Amy Coney Barrett and Roe v Wade: Abortion Rights At Risk

By Jessica Sutton. Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg, liberal stalwart of the United States Supreme Court, passed away a month ago. This was a terrible loss in more ways than one. Not only have we lost a champion for gender equality, but Justice Ginsburg’s absence from the Supreme Court bench leaves a dangerous void. Despite the United … Continue reading Amy Coney Barrett and Roe v Wade: Abortion Rights At Risk

About Time: A Look at the Equal Pay Amendment Bill

By Patrick McTague and Jessica Sutton. The gender pay gap is alive and well in New Zealand at 9.3% according to Stats NZ.[1] This figure has remained relatively unchanged since 2017, however, newly passed legislation may provide the spark needed for a final push to equality for women in this area. The Equal Pay Amendment … Continue reading About Time: A Look at the Equal Pay Amendment Bill

The UK Bans the Rough Sex Defence: Why Don’t We?

By Jessica Sutton. After 18 months of hard work, the UK Domestic Abuse Bill will prohibit defendants from claiming that a victim was killed when “rough sex went wrong”. The Bill says that arguing the victim “consented to the infliction of serious harm for the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification” shall be no defence to … Continue reading The UK Bans the Rough Sex Defence: Why Don’t We?

New Zealand’s Abortion Reform: A Momentous Day

By Patrick McTague. Edited by Jessica Sutton. The New Zealand Abortion Legislation Bill 2019 passed it’s third reading in parliament on 18 March 2020 and was signed into law by the Governor-General on 23 March 2020. This Bill removes abortion from the Crimes Act, making it a health issue, and moving “New Zealand’s laws into … Continue reading New Zealand’s Abortion Reform: A Momentous Day

Weinstein Rape Trial Part Three: The Verdict Explained

By Jessica Sutton. Harvey Weinstein’s New York trial wrapped up last week, with the jury finding the former Hollywood producer guilty of third-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act, but acquitting him of predatory sexual assault. The jury had a fraught deliberation of five days in length, pausing multiple times to ask for clarification, and … Continue reading Weinstein Rape Trial Part Three: The Verdict Explained

Weinstein Rape Trial: Part Two

By Jessica Sutton. Content Warning: This article contains graphic details which readers may find disturbing. Six women have testified over the last two weeks about violent sexual assaults and rapes at the hands of Harvey Weinstein. After two weeks of harrowing testimony, the prosecution has rested its case, and the defence called its first witness … Continue reading Weinstein Rape Trial: Part Two

Weinstein Rape Trial: Part One

By Jessica Sutton. Dear Harvey, No matter what lies you tell yourself, you did this. Today, Lady Justice is staring down a super predator: you.– Rose McGowan.[1] Last week marked the start of the much-anticipated criminal trial of former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, for rape and sexual assault. A press conference held by the group … Continue reading Weinstein Rape Trial: Part One

Time For Change: A Look at New Zealand’s Sexual Violence Legislation Bill

As part of She's Right's participation in 16 days of activism to end violence against women, each article will be dedicated to a New Zealand woman who has lost her life due to gender-based violence. This article is dedicated to Feona McKay-Patea, killed by a man on or around 3 October 2019, at the age … Continue reading Time For Change: A Look at New Zealand’s Sexual Violence Legislation Bill

Grace Millane Murder Trial Week Three: Justice for Grace

By Jessica Sutton. We have a verdict. Grace Millane was murdered, beyond reasonable doubt, in the eyes of the jury, the Court, and New Zealand. But this resolution is not the end of the matter. Not only has the world lost another woman to the growing epidemic of male violence, but her murderer's trial has … Continue reading Grace Millane Murder Trial Week Three: Justice for Grace

Grace Millane Murder Trial: Week Two

By Jessica Sutton. Content Warning: This article contains graphic details which readers may find disturbing. Week two of the Grace Millane murder trial wrapped up surprisingly early, with the Crown concluding its case against the accused on Thursday. A final statement of facts was read, preceded by four days of testimony from a variety of … Continue reading Grace Millane Murder Trial: Week Two