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Worrying signs

People in the UK are sharing racist hate speech they've witnessed in the wake of Brexit

Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party.

Jenny Noyes 3:03 PM   For many of those who voted to leave the EU, the referendum result appears to be a mandate for taking racism to the streets.

Pope Francis

Pope says Church should ask forgiveness from gays and women for past treatment

Pope Francis speaks during his visit to the Moria refugee detention centre on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Philip Pullella 8:44 AM   He also said the Church should ask forgiveness for turning a blind eye to child labour and for "blessing so many weapons" in the past.

MP rejects 'ditch the witch' poster comparison

Election signs in the Queensland seat of Leichhardt

Tom McIlroy   Queensland Liberal MP dismisses links between a controversial election poster and attacks on Julia Gillard as "absolute bullshit".

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It's on: The debate NSW has been avoiding for 100 years

Anna Groth waited for five days in a hospital after a botched abortion.

Kate Aubusson   It took Anna Groth five days to get the emergency procedure she needed.

Two men charged over death of Lynette Daley on NSW beach

Lynette Daley died on Ten Mile Beach in January 2011.

Megan Levy   Two men have been charged over the death of a woman whose bruised and bloodied body was discovered lying on a beach on the NSW north coast four years ago.

Wong's deeply personal plebiscite anguish

Senator Penny Wong speaks on Amendment 317A on same-sex marriage during the ALP National Conference at the Melbourne ...

Michael Koziol   Penny Wong says Malcolm Turnbull's assurances a plebiscite will be civil are the "hollowest of hollow words".

Free tampons

US politicians are pushing to mandate free access to tampons

Tampons are "as necessary as toilet paper."

New York City is on track to become the first city in the United States to require free tampons and sanitary pads in public schools, homeless shelters and jails.

I have faced 'bigotry and hatred' too: Morrison

Treasurer Scott Morrison says people with strong religious view on same-sex marriage have been subjected to hatred too.

Fergus Hunter   Treasurer Scott Morrison has said that people like him battle hatred and bigotry similar to that experienced by LGBTI Australians.

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Chiropractor admits racist posts on Nova Peris' Facebook page

Former Labor senator Nova Peris shared the racist and offensive posts.

Rachel Olding   A Central Coast chiropractor and former Liberal Party member has pleaded guilty to posting racist and offensive messages on the Facebook page of Senator Nova Peris.

Each body's ready

London Mayor Sadiq Khan bans body-shaming ads on public transport

Protein World's offending ads and the response from commuters.

Jenny Noyes   Women in the UK capital will no longer be subjected to questions like "are you beach body ready?" on their daily commute.

Trans rights

An Oregon court has allowed a person to legally choose 'nonbinary' gender classification

A judge in Oregon has granted a petition allowing a person to legally choose neither sex and be classified as nonbinary.

Christopher Mele   Although the petition was granted with little fanfare, experts said that, to their knowledge, the ruling was the first of its kind in the country.

Rape culture

Qatar convicts Dutch woman who reported being drugged and raped and will deport her

FILE- In this May 14, 2010 file photo, a Qatari woman walks in front of the city skyline in Doha, Qatar. A Dutch woman ...

Dan Bilefsky   The 22-year-old already detained for three months on suspicion of 'adultery' after reporting her assault has been handed a one-year suspended sentence.

Orlando shooting

Obama calls Orlando nightclub shooting an attack on all Americans

President Barack Obama said the Orlando shooting was an attack on all Americans.

President Barack Obama on Sunday described the worst mass shooting in US history as "an act of terror" and "an act of hate," saying the massacre of 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida was an attack on all Americans.

No more 'budgets for blokes', says Bill Shorten

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten addresses the media during a joint doorstop with shadow treasurer Chris Bowen after the ...

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has vowed future Labor budgets will include statements outlining the impact on women to ensure there are no more "budgets for blokes."

Stanford rape

Stanford sex offender Brock Turner banned for life by USA Swimming

Brock Turner in his January 2015 booking photo, released by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

Jeremy Gottlieb   "USA Swimming strictly prohibits and has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct."


Teen released from Texas 'gay cure' ministry after #SaveSarah GoFundMe campaign

The GoFundMe campaign to 'save Sarah' from gay conversion therapy.

Elizabeth Findell   Extended family members claimed Sarah had been sent to a camp for gay conversion therapy as punishment for taking her girlfriend to prom.


Elizabeth Warren endorses Clinton, saying she'll 'get into this fight'

Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, listens to Janet Yellen, chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, ...

Joshua Green, Laura Litvan and Jennifer Epstein   "I am ready to get into this fight and to work my heart out for Hillary Clinton and to make sure that Donald Trump doesn't get anywhere near the White House," Warren said.

Taboo on domestic violence tackled

Caption: Impact Journalism Day: The Maya app provides a safe space for people to talk about issues that are considered ...

Osama Rahman, The Daily Star   Taboo on domestic violence tackled.

