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Attachment parenting: what’s the problem?

May 22, 2012

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Long-term breastfeeding and co-sleeping are parental practices that provoke strong reactions. Why? Sarah Hughes guardian.co.uk, Monday 21 May 2012 Mother nature … Maggie Gyllenhaal in Away We Go. Photograph: Allstar/Focus Features/Sportsphoto Ltd/Allstar It is commonly seen as extreme, anti-feminist and only properly practised by stay-at-home mums. So it was no surprise that the recent Time […]

Female British Muslims are at last finding their voice

April 28, 2012

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A new generation of fearless Muslim women are actively starting to challenge inequalities that have faced them for generations Sara Khan guardian.co.uk, Saturday 28 April 2012 ‘It is heartening to see a proliferation in Muslim women’s networks and forums right across the UK.’ Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian Anyone who has worked in British […]

Forced marriage: the pupils who vanish in the holidays

April 24, 2012

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Why aren’t schools doing more to educate children about forced marriage? Louise Tickleguardian.co.uk, Monday 9 April 2012 Jasvinder Sanghera, of the charity Karma Nirvana, talks to pupils at Landau Forte college, Derby. Photograph: Fabio De Paola When pupils are at imminent risk of forced marriage, schools sometimes have to take desperate measures. For Liz Coffey, […]

100,000 women undergo genital mutilation in Britain and some are 10 -year-olds

April 23, 2012

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Reblogged from kracktivist London, April 23 2012, by Pamela Owen, Dalily Mail As many as 100,000 women in Britain have undergone female genital mutilations with medics in the UK offering to carry out the illegal procedure on girls as young as 10, it has been reported. Investigators from The Sunday Times said they secretly filmed […]

Sign the petition against ABORT67

April 18, 2012

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Posted on 17 April 2012Holly PeacockWVoN co-editor As the abortion debate continues in the UK, the focus for many pro-choice supporters is now on the actions of anti-abortion group ABORT67. The activist group, which is based in Brighton on England’s south coast, “seeks to change the way we think about abortion” and wants the reversal […]

Feminists hail explosion in new grassroots groups

April 11, 2012

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Dozens of new organisations are springing up around the UK, campaigning on issues from lads’ mags to benefit cuts Alexandra Topping guardian.co.uk, Monday 9 April 2012 Feminists from Camden school for girls with Isabella Woolford Diaz (third left). Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian It was the lads’ mags – with semi-naked women in suggestive […]

Anti-abortion climate ‘will deter new generation of doctors’

April 2, 2012

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British Pregnancy Advisory Service attacks politicisation of abortion and warns of impact on future healthcare Ben Quinn and Sarah Boseley guardian.co.uk, Sunday 1 April 2012 The anti-abortion vigil near the British Pregnancy Advisory Service’s Bedord Square clinic, central London. Photograph: Corbis A new generation of doctors will be put off from becoming involved in abortion […]

We Believe You – rape myths we’re challenging

March 13, 2012

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There are so many myths about rape – about what it is, about who does it, and whom it happens to. Consciously or not, many people in Britain believe these myths, and they’re reflected in the media, and in the criminal justice system. These myths discourage women from coming forward when they’ve been raped. They […]

Silent Scream

March 13, 2012

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A short film by Integrate Bristol in partnership with Zed Productions This film was shown on 30th June 2011 at The Watershed Bristol.   SILENT SCREAM is a drama-documentary made by 27 young women who attend schools in the Bristol area. Its primary aim is to persuade the communities that the practice of female genital […]

Society needs to realise the horrific consequences of sex-selective abortions

February 25, 2012

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UK doctors who allegedly offer sex-selective abortions should look to India to see the emotional and social disaster they create Kishwar Desai guardian.co.uk, Friday 24 February 2012 The claim that doctors in the UK have been caught agreeing to conduct sex-selective abortions is extremely shocking – but certainly not surprising. At a time when doctors […]

Government targets sexual abuse of girls in gangs

February 10, 2012

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Advocate roles created to support female victims of gang rape, violence and exploitation in worst affected areas of UKAlexandra Topping The Guardian, Friday 10 February 2012 Year 10 pupils at the Lilian Baylis technology school discussed sexual abuse of girls in gangs. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian “If you have sex with a girl […]

