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Blocked last year for his views on sexuality, theologian gets green light to head academy

Vatican City RNS Nearly a year after the Vatican blocked an Italian theologian’s candidacy to become the dean of an influential German and Italian academy due to his progressive writings on sexuality and gender, the Vatican finally approved of his appointment without comment, according to the theologian. “The reasons why the decision was revised were […]

US Catholic bishops begin process that could ban gender-affirming care in Catholic hospitals

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops meets in Orlando, Florida, on Friday, 16th June, 2023

Orlando, Florida, US RNS The US Conference of Catholic Bishops voted on Friday to amend its directives for US Catholic healthcare organisations, setting in motion a process that could bar Catholic hospitals and other church-affiliated institutions from providing gender-affirming treatment to transgender people. The vote occurred during the USCCB’s spring meeting in Orlando. It passed […]

Gender biases not improved over past decade, UN says

A demonstrator looks on during a rally to mark the International Women's Day in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 8th March, 2023.

Reuters Gender inequality has remained stagnant for a decade, according to research by the United Nations released on Monday, as cultural biases and pressures continue to hinder women’s empowerment and leave the world unlikely to meet the UN’s goal of gender parity by 2030. Despite a surge in women’s rights groups and social movements like Time’s Up and […]

Church of England explores gender neutral God

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, faces the altar during a service at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain November 24, 2015.

London, UKReuters The Church of England will look into the use of gender neutral terms to refer to God in prayers, but the centuries-old institution said on Wednesday there were no plans to abolish current services. The issue reflects growing global awareness about the assumed usage of pronouns causing offence or upset to those who […]

Sex-based virus lockdowns expose gender divide in Latin America

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Bogota, ColombiaThomson Reuters Foundation A coronavirus lockdown policy that lets men and women leave the house on alternate days has exposed a gender divide in Bogota within days of being introduced, while Peru has dropped a similar scheme after finding it made women’s days busier. The Colombian capital last week joined two countries in Latin […]

Equality at work ‘decades away’ in Britain as men dominate top jobs

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London, UKThomson Reuters Foundation Equality for women at work is decades away in Britain, according to a study released on Monday that found just six per cent of chief executives at leading companies are female, with representation in some sectors going backwards. Men still dominate positions of power across politics, the law, media, sport and […]

Men in UK and US seen growing less comfortable with women leaders

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London, UKThomson Reuters Foundation Less than 50 per cent of American men would be “very comfortable” with a female head of government, according to a survey published this week that found men in Britain and the US growing less comfortable with women in positions of power. The Reykjavik Index for Leadership, launched in 2018 by […]