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Mexico Supreme Court Rejects State's Bid to Decriminalise Abortion

BBC News, Mexico, 7/30/2020

Mexico's Supreme Court has rejected a landmark injunction on abortion rights across the country. The case revolved around an injunction granted in the eastern state of Veracruz, which would have effectively decriminalised termination in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. In an article a week before the verdict, reproductive rights organisation GIRE said they hoped the court's decision would be a "historic opportunity" for pro-choice campaigners. But four out of the Supreme Court's five justices voted against upholding the injunction. Removing articles 149, 150 and 154 of the local Penal Code would have decriminalised abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, allowed terminations for health reasons, and gotten rid of the time limit on abortions in the case of rape.

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IIT Gandhinagar Concluded First Ever Pan-India Workshop for Women in Computing

Telangana Today, India, 7/29/2020

A pan-India virtual workshop for women in computing, hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN), was held from July 24 to 26, 2020. The workshop was co-organized by IITGN, ACM-W India Council (the Association for Computing Machinery's India Council on Women in Computing), and the ACM India Council, and was supported by Google and TCS. The workshop was aimed to help Indian women graduate students in the field of computing deal with various situations through their graduate years and beyond. The panellists guided the students in various aspects of their graduate careers, such as finding a research topic, honing their reading and writing skills, achieving work-life balance, opportunities beyond graduate school and much more.

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India's First Mother-Child Vertical Transmission of Covid-19 Case in Pune

Livemint - Pune, Maharashtra, 7/28/2020

The Sassoon General Hospital in Maharashtra has claimed to have reported the country's first case of 'vertical transmission' of the coronavirus infection from a mother to her child through the placenta. Vertical transmission takes place when the foetus is in the uterus. If a pregnant woman is infected, the transmission of the virus takes place through the placenta – an organ that develops in the uterus during pregnancy and provides oxygen and nutrients to the foetus. Explaining the phenomena, Sassoon General Hospital's paediatrics department head Dr Aarti Kinikar told that when a person contracts the infection, it is mainly because of some contact with fomites. If the mother is infected, the baby can be infected post-natally because of breastfeeding or any other contacts.

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Egypt Jails Five Women Influencers over TikTok Posts

Reuters - Cairo, Egypt, 7/27/2020

An Egyptian court has sentenced five female social media influencers to two years in jail each on charges of violating public morals. The ruling, which can be appealed, included a fine of 300,000 Egyptian Pounds ($18,750) for each defendant. Human rights activists and social media users launched a digital campaign in July, 2020 demanding Egyptian authorities to release the women, calling the arrests a “violation of freedom of opinion and expression”. Nehad Abu El Komsan, head of the Egyptian Center for Women Rights, said she had reservations over the phrase “violating family values and principles” but she viewed human trafficking and exploiting young girls for money as a “horrible crime”. “We have to differentiate between freedom of expression and using minors to generate money,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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Representation of Women, Workers Drops in LG System

Dawn - Lahore, Pakistan, 7/26/2020

According to a report titled “The Punjab Local Govt Act 2019”, launched on July 25, 2020, the representation of women has reduced from 33 percent in 2001 to less than 10 per cent in the new Local Government system. The report was issued by the Women in Struggle for Empowerment (Wise) in Lahore. This decrease negates the government commitments under SDG - 5, its national policies and its action plans devised for the political empowerment of women. Salman Abid, Ideas Director, recommended that the ratio of women’s representation be set at a basic minimum of at least 33 percent at all LG tiers.

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