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A reporter tweeted a video of her sexual assault

By Oscar Balderas and Jo Tuckman An escalating storm over the case of a reporter who tweeted a video of herself being sexually assaulted in Mexico City has shone a spotlight on impunity for sex crimes in the country — and triggered an outpouring of misogyny. It all began when Andrea Noel was walking down a leafy street last week ... Read More »

Ladies need to worry about these 5 diseases that can kill them

Another Women’s Day came and went but women’s risk of troubling, and potentially fatal, diseases will remain the same unless they proactively put themselves and their health at par with their family and friends. Heart disease Heart disease kills more women than all the cancers put together, yet few are aware of the risk they run of collapsing from a ... Read More »

CPJ recognises nine female journalists jailed for their work

By Courtney C. Radsch/CPJ Advocacy Director Syrians protest the killing and torture of women by President Assad’s regime in 2011. The blogger Tal al-Mallohi remains in jail in Syria despite a court ordering her release. (AP/Mohammad Hannon) Syrians protest the killing and torture of women by President Assad’s regime in 2011. The blogger Tal al-Mallohi remains in jail in Syria ... Read More »

International Women’s Day: Improving the lives of women farmers

Danielle Nierenberg Tuesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD). The theme, “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality,” addresses the continuing injustices faced by women across the globe. Women farmers’ yields, for example, are often 20–30 percent lower than for men’s because of a lack of access to banking, financial services, and inputs. But filling this ... Read More »

She lived to tell her story in Pakistan

They planned to shoot 19-year-old Saba Qaiser in the head, put her body in a bag, and dump it in the river. It’s pure luck that they didn’t succeed. Saba was wounded but not dead, and managed to drag herself out of the river. Her attackers? Her father and her uncle, who sought revenge on Saba after she married without ... Read More »

Pahela Baishakh accused ‘sex offender’ remanded

Dhaka – A court n Dhaka on Thursday placed Mohammad Kamal, arrested in connection with the sexual harassment of several women during Pahela Baishakh celebrations on the Dhaka University campus last year, on a two-day remand. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Abdullah Al Masud passed the order after sub-inspector of Detective Branch (DB) of Police Dipok Kumar Das produced Kamal before the ... Read More »

Rural women behind community climate resilience in Africa

Small farmers – mainly women – produce 80% of the food in Africa on just 14.7% of the agricultural land, and control 80% of the seeds produced and exchanged on small farms. The African Biodiversity Network, Gaia Foundation and African Women’s Development Fund have jointly released a report in recognition of the critical role African rural women play in evolving ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia elects first female politicians

At least four women elected to municipal councils in Saudi Arabia’s first poll open to female voters and candidates. At least four women have won seats in Saudi Arabia’s municipal polls, the country’s first-ever elections open to female voters and candidates, local reports said. The female candidates were elected to three councils – two in Ihsaa governorate and one each ... Read More »

Mother milk project starts

icddr,b, in collaboration with Interfab Shirt Manufacturing Limited (ISML), on Thursday launched ‘Mother’s Milk project’ which will enable women to take home pasteurized breast milk that stays safe for eight hours. Read More »

Women more diverse in sexual response

Exploring sexual identity, sexual attraction and sexual arousal in women, new research shows that heterosexual women have more diverse patterns of sexual response than previously reported.In the first study, women watched short videos, and in the second study, women listened to stories about interacting sexually with a woman or a man.Genital response was measured with a vaginal photoplethysmograph – a ... Read More »

HC asks for arrest of hospital staff for sexual abuse

The High Court on Thursday directed the Gulshan thana police to arrest United Hospital staff (brother) Saiful Islam and produce him before the court on December 7 for ‘sexually harassing’ a female patient. It also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why punitive action will not be taken against the United Hospital authorities and the staff. Read More »

In Zimbabwe’s scourge of child marriage

Birgit Schwarz At 14, Justine firmly believed that the world was her oyster and the future hers to shape and conquer. She was bright and her mother made enough money as a seamstress to send her to a decent public school in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. “I used to dream about finishing school, finding a job and being independent,” the now ... Read More »

Establish rights of disabled women, seminar told

A National Seminar on “Rights of Disabled Woman and Child 2015” was held on Wednesdayat the Biduyt Bhaban, Bijoy Hall, Abdul Gani Road, Dhaka. The objective of seminar was to focus to promote the focus for making the rights real of Disabled Women and Disabled Children. BPKS, a national resource organization in the field of disabled people rights movement, organized ... Read More »

Bd Women Chamber chief Selima Ahmad gets int’l award

The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) has announced Selima Ahmad, vice chairperson of Nitol Niloy Group and president of Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI), as the recipient of the TIAW World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award-2014-2015. The prestigious award is given each year to a woman of great achievement, whose actions have truly made a difference globally ... Read More »

Eating ‘on the go’ could make you fat

Dieters who eat while performing other activities such as walking or watching television may increase their food intake later in the day which could lead to weight gain and obesity, says a new study.”Eating on the go may make dieters overeat later on in the day,” said lead study author Jane Ogden, professor at University of Surrey in England. Read More »

Anti sexual harassment forum set up at RU

Seminar entitled “Say No to Sexual Harassment: Case Based Discussion Meeting”  under the project of “Building Institutional Capacity of selected four universities to prevent violence against women” held on Monday at the Law department of Rajshahi University (RU) to increase awareness against sexual harassment. The seminar was organised by the Bangladesh Jatiyo Mohila Ainjibi Somiti (BJMAS) in association with the ... Read More »

Google morphs into Alphabet; investors cheer clarity

Google Inc announced a surprise overhaul of its operating structure on Monday, creating a holding company called Alphabet to pool its many subsidiaries and separate the core web advertising business from newer ventures like driverless cars.The move appeared to be an attempt by the search engine giant to focus on its more creative and ambitious projects, while investors cheered the ... Read More »

Insight: Tesla burns cash, loses more than $4,000 on every car sold It’s crunch time for Tesla Motors.

The Silicon Valley automaker is losing more than $4,000 on every Model S electric sedan it sells, using its reckoning of operating losses, and it burned $359 million in cash last quarter in a bull market for luxury vehicles.The company on Wednesday cut its production targets for this year and next.Chief Executive Elon Musk said he’s considering options to raise ... Read More »

Yet another college girl gang-raped in capital

Yet another college girl was gang-raped by miscreants in the city’s Jatrabari area on Tuesday noon. Sub-inspector of Jatrabari Police Station Abdullah Biswas said the 20-year-old girl along with her boyfriend came to the house of one of the acquaintances of the boy at Dakkhin Kajla near Bishwa Road Masjid at noon from Sonargaon of Narayanganj district. Read More »