Swedish feminists condemn surrogacy

first_imgBioEdge 18 October 2014Swedish feminists have issued a policy paper condemning commercial surrogacy and calling upon their government to ban the practice. The Swedish Women’s Lobby (Sveriges Kvinnolobby) argues that surrogacy is a health risk and violates poor women’s human rights.“Allowing surrogacy is to make use of women’s bodies and reproductive organs for the enjoyment of someone else, to the detriment of the woman herself. We premiere the right to bodily integrity and fundamental human rights over the right to children, which is in fact not a human right, but has been treated as such in the discourse on surrogacy. We renounce the view of a liberal market- approach to surrogacy and the right of the paying buyers which are [privileged] whilst women’s rights are negotiated”“ … we are seeing a trend towards a dismantling of these fundamental rights in favor of the will and want of individuals to become parents in the name of their individual fulfillment. The issue of surrogacy has been treated within the discourse of reproductive rights and the means of childless parents to have a baby, when the human rights perspective is the only plausible in dealing with this issue. We find that the current investigation in Sweden is being issued on the wrong grounds and that the set of voices that are asking for an investigation are lacking a human rights perspective. We therefore call on the Swedish government to forbid surrogacy motherhood.“An end needs to be put to the industry of surrogacy that reduces the female body to a container! Having a feminist approach to surrogacy means rejecting the idea that women can be used as containers and their reproductive capabilities can be bought. The right to bodily integrity is a right which should not be able to be negotiated by any form of contract. No matter the regulation or the nature of the contract, it still remains a trade with women’s bodies and with children. The rights of women and children, not the interest of the buyer, must be the focus of the debate surrounding surrogacy.”http://www.bioedge.org/index.php/bioethics/bioethics_article/11180last_img read more

More gaining courage to express their true selves

first_imgNZ Herald 6 September 2015Whitehead is among a small community that has for years lived in secret and fear, and fought for recognition. But the tide is beginning to turn. Keeping up with the Kardashians‘ star and former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner’s transformation into Caitlyn has been everywhere – the Vanity Fair magazine cover, the I am Cait television series and more. And in a world first, “gender diverse” will now be included as an option for those filling in forms for Statistics New Zealand. It is not without controversy, with claims “gender identity politics” are washing away rational science and the very nature of what makes a man and a woman. But for people like Whitehead the institutional swing is another small victory on the ladder to equality…As a member of Agender New Zealand, the country’s only dedicated transgender advocacy group, she helps fight for trans people less fortunate than her.… New Zealand’s transgender community was identified by the Human Rights Commission as one of the most vulnerable communities in the country after a 2008 inquiry. Human Rights Commissioner Richard Tankersley says the findings of the To Be Who I Am inquiry shed stark light on the experience of transgender Kiwis. “It revealed that this community had considerable difficulty in gaining access to health services, employment opportunities and housing,” he says. He points out that the only doctor in New Zealand who performed sex reassignment surgery has now retired. There are also often difficulties with access to hormone replacement drugs and many GPs are under-informed. Transgender people are also vulnerable at work. Many find it hard to gain employment or experience difficulties with co-workers and bosses. … Young trans people are at particular risk. Toni Duder from Rainbow Youth – an organisation that provides support for young trans and homosexuals – says that statistically, trans youth are more likely to suffer from mental health and addiction issues because of discrimination. “Gender diverse young people are over-represented in negative statistics such as mental health, addiction and suicide,” says Duder. “It’s important to understand these statistics are caused by the discrimination faced by these young people, and has nothing to do with their identities.” Duder says public acceptance would do much to negate the worst affects of discrimination. “We believe that the answer to turning around these issues is complex, but it begins with acceptance from the wider public and unlearning everyday assumptions and attitudes that can have a negative impact on these young people.”The changes sit uncomfortably with some.Family First leader Bob McCoskrie believes that gender identity is ideological, claiming that children are “being indoctrinated with the message that ‘gender refers to how you identify, someone can identify as male, female, in between or neither’.” He believes that “gender identity ideology is founded more on political ideology than in careful science and experience”. McCoskrie says Statistics New Zealand has been “captured by gender identity politics”, and that they should “deal as much as possible in measurable realities – not subjective standards with no measurement”. He also contends that the new classifications may be injudiciously used by people who are confused about their identity. “The guidelines allow for multiple answers. So this year I’m male. Next year I’m female. The following year I’m both. The following year I’m unsure.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11508530last_img read more

