31 Sexual Abuse Cases Against UN Personnel Filed in 3 Months: Official
Reuters, United Nations, 11/4/2017
Thirty-one new cases alleging sexual abuse or exploitation by United Nations personnel, nearly half of which involve the U.N. refugee agency, were filed between July and September for events stretching back at least three years, the U.N. said on November 3. During the three month period, 14 investigations have been launched and one case has been proven. For decades, media and U.N. reports have exposed sexual exploitation and abuse by civilian and military U.N. personnel in places from Haiti to Darfur, with operations in the Central African Republic most recently in the headlines. The U.N. has deployed victims rights advocates in the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Haiti.
Bangladesh Tops South Asia in Gender Equality
Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh, 11/3/2017
Bangladesh has again topped South Asia in terms of gender equality, said the World Economic Forum. Bangladesh jumped 25 notches to 47th place in the Global Gender Gap ranking 2017, closing the gender gap by 72%, said the study published on November 2. According to the report, Bangladesh scored 0.719 on the gender parity index and was ranked the highest among South Asian nations. Maldives was the second highest ranked South Asian nation at 106th place. India slipped down the rankings by 21 places and ranked 108th while Sri Lanka ranked 109th, Nepal 111th, Bhutan 124th and Pakistan 143rd.
Sex-Ed Debate in China Over 'Underage' Pregnancy Videos
BBC News, China, 11/3/2017
An apparent trend of Chinese teenagers vlogging about being pregnant has sparked online concern in the country. Chinese newspapers say Kuaishou, a live streaming app, has seen a spate of videos appearing featuring underage pregnant girls discussing their lives. The apparent trend has sparked much concern among China's online community. Thousands of users of the popular Weibo microblogging site have posted using the hashtag #UnderagePregnancyImagesAndVideos, with many voicing their anger. Kuaishou has encouraged users of the platform to report any other videos they see of girls claiming to be underage. However, one newspaper said on November 3 that there were many such videos still available to view on the site.
Egyptian TV Presenter Sentenced Over Pregnancy Remarks
BBC News, Egypt, 11/2/2017
An Egyptian TV presenter has been sentenced to three years in jail after she discussed ways of becoming pregnant outside a conventional marriage. Doaa Salah, a presenter on Al-Nahar TV, asked if her viewers had considered having sex before marriage, and also suggested a woman could marry briefly to have children before divorcing. She was charged and convicted with outraging public decency. The authorities said the ideas in the programme ‘threatened the fabric of Egyptian life’, the EFE news agency reports. Sex before marriage is widely regarded as unacceptable in socially conservative Egypt. The three-year sentence follows an initial verdict which is open to an appeal.
Miss Peru Pageant Turns Into Gender Violence Protest
BBC News, Peru, 11/1/2017
Participants in Peru's Miss Universe Pageant broke with tradition and recited statistics detailing violence against women rather than give their body measurements. The organisers also joined in showing news material of prominent cases of gender-based attacks. The 23 aspiring beauty queens were hoping to get through to November's Miss Universe Competition in Las Vegas. Instead of giving their bust, waist and hip size, the contestants took turns reciting a roll call of shocking data. The televised show shocked viewers who were expecting traditional light entertainment. The contestants are planning to lead a march to highlight violence against women in Lima in November 2017.