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

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

  • 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

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.

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  • Em Dee

    New Zealand is probably the first country to even talk about something like that, let alone pass legislation on it. We all need more shelters and more options for single-childless women as well. Or men could just stop…I’m so cynical now-a-days even when I hear good news I can’t help but neg-out.

  • Jani

    That’s the advice that was given at my women’s self defence class many years ago.

  • acommentator

    I have strong doubts about that advice (which I admit it standard accepted wisdom). If a guy is so intent on harming you that he would use the knife rather than back off, he is capable of doing serious harm to you without it. At least with a knife, or a gun, you have some kind of chance.

  • Meghan Murphy

    This is true. Disturbing, but true.

  • Tobysgirl

    This is absolutely true of knives, and why it’s better to defend yourself with a gun, a taser, pepper spray, etc. That said, there is a big HOWEVER. You must ask yourself if you would actually use said gun, taser, etc. If you do arm yourself and you are about to be attacked, you cannot hesitate, you cannot waffle, you must respond and respond quickly. I thought about getting a handgun years ago and was given this advice, which I think is excellent.

  • Why do you think that 90 days is too much? Do you think is it likely to hurt the employer? Personally I don’t think it’s a great issue for employers.

  • FierceMild

    Take a knife fighting class if you want to carry a knife. Personally I would recommend you don’t carry a knife (in most US states a woman is likely to be successfully prosecuted for self defense with a weapon) and instead take Aikido.