Skills Training Program steadfastly training and transforming lives

first_img 55 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Share LocalNews Skills Training Program steadfastly training and transforming lives by: – December 16, 2011center_img Share Sharing is caring! Shara Walsh : “Skills Training Program – steadfastly training people”One young lady who enrolled and recently graduated from the Computer Literacy Module of the Skills Training Program has credited the program as one which is steadfastly training and transforming lives.The program which is organized by the Youth Development Division, held its 38th graduation ceremony of the Skills Training Program on Wednesday at the Arawak House of Culture.This program is designed specifically to assist young people to learn various skills like Computer Literacy, Business Etiquette, Barbering, Auto Mechanics and Hospitality Arts among others.Shara Walsh who is presently on attachment at the National Development Foundation of Dominica told Wednesdays’ graduation ceremony that the program has assisted several young people to become well-rounded individuals.“If I am allowed the opportunity this afternoon my acronym for STP is steadfastly Training People. This institution from what I was told and from what I know has trained many young people in various skills training program and I am a living testimony.”Ms Walsh further stated that the program has transformed many young people into well-rounded individuals.“One may thing that the computer program only taught us how to use computers. Surprisingly the Youth Division did not only enhance our computer skills but it transformed us young people into well-rounded individuals. Hence, a day was set once a week where we were exposed to business skills, family life and awareness, social skills and office etiquette.”Walsh says the family life and awareness course was one of her favorites as it dealt with every aspect of life and the social skills session assisted her to boost her self-esteem as well as develop her inner motivation.Ms. Walsh expressed her indebtedness to the Youth Development Division and the National Development Foundation of Dominica for providing an opportunity for her to develop herself.According to Ms Walsh, she will remain a “proud voice of young people” while at the same time urging others to join the Skills Training Program so that they could also benefit as she did. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

3 drug suspects fall in buy-bust

first_imgAccording to police investigation, the suspects were caught after they sold a sachet of suspected shabu to an undercover officer for P1,000 around 5:30 p.m. on July 29. ILOILO City – Three drug suspects were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Tanque, Roxas City, Capiz. Police identified them as Madelyn Bulay, Cyril Delos Santos and Floresto Dogello – all residents of the village.center_img Detained in the lockup cell of the Roxas City police station, the suspects face charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNlast_img

Dick Advocaat understands why Sunderland owner is hesitant in transfer market

first_img Press Association Advocaat’s frustration eased on Friday as he completed the loan signing of Swedish international midfielder Ola Toivonen from Ligue 1 side Rennes. And despite Advocaat’s desire to further strengthen his squad ahead of the Tuesday deadline, the Dutchman fears he may pay the price for a series of recent failures. Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat says he understands owner Ellis Short’s reluctance to enter the transfer market after receiving scant return on his investment over recent seasons. Advocaat said: “I totally understand because he has spent as much as he did over the last years and has seen nothing back every year, playing for relegation. “For him (Short) it is not a problem to spend money if the player will show a lot to the fans but a lot of players – not one or two or three, much more – he’s still paying for and they’re not here. “That is not good for the club and I can understand a bit of the suspicion.” Advocaat will continue searching for reinforcements but he confirmed a projected loan move for Napoli’s Jonathan de Guzman is definitely off. Toivonen is expected to come straight into the Sunderland squad for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Aston Villa while Jeremain Lens and Billy Jones are also available after sitting out the midweek Capital One Cup win over Exeter. Advocaat cut a happier figure in the wake of his side’s 6-3 win over the League Two Grecians and even insisted he would give his beleaguered defenders the benefit of the doubt after heavily criticising their performance on Tuesday. Advocaat added: “In the last nine games last season the defence was brilliant so they cannot lose that in one or two weeks – they have to get a certain amount of resolve and I’m not that negative. “Everything looks a little bit brighter. I’m very happy with the signing of Toivonen and we’re still working to bring in one or two other players, and we will know that next week.” Toivonen, who has 43 senior caps and nine international goals to his name, previously worked with Advocaat for a season at PSV Eindhoven. The Swede told the club’s official website : ”I worked with Dick Advocaat for one year at PSV and we came along very well, so I’m excited to work together again. ”I already knew Sebastian (Larsson) from the national team and we’ve played together for five or six years, and I also know Jeremain Lens from our two years together at PSV.” last_img read more

