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Japanese politician barred from bringing baby to council session

Japanese politician barred from bringing baby to council sessionA local Japanese politician has stirred debate after she was forbidden from bringing her baby into a council session. In a case that contrasts starkly with the Australian lawmaker who breastfed her baby in parliament, Yuka Ogata was told she could not take part in the assembly on Wednesday if she had her seven-month-old son with her.  Officials of the Kumamoto municipal assembly said visitors and observers were forbidden from the floor, and that included the young children of politicians. The session eventually started 40 minutes late after Ms Ogata agreed to leave the infant with a friend.  It was the first time Ms Ogata had attended a plenary session since she gave birth to her son, the BBC reported. She said she wanted to show how difficult it was for women to continue careers and bring up children.   Ms. Yuka Ogata (Ogata is her family), one of a few female members of Kumamoto's City Council, has received… t.co/Q4KirSrif1— Kumamoto-i (@Kumamotoi) November 23, 2017 "I wanted the assembly to be a place where women who are raising children can also do a great job," she told the Mainichi newspaper. The council said it would discuss ways to support lawmakers who had young children.  "We would like to work on a system where assembly members can participate in meetings with their children," Speaker Yoshitomo Sawada, according to the Mainichi. Her move has sparked debate online with supporters saying she was brave and opponents questioning if it was a good idea to bring a baby to a workplace. "I think her act was wonderful. People wouldn't take problems seriously" if she hadn't shown up with the child, one Twitter user said. "Balancing work and child rearing isn't about being with a child all the time at a workplace," said another user, who identified herself as a fellow working mother. "I really cannot understand her action," wrote this user. Japan has consistently fared poorly in gender equality rankings in the developed world. Women are still often expected to give up work after having children, face chronic shortages of public childcare spots and regularly describe the existence of a “concrete” rather than glass ceiling preventing female workers from advancing to senior positions. So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament! We need more #women & parents in Parli #auspolpic.twitter.com/w34nxWxG0y— Larissa Waters (@larissawaters) May 9, 2017 In contrast, Senator Larissa Waters returned to parliament in Australia in May after giving birth to her second daughter  and brought her baby Alia Joy with her while she voted.  Furthermore, she made political history in the country by breastfeeding her daughter in the chamber. In Britain, an independent review in July last year concluded that allowing women to breastfeed would be "symbolic" and showcase the Commons as a "role-model parent friendly institution".



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Breast Cancer Survivor Organizes Body Paint Photoshoot for Women with the Disease: ‘It Was Like a Therapy Session’

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This article originally appeared on People.com.

cancer-creates-chemo-photo-shoot/”>Marquina Iliev-Piselli is a naturally upbeat, positive person — and her joyous attitude about life carried her through hours of breast cancer treatment over the last two years. Now in remission, the book marketer made it her goal to organize events that will help other breast cancer patients make it through their own hospital visits with the same sunny outlook.

“Having a positive attitude lifted up everyone around me,” Iliev-Piselli, 38, tells PEOPLE. “I don’t dread going to the hospital, but a lot of people do, so I’ll go back, and I’ll be the one who supports others.”

With the help of her hospital, New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Breast Center in New York City, Iliev-Piselli started the Women’s Empowerment Project, and plans to put on two projects a year for patients. Her first idea was to cover breast cancer patients and survivors in body paint and putting on a photoshoot, and seven other women signed up.

“I can’t know before it happens what the vibe will be like, because it’s art, and it’s happening. But it was so much better and more fun than I even imagined,” Iliev-Piselli says.

The day started with each woman picking out a design and sitting for two to three hours of body painting.

“We would paint something that was meaningful to us,” Iliev-Piselli explains. “One woman had a rose coming out of her chest; another woman chose a phoenix rising from the ashes because she felt like she was reborn. Another woman chose a dragon, because she races dragon boats, and it’s one of the things that makes her feel most powerful. There was this idea of their inside self being portrayed on their outside self.”

She says that when you deal with breast cancer, you lose any kind of love or appreciation for your body. Transforming it with body paint changed that.

