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'Now, Few Takers for ‘Government Condoms’ as Users Look for Other Options'

Times of India, India, 6/30/2018

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in a reply to an RTI dated June 13, 2018, has stated that the number of condom users have gone down in 19 States over the last six years. The States where the number of government-distributed condoms has gone down are Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chattigarh, Haryana, and so on. The reduction of condom use can be attributed to social taboos around both sex and condoms, but it could also be attributed to the popularity of other contraceptive methods like pills, injections, vasectomies and tubectomies. However, the fact remains that the non-usage of condoms can also expose one to potential sexual health risks, so the drop in the number of condom users is worthy of concern.

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Teenager’s Suicide, after Sexual Harassment by Teacher Goes Unpunished, Sparks Soul-Searching across China

Japan Times - Beijing, China, 6/28/2018

The suicide of a teenager in China whose sexual harassment case was dismissed, has triggered nationwide soul-searching over her treatment, and anger at onlookers who encouraged her to jump off a building. Li Yiyi, 19 – who had been upset because prosecutors cleared a high school teacher whom she had accused of sexual harassment after a court case spanning nearly two years – died last week when she jumped off the eighth floor of a department store, in full of view of multiple witnesses. The case has put a new spotlight on the struggle among Chinese women to get legal help in sexual abuse allegations, and the country’s lack of awareness when it comes to the mental health needs of abuse survivors.

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India among Most Dangerous Countries for Women, Says Poll

The Tribune - London, United Kingdom, 6/26/2018

According to a global ‘experts’ poll’ conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, India, Libya and Myanmar have been voted the world’s ‘most dangerous countries’ for women forced by human traffickers into non-consensual marriage, labour or sex work. The survey was conducted among 550 experts in women’s issues, and was meant to analyse the countries where women are trafficked the most. Women and girls account for seven in 10 victims of a trafficking industry estimated to affect 40 million people worldwide and generate illegal profits in billions, says the United Nations. Women and girls in India face trafficking threats because of the existence of a large-scale culture of misogyny in the country, experts said.

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LGBT & Women's Groups Seek Review of Anti-Trafficking Bill

Times of India - Chennai, India, 6/26/2018

Pushing the government to order a review of the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018, members of the South India Aids Action Programme (SIAAP), along with organisations such as Nirangal, National Network of Sex Workers (NNSW) and Orinam came together, to discuss labour, consent and agency of women workers against its context. In February 2018, the Union cabinet approved the anti-trafficking bill, leading to hostility from various human rights groups that allege that it overrides several crucial legislations surrounding bonded labour, juvenile justice, and doesn’t take into consideration the aspect of consent among sex workers. The meeting, organised by SIAPP, was aimed at discussing possible ways forward if the bill were to pass.

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Bishops Reject Sexuality Education in Schools

Daily Monitor - Kampala, Uganda, 6/25/2018

The Catholic Church leadership in Uganda has slammed the Government’s National Sexuality Education policy, and said they will not allow it to be ‘introduced nor taught’ in their Church-founded schools. The bishops under the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC), the apex assembly of Catholic leaders in the country, said they have rejected the policy. The primary gripe of the bishops is the policy doesn’t include enough ‘christian values’, i.e, those highlighting the importance of ‘family’ and ‘children’, and they also don’t approve young children and adolescents being exposed to comprehensive sexuality education. As a primarily catholic country, the backlash to the progressive sexuality education policy put in place by the Ministry of Education earlier this year was predictable, but it’s also unfortunate.

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