How to drive cultural change to shift stubborn gender roles

KPMG’s 2018 report The Cost of Coming Back: Achieving a Better Deal for Working Mothers found that it would cost some professionally qualified working mums almost $30 a day in tax, lost payments and out-of-pocket childcare expenses to increase their working days from three to four per week.

Other working mothers would lose almost $80 a day by moving from four to five days per week of work. Outcomes like this are at odds with the Government’s intention to boost women’s workforce participation as part of increasing our national productivity.

It is also worth considering whether Australia should follow the UK and various other countries who have introduced laws or codes banning sexism in advertising.

In June, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority banned ads that feature gender stereotypes (such as men lying around while women do all the cleaning or women having difficulty parking the car), following a report that found that gender-stereotypical imagery and rhetoric “can lead to unequal gender outcomes in public and private aspects of people’s lives.”

Source: How to drive cultural change to shift stubborn gender roles

Hundreds rally in NSW over abortion bill

Hundreds of supporters of a bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW have descended on state parliament with many holding signs stating “Our body, our choice” and “No uterus, no opinion”.

Darelle Duncan was one of those rallying on Wednesday in favour of the Reproductive Healthcare Reform Bill, which she says will give women the right to control their own lives.

Almost 50 years ago, a then 22-year-old Ms Duncan was unable to access an abortion, and her baby was later forcibly removed for adoption.

“I understand totally what it means to be in a position where you are forced into a pregnancy,” Ms Duncan told AAP.

“It changed my life irrevocably. It’s a trauma that one never gets over.”

Source: Hundreds rally in NSW over abortion bill | Camden-Narellan Advertiser

When Will Cyntoia Brown Be Released From Prison Details

Brown, now 31, had been serving a life sentence for the murder of a 43-year-old man who solicited sex from her when she was 16 years old.

The prosecution of minors has changed significantly in Tennessee and across the U.S. since Brown’s first trial in 2006. Back then, she was charged as an adult in the 2004 murder of real estate agent Johnny Allen. Allen purchased her for $150 in exchange for sex. At the time, Brown was only 16 and living with a 24-year-old pimp known as “Cut Throat.” She has said her relationship with Cut Throat was sexually, physically, and emotionally abusive, and eventually, he forced her into prostitution.

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Govt introduces bill to ban commercial surrogacy (India)

Commercial surrogacy will soon be banned and only close relatives will be permitted to act as surrogates to infertile couples for ‘ethical altruistic’ reasons. The government introduced the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha that also provides for constitution of surrogacy boards at national and state levels, as well as that the intending couples should not abandon such a child under any condition.

Source: Govt introduces bill to ban commercial surrogacy, New Delhi – Express Healthcare

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/unethical-practices-in-the-name-of-surrogacy-must-end-says-ex-judge/articleshow/70417344.cms

Here’s the Memo Currently Going Viral at Google

Motherboard published an article about a memo written by a Google employee titled “I’m Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave, and Here is Why.” The memo, which alleges retaliation and discrimination against the author while she was pregnant, has gone viral inside the company over the past week, and has been read by more than 10,000 employees there.

Source: Here’s the Memo Currently Going Viral at Google – VICE

‘Lolita’ phenomenon is allowing men to groom teenage girls without fear of arrest

A boom in “Lolita” sites on Instagram, Facebook and other platforms is allowing paedophiles to target teenage girls without fear of arrest, an investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has found.

Source: ‘Lolita’ phenomenon is allowing men to groom teenage girls without fear of arrest, Telegraph investigation reveals

Michigan man sentenced to 60 weekend days behind bars for poisoning his wife’s coffee

A man from Michigan was sentenced to 60 days in jail that he will serve during weekends after he pleaded guilty to poisoning his wife’s coffee after she filed for divorce,

Source: Michigan man sentenced to 60 weekend days behind bars for poisoning his wife’s coffee | TheHill

Ohio Shooter Kept A ‘Hit List’ And A ‘Rape List,’ Classmates Say

The gunman responsible for killing 9 people in Dayton was allegedly suspended in high school for listing people he wanted to kill or sexually assault.

A former cheerleader, the woman said she didn’t really know Betts and was surprised when a police officer called her cellphone during her freshman year to tell her that her name was included on a list of potential targets.

“The officer said he wouldn’t be at school for a while,” she said. “But after some time passed he was back, walking the halls. They didn’t give us any warning that he was returning to school.”

Source: Ohio Shooter Kept A ‘Hit List’ And A ‘Rape List,’ Classmates Say | HuffPost

https://news.vice.com/amp/en_us/article/j5yekp/exclusive-dayton-shooter-was-in-a-pornogrind-band-that-released-songs-about-raping-and-killing-women

 

IT’S WAY PAST TIME to decriminalise abortion in NSW

It’s taken more than a century of brave action by women to decriminalise abortion in NSW

Although these days, lots of information about how to access reproductive services including abortion at medical clinics is available on the internet, tonight some women will still go to bed knowing they want to terminate pregnancy but have neither the funds or support that they need. Until abortion services are available through public hospitals and clinics throughout NSW, abortion will still not be affordable and accessible to all. But decriminalisation is an essential first step.

Source: IT’S WAY PAST TIME to decriminalise abortion in NSW – Wendy Bacon

NSW abortions: Kristina Keneally warns of ‘ethically confusing’ loophole

Former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally has raised concerns over a loophole that requires the state to issue birth and death certificates for late term abortions as “medically and ethically confusing”.

Source: NSW abortions: Kristina Keneally warns of ‘ethically confusing’ loophole