NSW government accused of “sanitising” its review of scripture in schools

The NSW government’s review of scripture in public schools deleted a section of a 2015 draft report showing children were exposed to lessons on the conservative Christian concept of “headship” – where women “submit” to their husbands – and negative messages on homosexuality.

The draft ARTD Consultants report found an unidentified major Christian publisher’s lesson material taught “the concept of ‘headship’ and that women should submit to their husbands, abstinence only sex education, negative LGBTI messages and that sexual intimacy is only acceptable to God between a married man and woman”.

The concept of “headship” is most strongly supported in the Sydney Anglican Diocese where women cannot be priests, but it divides even Christian groups. Some delegates walked out of a recent evangelical women’s conference in Sydney after a speaker suggested women should submit to men at home, in church and in the workplace where they should consider themselves “helpers” of male colleagues.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nsw-government-accused-of-sanitising-its-review-of-scripture-in-schools-20170618-gwtl5f.html

Congratulations Cate Blanchett, but too few women recognised (again)

Once again, we’re still hunting for the women on an honours list.

It’s our twice-yearly tradition. Done at the beginning of the year on Australia Day, and then less than six months later on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

On today’s Queen’s Birthday honours list, women make up even fewer of the recipients of the general division honours, than in previous years. Just 30.6% of the general order gongs went to women, or 206 of the 673 recipients recognised, below the 31.4% average from the past five years.

Blanchett was the only woman to be appointed an AC, awarded for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree.

https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/congratulations-cate-blanchett-women-recognised/
[category:Aust, workforce discrimination]

Sydney to host the 2018 Global Summit for Women

Sydney will host the 2018 Global Summit of Women, a prestigious international event dubbed “Davos for Women“.

The summit is over 25 years old and is described as a business summit which focuses on women’s advancement in the global economy.

https://womensagenda.com.au/leadership/sydney-to-host-the-2018-global-summit-for-women/

‘Work hard. Be bold. Have fun’: Dr Anne Summers receives honorary doctorate

“We need to be open to ideas and opportunities that might lure us away from what we thought was our destiny.

“You need not be bound by convention or tradition or anyone’s expectations – including your own. All you need is to believe in yourself. Work hard. Be bold. Have fun.”

She also urged those in the audience to embrace the future with enthusiasm and optimism.

“The world is way more complicated and, in some ways, more scary than it was when I was graduating but it is also a more exciting place.”

https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/work-hard-bold-fun-dr-anne-summers-receives-honorary-doctorate/

Why it’s time to march for women’s health and safety

In January this year five million men, women and children took to the streets around the world to stand up for the rights of women. What started in Washington as the Women’s March grew into a gigantic global event.

A follow up event to Women’s March Sydney, will be held this Saturday 29th of April 2017 at 11am at Prince Alfred Park.

Over 800 participants are expected to participate in the day of action and advocacy for women’s health and safety.

https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/why-its-time-to-march-for-womens-health-and-safety/

The Republican Lawmaker Who Secretly Created Reddit’s Women-Hating ‘Red Pill’

Last November, voters in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region re-elected to the state house of representatives a man who appears to be one of the secret architects of the internet’s misogynistic “Manosphere.”

The homegrown son of a preacher, 31-year-old Robert Fisher is a Republican who represents New Hampshire’s Belknap County District 9. In addition to his legislative duties, Fisher owns a local computer-repair franchise, and in his spare time, seems to have created the web’s most popular online destination for pickup artistry and men’s rights activists, The Red Pill, according an investigation by the Daily Beast.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/04/25/the-republican-lawmaker-who-secretly-created-reddit-s-women-hating-red-pill.html
[cateogory global, sexual violence]

Trump did to Merkel what men do to women all the time

While it would be tempting to write off the exchange as simple rudeness, this brand of slight is familiar to most women. Perhaps it happens when you go to buy a car and the salesperson only speaks to your male partner. Or when you meet someone at a work event and they only introduce themselves to the male colleague beside you.

Or, if you’re Angela Merkel, maybe the notoriously misogynist president of the United States refuses to shake your hand or even deign to look at you during a press conference.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/21/trump-did-to-merkel-what-men-do-to-women-all-the-time?
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/03/17/angela-merkel-donald-trump-handshake/99310398/

37 Politicians Get a Mural Dedicated to Their Most Shameful Comments About Women

During the 2016 presidential campaign, audio surfaced of then-presidential hopeful Donald J. Trump telling Billy Bush that his celebrity status allowed him to “grab” women “by the pussy” at will. The revelation sent shockwaves around the country, but for artists Zoë Buckman and Natalie Frank, it was yet another line in an all-too-familiar history of disgusting comments made—on the political level—against women. The shameful sound bite inspired a new, 30-foot long mural titled, We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident, now on view at New York Live Arts, that makes art out of quotes from nearly 40 politicians who have, for decades, made odious public remarks about women’s bodies and rights.

https://creators.vice.com/en_us/article/buckman-frank-politicians-shameful-comments-about-women-mural