In Madhya Pradesh, Transgender People Will Soon Get Right to Parental Property
Hindustan Times - Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, 11/5/2020
According to reports, Madhya Pradesh government is planning to introduce a transgender policy by the end of November, 2020. The policy is the result of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020, introduced by the Centre in July, 2020. Prateek Hajela, principal secretary of the social justice department, said the policy will be brought before the cabinet soon after election results. Promotion of mass marriages for transgender people, legal aid for rights to parental property, financial assistance for gender-affirmation surgeries and law to punish those who call transgender individuals by offensive names are key aspects of the policy. One stop centres, pension for persons of age above 55 years, shelter homes and old-age homes are some other provisions of the proposed policy.
These 6 Women-Led Startups Win Covid-19 Shri Shakti Challenge Award
Livemint, India, 11/4/2020
In collaboration with UN Women, six Bengaluru women-led startups have won the Covid-19 Shri Shakti Challenge organised by MyGov. Launched in April, 2020, the aim of the organisation was to encourage and involve women-led startups to come up with innovative solutions that can help in the fight against coronavirus or solve problems that impact a large number of women. All the 11 selected startups were provided a prize money of ₹75,000 each to further develop their ideas. In addition to the earlier announced reward of ₹5 lakh for the top 3 winners, UN Women agreed to reward ₹2 lakh each to the 3 startups chosen for their promising solutions.
Bangladesh's High Court Questions Ban on Marital Rape Prosecutions
Reuters - Dhaka, Bangladesh, 11/3/2020
Bangladesh’s High Court has questioned a ban on marital rape prosecutions after women’s rights groups argued it was discriminatory to stop alleged rapists from being charged if they are married to their victims. The court’s decision to seek an explanation from the government on the issue comes amid growing concern about sexual violence in Bangladesh, where the penal code and domestic abuse laws do not contemplate marital rape as a crime. Campaigners, who say current legislation discriminates against married women and girls, welcomed the court’s ruling. In October, 2020, the government changed the law to expand the use of the death penalty in rape cases following protests triggered by an online video showing a group of men sexually assaulting a woman.
Iran's #MeToo Movement Makes Waves in Toronto as Calls Mount for Festival to Cut Ties with Celebrated Artist
CBC News, Iran, 11/2/2020
Accusations of sexual assault against one of Iran's most celebrated visual artists are making waves in Toronto's Iranian community – with many saying they represent a critical moment not only in the burgeoning #MeToo movement inside Iran, but also an opportunity for community leaders abroad to take a stand against a culture of impunity they say has too long shielded perpetrators at all levels of power. In October, 2020, The New York Times released a report detailing multiple allegations of sexual harassment, assault and misconduct against Aydin Aghdashloo, 80, a prominent Iranian contemporary painter. In an email to CBC News, Aghdashloo's lawyer said the artist could not provide comment at this time.
Minority Women Forum Urges Govt to Uphold Rights of Girl Child
Pakistan Today - Lahore, Pakistan, 11/1/2020
Pakistan’s Minority Women Forum has strongly condemned the practice of marrying underage girls belonging to the religious minorities on the pretext of converting their faith and contracting marriage of choice, saying this amounts to statutory rape under the Child Marriage Restraint Act. The Forum stated that while it respects the independent right to conversion to any faith, it appeals to the concerned authorities to look into the pattern of religious conversions followed by underage marriages. It demanded strict and unbiased implementation of the Child Marriage Restraint Act particularly with regard to minor girls belonging to religious minorities. The Forum also demanded wide-ranging anti-discrimination measures, legislative, policy and administrative initiatives to protect and promote the human rights of religious minorities.