Families whose mums, sisters and daughters were killed by men are calling for changes to the way police and authorities deal with violence against women. They want changes to how killers are sentenced and to the way the NHS and social services respond.

Economic insecurity plays a major role in increasing social vulnerability amongst women, thus making them less capable of surviving in hazard prone regions.

Drought in Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) is causing an increase in gender-based violence, including intimate-partner violence. At least 4.35 million people are already going to bed hungry in the region, the UN says. And in 2023, 6.4 million people in the ASALs will need humanitarian assistance.

France struggling to tackle violence against women
Gender equality has been French President Emmanuel Macron's main cause during his first term in office in 2017, but the government falls short of its promise. Femicide cases hit a new record with 122 women killed by their partner or ex-partner in 2021, and the number is expected to increase further in 2022.

The move comes after a two months long women-led protest triggered by the arrest and death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini for allegedly violating the country's strict female dress code.

"When white Western men kill women, they often claim they did so due to provocation or jealousy. When men in Asia or the Middle East commit such crimes, it is said to be about maintaining the 'honour' of the killer’s family and community."

In Cina, where no official data is reported, 38 per cent of women experienced psychological violence by their own partners, reports reveal. In Indonesia, 49 per cent of girls under 14 have undergone some form of female genital mutilation, although it is outlawed.

Prosecution fails to report a single femicide conviction in the annual report, though. Consequently, many female victims of abuse fail to report this to the authorities due to a lack of confidence in the prosecution and a fear that filing a criminal complaint could trigger possibly lethal relations from their victimizers.

"What to do when your protector is the one who harms you? In other words, who protects you from the ‘protector’? Many countries in the Middle East have failed to address this inherent paradox."

The latest police figures show that 10,818 rape cases were reported in the first quarter of 2022. South Africa has among the highest rape incidence in the world. How can gender-based violence in the country be reduced?

But Senators rejected a House-passed measure that would have added seven days of paid sick leave for more than 110,000 workers. AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler said the labor federation was “deeply disappointing that 43 senators sided with multibillion-dollar rail corporations to block desperately needed paid sick days.”

A report by the Clean Energy Council, representing renewable energy companies and solar installers, has called for more local renewable energy production and manufacturing and a “certificate of origin” scheme to counter concerns about slave labour.

Shanghai Data Exchange Goes International With First Branch In Singapore -
Cross-posted from With the mission of "building a data factor market and promoting data capitalization", the Chinese organization aims to collaborate with tech companies like Amazon AWS, Google, KPMG, Fraunhofer and others.

Prime minister says he raised Wikileaks co-founder’s case with US representatives recently and will continue to push for it to be ‘brought to a close’

An interesting article about the shutdown of Wikileaks from a legal point of view.

In Shanghai, people were seen shouting slogans such as "Xi Jinping, step down" and "Communist party, step down". A female demonstrator told the BBC police officers were asked how they felt about the protests, and the answer was "the same as you". But, she said, "they wear their uniforms so they're doing their job."

A short essay on the activists' tendency to "reinvent the wheel" from one generation to the next, because we feel like since we protested, then something must have changed and we just move on instead of making actual change happen.

I enjoyed this essay on online activism and avoiding being too chronically online as someone with strong political values. For any French speakers out there, here's my TL;DR: > "Touch grass" est une insulte pour les gens trop chroniquement en ligne, dont le discours politique est improductif parce que trop déconnecté de la réalité du terrain. C'est vrai qu'il est important de faire de l'activisme concret, mais le slacktivisme a aussi son intérêt dans certains contextes.

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