Govt Seeks to Slash Teen Pregnancy Rate
The Bangkok Post, Thailand, 9/10/2020
Thailand’s Bureau of Reproductive Health aims to reduce teenage pregnancy in girls from 31.4 per 1,000 people to 25 by 2026. In 2019, an average of 169 children in Thailand were born to teenage girls aged between 15-19 years old each day. According to the bureau, an average of six children per day were born to girls younger than 15 years old. Deputy Bureau Director Dr. Manus Ramkiattisak has blamed the high numbers on a lack of access to contraceptives. To promote information about the sexual health service, the Bureau of Reproductive Health recently launched an official LINE account called Teen Club targeting teenagers to provide correct information about reproductive health, birth control, and other useful information.
UN Body Calls on Pakistan to Condemn Incitement to Violence against Minorities
Deccan Herald, Pakistan, 9/9/2020
Raising concerns over threats to journalists and human rights defenders, especially women, in Pakistan, a top UN body has called on the country's leadership to unequivocally condemn incitement to violence against minorities and encourage respect for diversity of opinion. Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in Geneva on September 8, 2020 that the UN's human rights body has followed with increasing concern numerous instances of incitement to violence – online and offline – against women and minorities. The UN agency encouraged the Pakistan government to address impediments to the active protection of the right to freedom of expression, including by carrying out legal reforms such as those recommended by the UN Human Rights Committee and other international human rights mechanisms.
Kerala, Delhi Have Highest Literacy Rates, Andhra Pradesh Worst Performer: Survey
The Wire, India, 9/8/2020
As per a report based on National Statistical Office (NSO) survey, Kerala has once again emerged as the most literate state in the country with 96.2% literacy, while Andhra Pradesh featured at the bottom with a rate of 66.4%. At the all-India level, the male literacy rate is higher at 84.7% compared to 70.3% among women. The survey showed that the male literacy rate is higher than the female literacy rate among all states. In Kerala, the male literacy rate is 97.4% compared to 95.2% among females. The report also revealed that nearly 4% of rural households and 23% of urban households possessed computers.
UNFPA Launches Phase II of Landmark Project to Prevent GBV in Two Provinces
The Himalayan Times - Kathmandu, Nepal, 9/7/2020
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in coordination with the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens (MoWCSC) and relevant provincial and local authorities, launched the second phase of a project that seeks to reduce gender-based violence and discrimination against women and girls in two provinces, on September 7, 2020. The Gender-based Violence (GBV) Prevention and Response Project Phase II is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC and the Norwegian Embassy in Kathmandu. The project aims to reach almost 300,000 beneficiaries over the next four years. Ending GBV and harmful practices against women and girls is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, UNFPA said in a statement.
Incubators to Boost Women Entrepreneurs
The Times of India - Hyderabad, India, 9/6/2020
Women’s incubator WE HUB on September 5, 2020 said it has joined hands with NutriHub, an incubator that caters to the needs of startups in the nutricereals sector, to promote virtual co-incubation for women-led startups in the agripreneurship space, especially millet processing. NutriHub is supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, and hosted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Indian Institute of Millet Research, ICAR-IIMR, Hyderabad. NutriHub will support WE HUB startups with technical advice, testing and product development, WE HUB, on the other hand, will offer technical and product development support as well as technology transfer and cross-learning for women entrepreneurs.