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China Prepares New Sexual Harassment Safeguards For Women

China Prepares New Sexual Harassment Safeguards For Women

China’s top lawmaking body on Monday debated legislation to give women more protection against gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace, state media reported, outlining rules including a clearer definition of inappropriate behaviour. The standing committee of the country’s parliament, the National People’s Congress, deliberated a draft amendment to the “Women’s Rights and Interests […]

Calls For New Laws As Tech Fuels ‘Explosion’ Of Online Sex Abuse

Calls For New Laws As Tech Fuels ‘Explosion’ Of Online Sex Abuse

As a schoolgirl, Sarah Cooper became close to an online buddy called “J”, bonding over a love of pop singers like Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj, and confiding about problems at home. Some two years later he sold her into sexual slavery. Cooper, from the U.S. city of Boston, told how she was abducted and […]

Venezuela Women’s Soccer Players Allege Years Of Abuse By Ex-coach

Venezuela Women’s Soccer Players Allege Years Of Abuse By Ex-coach

Two dozen Venezuelan women’s soccer players said in an open letter on Tuesday that many players had suffered years of sexual abuse and harassment by a former coach of the national team, Kenneth Zseremeta. In the letter posted to Twitter by Deyna Castellanos – a player on the national team and Atletico de Madrid in […]

‘I am not weak’: Qatari Women Unsuccessful In First Legislative Elections

‘I am not weak’: Qatari Women Unsuccessful In First Legislative Elections

Voters chose none of the 26 women who stood for election in Qatar’s first legislative elections on Saturday, disappointing candidates who had wanted to lend a voice for women and other Qataris in the Gulf monarchy’s political process. The vote was for 30 members of the 45-seat advisory Shura Council while the emir will continue […]

Salvadoran Woman, Freed After 10 Years In Prison On Abortion Charge, Seeks New Footing

Salvadoran Woman, Freed After 10 Years In Prison On Abortion Charge, Seeks New Footing

Sara Rogel, a Salvadoran woman who spent 10 years in prison on charges of violating the South American country’s harsh abortion ban when she terminated her own pregnancy, is trying to get her life back after being released last week. Rogel, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison, was arrested in October 2012 after […]

UK Police Officer Pleads Guilty To Woman’s Rape And Kidnap

UK Police Officer Pleads Guilty To Woman’s Rape And Kidnap

 A police officer has admitted the rape and kidnap of Sarah Everard whose killing sparked anger and soul-searching across Britain about what police, government and society can do to stop male violence against women, the BBC reported on Tuesday. Wayne Couzens, 48, a London officer who guarded diplomatic premises, also accepted responsibility for killing Everard […]

‘Violence Threatens Women, Girls’ Reproductive Rights’

‘Violence Threatens Women, Girls’ Reproductive Rights’

The Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC) has called for collective action to stem the rising cases of sexual, gender-based violence (SGBV) in the country. The executive director of the WARDC, Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, made the call on Saturday in Abuja at a training for chief security officers on how to strengthen coordination mechanisms […]

UK Government To Introduce Criticised Voter ID Law This Year

UK Government To Introduce Criticised Voter ID Law This Year

 Britain’s government will introduce a new law this year to crack down on the potential for voter fraud and intimidation by including rules requiring voters to prove their identities, a move critics said could deter people from casting ballots. Currently, voters need to only give their name and address to be able to vote, but […]

Kenya First Female Chief Justice

Kenya First Female Chief Justice

If parliament formally approves the nomination of Justice Martha Koome as the next Chief Justice of Kenya and president of the Supreme Court, as is widely expected, she will become the first woman to occupy the seat in Kenya’s history. Justice Martha Koome topped nine other candidates – including two other women – for the job during interviews carried […]

Govt Raises Concerns Over Rising Gender-Based Violence

Govt Raises Concerns Over Rising Gender-Based Violence

The government has raised concerns over increasing cases of gender-based violence in the Country. According to the Ministry of Public Service and Gender, GBV cases are on an upward trajectory with the incidents coinciding with the Covid-19 period. The Cabinet Secretary in the ministry, Margaret Kobia, said at the end of 2020 some 5,009 gender-based […]

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