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Trump rolls back access to free birth control

Donald Trump’s government has issued a ruling that allows employers to opt out of providing free birth control to millions of Americans. The rule allows employers and insurers to decline to provide birth control if doing so violates their “religious beliefs” or “moral convictions”. Fifty-five million women benefited from the Obama-era rule, which made companies provide free birth control. Before ... Read More »

2 women killed in knife attack at French train station

Marseille, Oct 1 (AP/UNB) — A man with a knife attacked people at the main train station in the southeastern French city of Marseille on Sunday, killing two women before soldiers fatally shot the assailant, officials said. French police warned people to avoid Saint Charles train station, tweeting that an operation was underway. Soldiers and police took up positions outside ... Read More »

‘Mona Lisa nude sketch’ found in France

A charcoal drawing housed in another art collection for more than 150 years may have been a sketch for the Mona Lisa, a French art expert says. The charcoal portrait of a nude woman, known as the Monna Vanna, was previously attributed only to Leonardo da Vinci’s studio. Read More »

A Wife’s hillariously extra grocery list husband

Some people prefer to bring a detailed list when they go grocery shopping. Era Golwalkar’s husband Gaurav gets one with diagrams and bullet points. The couple, who live in Pune, India, takes turns grocery shopping every other week, Era told HuffPost. While she is a “foodie” who “lives to eat,” her husband doesn’t really prioritize food and “eats to live,” ... Read More »

Saudi ban on women driging to be lifted soon

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued a decree allowing women to drive for the first time, to the joy of activists. The Gulf kingdom is the only country in the world that bans women from driving. Until now, only men were allowed licences and women who drove in public risked being arrested and fined. Praise for the move has been ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia to lift driving ban on women

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued a decree allowing women to drive for the first time, to the joy of activists. The Gulf kingdom is the only country in the world that bans women from driving. Until now, only men were allowed licences and women who drove in public risked being arrested and fined. Read More »

Gender and sex inequalities in water, sanitation, and hygiene

by Libbet Loughnan co-authors: Craig Kullmann Addressing gender and sex inequalities in WASH is not only recognized in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4 and 6, it is central to the entire ambition of the SDGs themselves. Some water, sanitation, and hygiene issues are faced only by women because of their biological sex, whereas others are more influenced by gendered societal ... Read More »

Heightened risks of adolescent pregnancy in Bangladesh

Dhaka – Adolescent mothers and their babies face increased health risks in Bangladesh, according to a new study. The study carried out by from researchers at Washington based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) found that adolescent mothers recovered more slowly, and often faced more health complications than more mature mothers. Read More »

Unicef estimates 400000 Rohingya migrated to Bangladesh

United Nations Children’S Fund (UNICEF) today said their estimate suggests the number of Rohingya refugees who fled home since the outbreak latest spate of violence on August 25 reached 400,000. “Up to 400,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since August 25, with thousands more arriving every day,” the UNICEF said in a statement in the southeastern beach town, the ... Read More »

Singapore gets its first female President

An establishment stalwart was named Singapore’s first female president Wednesday but the milestone was overshadowed by criticism her selection was undemocratic after she was handed the job without a vote. Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament from the Muslim Malay minority, did not have to face an election for the largely ceremonial post originally due this month after authorities ... Read More »

France court finds topless photos violated royal’s privacy

A French court ruled Tuesday that photographers and gossip magazine executives violated the privacy of Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge by taking and publishing photographs of the former Kate Middleton sunbathing topless.The court in a Paris suburb fined two executives of French gossip magazine Closer — owner Ernesto Mauri and executive editor Laurence Pieau — each the maximum of 45,000 euros ... Read More »

Small entrepreneurs backbone of BD rural economy

By Shahiduzzaman Banaripara (Barisal), Sep 4 (IPS) – She was born in the early 1950’s to an ultra-poor family in Kundihar, a remote village of Banaripara of Barisal division in Bangladesh. She was a beautiful baby and her father named her ‘Shahndah Rani’ which means ‘Queen of Evenings’. But in reality her life was far from that of a queen. Read More »

Prince William and Kate expecting third child

Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their third child, Kensington Palace said Monday. Kensington Palace made the pregnancy announcement as they said that the former Kate Middleton was not feeling well enough to attend an engagement later in the day. As with her other two pregnancies, the duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, or acute ... Read More »

Rupa’s body exhumed for proper burial

The body of Jakia Sultana Rupa, who was killed after being gang raped in a running bus, was exhumed and handed over to her family for burial in proper manner on Thursday. The body was exhumed at about 4 pm in presence of assistant commissioner (land) Abdur Rahim and then handed over to victim’s brother Hafizur Rahman. Read More »

Oxfam condemns heinous rape-murder of Rupa

Oxfam in Bangladesh has condemned, in the strongest possible terms, the heinous gang rape and murder on a moving bus of Zakia Sultana Rupa, a 27-year-old law student – echoing the horrific 2012 rape followed by murder of ‘Nirbhaya’ in India. Five people have been arrested in this connection, including the bus driver, helper and supervisor – all staffers of ... Read More »

Court sends Indian guru to 10 years in prison for rape

A judge on Monday sentenced a flamboyant and controversial Indian spiritual guru to 10 years in prison on charges of raping two female followers. The sentence was pronounced amid intense security at a prison in the northern town of Rohtak where the guru, who calls himself Dr. Saint Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim Insan, has been held since his conviction Friday. Read More »

Jordan abolishes law allowing rapists to avoid prosecution

By IPS World Desk Romw, Aug 22 (IPS) – In just three weeks time, two Arab countries adopted major steps to combat violence against women, with Jordan abolishing a law allowing rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims, while Tunisia adopting its first national law to prevent gender-based violence and provide support to survivors. In the case of Jordan, ... Read More »