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5 Lakh Indians Swarm Extra-Marital Dating App Gleeden, 30% are Women

Business Standard, India, 2/24/2019

Several Indians stuck in unhappy marriages are taking to an extra-marital dating app called Gleeden to pursue alternate relationships. Gleeden, which is the world’s first dating platform for married people looking for relationships outside of their marriage, has seen nearly five lakh registrations from Indian users, out of which women are in the majority (an unsurprising statistic, since the app is run by women and is free for women to use). In 2018, women were 25 per cent of Gleeden's Indian users, which has grown to 30 per cent. Predictably, Gleeden’s Indian user base has further expanded after the decriminalisation of adultery in the country. This goes on to show how important it is to have platforms to help women reclaim agency and pursue pleasure.

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China Bans Gender Discrimination Against Women in Recruitment

Xinhua - Beijing, China, 2/22/2019

China has banned gender discrimination practices in recruitment to boost career opportunities for women. No requirements for gender should be included in any recruitment plans or interviews, according to the new guidelines released by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. It is also forbidden to ask about the marital or fertility status of women candidates during interviews, and pregnancy testing should be off the list of pre-employment health test. This comes in the aftermath of a survey in 2018 which highlighted how firms are less likely to hire women, and how women face a lot of bias and discrimination in the workforce. The Chinese Government also seeks to build a sound mechanism to supervise employers and offer legal aid to women employees.

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Kenya Court Delays Decision on Anti-Gay Sex Law

Al Jazeera, Kenya, 2/22/2019

Kenya's High Court has postponed a much-anticipated ruling on whether to scrap colonial-era laws which criminalise gay sex, citing a heavy caseload. The announcement of a delay, which was made on February 22, 2019, was met with dismay from Kenya's LGBT community, who have been anxiously awaiting a ruling on the petition, filed three years ago. The new date for declaring the decision is set at May 24. The petition filed by gay rights organisations is asking the court to scrap two sections of the penal code that criminalise gay sex: one section states that anyone who has ‘carnal knowledge... against the order of nature’ can be imprisoned for 14 years, another stipulates a five-year jail term for ‘indecent practices between males’.

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Report Flags Gap in India Mobile Usage: 80% Men, 59% Women

Indian Express, India, 2/21/2019

Indian women are 26 per cent less likely than Indian men to own a mobile phone, and 56 per cent less likely to use mobile Internet, according to the findings of a new report by Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA), a London-based global trade body. While the 2019 Mobile Gender Gap Report found that 80 per cent of women in low-and middle-income countries are now mobile owners, the gender gap in mobile ownership is not closing. The mobile gender gap is widest in South Asia, where women are 28% less likely than men to own a mobile device and 58% less likely to use the mobile Internet, due to patriarchal norms and lack of access women have.

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Sexual Harassment Endemic for Female Workers in Garment Industry, Study Finds

The Independent, India, 2/20/2019

Sexual harassment, sexism and pregnancy-related discrimination are rampant in the garment industry, a damning report by Human Rights Watch has found. While India, Pakistan and many other countries have specific laws governing sexual harassment at work, 59 countries do not have any specific legal remedies for sexual harassment in the workplace. But the report found even where there are laws governing sexual harassment at work, they often are not properly implemented. Workers in India and Pakistan told researchers that many employees are not aware of their own rights or of the responsibilities of their employers under sexual harassment laws and have not had any training at work. Workers find it difficult to make complaints about their harassment due to fears of being punished for doing so.

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