Abortion laws

UN says Ireland's anti-abortion laws are a cruel violation of human rights

A pro Choice rally in Belfast earlier this year.

Max Bearak   The report said the laws subjected one woman to discrimination and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

'That's the girl you sold me': Colliers in sexual harassment suit

Colliers CFO Sean Unwin: also does a mean Richard Gere impression.

Patrick Hatch   A top executive at real estate giant Colliers International is being sued by his former assistant over allegations he tried to force her face into his crotch, attempted to look up her skirt and undressed in front of her.

Clinton makes history, wins outright in three states

Long a critic of Saudi funding for extremist organisations: Hilary Clinton.

Paul McGeough   Hillary Clinton has claimed the Democratic nomination, making her the first female candidate in US history to win the backing of a major political party in a run for president.

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Clinton needs a big win in California

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes the stage before giving an address on national security.

Paul McGeough   The Associated Press has called Hillary Clinton as the winner in the Democratic nomination race. So what now?

Scots College asks church for advice on same-sex parents

A still from Maya Newell's film Gayby Baby

Eryk Bagshaw   Sydney's most expensive private school wants to be prepared in the event that a same-sex couple asks to enrol their child at the school.

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Domestic Violence

The heightened victim blaming when sexism intersects with race

Adeline Yvette Rigney-Wilson.

Celeste Liddle   The reporting of the horrific death of Yvette Rigney-Wilson and her two young children last week was despicable, Celeste Liddle writes.

Refugee women on Nauru are exposed to horrific trauma every day

Women on Nauru are being violated every single day.

Jenna Price   No matter how little our government wants to tell us, we know that women on Nauru are being violated every single day.

Domestic Violence

Natasha Stott-Despoja speaks out on 'chilling' domestic violence numbers

Natasha Stott Despoja is the chairwoman of Our Watch.

This week, Our Watch is holding talks in Adelaide to determine how to drive national change against the domestic violence crisis.


'What you going to do faggot?'

Lucy Thomas was subjected to homophobic slurs from an Uber driver.

Hannah Francis   Uber driver's homophobic tirade at passenger caught on tape.

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Stanford rape

'You took away my worth': Rape survivor's compelling message to her attacker

Brock Turner, convicted of sexual assault, was sentenced to six months jail.

Lindsey Bever   The District Attorney called it "the most eloquent, powerful and compelling piece of victim advocacy that I've seen in my 20 years."

Labor unveils $3 billion childcare plan

Labor's childcare policy aims to deliver affordable childcare for families.

Nicole Hasham, Jane Lee   The Turnbull government has rubbished Labor's $3 billion childcare cash-splash, which includes a rise in the annual rebate to $10,000 per child.

Why the back-pedalling on medical marijuana?

Leader of the Australian Sex Party, Victorian upper house MP Fiona Patten.

Fiona Patten   I'm declaring my usage or non-usage of cannabis just so everyone knows where I'm coming from.

University suspends Safe Schools co-founder Roz Ward over Facebook post

Safe Schools founder Roz Ward

Henrietta Cook   La Trobe University has suspended the co-founder of anti-bullying program Safe Schools Coalition after she said the Australian flag was racist in a Facebook post. 

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Politician receives more than 600 rape threats in one night

Jess Phillips says the ringleaders should face either civil or criminal action.

A British politician has revealed she received more than 600 rape threats in one night after launching a campaign against sexist online bullying.

Christian Lobby likens gay marriage to Nazi atrocities

Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton addresses the media during a press conference at Parliament ...

Michael Koziol   'We have much to learn from the dead', says Lyle Shelton is a blog post.

Single-sex schools in transition as transgender students gain acceptance

"I felt so much more comfortable": Jeremy Beach became the only boy in his Catholic girls' school.

Henrietta Cook   Jeremy Beach was the only male student at his Catholic girls' school.

Duncan Storrar to buy $6000 'toaster' for the homeless

Duncan Storrar poses his question on Q&A.

Larissa Ham   After a rollercoaster ride from hero to 'villain', infamous Q&A questioner Duncan Storrar has found a way to disperse the $60,000 he never asked for.

DV leave

Domestic violence leave would mean fewer jobs for women: Cash

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said the Turnbull government was exploring overhauling the Fair Work Act to help ...

Noel Towell   Minister for Women's comments are "beyond bizarre" says public service union.

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Marital rape no longer allowed and suicide, homosexuality not a crime at Nauru

Bill Shorten has pledged to allow journalists and international observers visit detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru.

Nicole Hasham   The isolated island republic has updated its antiquated criminal code.

Emotional Nova Peris slams critics

Retiring senator Nova Peris with former Prime Minister Julia Gillard when she was ensorsed to run by the ALP.
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Fergus Hunter   Outgoing Northern Territory senator Nova Peris has rebuked critics of her shock resignation, defending her legacy and pointing to the challenges faced by Indigenous Australians.

Anti-trans violence

Transgender activist dies after being shot six times and then denied treatment

23-year-old transgender activist Alesha.