Alleged Alabama Cop-Killer in Custody

first_imgOne police officer is dead and two others injured after a shooting late Sunday in an Alabama trailer park.The shooting took place in Auburn after police responded to a domestic disturbance.A manhunt for the alleged gunman, 29-year-old Grady Wayne Wilkes ended shortly after 9:00 EST with the alleged shooter in custody.He was reportedly armed with an AR-15 and wearing body armor and a helmet.Suspected Cop killer caught in Alabama!Stay tuned to #FOX13GMM for more https://t.co/VNBxQerVsy— Valerie (@valonfox) May 20, 2019last_img

Pollard urges Windies batsmen not to surrender six-hitting strength

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – Kieron Pollard said West Indies would continue to work on reducing their dot ball count but stressed that power-hitting would always remain a key element of their arsenal in Twenty20 Internationals.West Indies were once again guilty of failing to rotate strike as they suffered another humbling 3-0 whitewash at the hands of India, after losing the final T20I by seven wickets here Tuesday.They recorded 56 dot balls in their total of 146 for six, slightly less than the 79 they registered in the opener in Florida last Saturday, when they struggled to 95 for nine off their 20 after again batting first.“It’s a work in progress,” Pollard said.“Obviously we can look at that area as one of the areas which we need to improve on, which I totally 100 per cent agree with but then when you look at the boundary count in terms of the other teams I think we’re way ahead.“So sometimes you have to play (to) your strengths and continue doing what you’re strong doing and try to work on your weakness. It was a concerted effort today to try, when we got a boundary to work it around (afterwards) but as I said it’s a work in progress. “It’s not going to happen overnight but you don’t want to take away our natural instincts of hitting the boundaries and clearing the boundaries as well.”Returning to the squad for the first time in nearly a year, Pollard made his presence felt in the series despite West Indies’ poor display, especially with the bat.The 32-year-old struck a run-a-ball 49 in the first match to drag West Indies out of trouble at 33 for five in the sixth over and repeated the effort on Tuesday, striking a top score of 58 – his second T20I half-century but first in seven years – to again rebuild the innings from a difficult position of 14 for three in the fourth over.One of the veteran players in the squad along with off-spinner Sunil Narine, Pollard said it was important he played vital roles for Windies going forward.“The maturity level is there, so sometimes you have to come and show it on the field,” the Trinidadian told reporters.“Coming on to a cricket field you try to give your best all the time. Sometimes it doesn’t work, sometimes you perform (sometimes you don’t) – that doesn’t mean you’re not mature, that doesn’t mean you’re not improving. Sometimes things don’t work out as you planned.“For me personally, it’s just about coming out to get through a game, try to finish a game and hopefully, let the experts who play a lot of cricket in the stands continue to judge.”Pollard was handed a promotion to number four in the series and revelled in the new-found responsibility. Of note was his knock in the first game where he grafted almost throughout, to shepherd the Windies innings.Reflecting on the innings, Pollard said it was critical he adjusted his game to suit the requirements of the team.“Sometimes when your back is against the wall and you have no choice, you’ve got to go forward but that’s what the team required at that point in time,” he explained.“I’ve played all my life and all my cricket, playing for what the teams wants and if my role is to come and do that, I come and try my best to do it. If it’s to come and hit sixes first ball, I’ll do that.“So nothing is going to change – when I step on that cricket field, I’ll give a hundred per cent no matter where in the world I play.”last_img read more

