News from the Global South

Cambodia Targets Short Skirts, See-Through Shirts with New Modesty Law

South China Morning Post, Cambodia, 8/1/2020

A law recently proposed by the Cambodian government to fine people deemed to be dressed inappropriately could be used to curtail women’s freedoms and reinforce a culture of impunity around sexual violence, human rights campaigners say. The draft legislation, to take effect next year, will stop women from wearing anything ‘too-short' or ‘too see-through’. While billed by the government as a way to preserve national traditions, human rights activists and critics fear the law will be used as a tool to control and oppress women in the socially conservative country. Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights charity, said that this law will be disproportionately used against women exercising their fundamental freedoms.

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Over 1.6 Crore Sanitary Pads Sold at Subsidised Rates Under Asmita Yojana: Maharashtra Govt to HC

Hindustan Times - Mumbai, Maharashtra, 7/31/2020

The Maharashtra government on July 31, 2020 informed the Bombay High Court (HC) that over 1.6 crore sanitary pads have been sold at highly subsidised rates to adolescent girls and women across the state. In an affidavit filed on July 31, 2020, the government said that the Asmita Yojana has been implemented, since it was introduced in 2018, with the objective of ensuring accessibility of affordable sanitary pads across rural Maharashtra. The affidavit was submitted in reply to a public interest litigation (PIL), jointly filed by Nikita Gore and Vaishnavi Gholave. In the PIL, the petitioners sought proper implementation of the national guidelines for menstrual hygiene management issued by the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in 2015.

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Over 1.6 Crore Sanitary Pads Sold at Subsidised Rates Under Asmita Yojana: Maharashtra Govt to HC

Hindustan Times - Mumbai, Maharashtra, 7/31/2020

The Maharashtra government on July 31, 2020 informed the Bombay High Court (HC) that over 1.6 crore sanitary pads have been sold at highly subsidised rates to adolescent girls and women across the state. In an affidavit filed on July 31, 2020, the government said that the Asmita Yojana has been implemented, since it was introduced in 2018, with the objective of ensuring accessibility of affordable sanitary pads across rural Maharashtra. The affidavit was submitted in reply to a public interest litigation (PIL), jointly filed by Nikita Gore and Vaishnavi Gholave. In the PIL, the petitioners sought proper implementation of the national guidelines for menstrual hygiene management issued by the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in 2015.

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Mexico Supreme Court Rejects State's Bid to Decriminalise Abortion

BBC News, Mexico, 7/30/2020

Mexico's Supreme Court has rejected a landmark injunction on abortion rights across the country. The case revolved around an injunction granted in the eastern state of Veracruz, which would have effectively decriminalised termination in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. In an article a week before the verdict, reproductive rights organisation GIRE said they hoped the court's decision would be a "historic opportunity" for pro-choice campaigners. But four out of the Supreme Court's five justices voted against upholding the injunction. Removing articles 149, 150 and 154 of the local Penal Code would have decriminalised abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, allowed terminations for health reasons, and gotten rid of the time limit on abortions in the case of rape.

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IIT Gandhinagar Concluded First Ever Pan-India Workshop for Women in Computing

Telangana Today, India, 7/29/2020

A pan-India virtual workshop for women in computing, hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN), was held from July 24 to 26, 2020. The workshop was co-organized by IITGN, ACM-W India Council (the Association for Computing Machinery's India Council on Women in Computing), and the ACM India Council, and was supported by Google and TCS. The workshop was aimed to help Indian women graduate students in the field of computing deal with various situations through their graduate years and beyond. The panellists guided the students in various aspects of their graduate careers, such as finding a research topic, honing their reading and writing skills, achieving work-life balance, opportunities beyond graduate school and much more.

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