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Digest Gender and Media from 10th to 20th August 2015 PDF Print


TV presenter Alexander Gordon loses lawsuit against feminist expert and opens himself up to accusations of misogynistic extremism

TV presenter Alexander Gordon loses lawsuit against feminist expert and opens himself up to accusations of misogynistic extremismAlexander Gordon, presenter of the TV show “Male/Female” on Channel One, has lost his lawsuit against human women rights activist Aliona Popova, reports Ridus, an Agency for Civic Journalism.[1]

Gordon tried to sue Popova for publishing details of an incident from the TV show on her Facebook page. On the show in question, Gordon blamed domestic violence on the victim who had been invited onto the show to tell her story.  Popova protested and Gordon dismissed them both as ‘fools’.

Popova claimed she was going to bring Gordon to justice, but he responded in the media that she should prove in court that she was not a fool. In addition, he took legal action to claim 800 thousand rubles from Popova as compensation for defamation of character. However, his action failed.

Meanwhile Aliona Popova and the lawyer Oksana Mihkalkina have applied to the institute of criminal proceedings to prosecute him for misogynistic extremism and for hate speech against women (defined as a social group) under the law against extremism.

This is the first case wherein women’s human rights activists have tried to bring a male chauvinist to justice as an extremist.

 

 Allowances for employed insured parents in the Russian Federation in 2015

Allowances for employed insured parents in the Russian Federation in 2015

The monthly allowance for childcare is calculated from the average earnings of the insured person (mother, father, or other relative responsible for caring for the child). It has a base limit, which in 2015 is no less than 2718.34 rubles to provide for the first child and no less than 5436.67 rubles to provide for the second and subsequent children, reports the statistics Centre for Social and Labor Rights. [2]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


[1] Ридус, Гордон проиграл в суде феминисткам и может пойти по 282 статье   http://www.ridus.ru/news/194664

[2] Центр социально-трудовых прав, Пособия для работающих (застрахованных) родителей http://trudprava.ru/base/child/477

 
Digest «Gender and Media» from 1st to 10th August 2015 PDF Print


The founder of project “Children-404” for LGBT teenagers is fined for second time under law against “homosexual propaganda”

The founder of project “Children-404” for LGBT teenagers is fined for second time under law against “homosexual propaganda”

Elena Klimova, the founder of project “Children-404” for LGBT teenagers, was fined under the law against “homosexual propaganda.”  The Court of Nizhnij Tagil sentenced her to pay 50 thousand rubles for the second time in six months, reports NEWSru.com[1]

In January 2015 Elena Klimova was initially fined the above amount, but in March a higher court overturned the decision. The case was then referred again to the magistrate's court for reconsideration, only this time with a different judge.

 

Court releases woman convicted of the murder of her abusive husband

Court releases woman convicted of the murder of her abusive husbandMuscovite Tatiana Kulakova was sentenced to four years in a penal colony for the murder of her husband who tried to kill her in her flat. There were two young children with her (one was in a pram). The day before her husband had been released from a police office where he had been detained for domestic violence for one night.

For this crime Kulakova was sentenced under the Criminal Code for "deliberate infliction of grievous bodily harm resulting in death”. Later, due to the efforts of civil activists, the court reduced her offence to "Deliberate causing of serious harm to health, committed in excess of the necessary amount required for defence" and she was sentenced to 11 months in a penal colony. Finally she was released early as the result of an amnesty.[2]

 

69 countries confirm their participation in the Eurasian Women's Forum in St. Petersburg

Representatives from 69 countries have confirmed their participation in the Eurasian Women’s Forum in St. Petersburg in September 2015, reports Parliament Newspaper[3].

The forum is organized by the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the Interparliamentary Assembly of States - members of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The organizing committee has sent out more than 500 invitations to representatives from different countries, and therefore the number of foreign participants should increase further.



