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Govt Launches Menstrual Health Project in Cox’s Bazaar

Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh, 10/31/2021

The Bangladesh government on October 31, 2021 launched a project to improve menstrual health management for adolescent girls and women in Cox’s bazaar. The project, which is set to run till 2024, is being funded by Korea International Cooperation Agency with the aim of strengthening the understanding of menstrual health management in Rohingya refugee camps. The project will showcase the active involvement and participation of women, boys, men, parents, community leaders, and caregivers in improving the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls in Cox’s bazaar. Those involved in the project will learn to produce reusable menstrual pads and improve their knowledge of gender equality and menstrual health.

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UK Evacuates First Group of LGBT+ Afghans Since Taliban’s Takeover

Hindustan Times, India, 10/30/2021

The first ever group of 29 LGBTQIA+ people from Afghanistan arrived in the United Kingdom as a result of interventions from UK Foreign Minister Liz Truss and gay rights organisers, according to an official statement on October 30, 2021. The group included students and activists who stood up for LGBTQIA+ rights in the war ravaged country, the statement added. A UK foreign ministry spokesperson said that the LGBTQIA+ group will stay in a bridging accommodation. The government, meanwhile, assured that more vulnerable LGBTQIA+ people from Afghanistan are expected to arrive in the UK in 2021. Safe houses are being established for Afghans who arrived on October 29, 2021, Sebastian Rocca, chief executive of Micro Rainbow, a charity supporting LGBTQIA+ refugees said.

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Tunisia’s #MeToo: Landmark Sexual Harassment Case Kicks Off

Al Jazeera, Tunisia, 10/29/2021

A landmark case that helped galvanise Tunisia’s #MeToo movement has reached court, involving a legislator charged with sexual harassment. Feminist activists held a small protest outside the court in Nabeul, chanting and waving placards that read “My body is not a public space”. The activists sported T-shirts and badges bearing the hashtag of their movement #EnaZeda, #MeToo in the Tunisian dialect. In 2019, a schoolgirl posted photos on social media of parliament member Zouhair Makhlouf, performing a sexual act in his car outside her high school. Activist Sara Medini said campaigners had come to the court to protest in solidarity with the survivor/victim, as well as to denounce the time it took for Makhlouf’s legal proceedings to begin.

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Covid-19 in Kerala: 41 Pregnant Women Died, 149 Ended Life, Says Kerala Govt

Mint, India, 10/28/2021

As many as 41 pregnant women have so far succumbed to COVID-19 in Kerala after the virus infection broke out in the southern state in 2020, said state Health Minister Veena George. "As per the figures reported from the districts, 41 pregnant women have succumbed to the disease in the state," George said. She added that 149 patients affected with the viral infection had ended their lives. Responding to another query by Mathew Kuzhalnadan, she said as per the reports, there seems to be no difference in the findings of the recent sero prevalence scientific study conducted by the state health department and similar surveys by the ICMR.

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Harassment of Coach Santhi: Notice Sent to Magazine, Sports Official

The Hindu, India, 10/27/2021

The South Regional Representative to the National Council for Transgender Persons (NCTP), a statutory authority under the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Gopi Shankar, based in Madurai, has taken suo moto cognizance of continuous harassment of athlete and coach Santhi Soundarajan on the grounds of gender identity/expression by the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDATN) coach Abraham Rajan. In the notice issued to the Tamil magazine, Gopi Shankar sought an apology from the Kumudam publishing house for publishing ‘false allegations’ in the form of an article that had appeared in the magazine without knowing Santhi’s side of the story. The rights of Santhi are protected under the Constitution of India and the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019.

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