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Police receive 420 family violence calls since Tuesday

Rosie Batty attended a joint sitting of Parliament in which family violence survivors addressed MPs.

Benjamin Preiss   Police in Victoria have responded to 420 family violence calls since Tuesday, Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton says.

Victorian Upper House passes abortion clinic protest buffer zone law

Anti-abortion protesters

A ban on protesters going within 150 metres of abortion clinics has become law in Victoria after the upper house voted overwhelmingly in favour of the bill.

Trump blasted by New York Times after allegedly mocking reporter with disability

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses supporters during a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio on Monday.

Jose A. DelReal   Not content with insulting Mexicans, spreading false rumours about Muslims and offending women, US presidential hopeful, businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump has now committed another faux pas.

Gang-gang. Digital artist pokes fun at Abbott - ex Minister for Women.

Gareth Dunstone's digital artwork 'Minister for Bitches' (2015).

Ian Warden   Forgive us, Australia, for running today's picture of a man (Tony Abbott) the nation is so keen to forget, but there is something really remarkable about this portrait as a work of art.

Tireless voice for women with disabilities wins lifetime award

 Keran Howe, who was injured in car accident that left her with a spinal cord injury, has been given a lifetime achievement award at the National Disability Awards.

Miki Perkins   An car accident at age 19 left Keran Howe with spinal cord injuries, and she has been advocating for women with disabilities ever since.

Taxi driver charged after woman's assault claim initially dismissed by police

A Sydney woman's taxi ride turned into an ordeal when the driver allegedly made advances toward her.

Lisa Visentin   It is a story many women know too well. Alone and eager to get home, a woman hails a taxi under the basic expectation it will transport her from one side of the city to the other in exchange for monetary payment. Once inside the cab, she is then forced to endure, rebuff or escape the inappropriate advances of her driver.

Gambia president bans FGM, activists demand law to "save countless lives"

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh

Kieran Guilbert   "The whole country has been calling for change and for a law - we are moving towards zero tolerance of FGM."

Gender gap increases as NSW women get paid less and work more, report finds

Expectation: Walking to work without being hassled.

Emma Partridge   The gender pay gap between men and women in NSW continues to increase despite more women finishing school and completing university degrees than men.

ADFA addresses troubled past

From left, midshipman Kate Millward and officer cadets John Hensman and Victoria Roadnight.

David Ellery   White Ribbon accreditation shows just how far ADFA has come in addressing issues.

Refugee crisis

Canada to reject single men fleeing Syria due to 'security risk'

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a moment of silence to remember the victims of Friday's Paris attacks, at the start of a plenary session at the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Jenny Noyes   Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair says the news, leaked to the public broadcaster, means "the politics of fear and division appear to be resurfacing."

Ms Dhu's family seek justice over WA custody death


Ms Dhu had broken her ribs months before she was locked up for unpaid fines, and despite repeated complaints about difficulty breathing and being in pain, was deemed fit to remain in custody.

Ms Dhu's family seek justice over WA custody death


22-year-old Ms Dhu had broken her ribs months before she was locked up for unpaid fines, and despite repeated complaints about difficulty breathing and being in pain, was deemed fit to remain in custody.

Children in detention

Senate passes amendment to release kids from detention and make reporting of abuse mandatory

Sarah Hanson-Young: "It is a national shame that we have kept them locked up."

The changes - only applicable to mainland detention centres - also clarify that detention workers can reveal details about what goes on inside the centres.

Genital mutliation

'I know they will come for her': Australian toddler at risk of genital mutilation

Fatoumata Binta Conteh, who has fled to Sierra Leone with her mother, Fatoumata Diarriou Bah.

Beau Donelly   Fatoumata Binta Conteh is like any other three-year-old Australian child. She's full of questions, playful, cranky when things don't go her way. But unlike other Australians, she's in danger of being forced to undergo female genital mutilation.

Mark Zuckerberg to take two months off after his child is born

Zuckerberg with his wife Priscilla Chan.

Jessica Guynn   "This is a very personal decision, and I've decided to take 2 months of paternity leave when our daughter arrives."

Desperate family calls for medicinal cannabis amnesty

Bill Shorten with Trevor and Cherie Dell and their daughter Abbey.

