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What You Need to Know About the Delta Variant if You're Pregnant

CNN, Philippines, 7/31/2021

Health officials in some countries are sounding the alarm over the impact of the Delta variant of COVID-19 on pregnant women. Previous studies have shown that COVID-19 infection raises the risk of negative outcomes for both the mother and the baby. These risks include preeclampsia, infections, admission to hospital intensive care units and even death. New data collected by UKOSS showed that one in five women admitted to hospital with serious COVID-19 symptoms went on to give birth prematurely, and the likelihood of delivery by C-section doubled. Research has shown that most pregnant women who got the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines passed protective antibodies to their newborns, measured in breast milk and the placenta.

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Rights Groups Warn Assaults on Women on the Rise in Pakistan

Hindustan Times, Pakistan, 7/30/2021

According to a Human Rights Watch report released earlier in 2021, data collected from domestic violence hotlines across the country showed a 200% increase in domestic violence between January and March in 2020. In 2020, Pakistan was near the bottom of the World Economic Forum's global gender index, coming in at 153 of 156 countries, ahead of only Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan, which held the last spot despite billions of dollars spent and 20 years of international attention on gender issues there. Many of the attacks in Pakistan are so-called honour killings, where the perpetrator is a brother, father or other male relative. Each year, more than 1,000 women are killed in this way, many of them unreported, say human rights workers.

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With Sanitary Pads Supply for Entire Year, ‘Dignity Kits’ Distributed in Ludhiana Schools

The Indian Express - Ludhiana, Punjab, 7/29/2021

A group of young medical students in coordination with Indian Development Foundation (IDF) have started distributing unique ‘Dignity kits’ in schools under the project ‘One million’. Each kit contains 90 sanitary pads, undergarments, hand washing soap, detergent soap, towel and a cloth bag. The project, earlier running in Maharashtra, Telangana and Rajasthan, has now been initiated in Punjab. The aim of the project is to provide kits to at least one million girls across the country. The young doctors associated with the project also aim to combat taboos associated with menstruation and in whichever school the kits are distributed, the team also conducts an awareness session to answer queries of the girls related to periods.

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Rajya Sabha Clears Changes to Child Protection Law

Mint - New Delhi, India, 7/28/2021

The Rajya Sabha on July 29, 2021 passed the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2021 that proposes to increase the role of district magistrates and additional district magistrates in child care and adoption. The Bill which seeks to amend the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 was passed by Lok Sabha in March, 2021. The Act stated that adoption of a child is final on the issuance of an adoption order by the civil court. The Bill provides that instead of the court, the district magistrate will issue such adoption orders. The Bill adds that serious offences, in addition to those stated in the 2015 Act, will include offences for which maximum punishment is imprisonment of more than seven years.

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Domestic Violence in Gaza Worsens Following ‘Guardian of the Walls’

The Jerusalem Post, Palestine, 7/27/2021

The number of women calling the ‘No. 2 violence against women’ emergency line has risen following the ‘Guardian of the Walls’ operation in May, 2021. The women calling the emergency line looking for help have said that the 11-day conflict in Gaza has worsened domestic violence in their homes. Gili Sagi, the volunteering manager of the emergency line, said the phone calls are done with the help of volunteer translators, and the women tell their stories about constant physical and mental abuse in their homes. Sagi added that the women who reached the emergency line were the minority; many women did not have access to the internet and information.

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