Tunisia Launches a State-Sponsored Sex-Education Program, a Rarity in the Arab World
The Washington Post, 12/6/2019
Tunisia will begin providing a sex education program for its elementary and middle school students, making it the only Arab nation to currently do so, according to health officials. The executive director of the Tunisian Association of Reproductive Health, Arzek Khenitech, made the announcement to local news media in late November about the initiative. The North African country, long touted as relatively progressive in comparison to its neighbors in the region, is ripe for allowing its youth to uncover sexuality and to create a new society of more-informed citizens in a way that’s uniquely its own, religious and regional experts say.
Women at Risk of More Violence Due to Climate Change
Daily Nation, Kenya, 12/5/2019
Loss of natural resources as a result of climate change is exposing more women and girls to gender-based violence (GBV), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has said. The gender and environment outlook document states that among other factors, the extremes of changing weather patterns associated with crop failure push families to marry off their girls as a way of tackling household food insecurity. The report states that this leads to increased numbers of early marriages, female genital cutting and denying girls the right to education. The document recognises that across societies, climate change affects women and men differently. Women are often responsible for gathering and producing food, collecting water and sourcing fuel for heating and cooking. With climate change, these tasks are becoming more difficult.
Twitter India Officers Meet Parliamentary Panel to Discuss Cyber Harassment
Business Standard, India, 12/4/2019
The Parliamentary Committee on Empowerment of Women on December 4, 2019, met representatives from Twitter India and had a detailed discussion on cyber harassment and cyber bullying, sources said. The Parliamentary Committee had called a meeting with representatives of social media companies amidst the concerns raised on the safety of women across the country. Twitter India has given presentations to the Parliamentary Committee on women safety, on how Twitter works, how to report on Twitter and on the basis of complaint how Twitter will take action against complaint. The meeting, held on December 4 and 5, 2019, took place in the wake of concerns around gender-based violence after the recent rape and murder of 27-year old veterinarian Dr Priyanka Reddy.
WHO: Sri Lanka Eliminates Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV, Syphilis
Inquirer- Colombo, Sri Lanka, 12/3/2019
World Health Organisation has certified Sri Lanka as a country that has eliminated transmission of HIV and Syphilis from mother to child. Sri Lanka is the third country in the Asia-Pacific region that was certified to have eliminated mother-to-child transmissions (MTCT). HIV can be transmitted from a HIV-positive mother to her child during pregnancy, labor, delivery, or breastfeeding. The dual elimination of mother-to-child transmission (EMTCT) of HIV and syphilis has been identified as a global public health priority. Other countries which have obtained the certification of the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis status in the region are Thailand, Malaysia, and the Maldives.
Trans Community Appeals to President Kovind to Block Bill as it Fails to Crackdown on Sexual Abuse
News18 - New Delhi, India, 12/2/2019
The transgender community in India took to social media on December 2, 2019, to urge President Ram Nath Kovind to stop a bill that aimed to protect them but failed to offer the right to self-identification and to crackdown on sexual abuse. Tagging the president's Twitter handle and using #StopTransBill2019, trans people, campaigners and supporters tweeted against the Transgender Persons Bill, which was passed by the Parliament the previous week amid protests. To become law, the bill now needs to be signed by the President, who holds a largely ceremonial position with few bills vetoed in the past. The trans community continued to attempt to reach out to the president, however, to advocate for a vetoing of the Transgender Persons Bill.