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Selfies with the Taliban?

Emma Graham-Harrison / The Guardian »

The correspondents were men, who apparently didn’t register one stark difference; it was also largely men in their videos. Most of the city’s women had vanished into their homes, terrified of what Taliban rule would mean for them.

It could have been a momentary slip of attention, at a time of intense pressure. But in the weeks that followed, this kind of blindness to the particular tragedy unfolding for Afghan women would play out again and again, first in male journalists’ coverage of the Taliban’s victory, and then in international organisations’ response to Afghanistan’s crisis.

Afghanistan was already the world’s worst country to live in as a woman before the Taliban took control. But with the group curtailing employment, and even trying to banish women’s faces from TV screens, it plunged to new depths, restrictions rarely seen in recent decades beyond the pages of dystopian novels, the short-lived borders of the IS caliphate, or the last time the Taliban controlled Afghanistan. This past week marked 90 days since the Taliban effectively barred girls from higher education, with no date for a return to high school.

The Tragically Hip – Montréal (Live From Molson Center, Montréal/2000)

New official video commemorates the 14 victims and the survivors of the femicide at École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989.

The Tragically Hip wrote »

We stand with the families of the 14 victims and the survivors of the femicide at École Polytechnique in 1989. Today marks 32 years. We fully support their ongoing effort to ban all semi-automatic assault weapons. Please visit www.polyremembers.ca to learn more and donate.

We’ve created a CD, as well as a collectible Flexi Disc single, to commemorate the anniversary. All proceeds will be donated to PolyRemembers/PolySeSouvient, supporting families of the victims. This item comes bundled with a tee shirt, and will include the ‘Saskadelphia’ single, ‘Montreal’, written about the event. As well as the Juno performance of ‘It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken’ featuring Feist. To purchase and support, please head to https://thehip.com/collections/frontpage

“These crimes were preventable.” » Warning signs present in 1 in 3 homicides of intimate partners

Tara Carman / Kimberly Ivany / Eva Uguen-Csen / CBC »

More than three-quarters of victims were women. Most of the accused, 78 per cent, were men.

Intimate-partner homicides in Canada are among the most traumatic and horrific of crimes, often occurring in the victim’s home, scarring families and communities for decades. Our investigation found more than 400 people, mostly children, lost parents to domestic violence over the course of five and a half years.

What’s more, these crimes are preventable. There are known warning signs that a relationship could turn deadly, so we set out to find how many were present in Canadian cases. Future stories in this series will take a closer look at what can be done.

CBC’s investigation tracked known predictors of homicides in relationships and the extent to which they were present in each case.

These included:

  • Whether the victim had previously reported violence or harassment by the accused to police.
  • History of choking or strangulation.
  • Pattern of coercive or controlling behaviour.
  • Previous threats to kill the victim.
  • Threatening the victim with a weapon.
  • Recent or pending separations.

More »

Phthalates are causing a global fertility crisis

Sperm counts are down more than 50%.

Shanna H. Swan, Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading environmental and reproductive epidemiologists and a professor of environmental medicine and public health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. An award-winning scientist, her work examines the impact of environmental exposures, including chemicals such as phthalates and Bisphenol A, on men’s and women’s reproductive health and the neurodevelopment of children.

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Burned out and restless from the pandemic, women redefine their career ambitions

Vanessa Fuhrmans and Lauren Weber, WSJ » 

One-third of women said they had considered leaving or downshifting their careers—either temporarily or altogether—over the past year, while 27% of men said the same. And 40% of both men and women said they had contemplated switching to another employer.

A big reason, she says, is that women are still shouldering much of the unpaid work at home. Meanwhile, female managers, especially, have become linchpins in supporting other employees though the pandemic, the data shows. Across the board, people who reported to women were more likely to say their boss checked in on their well-being, helped them navigate work-life challenges and ensured their workloads were manageable. Yet more than a third of companies surveyed said that work goes largely unrecognized in performance reviews or otherwise.

“When you add it all up, it’s not surprising that women are asking, ‘What’s the return on investment of my job, what’s the best use of my time?’ ” Ms. Yee says.

Much more at the WSJ »

More than 50 U.S. businesses denouncing the new Texas abortion law and the healthcare restrictions it imposes

Some 50 corporations have stood up, putting their names forward, in opposition to the new Texas state law that bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.

The letter reads »

Equality in the workplace is one of the most important business issues of our time.

Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence, and economic stability of our workers and customers.

When everyone is empowered to succeed, our companies, our communities, and our economy are better for it.

The economic losses from existing abortion restrictions, including labor force impact and earnings, already cost the State of Texas an estimated $14.5 billion annually. Nationally, state-level restrictions cost state economies $105 billion dollars per year.*

Simply put, policies that restrict reproductive health care go against our values and are bad for business. It impairs our ability to build diverse and inclusive workforce pipelines, recruit top talent across states, and protect the well-being of all the people who keep our businesses thriving day in and out.

The future of gender equality hangs in the balance, putting our families, communities, businesses and the economy at risk.

We stand against policies that hinder people’s health, independence and ability to fully succeed in the workplace.

Co-signers of the statement, which was circulated by Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and other groups, include Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, Bumble, The Body Shop, Yelp, Lyft, and others.

Several other large American employers, including Google, Facebook, and Apple, have not added their names to the document.

 

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