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How can women trust British police when so many have been accused of abuse?

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Hardly a day passes without another report highlighting violence against women. It’s a symptom of a toxic culture that allows far too many serious crimes to go unpunished, including thousands of rapes. Yet hundreds of...

Women working more hours in Covid crisis than first thought, study finds

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Women’s average working hours in the UK have taken a far smaller hit during the pandemic than men’s, according to the Resolution Foundation. Defying predictions of a “shecession” at the start of the pandemic, the thin...

Women fleeing domestic violence ‘trapped’ in refuges due to lack of housing, advocates say

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Women and children fleeing domestic violence in Queensland have spent years “trapped” in refuges and other crisis accommodation due to a chronic shortage of secure long-term housing. Community organisations that run d...

‘On a rampage’: the African women fighting to end FGM

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It was when the phone started ringing with calls from worried mothers in Somalia that Ifrah Ahmed knew she was making an impact. The women told her their daughters had been bleeding for hours after undergoing female g...

‘It’s infuriating and shocking’: how medicine has failed women over time

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Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine, believed that women were controlled by their uteruses. The father of modern gynecology, James Marion Sims, in the mid 1800s experimented on enslaved black women without ane...

Wanted: British women from all backgrounds who want to go to space

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British women are being encouraged to seize a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to go to space, after the European Space Agency (Esa) extended its deadline to apply to be one of its new astronauts. The agency is seekin...

‘Unchain your wife’: the Orthodox women shining a light on ‘get’ refusal

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On Route 59 in Monsey, New York, an Orthodox Jewish enclave in upstate New York, there is a large billboard that says in big block letters: “Dovid Wasserman. Give your wife a get!” A “get” is a document Orthodox Jewis...

Drug may help more women survive hereditary breast cancer

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Women with hereditary breast cancer, triggered by the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, stand a better chance of survival following successful trials of a drug that cuts the likelihood of the cancer returning after treatment. A m...

‘None of the evidence was enough’: Czech women fight to criminalise all non-consensual sex

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“I felt so lost when I heard the court verdict; as if the fact that he raped me was somehow not enough,” said Jana Novak. Novak, from Prague, pressed charges against her attacker in 2019 and endured an 18-month-long c...

‘None of the evidence was enough’: Czech women fight to criminalise non-consensual sex

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“I felt so lost when I heard the court verdict; as if the fact that he raped me was somehow not enough,” said Jana Novak. Novak, from Prague, pressed charges against her attacker in 2019 and endured an 18-month-long c...

Ny Nourn: the woman convicted of murder and pardoned – who now fights for other battered women

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When Ny Nourn entered Central California Women’s Facility, the largest women’s prison in the world, there was every reason to believe she would never walk free on American soil again. She was just 21, and had been sen...

Labour pledges to outlaw redundancy for pregnant women

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Labour would make it illegal to make women redundant during pregnancy and for six months after their return to work, as part of a slew of policies to protect and promote gender equality in the recovery from the pandem...

Disney’s Cruella stitches punk’s overlooked women designers into the fabric

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There was a time the very thought of Cruella would have been met with outrage. I know this because I would have been outraged. Of all subcultures to be hijacked by Disney, 70s London wasteland punk is surely the most ...

Liz Cambage and the perverse need to cut powerful women down to size

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Think, first, of a person you dislike – or even despise, if you’re the despising type. Now think of the cruelest thing you could say to that person, the sentence or two you know would cut to their marrow, take them ou...

Hundreds of UK women demand formal apology for forced adoptions

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Hundreds of women who were forced to give up babies for adoption in the 1950s, 60s and 70s are demanding a formal government apology. Many of the women were unmarried teenagers when they became pregnant, and gave birt...

Fourth plinth shortlist includes huge rocket and casts of 850 trans women

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Casts of the faces of 850 transgender women, abandoned concrete grain silos and an enormous space rocket are among artists’ ideas for the next fourth plinth commission in Trafalgar Square. Organisers of the popular co...

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