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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 »

Savagery of rapes of minors

By Geetika Dang, Vani S. Kulkarni and Raghav Gaiha New Delhi, Jun 22, 2018 (IPS) – Rapes of minors surged from 16 per day in 2001 to 46 per day in 2016. As if this was not horrendous enough, their savagery adds to it. Read More »

Why Saudi Arabia lifts driving ban on women only now?

The Saudi regime still gets to decide which rights women should be afforded. by Hana Al-Khamri Starting today, women in Saudi Arabia are finally able to drive legally after a long-standing ban was lifted by a royal decree. The unexpected decision to finally allow women to drive has been welcomed and praised by human rights campaigners across the world since ... Read More »

As driving ban lifted, Saudi women in crosshairs of change

Riyadh, Jun 24 (AP/UNB) — Outside a sprawling mall in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, young single men and women walk through an open-air exhibit where Saudi women and traffic police explain the ins and outs of handling a car. Children take a lap around a makeshift course in tiny electric cars as clowns appear on a small stage, dancing for ... Read More »

Brigitte Nielsen, 54, has given birth to her fifth child

Los Angeles, Jun 24 (AP/UNB) — Brigitte Nielsen says she has given birth at age 54. The model, actress and reality star and her 39-year-old husband Mattia Dessi released a statement to People magazine Saturday saying their daughter Frida was born Friday in Los Angeles and weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces (2.3 kilograms). Read More »