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This Week in Women’s Rights 2017–10–08


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2017/10/08

“When modern women are finally fitted with their regulation compulsory chastity belts, dare one dream that they’ll come in a range of pretty colours, delightful materials and snazzy designs? Or would it just be the old-school medieval iron trad models? Hey, little ladies, do you think we’d be allowed to choose?

I muse facetiously because, in the US, President Trump has issued a ruling that makes it far easier for companies and insurers to opt out of providing free birth control to employees on the grounds of religious and moral beliefs, rolling back a key feature of Obamacare. Now that it will become easier to opt out, many more will do so, with the potential to affect 55 million women. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Women’s Law Center have announced that they will sue the government over the decision.

Obamacare provisions also covered treatment for gynaecological conditions such as endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Now, many women will be worried about being able to afford such treatments. However, these unfortunate women probably just count as collateral damage. Apart from the huge amount of money that big business will save, the real target here is sexual autonomy, doubtless all sexual autonomy, but specifically the female kind that a certain mindset has long wanted to control.”


“Women’s rights groups gathered at the Human Rights Monument on Elgin Street on Thursday afternoon in solidarity with the families of three Wilno-area women who were killed in 2015, along with others who suffer from gender-based violence on a daily basis.

The rally happened outside the courthouse as the trial Basil Borutski was getting underway inside. Borutski is facing three first- degree murder charges in the killings of Carol Culleton, 66, Anastasia Kuzyk, 36, and Nathalie Warmerdam, 48, which occurred within a matter of hours on the morning of Sept. 22, 2015.

About 35 supporters surrounded the steps of the monument. Framed photos of all three women who were killed were displayed.

Holly Campbell organized the group Because Wilno, which wants lawmakers to address systemic issues related to the protection of victims of violence. This includes patterns of violence that are not documented when charges against an accused are either not laid or are stayed.”


“Anayansi Rodriguez Camejo, Cuba’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, addressed the 72nd General Assembly’s Committee for the Advancement of Women, highlighting how Cuba has excelled at creating a nearly gender equal society.

Camejo says that the nation met the U.N. Millennium Development Goals and is implementing the Sustainable Development Goals set for countries to achieve by 2030.

She told the committee that Cuban women and women have equal access to public spheres. She added that women create 57.3 percent of the country’s economic activity, representing 48 percent of all public sector employees, and 47.2 percent of senior management.

Worldwide statistics show women earn on average 60 to 75 percent of mens’ salaries for the same or equal work.”


“Harvey Weinstein and I have been doing battle for decades — he is the supreme Catholic basher in Hollywood. Now we know that he is a serial abuser of women. He never paid a price for his anti-Catholic bigotry, but this is different: liberals are supposed to object to womanizers.

What makes this case so interesting is that Weinstein is known as a great champion of women’s rights. Just recently, he marched in a women’s rights parade in Utah; it was during the Sundance Film Festival. He also helped endow a chair at Rutgers in Gloria Steinem’s name. Now he is pledging, as part of his Mea Culpa Campaign, to raise $5 million to support scholarships for women directors at the University of Southern California.

If Rutgers and USC have any integrity, they will follow the lead of Spelman College: the black college terminated a professorship endowed by Bill Cosby, another great champion of women’s rights.

Several Democrats in Washington are donating money given to them by Weinstein to charity. Good for them. Which raises the question: Has Harvey contributed to the Clinton Foundation? We know he is best friends with Hillary, and, of course, Bill, a real champion of women’s rights.”


“Women’s rights groups in Poland have had their documents and computers seized in police raids which took place a day after thousands of activists marched against the country’s restrictive abortion law.

The Women’s Rights Centre, which works on a range of women’s issues, and Baba, which helps domestic violence victims, had their offices in the cities of Warsaw, Lodz, Gdansk, and Zielona Gora invaded by police.

Both organisations took part in this week’s anti-government protests marking the anniversary of the historic “Black Protest”. The demonstration took place a year ago and saw people dressed in black come together to stop a plan in parliament for an almost total ban on abortion.”



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