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Women's Liberation

Rape case shows sexism ingrained in the police force

17 March 2009
The recent revelation that a London taxi driver drugged, abused and raped tens of female passengers has rightly shocked many people.

Three generations of women celebrate the gains in the fight for liberation

03 March 2009
Women around the world will be celebrating the gains that they have fought for and won on International Women’s Day this Sunday 8 March.

Women are not to blame for children’s unhappiness

03 February 2009
The Good Childhood Inquiry report commissioned by the Children’s Society tries to explain why children in Britain are the unhappiest in the developed world.

New lapdancing laws - a step in the right direction

15 December 2008
Recent changes in the licensing laws for lap dancing clubs should be welcomed, albeit cautiously. The clubs have been reclassified as "sex encounter establishments" and can no longer pretend to be simply a cafe or a restaurant.

Abortion Rights AGM: Pro-choice demos build campaign

09 December 2008
Around 90 delegates attended the annual general meeting of Abortion Rights in London on Saturday of last week.

Anger as government blocks pro-choice amendments

28 October 2008
Women in Britain had a chance to win improved abortion rights for the first time in 18 years last week. But the plans were disgracefully scuppered by a diktat from New Labour that blocked MPs from even debating the measures.

Government blocks improvements in abortion rights

22 October 2008
The Labour government has disgracefully blocked attempts to improve abortion law in Britain for the first time in 40 years.

Stop attacks on our abortion rights

14 October 2008
Abortion rights are under attack again – and we have less than a week to mobilise to defend them.

Urgent campaign being built to defend and extend abortion rights

08 October 2008
Abortion rights campaigners are mobilising to stop the continuing attacks on a woman’s right to choose in Britain. They are also fighting to get those rights extended.

Time to step up the campaign for abortion rights

30 September 2008
There is a renewed attack on abortion rights in Britain. Anti-abortionists are still trying to hijack the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill by tabling amendments attacking a woman’s right to choose.

Institutional failure over rape compensation

12 August 2008
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) has been reducing the amount of compensation it gives to rape victims by up to 25 percent if it judges that the woman was drunk when she was raped.

Commons vote on abortion delayed

16 July 2008
New Labour has announced that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, due to be debated and voted on in the Commons this week, will be delayed until the autumn.

Abortion: a chance to improve women’s rights

08 July 2008
After successfully beating back a parliamentary attack on abortion rights in May, activists now have a chance to improve abortion law.

We can extend abortion rights

17 June 2008
We finally have an opportunity to extend abortion rights in Britain. Amendments have been put to the government’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill that seek to increase access to abortion services.

Ford machinists’ strike, 1968: an inspiring demand for women’s rights

03 June 2008
Some 850 women sewing-machinsts at Ford Dagenham in east London struck against sex discrimination in their job grading on 7 June 1968.

Equal pay: the fight 40 years on

03 June 2008
Forty years ago this week a strike for better pay by women machinists at Ford’s Dagenham plant began. Their fight thrust women’s demands for equal pay with men to the centre stage.

Embryology bill vote defeats threat to women’s rights

27 May 2008
Pro-choice activists won a significant victory on Tuesday last week when amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill that sought to lower the legal time limit for abortion were defeated.

How union-sponsored MPs betrayed their backers in abortion vote

27 May 2008
Three senior cabinet ministers – Ruth Kelly, Des Browne and Paul Murphy – voted to cut the time limit for legal abortions to just 12 weeks, the lowest limit stipulated in any amendment tabled last week. All three are sponsored by trade unions that are affiliated to the Abortion Rights campaign.

Attack on abortion rights pushed back

21 May 2008
Attempts to limit women’s access to abortion were defeated on Tuesday evening. Anti-abortionists had tried to hijack the government’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill by putting various amendments that would restrict a woman’s right to choose – including cutting the current 24-week time limit to between 12 and 22 weeks and forcing pregnant women to undergo compulsory counselling.

Abortion is a political issue, not a moral one

20 May 2008
Thanks to Gordon Brown’s pandering to the bigots inside his own cabinet, Labour MPs had a free vote on anti-abortion amendments put to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill in parliament this week.

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