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Women confront Harvey Weinstein at New York event

Women confront Harvey Weinstein at New York event

Entertainment
Several women were booed or asked to leave as they confronted Harvey Weinstein at an event in New York on Wednesday.The movie mogul was in the audience at a showcase for emerging talent when comedian Kelly Bachman criticised him on stage.Weinstein has been accused of several counts of sexual assault, which he denies.Bachman referred to him as "the elephant in the room" and "Freddy Krueger" as she spoke at the event.His representative said the behaviour of the women was "rude" and "uncalled for"."I didn't know we had to bring our own Mace and rape whistles to Actor's Hour," Bachman is seen saying in video footage posted on Instagram.She was booed and told to be quiet by members of the audience, to which she replied: "Sorry, that killed at group therapy for...
Miscarriages: Calls for better care for women in Wales

Miscarriages: Calls for better care for women in Wales

Health
There are calls for better support for women who have multiple miscarriages.Jessica Evans, who has lost six babies, had to seek specialist care in England and is calling on the Welsh Government to action recommendations from a report.They include two miscarriage clinics and a time limit on health boards to ensuring care in early pregnancy units is in line with guidelines.The Welsh Government said work was under way at some health boards.Charlotte Byrne, who lost four pregnancies, added that a miscarriage should be treated as an emergency as it can involve severe bleeding.According to the charity Tommy's, one in four women will experience a miscarriage and 40% of those will experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.Recommendations...
Angelina: Strong women ‘learn from men around them’

Angelina: Strong women ‘learn from men around them’

Entertainment
Angelina Jolie has championed the role men can play in shaping the personalities of young girls.The actress, who stars in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, also said female characters in films should not have to be portrayed as physically tough in order to be considered strong."I think that, so often, when a story's told which says 'this is a strong woman', she has to beat the man, or she has to be like the man, or she has to somehow not need the man," Jolie told journalists at the film's launch.Referring to her own character in the film and Princess Aurora, played by Elle Fanning, Jolie said: "We both very much need and love and learn from the men. "And so I think that's also an important message for young girls, to find their own p...

Report reveals widespread abuse of women during childbirth

Health
A new report says more than one-third of women in four low-income countries in Africa and Asia were slapped, mocked, forcibly treated or otherwise abused during childbirth in health centers and suggests that such mistreatment occurs worldwide. The study published Wednesday in The Lancet medical journal says women in Nigeria, Myanmar, Ghana and Guinea also experienced high rates of cesarean sections and surgical cuts to the vagina, or episiotomies, without their consent — and often without a painkiller. "Mistreatment during childbirth can amount to a violation of human rights, and could be a powerful disincentive from seeking facility-based maternity care," the study said in a discussion of similar research. The new study led by the World Health Organization followed more than 2,000 women
Defeat for women in state pension age challenge

Defeat for women in state pension age challenge

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device Campaigners have lost a significant legal battle against the government's handling of the rise in women's state pension age.The retirement age for women rose from 60 to 65, in line with men, and will go up to 66 by 2020, and to 67 by 2028.Women born in the 1950s claim the rise is unfair because they were not given enough time to make adjustments to cope with years without a state pension.They argued the changes were discrimination, but judges disagreed. The fight over women's state pensions State pension age to rise to 68 In a summary of the court's decision, the judges said: "There was no direct discrimination on grounds of sex, because this legislation does not treat women less favourably than men...