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Feminist News Roundup- May 2018

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the organisation that does the Oscars) voted to expel convicted predators Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski, following the forced exit of disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.

Sydney Writers Festival provides some more watershed moments for the #MeToo movement, as writer Junot Diaz is confronted during a panel by an alleged abuse victim- the woman was joined by several others in regards to his misconduct. He subsequently withdraws from the festival. One lively Q&A session was punctuated by some pertinent questions by Eva Cox as well as some loud interruptions by a male audience member. Get the downlow here.

The Australian Federal Budget is announced, and while there are some improvements in superannuation and benefits for middle to high income earners, there’s not much good news for women on welfare, workplace participation rates or childcare, but this might improve when Parliament sits in September. 

There was also a fairly angry response to the lack of domestic violence prevention funding. 

Over in the UK, a local Labour party has suspended a man who previously made it onto the list of candidates for women's officer because he "identifies as a woman on Wednesdays", under their "self-id" rules. Waste of space and everyone’s time, David Lewis, a Labour activist, tells the Spectator he identifies as a woman "on Wednesdays, between 6.50am when my alarm goes off and around midnight when I go to bed." Roll your eyes over here.

YWCA Australia’s Scheme of Arrangement is approved by the Federal Court in Victoria.

This historic day marked the final step in the YWCA Australia amalgamation, and the first step towards becoming the leading national feminist organisation in Australia.

Disgraced Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein is charged with rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for alleged incidents involving two separate women.  

Ireland votes to change abortion laws. The Eighth Amendment was added to the Constitution of the Republic of Ireland in 1983, equating the right to life of a pregnant woman with that of her fetus, thereby nearly criminalizing abortion. It outlawed almost all abortion — even in cases of rape, incest, fatal fetal abnormality and risk to the woman's health. The Eighth Amendment was repealed in a landslide. Read more here.

Mia Amor Mottley is elected as Barbados’ Prime Minister- and just happens to be the country's first woman in the role. She’s roundly congratulated by ex-pat pop star Rihanna.

Saudi prince and de facto ruler of the absolute monarchy Mohammed bin Salman, touts the “progress” the kingdom is making in the area of “women’s rights.” Despite this, at least seven major women’s rights advocates — Eman al-Nafjan, Loujain al-Hathloul, Aziz al-Yousef, Aisha al-Manea, Madiha Al-Ajroush, Walaa Al-Shubbar and Hasah Al-Sheikh — have been detained by Saudi authorities and, according to at least one report, may face the death penalty.