'Nigeria Records 814 Deaths from 100,000 Live Births'
Daily Trust - Lagos, Nigeria, 12/30/2017
Founding Director of Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC), Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi disclosed that there are 814 deaths for every 100,000 live births, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) figure. According to her, the figure has hardly changed since 2008 when Nigeria recorded 829 deaths for 100,000 live births. She said access to maternal health facilities is still very poor. She called for reduction of unwanted and unplanned pregnancies among adolescents by addressing barriers to reproductive health services and ensuring that all adolescents in Nigeria receive comprehensive and scientifically accurate sexual and reproductive health education.
Ruling Party Leader Calls for New 'Comfort Women' Deal
The Korea Times, Korea, 12/29/2017
Ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) Chairwoman Rep. Choo Mi-ae on December 29, 2017 urged the Moon Jae-in administration to strike a new deal with Japan over ‘comfort women.’ This is virtually a call to discard the previous deal reached in December 2015 between the Governments of Moon's predecessor Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which was criticised for neglecting opinions from the victims of Japan's wartime sex slavery. Her remark came a day after President Moon Jae-in described the 2015 deal as ‘gravely flawed,’ prompting strong protests from Tokyo.
Commercial Sex Workers Protest Against Killings in Kisii
Daily Nation - Kisii, Kenya, 12/29/2017
Commercial sex workers in Kisii Town protested against the killing of their colleague on December 27, 2017. At least four other women have been killed in the recent past, said Ms Ogendi, the Commercial Sex Workers Union, Kisii County president. She said the more than 1,200 commercial sex workers in the town were worried about their security. She also accused security agents of dragging their feet in investigations. ‘Let this discrimination stop otherwise we will get killed as the government watches,’ she said. Her deputy, Ms Moraa, said they would hold more protests if no action is taken against the killers.
HIV Awareness Van to Apprise People of AIDS
The Tribune - Amritsar, India, 12/27/2017
An HIV and AIDS awareness van has been flagged off by Dr Lakhwinder Singh Athwal, Senior Medical Officer. The van will cover different villages of the block. It will create awareness about preventive measures against the HIV and AIDS in the area. The Health Department will also stage dramas based on the theme of disease and precautions. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Athwal said, objective of this van is to create awareness among general public about the HIV and AIDS along with precautions. He said it is an attempt to remove all misconceptions related to the people living with HIV and AIDS in the society.
Education Ministry Initiates Urgent Investigation Into Textbook Cartoon Which ‘Supports Homosexuality’
Egypt Independent, Egypt, 12/27/2017
The Education Ministry has assigned the General Education Sector’s committee to initiate an urgent investigation regarding the validity of pictures which ‘support homosexuality in the educational curricula’, after the claims were made on social media. Pictures emerged of an English-language textbook, allegedly from an international school in Egypt, with cartoons showing potential formations of a family. Two of the cartoons suggest the role of parenting could be performed by two mothers or two fathers. Critics claimed the cartoons were ‘promoting homosexuality and establishing a culture of gay marriage [among] a new generation of children.’