Lawyer Educates Sex Workers on How to Avoid Harassment by Police
The Hindu, India, 12/26/2019
Special public prosecutor Dr. Nilesh Pawaskar recently held a special workshop to educate commercial sex workers from across Mumbai on laws related to prostitution and shared tips on how to avoid exploitation by policemen. The women, Dr. Pawaskar claimed, face constant harassment from police because of their work and are unable to complain as they are often not made aware about their rights. Many a time, police harass sex workers who stand along the roadside during their work hours. The workers are fined under the Maharashtra Police Act and charged with performing obscene acts. But the law does not define what the obscene acts are, Dr. Pawsakar said.
Chinese Transgender Graduates Struggle to Obtain New Degree Certificates after Surgery
AsiaOne, China, 12/24/2019
An NGO working with transgender graduates in China has called on the government to do more to help people change their gender on their degree certificates, after many struggled to do so and found that their job prospects suffered. Beijing Gender, a non-governmental organisation advocating for gender and sexual diversity, said some transgender people could not use their degree to find work and had to take low-paid jobs or study for another degree. Xiao Mi, Beijing Gender's programme assistant for promoting transgender education rights, said there was a guideline for legally changing someone's gender identity on official documents if they have had gender reaffirming surgery, but not one for changing education records to obtain a degree certificate matching their legal identification.
Goa: ‘Under CAA, Rescued Women May be Treated as Offenders’
The Times of India, India, 12/23/2019
While the debate rages over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), members of a committee formed under the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, 1956 are worried about the future of women who are trafficked into sex work from neighbouring countries like Bangladesh. From 2014 to 2019, of 40% women rescued from sex trafficking in Goa were from Bangladesh. “It is generally found that they do not have birth certificate, or any identity proof documents - aadhar card, voting card, ration card, passport, etc. Most of them are provided PAN cards by pimps”, comments Arun Pandey, director of a social organisation Anyay Rahit Zindagi (ARZ).
Night Walk Planned in Kerala to Highlight Women’s Safety
Gulf News – Kerala, India, 12/21/2019
In the backdrop of a series of fatal assaults against women across India, including Kerala, the state directorate for development of women and children will organise a night walk to highlight the importance of women’s safety. The night walk will be held in the state capital and other locations on December 29, 2019. The date has been chosen for participants to recall the brutal assault that happened on December 16, 2012, when a woman was sexually assaulted and murdered while travelling in a Delhi bus. Night walks are proposed to be held in different parts of the state on December 29, 2019, in addition to the walk in the capital city. The night walks will be coordinated by women staff of the directorate of women and child development.
More ‘Ethical’ Reporting of Online Sexual Exploitation of Children Pressed
Manila Bulletin, Philippines, 12/21/2019
With the growing number of children vulnerable to online sexual exploitation, a child protection agency is pushing for specific guidelines on the ethical reporting of online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC). This includes avoiding the use of sexualized images of children and safeguarding their privacy, among others. According to the national baseline study on violence against children conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), sexual violence comprises around one in every five cases. Incidence of violence is also higher for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) children. Based on the definition of the Child Rights Network, OSEC includes ‘grooming, live streaming, producing and consuming child sexual abuse material, and coercing children for sexual purposes.’