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Media Gives Afghan Women a Cautious Voice

The Nation - Kabul, Afghanistan, 6/21/2017

Afghan women are redrawing the media landscape in the deeply conservative country with the launch of a new magazine and a television channel, risking the anger of extremists by giving their gender a glamorous voice. ‘(The) lack of participation of women in life has made this country very violent,’ said Sandjar Sohail, head of the Hasht press group behind the launch of ‘Gelara’ magazine. The glossy monthly run by a team of women in their 20s proclaims itself proudly as ‘Afghanistan’s first fashion magazine’. It is also a 100 percent Afghan project. Zan TV, or ‘Women’s TV’, will also aim to challenge traditional expectations of the female role in Afghanistan, when it begins broadcasting in the near future.

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1 in 9 Female Migrant Workers Subject to Sexual Abuse: Report

The Korea Herald, South Korea, 6/20/2017

According to a survey by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea on 385 female migrants, 11.7 percent of the women said they had been sexually harassed or assaulted by their coworkers or managers while working in Korea. In the poll, which allowed multiple responses, they said they had been exposed to vulgar jokes, forced to pour drinks for coworkers at office meals, subjected to unwanted physical contact, offered to sell sex and even raped. ‘In general, the working conditions for female migrant workers are worse than those for men. They are subject to comprehensive discrimination as they are women, foreigner and worker, there needs to be more in-depth discussion on human rights violations facing them,’ the report said.

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Gender Bias in Punjab: Humanities Stream for Meritorious Girl Students Only, Not Boys

The Indian Express - Ludhiana, India, 6/19/2017

In a move that may be seen as strengthening and promoting the ‘notion’ that humanities stream is meant only for girls, the Punjab government is not offering humanities stream for meritorious boy students at any of its ten senior secondary residential schools opened specifically for government school children. So, the boys scoring more than 80 per cent marks have no option to select humanities at any of the ten schools. Strongly criticising this ‘biased’ approach in education, Dr Tarlok Bandhu, principal, Khalsa College of Education, Muktsar said, ‘This approach will further strengthen the notion in the society that humanities is an inferior stream and meant only for girls.’

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‘85% Raj Rural Women Don’t Know about HIV/AIDS’

The Times of India - Jaipur, India, 6/19/2017

High migratory population in the state makes Rajasthan vulnerable to HIV and AIDS. But a matter of even more serious concern is that the percentage of women with comprehensive knowledge of HIV and AIDS is quite low here. According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-4 (2015-16), only 19.1% of women have comprehensive knowledge of HIV and AIDS. The situation is even worse in rural areas, where only 14.7% of women (age 15-49 years) have comprehensive knowledge of HIV and AIDS. The decline in funding from the National AIDS Control Society over the past few years could be one of the reasons for the lack of comprehensive knowledge about HIV and AIDS.

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More Young People in Singapore Get Sexual Infections

Straits Times, Singapore, 6/18/2017

After seven years of decline, recent figures show there has been an increase in adolescents getting diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections (STIs). And it is not that young people are clueless about protection, but many simply choose to forgo using condoms, say experts. Latest figures show that 421 boys and girls aged 10 to 19 contracted an infection through sex in 2015, up 8 per cent from the year before, when there were 391 cases, according to the Department of Sexually Transmitted Infections Control (DSC) Clinic. Chlamydia is by far the most common infection, with gonorrhoea a distant second and genital warts rounding out the top three.

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