“It makes you look at your body in a new way, a body that you hadn’t looked at in awhile, or if you did, you were critical. But you weren’t critical this time,” Iliev-Piselli says. “Having something beautiful done, and looking at your body and accepting it is very important.”

The women felt invigorated a second time when they started posing, and some even went out to Central Park for a second shoot.

“I made them take a few photos first, and then look at them. They’d see the photos and their eyes would light up — their whole expression changes. They look so different from their idea in their head of themselves,” Iliev-Piselli says. “And they would say things like, ‘Wow, that’s me? I look amazing!’ and then they would be so much more energized! So many of the pictures were us just dancing around, and I love it.”

One of the best parts though, Iliev-Piselli says, was getting body painted together.

“I didn’t realize that having an open room where everyone was painted together would be like a therapy session,” she says. “There were women who hadn’t ever talked about their cancer to other survivors. That ended up being one of the more powerful moments.”

Now Iliev-Piselli is excited to take on more projects, and help more women through their treatment.

“I want to take women from wherever they’re at mentally and get them out of it to something more positive,” she says.


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Melania Trump means business in stylish look for session on opioid crisis

Melania Trump means business in stylish look for session on opioid crisisMelania Trump has dazzled us in recent weeks with her casual ensembles — like the $ 650 Calvin Klein shirt she wore after a weekend at Camp David or the $ 1,380 Balmain flannel she wore while gardening — but it seems she has also mastered the art of business attire as well.



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Lawrence: Session Will Be a Witness Against Trump

Lawrence: Session Will Be a Witness Against TrumpIn an astonishing interview with the New York Times, Trump said if knew Sessions would recuse himself in the Russia probe, he'd have picked a different Attorney General.



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Back in session, Senate Republicans weigh starting over with health care bill

Back in session, Senate Republicans weigh starting over with health care billSome Senate Republicans weigh a fresh start on health care reform; the president adds pressure; and more from our ongoing coverage.



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Pres. Trump Calls Comey ‘Very Cowardly’ Just Days Ahead of Session

Pres. Trump Calls Comey ‘Very Cowardly’ Just Days Ahead of SessionIn a tweet on Sunday, Trump again called attention to “the James Comey leaks” while Washington prepared for AG Sessions’ highly-anticipated congressional testimony on Tuesday.



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Opponents of Texas immigration disrupt legislative session

Opponents of Texas immigration disrupt legislative sessionAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Hundreds of protesters opposing Texas' tough new anti-"sanctuary cities" law launched a raucous protest from the public gallery in the Texas House on Monday, briefly halting work during the final, largely ceremonial day of the legislative session.



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Former FBI director James Comey to testify in open session before Senate Intelligence Committee

Former FBI director James Comey to testify in open session before Senate Intelligence CommitteeFired FBI director James Comey has agreed to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee in an “open session” to answer questions on the investigation into links between the Trump team and Russia. Mr Comey was sacked by Donald Trump last week. The surprise move triggered accusations the President was attempting to obstruct an ongoing FBI probe into interference by the Kremlin in last November’s US election.



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Pelosi to Ryan: Call House back into session to debate Syrian strikes

Pelosi to Ryan: Call House back into session to debate Syrian strikesHouse Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., asked Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to “immediately” call the House back into session and debate whether to authorize the use of force in Syria. “Congress must live up to its Constitutional responsibility to debate an Authorization of the Use of Military Force against a sovereign nation,” Pelosi wrote in the letter sent Friday morning. Congress is about to embark on a two-week recess, when Washington empties out and many members of Congress return to their home districts.



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House intelligence panel leaders split over session on Russia

House intelligence panel leaders split over session on RussiaBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The partisan divide over the House Intelligence Committee’s probe of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election deepened on Friday, when the committee’s top Democrat suggested its Republican chairman canceled a public hearing after pressure from the White House. Panel chairman Devin Nunes said he had to cancel next Tuesday’s hearing with officials from former Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration in order to have a classified briefing with the directors of the National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation. “The committee seeks additional information … that can only be addressed in closed session,” Representative Nunes told reporters.



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