Adam Gartrell   Bill Shorten visited a Sydney couple to talk about their use of medicinal cannabis. The next day, the police came knocking.

The 14-year-old who campaigned for tactile banknotes

"It's my job to enable him to be the best person that he can possibly be": Ally Lancaster with her son Connor McLeod.

Rosamund Burton   Connor McLeod, 14, is blind. With the help of his mother, Ally Lancaster, 43, he has campaigned for the Reserve Bank of Australia to print tactile banknotes and for text-to-speech technology on Eftpos machines.

British police apologise for undercover officers who tricked women into relationships

Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt.

Stephen Castle   They lived together, traveled abroad on vacation and, for five years, behaved like any other couple. Then one day the man, who called himself Mark Cassidy, disappeared.

ABC documentary 'Call Me Dad' issues challenge to men who are violent towards family

David Nugent once lost it and smashed up the family car. Repentant, today he counsels men with a history of violence and teenage boys in schools in Victoria.

Susan Chenery   "I want men to be honest. They think they are a successful person and portray an image but people are walking on eggshells around them."

Two charts that show Australia's human rights crisis

About 850 inmates were on remand awaiting trial in June, costing $60 million a year "and contributing to prison overcrowding".

Angus Holland   You may already know that Australia jails a disproportionate number of Aboriginal people, but these two charts, compiled from the latest figures from the Bureau of Statistics, starkly show how rapidly the problem has escalated in recent years.

Marriage equality

Tasmanian parliament backs same sex marriage

Sadie and Alanna embrace at a Marriage Equality rally at the State Library of Victoria on August 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. The rally is aimed to demonstrate bipartisan support for a free vote on Marriage Equality to occur in Federal Parliament in August or September 2015.

Adam Morton   Tasmania's Liberal-led parliament has thrown its support behind marriage equality in a passionate debate.

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Boko Haram

Young female 'suicide bombers' blow up Nigerian market in attack bearing hallmarks of Boko Haram

A screengrab from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram shows a girl, wearing the full-length hijab talking to the camera at an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed.

Jenny Noyes   A new study shows Boko Haram, not IS, is the world's deadliest terrorist organisation. And it seems they're using young kidnapped girls as 'human bombs'.

Trans Day Of Remembrance

Trans artists designed these moving posters to remember victims of anti-trans violence

B. Parker for BreakOUT!

Through their project, Trans Day of Resilience, they hope to support trans women of colour in their lives, not just in their deaths.

First gay marriages take place in Ireland after landmark vote

Newly married couple Richard Dowling (L) and Cormac Gollogly (R) kiss after the first ever same sex marriage takes place on November 17, 2015 in Clonmel, Ireland. Irish officialdom began recognising same sex marriage on Monday, following passage of the Marriage Act 2015 which was a result of the referendum on same sex marriage held earlier this year.

Richard Dowling and Cormac Gollogly have been together for 12 years, engaged for five, and on Tuesday were finally able to marry.

Texas law leads to more attempts at self-induced abortions, study reveals

Women over 30, married and established mothers account for a significant number of those who seek abortions, but stigma means we rarely hear from them.

Jon Herskovitz   The study estimated that between 100,000 and 240,000 women aged 18 to 49 in Texas have tried to self-induce abortion since the law went into effect.

Radio Roshani

An Afghan women's radio station becomes a Taliban casualty

Lida Yosufzai, a young journalist who agreed to be photographed if she wasn't identifiable, in the Kaihan Radio Station office, which was ransacked during the period in which the Taliban had control of Kunduz.

Sudarsan Raghavan   On the afternoon playlist was a feature to encourage Afghan women to take part in politics. It never played.

NFL star Aaron Rodgers praised for criticising fan's anti-Muslim comments

Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers

Justin Wm. Moyer   Two days after religious extremists killed at least 132 in Paris, Rodgers registered a complaint - about a fan who appeared to shout "Muslims suck" during a moment of silence.

Ireland's new same-sex marriage law comes into force

Same-sex marriage supporters in Belfast

Ireland's new same-sex marriage law comes into force on Monday, six months after the country voted to allow gay unions in a historic referendum.

Panellist Andrew MacLeod offers wisdom to Q&A following Paris attacks

'There are extremists and real Muslims' ... Q&A panellist Professor Andrew MacLeod.

