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Malaysia: Two women face caning for same-sexconduct

Criminalizing LGBT Relations Fosters Intolerance, Discrimination Bangkok – Malaysian authorities should drop the case against two women for same-sex relations before their scheduled caning on August 28, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. A court convicted the two on August 12 of violating a state Shariah law that criminalizes sex between women and sentenced each to six strokes of the ... Read More »

The gender of law: What mapping of family laws reveals

Recent developments around the world give support to the idea of the #MeToo movement’s transformative potential. A postmodernist claim was that the feminist movement was essentialist and that no one expression of feminism can be applicable to women of different ethnicity, cultural, or class identity. The #Me Too movement has found expression in different cultural traditions and helped to challenge ... Read More »

WHO condemns virginity tests

Governments should immediately carry out a new United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation to end degrading, discriminatory, and unscientific “virginity testing” of women and girls, Human Rights Watch said. Read More »

Starved, bombed Yemen kids want trapped in flooded Thai Cave

By Robert J. Burrowes While the world watched and waited with bated breath for the outcome of the substantial global effort – involving over 100 cave divers from various countries, 1,000 members of the Thai Army and 10,000 others in various roles – to rescue a team of 12 young football players and their coach, who were trapped inside a ... Read More »

‘Technologies that facilitate development should profit all’

From Danielle Nierenberg A sustainable food system requires cultivating equality for the people that nourish the world’s population—farmers. Yet, farmers experience inequality at all levels of the food system. Societal tools— including gendered roles, obstacles to accessing resources, or cultural preconceptions—disproportionately threaten the livelihoods of vulnerable farmers along the lines of gender. Analyzing the role of gender in agricultural communities ... Read More »

Family planning is a human right

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UN, Jul 11 2018 (IPS) – It has been five decades since the international community affirmed the right to family planning but women still remain unable to enjoy this right, which is increasingly under attack around the world. For World Population Day, held annually on Jul. 11, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has focused its attention ... Read More »

Rohingya rape survivors’ babies arrive: Tale of woes

By Kristen Gelineau Ukhiya, Bangladesh (AP) — Tucked away in the shadows of her family’s bamboo shelter, the girl hid from the world. She was 13, and she was petrified. Two months earlier, soldiers had broken into her home back in Myanmar and raped her, an attack that drove her and her terrified family over the border to Bangladesh. Ever ... Read More »

Save us from stalkers – Twin sisters to Charbhadrasan UNO

Faridpur, July 5 – Following weeks of harassment by a group of stalkers enjoying the protection of local influentials, a pair of twin sisters submitted their written allegations in letter form to the Charbhadrasan Upazila Nirbahi Officer, after fleeing an attack by stalkers at their residence in Charsultanpur village on Wednesday morning. Read More »