Max Bearak   That Alesha faced the same neglect and discrimination at the hospital, and ultimately died from it, seems a sad foregone conclusion.

DIY abortion

Up against strict laws, Texas women are learning do-it-yourself abortions

Women participate in a rally in New York to condemn Donald Trump's remarks about women and abortion.

Ellen Wulfhorst   So far, the number of Texas women who have taken the option of a self-induced abortion could be as high as 100,000 to 240,000.

Sexist attack on Taiwan's new president scrubbed from Chinese state media

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen: since her swearing-in she has been the focus of attacks in Chinese media.

Philip Wen   An editorial that said Taiwan's president has "extreme" political views because she is unmarried and childless has sparked a backlash on Chinese social media.

Age of consent

Queensland finally catching up on age of consent laws

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Amy Remeikis   After decades of inaction, the Palaszczuk Labor Government will introduce legislation to standardise the age of consent, bringing an end to one of the State's most discriminatory laws.

Veteran affairs

Female WWII pilots no longer barred from US's Arlington National Cemetery

Air Force veterans F.G. Reynolds, Elaine Harmon and Barbara Squire at Arlington in 2006.

Rachel Weiner   "I had to leave work early because I couldn't concentrate - that's how happy I am," the granddaughter of a pilot who died last year said.

Abortion access

Greens pledge $15m to make abortions easier

Larissa Waters is the Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women.

Cameron Atfield   The Greens have pledged to make it safer, cheaper and easier for women to get abortions.

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Campus rape

A brutal initiation into campus life

Emma Hunt is still dealing with the trauma of an on-campus sexual assault.

Henrietta Cook and Timna Jacks   Emma Hunt's first taste of university life was brutal.

Surprising backer joins marriage equality cause

Handmade craft items at a CWA show.

Michael Koziol   The Victorian branch of the Country Women's Association has become the latest high-profile group to throw its support behind marriage equality.

International students 'silent' victims of assault and harassment

A foreign student at UNSW has reported sexual harassment from a fellow student.

Cosima Marriner   It was 3am when Sabeena Mozaffar started getting Facebook messages from a fellow student offering to pay her for sexual favours.

Abortion rights

Oklahoma legislature passes bill making it a felony to perform abortions

A person who performs an abortion will be punished with between one and three years in the state penitentiary.

Mark Berman   According to the measure, a person who performs or induces an abortion will be punished with between one and three years in the state penitentiary.

Sydney Uni cracks down on colleges

Elizabeth Broderick at the National Press Club.

Eryk Bagshaw   A joint task force is being set up to tackle the culture of the university's residential colleges.

Airbnb sued for ignoring host racism

Gregory Selden

Erik Larson and Andrew Harris   Airbnb is being sued for allegedly ignoring complaints of a black man that his room reservation was rejected because of his race.

Women likely losers from July 2 vote

A page on the Liberal Party's candidate website.

Tom McIlroy   Outgoing Liberal MP Sharman Stone✓ has warned the number of women in Parliament is likely to fall after the July 2 election.

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Military progress

US Senate confirms first openly gay Army Secretary

The swearing in of the Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning.

Karoun Demirjian   Eric Fanning is the first openly gay leader of any US military service, five years after the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'.

'I don't remember anything'

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18:  Kendra Murphy a student at Sydney University who is speaking out about being incident at ...

Eryk Bagshaw   Kendra Murphy was horrified when her name was broadcast on the weekly ''lolly buffet''.

Transgender rights

Canada is legislating to formally ban discrimination against transgender people

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 29:  Canadian Prime minister, Justin Trudeau makes a statement during a press conference next ...

Ian Austen   Discrimination against transgender people will be formally banned, and crimes against them will be included in the country's hate crimes law.

Uni assaults

One-quarter of Sydney Uni students harassed

The Group of Eight, which includes the University of Sydney, released a paper calling for a "moderation" of the system ...

Kelsey Munro   ''Any incident that goes unreported is a cause for concern'', university says.

'Illiterate and innumerate' refugees 'would take Australian jobs'

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

Latika Bourke   Illiterate and innumerate refugees will take Australian jobs or languish on the dole and use free health services provided by Medicare, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has warned. 

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Duncan Storrar

Duncan Storrar has broken his silence after being viciously targeted by media

Duncan Storrar on the Q&A panel.

Jenny Noyes   News Corp outlets knew he had serious mental health issues but went after him anyway. All for asking a simple question.


Bullied kids told to stop playing the victim

Brighton Grammar has been accused of "victim blaming" after it released advice about bullying.

Henrietta Cook   Children who are bullied are whingers that need to "stop playing the victim", according to a resilience coach hired by an elite Melbourne private school.

Uniform row

Girls should wear pants at school too: mother

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Emily Woods   A Melbourne mother has launched a campaign calling for gender equality in school uniforms.

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Donald Trump

Donald Trump's history of questionable behaviour with women revealed

Donald Trump

Frank McGurty   The New York Times has interviewed dozens of women who have worked for Donald Trump, revealing a pattern of unsettling personal behaviour.