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Calls for Hong Kong to Better Protect LGBT Rights as City Wins Bid to Host 2022 Gay Games

South China Morning Post, Hong Kong, 10/31/2017

With Hong Kong becoming the first Asian city to host the ‘Gay Olympics’ in 2022, the city should now do more to legally protect sexual minorities, the team behind the city’s successful bid said on October 31. No Asian city has hosted the games since the event began in 1982. Paul Choi, Director of Government relations for the Hong Kong 2022 bid team, said he hoped the games would be a ‘catalyst’ for the Government to create national anti-discrimination laws protecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people. Homosexuality was decriminalised in Hong Kong in 1991 but same-sex marriage is not recognised.

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Japan to Offer Free HIV Testing in Annual Company Health Checks to Encourage Early Detection

The Japan Times, Japan, 10/30/2017

In a bid to encourage more people to undergo HIV tests, the health ministry is planning to offer testing as a free option during companies’ annual health checks. The program will start on a trial basis in fiscal 2018 in big cities like Tokyo, where the rates for HIV and AIDS tend to be higher, a Ministry official said on October 30. The free HIV test will be optional at the annual health checks companies carry out on employees, and the ministry will send the results directly to the patients instead of together with all of the usual health check data. In Japan, public health centres offer HIV tests for free, but they are usually offered only on weekdays, when most people are working.

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Marie Stopes Speaks Out Amid Storm on Abortion, Contraception

The Nation, Kenya, 10/29/2017

Reproductive health services provider Marie Stopes has defended itself following uproar on its provision of abortion services. Its recent actions in Kitui County, where one of its staff visited a Catholic-sponsored secondary school on October 11 to promote family planning, have drawn so much ire that a civil society now wants the Health ministry to de-register Marie Stopes altogether. Marie Stopes country director for Kenya, Ms Dana Tilson, told the Nation that the team member only gave a talk at the school on reproductive health. ‘The girls accessed the (family planning) services at a clinic outside the school as they needed to inquire more,’ she said.

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Textbooks Portray Gender Biased Roles, Reveals Study

The Express Tribune - Islamabad, Pakistan, 10/29/2017

A study has found that the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) textbooks perpetuate gender disparity in society by portraying misogynistic images which affect the minds of children from an early age. The research titled ‘Expression of Masculinity in Textbooks’ was carried out by Shirakat, a non-governmental organisation which works for gender equality and social justice. Highlighting the significance of a balanced view of masculinities in the curriculum and the corresponding textbooks, the research focuses on how women have been portrayed in the stereotypical roles in the textbooks. Interestingly, according to the research, gender bias is quiet visible in the textbooks despite of the fact that 64% authors of these books at the federal level are women.

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Tanzania Deports Lawyers Accused of 'Promoting Homosexuality'

BBC News, Tanzania, 10/28/2017

Tanzania has deported three South African lawyers after they were accused of promoting homosexuality. They were among 13 people arrested on 17 October for taking part in a meeting to discuss challenging a law stopping private health clinics from providing HIV and AIDS services. However, Sibongile Ndashe says they had no right to do so, and has accused authorities in Dar es Salaam of holding her and her colleagues ‘hostage’. Homosexuality is a crime in Tanzania. Ms Ndashe said their demands to see the grounds on which they were deported were ignored. The group now intends to sue, she added.

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