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On Gender Day at climate meet

By Stella Paul Bonn, Germany, Nov 15 (IPS) – “Five years ago, when we first started talking about including gender in the negotiations, the parties asked us, ‘Why gender?’ Today, they are asking, ‘How do we include gender?’ That’s the progress we have seen since Doha,” said Kalyani Raj. Read More »

The gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh

It was 84-minutes of horror. A young woman and her male friend horrifically attacked on a New Delhi bus. The woman, Jyoti Singh, gang-raped, tortured, brutalised, her friend beaten unconscious. At the end of that 84-minute bus journey from hell, they were thrown naked, bleeding and gravely injured into the road… Read More »

UN reports 31 new complaints of sex abuse

UN, Nov 4 (AP/UNB) — The United Nations on Friday reported 31 new allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation against peacekeepers and civilians working for U.N. agencies in the three-month period from July and through September — almost half against those employed to help refugees. Read More »

Ivanka discusses harassment in Japan

Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser to the US president, has told a Tokyo summit that sexual harassment of women should “never be tolerated”. She also called for boosting equal participation in “traditionally male-dominated sectors of our economy”. Officials blamed the many empty seats in the hall on security restrictions. Read More »

Stopping child marriage forever

By Shahiduzzaman Dhaka, Bangladesh, Oct 30 (IPS) – The mother moved in like a tigress to save her cub. In 2015, when her 13-year-old daughter Shumi Akhter was about to be married off, Panna Begum pleaded with her husband, Dulal Mia, to cancel the marriage he’d arranged for their daughter. Read More »

Kim visits cosmetics factory with wife, sister

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has visited a cosmetics factory in Pyongyang, accompanied by his wife Ri Sol-ju and sister Kim Yo-jong. State media released undated photos of the visit on Sunday. Both women are rarely seen in public. Ms Kim’s appearance comes shortly after her recent promotion to a powerful position in North Korea’s government. Read More »

‘Those accusng Trump of sexual harassment are lying’

All women who have accused U.S. President Donald Trump of sexual harassment are lying, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday. The remarks came after Sanders was asked for the official White House position on the issue at a White House press briefing. “Obviously, sexual harassment has been in the news, ” Jacqueline Alemany of CBS News said ... Read More »

Women leaders demand level playing field in polls

Dhaka – Women community leaders on Monday expressed their deep concern over the security of women candidates and voters during the elections and demanded level playing field for them in polls. They said the level playing field is always a much talked about the issue but it seems to them that it means only for some political parties. The leaders ... Read More »

Rohingya children still at acure risk: Unicef

Nearly two months since Rohingya families began fleeing en masse to Bangladesh, thousands of children and women are still without basic lifesaving services, UNICEF said today. The warning comes as representatives of donor governments and humanitarian organizations meet in Geneva for a pledging conference today aimed at drumming up resources for what remains a severely under-funded emergency. “The Rohingya refugee ... Read More »

Women investors’ participation in BD share marker up

The country’s capital market is witnessing a surge of female investors, increasing their contributions to the national economy, according to official statistics. Modern technology has made their journeys in the share market easier, helping many keep the track of the market even by sitting at home, through their computers or smartphones. Sources at the Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL), the ... Read More »

Women pivotal to addressing hunger, malnutrition

New York, 13 Oct (IPS/Lakshmi Puri) — The 16th of October marks World Food Day, a reminder to the international community of the criticality of treating food security as a 21st Century priority if sustainable development, peace and security and the realisation of human rights are to be achieved. Read More »

Sharapova wins first title since 2015

Former world number one Maria Sharapova won her first title since May 2015, beating Aryna Sabalenka 7-5 7-6 (10-8) in the Tianjin Open final. The 30-year-old Russian was playing her seventh event since she returned to the tour in April from a 15-month drug ban. She trailed 4-1 in both sets before overcoming the 19-year-old Belarusian, who was contesting her ... Read More »

Sex attacks make Rohingya children fearful in camps

Reuters Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: Adjida kicked and screamed when the rough and dirty hands of the masked soldier moved up her legs and ripped off her clothes. The 13-year-old pleaded with him to stop when he climbed on top of her, a gun in one hand, removed his pants with the other, and raped her. Read More »