[1] NEWSru.com, Создателя проекта "Дети-404" снова оштрафовали на 50 тысяч рублей за «пропаганду гомосексуализма» http://www.newsru.com/russia/28jul2015/deti404.html

[2] РИА ФАН, Суд освободил москвичку, осужденную за убийство избивавшего ее мужа http://riafan.ru/366194-sud-osvobodil-moskvichku-osuzhdennuyu-za-ubiystvo-izbivavshego-ee-muzha/

[3] Парламентская газета, Участие в Евразийском женском форуме подтвердили представители 69 стран http://www.pnp.ru/news/detail/92295

 
Digest «Gender and Media» from 21st to 31st July 2015 PDF Print


State Duma proposes the penalization of brothel clientele

State Duma proposes the penalization of brothel clientele

Oleg Mikheev, a member of the Russian Parliament from the Just Russia party has proposed an amendment concerning the penalization of the clients of prostitutes in the Code of Administrative Offences.

 

Depending on marital status there could be a fine from one point five to two thousand rubles for unmarried individuals and a fine of five thousand rubles or up to forty hours community service for those who are married[1], reports RIA News.

 

 

List of issues in relation to the eighth periodic report of the Russian Federation

The Russian Federation is a member of CEDAW – the main document approving women’s rights as human rights. The Russian Government must pass reports to the CEDAW Committee every four years.

The Russian Government presented the List of issues in relation to the eighth periodic report of the Russian Federation to the CEDAW Committee. The Report will be considered in November 2015, reports the website of the Consortium of Women’s Nongovernmental Associations.[2]

See more at: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CEDAW/Shared%20Documents/RUS/CEDAW_C_RUS_Q_8_Add-1_20572_R.pdf

 

Ella Polyakova, head of human rights organisation Soldiers’ Mothers, wins the Hessian Peace Prize

Ella Polyakova, head of human rights organisation Soldiers’ Mothers, wins the Hessian Peace Prize Ella Polyakova, head of the human rights organisation “Soldiers’ Mothers” has won the Hessian Peace Prize, reports the “Soldiers’ Mothers” website[3].

The Hessian Peace Prize was established in 1993 and is awarded by the German region of Hessen to fighters for the cause of peace and understanding between peoples.

 

 

 



[1] РИА Новости, СМИ: в Госдуме предлагают штрафовать за посещение публичных домов
  http://ria.ru/society/20150713/1126323453.html

[2] Сайт КЖНО, Ответы на дополнительные письменные вопросы Комитета по ликвидации дискриминации в отношении женщин http://wcons.net/novosti/novosti-konsorciuma/otvety-na-dopolnitelnye-pismennye-voprosy-komiteta-po-likvidacii-diskriminacii-v-otnoshenii-zhenshhin

[3] Сайт правозащитной организации «Солдатские матери», Глава «Солдатских матерей Санкт-Петербурга» Элла Полякова стала лауреатом Гессенской премии мира
http://soldiersmothers.ru/novosti/novost/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=914&cHash=1e5e819d0eaac34947c210e2d2766859

 
Digest «Gender and Media» from 11th to 20th July 2015 PDF Print


Russian statistics service: 

Russians are getting married and divorcing less oftenThe Russian statistics service has issued a report on the reduction in the number of marriages and divorces during the first five months of 2015, reports the website for the newspaper “Izvestia””[1].

The number of marriages has fallen by 9 percent and the statistic for divorces is 17.

According to Tatyana Gurko, a sociologist from the Russian Academy of Science, this trend doesn’t indicate a crisis in the institution of marriage, but rather suggests that the frequency of marriage is dependent on economic factors.

 

The Ministry of Healthcare will check the conditions of detained mothers with children in prisons

The Ministry of Healthcare will check the conditions of detained mothers with children in prisonsThe Government of the Russian Federation has charged the Ministry of Healthcare with checking and looking after the condition of detained mothers with children in detention, reports RIA News.[2]

For a period of two months the Ministry will regulate the conditions in which pregnant woman and mothers with children are detained. There are currently 667 children living in detention centers connected to prisons. 310 are under one year old.

