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Learn of the plight of our Afghan sisters & brothers from the headlines of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)

towards Global Sisterhood Network operations and to support feminist struggles in South Asia and the Middle East

For the Feminist Bookshelf 2016-2017

Women, Law and Culture - Conformity, Contradiction and Conflict by Jocelynne Scutt (Editor)

  Surviving burns with care: A gender-based analysis of burns epidemiology in Bengaluru and challenges to the health system by Sochara and Vimochana

The State of Female Foeticide in Uttarakhand by Asian Centre for Human Rights

Female Infanticide Worldwide: The case for action by the UN Human Rights Council by Asian Centre for Human Rights

 Threadbare: Clothes, Sex, and Trafficking by Anne Elizabeth Moore & Co-feminist Artists

International Women's Day 2016-2017: A luta continua

Global: Zed Books Feminist Reading List of Inspiringly Dangerous Women 

India:  Feminisation of agriculture plagued by women's unfair wages, denial of credit, land rights, technology, market & irrigation facilities

Australia:  Gender pay gap begins in childhood, pay-secrecy widens the gap in the workplace

2015-2017 Feminist Cinema/Video/Exhibitions

Jackson - Mississippi's assault on the reproductive health of poor & coloured women by Maisie Crow

Parched, a meditation touching on marital rape & the treatment of women as objects of recreation & contempt by Leena Yadav

 Nenu Ame! (I am She!) A cry against marital rape by Soumya Bollapragada 

Freedom Matters: A documentary on the enormity of Human Trafficking Crimes by Pankhuri Agarwal

UK: Annie Leibovitz 16 Jan-7 Feb exhibition in London explores women of note as whole human beings

Kajarya: A feature film focusing on female foeticide by Madhureeta Anand 

Gramya Resource Centre for Women's strategies to avert "A World Without Her (The Girl Child)" in rural Telangana, India

 Prodigal Daughter - A Documentary and Reconciliation Story, produced and directed by Mabel Valdiviezo

 2015-2017 Analyses by Women of Substance

Making Music Out of the Post-Inaugural Blues by Betsy Hartmann

  Women's health programmes worldwide Trumped by Alaka M. Basu

Images Matter! Ditch the Demeaning Pink Pussy Hats! by Marie De Santis

Ten Ways to Build a Broad Progressive Movement against Trump by Betsy Hartmann

Shame on those cruelly mocking Domestic Violence & Racism victims as mere fodder for an "industry" by Anne Summers

  Monsanto & Co's Seeds are destroying biodiversity, & pushing farmers to suicide by Vandana Shiva

Farkhunda’s lynching in broad daylight illustrates a continuum of women's rights abuses in Afghanistan by Carol Mann

  GM Industry's legal constructs of personhood deny the common freedoms of democratic electorates by Vandana Shiva

 Feminist Treasures departing Mother Earth 2015-2016

Qandeel Baloch  Pakistan's unapologetic feminist, murdered for defying patriarchy  March 1 1990-  July 15 2016
Priscilla Kincaid-Smith: World-acclaimed nephrologist, and trailblazer for women November 30 1926-July 18 2015

Joan Kirner: First Woman Premier of Victoria, Forever a Feminist Inspiration. June 20 1938-June 1 2015                                                                                                        

2015-2017: Global Issues and Events related to Patriarchy and Misogyny

Read also Australia's contrast to Sweden & other wealthy nations: Foreign Aid getting chronically stingier

India: Dr Rukmini Rao laments the raw deal of women farmers at Women Farmers’ Rights Forum in Andhra Pradesh

Australia: For the first time in decades, Victorian women able to avoid running gauntlet of pro-life protesters

Afghanistan: Kerry Jane Wilson, dedicated hero empowering women for 2 decades, abducted in Jalalabad

Pakistan: Govt stoops to blaming women to duck blame for widespread death toll of children in Thar desert

Pakistan: Women & Girls reclaimjng ownership of public spaces via 'Feminism Over Chai'

Canada: Indian Immigrants maintain masculized sex ratio at birth, 4,472 'missing girls'

Australia:  Royal Commission's Face of Family Violence - 34 yr-old, unemployed, Australian born male

Australia: Girls too abused by infamous Ballarat paedophile Gerald Ridsdale & in turn failed by ex-housemate George Pell's support for Ridsdale

Australia: Sister Brigid Arthur continues to bravely defy Government's calculated cruelty towards refugees

 USA:   American College of Pediatricians warns of warns of HPV vaccine's questionable trials & 2 recent case report series of premature ovarian failure

