Women's rights and Feminism

French feminists debate response to #metoo

Submitted by SJW on 16 January, 2018 - 7:25 Author: Sarah Chiche for initial article. Response from the undersigned

Published by Solidarity for interest and information

It all started with a pretty stunning discussion with a publisher about a text that I had written, which is being published.

During this discussion, she said to me that these days it would be very unfashionable to speak so candidly about sexuality and love. And she followed this up by saying that, what’s more, a novel like The Sexual Life of Catherine M by Catherine Millet would almost certainly never get published.

Deeper questions behind the Worboys case Matthew Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:25

The news that the so-called “black cab rapist” John Worboys is to be released after just under 10 years in jail has put the criminal justice system and the way it deals with rape cases under scrutiny.

Worboys was convicted of one count of rape, five of sexual assault, and 10 of drugging. However police believe as many as 100 women may have been assaulted by Worboys. 85 women contacted police after Worboys’ conviction but no further charges were brought against him.

Socialist feminism without the socialism

Submitted by Matthew on 13 December, 2017 - 11:18 Author: Cathy Nugent
Womens power emblem

The setting up of a socialist feminist network/website should have been worth investigating.

But a look at its contents indicates that the network/website has been set up purely to voice concerns over forthcoming possible amendments to the Gender Recognition Act (GRA), specifically that transgender people will be able to register a change of gender by self-declaration.

Haggling over the price of life

Submitted by Matthew on 6 December, 2017 - 10:30 Author: Janine Booth

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has approved two new medications which will help women with advanced breast cancer.

Ribociclib and palbociclib have been welcomed as “breakthrough”medicines which can prolong life and give women more time without chemotherapy. Both are suitable for post-menopausal women with hormone-receptor-positive (HR+/HER2-) breast cancer which is locally advanced or is spreading. Both are taken as a daily tablet, and are used in conjunction with an aromatase inhibitor such as Letrozole.

Cuts could devastate domestic violence refuge service

Submitted by Matthew on 6 December, 2017 - 9:26 Author: Ruth Willis
Sisters Uncut protest

According to Women’s Aid there were over twenty thousand referrals to refuge services in 2015-16. Of these, a quarter were turned down due to lack of space. The actual numbers of people accessing all domestic violence services is much higher. The figures are staggering.

Unions must tackle sexual harassment

Submitted by cathy n on 24 November, 2017 - 10:37 Author: By Rhodri Evans

Unions need to establish effective policies and procedures on sexual harassment at work, in the first place to respond to the growing demand from women workers as the ripples spread out from the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and also to avoid being bypassed by employers.

Five migrant workers won a court case for sexual harassment and discrimination on 10 November against one of France’s largest cleaning companies.

Tubeworker: organise against sexual harassment

Submitted by cathy n on 24 November, 2017 - 10:31 Author: Tubeworker

This month’s edition of Workers’ Liberty’s bulletin Tubeworker has a front page about organising against sexual harassment at work.

Tubeworker says “Sexual harassment happens when power hierarchies in the workplace mix with the power imbalance between men and women in society. Men often have power over women at work. MPs and celebrities have recently been exposed for using their power and influence to act inappropriately to subordinates.

Unions must fight for robust rules

Submitted by Matthew on 8 November, 2017 - 9:31
Unions must fight for robust rules

Editorial from Solidarity 453

The public scandal which has erupted in the wake of reports of historical and current sexual assaults in Hollywood, and now the UK Parliament, has brought to light a day-to-day reality. The #metoo campaign was “successful” because it touched on a truth. Almost every woman has experienced some form of sexual assault or harassment.

The public conversation in wake of the reports and allegations is welcome and important.