What’s Current: New Zealand passes law giving paid leave to victims of domestic violence

  • New Zealand has passed legislation granting women who are victims of domestic violence 10 days of paid leave from work, making them the first country to institute this kind of policy nationwide.
  • In Alberta, two fathers have been charged after sexually abusing their daughters — both girls are under the age of four. The two men have been charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and various child pornography offences.
  • The Red Heart campaign has created the Australian Femicide Map, which records over 1000 murders of women and children, overwhelmingly committed by men.
  • Last weekend, the largest ever gathering of Men’s Rights Activists happened in London. A female journalist managed to get in and report on it.
  • The UK’s highest court has denied Trini Owens a divorce from her husband. The judges unanimously ruled that, without her husband’s agreement, she is not entitled to end what she describes as a joyless, loveless marriage.
Lisa Steacy

Lisa Steacy is an Assistant Editor at Feminist Current. She has a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. However, the women she met in her five years as a frontline worker and collective member with Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter deserve almost all of the credit for her feminist education. She lives in Vancouver with her partner and their cats.