Exactly 100 years ago Polish women gained the legal right to vote! On 11 November 1918, after more than 123 years of partitions and foreign rule, the Polish people regained independence and formed the recreated Polish state. On 28 November 1918, not long after forming the first legal structure of the reborn country, Poland passed an electoral law allowing women to vote and to hold public office. Polish women were among the first in Europe to gain these rights.The first independent elections to the Legislative Sejm (the temporary parliament between 1919-1922) were held at the beginning of 1919, and the first women were elected were Zofia Sokolnicka, Irena Kosmowska, Franciszka Wilczkowiakowa, Zofia Moraczewska, Maria Moczydłowska, Gabriela Balicka-Iwanowska, Jadwiga Dziubińska, and Anna Piasecka. Those eight female MPs made up around 2% of the newly formed Sejm.The Polish Senate was (re)created in 1922. Those elections allowed four women to hold the position of senator (out of … [Read more...] about 100 remarkable women from Polish history to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage
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'My goal is to try and produce more things that people can read easily and understand ... if we don't know the language, if we can't speak it, then who are we?' BelfastTelegraph.co.uk When she was a child, Cheyenne Vachon's grandfather asked her to fetch water. She continued to play, bouncing a ball up and down on a paddle. By the time she got around to doing the chore, her grandfather had already got the water himself. "He said, 'Sit down, I'm going to tell you a story'. And I said, 'Oh god, not again'." https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/my-goal-is-to-try-and-produce-more-things-that-people-can-read-easily-and-understand-if-we-dont-know-the-language-if-we-cant-speak-it-then-who-are-we-37525600.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/article37525945.ece/191c1/AUTOCROP/h342/PANews%20BT_P-49a833ac-4327-43d5-a32a-a8adcc383374_I1.jpg Email When she was a child, Cheyenne Vachon's grandfather asked her to fetch water. She continued to play, bouncing a … [Read more...] about ‘My goal is to try and produce more things that people can read easily and understand … if we don’t know the language, if we can’t speak it, then who are we?’
Matthew Parris 10 November 2018 9:00 AM 10 November 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Reader, may I call you John? Now imagine, John, that you are my employer and I know (or claim) that you made an inappropriate sexual advance towards me in the workplace. So I approach you. ‘John,’ I say, ‘you groped me in the lift. Give me £5,000 or I’ll make this public.’ That is blackmail. It’s blackmail whether or not the allegation is true. You can go straight to the police and I will very likely be charged with a serious criminal offence. Now imagine a different scene. You, John, aware that I have been saying this about you, approach me first. ‘Matthew,’ you say, ‘I know what you’re saying about me. I deny the allegation of course, but I undertake to give you £5,000 if you do not proceed against me, and undertake never to disclose your allegation. Just sign here.’ You … [Read more...] about Is there a moral difference between an NDA and blackmail?
When she was a child, Cheyenne Vachon’s grandfather asked her to fetch water. She continued to play, bouncing a ball up and down on a paddle. By the time she got around to doing the chore, her grandfather had already got the water himself. “He said, ‘Sit down, I’m going to tell you a story.’ And I said, ‘Oh god, not again.’” The story was about a family of Naskapis, the indigenous Canadian First Nation that Ms Vachon’s mother belonged to, in the bush in the days when they were still nomadic. A hunter was about to return with his catch and there was excitement in the air at the prospect of days of hunger coming to an end. The boys set about chopping wood and the women got ready to prepare the caribou. But the young girl of the family did not fetch water for cooking the meat and making broth for the babies and sick elders, as she was supposed to. By the time the rest of the family realised, it was too late. As a result, the young … [Read more...] about Life in the frozen north: Native Canadians fight history, and each other, to save their language
Tom Heneghan Religion News Service Published 7:53 p.m. UTC Aug 3, 2018 PARIS – Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, head of the Roman Catholic Church from 2005 to 2013, is being accused of fostering anti-Semitism after publishing a controversial essay in a German-language theological journal. Both Jewish and Catholic leaders say that the retired pontiff’s essay on Jewish-Catholic relations suggests he harbors anti-Semitic views despite his visits to synagogues and cordial relations with Jews during his papacy. Articles both criticizing and defending the essay have appeared in German, Austrian and Swiss media in recent weeks. The central point of debate is Benedict’s denial the Catholic Church ever adopted “supersessionism,” the theological belief that God’s covenant through Christ replaced the covenant God made with the Jewish people, and his insistence at the same time that the Christian lens for reading the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) is … [Read more...] about Retired Pope Benedict accused of anti-Semitism after article on Christians and Jews