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Ireland votes to keep ‘sexist’ language in the constitution

Irish voters have overwhelmingly rejected the proposal to revise the definition of families in the country’s conservative constitution and remove the mention of women’s “duties in the home.” Both the government and opposition parties have argued that the current text contains old-fashioned and sexist language about women and their role …

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Russian region recognizes Ukrainian as official language 

Russian citizens have a “right to the free choice of language in communication, upbringing, culture, and art,” the Kherson region’s governor, Vladimir Saldo, said on Sunday as he announced that Ukrainian and Crimean-Tatar languages can be used in his region as official ones alongside Russian.  “Safeguarding people’s cultural, spiritual, and …

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Russian human rights chief issues Ukrainian language appeal

Ukrainian-speaking children in Russia should be provided with opportunities to study their native language, Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova has said. In an interview with RIA Novosti published on Thursday, Moskalkova touched on the issue of displaced children and their education, as well as young people from the four …

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Ukrainian city bans Russian language

The Russian language will be restricted in the schools of the southern Ukrainian city of Nikolayev, City Council Executive Committee member Ekaterina Stokolias said on Saturday. In a Facebook post, she stated that the decision was made by the committee on Friday. “From September 1, no clubs, courses, junior classes …

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UK police & parliament asked to ditch ‘gendered’ language – media

UK police have been ordered to use “gender-neutral” forms of address rather than calling people “sir” or “ma’am,” according to training materials distributed to officers seen by the Daily Mail on Sunday. Titled “How to Be LGBT+ Friendly”, the materials urge cops to “avoid making assumptions about a person’s sexual …

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FIFA holds vote on Russian as an official language

Russian will become one of global football governing body FIFA’s official languages after a vote in favor of the proposal at the organization’s congress in Qatar on Thursday. The FIFA Council submitted the proposal to amend Article 9 of the FIFA Statutes, with 210 members present for the vote in Doha. …

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White House complains about Russian language expression in English

An offhand remark made by Russian President Vladimir Putin towards his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, on Monday has earned the Kremlin a reprimand from White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, after a reporter claimed that the Russian leader’s jibe was a crude joke about rape. The controversy began after Putin’s …

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Kiev forces Russian-language media to publish in Ukrainian

Russian-language media in Ukraine will now be forced to publish a secondary version in the country’s official tongue under a new law that selectively bans “foreign” language publications that don’t come with a translation. According to the law, which was passed in 2019 but came into force on Sunday, all …

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