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Women’s Daily Dispatch: The news you need to know on 16/1/18

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Emily Reynolds

As part of our Visible Women initiative, brings you the Women’s Daily Dispatch: your new daily digest of international news relating to women. It’s the good, bad, inspiring and urgent stories you need to know from around the world, all wrapped up in one bitesize piece. 

In today’s WDD, we look at the failings of early-labour medical care in the UK; #MeToo founder Tarana Burke speaks out about privilege; the women who chose to publish the Aziz Ansari story explain their mission; and a Danish inventor is charged with the murder of journalist Kim Wall. 

Why women are being turned away from hospital during childbirth

Women who go into early labour are not receiving sufficient support in the UK 

Childbirth experts are warning that “more investment in early-labour care is needed”, after it was revealed that an increasing number of women are being turned away from hospitals and forced to give birth in dangerous conditions on the street or at home. 

It’s a “symptom of something that affects women in maternity care a lot, which is not being listened to,” Rebecca Schiller, chief executive of the charity Birthrights, told The Guardian. 

 “One of the problems we’re keen to address is changing culture in maternity care, so that women’s perceptions, experiences and information about their own bodies, own pregnancies and own labour is taken seriously,” she continued. 

“It’s something that’s important from a safety point of view. It’s been shown that some women who have had serious problems like stillbirths have reported worries and concerns, turned up to their maternity unit several times and been ignored, and gone to have tragic consequences.”

Read more on the story here

Meet the women that ran the Aziz Ansari allegation

Aziz Ansari has been accused of sexual misconduct

The internet has been rocked by allegations levelled against comedian and writer Aziz Ansari, who a young woman alleges left her feeling “violated” after a date last autumn. 

One of the many questions surrounding the exposé concerns Babe, the website that published the anonymous allegations against Ansari. Who is the website for, and who are the young women who run it?

“A big part of our mission is giving our audience a voice,” says Babe managing editor Eleni Mitzali. “What I find so powerful is that it’s not just girls who have been through something similar — it’s people who have a friend who’s been raped, activists who want to support, lawyers who want to offer their services for next steps.”

Mashable has more on the backstory of Babe. For one writer’s take on the Aziz Ansari scandal, click here

#MeToo founder Tarana Burke speaks out about privilege

#MeToo founder Tarana Burke

#MeToo has had a huge impact – and in this profile piece, journalist Emma Brockes meets Tarana Burke, the woman who founded the hashtag twelve years ago. 

“Inherently, having privilege isn’t bad,” she says, “but it’s how you use it, and you have to use it in service of other people. Now that I have it, I’m trying to use it responsibly,”

“But if it hadn’t come along I would be right here, with my f***ing #MeToo shirt on, doing workshops and going to rape crisis centres. The work is the work.”

Read the full story at The Guardian

Danish inventor charged with murder of Kim Wall

Journalist Kim Wall was murdered in August 2017

Danish inventor Peter Madsen has been charged with the murder of journalist Kim Wall, who died on board his submarine. 

Despite claiming that her death was an accident, Madsen has been charged with “premeditated murder in addition to dismemberment and sexual relations other than intercourse of a particularly dangerous nature”. He could receive a sentence from five years to life if he is found guilty. 

Kim Wall’s journalism featured in TIME magazine, The New York Times and many other prestigious publications. Her mother described her work as giving a voice to “weak, vulnerable and marginalised people”.

“It’s a voice this world needed for years to come, but that has now been silenced,” she said. 

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