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Rape threats over twitter, and the female pope...

Female campaigners receive rape threats on twitter.

The violent abuse received by female campaigners behind a campaign to have Jane Austen on the new £10 banknote was "shocking", Bank of England governor Mark Carney said.
"It was shocking. It should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I personally have nothing but admiration for Stella Creasy, for Caroline [Criado-Perez], for Mary [Beard] and the other individuals who really brought this issue to the fore, so that we could be as responsive as possible," Carney's comments come after a man was arrested on Wednesday in connection with abuse directed at Labour MP Stella Creasy and campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez on Twitter. The 32-year old man will be questioned at a local police station on suspicion of committing an offence under the Protection from Harassment Act. Criado-Perez previously told HuffPost UK: "For me, the really shocking thing is how this has happened over such a tiny, tiny thing. We asked for there to be a woman on a bank note, how does asking that even annoy someone? Annoy someone so much they send a barrage of rape threats? It's kind of gobsmacking."

In youth clubs this could be a way to introduce the wider violence against women through social media and could link with issues such as sexting, transphobia (Julie Birchill's recent scandal), and cyber bullying. But read on dear reader (always more of a Bronte woman than an Austen women myself!) for more updates from the web....
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Suffragette Legacy - How does the History of Feminism Inspire Current Thinking in Manchester?

Call for Papers for a one day event as part of the Manchester Wonder Women events celebrating International Women’s Day 2014. This one-day conference seeks to bring together academics, artists, politicians and activists to present and speak about how their work is affected by the suffragette legacy of feminism.
Welcoming academic papers, feminist theory, dance, music or other, from any background, but special consideration will be given to anyone who directly engages with the Manchester history of the women’s movement.
Send your proposed paper, project or idea to suffragetteevent@gmail.com by 15th October 2013
at 12pm. We will let you know if you have been successful by 1st November.
Wonder Women: http://www.creativetourist.com/festivals-and-events/wonderwomen/
Blog: http://wonderwomenmcr.blogspot.co.uk/
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CORNER shop chain Londis has apologised after one of its branches advertised Stella Artois as “wife beater” lager.


A poster used the tagline Stella “wife beater” Artois as it promoted a price cut of £5.49 to £4.29 for 4 x 500ml cans.
The lager has been given the nickname due to the perception that it causes violent behaviour.
When bosses at Londis HQ found out they demanded the removal of the poster in Hunstanton, Norfolk, and donated £500 to anti-domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid.
A Londis spokesman said: “An independent retailer who partners with the Londis brand did put up a poster in their store which was ill-humoured and offensive.
“This is not a poster which was created or approved by Londis and it is not condoned in any way. The retailer has removed this poster.
“We apologise unreservedly for any offence this may have caused, particularly to those affected by domestic violence, and we will be making a donation to Women’s Aid as part of our apology.”
Polly Neate, chief executive of Women’s Aid, said: “Domestic violence is no laughing matter — it is an appalling crime which kills two women in England and Wales every week.
“We are pleased that Londis has apologised for this misguided display and hope that in future all retailers remember that domestic violence is not a punchline.”
The franchise holders were not available for comment last night.
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National Youth Theatre - Pope Joan


An upcoming production of Pope Joan will be performed at St James’s Church, Piccadilly and tells the legendary story of the world’s first and only female pope. Controversial, moving and enthralling, audiences can witness an unfolding of unbelievable and prescient events that have profound parallels today.
Playing for a strictly limited season 31 August – 15 September, tickets start from just £12 and can be booked via the National Theatre: here

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)


Following The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) the recommendations from the UN CEDAW Committee to the UK Government on what they need to do to improve women’s rights in the UK are out now, view them here
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