’s rights issue

Women killed by men during U.K.’s coronavirus lockdown 3 times higher than average, data show

London — Nearly three times as many women were killed by men during three weeks of coronavirus lockdown in Britain than the average for the same period over the last decade, according to data compiled by monitoring and advocacy groups. In the three weeks starting March 23, when people were asked to stay in their homes to stop the spread of COVID-19, 14 women were killed by men in the U.K., according to Karen Ingala Smith, who runs Counting Dead Women and is chief executive of Nia, a nonprofit dedicated to ending sexual violence and domestic abuse. That’s the highest number recorded in over ten years.ise in domestic abuse against women globally due to quarantine measures.

Source: Women killed by men during U.K.’s coronavirus lockdown 3 times higher than average, data show – CBS News