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Victim Blaming in Harassment Cases Rampant in Australia: Study
There were high levels of victim blaming when Australians were told about cases of girls and women who experienced disrespectful and aggressive behavior from their male peers, finds a study quoted by The Guardian Nov. 24. The study, which will be released by the Australian government on Nov. 25, said there was strong support for ending extreme violence against women but that people still “automatically question the role of the female before rebuking the behavior described.”
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Saudi Arabia Allows Women to Take ‘Dangerous’ Jobs
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has dropped a clause in its labor law that prevented women from doing “hazardous or dangerous” jobs,” CNBC reported Nov. 23. The report said Saudi Arabia made the move following pressure from the International Labor Organization, citing conflicts in its requirements for equal opportunities. There was no mention of which jobs would soon be open to women.
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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to Take 2 Months Paternity Leave
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that he will be taking two months of paternity leave after the birth of his daughter with wife Priscilla Chan, BBC reported Nov. 21. The tech giant allows its US employees to take up to four months of paid parental leave which can be used one time or throughout the child’s first year. “Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families,” Zuckerberg said in a statement.
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Women's Global News Presence Stuck at Less Than 25% 
Progress towards equality of men and women in the news media has virtually ground to a halt according to a global media monitoring project published Nov. 23. The report found women only 24 per cent of the persons heard, read about or seen in newspaper, television and radio news, exactly the same level found in the 2010 report. Only a slightly higher percentage were detected in digital news. 
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Homicides of Transgender Women in the U.S. on the Rise
The number of transgender women who have become homicide victims in the United States is rising at an alarming rate, CBS News reported Nov. 22. Citing data from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, the report said at least 22 transgender women have so far been killed this year compared to 12 in 2014 and 13 in 2013. The coalition said this is the highest since advocacy groups began such tallies a decade ago. 
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Female Muslims Targeted in Recent U.K. Hate Crimes
Most victims of the recent hate crimes in the United Kingdom are Muslim girls and women aged 14 to 45, The Independent reported Nov. 22. Quoting a government working group report, it said the spike in Islamophobic hate crime of more than 300 percent happened after the November 13 terrorist attacks in France. Of the victims, 34 were women wearing hijab while eight involved young children.
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Women Usually Sidelined in Economic Commentary: Study
A big percentage of newspaper articles on the economy have a male bias in that men are quoted or referenced more than women, finds a study published by the Fawcett Society Nov. 23. The report said over 80 percent of quotes or references in the 611 articles studied were from or to men.
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CNN Airs Sexual Assault Documentary Despite Legal Threats
CNN aired Kirby Dick’s documentary “The Hunting Ground” on Nov. 22 despite legal threats from a lawyer for Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, Deadline reported. In the documentary, Erica Kinsman accused Winston of rape during the football player’s Heisman Trophy season. The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last January, also tackles the stories of other victims of sexual assault.
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Paris Female Suicide Bomber's ID Confirmed
Fingerprints taken from the remains of a woman who authorities say blew herself up during a police raid in Paris Wednesday confirmed the woman was a cousin of the purported ringleader of last week’s Paris attacks, ABC News reported Nov. 20. Twenty-six-year-old Hasna Ait Boulahcen was said to be formerly deep into alcohol, drugs and sex, but recently found religion in the radical Islam of ISIS. She is the first female suicide bomber to strike in Western Europe, according to analysts, Newsweek reported Nov. 18. A U.K.-based security counsultancy Risk Advisory Group's "terrorism tracker" revealed that there have been no female suicide attacks in Western Europe since it began recording in January 2007. Female suicide bombers have a long history and have attacked in Lebanon, the Palestinian territories and Israel, Nigeria, Russia, Sri Lanka, India and other countries.
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'Scandal' Stokes Controversy With Abortion Storyline
The Nov. 19 episode of ABC’s TV show "Scandal" featured a scene during which it was implied that Olivia Pope, played by actress Kerry Washington, received an abortion, Time reported. The moment followed a segment that showed Republican Sen. Mellie Grant, Bellamy Young’s character, conducting a filibuster to prevent Planned Parenthood defunding. Planned Parenthood issued a statement applauding showrunner Shonda Rhimes’ narrative decisions: “Tonight, the millions of people who tune into 'Scandal' every Thursday night learned that our rights to reproductive health care are under attack. Never one to shy away from critical issues, Shonda Rhimes used her platform to tell the world that if Planned Parenthood lost funding for contraception counseling, STI testing, cancer screenings, and safe, legal abortion — millions of people would suffer. And this episode wasn’t the first time one of Rhimes’ characters had an abortion, yet tonight we saw one of our favorite characters make the deeply personal decision that one in three women have made in their lifetime..."
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Plan to Axe Feminism from A-Level Politics in U.K. Triggers Protest
A move by the U.K. government to drop feminism from the A-level politics syllabus has triggered outrage among campaigners and students, The Guardian reported Nov. 20. The section on feminism in a revised version of the course put to consultation by the Department for Education has been removed, along with the topics of sex/gender, gender equality and patriarchy. Furthermore, only one woman, Mary Wollstonecraft, appears in a list of seven political thinkers in the draft. The open consultation on the proposal for the AS and A-level syllabus will run to Dec. 15 and campaigners and students are urging the public to oppose them.
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Bon-Ton Settles Domestic Violence Discrimination Complaint
The New York Attorney General's Office has reached an agreement with Bon-Ton storesafter an employee says she was discriminated against on the job because she was a victim of domestic violence, WKBW reported Nov. 19. Jodi Porter says her employer, Bon-Ton at the Eastern Hills Mall in Buffalo, New York, said she could not return to work after she told them her husband had threatened her. The company has agreed to modify its policy to reflect that domestic violence victims are a protected class under New York State Human Rights Law.
Related story: Study: Domestic Violence Takes a Heavy Toll 

Spotify Enacts Paid Parental Leave Policy
The digital music service Spotify has enacted a generous paid parental leave policy, according to a Nov. 19 press statement. Spotify employees will now be offered up to six months' paid parental leave. Organizations have praised the announcement, including the economic security nonprofit, Make it Work.
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Houses Passes Bill to Tighten Screening of Syrian and Iraqi Refugees Depsite Objections
The House passed legislation to sharply tighten the screening of refugees from Syria and Iraq into the United States, the Washington Post reported Nov. 19. President Barack Obama threatened to veto the plan and the White House has said the bill would not improve U.S. security following the Nov. 13 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant attacks on Paris. The National Domestic Workers Alliance urged Americans to call Congress to voice their support for Syrian refugees. 
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