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Stopping menstrual management history from repeating itself

When Deputy Principal Rose was a student, there was a week every month that she dreaded: the period every twenty-eight days or so when she had her period. A keen student with an innate love of learning, she loathed this forced truancy.Without menstrual management support, Rose could see no other option but to wait out her period at home. Read More »

150 women leaders demand increased nominations in polls

Dhaka, 13 Nov – On Tuesday 150 women political leaders affiliated with Bangladesh Awami League (AL), Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jatiya Party demanded nominations as general seat candidates in the national election at a multi-party women’s conference organized by Democracy International at the Hotel Lakeshore. The conference provided women leaders with a forum to discuss the merits of increasing ... Read More »

Sexual violence against women by officials in North Korea

North Korean officials commit sexual violence with little concern for the consequences, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government fails to investigate and prosecute complaints, or to provide protection and services to victims, and even asserts that the country is implausibly free of sexism or sexual violence. Read More »

Gay & lesbian rights prove divisive at lawmakers’ Confce

When the International Parliamentarians’ Conference (ICPI) on population and development concluded its two-day forum in the Canadian capital last week, more than 150 legislators from around the world approved a seven page Declaration reaffirming their opposition to some of the culturally sensitive issues, including female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriages. Read More »

Unaddressed domestic violence puts women at risk in Russia

Philippa H Stewart, Senior Media Officer Domestic violence was already pervasive in Russia. Then in February 2017, parliament decriminalized first instances of battery among family members. Some took this as confirmation that beating their wives is acceptable. Yulia Gorbunova spoke to Philippa H Stewart about her new report “I Could Kill You and No One Would Stop Me” and how the ... Read More »

Over 200mn women still waiting for modern contraception

By Thalif Deen Ottawa, Canada, Oct 23 (IPS) – The international community will be commemorating two milestones in the history of population and development next year: the 50th anniversary of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the 25th anniversary of a Programme of Action (PoA) adopted at the1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo. Read More »

Offender registry not enough to curb sexual violence

India recently launched a sex offender registry to deter sex offenders from perpetrating crimes against women and children by indicating that the government is keeping track of them. The personal details of 440,000 sex offenders who have been convicted for various crimes like “eve-teasing”, child sexual abuse, rape and gang rape will be registered in this database and accessible to ... Read More »

Protesters stop females ages 10 to 50 from entering temple

New Delhi, Oct 18 (AP/UNB) — A temple in southern India and one of the world’s largest Hindu pilgrimage centres opened its doors to females of menstruating age on Wednesday to comply with a Supreme Court ruling, but women weren’t able to enter as hundreds of protesters fought street battles with police to keep them out. Read More »

Youth gathering program held at BAU

Mymensingh, Oct 8 – To celebrate the International Rural women’s day a ‘Youth gathering’ programme was held at Shilpacharya Jainul Abedin auditorium of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) on Monday. ‘Manusher Jonno Foundation’ and BAU Journalists’ Association (BAUJA) organized the program titled on ‘Explicit recognition of the contribution of rural women to agriculture’. BAU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Md Ali Akbar attended ... Read More »