Australia sold weapons to Mali as UN warned violence creating ‘humanitarian disaster’

The Australian government approved a large volume of weapons sales to war-torn Mali in the same year the United Nations warned escalating violence was creating an “unprecedented humanitarian disaster” in the West African nation.

Save the Children Australia chief executive Paul Ronalds said arms exports to nations like Mali and Somalia must cease immediately. He said there was an urgent need for greater accountability and transparency on Australia’s arms sales.“We cannot let vested interests and profits take precedence over the lives of children,” Ronalds told the Guardian.“Australians would be rightly appalled to know we were potentially prolonging devastating wars in places like Yemen and Mali, and in doing so, increasing and prolonging the suffering of millions of children.”

Source: Australia sold weapons to Mali as UN warned violence creating ‘humanitarian disaster’ | Australia news | The Guardian

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

Why must women go unprotected from violent male neighbours?

Male violence continues to go unchecked in a society that fails to prioritise the safety of vulnerable women and instead often obstructs those who attempt to hold men accountable for their bad behaviour. It is high time our society acknowledged the gendered nature of all violence and gave priority to the protection of women and children.

Source: Why must women go unprotected from violent male neighbours? – Australian Lawyers Alliance

Sudbury ‘incel’ attacker told cops: ‘I was going to kill a child’

“I was angry at white women,” assistant Crown attorney Leonard Kim read from a transcript of the video statement Stavropoulos gave to Greater Sudbury Police after the late-afternoon attack that saw the woman require emergency surgery to deal with a severed artery in her neck.

“I like white women, but they won’t f*** me. So, I wanted to see what it felt like (to kill a female child) … I had my mindset. I was going to kill a child and was waiting for the right opportunity.”

In his video statement, which Kim read to the court, Stavropoulos told police he was “not psychotic. I’m not psycho. No … I’m not experiencing hallucinations.”

Stavropoulos said he identified as an “involuntary celibate” or an incel.

Incels, or involuntary celibates, promote the misogynistic idea that men are entitled to have sex with women.Incels are members of an online subculture who define themselves as unable to find a romantic or sexual partner despite desiring one, a state they describe as inceldom.

Source: Sudbury ‘incel’ attacker told cops: ‘I was going to kill a child’ | Toronto Sun

Amnesty International and the Gender Recognition Act consultation

Amnesty International are peddling distortions about trans homicides to push a trans activist agenda regarding the Gender Recognition Act consultation.

Trans people:

Women are perpetrators of homicide at 18% lower rates than we are victims. Males are perpetrators of homicide at 8% greater rates than they are victims. Trans people are perpetrators of homicide at 71% greater rates than they are victims.

Source: Amnesty International and the Gender Recognition Act consultation | Karen Ingala Smith

30 years since the Montreal massacre, we still see a deadly hatred of women

In the late afternoon of December 6, 1989, an angry young man with a semi-automatic rifle walked into the registrar’s office at École Polytechnique, the University of Montréal’s engineering school. After twenty minutes, 14 women lay dead, and 14 others, mostly women, were injured. He had compiled a hit list of 19 other women he wanted to murder. Journalist and prominent feminist Francine Pelletier learned that she was one of them.

“Please note that I am committing suicide today,” Lepine wrote, “not because of financial reasons, but because of political ones. I have decided to send ad patres [“to their ancestors”] the feminists who have always ruined my life.”

Source: 30 years since the Montreal massacre, we still see a deadly hatred of women | CBC Radio

Women who kill their partners are still being treated differently to men

Why are so many women charged with murder, as opposed to manslaughter, if there is strong evidence of domestic violence?

How different is the attitude to men defending property than to women defending their own lives or the lives of their children against violent men? When Richard Osborn-Brooks was arrested after stabbing a burglar who tried to break into his home, the hashtag #FreeRichardOsbornBrooks was launched alongside a petition calling for the Crown Prosecution Service to take no action against him. He was released without charge. “We have the right to protect ourselves in our own home,” tweeted one man, in support of Osborn-Brooks.

The victims of domestic violence, who live in well-founded fear of their lives, have the right to a fair trial. Tragedies could have been avoided had the perpetrators of these crimes been dealt with in the first instance. For the sake of all the Emma Humphreys out there, let us demand that domestic violence becomes a thing of the past.

Source: Women who kill their partners are still being treated differently to men | Julie Bindel | Opinion | The Guardian

Alan Jones’ radio show revenue down 50 per cent as advertising boycott hits hard

The Alan Jones Breakfast Show on 2GB has lost about half of its advertising revenue after a boycott over the radio host’s comments about New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

According to a report from The Sydney Morning Herald, sources close to the commercial dealings of the station have said that on an annual basis, the boycott could cost the show about $6 million in advertising. The top-rating show typically brings in $12 million a year.

Jones has faced major commercial backlash since he used violent language towards Jacinda Ardern in August. On his popular breakfast program, Jones said that the New Zealand Prime Minister should have a sock shoved down her throat and that she needed a “backhander”.

Source: Alan Jones’ radio show revenue down 50 per cent as advertising boycott hits hard

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.

Critics from around the world decried the outcome of Sotoudeh’s case. Amnesty International said it was harshest sentence documented against a human rights defender in Iran in recent memory. Hadi Ghaemi, the executive director of the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran, told CBS News it exposed “the insecurity the regime has to any peaceful challenge.”

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