Cosmetic surgery advertising ban urged by leading surgeons

January 23, 2012

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Group calls for tighter regulation of industry and says adverts for operations such as breast enlargement should be outlawed Sarah Boseley, health editor guardian.co.uk, Sunday 22 January 2012 The British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons has proposed a ban on advertising for cosmetic surgery as part part of a six-point plan for tighter regulations […]

Abortion law reform plans criticised by women’s groups

September 3, 2011

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Charities and health bodies call on equalities minister to intervene and protect rights of women to get impartial advice Polly Curtis, Whitehall correspondent guardian.co.uk, Thursday 1 September 2011 Lynne Featherstone is under pressure to seek guarantees over any proposed changes in abortion laws. Photograph: Richard Saker A coalition of women’s groups has written to the […]

The UK has to get over its prudishness about sex

September 2, 2011

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After being suspended, I was given the chance to challenge the idea that being a stripper is incompatible with being a teacher Johnny Anglais guardian.co.uk, Thursday 1 September 2011 Benedict Garrett, aka Johnny Anglais, was suspended from the school where he worked after the authorities discovered that he also earned money as a stripper. Photograph: […]

The UK has to get over its prudishness about sex

September 2, 2011

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After being suspended, I was given the chance to challenge the idea that being a stripper is incompatible with being a teacher Johnny Anglais guardian.co.uk, Thursday 1 September 2011 Benedict Garrett, aka Johnny Anglais, was suspended from the school where he worked after the authorities discovered that he also earned money as a stripper. Photograph: […]

How an Ethiopian slave became a South African teacher

August 27, 2011

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25 August 2011Sandra Rowoldt ShellUniversity of Cape Town Bisho Jarsa, trained as a domestic servant, went on to become a teacher When Neville Alexander used to visit his maternal grandmother Bisho Jarsa as a boy, he never suspected the extraordinary story of how she had come from Ethiopia to the South African city of Port […]

How an Ethiopian slave became a South African teacher

August 27, 2011

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25 August 2011Sandra Rowoldt ShellUniversity of Cape Town Bisho Jarsa, trained as a domestic servant, went on to become a teacher When Neville Alexander used to visit his maternal grandmother Bisho Jarsa as a boy, he never suspected the extraordinary story of how she had come from Ethiopia to the South African city of Port […]

GCSE results: Gender gap widens in record-breaking year

August 25, 2011

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25 August 2011 Girls have increased their lead over boys in top-grade in GCSEs, in another record-breaking year of results.The performance gap between boys and girls has now reached its the widest ever – 6.7 percentage points – at the top grades of A* and A. More exam entries overall were given the A and […]

GCSE results: Gender gap widens in record-breaking year

August 25, 2011

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25 August 2011 Girls have increased their lead over boys in top-grade in GCSEs, in another record-breaking year of results.The performance gap between boys and girls has now reached its the widest ever – 6.7 percentage points – at the top grades of A* and A. More exam entries overall were given the A and […]

Contraception: Busting the myths

August 16, 2011

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We have more birth control options than ever but we’ve never been so confused By Jane FeinmannTuesday, 16 August 2011 Rex FeaturesThe Pill has a failure rate is 8 per cent – with one in 12 women forgetting to take up to four pills every month The Pill is widely held to be one of […]

Contraception: Busting the myths

August 16, 2011

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We have more birth control options than ever but we’ve never been so confused By Jane FeinmannTuesday, 16 August 2011 Rex FeaturesThe Pill has a failure rate is 8 per cent – with one in 12 women forgetting to take up to four pills every month The Pill is widely held to be one of […]

A Jihad by Muslim Women Against Violence

August 6, 2011

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By SOUAD MEKHENNETPublished: August 2, 2011 LONDON — Unsurprisingly, the horrific attacks of Anders Behring Breivik, the far-right Christian extremist in Norway, have stirred powerful debate among the estimated 44.1 million Muslims in Europe. Although most of his 76 victims were at a Labor Party youth camp, Mr. Breivik made clear that his real targets […]

A Jihad by Muslim Women Against Violence

August 6, 2011

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By SOUAD MEKHENNETPublished: August 2, 2011 LONDON — Unsurprisingly, the horrific attacks of Anders Behring Breivik, the far-right Christian extremist in Norway, have stirred powerful debate among the estimated 44.1 million Muslims in Europe. Although most of his 76 victims were at a Labor Party youth camp, Mr. Breivik made clear that his real targets […]