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FEMINIST NEWS ROUNDUP- AUGUST!!

The mighty Lee Lin Chin, sartorial hero and quick-witted, much-loved SBS newsreader, reads her last bulletin as fans in Federation Square and across the country gather to bid her farewell. “I have not retired, simply resigned. Retirement is death,” a post on her Twitter account this week read.

Read more here.


Health Minister Greg Hunt launches the National Action Plan for Endometriosis, which seeks to reduce the delay in diagnosis, boost public awareness, and educate teachers, doctors and employers about the crippling disease- and $4.5 million in funding. Endometriosis is a condition where cells similar to those that line the uterus grow in other parts of the body, in some cases strangling and gluing together other organs, causing excruciating pain and mental anguish. 


It’s discovered that the forced sterilisation of women and girls with disabilities in Australia is an ongoing practice as the UN releases its report on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, noting its concern that the practice has continued. But the true extent of the practice is not known, according to WWDA, largely thanks to the lack of uniform or robust data. 


A new picture from the next film in the Terminator series emerges, featuring what appears to be three female leads. The internet has a tantrum. 


Peter Noble, the director of the popular music festival, Bluesfest, is criticized for a lack of gender diversity on the 2019 lineup by activist group, LISTEN. He responds by calling LISTEN “SJWs” and “Nazis” and compares the group’s comments to “Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton’s rants against the Melbourne Sudanese population.” Well, that blew up quickly. 


NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern returns to work whilst her husband, Clarke Gayford as primary carer of their newborn. Ardern is the first elected world leader to take maternity leave and only the second – after Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto 28 years ago – to have a child while in office.


BBC History magazine compiles a list of “100 women who changed the world.” It’s topped by scientist Marie Curie. Check it out here.


The Argentine Senate votes down a bill that would have legalized abortion, despite House support and a large feminist mobilization on behalf of the bill.

It proposed to change Argentina’s criminal code, under which abortion is illegal except when the life of the mother is endangered, or if the pregnancy comes from a rape or an attack committed on a mentally impaired woman. Not the last we’ve heard of this though, we think.


In more news regarding NZ politicians kicking butt, here’s Aotearoa’s Minister for Women cycling to the hospital to give birth! 


At home, the Australian Senate swears in its first female Muslim politician and the 100th woman in the role, The Greens’ Mehreen Faruqi. Great article about it here. 


The French Tennis Federation tells Serena Williams that her lifesaving compression catsuit isn’t acceptable matchwear, so she responds by donning a tutu.


 

Hack report on the women behind Nsawya FM, meaning Feminist FM in English, who have been broadcasting in secret from an undisclosed location in the Gulf Kingdom. Calling itself the “voice of the silent majority,” the station covers women’s issues and topics like domestic violence. 


The 26th Ernie Awards is held, which acknowledges sexist comments made by public figures throughout the year. Amongst the dubious winners were Don Burke, Barnaby Joyce and Cricket Australia. Check out the list here