Iran introduces 2,000 new morality police units in response to women’s hijab protests

Iran has introduced 2,000 new morality police units in reaction to what officials call an “increasing defiance” of the compulsory wearing of hijabs.

The move comes amid a growing backlash by women in the Islamic Republic, hundreds of whom have been arrested for taking off their head coverings in public in protest at the law.

Source: Iran introduces 2,000 new morality police units in response to women’s hijab protests

How did it come to this? Kearah Ronan was locked up for being sick

A pregnant Aboriginal woman was arrested and locked up because she was too sick to attend a court hearing where she was set to give evidence against her former partner.

Kearah Ronan, the 2017 Miss NAIDOC winner, has revealed how she was left crying and humiliated when she was forced to spend a night in Perth Watch House after she was arrested for “failing to obey a witness summons” even though she had informed the court she was unwell.

The 26-year-old, who is six months pregnant, also had to strip naked in front of two female police officers after her arrest. Ms Ronan is the maternal cousin of Ms Dhu, a 22-year-old Aboriginal woman who died in police custody in 2014 from domestic violence injuries after she was arrested for unpaid fines.

urce: How did it come to this? Kearah Ronan was locked up for being sick | The West Australian

Russian company offers women extra pay to wear skirts or dresses to work in ‘femininity marathon’

A Russian company has faced fierce criticism for offering female workers cash bonuses to wear skirts or dresses to work. The decision is part of a so-called “femininity marathon” campaign being run

Source: Russian company offers women extra pay to wear skirts or dresses to work in ‘femininity marathon’ | The Independent

France’s MeToo creator on trial for defaming man she accused

The woman who started France’s campaign to encourage women to expose their sexual harassers has appeared in court over allegations of defamation.

Sandra Muller is being sued by Eric Brion, who she named when she created the “#balancetonporc” hashtag.

The TV executive says he flirted with Ms Muller inappropriately on a single occasion, but his portrayal as a predator has ruined his career.

Source: France’s MeToo creator on trial for defaming man she accused – BBC News

Principal to pay $170,000 in damages for ‘sinister’ sexual harassment

The principal of a boutique firm in northern NSW has been ordered to pay $170,000 in damages to a former employee over “relentless” sexual harassment, in what the Federal Circuit Court described as “a very grave example” of such harassment.

In his statement, Mr Hughes “attempted to put the blame for his behaviour” on Ms Hill being “flirty and coquettish” and said she wore “alluring dresses to the office”. Her counsel described this as “slut shaming”, a term the Court opted not to use, but instead described the claims as “utterly outrageous”.

“It is the mark of a bygone era where women, by their mere presence, were responsible for the reprehensible behaviour of men,” the Court responded.

Source: Principal to pay $170,000 in damages for ‘sinister’ sexual harassment – Lawyers Weekly

Why Pipers can now move to expel partner suing for sex discrimination

The Federal Court has discharged an injunction preventing national firm Piper Alderman from expelling partner Lexia Wilson, holding it was “not satisfied” the convening of such a meeting would be unlawful or in breach of her rights.

(Ed: so much for victimisation provisions . . .)

Source: Why Pipers can now move to expel partner suing for sex discrimination – Lawyers Weekly

Injunction preventing Pipers from moving to expel partner suing for sex discrimination ‘discharged’

The Federal Court of Australia has discharged an injunction preventing national firm Piper Alderman from convening a meeting to consider expelling Lexia Wilson from the partnership.

Speaking following the judgment, Ms Wilson’s counsel – Mills Oakley partner Malcolm Davis – told Lawyers Weekly that “Lexia has had an injunction from the Court for more than three months and today’s decision does not impact her ongoing complaints in the Australian Human Rights Commission or her intended claims against the partners for damages for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and defamation.”

The news follows this morning’s report from Lawyers Weekly that international plaintiff firm Slater & Gordon is being sued for unfair dismissal in the Federal Court of Australia.

Earlier this week, it was reported that national firm Hicksons Lawyers would “vigorously” defend a human rights application, pertaining to sex, brought against it by a former partner, and a sex discrimination suit was brought against the principal of Parramatta-based firm Dehsabzi Lawyers.

Source: Injunction preventing Pipers from moving to expel partner suing for sex discrimination ‘discharged’ – Lawyers Weekly

Young Australians confused about consent and control in the age of Tinder and Snapchat

The National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS) Youth report released today by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) and VicHealth has found nearly a third of young men aged 16-24 years believe many women who’ve said they’d been raped had instead led the man on and then had regrets.

Young people were also confused about the sharing of nude images, with over a quarter blaming the women for sending the image instead of her partner for sharing it without her consent.

Controlling behaviour in relationships was also an area of concern – particularly for young men – with one in five not understanding that using technology* to track their partner’s movements, such as logging into her social media accounts or installing spyware on her phone, is abusive behaviour.

Source: Young Australians confused about consent and control in the age of Tinder and Snapchat

Wicked Campers faces the wrath of Country Women’s Association over slogans on its vans

The Country Women’s Association is set to take on Wicked Campers after one of its members took direct action and painted over of slogans on one of its vans.

Source: Wicked Campers faces the wrath of Country Women’s Association over slogans on its vans – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/24/country-womens-association-members-take-law-into-own-hands-over-wicked-camper-vans

Thousands of revenge porn victims from every UK city being shared online

The site contains folders of revenge porn, featuring women from every major UK town, county and city.

Revenge porn – the sharing of private sexual images without consent – became illegal in 2015 in England and Wales, and carries a maximum sentence of two years.

Mikala reported the site to police in Glasgow last week, but the revenge porn page is still live with all the pictures freely available to download.

Mikala says it’s ‘infuriating’ to hear people blaming victims of revenge porn, rather than the perpetrators and the people sharing the pictures.

She believes people who share revenge porn pictures should end up on the sex offenders’ register as it is a crime of a sexual nature.

‘But the police just don’t see it that way,’ she said. ‘The law needs to change so the people who do this don’t just get a slap on the wrist. ‘It’s much worse than that for the victims. I’ve spoken to so many people who’ve considering ending their lives because their lives have fallen apart.

Source: Thousands of revenge porn victims from every UK city being shared online | Metro News