Wild oversharing comic Phoebe Robinson: ‘I do dumb things. That’s who I am!’

Is the fringe ready for the brash standup who used to get paid in nachos and chicken wings? We meet one half of 2 Dope Queens as she fills her shoes with sweat What does Phoebe Robinson want to see when she arrives at the Edinburgh fringe? Just tons of dudes smuggling their bangers and mash in their kilts. Observational comic, astute social critic, signee of a deal with ABC studios, bestselling author (2 Dope Queens (the podcast duo turned HBO stars), Robinson has a philosophy: that comedy thirsty, uninhibited, occasionally gross, with riffs on Googling David Bowies penis size after learning he has died can be a force for good. At Edinburgh, Robinson will tour her show, called Sorry, …

Children in Pacific suffer ‘shockingly high’ levels of violence, report finds

Aid organisations call out dramatic underinvestment by Australia and other donors in tackling endemic problem Violence against children in the Pacific region has reached endemic levels, with children subject to brutal physical discipline in the home, as well as sexual violence, a new report has found. More than 4 million children across the region had experienced violent discipline in the home and in Papua New Guinea 27% of parents or caregivers used physical punishment over and over as hard as they could, the report by leading NGOs working in the region found. The levels of physical, sexual and emotional violence in the region are shockingly high and it is something that we all need to come together to work around …

South Korea employers face jail for sacking harassed staff under new bullying law

Abuse by those in power is so widespread that there is a word for it gabjil New legislation has come into effect in South Korea that could see employers jailed if they unfairly dismiss employees harassed at work. Employees in South Korea have traditionally been expected to turn a blind eye to abusive behaviour by those in power a phenomenon so commonplace that there is a word for it, gabjil. A recent government survey found that two-thirds of workers had experienced harassment on the job, while 80% had witnessed it. Examples of harassment include staff being ordered to write essays for their managers children, perform sexy dances for executives or even pluck out their bosss grey hairs, said labour rights …

Canadian volunteers scour river for missing Indigenous women

Drag the Red searches for human remains in the Red River as a report recently concluded Indigenous women face a genocide As a government inquiry compiled its landmark race-based genocide and laid out more than 200 policy recommendations for future action. But Smith and her team have no plans to end their work: tragedy continues to befall Indigenous families across the country. More than 130 Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or been killed serial killer Robert Pickton in 1996. We have this attention now with the national inquiry, but how long is that going to last for? she asked. At the end of the day women are still going to go missing and are being murdered. Smiths work …

The 2020 US elections will again expose the barriers facing female politicians | Martina Fitzgerald

No one knocks men when they declare their ambition, says political journalist Martina Fitzgerald A recent issue of Vanity Fair featured a cover photo of research from the Harvard Kennedy School suggests. More frustratingly, female voters are as likely to hold these negative views. Male politicians escape this ambition backlash. Over the next 18 months these attitudes will be visible for all to see. The current race for the US presidency has a One in four of the worlds parliamentarians are women. The numbers are even lower for decision-making positions. Only 50% female parliaments. True, a handful of prominent countries have women in top roles (Angela Merkel, Theresa May and Jacinda Ardern who recently became only the second female PM …

No women anything’: Trump Fed pick Stephen Moores list of misogynistic remarks

Economic commentator and former Trump campaign adviser has a long history of making offensive comments about women Donald Trumps attempts to fill the vacancies on the Federal Reserve board are not going very well. On Monday, Herman Cain, a pizza mogul, long history of making misogynistic statements. A 2002 column of his for the National Review, for example, sets out his views on the role women should play in mens college basketball. Heres the rule change I propose: No more women refs, no women announcers, no women beer venders, no women anything. Like all rules, this one has an exception: Women are permitted to participate, if and only if, they look like Bonnie Bernstein, Moore wrote. He also suggested the …