Women's Issues

Former UK prime minister calls for compensation for forced child migrants and more zedlines

Former UK Prime minister Gordon Brown has called for compensation for victims of mass forced transportation of children from Britain to countries like Australia and Canada between 1940 and 1970, saying that the scale of abuse suffered is now clearer. Image source: Flickr.

Brown spoke at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual abuse in London and described the forced transportation of over 130,000 children from the UK over more than three decades ago as “government enforced trafficking”.

Serving as Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010, he issued a national apology to victims in 2010, but said he was not aware of the scale of the abuse at the time, now saying that the apology is only half the story, and that the consequences of the other half needs to be dealt with.

Guide Dog Brogan Records 300th Flight

An Australian guide dog, Brogan, is believed to be Australia’s most-travelled guide dog, and on Monday he recorded his 300th flight. (Photo Source: New Daily)

Cancer Council Offers Free Wigs to Cancer Patients
The cancer council is offering free wigs and turbans to Brisbane women and girls undergoing cancer treatment.

Cancer council CEO Chris McMillian says that offering this service is a way of showing support for the distressing side-effect of cancer treatment.

The wig and turban service is a part of the practical support services offered by the cancer council, which also offers counselling and accommodation assistance.

Vodka is an Antidote for Antifreeze in Animals

Vodka has helped save the life of a Queensland tomcat.

The cat was found near a tyre store in Lowood, west of Brisbane, and was believed to have ingested the toxic agent antifreeze.

 

He was rushed to the nearby RSPCA animal hospital where he was given vodka, which is the common antidote for antifreeze.

He has now received the nickname ‘Tipsy’.

 

Brisbane Youth Detention Center Thrust into Spotlight Following Report

Women's Association to help rural girls access sanitary pads and more Zedlines

A Queensland Country Women’s Association on the Gold Coast is sewing reusable sanitary pads for girls in remote Indigenous communities, after a report arose revealing some girls felt forced to skip school and resort to stealing sanitary items during their period. (image: flickr - Tim Gillin)

A University of Queensland Global Change Institute report discovered a number of schools throughout Australia had no access to sanitary bins, which has prompted Joanne Hubner from the Queensland CWA branch in Coomera to take action.

Ms Hubner had been sewing the washable pads for girls in Nepal before discovering Australian girls were dealing with the same problem, and now the CWA are seeking help to send their pads to remote communities in rural Australia.

Latest Amelia Earhart conspiracy theory debunked and more zedlines

The latest theory suggesting Amelia Earhart was taken prisoner by the Japanese has been confirmed to be untrue by a Japanese military history blogger. Picture source: Wikimedia Commons.

The controversial photo which many believe to contain blurred figures of Ms Earhart and her co-pilot Fred Noonan has been debunked by Tokyo based blogger, Kota Yamano, as he claims the figures are in fact participants in a local schooner race.

He confirmed the image was taken in 1935, two years before the Japanese conducted search missions to find Ms Earhart after she failed to find a refuelling stop on her flight from Australia to the United States.

Malta Legalises Gay Marriage

Female activists in Morocco continue their fight and more Zedlines...

Female activists in Morocco say they will continue demonstrating against the government, demanding justice after heavy jail sentences were given to activists in the northern region of Al-Hoceima.

Hundreds of women protested over the weekend to demand the release of four political prisoners who were handed down 18 month prison sentences, while many more remain in preventive detention.

Khadija Ryadi, an activist with Morocco’s women’s movement, says that despite the repression, women’s mobilisation will not stop.

 

Adani mine will have a slow start

 

Leaked documents reveal a planned slow start to the Adani Carmichael coal mine project.

German police disperse G20 protest with water cannon and more Zedlines

German police used a water cannon to disperse around 500 anti-capitalist protest in the port city of Hamburg, where Chancellor Angela Merkel will host leaders of the G20 leading economies in a two-day summit starting on Friday. (image: wikimedia)

Hundred of mainly left-wing activists gathered and marched on a main street shortly before midnight on Tuesday in the first major protest ahead of the summit, which will be attended by U.S President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

German authorities believe around 8000 demonstrators are prepared to use violence, according to the interior ministry.

Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to march in the city this week against globalisation and what they say is corporate greed and failure to tackles climate change.

German police disperse G20 protest with water cannon and more Zedlines

German police used a water cannon to disperse around 500 anti-capitalist protest in the port city of Hamburg, where Chancellor Angela Merkel will host leaders of the G20 leading economies in a two-day summit starting on Friday. (image: wikimedia)

Hundred of mainly left-wing activists gathered and marched on a main street shortly before midnight on Tuesday in the first major protest ahead of the summit, which will be attended by U.S President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

German authorities believe around 8000 demonstrators are prepared to use violence, according to the interior ministry.

Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to march in the city this week against globalisation and what they say is corporate greed and failure to tackles climate change.

Coding workshops help Indigenous girls learn a new language and more Zedlines

In a first of its kind event created by STEM.I.AM and the Girl Geek Academy and as part of the week long NAIDOC Celebrations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls have received a workshop teaching them all about coding and robotics. (image: wikimedia)

Managing Director and proud Birri Gubba man, Wayne Dennings says the workshops are helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls realise their potential and the future opportunities available to them in the science and mathematics fields.

Chief Executive Officer of Girl Geek Academy, Sarah Moran ran the workshops and says seeing the girl's response to the workshop was inspiring.

 

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Afghanistan Girl Robotics Team Denied U.S. Visas

A young, all-girl Afghani robotics team have been refused visas from the U.S. after spending months building a robot to compete in an international competition.

The team received their materials later than every other team due to terrorism concerns but still scrambled to build a ball-sorting robot as their entry.

The competition takes place in Washington this month, with competitors invited from all around the world set to take part.

Aged care provider cuts staff

Not-for-profit aged care provider, Southern Cross Care, is under fire after announcing cuts to nursing staff as a part of their restructure.

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