Two huge events are taking place this weekend – one much more fun that the other.

Helping take our minds off the elections this weekend is all that is kitsch – the Eurovision Song Contest -  currently taking place in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Yemen is Vice President of Executive Board of UN Women 2019 despite being world's worst ranked country on human rights

“Electing Yemen to protect women’s rights is like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief,” human rights watchdog UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer said. He was referring to the election of Yemen to the vice presidency of the executive board of the United Nations gender equality and women’s empowerment agency, UN Women, for 2019, despite its appalling and brutal history of its treatment of women. 

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Using MDMA to treat mental illness, PTSD

MDMA or ecstasy, as it is more commonly known, frequently appears in the news after its misuse at a rave or music festival. But if administered properly and therapeutically, it can act as a lifesaver for people suffering from stress or other mental afflictions.

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Helping save the planet – The Bowerbird Project and Village in a Box

On Wednesday, Qantas successfully flew its first “zero waste” flight between Sydney and Adelaide. This is a huge deal, given the amount of plastic waste piling up in landfill and plaguing our oceans.

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Brunei “backs down” after backlash

The Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, says his country will extend its moratorium on the death penalty to include newly enacted Sharia laws punishing homosexual acts and adultery with death by stoning, in an apparent response to weeks of criticism and a high-profile boycott by celebrities including George Clooney, Ellen DeGeneres and Elton John, as well as a number of multinational corporations.

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“No physical contact” rules in the workplace – handshakes also may be banned

What do you think? Is this going too far? Or is it better and safer all round?

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“Menstrual surveillance” – the exploitation of fem-tech

A disturbing story has come to light this week this week concerning corporate data mining of digital technology designed to monitor female health. It’s the stuff straight out of an Orwellian dystopia or totalitarian nightmare, so you’d better check your apps, because they could be working against you in the workplace.

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Justice for Nusrat - Teenager in Bangladesh burned alive for reporting sexual harassment to police

Protesters took to the streets last week in Bangladesh's capital to demand justice for a 19-year-old woman who died after being set on fire for refusing to drop sexual harassment charges against her Islamic school's principal, the ABC has reported.

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Is autism in females being overlooked?

Current figures are suggesting a huge gender disparity in the prevalence of autism with some studies even placing the rate of autism at 16:1 with the far higher rate presenting itself in males.

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“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.”

Today is the birthday anniversary of English novelist Charlotte Bronte, most famous for her novel Jane Eyre – one of the finest pieces of literature of the Victorian era.

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