Crowdsourced Twitter Study Reveals Shocking Scale of Online Abuse Against Women

By Amnesty International ~ Common Dreams ~ Amnesty International released a ground-breaking study into abuse against women on Twitter today, conducted with Element AI, a global artificial intelligence software product company. The findings showed that although the abuse cut across the political spectrum, women of color were much more likely to be impacted, and black women are disproportionately targeted. More than 6,500 volunteers from 150 countries signed up to take part in Troll Patrol,…

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Central American Women Are Fighting Extractive Industries on their Land—and Winning

By Laura Carlsen ~ Common Dreams ~ The battle to stop the spread of extractive industries pits indigenous and peasant communities against powerful business interests, backed up by politicians who encourage the foreign investments that convert millennial ways of life into cash—for them “They’re diverting the rivers that water our food crops into mining, hydroelectric plants and mono-cropping. They break up our communities, and stealing our happiness, because when we…

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California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Landmark Bill Requiring Women On Corporate Boards

By Sebe Hamedy ~ Huffington Post ~ “It’s high time corporate boards include the people who constitute more than half the ‘persons’ in America,” the governor wrote in his signing message. California on Sunday became the first state to require corporate boards of directors to include women. “Given all the special privileges that corporations have enjoyed for so long, it’s high time corporate boards include the people who constitute more…

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It’s Time to Speak About the Economic Cost of Sexual Assault

By Sheetal Dhir ~ Common Dreams ~ The Kavanaugh scandal is an opportunity to finally talk about the economic toll sexual assault takes on our society I recently did a straw poll of the women in my life and realized that I know more survivors of sexual assault than I do mothers. The national statistics are staggering – according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, “one in three women…

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How women in rural India turned courage into capital

By Chetna Gala Sinha ~ TED ~ When bankers refused to serve her neighbors in rural India, Chetna Gala Sinha did the next best thing: she opened a bank of her own, the first ever for and by women in the country. In this inspiring talk, she shares stories of the women who encouraged her and continue to push her to come up with solutions for those denied traditional financial…

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Family Planning Is A Human Right

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage ~ IPS News Agency UNITED NATIONS, Jul 11 2018 (IPS) – It has been five decades since the international community affirmed the right to family planning but women still remain unable to enjoy this right, which is increasingly under attack around the world. For World Population Day, held annually on Jul. 11, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has focused its attention on “Family Planning is a…

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