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Melbourne woman posts photo of attacker on Facebook, leads to arrest

Erica Moloney, 32, who was allegedly punched in the face.

BEAU DONELLY A Toorak woman who was punched in the face in an unprovoked attack in Melbourne's CBD has used social media to help catch the man who allegedly assaulted her.

Domestic violence by numbers

This is what domestic violence looks like in Australia

Domestic violence statistics

One woman is killed almost every week by her current or former partner.

Budget cuts protests

Thousands gather across country to protest ABC cuts

Protesters gather in Federation Square to voice anger at cuts to the ABC.

ANDREW P STREET "No ifs, no buts, no ABC cuts"

Unilever set to ban face scrub product polluting harbour

Polluted: Micro-plastics used in scrubs and exfoliants are flowing into Sydney Harbour.

Tim Barlass A pharmaceutical giant says it will ban a product that has been polluting Sydney Harbour.

Former Miss World: 'I'm not scared to talk about my rape. But I hope men will be afraid'

Linor Abargil

Radhika Sanghani When Israeli Linor Abargil collected her Miss World crown, she was in floods of tears. Why? She'd just been raped. Now, 16 years later, she tells Radhika Sanghani why she's made a film, encouraging female rape survivors to share their experiences

Women should aspire to lead despite sexism - Gillard

HUMOUR INTACT: Former  Australian prime minister Julia Gillard speaks to an audience at St Margaret’s College as part of her book tour of New Zealand.

Cate Broughton As someone who took on the uglier side of sexism and misogyny, ex-Australian PM Julia Gillard showed it is possible to survive.


Dear Barbie

Dear Barbie, get it together. Love, female developers everywhere


Stephanie Buck "With your thin plastic hands, some creativity and some spunk, you can code whatever your heart desires."

Julia Gillard: Women should aspire to lead despite sexism

Prime Minister Julia Gillard announces the September 14 election date at the National Press Club of Australia on 30 January 2013.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Cate Broughton The former PM spoke about gender, feminism and leadership at the WORD Christchurch event last night.

'Zoe's law' bill formally lapses

Bill lapses: Brodie Donegan, who lost her unborn baby, Zoe, after being struck by a drug-affected driver in 2009.

JAMES ROBERTSON The end of NSW's 55th parliament has closed a controversial chapter on "Zoe's law" though some are looking to a newly-worded bill clarifying the legal rights of an unborn child.


Don Lemon apologises for telling Cosby accuser she could have prevented her rape


Kari Paul The anchor came under fire after suggesting in an interview that Joan Tarshis, who claims Bill Cosby assaulted her twice in 1969, could have prevented her assault.

Deborah Mailman, Margaret Pomeranz and Ita Buttrose join campaign to remove children from detention centres

Ita Buttrose is one high-profile figure involved in the campaign.

SARAH WHYTE Unlikely high profile Australian celebrities have come together with a simple message to the Australian government: remove children from immigration detention.

Virginity tests

Indonesia's female police recruits must pass virginity tests

Traumatised: Indonesian female police recruits are subject to a humiliating virginity test.

MICHAEL BACHELARD Female recruits to the Indonesian police are subjected to a "two-finger test" to assess if they are virgins.

Social experiment

Social experiment shows bystanders ignoring domestic abuse in an elevator

Domestic violence

A new video makes the case that many people would ignore domestic violence — even in a confined space.

Tanya Plibersek denied access to G20 summit

Denied access: Tanya Plibersek.

LATIKA BOURKE PM Tony Abbott has denied Tanya Plibersek permission to attend the G20 in Brisbane.

Barbara Bowman speaks out: 'Bill Cosby raped me. It has taken 30 years for people to believe me'

Rape accusations against <i>Cosby Show</i> creator Bill Cosby have gone viral.

A woman who has accused actor Bill Cosby of drugging and raping her wants to know why it has taken 30 years for people to believe her story.

Aussies stick their heads in the sand for Bondi Beach climate protest


JENNI RYALL "Tony Abbott's been doing it for years, you should be right."

Some Lady Parts

The awful things actresses hear at 'sexist' casting calls


Radhika Sanghani A new blog lifts the lid on the sort of 'sexist and backwards' adverts that professional actresses are faced with every day.

LGBT rights in Denmark take next step with rainbow nursing homes

An Israeli young woman waving the rainbow LGTB flag during the Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem Israel on 18 September 2014.

Frances Schwartzkopff A quarter of a century after becoming the first country to give gay couples the same rights as heterosexuals, Denmark wants to make sure that historic moment isn’t undone at retirement.

Rape joke fail

Popular UK TV host says woman is 'gagging for rape'


Radhika Sanghani Controversial comedian Dapper Laughs has come under fire for making jokes about rape at a recent gig.

Easing of Saudi driving ban on women possible - with restrictions

female driver

It's only for women over 30 who must be off the road by 8 p.m., and cannot wear makeup behind the wheel. But it's still a startling shift.

