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Openly Gay Brazil Congressman Leaves Job Amid Death Threats

Outlook - Rio de Janerio, Brazil, 1/25/2019

An openly gay congressman has said he was leaving his job and the country because of mounting death threats. Jean Wyllys, who was re-elected in October 2018 said death threats against him had increased significantly since Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco, who was a friend of Wylys, was killed in March 2018. Many in Latin America's largest nation saw Franco, who was black, lesbian and hailed from one of Rio’s most violent slums, as a symbol of hope for her strong advocacy for LGBT rights and outspoken criticism of police brutality in poor neighbourhoods. Ten months later, no one has been arrested for her murder, which goes to show the growing threat LGBTQ people are facing in Brazil.

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Angola Decriminalises Homosexuality and Bans Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

Evening Standard, Angola, 1/24/2019

Angola has decriminalised homosexuality and banned discrimination based on sexual orientation. According to Human Rights Watch, the changes came on January 23, 2019, when Angola’s parliament adopted the first penal code since independence from Portugal in 1975. It passed with 155 votes in favour, one against and seven abstentions. Last year, the country’s only gay rights lobbying organisation, Iris Angola, was granted legal status last year after four years of operation, which proved an important step for gay rights in the country. Angola now joins the Seychelles, Palau, Nauru and Lesotho in decriminalising gay sex. However, according to Human Rights Watch, there are still 69 countries that criminalise same-sex relationships in the African continent.

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South Korea's Rights Commission Will Investigate Allegations of Rampant Sexual Abuse in Sports

Time - Seoul, South Korea, 1/23/2019

South Korea’s Human Rights Commission plans to interview possibly thousands of adult and child athletes about a culture of abuse in sports after a wave of female athletes came forward to say they had been raped or assaulted by their coaches. The yearlong investigation will cover 50 sports and include children competing for elementary, middle and high schools competing for scholastic and corporate league teams, an official from the National Human Rights Commission said on January 23, 2019. The investigation, pushed by dozens of government officials and civilian experts, could start as early as next week and could extend beyond a year if needed. It will be the commission’s largest-ever inquiry into sports.

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Odisha AIDS Control Society Launches Programme to Make Adolescent School Students Aware of HIV-AIDS

India Today - Odisha, India, 1/22/2019

The Odisha AIDS Control Society has launched a programme to sensitise adolescent students in schools on HIV, AIDS and STIs, an official said on January 22. The adolescent education programme was launched in Ganjam district, since it has the highest number of HIV positive persons in the state. The children will be made aware of the cause of the spread of STDs by the teachers in the district, and as many as 60 teachers - half of them women - of 30 high schools in at least 14 out of the 22 blocks, have been sensitised and trained in order for them to educate the students on HIV and HIV prevention. As many as 15,467 persons have been tested HIV positive in the district till November, 2018.

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Inequality Has ‘Female Face’ in India, Women’s Unpaid Work Worth 3.1% of GDP: Oxfam

The Hindu, India, 1/21/2019

Unpaid work done by women across the globe amounts to a staggering $10 trillion a year, which is 43 times the annual turnover of the world’s biggest company, an Oxfam study has said. In India, the unpaid work done by women at home is worth 3.1% of the country’s GDP. Women spend 312 minutes per day in urban areas and 291 minutes per day in rural areas on such unpaid care work. In comparison, men spend only 29 minutes in urban and 32 minutes in rural areas on unpaid care work. The report, released by the international rights group before the start of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting also said women and girls are hardest hit by rising economic inequality, especially in India.

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