Lawmaker Eunice Yung Makes Hong Kong History with Pregnancy while in Office
South China Morning Post - Hong Kong, China, 8/1/2018
A Hong Kong lawmaker is set to make history by becoming the first in the city to marry and possibly give birth while holding a seat in the legislature. No other woman has ever found herself expecting during a term in the city’s legislature, but New People’s Party lawmaker Eunice Yung Hoi-yan is reportedly in the early stages of her pregnancy, and will marry her fiancé in August 2018. Women are under-represented in the chamber, forming only 10 among 68 members – a number that has changed little over the years – but Yung’s competence as a lawmaker and her decision to make her pregnancy public will provide visibility and opportunities for other young women (and mothers) to break into the profession.
Women in South Africa are Marching against Gender Violence with #TotalShutdown Protest
CNN - Lagos, Nigeria, 8/1/2018
Women in various parts of South Africa have taken to the streets to protest the increasing levels of gender-based violence in the country. As South Africa celebrates Women's Month throughout August and National Women's Day on August 9, hundreds of women have decided to use the occasion to raise awareness of violence against women and children under the 'Total Shutdown' banner. South Africa's femicide rate is five times more than the global rate, and sexual and domestic violence is disturbingly prevalent. Hence, dubbed as an 'intersectional women's march' and organised by WomenProtestSA, this march calls for women to take to the streets under the rallying cry: ‘My body, not your crime scene.’