Sam De Brito once praised Julien Blanc's school of picking up women


CLEM BASTOW It’s not been a banner day for noted male feminist Sam De Brito.

Cory Bernardi says it's OK to put a woman in a headlock

Liberal senator Cory Bernardi

LATIKA BOURKE Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has denied claims that he made remarks condoning domestic violence, after he appeared to say it was acceptable in some circumstances to put a woman in a headlock to "deter aggression".


#TakeDownJulienBlanc: Julien Blanc leaves Australia with his tail between his legs


Candice Chung Good job Australia. Next up: kicking him out of America.


#TakeDownJulienBlanc: Melbourne protesters shut down Julien Blanc substitute seminar

Candice Chung Seminar attendees flee as #TakeDownJulienBlanc protesters swarm the boat that hosted makeshift seminar held by Blanc's assistant.


More venues refuse to host pick-up artist Julien Blanc thanks to #TakeDownJulienBlanc campaign


#TakeDownJulienBlanc shuts down more pick-up artist talks in Australia and in the US.


Spelling bee winner Grace Du is the cutest person you'll see sounding out 'rhetorical' today

Jessica Edward, Amanda Hoh "Abdicate", "neurology", "stringent", ''rhetorical''. These are the words that made eight-year-old Grace Du the NSW junior spelling champion.

White Ribbon Australia is in a battle against a men's rights group who has high jacked their name

White Ribbon Australia says a US men's rights group has hijacked their name and message.

RACHEL BROWNE White Ribbon Australia accuses men's rights group of hijacking their name and message with a rival site which claims that violence against women is overstated.

There is a petition to ban pick up artist Julien Blanc's Melbourne seminar


CANDICE CHUNG The racist and sexist 'pick up artist' is heading to Melbourne's Como Hotel to teach men how to violate women. And it needs to be stopped. #TakeDownJulienBlanc

This British-Iranian woman was jailed for attending a volleyball game

Iranian-British woman Ghoncheh Ghavami photographed in London in 2012.

A British-Iranian woman arrested after trying to attend a volleyball match has been jailed for a year in Iran.

Kate McClymont's Andrew Olle Media Lecture on investigative journalism is a must-read

Kate McClymont's Andrew Olle Media Lecture on investigative journalism is a must-read

KATE MCCLYMONT 'As journalists we should have the courage to act for more than the lofty notion of freedom of speech. We have a duty to be the voice of the powerless in our society, to stand up for them.' Kate McClymont tells it as it is at the 2014 Andrew Olle Media Lecture commemorating friend and colleague Andrew Olle, who died of a brain tumour at 48.



Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the WSJD Live conference in California.

Mike Isaac Timothy D. Cook says he is "proud to be gay", by far the most prominent executive of a public company to come out.


Inside #gamergate

Here's everything you need to know about #gamergate


Jenny Noyes How one guy’s post-breakup revenge blog began a war against women.

Disney princesses

'Disney needs to create a princess with Down's syndrome'


Radhika Sanghani Thousands are calling for Disney to represent children with Down's syndrome in its next film.

Roast busters

Roast busters: horrific New Zealand Gang rape case leads to zero charges


Ian Steward and Kelly Dennett A high-ranking officer has asked: "Where was the respect for these girls?"

Malala will donates prize to rebuild war-ravaged Gaza schools

Malala Yousafzai at the ceremony for the 2014 World's Children Prize for the Rights of the Child.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai is giving money she won for her work on children's rights to help rebuild schools in war-ravaged Gaza.

Rosie Batty

Domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty named Victorian of the Year

Rosie Batty

BEAU DONELLY Recognition for a mother who gives victims a voice.

Iranian woman executed for killing man who 'tried to rape her' leaves heartbreaking final message

Hanged: Reyhaneh Jabbari handcuffed at police headquarters after her arrest in 2007.

TOM DECENT A 26-year-old Iranian woman, who was hanged after killing the man she said tried to raped her, has left a heartbreaking voice message for her mother in the lead-up to her death. 

Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi sacked over sexual abuse allegations

Facebook confession: Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi.

AMY MCNEILAGE The scandalous sacking of a high-profile Canadian radio host over a sexual incident has taken a surprising turn, with the broadcaster defending himself online by detailing his preference for consensual "rough sex".

Bavarian Bier Cafe called out for sexist and exploitative ads


Sarah Oakes Sydney restaurant is been taken to task for an exploitative ad campaign.

Josh Thomas

Josh Thomas has taken Liberal MP Wyatt Roy to task over asylum seeker policy on Twitter

Josh Thomas

MELANIE KEMBREY Comedian Josh Thomas and Liberal MP Wyatt Roy have gone tweet to tweet over asylum seeker policy - and it got personal.

