'Hundreds of demonstrators organized by a far-right group protested in Paris on Saturday demanding the dissolution of FEMEN. They called for the feminist organization, which is headquartered in the French capital, to "go back to Ukraine."
The General Alliance Against Racism and for the Respect of French and Christian Identity (AGRIF) says FEMEN provokes the Christian community in France, Ruptly news agency reported.
In December, FEMEN staged an action at Madeleine Church in Paris, holding pieces of meat in each hand, representing the fetus of Jesus.
The controversial feminist organization says it is "fighting patriarchy in its three manifestations - sexual exploitation of women, dictatorship and religion." It is mostly known for staging topless protests as well as other provocative moves like burning Islamist flags.'
'Chandigarh, Feb 6: Its strange, but true. The Punjab government has ordered that no male teachers would will teach in government girls' school. In fact, all of them have been shifted to different other schools in the district, much to the anger of the teachers' union.
After this move, Punjab would be the first in India to have no male teachers in girls' school.
Students and teachers both condemn the move saying that the state government is humiliating the male teachers with the order, implying that all men are rapists.
One of the members said "why should all men be generalized as perverts. These children are like our own kids. This decision of the government of shifting male staff is not a practical solution to solve the problem. If any school has faced such problem then the guilty should be punished or he should be shifted".'
'The only FTSE 100 woman chairman has urged employers to allow women to take up to six years off to focus on raising their families. She says retaining the best staff is cheaper than training new recruits.
“Employers have to learn to accommodate you through the mid-life piece,” Dame Alison Carnwath, the chairwoman of the Land Securities property group said in an interview with the Financial Times.
“If you want to spend, say, six years having children and getting them off to school before you come back and do full-time work, [companies] have to look upon it as not wanting to lose somebody.”'
'London - It seems the stresses and strains of the day do not end upon going to bed – if you’re female, that is.
A study has revealed that while women spend longer under the covers than men, they actually get less sleep.
And researchers suggest that the problems of juggling work and family life may by why they are left tossing and turning.
Dr Neil Stanley, a sleep expert, said women may be more willing than men to sacrifice sleep for their other half.
“There’s the idea that the man is the breadwinner, he’s the one who fought woolly mammoths and all that sort of thing, and therefore his sleep needs to be preserved and a woman will forgo sleep for him.
“A woman will let a man snore away noisily, whereas a man will instantly wake a woman if she dares to make any noise.
“Women are also more prone to worry about all kinds of things – from whether they’ve got the kids’ clothes ready, to ‘will he still love me tomorrow’.”'
'One big reason women make less than men is because they tend to demand more flexible schedules. And new economic research shows that if more workplaces adopted a more team-oriented, job-sharing approach—like physicians in a group practice—the cost of flexible work would dissipate and the premium for long hours would too.
"That’s how physicians have been able to not be 24/7, not be on call all the time, to have lives of their own,” says Claudia Goldin, a Harvard professor of economics. Her new paper, A Grand Gender Convergence: Its Last Chapter (pdf), is to be published soon in the American Economic Review, and explores the reasons behind pay differential between genders even as women have caught up with men in education, experience, and other measures.
She asks: Why should someone who works 80 hours a week be worth more than two people who work 40 hours a week?
“It isn’t quote a women’s issue,” says Goldin in an interview with Quartz. The pay disparity shows up equally when male MBAs need reduced schedules or time off for personal or family needs.'
'The physical standards portion of the Army’s approach is just one part of the deliberate effort to expand women’s participation in the Army. The second component of the Army’s process is a gender integration study of “institutional and cultural factors” and seems to be composed of a series of surveys being administered to service members. This is where the Army’s approach becomes even less clear. In October, all infantrymen were asked to complete an online survey regarding their “thoughts” on the possibility of opening the infantry to women. The survey asked infantrymen to agree or disagree with such statements as:
Female soldiers expect special consideration for “female problems.”
Fraternization is unavoidable when a unit includes both male and female soldiers.
My unit’s ability to coordinate effectively to accomplish our goals will decrease with the integration of female infantry soldiers.
I believe that some female soldiers in my unit have or would use pregnancy to avoid deploying.
In your opinion, will most female soldiers be able to perform the following tasks associated with the 11B MOS? (while wearing a minimum of 75 pounds of uniform and individual equipment) Engage targets with a .50-caliber M2 machine gun. Lift 153 pounds and carry 10 meters.'
'Highlighting the need for a culture change, Sen. Kevin de Leόn and Legislative Women’s Caucus chairwoman and vice chairwoman, Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal and Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, announced Senate Bill 967, which will require California colleges and universities to address campus sexual violence by requiring them to adopt consistent victim-centered sexual assault response policies and protocols that follow best practices and professional standards.
Sarah Yang, co-founder and president of the Women’s Health Initiative at UC Davis, said: "In some cases, students do not even know what campus resources exist or where to turn for help. Student activists, like me, can help change the culture on campus, but the schools, themselves, must support student survivors."
SB 967 Legislative Proposal
» Require California colleges and universities, as part of their policy regarding campus sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, to include all of the following:
— An affirmative consent standard in the determination of whether consent was given by a complainant.
— Prohibition on an accused perpetrator using self-intoxication or recklessness as a defense. It would also not be a defense if the accused failed to take reasonable steps to ascertain consent.
— An explicit provision that an individual is unable to give consent for sexual activity if the individual is asleep or unconscious; incapacitated due to drugs and/or alcohol; or unable to communicate due to a mental and/or physical condition.
— A preponderance of the evidence standard in the determination of disciplinary action.'
'Marine Corps Officer Captain Lindsay Rodman is a lawyer for the Pentagon and questions their "2012 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Media" survey saying it is replete with "bad math," according to a Navy Times story.
Capt. Rodman, a Harvard-educated lawyer, penned an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal in 2013 questioning the Pentagon's survey. In her piece, Capt. Rodman said she received an email request to take the online survey, as did most of the other females in her office, but curiously, none of the males did. She said the exact number of male and female respondents to the survey can't be known, but what is known is that only one out of five responded at all.
Even though the Pentagon's official report has the term "sexual assault" in its title, Capt. Rodman said the survey used the wording "unwanted sexual contact" -- which could include touching or attempted touching. She admits that either is wrong, but as a lawyer, she says those things would not fall under the Uniform Code of Military Justice's definition of sexual assault.'
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