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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 »

Dowry violence far from dying down

Despite various measures in place to get rid of dowry system and dowry-related violence against women, the county is still experiencing significant number of dowry related incidents and violence outshining achievements came on women empowerment front. Read More »

Case report on sexual harassment of March 7 deferred

Dhaka, June 6 – A Dhaka court yesterday deferred the submission of investigation report in the case over the alleged sexual harassment of college student on March 7, to July 5. Magistrate Loskor Sohel Rana of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Dhaka passed the order as the investigation officer, who is also a Sub-Inspector of Ramna Model Police Station, ... Read More »

Nepal: Where abortion is treated as homicide

By Sabin Shrestha Kathmandu, Nepal, Jun 6 (IPS) – Less than thirty years ago the likelihood of a mother dying due to pregnancy or childbirth in Nepal was one of the highest in the world. In 1990 UNICEF estimated that the rate was 901 women or girls out of 100,000 – significantly higher than any of its neighbours. Read More »

The road to repeal: How Ireland said yes

On May 25th, the people of Ireland voted overwhelmingly in favour of repealing the 8th amendment of the Irish Constitution – the article that had hitherto made it effectively impossible to legislate for abortion even in the most extreme of circumstances. This attests to a deep transformation within Irish society that has taken place over just a few decades. Read More »

The cost of child marriage

Henrietta H. Fore, Natalia Kanem, and Mabel van Oranje New York – The human costs of child marriage are well known; around the world, child brides are, on average, less educated, poorer, and more prone to sexual violence than women who marry later in life. But when the economic impact of child marriage is added to this grim tally, the ... Read More »

International effort to end Me-too abuses

Governments, employers, and workers from around the world will meet beginning May 28, 2018, to discuss a proposed international treaty on violence and harassment in the workplace, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch has issued a 16-page report outlining key issues in advance of the International Labour Organization (ILO) conference, scheduled through June 8, in Geneva. Read More »

An institutional view on menstrual hygiene management

by Christian Borja-Vega Recent research points out that adequate water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in schools improves school attendance, health and cognitive development of students, nurtures better WASH habits while addressing gendered dimensions of exclusion. Despite this evidence, operationalizing and streamlining important Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) elements into interventions that upgrade overall school infrastructure is often challenging. The problem is ... Read More »