NO sports for the women in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s most popular sport is cricket. After the Taliban captured Kabul in mid-August, numerous female athletes left the country. According to Ahmadulla Wasiq, vice-chairman of the Taliban’s cultural affairs committee, women will not be allowed to participate sports in Afghanistan. His stance that women should not be permitted to play cricket was voiced in an […]

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A bishop’s comment on the legalisation of the same-sex couples in Switzerland.

In a referendum on September 26, Switzerland approved civil marriage and the right to adopt children for same-sex couples, making it one of the last Western European countries to do so. Bishop Joseph Maria Bonnemain appears to be following Pope Francis’ lead, since he openly backed same-sex civil unions – without calling them “marriage” – […]

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“Demasking” the authoritarianism of religious organisations

Religious organizations were found to have made “egregious failures” in the areas of child protection and safeguarding.The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) discovered “substantial impediments” to effectively reporting child sexual abuse claims in several of the religious organizations it examined.Among them were “victim blaming,” religious leaders abusing their influence, and a reluctance to […]

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