Nigerians Take to Streets to Protest Sexual Violence
Aljazeera, Nigeria, 6/5/2020
Protestors have rallied in the streets of Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, to raise awareness about sexual violence in the aftermath of a series of rape cases in the country. The protestors chanted slogans and held banners that read ‘Justice for all Nigerian girls and women' and ‘No means no’. The protest was one of the many activities planned by campaigners to call attention to the issue. #JusticeForUwa has been one of the hashtags trending on social media in the week after Vera Uwaila Omosuwa, a 22-year-old student who was reportedly raped in a church in the city of Benin. Activists say the cases of three women and girls who were raped or murdered showcase the widespread sexual violence in Nigeria.
Argentine Newspaper Publishes Massive Obituary of Femicide Victims
Reuters - Mexico City, Mexico, 6/4/2020
On June 3, 2020 Argentina’s The Clarin newspaper published an obituary filling several pages with the names of more than 300 women and girls killed because of their gender, calling attention to the growing crime of femicide. The newspaper printed the list to mark the five-year anniversary of the South American country’s first “Not One Less” march held in protest of the rising femicide rate. Accompanying each name was a description of the crime, such as “she was beaten to death by her partner.” According to a leading rights group, Argentina has recently seen a surge in femicides, with the number of women killed reaching a 10-year high under coronavirus lockdown last month.
Recognise Domestic Violence as a Serious Public Health Concern
The Star, Malaysia, 6/3/2020
Women's rights activists are pushing for domestic violence to be included in the National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) to enable policy makers and advocates access to accurate and critical information about the prevalence of domestic abuse in Malaysia. In a recent statement, Women's Aid Organisation (WAO) said that as a "serious public health concern", that is associated with other negative health conditions, domestic violence affects hundreds of thousands of women. In 2019, the National Committee on Domestic Violence identified the lack of data on domestic violence prevalence as a key barrier to evidence-based policy-making and recommended including domestic violence in the NHMS.
In Nod to #MeToo, China Codifies Sexual Harassment by Law
The Wire - Beijing, China, 6/2/2020
China‘s #MeToo movement which took off in 2018 has recently won a small victory when the nation’s parliament enacted legislation that for the first time defines actions that can constitute sexual harassment. Article 1,010 of the new civil code, approved by a session of the National People’s Congress says a person may be held liable “for speech, words, images or bodily actions that have been used to carry out sexual harassment against a person’s wishes.” Some lawyers and activists have commented that the civil code offers for the first time a nationally recognised enumeration of sexual harassment as a legal offence.
Bato De La Rosa, Risa Hontiveros Back Bill Increasing Female Recruitment Quota in PNP
Inquirer - Manila, Philippines, 6/1/2020
Sens. Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa and Risa Hontiveros have endorsed for plenary approval of a bill seeking to increase from 10 percent to 15 percent the required quota of female officers in the Philippine National Police (PNP). In his sponsorship speech, Dela Rosa, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs stated, “Through the years, women have held their own in restoring law and order in our communities. This, they have done despite the discrimination and biases against them.” The measure seeks to amend the Philippine National Police Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998, or Republic Act No, 8551. The bill also proposes to further increase the recruitment quota of women in the police force after five years.