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Wonder woman should still be a UN Ambassador

By Felix Dodds New York, Aug 15 (IPS) – I realize it’s a lot easier saying this now after the film of the same name has come out and has taken over $400 million in US box office receipts. It is at present taken the 8th most revenue for a super hero comic book ever. Read More »

Safe accommodation for working women far too little

Dhaka, Aug 13 – Women’s participation in outdoor jobs in the country is increasing at a faster pace than expected but having safe and secure living places for such single women in the capital still remains a distant dream. Private hostels for single working women in the city provide the “worst services” taking extremely high charges while the number of ... Read More »

Cam girls: Inside Romania’s sexscam industry

Interactive webcamming is the fastest-growing sector of the global pornography business. In Romania, thousands of women work as “cam-girls” from studios and from home. It is a 24/7 market, the majority of clients logging in from North America and Western Europe. In the heart of Bucharest on the pavement outside a tall apartment building, a group of young women smoke, ... Read More »

Iran’s Rouhani nominates female vice presidents

Iran President Hassan Rouhani has appointed three women as vice-presidents and one as a civil rights assistant following criticism of his all-male cabinet. Iran’s 12 vice-presidents run organisations linked to the presidency. There has been only one female cabinet member since Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979. Read More »

Bogra rape: Tufan, Rumki sent to jail

Dhaka, Aug 6 – A court in Bogra on Sunday sent Sramik League leader Tufan Sarkar and Bogra municipality female councillor Marzia Hasan Rumki to jail over the shaving of the heads of a female student and her mother after the rape of the girl allegedly by Tufan. Read More »

Gender equality? It’s still a man’s world

By Anna Shen San Francisco, California, Aug 3 (IPS) – Gender inequality is the greatest moral and social issue of our time — and the world’s most critical economic challenge. If half of the global population cannot fulfil their human potential, the world’s economic growth will falter. Read More »

HR body chief blames culture of imputiny for rise in rape incidents

Expressing concern over the growing incidents of rape in the country, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque on Thursday attributed such hatred acts to social instability and the culture of impunity.“It’s necessary to immediately arrest the accused, produce them before the court, complete the investigation properly and dispose of the cases rapidly,” he said in a statement. Read More »

Gender pay gap in Europe

by Alexandra Scheele Though the two principles “equal pay for equal work” and “equal pay for work of equal value” have been legally fixed with the European Treaty of Rome 1957 as well as with the subsequent Equal Pay Directive 1975, the EU still shows – latest data from 2015 – an average (unadjusted) gender pay gap of 16.3%. That ... Read More »

340 children raped in BD in six months – report

A total of 340 children, including 24 physically challenged ones, were violated in the country in the last seven months of the current year, according to statistics of Child Rights Advocacy Coalition in Bangladesh.Of them, some 46 fell victims to gang-rape, the data say adding that two children were raped every day in the country on an overage. Read More »

Jordan: Seize Opportunity to End Impunity for Rape

Jordanian lawmakers will decide on August 1, 2017, whether to remove or amend an infamous provision in the country’s 1960 penal code that allows people who commit sexual assault to avoid punishment if they marry their victims, Human Rights Watch said today. Removing the article completely would be a positive step to strengthen the rule of law and end impunity ... Read More »

Rumki among five remended for torture on girl, her mother

A court here on Monday placed five people, including a female councillor of Bogra municipality, on different terms of remand in two cases filed for shaving the heads of a female student along with her mother after the rape of the girl allegedly by a local Sramik League leader.Councillor Marzia Hasan Rumki, also the sister-in-law of accused Sramik League leader ... Read More »

Hillary Clinton’s new book calling – What has happened

Hillary Clinton is calling her new book “What Happened” and promising unprecedented candour as she remembers her stunning defeat last year to Donald Trump. “In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public like I was up on a wire without a net,” Clinton writes in the introduction, according to ... Read More »

Harmful surgery on intersex children unnecessary

Doctors in the United States continue to perform medically unnecessary surgeries that can inflict permanent harm on intersex children, Human Rights Watch and interACT said in a report released today. Despite decades of controversy over the procedures, doctors operate on children’s gonads, internal sex organs, and genitals when they are too young to participate in the decision, even though the ... Read More »

BD civil surgeon summoned over faulty caesarean section

The High Court on Sunday summoned three people, including the Civil Surgeon of Patuakhali, to appear before it on August 1 to explain the incident of leaving a surgical instrument inside the abdomen of a woman during a cesarian operation. An HC bench of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice AKM Zahirul Hoque asked Patuakhali Civil Surgeon, head of the ... Read More »

Saudi women arrested for wearing mini scart in public freed

A woman named Khulood was interrogated yesterday in Riyadh and handed over for prosecution. Her transgression? Wearing “indecent” clothing. But the same night, Saudi authorities released her without charge. A brief Snapchat video of Khulood appeared over the weekend with her in a short skirt and top which revealed her partial midriff as she walked through the Heritage Village of ... Read More »

Childhood should be time of innocence

Childhood should be a time of innocence, play, and learning. But 15-year-old Subekti spent his shackled to the floor of his family’s house in Serang, a city about a three-hour drive from Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta.For the past six years, since he was 9, Subekti has had both his ankles tightly chained to the floor, just meters away from where his ... Read More »