Queensland Government complains to Press Council over Palaszczuk ‘crosshairs’ image

An image of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in crosshairs on the Sunshine Coast Daily front page prompts a complaint to the Australian Press Council.

Source: Queensland Government complains to Press Council over Palaszczuk ‘crosshairs’ image – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

“Retired activist” Puts Case Against Amnesty International to WILPF for Human Rights Week

Australian feminist, environmental activist and whistleblower Isla MacGregor gave a compelling case against Amnesty International’s “Sex Work policy” at the Women’s International League For Peace and Freedom (WILPF)  forum in Hobart.

(ed: this is from 2015 but still relevant now)

Source: “Retired activist” Puts Case Against Amnesty International to WILPF for Human Rights Week | eachone

‘I lost consciousness’: woman whipped by the Taliban over burqa without veil

Aziza’s story reflects the growing number of violent public assaults on women deemed to be in breach of sharia law in Afghanistan

Source: ‘I lost consciousness’: woman whipped by the Taliban over burqa without veil | Haroon Janjua | Global development | The Guardian

Nusrat Rafi burned to death for reporting sexual abuse

A schoolgirl was burned to death in Bangladesh on the orders of her headteacher after she reported him for sexually harassing her, police said on Friday.

The death of 19-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi last week sparked protests across the south Asian nation, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina promising to prosecute all those involved.

Rafi was lured to the rooftop of the religious school she attended where her attackers asked her to withdraw the sexual harassment complaint she had filed with police.

When she refused, she was doused in kerosene and set on fire. On April 10, she died from the burns, which covered 80 percent of her body.

Source: Nusrat Rafi burned to death for reporting sexual abuse: Police | News | Al Jazeera

Man angry about virginity pleads guilty to threatening women

A man has pleaded guilty to a felony terroristic threat charge after authorities said he threating to target women in a mass shooting because he couldn’t get a girlfriend.

Police said Cleary wrote on Facebook he was planning to become a mass shooter because he was still a virgin and wanted to kill as many women as possible.

He was arrested during a trip to Provo, Utah, on January 19, the same day women’s marches were held around the country. Colorado authorities have said he was on probation after stalking and threatening women there.

Source: Man angry about virginity pleads guilty to threatening women

US woman kidnapped in Afghanistan says husband’s abuse was just like captors’

Caitlan Coleman says her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, was violent towards her before, during and after their kidnapping

Source: US woman kidnapped in Afghanistan says husband’s abuse was just like captors’ | World news | The Guardian

PM ‘appalled’, unmoved on One Nation preferences after pro-gun footage

The Prime Minister said he was “appalled” by revelations that Pauline Hanson’s key lieutenants were caught on tape with pro-gun lobbyists in the US seeking to secure millions of dollars in donations.

The documentary shows footage from a meeting in Washington DC with the powerful National Rifle Association, where Mr Dickson discusses his hopes to change Australia’s gun laws.

“We get the balance of power, very simply that means that we have the testicles of the government in our hand at every given stage,” he said.

Source: PM ‘appalled’, unmoved on One Nation preferences after pro-gun footage

NSW State Election 2019 : The GCA Position – Gun Control Australia

Our world-leading gun control laws are being undermined as a result of decades of pressure from the well-funded and powerful gun lobby.  Nowhere is this more evident than in New South Wales, where the total number of registered firearms has just broken through the 1 million mark – meaning there is now one gun for every eight NSW citizens.

NSW laws breach the National Firearms Agreement – the landmark pact all states and territories signed up for after the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre – 11 times.

Source: NSW State Election 2019 : The GCA Position – Gun Control Australia

‘We are now free’: Yazidis fleeing Isis start over in female-only commune

In Jinwar, north-eastern Syria, a pioneering group of women are rebuilding their lives away from the constraints of patriarchy

The women’s revolution, as it is known, is a significant part of Rojava’s philosophy. Angered by the atrocities committed by Isis, Kurdish women formed their own fighting units. Later, Arab and Yazidi recruits joined them on the front lines to liberate their sisters.

Source: ‘We are now free’: Yazidis fleeing Isis start over in female-only commune | World news | The Guardian