Mandemic

. The government’s recently-published list of key workers, for instance, includes a number of predominantly female occupational groups, like nurses, care workers and supermarket staff, who will all be at heightened risk because of the personal contact their jobs involve (these are also, and will doubtless remain, among the lowest-paid jobs on the key worker list). The absence of women from pandemic ‘war cabinets’ isn’t just a symbolic issue, it’s a ‘nothing about us without us’ issue.

The idea of ‘home’ as a safe haven, a shelter from the dangers of the outside world, may be less than soothing when you’re the one who will be expected to do even more caring than usual, in conditions of household isolation (i.e., without a break, or any of the usual social supports), and possibly with drastically reduced economic resources.

There’s also the point that for some women ‘home’ is a place of danger rather than safety. Reported incidents of domestic violence increase significantly even during relatively brief holiday periods; it’s horrifying to think about what could happen during a lockdown lasting weeks or months.

Source: Mandemic | language: a feminist guide

Iranian lawyer who defended women’s right to remove hijab gets 38 years, 148 lashes

After two trials described by Amnesty International as “grossly unfair,” Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to a total of 38 years in prison and 148 lashes.

Sotoudeh, who has dedicated her life to defending Iranian women prosecuted for removing their hijabs in public, has been in the crosshairs of Iran’s theocratic government for years.

Source: Iranian lawyer who defended women’s right to remove hijab gets 38 years, 148 lashes – Women in the World

International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March

Sunday 8 March is International Women’s Day. This is a day when we celebrate women’s achievements, while calling out inequality. But with the murders of Hannah Clarke and her children still fresh in our minds, it’s hard to feel there is much to celebrate.

Jaime Evans, Director of the Women’s March,  joined The Daily to tell us about the March planned for International Women’s Day.

Source: International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March – 2ser

Criminalising Coercive Control In Domestic Violence Cases

Seeking Feminist Future: an evening of feminist ideas Tickets, Fri 21/02/2020 at 6:30 pm | Eventbrite

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Source: Seeking Feminist Future: an evening of feminist ideas Tickets, Fri 21/02/2020 at 6:30 pm | Eventbrite

Australian mother of five stripped of citizenship, leaving two children potentially stateless

An Australian mother of five held in the deteriorating al-Hawl camp of northern Syria has been stripped of her citizenship – retroactive by three years – leaving two of her children potentially stateless and potentially permanently splitting her family.

Currently, there are 19 Australian women and 47 Australian children held in the al-Hawl camp. The Australian government is aware of their identities and the bona fides of their Australian citizenship or right to claim that citizenship.

They are family members of former foreign fighters who have been captured or killed. None of the Australian women in the camp were combatants, and many were coerced, forced or tricked into travelling to Syria.

The youngest child in the Australian group is less than two months old, born on 30 November last year.

Were the children and their mothers able to get to an Australian embassy or consulate, the Australian government would be legally obliged to provide them travel documents to return home.

Source: Australian mother of five stripped of citizenship, leaving two children potentially stateless | World news | The Guardian

‘Broken system’: Weinstein reaches $US25m settlement deal with more than 30 women

Time’s Up has declared Harvey Weinstein’s massive settlement on his civil cases proof of a “broken system that privileges powerful abusors.”

The disgraced movie mogul has reached a US$25 million settlement with a number of women who accused him of sexual misconduct, bringing to a close almost all civil lawsuits filed against him since 2017. He still faces a seperate criminal charges over multiple accusations of sexual assault, due to be heard in January.

The news has come from his attorneys, with a US Bankruptcy Court judge still yet to formally seal the deal. Under the terms of the deal, Weinstein won’t have to admit to any wrongdoing. Nor will he personally have to pay a cent, according to the New York Times which has reported the settlement.

Source: ‘Broken system’: Weinstein reaches $US25m settlement deal with more than 30 women

Finland picks world’s youngest PM to head women-led cabinet

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finland’s new prime minister – about to become the world’s youngest serving premier – will have a finance minister two years her junior in a new women-led coalition cabinet, party officials said on Monday.

The new government, consisting of 12 female and 7 male ministers according to media reports, will be nominated on Tuesday.

Source: Finland picks world’s youngest PM to head women-led cabinet – Reuters

A Place To Call Home: National Conference of the National Older Women’s Network

Older women want to live in a society which recognises their
contribution and values them as an individual, regardless of their age.
Older women are the new face of poverty and the fastest growing
cohort amongst the homeless in Australia. Older women are also often
excluded from the statistics of violence against women, and therefore
remain hidden. Many older women are facing a future of economic
uncertainty. Join our conference and take part in the discussions
because Older Women also Refuse to be Invisible and Forgotten! We are
loud, feisty and ready to take up the new challenges ahead.
REGISTRATIONS: http://bit.ly/OWN2019Conf
(02) 9519 8044 or info@ownnsw.org.au

Panels include
Invisible & Unvalued: Let’s Fix Ageism
Jane Caro AO, Wendy Bacon, Layla Pope, Eva Cox AO
How Feminism Changes the Narrative on Violence vs Older Women
Jenna Price, Amani Haydar, Moo Baulch, Sharron Sillett
Affordable Housing: From Myth to Reality
Katherine McKernan, Karen Walsh, Debbie Georgopoulos,
Romola Hollywood, Annabelle Daniel
Ionic Room, SMC Conference Centre, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney
Join us in Sydney on the 17th and 18th October and be part of the
solution to secure the future of Older Women in Australia.
Also featuring performances by: SOS Choir, “Don’t Knock Your Granny”
by OWN Theatre Group, Mansplaining by “It’s Still Germaine”

Source: A Place To Call Home: National Conference of the National Older Women’s Network | Humanitix