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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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Methinee Chalothorn Named Thailand's First Female President of Supreme Court

The Star - Bangkok, Thailand, 7/25/2020

A senior woman judge, Methinee Chalothorn was on July 24, 2020 named Thailand's first female president of the Supreme Court. The 64-year-old Methinee, who started up her judicial career in 1981, was promoted from the post of a Vice President of the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the panel also promoted two other women as judicial heads. Piyakul Boonpherm was promoted from the post of the chief justice of the Supreme Court's bankruptcy division to the post of the Appeals Court President. Nucharin Chanphraisri was promoted from the post of a Chief Justice in the Supreme Court to the post of the Chief of the Supreme Court's division in charge of lawsuits against politicians.

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Women Seeking Help from Violence Almost Doubles in Mexico Lockdown

Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mexico City, Mexico, 7/24/2020

According to the country's largest network of shelters for victims of violence, the number of women and children seeking help at shelters against violence has surged by more than 80% in Mexico under the coronavirus lockdown. The National Network of Shelters, which includes about 69 refuges across Mexico, also said the number of calls and texts it had received about family or gender-based violence had risen by 55% between March and June compared to a year ago. The group stated, "Women in Mexico are facing two pandemics: COVID-19 and family violence." Reportedly, the National Network of Shelters said it had helped more than 20,000 people during the pandemic, an increase of 71% compared to the same period last year.

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Social Justice Ministry Plans to Launch National Helpline for the Transgender Community

The New Indian Express - New Delhi, India, 7/23/2020

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is planning to launch a national helpline to offer legal, health and psychological support to members of the transgender community. Currently, the Ministry is running a temporary helpline to offer psychological support to members of the community which is likely to function till July 31, 2020. As part of running the national helpline, the Ministry will be empaneling doctors, counsellors and legal experts from across cities who would offer support to callers. The Ministry is planning to tie up with partner organisations to run the helpline. A ministry official said the helpline will be a comprehensive and cost-effective way to reach out to community members and help step up outreach for members of the transgender community.

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