Strong but silent: ‘Game of Thrones’ women drowned out by men

By Sonia Elks LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – “Game of Thrones” may have been lauded for strong female characters but men still took the limelight with about three quarters of speaking time, according to a new analysis of the blockbuster television series. Men spoke roughly three times as much as their female equivalents – and they dominated the final season most of all, according to … Continue reading Strong but silent: ‘Game of Thrones’ women drowned out by men

Women’s rights under attack in Europe, say feminist parties

Parties in the group Feminists United Network Europe demanded free, safe and legal abortions for all women in the European Union amid fears of a clampdown from a resurgent far right By Sonia Elks LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Women’s rights are under attack in Europe, a group of feminist political parties warned on Monday, demanding decriminalisation of abortion across the EU ahead of elections … Continue reading Women’s rights under attack in Europe, say feminist parties

Swedish prosecutor asks court to detain Assange in absentia

By Helena Soderpalm STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – The Swedish prosecutor heading an investigation into a rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange filed a request with a local court on Monday for him to be detained in absentia. If granted, the court order would be the first step in a process to have Assange extradited from Britain, where he is serving a 50-week sentence for skipping … Continue reading Swedish prosecutor asks court to detain Assange in absentia

Alabama Senate effects sweeping ban on abortions, including rape cases, incest

(Reuters) – Alabama’s state Senate passed a bill on Tuesday to outlaw nearly all abortions, creating exceptions only to protect the mother’s health, as part of a multistate effort to have the U.S. Supreme Court reconsider a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion. The country’s strictest abortion bill was previously approved by the Alabama House of Representatives and will now go to Republican Governor Kay … Continue reading Alabama Senate effects sweeping ban on abortions, including rape cases, incest

Swedish lawyer urges prosecutor to move quickly in Assange investigation

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – A lawyer representing the victim in a rape investigation involving WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange on Monday urged Swedish prosecutors to move quickly with their inquiries with a statute of limitations looming next year. Swedish Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson said earlier on Monday she would reopen a rape investigation involving Assange. “She is going to be forced to take steps quickly to … Continue reading Swedish lawyer urges prosecutor to move quickly in Assange investigation

Runaway Saudi sisters leave Georgia to start new life

TBILISI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Two runaway Saudi sisters who won global attention for fleeing to Georgia and pleading online for protection said on Tuesday they were preparing to start new lives in a country where their family could not find them. Maha, 28, and Wafa al-Subaie, 25, started an online campaign to find a safe haven in April after arriving in Georgia to escape … Continue reading Runaway Saudi sisters leave Georgia to start new life

‘Black magic’ nurse guilty in landmark British slavery case

“Iyamu exploited five vulnerable women by promising them a better life in Europe. Instead she treated the women like property” By Umberto Bacchi LONDON – A nurse known as “Madame Sandra” was found guilty on Thursday of submitting five Nigerians to black magic rituals then forcing them into European sex work in a landmark British slavery case. A jury at Birmingham Crown Court in central … Continue reading ‘Black magic’ nurse guilty in landmark British slavery case

Sweden outlaws sex without consent as Europe pushes to tighten rape laws

By Meka Beresford LONDON, May 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Sweden on Wednesday outlawed sex not based on mutual consent, with campaigners hoping other European countries would also toughen up rape legislation after the #MeToo anti-harassment campaign. With the new law, Sweden will join a small number of countries, including Britain and Canada, where the lack of consent in sex, even without violence, is enough … Continue reading Sweden outlaws sex without consent as Europe pushes to tighten rape laws

Protesters galvanized by #MeToo movement helped pile pressure to convict Cosby

By David DeKok NORRISTOWN, Pa.- As Bill Cosby approached a Pennsylvania courthouse for the beginning of his retrial on charges of drugging and sexually assaulting a one-time friend, a bare-breasted protester ran toward him shouting: “Women’s lives matter.” Later, when testimony began, a woman who says Cosby accosted her when she was 17 looked directly at him from the witness stand and blurted out: “You … Continue reading Protesters galvanized by #MeToo movement helped pile pressure to convict Cosby

Explainer – Swedish Academy to reform after controversy postpones Nobel prize

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – The Swedish Academy which decides the Nobel Prize for Literature said it would not make an award in 2018 and instead focus on internal reforms to restore its reputation in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment and information leaks. The scandals have threatened to undermine the credibility of the award and attracted unprecedented scrutiny of the Academy, a highly secretive body … Continue reading Explainer – Swedish Academy to reform after controversy postpones Nobel prize