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Contest Teaches Kids Skills Against Sexual Abuse

Viet Nam News - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 7/31/2017

Inmates aged between 10 and 20 living in HCM City’s shelters and disadvantaged children taking part in welfare projects were taught how to protect themselves from sexual abuse in a contest held on July 30. The contestants performed plays, songs, and fashion shows on the topic of protecting children. Sexual harassment on public transport and ways for children to protect themselves was highlighted through the plays in the contest. The contest also told the children about their rights under the new Law on Children, which came into effect in June 2017. The contest was held in co-operation with Dynamo International-Street Workers Network.

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Mass Nigerian Arrests for 'Homosexual Acts' in Lagos State

BBC News - Lago, Nigeria, 7/31/2017

More than 40 men have been arrested in Nigeria for performing homosexual acts, police say. They are due to appear in court later. Nigerian newspaper Punch reports that the police raided a hotel in Lagos State on the afternoon of July 29 and says the hotel was cordoned off while the investigation was carried out. Homosexual acts are punishable by up to 14 years in jail in Nigeria, while gay marriage and displays of same-sex affection are also banned. The event that was raided was to raise awareness about HIV testing in the gay community in Lagos, activist for gay rights in Nigeria Bisi Alimi told the BBC.

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Uganda Facing 150 Million Condom Shortfall

New Vision, Uganda, 7/31/2017

The country faces a shortage of 150 million condoms and this is likely to cause a setback to government’s efforts to prevent of HIV and AIDS. The revelation was made by Vastha Kibirige, the national condom coordination officer in the HIV and AIDS control program at the Ministry of Health. ‘We anticipated that the 350 million condoms that were procured would take the country up to the end of the year but we seem to be in for a stock out. We request that UNFPA helps us to procure more,’ Kibirige noted. About 20 million condoms are needed per month and the Ministry anticipates that the available condoms will take the country up to September 2017.

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Social Bodies Hold Meet to Sensitize Police Force about LGBT Issues

The Times of India - Nagpur, India, 7/30/2017

Societal acceptance continues to be a dream as the transgender community faces harassment, unlawful penalties and sexual abuse. Volunteers of two organisations and police officials gathered at a city hotel on July 29 to sensitise people about their plight and bring about a change in their perception. The programme was organized by Voluntary Health Service (VHS), Chennai, and Sarathi Trust in which officials from Sitabuldi, Dhantoli and Mankapur police stations participated. It is necessary to conduct such programmes for police as it will improve their understanding of the community's problems, legal issues and challenges they face, said police official Vijay Rathore.

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Tamil Women Marginalised in Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice Process – ICG

Tamil Guardian, Sri Lanka, 7/29/2017

The Sri Lankan government has marginalised Tamil women in shaping transitional justice policies and has failed to deliver on promises to the UN Human Rights Council, writes the International Crisis Group (ICG) in a report released earlier on July 29. Stating that ‘Tamil speaking women in the north and east have arguably been more affected by the conflict and its aftermath than any other group in Sri Lanka,’ the ICG praised them for braving ‘a powerful military and an authoritarian government to press for truth and accountability’. Yet despite their activism, which ‘helped bring transitional justice issues onto the domestic and international agenda’, these women have been marginalised said the ICG.

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