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Fleeing family violence to another country and taking your child is not ‘abduction’, but...

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The Hague Convention on child abduction was drafted to deal with fathers abducting their children across borders after losing custody, but it’s applied mainly to mothers fleeing domestic violence.  Fiona (not her real name) came to...

Understanding Your Underwear – Why There’s More to it Than You Might Think

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We wear underwear everyday, so it is important that the underwear we choose is comfortable, cost-effective and good for our skin. Many studies have been conducted over the years that demonstrate the impact that...
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Women seeking asylum for family violence don’t have an easy time getting it

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Women fleeing asylum face unique obstacles.  THAI IMMIGRATION BUREAU HANDOUT/EPA Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun’s story has travelled around the world this week, highlighting Saudi Arabia’s repressive treatment of women and that not only those who seek...
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Generation Share: why more older Australians are living in share houses

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Tight finances are the main reason more older Australians, especially women, are living in share houses. belushi/Shutterstock An increasing number of older Australians are living in share housing. A relatively new group to emerge on...
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Groping, grinding, grabbing: new research on nightclubs finds men do it often but know...

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Young Australians use nightclubs as a place to relax and perhaps meet a new sexual partner. Many regard some physical contact during the mating ritual as off limits – but still put...
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After a deadly month for domestic violence, the message doesn’t appear to be getting...

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Australia has launched countless domestic violence campaigns over the years. So, why haven’t they shifted public attitudes on the problem? Joe Castro/AAP On average, at least one woman is killed every week at the hands of a...
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Where Australian states are up to in decriminalising abortion

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Campaigns continue to have abortion decriminalised across Australia. Peter Rae/AAP Abortion is common, safe, and the only criminalised listed medical procedure in Australia due to an archaic, flawed piece of legislation inherited from Victorian England. Despite campaigns to decriminalise abortion,...
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‘Just a piece of meat’: how homeless women have little choice but to use...

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Homeless women are particularly vulnerable to gendered violence. from shutterstock.com Women comprise 42% of Australia’s homeless population. Not only do many women become homeless due to family violence, homelessness can expose them to further gendered violence. Research shows homeless...
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Madonna or whore; frigid or a slut: why women are still bearing the brunt...

Sarah Hanson-Young on David Leyonhjelm: “He is — for lack of a better word … slut-shaming me”. AAP/Lukas Coch Senator David Leyonhjelm’s sexist slur on Senator Sarah Hanson-Young during parliamentary debate raises many issues about how women’s...
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How forced pregnancies and abortions deny women control over their own bodies

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Contraception is sometimes controlled in   abusive relationships. from www.shutterstock.com For most women in Australia, the decision about whether or not to have a baby is a profoundly personal one. But for some, control over...