Hazlewood cuts through England as Australia tighten screw

first_imgBy Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood ripped through England with three crucial wickets in the final session to leave Joe Root’s side trailing by 297 runs with five wickets remaining after the third day of the fourth Ashes Test yesterday.England still need 98 runs to avoid following on and that will be no formality after Hazlewood undid so much of the good work from Rory Burns (81) and Joe Root (71) earlier in the day.The pair put on 141 for the third wicket before Hazlewood removed Burns with a fine delivery that was edged to a gleeful Steve Smith at second slip.Burns had looked confident throughout an impressive innings in which he picked up his third score of fifty or over in this series.Hazlewood then made it two wickets in 11 balls when he removed Root, rapping him on the pads with the England skipper’s dejected expression removing any need for a review.Jason Roy, demoted from the opener slot, was joined by Ben Stokes and England badly needed a lengthy partnership from the two stroke-players, but Hazlewood had other ideas.The bowler removed Roy’s middle stump clean out of the ground with another delivery that nipped back off the seam and the jubilant response of the Australians in the field revealed the significance of the wicket.Hazlewood, who had earlier removed nightwatchman Craig Overton, ended the day with figures of 4-48 after bad light cut play short, to the relief of batsmen Stokes and Jonny Bairstow.Heavy rain wiped out the entire morning session at Old Trafford. The five-match series is standing at 1-1.Victory for Australia would ensure they retain The Ashes ahead of the final Test at The Oval next week.AUSTRALIA first innings 497-9 declaredENGLAND first innings (overnight 23-1)R, Burns c Smith b Hazlewood           81            J, Denly c Wade b Cummins               4              C, Overton c Smith b Hazlewood        5              J, Root lbw b Hazlewood     71            J, Roy     b Hazlewood          22            B, Stokes not out                   7               J, Bairstow not out               2                              Extras: (lb-6, nb-2)               8               Total: (5 wickets, 74 overs)    200Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-25, 3-166, 4-175, 5-196.Bowling: M. Starc 11-5-41-0, J. Hazlewood 20-4-48-4, P. Cummins 17-4-37-1, N. Lyon 26-3-68-0.last_img read more

Immanuel Lutheran Students Celebrate 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIt was a day to dress up but not because it’s Halloween; October 31st also has to be the day of Reformation Day of Martin Luther. Students at Immanuel Lutheran traveled back in time all the way to 1517.“It’s been a special deal because of the 500th anniversary since Martin Luther nailed the 95 Thesis to the castle door of Wartburg, Germany,” Pastor Erickson said.Taking part in many stations to help educate the students a little better, teachers created hands on activities for the reformation day fair.“Today they are visiting different figures like Martin Luther, John Tetzel. They played a fish game where they are pretending to get into a fish barrel like the nuns did when they were taken out of the nunnery sneaking out. They are making pretzel, and learning German and coloring different Lutheran seals so it’s been a lot of fun,” Mrs. Alexandra Frisco said.Frisco wanted to make sure that students were well informed about the 500th anniversary.“Sometimes history is one of those things we like to neglect, we kind of put it on the back burner and say it’s not important, it’s in the past but the past is important to know where you came from and learn why we do things the way we do,” she explained.And although today was a learning session, it was also about having some fun.“A lot of them understand what it is, the little ones don’t necessarily understand, but they’re just having fun and anytime you can make their faith more real to them or more fun to them that’s what it’s all about,” Ryan West said.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Shakespeare in the Parking Lot to Offer Cultural, Economic Impact on Downtown AlpenaNext Thunder Bay Theatre Launches Campaign to Remodel Historic Buildinglast_img read more

Premier League to kick off on Sept. 15

first_imgThe 2013-14 Premier League season will kick off on September 15, the Ghana Football Association has announced.Three newly promoted sides – Bechem FC, Inter Allies and Hasaacas – will join the top-flight after sealing qualification for the the 16-team competition as Tema Youth, Berekum Arsenal and Real Tamale United drop to the lower division.Asante Kotoko, who won the league title on the last day of the previous season will be defending their title.The off-season Top-4 Competition, fixed for September 1-11 will herald the start of the Premier League. Kotoko, Berekum Chelsea, Medeama and Dwarfs will compete in the competition.last_img