Neil McMahon   Every now and then when television news is in round-the-clock crisis-coverage mode, something surprising happens. You sit up straight and wonder: how did this intelligent, thoughtful, interesting person get on my television?

Former sex discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick named 2016 NSW Australian of the Year

Social change innovator: Elizabeth Broderick has been named NSW Australian of the Year for 2016.

Daisy Dumas   Former sex discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick has been named NSW Australian of the Year for 2016.

Broderick the NSW Australian of the Year

Social change innovator: Elizabeth Broderick has been named NSW Australian of the Year for 2016.

Daisy Dumas   Former sex discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick has been named NSW Australian of the Year for 2016.

Free at last, Ranjini is deemed not a security threat after all

Sri Lankan refugee Ranjini has been released from detention

Michael Gordon   Ranjini, the Sri Lankan mother of three who has spent more than three years in detention after being deemed a national security threat by ASIO, has been freed.

LGBTI rights

Same-sex adoption legalised in Victoria, love wins

It was a small yet significant win for LGBTI families.

But faith-based adoption agencies have retained the right to refuse same-sex adoptions.

Utah judge removes lesbian couple's foster child, saying she'll be better off with heterosexuals

Heartbroken ... April Hoagland (left) and partner Beckie Peirce, from Utah.

Justin Moyer   In August, Utah couple Beckie Peirce and April Hoagland welcomed a one-year-old girl into their home. But on Wednesday, a Utah judge decided to end this plan, ordering the girl removed from her foster home because the child would be better off with heterosexual parents, he said.

Skip the curtsey

Princess Leia ditches her royal title

Princess Leia ... how to play a smart, tough woman in a largely male galaxy.

Michael Idato   To a generation of filmgoers, she was Her Highness, Princess Leia Organa, of the planet Alderaan.

Speaking out

Female MPs kicked out of NZ Parliament for talking about being victims of sexual assault

Greens co-leader Metiria Turei.

Jenny Noyes   When PM John Key accused them of siding with sex offenders for opposing the detention of NZ citizens on Christmas Island, these women decided they'd had enough.

Date rape

American department store ad encourages men to spike friends' drink

The Bloomingdale's which appears to make light of date rape.

Bloomingdale's apparently thinks date rape is funny. Or at least its marketing team does. 

Chimpanzee mother caring for disabled child in the wild can teach us about human behaviour

XT11, an infant chimp with Down syndrome, survived far longer than predicted thanks to her mother's care.

Kate Aubusson   The extraordinary case of a chimpanzee mother caring for her disabled infant in the wild may help scientists understand how human beings care for children with disabilities.

Passenger accuses Qantas of 'homophobia'

Kristina Antoniades (left), with her partner Merrin Hicks, has taken to Facebook to accuse Qantas of "blatant homophobia".

Beau Donelly   A woman has accused Qantas of "blatant homophobia" after staff twice asked her female partner to change seats so that an elderly married couple could sit together.

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Gillard urges business to tackle bias against women

Julia Gillard has urged corporate Australia to tackle the "unconscious bias" against women.

Beau Donelly    Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has urged people to "call out sexism" when they see it during a lecture in which she warned corporate Australia that community tolerance for male-dominated boards was waning.

Remembrance Day

Australia should honour domestic violence victims like fallen soldiers

Lieutenant General David Morrison Chief of Army in his Russell Defence head quarters in Canberra on Tuesday 3 March 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares for Sunday Age

Jennifer Rajca   Former chief of army David Morrison has implored Australians to remember domestic violence victims in the same way as the nation's war dead are honoured.

Barack Obama

Out Magazine names Barack Obama 'Ally of the Year'

Barack Obama named 'Ally of the Year' by LGBT magazine <i>Out</i>.

Emily Greenhouse   Barack Obama on the cover of 'Out' is the first sitting president to sit for a portrait by an LGBT magazine.

Men dominate senior Queensland government staff roles

When Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was sworn in she headed a Cabinet where a majority of ministers were women.

Amy Remeikis   The Palaszczuk Government may lead the nation on gender parity when it comes to its Cabinet, but an audit of staffers within the ministerial offices show there is still work to be done.

Australia's 'world first' to tackle domestic violence

Natasha Stott Despoja✓ is the chairwoman of Our Watch.

