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The Little Sisters of the Poor Just Beat the Obama Administration at the Supreme Court

Last edited 17th May 2016

While the consensus view seems to be that the Supreme Court “punted” today by sending the Little Sisters of the Poor case back to the lower courts, I must respectfully dissent. Although the Court didn’t rule on the merits of the case, the Little Sisters won a significant victory — one that is likely (though not yet certain) to persist through the next administration.

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Pope to Create Commission to Study Possibility of Female Deacons

Last edited 12th May 2016

The Pontiff indicated he would create such a commission during a meeting at the Vatican yesterday with some 900 leaders of the world’s congregations of women religious, who asked him during a question-and-answer session why the Church excludes women from serving as deacons.

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Sydney Women Join in Solidarity for the World's Most Marginalised

Last edited 11th May 2016

In the month that heralds mothers in Australia, up to 300 women recently joined in Sydney for the Women for the World event in solidarity and to raise funds for women living in poverty globally.

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Where Have All the Beautiful Women Gone?

Last edited 26th April 2016

If you're a single man, I know you want to marry someone who's beautiful, and there's nothing wrong with that. But as you interact with single women, just remember the old proverb, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."Stop. Did you catch that? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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Female Chief in Malawi Breaks up 850 Child Marriages and Sends Girls Back to School

Last edited 12th April 2016

Theresa Kachindamoto, the senior chief in the Dedza District of Central Malawi, wields power over close to 900,000 people… and she’s not afraid to use her authority to help the women and girls in her district. In the past three years, she has annulled more than 850 child marriages, sent hundreds of young women back to school to continue their education, and made strides to abolish cleansing rituals that require girls as young as seven to go to sexual initiation camps. With more than half of Malawi’s girls married before the age of 18, according to a 2012 United Nations survey — and a consistently low ranking on the human development index, Kachindamoto’s no-nonsense attitude and effective measures have made her a vital ally in the fight for women’s and children’s rights.

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Triple talaq: India's Muslim Women Fight Against Instant Divorce

Last edited 11th April 2016

India is perhaps the only country in the world where a Muslim man can divorce his wife in a matter of minutes by just uttering the word talaq (divorce) three times. But this controversial practice of "triple talaq" is now facing a stiff challenge - the Supreme Court is considering whether to declare it unconstitutional, writes the BBC's Geeta Pandey in Delhi.

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Madonna: Turning her Back on the Cause of Women

Last edited 30th March 2016

Madonna has been hailed for ‘her interpretations of feminine power, gender relations, sexuality and cultural identity. She has been described as a “threat to the status quo”.’

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A Novel Idea for International Women’s Day

Last edited 8th March 2016

International Women’s Day has brought the usual hand-wringing over gender pay-gaps and glass ceilings. On the other hand there are acknowledgements that "progress for women" is not just about their participation in paid work but social recognition of the unpaid and undervalued work put into raising children and other care.

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Honouring Missionary Women on International Women’s Day

Last edited 7th March 2016

On International Women’s Day, Catholic Mission is celebrating the missionary women that continue to have a profound impact on the lives of millions, both here in Australia and overseas.

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A Woman of Real Worth: The Intellectual Life

Last edited 10th December 2015

Be a Woman of Real Worth I take heart from other Catholic women like Servant of God Elisabeth Leseur, a quote of hers pasted on the wall of my office:

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