Protests and celebrations take place worldwide ahead of International Women’s Day


By Katy Dartford with AP, AFP, EBU  •  Updated: 07/03/2021

Protests and celebrations take place worldwide ahead of International Women’s Day

French women’s rights activists gathered in Paris on Sunday to protest against sexism and sexual violence ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8.

Women’s groups have also called for a “feminist strike” on Monday to advocate for more equality and women’s rights in all parts of life.

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Women’s day: Mexico barrier turned into women’s memorial


A woman stands next to placards with names of women victims of violence as preparations to the Women"s International Day in Mexico City, Mexico, 07 March 2021
Women’s groups have turned the metal fencing into an impromptu memorial for the victims of femicides

Fencing erected to protect Mexico’s National Palace ahead of a planned march to mark International Women’s Day has been turned into a memorial.

The names of hundreds of victims of femicides – murders of women because of their gender – have been painted on the metal fencing.

The three-metre-high (9.8ft) barrier was put up to protect the palace “from vandalism”, the government said.

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Bosnian Anti-Fascists Rally Against Controversial WWII Church Service

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Nedim Derisbegovic / May 16, 2020

Some 5,000 people joined an anti-fascist march in Sarajevo in protest against a Catholic mass to commemorate the killings of Croatian Nazi-allied troops and civilians by the Yugoslav Partisans at the end of World War II.

Police said 5,000 people attended an anti-fascist march in central Sarajevo on Saturday against the holding of a Catholic mass which opponents claim glorifies people involved in crimes committed by Croatia’s WWII-era Nazi-allied Ustasa regime.

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‘Women’s rights are being trampled’

Voices from a protest march in Warsaw over Poland’s near-total abortion ban

By Kuba Kaminski, Antonia Mortensen and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

January 31, 2021

Editor’s note: The people photographed and interviewed by CNN did so on the condition that they are only identified by their first names to preserve their anonymity.Warsaw, Poland — The protesters who marched through the Polish capital’s icy streets on Friday night had a clear message for the government over its imposition this week of a near-total ban on abortions: We will stand up for women’s rights.It was the third day of protests since the ruling came into effect — and marked 100 days of protests since Poland’s constitutional tribunal court first handed down its controversial ruling, sparking weeks of mass demonstrations.Following those protests, the government had signaled it was open to dialogue. But on Wednesday it unexpectedly published the law enforcing the court’s ruling, which states that abortions may only be permitted in cases of rape, incest or when the woman’s life is in danger and bars the termination of pregnancies with fetal defects.

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An open letter with a question to international and domestic institutions whose fight and care for human rights are  the grounds for their existence and work:  

“Since when are morals, ethics and justice, on which the fight for inalienable human rights, especially childrenˈs,  is based, not important to you?”

Why have you turned a deaf ear to the Lawsuit and kept your mouths shut although  the three most recent Popes admitted to almost all the crimes committed by the  Roman Catholic Church?!

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Croatia hit by 6.4 magnitude earthquake, leaving at least 7 dead

By Jan Bantic, Arnaud Siad and Nada Bashir, CNN

Updated 0142 GMT (0942 HKT) December 30, 2020

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Zagreb, Croatia (CNN)At least seven people were killed and dozens were injured after a powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck central Croatia on Tuesday, according to the US Geological Survey and Croatian officials.Emergency crews, assisted by the military, were still digging through the rubble in several towns as night fell and electricity remained out.The quake, which struck just after noon local time about 30 miles southeast of the capital Zagreb, could be felt across the Balkans. It is the largest quake to hit Croatia this year, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.A building destroyed in the earthquake in Petrinja.A building destroyed in the earthquake in Petrinja.Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said the death toll was expected to rise. And he appealed to private citizens not to go to the worst-hit town, Petrinja, which was near the epicenter.”At this moment, we don’t know exactly how many people have died. The latest information before the core cabinet meeting was seven people,” Plenkovic said. “We have some indication that this number may be higher, so we’ll wait and see for the police’s official report.”A girl in the town of Petrinja, a man found inside a collapsed church in the village of Žažina, and five men in the village of Majske Poljane, were among the dead, according to Croatia’s Interior Ministry and local media reports.”We are doing everything we can to help the citizens of Petrinja and surrounding areas in this dramatic and tragic situation,” Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said in a tweet.”The destructive earthquake has taken human lives, destroyed homes, and we deeply sympathise with every person and every family that has been harmed.”

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Instead of feast day and New Year’s greetings

Let’s become aware of them and let’s come closer to them at least for a moment; them who are deprived of their rights, distrained upon, discriminated against, also the so-called different, victims of extremism, aggression, unscrupulousness, intolerance, the so-called coloured, poor, homeless, refugees, hungry, displaced and victims of falsified religious teachings, children and women victims of religious and other types of violence – exploited children and women who live in captivity – as slaves, ill people suffering pain in any degree of intensity!

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In Shift for Church, Pope Francis Voices Support for Same-Sex Civil Unions

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The comments, shown in a new documentary, are the strongest yet from a pontificate that has taken a more tolerant and inclusive tone.

By Jason Horowitz – Published Oct. 21, 2020

Pope Francis arriving for the weekly general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday.
Pope Francis arriving for the weekly general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday.Credit…Angelo Carconi/EPA, via Shutterstock

ROME — Pope Francis expressed support for same-sex civil unions in remarks revealed in a documentary film that premiered on Wednesday, a significant break from his predecessors that staked out new ground for the church in its recognition of gay people.

The remarks, coming from the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, had the potential to shift debates about the legal status of same-sex couples in nations around the globe and unsettle bishops worried that the unions threaten what the church considers traditional marriage — between one man and one woman.

“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered,” Francis said in the documentary, “Francesco,” which debuted at the Rome Film Festival, reiterating his view that gay people are children of God. “I stood up for that.

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You’ll need a strong stomach to digest Revelation’s insights into child sexual abuse in the Catholic church

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ABC’s documentary about a convicted paedophile priest is difficult to watch, but perhaps it’s necessary to bear witness

The inside of Ballarat cathedral.
The inside of Ballarat cathedral. The ABC’s new three-part documentary Revelation sees journalist Sarah Ferguson interview criminal priests and brothers of the Catholic church in Australia. Photograph: ABC TV

Despite an extensive royal commission, scores of criminal trials and excellent books such as Louise Milligan’s Cardinal and David Marr’s The Prince, there are still some unanswered questions about child sexual abuse in the now-tattered narrative of the Catholic church in Australia.

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