India: Opposition from civil society, feminist groups & media editorials to mandatory sex determination approach to female foeticide - solitary thumbs up from the IMA


India: Women's peril in Delhi reflected in rising no. of eve-teasers, stalkers, rapists & thieves

India: Adverse sex ratio in northern States & coaxing of women into surrogacy emerge as links to female trafficking from Odisha

UK: Brave & creative Kiran Gandhi fought period shaming by running London marathon without a tampon

Ireland: Amnesty's flawed decriminalisation ploy in Dublin fails to protect women in prostitution- instead protects profiteers from the sale of women in the sex industry

Philippines: Exploitation & desertion of pregnant young prostitutes largely due to Australian male sex tourists

US: Despite opposition from the gun lobby, State lawmakers focus on reducing gun access to those convicted of domestic violence crimes [the overwhelming majority being MEN]

India: Govt patriarchy/misogyny lets husband-rapists off the hook for sexual assault - an indictable crime in anyone's book

Read also:   Sterilisation of 8,863 women vs 19 men in Tuticorin makes a mockery of Population Foundation's optimism on women's reproductive rights

and  40 years ago mass vasectomies ousted a govt, but mass tubectomies [in the main of poor, illiterate women] prevailing to this day escape political consequence

Pakistan: In the political arena, women acceptable only as proxies and/or extension of male politicians

Afghanistan: 8 girls in critical condition following mass poisoning at school in Samangan province

India: Women undergoing sterilisation in Bihar suffer from unsanitary conditions & extremely shoddy equipment

Read also: Women's reproductive rights sacrificed via pimary focus of 2014 budget on sterilisation

China-India: Masculinised sex ratios predicted to leave 21% of men aged 50 in China & 15% in India unmarried till at least 1970

Australia: Melbourne, May 6 2015, Shine Bright Candle Light Vigil for Women & Children slain in Domestic Violence

Iraq: Flourishing under the US-led Occupation, the systematic brutalisation of women continues into 2015

Afghanistan  Women take over responsibilities for burying sister Farkhunda brutally murdered by male mob

Australia: Majority of cases unreported, but sexual assaults against women and children, 93 % committed by men, rise by 19% in 2013-14

Afghanistan: Performance artist Kubra Khademi forced into hiding post-metal underwear demo against sexual harassment

International Women's Day 2015

UN 2015 Theme: Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it! ­(but negotiations not to be squandered)

Global:   Female Genital Mutilation declining, but in some African & Middle Eastern countries still hovers at 80 per cent

India: Dr. V. Rukmini Rao, feminist extraordinaire, "Woman of the Year 2014"

Australia:  Rosie Batty, Australian of the Year, and a powerful, articulate catalyst for change to the country's Domestic Violence pandemic

Thailand: In face of significant Australian stains on Thai Women's wombs, surrogacy banned for foreigners

Turkey: Murder of Ozgecan Aslan who resisted rape, a tipping point for the country's feminists 

UK: Dementia - Underfunded, and a triple whammy for women as carers, victims, & researchers

Jordan:  Impoverished women from Turkman communities in Amman left nameless in birth, marriage & death

UK: 1.4 million women victims of Domestic Violence in 2014, 3 times more common amongst lowest incomes 

India: Women left to recover in cold, wet conditions as regulations again violated in Varanasi sterilisation camp

UN Security Council: Advised much more needed to end the brutalization of women & girls in conflict zones and essential to increase women's participation in peace efforts

China: Black Market Surrogate Industry lures school girls with large sums for perilous egg donations 

India: SC judges demand answers over controversial clinical trials of HPV vaccines in tribal girls and boys

India: In 2014 Delhi's overall crime rate increased by 100%, rape by 32%, with less than one-third of crimes solved 

Mexico: Six women slain daily, but misogyny & corruption inhibit justice for the country's pandemic of Violence Against Women

Global:   Gender inequality the scourge of the 21st century, with systemic change warranted at UN's 2015 reviews of Beijing Declaration and Sustainable Development Goals

China: Kong Ning, brave woman jailer-turned-lawyer-turned-artist, addresses environmental safety & speedy end to death penalty

India:   Chhattisgarh government's "Rat Poison Theory" to explain sterilisation deaths nothing less than a farce

Burma:  Multi-billion dollar Dawei SEZ [deep-sea port] project destroys women's livelihoods

Egypt: FGM a mockery of 2011 Revolution, and still prevalent despite 2008 ban

India: Deaths of 15 women finally drive home the misogyny of incentive-driven sterilisation camps