News from the Global South
21 Anganwadis in Delhi to House Model Centres to Help Women
The Indian Express, India, 4/5/2021
The Delhi government’s Saheli Samanvay Kendra (SSK) scheme to ensure women’s participation in the workforce, particularly in the wake of the livelihood crisis brought on by the pandemic is launching with 21 such model centres in Anganwadi hubs in April, 2021 to pilot test the initiative. A Women and Child Development Department official stated ‘Saheli Samvad’ will provide a platform to women and adolescent girls to deliberate and get sensitised on social themes such as health, nutrition, livelihood, rights and entitlements; get aware on matters concerning them and their children, and collectively find possible solutions through locally available resources.
WEF: Bangladesh Top Among South Asian Countries in Gender Equality for 7th Time
Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh, 4/4/2021
According to the latest report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Bangladesh has maintained a high position among the countries of South Asia in ensuring gender equality, for the seventh time in a row. Despite being one of the best performers, Bangladesh has slipped 15 notches to rank 65th among 156 countries on the WEF Global Gender Gap Report 2021, which benchmarks countries based on how close they are to reaching gender equality. According to the report published on March 31, 2021, Bangladesh’s overall gender gap has widened by 0.7% which caused its global position to deteriorate and more must be done to involve women at all levels of political life.
UAE Government, Microsoft Advance Women’s Empowerment Efforts
Gulf Today, UAE, 4/3/2021
Ohood Bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Government and the Future, has reaffirmed the UAE government’s commitment towards supporting global efforts in bridging the gender gap, achieving balance, and ensuring equal opportunities between women and men in various fields, through promoting partnerships between government and private sectors. Minister Al Roumi, in her keynote speech, delivered at a virtual event in honour of International Women’s Day sponsored by Microsoft said, “This year carries great importance in light of international efforts to achieve economic and societal recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, which deepened the gender gap, despite the significant role of women especially those working on the front lines.”
India Contributes $3,00,000 to UN Women
The Economic Times, India, 4/2/2021
India has contributed USD 300,000 to UN Women for gender equality and women empowerment, a contribution lauded by the UN entity. T.S. Tirumurti, India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador tweeted on April 3, 2021 that India’s contribution to the UN reaffirms its support for gender equality and women empowerment and described UN Women as a valued partner in India’s progress from women's development to women-led development. Anita Bhatia, Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, thanked India for the contribution and its support to the UN Women and said in a tweet that women-led development envisions women as agents of change driving measurable impact in the lives of women and girls.
Protest in Pak's Bahawalnagar after Police Disposed of Rape Complaint
ANI, Pakistan, 4/1/2021
A protest was staged in Bahawalnagar city of Pakistan’s Punjab against the local police after it disposed of a rape complaint citing it is fake despite the medical report stating otherwise. Among the protestors was the complainant, a mother of two children, whose influential landlord reportedly raped her in 2020. The protest took place during which the demonstrators demanded the inspector general of police to order an impartial inquiry into the incident. The complainant flanked by other protestors from the village chanted slogans against the police demanding justice. Official statistics in Pakistan have revealed that over 22,000 incidents of rape were reported to the police in the last six years. However, only 0.3% of the accused have been convicted.