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Crusade against sex edu undermines progress in Latin America

BUENOS AIRES, Jan 30 2019 (IPS) – The crusade against comprehensive sex education by conservative and religious sectors undermines progress in Latin America and could further drive up rates of teen pregnancy, communicable diseases and abuse against girls and adolescents. In Brazil, where far-right President Jair Bolsonaro took office on Jan. 1, backed by the country’s neo-Petencostal churches, the crusade has ... Read More »

DU female student kidnapping case: 4 asked to surrender

Dhaka, Feb 5 – The High Court on Monday asked four people to surrender before the trial court by Wednesday in a case filed for attempting to kidnap a female student of Dhaka University. The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order rejecting their bail petitions seeking interim bail in the case. ... Read More »

Compatriots forced Bd women domestic help into illicit work

Bahrain, Feb 01 – Two pimps who locked a woman in apartments for three months and forced her to have sex with multiple men have been jailed for 10 years each. The Bangladeshi men, aged 29 and 44, were convicted by the High Criminal Court yesterday of holding their victim captive, forcing her into prostitution, human trafficking, torture and rape. ... Read More »

Garo woman murder report March 5

Dhaka Feb 03 – A Dhaka court fixed March 5 for submitting the investigation report over the murders of a woman of Garo community and her daughter in Kalachandpur of Dhaka. Magistrate Debdash Chandra Adhikary of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka directed Gulshan Police Station Inspector Md Salahuddin Mia to submit the report. On March 20, 2018, ... Read More »

Doctor’s suicide: Police seek 7-day remand for wife

Chattogram, Feb 2 – Police have forwarded an application to take Tanzila Haque Chowdhury Mitu on seven-day remand in connection with the ‘suicide’ of her husband Dr Mustafa Murshed Akash for instigating his suicide. Chandgaon Police Station assitant Sub-inspector Abdul Kader who is also the investigation officer assigned to the case prayed for the remand to Chattogram Metropolitan Magistrate Court ... Read More »

10 Latin American city Mayors commit to share of Paris Deal

Cities will develop Climate Action Plans that deliver on the objectives of the Paris Agreement, with support from C40 Cities and the UK government.Pledge made at meeting of city officials in Quito, Ecuador. Quito, Ecuador 29 January — Buenos Aires; Curitiba; Guadalajara; Lima; Medellín; Mexico City; Quito; Rio de Janeiro; Salvador & São Paulo today revealed their commitment to bold ... Read More »

$4 bn must to protect 41 mn children from conflict, disaster

Tens of millions of children living through conflict, disaster and other emergencies in dozens of countries urgently need protection, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday, in an appeal for $3.9 billion to support its humanitarian work around the world. Speaking in Geneva, the agency’s Director of Emergency Operations, Manuel Fontaine, warned that conflict is at a 30-year high: “There’s ... Read More »

Asia’s expanding illicit market: Brides

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 25 2019 (IPS) – Paradoxically, the world’s most populated countries are facing a population crisis: a woman shortage. And it’s women who are paying a brutal price for it. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the natural sex ratio at birth is approximately 105 boys to every 100 girls. However, decades of gender discrimination, which favoured ... Read More »

UN sexual abuse report shifts focus

A survey of sexual harassment at the United Nations has uncomfortably shifted the focus to some of the senior UN officials who have either escaped censure – or punishment– despite a rash of charges against them, including abuse and misconduct. Read More »

Forced child pregnancy and motherhood in Latin America

Research and campaigns by women’s rights advocates are beginning to focus on the problem of Latin American girls under the age of 14 who are forced to bear the children of their rapists, with the lifelong implications that entails and without the protection of public policies guaranteeing their human rights. Read More »