News That Matters

Tag: Women’s

Rights group: More than 300 detained at Minsk women’s march

Rights group: More than 300 detained at Minsk women’s march

World
Police in the capital of Belarus have cracked down sharply on a women's protest march demanding the authoritarian president's resignationBy YURAS KARMANAU Associated PressSeptember 19, 2020, 8:07 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleKYIV, Ukraine -- Police in the capital of Belarus cracked down sharply Saturday on a women’s protest march demanding the authoritarian president’s resignation, arresting more than 300 including an elderly woman who has become a symbol of the six weeks of protest that have roiled the country.More than 2,000 women took part in the march in Minsk. Such anti-government marches have become a regular feature of the unprecedented wave of large, persistent protests that began after the Aug. 9 presidential election. Officials said President A
Women’s Prize for Fiction: Maggie O’Farrell wins for Hamnet, about Shakespeare’s son

Women’s Prize for Fiction: Maggie O’Farrell wins for Hamnet, about Shakespeare’s son

Entertainment
Author Maggie O'Farrell has won this year's Women's Prize for Fiction for Hamnet, a novel inspired by and named after William Shakespeare's only son.The Northern Irish writer beat Hilary Mantel, Bernardine Evaristo and three other authors to the £30,000 prize.Hamnet is a fictionalised account of the life of the Bard's son, who died in 1596 when he was just 11.Chair of judges Martha Lane Fox praised the book for expressing "something profound about the human experience".She said: "The euphoria of being in the same room for the final judging meeting was quickly eclipsed by the excitement we all feel about this exceptional winner."O'Farrell is the 25th recipient of the prize, which was first presented as the Orange Prize for Fiction
Lives ruined as damage viewed as ‘women’s problems’

Lives ruined as damage viewed as ‘women’s problems’

Health
Many lives have been ruined because officials failed to hear the concerns of women given drugs and procedures that caused them or their babies considerable harm, says a review.More than 700 women and their families shared "harrowing" details about vaginal mesh, pregnancy test Primodos and epilepsy drug sodium valproate.Too often worries and complaints were dismissed as "women's problems". It said arrogant attitudes left women traumatised, intimidated and confused. The patients who fought for answers 'No-one believed my pain' Review chair Baroness Julia Cumberlege said she was shocked by the "sheer scale" and "intensity of suffering".She said: "I have conducted many reviews and inquiries over the years, but I have never encounter...
Women’s soccer, return of U.S. team sports highlight weekend schedule

Women’s soccer, return of U.S. team sports highlight weekend schedule

Sports
June 26 (UPI) -- Team sports in the United States return Saturday with the National Women's Soccer League Challenge Cup in Utah. Other leagues, like the PGA Tour, UFC, NASCAR and European soccer also pack the weekend sports slate. Several notable United States Women's National Team players have opted to sit out of the June 27 to July 26 tournament, due to positive COVID-19 tests or as a precaution from the pandemic, but many U.S. and international stars will take the field. Advertisement NWSL Challenge Cup soccer Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath, Megan Rapinoe, Christen Press and Carli Lloyd are the most-notable names omitted from rosters for the NWSL Challenge Cup, which marks the return of the league from a COVID-19 suspension. U.S. women's stars Crystal Dunn, Samantha Mewis, Abby Dahlkemper, ...
Firm defends algorithm that ‘spots women’s orgasms’

Firm defends algorithm that ‘spots women’s orgasms’

Technology
A firm that claimed to have built an algorithm to identify women's orgasms has defended itself after ridicule on social media. Cyprus-based Relida Limited said its algorithm could "validate" female orgasms 86% of the time.Slides from a presentation it produced were posted on Twitter and were retweeted thousands of times.The company said it had wanted to help developers test sex tech products and that its work had been "twisted".The presentation was posted on Twitter by Stu Nugent, brand manager at the sex toy label Lelo, after he was sent the pitch.The slides, seen by the BBC, say that "there is no reliable way to be sure a woman has an orgasm". They list statistics about women who have faked climaxes.Relida said its idea was still in development and the...