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feminist news round-up 28.07.13

Image via Mary Evans Picture Library

Image via Mary Evans Picture Library

Swinburne Uni offers paid leave to victims of domestic violence

The Government has congratulated Swinburne University and the National Tertiary Education Union for their recent agreement which gives staff suffering from domestic violence five extra days of leave a year. As reported in The Australian newspaper, the five days’ paid leave could be used to attend medical appointments, legal proceedings or to seek new accommodation.


Jane Austen to appear on 10 pound note

Acclaimed novelist Jane Austen will become the third woman to appear on a British bank-note when she replaces Charles Darwin in 2016. It is a somewhat lateral move for those who feel women are underrepresented on the currency, as Elizabeth Fry will be replaced by Winston Churchill on the five pound note.


Inquiry finds NSW can legalise same-sex marriage

NSW could become the first Australian state to legalise same-sex marriage after the inquiry found the state has the power to introduce its own law. The Same Sex Marriage Bill will be introduced into the Upper House of the NSW parliament in the next session. A conscience vote is expected by the end of the year.


Also in the news:

Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines gets ‘feminist’ version

Taller women face higher cancer risk

Kate’s post-baby belly a ‘feminist choice’


On Lip this week:

Millions at risk of Female Genital Mutilation

Russia’s LGBT crisis worsens

ADFA moves to help victims of abuse


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