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India’s Women Seaweed Divers Swim Against The Tide Of Climate Change

India’s Women Seaweed Divers Swim Against The Tide Of Climate Change

In a blue plastic barrel, Meenakshi Mookupori packed her belongings for a five-day stay on an island in the Indian Ocean, off the Coromandal coast of south India. Besides her clothes, toothbrush and soap, she included her diving gear – a worn-out pair of black socks, a locally made pair of goggles, cheap plastic slippers, […]

Britain Launches New Inquiry Into Sex Abuse By Aid Workers

Britain Launches New Inquiry Into Sex Abuse By Aid Workers

British lawmakers will hear evidence that aid workers are demanding sex in return for assistance when they launch an inquiry this week into preventing sexual abuse and exploitation in the aid sector. The industry has come under intense scrutiny since 2018 when it emerged that Oxfam staff had paid young women in Haiti for sex while responding […]

Indonesia’s Aceh Censures Female Cyclists Over ‘Sexy’ Attire

Indonesia’s Aceh Censures Female Cyclists Over ‘Sexy’ Attire

A group of Indonesian female cyclists have apologised after they were summoned by authorities in the conservative province of Aceh over their “sexy” attire, an official said on Wednesday. Photos of nine women and a man, all wearing long-sleeved, pink t-shirts and dark trousers while cycling in Aceh, drew the ire of the mayor after circulating […]

Cost Of Sanitary Pads Rising Beyond Reach Of Many

Cost Of Sanitary Pads Rising Beyond Reach Of Many

Whenever Simphiwe Ndlovu checks the days in the calendar and realizes that time of the month is fast approaching, she gets an even sense of tense and stress. It is like a nightmare that will unfold right before her eyes. But no, it is not, Ndlovu is anxious that her monthly menstrual cycle is about […]

Egyptian Women Flood Instagram With #MeToo Stories As Suspect Arrested

Egyptian Women Flood Instagram With #MeToo Stories As Suspect Arrested

Hundreds of Egyptian women are speaking out about sexual violence after a #MeToo campaign on Instagram led to the arrest of a man accused of raping and blackmailing multiple women. The Instagram account Assault Police said more than 100 women had given testimonies since it was set up to target the man on July 1, and the […]

Coronavirus Lockdowns Seen Increasing HIV Risk To Women And Girls

Coronavirus Lockdowns Seen Increasing HIV Risk To Women And Girls

Coronavirus lockdowns have hindered the fight against HIV infection in women and girls globally by limiting their access to education and protection from sexual violence, the United Nations warned on Monday. Governments’ focus on tackling the pandemic has also shifted attention and resources away from protecting vulnerable populations from HIV, according to a study by the Joint […]

Climate Woes Growing For Women, Hit Worst By Displacement And Migration

Climate Woes Growing For Women, Hit Worst By Displacement And Migration

From sexual violence in displacement camps to extra farm work and greater risk of illness, women shoulder a bigger burden from worsening extreme weather and other climate pressures pushing people to move for survival, a global aid group said on Tuesday. Scientists expect forced displacement to be one of the most common and damaging effects […]

Germany Makes Upskirting A Crime

Germany Makes Upskirting A Crime

Germany is making upskirting, surreptitiously taking photographs or filming under a person’s clothing, a criminal offence punishable with fines or up to two years in prison. Upskirting has become an increasing concern in many countries following the advent of mobile phone cameras. In many cases, images or videos are shared on porn sites, social media […]

Your Reaction Doesn’t Define You

Your Reaction Doesn’t Define You

Suppose you and your spouse are getting ready to buy your first home together. You sit down to talk through all the features that matter, and five minutes into the conversation, your spouse says, “Why in the world do you want four bedrooms? We don’t need them.” Chances are, you would feel defensive and disconnected. […]

UN Calls For End To Practices Threatening Women, Girls Worldwide

UN Calls For End To Practices Threatening Women, Girls Worldwide

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has called for urgent action to stop female genital mutilation, child marriage and other harmful practices carried out against millions of women and girls around the world each year. UNFPA made that call as it presented its State of the World Population report from UN headquarters in Geneva Monday. […]

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