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# Women's Rights

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Column: The article endorses the view of women as targets and men as predators
A ‘One Night Stand Guide – For Him’ on the caused controversy today after it told men to ‘prey’ on women and get them drunk. Cliona Saidlear writes there was nothing satirical about the article.
# Magdalene Laundries
Shatter: Religious orders have a moral and ethical obligation to contribute to Magdalene survivors
The minister said it would not be lawful to remove the religious orders charitable status and there’s no scope to take legal action against those who refuse to contribute to the compensation scheme.
Column: They shot her at point blank range in the head – but it made her stronger
Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban last year. Today, on her 16th birthday, she will lead the first ever youth takeover of the UN in New York to speak about the importance education, writes Kelley Farrell.
# UN
Malala Yousafzai marks her 16th birthday by addressing the UN
The Pakistani schoolgirl, who was shot in the head by Taliban last year, will address the United Nations of the importance of raising levels of education among girls across the world.
# Abortion
'Rally for Life' protest to call for referendum on abortion bill
The pro-life rally will call for the Taoiseach to put the Protection in Life During Pregnancy Bill to the people of Ireland in a referendum.
Column: No behaviour that degrades women can be dismissed as ‘just a domestic’
Putting the abuser back in the picture is what we should strive towards, says Margaret Martin, who says society focuses attention and responsibility on the victims of domestic violence rather than the perpetrators.
# Election
Hassan Rowhani wins Iran presidency
Rowhani has vowed to restore diplomatic ties with the United States and end discrimination against women.
Column: The Ohio kidnap victims are finally free but the nightmare continues for girls across the world
The horrific incarceration suffered by three US women kidnapped and held for ten years is now over, but for one girl every two seconds – torn from her family and forced into marriage – it has just begun, writes Vanina Trojan.
# Human Rights
Amnesty International: ‘Abortion laws out of line with international human rights standards’
Unless rape, incest, risk to a woman’s health and fatal foetal abnormality are included in Ireland’s abortion law, Amnesty International’s 2013 report notes Ireland is off base.
Column: Changing the law on abortion is dangerous and unjust
There is no evidence to show that abortion treats suicide ideation – this means that any legislation based on the grounds of suicidal ideation is irredeemably damaged, writes Cora Sherlock.
Column: No woman has an abortion on a whim
Stitch up the X Case’s dangling loopholes and then hold a referendum to legalise abortion in Ireland – because no woman wants an abortion just for the hell of it, writes Carol Redmond.
Column: Legislators colluded against women but abortion law provides clarity
Irish women have been denied their constitutional right to adequate maternal healthcare but the new draft law changes that, argues Labour TD Ciara Conway.
Extract: I’ve left prostitution behind me, but I worry how my history will impact on my child
From a textbook dysfunctional home life, educational disadvantage and adolescent homelessness, Rachel Moran was primed for life as a prostitute. Here she tells her story about the losses prostitution can bring and how those you love can be tarred with shame by association.
# Saudi Arabia
Arab world's richest man calls for parliamentary elections in Saudi Arabia
Al-Waleed bin Talal also said that ending a ban on women driving in the country was a matter of time.
# Childcare
Varadkar comments on childcare a 'throwback to the 19th century'
The Transport Minister said earlier this week that women would have to quit their jobs if they earned less than the childcare expenses.
# Abortion
North Dakota outlaws most abortions
There are no exceptions for rape, incest, the health of the mother or if she would lose the pregnancy anyway as a result of a fetal abnormality.
# Afghanistan
Unsolved murder highlights plight of Afghan women
16-year-old Shakila was found dead in the house where she worked as a maid just over a year ago.
Column: The strides made in gender equality are good, but there's still a long way to go
Today marks International Womens’ Day, but how far have we really come when it comes to equal rights? Sandra McAvoy says there are plenty of issues that still need to be addressed.
# Food
Higgins: Our history means Irish give generously to famine relief appeals
The President also said that women’s rights in agriculture in developing countries needs to be strengthened and recognised.
# India
Boyfriend of India gang-rape victim: 'The cruelty I saw should not be seen ever'
The boyfriend of the 23-year-old medical student whose brutal gang-rape and murder has sparked an outcry has spoken for the first about what he witnessed during the attack last month.
# malala
Teenage Pakistani activist shot by Taliban to remain in the UK
Malala Yousufzai has been recovering at a hospital in Birmingham and her father has now been offered a role as Pakistan’s education attache in the city.
# world peace day
Malala Yousafzai to receive Tipperary International Peace Award
“The Taliban tried and failed to silence her and have instead amplified her voice.”
Column: Getting a few extra skirts in the boardroom is not liberation
Men should support feminism, says David Cronin – and it should be about more than just high-status women.
# Abortion
Government likely to make X Case decision early next year - Reilly
Minister for Health James Reilly said he had read the report from the expert group a number of times and confirmed the Cabinet will be discussing it on Tuesday week.
Column: 'The culture war is over, and conservatives have lost'
Conservatives will win again, writes John McGuirk – but first they must stop allowing themselves to be seen as anti-women, anti-science and anti-rights.
# overstretched
Four out of five women turned away from overstretched domestic violence centres
Refuge centres for victims of domestic abuse are stretched to the limit, forcing vulnerable women and children to stay in dangerous living conditions.
# Poverty
Women pushed further into poverty as food prices continue to rise - Oxfam
The effects of climate change and rising food prices are having a disproportionate impact on women – who represent 70 percent of the world’s poor.
# marie stopes
Protest expected over opening of Belfast Marie Stopes clinic today
Marie Stopes International has asked its supporters not to counter-protest.
# Famous words
My favourite speech: Owner and CEO of Harmonia, Norah Casey
Continuing our series on of public figures’ favourite speeches, a former dragon to the den chooses a speech from the women’s suffrage movement in the US.
# India
India's parliament passes law protecting women from workplace harassment
The bill requires all workplaces in the rapidly industrialising country to have a formal complaints system for harassment allegations.
6 lovely girls pageants that are not the Rose of Tralee
While The Rose of Tralee prides itself on being different to other pageants there are plenty of other ‘alternative’ competitions around the world.
# Saudi Arabia
Question of succession raised again after death of Saudi Crown Prince Nayef
He is survived by his ten children and a number of wives.
# Feminism
Girl power: Irish feminist conference sold out
Feminism conference aims to open the dialogue between all generations of feminists.
# Abortion
Women ask consultants to support campaign to reform abortion law
A group of women who were required to travel abroad for abortions after being diagnosed with fatal foetal abnormalities have written to all consultants to ask for their support.
# Sexual Harrassment
Could wolf-whistling be outlawed in Ireland?
It was suggested last week that wolf-whistling could be banned in the UK – but it appears that the controversy emerged from a Council of Europe convention on violence against women. Ireland is currently studying its recommendations.
Barack Obama condemns US radio host for 'slut' comments
Rush Limbaugh said a law student who called for contraception to be state-funded was a “slut” and a “prostitute”.
# Reform
Cautious welcome given to progress on constitutional convention
Interest groups have welcomed the latest reports that draft proposals on the makeup of the convention are imminent – as long as there is sufficient consultation.
PETA under fire over controversial vegan ad
The animal rights organisation has been accused of promoting violence against women in the latest of its controversial ad campaigns.
# Birth Control
Obama changes contraception policy to appease Catholic groups
The US President altered his birth control policy following protests from religious institutions.
# Afghanistan
Afghan woman killed for 'bearing a girl'
Local police suspect the woman was strangled by her husband for failing to give birth to a boy.