Mithali Raj Becomes First Female Player to Complete 2 Decades in International Cricket
The Hindu, India, 10/10/2019
India captain Mithali Raj on October 9, 2019, became the first female player to complete more than 20 years in international cricket. She achieved the feat while leading India to an emphatic eight-wicket win over South Africa women in the first ODI of a three-match series. Mithali, who made her ODI debut against Ireland on June 26, 1999, has completed 20 years and 105 days in the 50-over format. She, thus, became the only female cricketer to have played ODI cricket for over two decades, which is a significant achievement considering the systemic gender bias surrounding the sport, especially in India. The right-handed batswoman has played 204 ODIs till now, the most by a female, followed by England’s Charlotte Edwards (191) and India’s Jhulan Goswami (178).
Women Entrepreneurs in Singapore Battle to Win Equal Slice of Funding Pie: HSBC
The Straits Times, Singapore, 10/9/2019
Despite tighter levels of liquidity and perceptions of gender bias in the pitch process, female entrepreneurs based in Singapore are achieving the same funding success as men, more than in most established markets worldwide, new research by HSBC found. Its survey polled more than 1,200 entrepreneurs in eight markets across Asia, Europe, US and the Middle East, including 151 from Singapore. It found that Singapore-based entrepreneurs face one of the toughest hurdles when it comes to securing capital, but women are still at par with men in this regard. However, HSBC's survey also found that 41 per cent of female entrepreneurs in Singapore have experienced gender bias when attempting to raise capital for their business, particularly when asked about their credibility and personal circumstances.
Iran Charges Famous Kurdish Singer with Being Gay, Faces Execution
The Jerusalem Post, Iran, 10/8/2019
Iranian authorities have accused a prominent Kurdish singer of being ‘gay’ and, under the country’s anti-homosexuality laws, he could face the death penalty. According to a statement by the Kurdistan Human Rights Network, Mohsen Lorestani, a Kurdish singer from Kermanshah, has been charged with ‘corruption on earth’ in a public complaint for not just because of his alleged homosexuality but for also posting content on social media that has been considered ‘immoral’ by a court in Tehran, and if convicted, this charge could result in a death sentence. Iran has been known for its conservativeness around LGBTQ rights, and according to a British WikiLeaks dispatch, Iran has subjected “between 4,000 and 6,000 gays and lesbians” to death penalties since 1979, the number continuing to rise in recent years.
Gay Men Seen Dying from AIDS Due to Africa's Homophobic Laws
Reuters - Nairobi, South Africa, 10/7/2019
Thousands of gay men in Africa are likely dying from HIV-related illnesses every year due to homophobic laws that stifle their chances of being tested and treated, said researchers behind a study published on October 7, 2019, in The Lancet HIV journal. A study of the data of 45,000 gay men in 28 African countries including Kenya, Malawi and Nigeria found only one in four living with HIV were taking medication. Half had taken an HIV test in the past 12 months, and the low rates were probably due to anti-LGBTQ laws in many African countries, which neglected HIV programmes targeting gay men. However, researchers also said that more research is required to see whether, if homophobic laws were repealed, more gay men would be tested and treated.
Saudi Arabia Eases Restrictions on Women Taking Hotel Rooms
The Tribune, Dubai, 10/6/2019
Saudi Arabia has lifted some restrictions on women travelling in the kingdom, its tourism authority said on October 6, 2019, with new guidelines allowing women to rent hotel rooms without a male guardian’s presence, and male and female tourists to share a room without proof of marriage. The easing of stringent regulations governing social interactions comes after Riyadh launched its first tourist visa scheme, as part of efforts to open up the country to foreign visitors and diversify its oil-reliant economy. The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage posted the new requirements on Twitter, stating that women will be allowed to rent hotel rooms with proof of identity an ID card for Saudi women, residency card for foreign residents living in the kingdom or passport for tourists.