Many of the stories coming out of India over recent weeks have been those of brutality, cruelty and outrage.
But there are also thousands of individual stories of ordinary women’s survival and struggle in the face of violence and abuse.
One of these many untold stories is that of Ranjana*, a young woman who my colleagues recently met in central India.
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Over the past several weeks I have been keeping a close eye on the new conservative Liberal National Party (LNP) Government in Queensland, in regards to legislation and funding cuts that will, and have already, had an immense impact on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Queenslanders.
$2.6 million has been cut from the budget of QHAC (Queensland Association for Healthy Communities). The Civil Unions Legislation has been watered down so there are no longer official ceremonies and unions are “registered”. Next in the firing line is surrogacy with the existing rights of same-sex couples to be taken away.
It has been a sad state of affairs to watch, and I have had so many people contact me expressing their anguish and sadness.
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This Saturday the self-described “organic” Occupy Wall Street movement will be coming to a capital city near you.
They boldly claim “we are the 99 per cent” - it’s their official catchcry - so unless you consider yourself among the uber rich and powerful, these folks are your new voice. So they’ll be speaking for you when they wave their glib and nebulous placards declaring “people not profits” and “be the solution”. (I am not making these up – this is the print-ready poster artwork available on their website.)
Their initial beef was apparently with the financial sector – hence the occupation of Wall Street in protest. But their list of demands goes beyond the remit of the corporate fat cats and includes free education and a type of Utopian redistribution of wealth.
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