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Abortion in Northern Ireland + More
Theresa May's Feminism is Tested By the Issue of Abortion
The U.K. Labour Party, particularly Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti, has challenged Prime Minister Theresa May to prove she is a feminist--a label she embraces--by backing reform of Northern Ireland's abortion law. In the wake of Ireland's historic referendum, politicians have placed increased pressure on May to liberalize Northern Ireland's restrictive abortion laws. Abortion is only legal in Northern Ireland if the pregnancy poses a serious threat to the woman's life or health, which is more restrictive than the laws in the rest of the U.K.
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“Who Run the World?” Women of Color in Elections
Shirley Chisholm once said, “At present, our country needs women’s idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else.” While only in primary season, there is great potential to elect a monumental number of women to office in this upcoming midterm election. This remarkable number of women, especially women of color, running for office are key factors in possibly altering the U.S. political climate. Not only are women running for office but a large number of women voters are also being seen this season.
New Japanese Law Aims to Increase Gender Parity in Government
A new Japanese law aims to close the gap between male and female political candidates, prompting political parties to aim for gender parity in candidates for both local and national elections. Currently, only 10% of the Lower House legislators are women, making Japan 158 out of 193 countries regarding female representation in parliament. Such representation is important because women prioritize issues like gender equality and family affairs, which are often dismissed by male legislators.
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Women’s Rights Activists Identified As ‘Traitors’
Saudi Arabia’s women’s driving ban is soon to be lifted; however, 11 women’s rights activists, many who have advocated for women’s driving rights, have been arrested. Those who have been arrested are being labeled “traitors” by the pro-government media. These arrests threaten to cloud the “liberal” image of the crown prince, but lifting the driving ban is still set for June 24th.
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10 Women Political Leaders Running the World
From more prominent figures like Angela Merkel to less well-known but equally important leaders like Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, woman have gained political office across the world in recent years. These women leaders have sparked change and progress in their respective countries. This list of 10 powerful women leaders provides background information on these notable names. .
It’s been over a year and six months since the Brexit vote, and the UK’s impending breakaway from the European Union is still causing uproar. Fashion companies based around the UK, in particular, are concerned about the deals’ impact on their ability to hire and travel internationally, as well as import high-quality textiles from around the globe. According to a report from the Creative Industries Federation, 74% of small luxury labels—many of whom are run by or provide employment to women-- fear that Brexit will significantly harm business prospects. Adam Mansell, the executive of the UK Fashion and Textile Association, warns that, although it seems unlikely, “it is vital that we get a trade deal with zero tariffs and very simple border controls.”
28-year-old Humza Mian isn’t just a veterinary technician—he’s also a drag queen and social media influencer whose feeds are both a celebration of his South Asian heritage and of his individuality. His drag name, MangHoe Lassi, pays homage to a popular drink in India. Growing up in a religious family, Mian was taught to hide any traces of femininity, and he still isn’t out to his parents. While he wishes he could be, the reality is that coming out still is not a safe option for many people across the world. Even though laws are changing and promoting acceptance of more and more people, the social implications of such a decision can be incredibly dangerous. Mian wishes that media represented those queer folk who are proud of their identity but still have to remain closeted, unlike the many out-loud-and-proud shows like Queer Eye and RuPaul’s Drag Race. Despite this, he is happy his drag, makeup tutorials, and social media presence as a beauty influencer can create a safe space for him to be fully himself, and he hopes he can create that space for others with similar experiences.
Jessamyn Stanley, yoga instructor and body-positive advocate took to Instagram this week to talk about an issue that isn’t discussed nearly enough: chafing and the discomfort—and scars—it can result in. Stanley posted an amazingly real photo of herself on her couch in her underwear, comfortably watching television with her inner thighs bearing the scars many plus-sized women have from chafing. Within her caption, she says “Yes, there are permanent marks on my thighs from chafing, Welcome to being #fat.” What people don’t realize is that this happens to women whose thighs happen to brush together when they walk—it’s not about being what society deems as “fat.” It’s simply friction and nothing to be ashamed of.
Coming out is an important moment for many in the queer community, but what if you never technically have to come out, or you’re not sure you even have anything to come out about? Growing up, Wilson knew she liked boys, but she was confused about the feelings that girls would sometimes provoke in her. She hated herself for being confused. As a supporter of queer rights, she felt that even discussing her confusion would take away from “real queer people,” and she saw her own identity as invalid. After all, she married a man and was incredibly happy with him, so what was the point of exploring her identity even further? But one day during Pride Month, Eleanor wondered why she didn’t think her identity mattered and why she had been unhappily hiding herself. She realized that to finally feel comfortable in her own skin, she had to be honest. After coming out via social media, Eleanor couldn’t stop telling everyone she talked to; it gave her such a rush of love for herself and her unique identity. If there’s one thing Eleanor’s story can teach us, it’s that accepting yourself and showing who you are to the world takes time, bravery, and a whole lot of self-love.