The Australian Financial Review's Women of Influence awards were "Brodericked" last night

Sex Discrimination Commisioner Elizabeth Broderick.

All nine judges for the 100 Women of Influence awards voted Elizabeth Broderick 2014's overall winner.

ANZ employee disciplined after refusing pelvic exam tells her side of the story

A heavily pregnant Katherine Bashour appears at the Federal Court for an urgent injunction hearing involving ANZ Bank on August 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. Bashour claims that she suffered sexual harassment and was discriminated against after she was sacked by ANZ while on maternity leave.

JENNA PRICE Katherine Bashour has now resigned from her job and can speak freely about her treatment.

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No burqa ban

Parliament House dumps burqa ban

The non-issue of burqa or niqab-wearing Muslim women switches the argument away from the central issue of how to deal with those who are radicalised.

The controversial plan to segregate Muslim women wearing burqas into glassed enclosures at parliament house has been ditched, after a fierce public and political backlash.

'I am Liberian, Not a Virus': Video fights stigma against people from countries battling Ebola


Liberian-American television host Shoana Clarke Solomon ecided to combat misinformation about Ebola in a powerful clip.

Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham quotes Jill Meagher's husband on Instagram

Lena Dunham has been vocal about violence against women on social media.

JANE LEE "Tom Meagher used his wife's unspeakable death to create dialogue, so bless the f--k out of him."

High-tech stalking: The newest domestic violence challenge

Generic mobile phone photos. 9 May 2014.
The Age. Photo:EDDIE JIM.

JUDITH IRELAND "That was pretty scary for us as refuge workers to realise that this is a brave new world."

Julia Gillard

15 best pieces of advice from Julia Gillard's biography

Julia Gillard

In her new biography My Story our first female Prime Minister details the challenges of being a minority leader whose own party was unravelling because of toxic internal politics. It's bascially the toughest leadership gig that could be designed for a politican. Her biography gives an insight in to how she coped - with a particular focus on purpose and resilience. These are the key take outs:

Lesbian kiss-a-thon

Hundreds turn up at Sainsbury's kiss-in protest in support of LGBT rights


Hundreds of protesters swarm the British supermarket after a lesbian couple kicked out for sharing a kiss.

Sexist burger flipper

Fast food restaurant owner to female reporter: 'I would love to see my meat in your mouth'

Kansas City

Effie Mann Do you want a serve of sexual harassment with that?

ABC refuses to apologise after airing 'transphobic' Q&A tweets about Catherine McGregor

Catherine McGregor

TOM DECENT The ABC has defended a series of controversial tweets aired on its Q & A program on Monday night amid social media firestorm.

98,000 Hacked Snapchat Photos and Videos Posted Online

Pictures that appear to have been stolen from a Snapchat-related app have shown up online, although the scope and explicit nature of the leak may have been exaggerated.

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai "The content that has been released over the last 48 hours is an invasion of personal privacy."

Woolworths pulls racist singlets from shelves


BEAU DONELLY Supermarket giant Woolworths has pulled a range of "racist" and "offensive" singlets from its shelves after a social media backlash.

Malala Yousafzai

Why the world loves Malala Yousafzai

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 10:  Malala Yousafzai speaks during a press conference at the Library of Birmingham after being announced as a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, on October 10, 2014 in Birmingham, England. The 17-year-old Pakistani campaigner, who lives in Britain where she received medical treatment following an assassination attempt by the Taliban in 2012, was jointly awarded the Nobel peace prize with Kailash Satyarthi from India. Chair of the Nobel Committee Thorbjorn Jagland made the announcement in Oslo, commending Malala for her 'heroic struggle' as a spokesperson for girls' rights to education.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Radhika Sanghani As Pakistani schoolgirl education activist Malala Yousafzai, 17, wins the Nobel Peace Prize, we re-live her most significant moments.

Man attempts to have female Supreme Court judge disqualified because of suspected 'feminist' and 'leftist' views


MICHAELA WHITBOURN A Sydney man has tried to have a female Supreme Court judge disqualify herself from hearing a matter because he suspected she was a "feminist with leftist leanings".

Malala Yousafzai, Kailash Satyarthi Win Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai

hildren's rights activists Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Friday.

Women bear brunt of Islamophobia in Australia

RACHEL OLDING It is the little things that Sara misses the most: driving around with the windows down, taking her kids to the park, ducking down the street for groceries.

Lateline host Emma Alberici masterfully handles fiery interview with Hizb ut-Tahrir

emma alberici

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has applauded Lateline host Emma Alberici over a fiery TV exchange with a spokesman for the radical Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir.

TMZ: 7th Heaven dad Stephen Collins allegedly confesses to to child molestation

Stephen Collins (centre) and the 7th Heaven cast.

Television dad Stephen Collins, best known for his role as minister Eric Camden on the long-running family drama 7th Heaven, has allegedly confessed to molesting underage girls.