Alexandra Back   Australia's first national, evidence-based domestic violence framework was launched at Parliament House on Tuesday.

Protest buffer

Labor and Greens narrowly defeat government motion opposing abortion exclusion zones

Greens Senator Larissa Waters: "Anyone who disagrees with abortion can voice their beliefs but they should not be able to intimidate women outside abortion clinics.

Jenny Noyes   Greens Senator Larissa Waters says the government tried to "pass this off" as a freedom of speech issue.

The Lady in waiting no more

Leader of Myanmar's National League for Democracy party, Aung San Suu Kyi, in Yangon on Monday.

Lindsay Murdoch   Aung San Suu Kyi's party appears poised to win power in Myanmar, yet she is constitutionally barred from becoming president.

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Tampon tax

Women are bleeding outside British parliament to protest the 'tampon tax'

Charlie Edge bleeding outside parliament.

They wanted to test just how comfortable their leaders were with them foregoing their "luxury' items".

Liberian teen wins Children's Peace Prize for defending victims of violence, rape

Abraham Keita

Kieran Guilbert   "I was inspired to do something by the murder of the girl in West Point...the victim could have been my sister or a close friend."

Obama launches Facebook page, sends message on climate

POTUS: "I'm kicking it off by inviting you to take a walk with me in my backyard - something I try to do at the end of the day before I head in for dinner."

"I'm kicking it off by inviting you to take a walk with me in my backyard - something I try to do at the end of the day before I head in for dinner."

Breastfeeding could soon be allowed in Parliament

Ms O'Dwyer, with daughter Olivia, and Labor's Amanda Rishworth with son Percy, is part of a "baby boom" in Parliament.

Latika Bourke   MPs could soon be allowed to breastfeed on the floor of both houses of Parliament after it emerged an inquiry has been called following revelations that Liberal frontbencher Kelly O'Dwyer was urged to express more breast milk to avoid missing votes.

Rioting over Christmas Island death: reports

Fazel Chegeni was found dead on Christmas Island.

Lisa Cox   Detainees have described chaotic scenes at the Christmas Island detention centre including claims guards have abandoned their posts amid riots at the facility.

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It's an urban myth that all couple have equal legal rights

24-year-old Nathan Lunson.

Tracey Spicer   When Ben Jago's partner died, he was traumatised to discover he wasn't allowed to be his next of kin.

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Working mums need more mental health support

"Previously feminists fought to return control to women giving birth. This is still true but the new 21st Century feminist issue is ensuring that women are correctly assessed for their risk of complications and given full and frank information to prevent such injuries."

Alana Schetzer   Working mothers should have better access to support services earlier in their child's life as the pressure to juggle work and family life takes a toll on their mental health, a groundbreaking report says.


First Pakistani woman to summit Everest encourages women to 'climb their own mountains'

"On Mount Everest, I was not Samina Baig. I was representing Pakistani women."

Ann M. Simmons   "On Mount Everest, I was not Samina Baig. I was representing Pakistani women."

Saudi suffragettes

First women to stand for election in Saudi Arabia

Loujain al-Hathloul was released from 73 days in prison earlier this year after taking part in the campaign to allow women to drive.

Richard Spencer   Some of the kingdom's most prominent female activists are candidates in landmark local elections.

Crazy legislation 'protects murderers', says magazine editor

Editor-in-chief of <i>The Australian Women's Weekly</i> Helen McCabe.

Andrew Hornery   Helen McCabe presents the 2015 Andrew Olle Media Lecture

Privacy breached

'I've lost my dignity': Brieana's intimate photo nightmare

Brieana Rose was horrified to discover a nurse had taken a photo of her genitals while she was unconscious.

Amy Corderoy   Her nurse was supposed to care for her, but instead she violated her privacy in the most awful way. And Brieana Rose had no legal recourse.

Trudeau names women to half posts in new cabinet

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hugs Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Wednesday.

Lisa Kassenaar and Josh Wingrove   Justin Trudeau promised in June that half his Cabinet would be female if he was elected Canada's prime minister. On Wednesday he got the job, the women - and the bruised egos of a few experienced men who didn't get the nod.

Gamer demographics

More women own game consoles than men, major survey finds

Video game critic Anita Sarkeesian.

Turns out not all gamers are pimply, white, teenage boys.