 

 

Members of the Communist faction of the State Duma propose more paid holidays for people who have children

Members of the Communist faction of the State Duma propose more paid holidays for people who have childrenRussian citizens with children could soon have longer paid holidays than those without, reports the newspaper Izvestia [3].

Members of the Communist faction of the State Duma are preparing the relevant amendments to the Labour Code. Communists are expecting criticism by employers worried about the material costs.

 

 

 



[1] Известия, Росстат: россияне стали реже разводиться и жениться http://izvestia.ru/news/588379

[2] РИА Новости, Росздравнадзор проверит условия содержания матерей с детьми в тюрьмах

 http://ria.ru/society/20150715/1129684619.html

[3] Известия, В Госдуме предлагают давать дополнительный отпуск за детей

 http://izvestia.ru/news/588833

 
Digest “Gender and Media” from 1st to 10th July 2015 PDF Print


Prime Minister of India: BRICS must focus on the human rights of women

BRICS must focus on the human rights of womenUfa, Russia: BRICS members must focus their attention on developing the human rights of women, the Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi said in a meeting of BRICS leaders, reports RIA News.[1]

BRICS countries must develop women’s rights and opportunities in BRICS and all developing countries, said Mr. Modi.

BRICS is made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

 

 

 

UN achieved reduction of poverty and inequality in the world

According to UN data 32% of Ukrainians are living below the poverty line in 2015In Russia and Ukraine there is increasing child poverty. According to UN data 32% of Ukrainians are living below the poverty line in 2015. According to official statistics the percentage of poverty-stricken Russians raised from 13.8 to 15.9 reports “Novaya Gazeta” referring to the report by the General Secretary of the UN Ban Ki-Moon entitled “The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015”[2].

Expert from the Higher School of Economics Lilia Ovcharova says that the most worrying tendency is the rising poverty levels of children. The risk of poverty among children is higher than that for adults. According to Rosstat (the Russian statistic Service) in the first quarter of 2015 there were 16% of Russians living below the poverty line, but 24% of Russian children.



[1] РИА Новости, Премьер Индии: БРИКС должна сфокусировать внимание на правах женщин http://ria.ru/world/20150709/1123028270.html

[2] Независимая газета, ООН добилась сокращения нищеты и неравенства в мире  http://www.ng.ru/economics/2015-07-08/4_un.html

 
Digest "Gender and Media" from 22nd to 30th June 2015 PDF Print


The Russian Cabinet Ministry is preparing to raise the retirement age for women by 8 years

the retirement age to 63 Russian authorities have confirmed their intention to raise the retirement age to 63 for both women and men (At present they are different: 55 for women and 60 for men) reports news website mail.ru referring to RBC. [1]

The reason given for these changes is the demographic crisis and a decrease in the numbers of qualified workers. Because of this the government intends to extend the active work age of the previous generation.

There has been no final decision, said a representative of the Deputy Prime Minister for Social Development. Meanwhile the Ministry of Finance refuses to comment on this information.

 

Member of St.Petersburg Duma Vitaly Milonov demands that Facebook is blocked in Russia for supporting LGBT

Виталий Милонов. Фото: Игорь Руссак / РИА НовостиMember of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg Vitaly Milonov has demanded that the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media issue a ban on Facebook in Russia because of new icons coloured like the LGBT flag. He made this statement on the 27th June to the Russian News Service reports the website Lenta.ru[2].

These icons according to Milonov break the law (the so-called “gay propaganda” law) and Facebook does not have age dependent access, meaning it would be impossible to control if children can see these LGBT colored icons.

 



[1] Новости Mail.ru, Кабмин допустил повышение пенсионного возраста для женщин сразу на 8 лет https://news.mail.ru/economics/22482917/

[2] lenta.ru, Милонов потребовал заблокировать Facebook за поддержку ЛГБТ http://lenta.ru/news/2015/06/28/milonov/

 
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