“Measles is an illness that can kill, or leave patients with permanent complications including severe brain damage, and the only protection is two doses of the MMR vaccination.”… Read the rest
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Labour is prepared to destroy the hopes of all those who want to use the freedom of the web to argue and publish without fear of disproportionate punishment.… Read the rest
Enda Kenny apologized on Tuesday for the “national shame” of forcing thousands of women to work without pay at the Catholic Church’s notorious Magdalene Laundries.… Read the rest
Now it’s time to grant them compensation.… Read the rest
The Palestinian blogger and atheist is now in Paris, and is organising a Council of Ex-Muslims of France with the help of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.… Read the rest
While the conclusions are unsurprising to anyone who plays games online, the study provides evidence that women get disproportionate amount of verbal abuse.… Read the rest
The Senate voted 78-22 to reauthorize the 20 year old act that has shielded millions of women from abuse and helped reduce national rates of domestic violence.… Read the rest
Rights activists believe the state may be behind the organised and coordinated attacks which are aimed at silencing women and excluding them from public spaces.… Read the rest
The reporter talks to Debbie Ariyo about the sources of witch-hunts against children.… Read the rest
Finding ways for girls to integrate interests in science and shopping doesn’t work if girls think this is the only way to engage with it.… Read the rest
On Thursday, a mullah bashed the polio vaccination campaign, saying that new cases of polio were caused by contaminated medicine.… Read the rest
Before she died, Anene Booysen, 17, identified her former boyfriend as one of her attackers.… Read the rest
“Witnessing the FGM-associated complications that many were suffering caused me to speak out against it in public in 1976 which at that time shocked my family and my people.”… Read the rest
A group under the name of “Muslim Patrol” post YouTube videos showing them harassing people who they think are not conforming to sharia.… Read the rest
A group calling itself the Muslim Patrol posted a video showing a gang hurling abuse at a gay man and described white women as “naked animals with no self–respect.”… Read the rest
“It was both very funny and also chilling, showing that, in fact, the class system was very active.”… Read the rest
Sandwich shop chain Pret A Manger has withdrawn a new “Virgin Mary” brand of crisps following religious complaints.… Read the rest
They face a similarly vocal pro-choice movement, reinvigorated by the death of Savita Halappanavar.… Read the rest
Catholics for Choice president Jon O’Brien said that providing such exemptions gives “carte blanche” to “religious extremists” to “trump the rights of others.”… Read the rest