Some members of the Cyprus Parliament have recently drafted two legislative proposals aiming at affording greater protection to mothers who breastfeed.

The first bill spells out the period during which a mother is legally entitled to take one hour off from work each day to breastfeed her baby, while the second bill explicitly regulates a woman’s right to breastfeed in public.

Saudi women have recently been allowed to work for the Ministry of Justice for the first time in Saudi History.

Those Saudi women who have postgraduate degrees in Sharia, law, sociology and administration specializations can now be hired. Various fields are open for them now. They can be hired as social researchers, religious researchers, legal researcher and administrative assistants. This news is confirmed by Justice Minister Waleed Bin Mohammad Al Samaan.

Responsibilities that would be given to the women will fall under women’s sections in courts and notary public offices.

Soon the ministry will post job positions on its website. Women will be given an opportunity to work in Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah, and Dammam.

Al Samaan said “The Ministry of Justice is keen to open the door to employment for Saudi women because they have an important role in facilitating the provision of services in the judicial and documentation fields. Saudi women have achieved numerous successes in various fields.”

Saudi Arabia is going through a revolution. The country is moving towards modernization and empowerment of women. They have been permitted to drive, allowed in sports stadiums, permitted to participate with men, and now contribute to the society by working alongside men.

This is all part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. The objective here is to increase women participation in the workforce from 22 to 30%.

Generally, people are happy that Saudi women are given a chance to take part in economic activities, as for the conservative figures, they are always there for criticism.

Source: research snippers

Speaker of Namibia’s National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjavivi has pledged to advance the rights of women and girls through monitoring gender mainstreaming legislation passed by parliament.

He additionally promised to advocate new laws meant to further address the plight of women and girls and render his full support to the SADC-PF project on sexual reproductive health rights and HIV and AIDS for members of parliament, currently underway until 2018.


Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, says the current government is committed to increasing female representation in politics and is formulating required laws and enacting them to increase the number of women in local governments.

Speaking at a function held Tuesday to launch the program “Eyata Balayak – Ratata Venasak” to raise awareness about women’s representation at the Local Government Election, the President said the lack of female representation in politics is a critical concern.

“Though the women’s representation in the government service is at a proper level it is a critical issue that there is a shortage of their representation in political and constitutional sectors,” he said.

The President, pointing out the many problems faced by women and how they cope with them, said the current government fully acknowledges the importance of women’s representation.

Noting that women’s representation in the developed countries is at the same level to that of men or even above, President Sirisena said women’s representation is of paramount importance in fulfilling the objectives of political parties, in order to develop a healthy nation.

President Sirisena introduced the theme badge of the program and opened a Facebook page on it.

The report on the awareness programs carried out island-wide and the list of signatories was presented to the President by Minister Faizer Mustafa at this occasion.

Ministers Chandrani Bandara, Thalatha Athukorala, Deputy Minister Ministers Anoma Gamage and the State Minister Sudarshini Fernandopulle and the Chief Minister Isura Devapriya, Ambassadors and Foreign Diplomats were among those participated in this occasion.

Source: Colombo page

In a first for the Israel Air Force, a female pilot has been appointed deputy commander of a combat squadron by the head of the IAF, Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin.

The officer, “Capt. Y,” an F-15 navigator, will serve in the Spearhead Squadron, which flies F-15 fighter jets out of Tel Nof Airbase in central Israel.

Currently serving in an operational capacity at IAF Headquarters, she will be promoted to the rank of Major in the summer and return to the skies.

Capt. Y (her full name not disclosed for security reasons), is 27 years old and is from Tel Aviv. She is married to another IAF pilot and her grandfather, Maj. Shimon Ash served as a reserve pilot in a Skyhawk Squadron at Tel Nof Airbase during the Yom Kippur War. His plane crashed some 10 kilometers east of the Suez Canal, north of the Ismailia-Tasa road. While the remains of the plane were later found, his body has never been recovered.

Two other female officers were appointed by Norkin recently to serve as deputy commanders of a squadron of drones out of Palmachim Airbase.

With more women enlisting in combat positions in the IDF, women have also reached senior positions in the IAF as well.

A senior IAF officer recently told The Jerusalem Post that he believed a female IAF squadron commander was not far off.

In 2014, a woman was named deputy commander of an operational squadron, serving as second-in-command of the Nachshon Squadron at the Nevatim Airbase in the southern part of the country. While women have served as deputy commanders of support squadrons, the promotion of “Maj. Gal” (name not disclosed) made her the highest ranking woman in the IAF until now.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

Female veterans from the Vietnam War got recognized Tuesday for their service.

About 70 women gathered at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ honor annex in Kansas City and thanked for what they have done.

“Particularly with my era, so many Vietnam vets were being picked on. When I got out, I never made any kind of a big deal whatsoever about being a woman veteran,” said Teresa Curl, who served as an Army medic during the Vietnam War.

Curl has spent more than five decades serving and volunteering in any way she could to support our armed forces. Her dedication was recognized Tuesday as she was presented with a Quilt of Valor.

There was also a special pinning ceremony for each and every one of these women.

Triumphant may be the best way to describe the mood in the room. All the women cheered each other on as they finally got the recognition they deserve.

“There have been times that I want to say “And the women! Don’t forget us! We served right along with them,” said Deborah Grassi, and Air Force veteran.

“I appreciate the fact that they are recognizing all the other ladies that have served, are serving and will continue to serve. Because let’s face it, we ladies can get out there and kick some when we have to,” Curl said.

Last week, President Donald Trump declared this entire month should be dedicated to veterans, not just Veterans Day. The Kansas City VA is doing some sort of celebration every day in November.

Source: KCTV


THE Irish Government has paid out €30,000 to a woman who had to travel to Britain for an abortion after a fatal foetal abnormality diagnosis.

Siobhan Whelan was refused a medical abortion despite learning that her unborn son had holoprosencephaly – a congenial brain disorder.

The Wexford woman, who was told her child would likely die in utero or soon after birth, was forced to travel to Britain for a termination in 2010.

Following the procedure in Liverpool, Ms. Whelan brought a complaint against the Irish State to the UN Human Rights Committee, who concluded that her human rights had been violated.

The Committee said that the Irishwoman had been treated in a “cruel, inhuman and degrading” manner.

Today, the Irish Government confirmed it paid Ms. Whelan a sum – understood to be €30,000 (£26,500) – following the UN’s decision in June.

In a statement, Ms. Whelan said: “The human rights committee’s decision this year on my complaint, in which it recognised the human rights violations I faced, was immensely important for me.

“I am very glad the Government has now taken steps to acknowledge the committee’s decision by providing reparations to me and I am grateful for this recognition.

“However, for me, the most important aspect of the Government’s obligation is to ensure law reform so that other women no longer have to suffer in this way.

“This is why I took my complaint to the human rights committee and I hope it will not be long before our laws are changed so that women like me can be given the best possible care at home.”

This was the second time in a year that the Irish State has compensated a woman refused an abortion.

Another woman, Amanda Mellet, was also given €30,000 in December 2016 after the UN Human Rights Committee ruled in her favour.

Ms. Mellet was forced to travel to England for an abortion in 2012 after her unborn child was diagnosed with Edwards’ syndrome with congenital heart defects – with little to no chance of life outside the womb.                                                                                       

Source: The Irish Post