News from the Global South

BBS, UN Women to Launch Time Use Survey 2021

Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh, 1/16/2021

Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) in collaboration with UN Women Bangladesh has launched a training program on the Time Use Survey (TUS) 2021 under the Making Every Woman and Girl Count Bangladesh (MEWGC) programme. The TUS initiative aims to measure women’s unpaid care work burden and will generate data on the proportion of time spent on domestic and care work, segregated by sex, age and location. Data collection for the survey will start from January 24, 2021. Mohammad Yamin Chowdhury, chief guest of the launch and secretary of the Statistics and Information Division (SID) under the Ministry of Planning, stressed the need to measure the unaccounted work of women.

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SBP Wants Dedicated Desks for Women at Financial Institutions

Dawn - Karachi, Pakistan, 1/15/2021

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has asked financial institutions to place dedicated desks to boost women customers and entrepreneurs’ trust in the banking system. Unveiling a policy proposal titled ‘Equality policy: Reducing the gender gap in financial inclusion draft’, the SBP noted that banks are unable to facilitate women customers and recommended gender diversity training for staff at all customer points. The policy note recommends financial institutions to place 15% women ‘champions’ at touch points in one year and 75% women champions within three years at all touch points. A Policy Forum on Gender and Finance will be established to discuss opportunities and challenges in women’s financial inclusion and review the existing policy frameworks for improvement, said the SBP.

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Gender-Based Violence Rooted in Gender Inequalities – Omo-Agege

Leadership, Nigeria, 1/14/2021

The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege said recently at a conference that gender- based violence is rooted in gender inequalities and that it affects people regardless of income, race, gender, or socioeconomic status. He also said that sexual violence, physical violence, emotional and psychological violence, child marriage, femicide, female trafficking, female genital mutilation (FGM), domestic violence and rape were destroying relationships, lives and shattering the bedrock of societies in every corner of the globe. Dr. Simon Bako Lalong, Governor of Plateau State also remarked in order to advocate for a safe Nigeria for women and girls, the mindset of men and boys must change to not only appreciate that women and girls deserve protection, but have rights and freedoms enshrined in the constitution.

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GBV Cases Increase by 200% Due to Covid-19 Lockdown – UN

New Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe, 1/13/2021

During the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020, cases of gender-based violence (GBV) in Zimbabwe surged with the national hotline recording a 200% increase. Recently, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that between January and September, 2020 a total of 5,507 gender-based violence cases were reported through the national GBV hotline as compared to 2019, when 1930 GBV cases of violence were recorded. OCHA further added that distressed households were reporting increased use of negative coping mechanisms including child labour, early marriage and transactional sex, while economic challenges were creating barriers for children’s return to education, especially for girls.

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Army to Induct Women as Pilots in Aviation Wing

The Indian Express, India, 1/12/2021

In a major move, the Indian Army has decided to induct women as pilots in its aviation wing and the first batch is likely to be admitted and start their training in July, 2021. Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane, addressed a press conference and said that he had issued the order a month prior to the decision to induct women in the flying branch of the Army. He added, “The adjutant General’s branch, the Military Secretary branch and the Aviation Directorate have arrived at a consensus that women officers can be there in the flying branch for flying duties.” After one year of training, they will be able to join frontline operations units for flying duties.

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