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Defendants in rape cases are to be granted anonymity in an unexpected move that women's groups immediately branded an insult.
A crackdown on cut-price alcohol was the second surprise commitment from David Cameron and Nick Clegg in a 34-page programme for government published yesterday.
The proposal provoked anger among campaigners. Ruth Hall, of Women Against Rape, said that the decision was an insult and a backlash against the rising number of rape reports. "More attention needs to be paid to the 94 per cent of reported cases that do not end in conviction rather than the few that are false," she said. "If men accused of rape got special rights to anonymity, it would reinforce the misconception that lots of women who report rape are lying. False rape allegations are extremely rare but receive disproportionate publicity."
I do not quite understand what the naming of defendants achieves. If it is a 'name and shame' idea, or in other words, a form of punishment. Surely that is not justice, as legally there is no decision of guilt until the judge decides. If there is some other reason why disclosing the defendant's identity is before guilt is pronounced, then please do enlighten me, as I genuinely can't think of one.
Young mothers are turning their backs on high-powered careers to raise their children, a study has found.
Their mothers, or even grandmothers, lived through a time when women fought for full-time work and better pay.
But today's generation is returning to the traditional values of home and family - and looking to men to be the breadwinners.
A woman who made a false rape allegation that led to an innocent man being arrested has been jailed.
Rosanne England, 21, cut and then tore her underwear and scratched her own face before telling police a masked stranger had entered her house.
Derek Cummings, 59, who had never met England, was arrested because he fitted the description and had no alibi.
England, of Holbury near Southampton, admitted perverting the course of justice and was jailed for 18 months.
Mr Cummings said he still had trouble from people close to where he lives in Fawley, Hampshire, who wrongly believe "there is no smoke without fire" and he cannot go into certain pubs.
"My family has been through hell," he said.
A businessman is suing British Airways over a policy that bans male passengers from sitting next to children they don't know - even if the child's parents are on the same flight.
Mirko Fischer has accused the airline of branding all men as potential sex offenders and says innocent travellers are being publicly humiliated.
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She said: 'We tend to think of children's TV shows as neutral and safe, but they still carry messages.
'Eventually these children will attain full political citizenship, and the opinions and world outlook they develop now, partially influencedby shows like Thomas, are part of that process.'
The action plan - called Violence Against Women and Girls - has been drawn up by Home Secretary Alan Johnson, Schools Secretary Ed Balls and Commons leader Harriet Harman. It is intended to be in place by 2011.
The Women and Equality Minister was told she must no longer use a single figure to describe the complex differences in the earnings of men and women.
Instead she will have to give three measures - among them one which shows that far from earning less than men, women in part-time jobs are actually paid more on average than their male counterparts.
The ruling from the Office for National Statistics is the culmination of a running row between Labour's deputy leader and Whitehall watchdogs, who called her use of figures on the gender pay gap 'misleading'.
David Cameron provoked a furious row with Tory backbenchers and grassroots members yesterday after reversing his party's opposition to all-women shortlists in a bid to boost the number of female Conservative MPs.
....she had just been told that a woman she had placed with a top FTSE company had taken a year's maternity leave, come back, begged for a promotion (telling the HR department threateningly that she didn't want to be ruled out just because she had a small child), got the promotion and two months into her new job announced she was pregnant again and would be taking another year off. The HR department boss was unhappy but could do nothing. The woman was within her legal rights.
There are 5m small businesses in the UK employing about 12m workers, so what they think matters.
there are now 172,925 female undergraduates and only 141,643 male ones.
She says the costs of taking on temporary staff through an agency while a woman is off on maternity leave are prohibitive (sometimes doubling the rate paid per hour), but if she gives a new person a contract, this brings its own problems: "If they are good you have to send them packing when the mother comes back; and when women do come back they can ask to work flexibly and that's a nightmare as I need full-time. I'm not a child hater, the law has gone too far."
My temper is ridiculously bad,' the 23-year-old told Rolling Stone magazine.
'I've had to say to Brian, "You have to go and stop talking to me, because I'm going to kill you. I'm going to stab you with something, please leave".
Fox, who was recently branded 'dumb as a rock' by crew members from Transformers, said that she has such a fierce temper she could never own a gun as she could turn it on her on-again, off-again boyfriend.
'I'd never own a gun for that reason. I wouldn't shoot to kill. But I would shoot him in the leg, for sure,' she said.
A spokesman for the Government Equalities Office said: 'This was an oversight. We have now taken the necessary steps to amend and update this document, which will be posted on our website shortly.'
But friends of Lady Thatcher accused Miss Harman, an ardent feminist, of rewriting history to suit her own agenda.
Tory MP Nadine Dorries said: 'It is sour grapes I'm afraid, and fairly indicative of the type of politics that characterises old Labour.'
He has had no kind of contact with his son in almost 9 years. Yes he does pay child support but not on his own. It had to be court order because he didn't want to pay. He also owes about $2700.00 in back support. Can I revok his rights as a father. My son will be 11 years old in Decamber and he has come to me and told me he doesn't want to even have his last name let alone see him. What can I do. Please help.
A United Nations panel has urged Japan to take stronger measures to eliminate gender inequality.
The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women said the country's efforts were "insufficient".
It pointed to unequal laws on marriage, the treatment of women in the labour market and the low representation of women on elected bodies.
Pupils as young as five will be taught about the evils of 'wife beating' and the need to form healthy relationships.
The lessons are part of a controversial drive, unveiled today, to reduce violence against women and young girls.
They will include teaching boys that they must not beat their partners or any other female.