Category: Women

The First Person Convicted Under Belgium’s Sexual Harassment Law Could Face Jail Time

Stopped for violating highway code, a man ended up with a conviction for a different crime when he called a female police officer a “dirty whore” and told her that her job did not suit women. The first person to be convicted under the sexism law that was enacted in Belgium in 2014, he faces a €3,000 ($3,725) fine for his comment. He didn’t show up in court for the hearing, and if he fails to pay the fine, faces up to one month in jail. The #MeToo and #ImWithHer movements have brought to light just how entrenched and...

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Fur Free Fashion is Major Trend at New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion week showcases the hottest designers and the latest trends of the season.  This year, animal welfare was in the spotlight as A-list names are finally ditching cruel fur and leather. Fall collections have traditionally relied heavily on leathers and furs, and while some designers stuck to the archaic tradition, some of the biggest names in fashion have discontinued animal products in their new lines. Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Botegga Veneta are among the biggest names to take a firm stance against the use of furs in their new looks.  This year’s event also marked the...

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A Woman Director Speaks Out about Harassment in the Animal Rights Movement

As women from all over the globe, from Hollywood actresses to businesswomen, are starting to speak up about the sexual harassment and abuse they’ve been subjected to for years, the #metoo movement is continuing to shine a light on gender discrimination throughout all career paths and industries. Unfortunately, the animal rights and welfare movement is not immune to these very same problems, as discussed in a statement released by Compassion Over Killing (COK) Executive Director Erica Meier this week. According to Meier, although the overwhelming majority of people working within this industry are women, most leadership positions are still held by...

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96-Year-Old Grandma Goes Vegan to Save the Animals

Although veganism’s recent surge has mainly affected a younger population, people of all ages are adopting the lifestyle — including Anne Fraser, a woman who became vegan just three weeks before her 96th birthday. An advocate for peace and love, and a yoga teacher at her local community center, Anne realized after watching the documentary What the Health? that she could do more to make the world a better place. “I’ve always ended all my classes with the meta prayer, ‘May all beings be happy and free’ and after becoming vegan, and learning how inhumane and cruel our animal...

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To the Rescue: Zimbabwe’s All-Female Anti-Poaching Unit

The International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting endangered wildlife species across the world, has recently launched a new program with a special name: Akashinga. Akashinga, meaning “brave ones,” is a revolutionary project designed to provide disadvantaged women in Zimbabwe with meaningful employment as wildlife rangers and managers. The women in the program come from checkered backgrounds: some once gained income through trophy hunting, and many more are either orphans or widows, victims of violence or unemployed wives of imprisoned poachers.   Now, IAPF is providing these women and their communities with an alternative to killing —...

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Olympic Medalist Dotsie Bausch Wants Papa John’s Pizza to Offer Vegan Cheese

With plant-based versions of fast-food classics hitting menus of international chains like McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, the cruelty-free lifestyle is clearly making an impact around the globe. Now, Dotsie Bausch, Olympic silver medalist and vegan, is asking Papa John’s to join in. Partnering with animal advocacy organization Compassion Over Killing, Bausch recently sent a letter to Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter requesting the chain offer dairy-free cheese. In her letter, she writes, “Everyone, hungry athletes included, craves a slice of cheesy, gooey pizza from time to time. But I — along with millions of other Americans — fuel my body...

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Bias Against Girls Begins as Young as 4th Grade, Says New Survey

On October 11 of this year, the world celebrated the international Day of the Girl. This holiday was officially declared on October 11, 2011, when the United Nations launched its mission to “help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” Throughout history, girls and women have experienced oppression and inequality, and although in recent decades significant improvements have been made in how we perceive and receive the concept of independent womanhood, the stereotypical expectations of the female continue in the minds of youth and...

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Human Trafficking is On the Rise – And Could be Happening In Your Neighborhood

Human trafficking (read: modern-day slavery) is happening. People are being bought and sold into the commercial sex trade. Others are being forced to provide labor against their will. And it’s happening in America. Worse, it’s on the rise. From 2015 to 2016, reported human trafficking cases rose by over 35 percent, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. The number of victims and survivors jumped from 5,544 to 7,572. Nearly one-fifth of reported cases came from California, while Texas had the second most reported cases. No one should be considered property. No one should be forced, coerced, or fraudulently pressed into work...

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