News from the Global South

Wrestlers Anshu Malik, Sonam Malik Qualify for Tokyo Olympics; Door Shut on Sakshi Malik

The Times of India, India, 4/10/2021

Dishing out impressive performances, India's young wrestlers Anshu Malik and Sonam Malik have qualified for the Tokyo Games by winning silver medals at the Asian Olympic Qualifiers. India now has three women wrestlers, who will compete at the Summer Games. Anshu and Sonam made a steady transition from the junior to senior circuit, joining senior pro Vinesh Phogat who had already qualified through the 2019 World Championship. Overall, seven wrestlers from India have qualified for the upcoming Games. While Anshu was dominant in the 57 kg competition, Sonam's resilience eventually helped her secure the quota and shut the door on Rio Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik. Anshu has become the youngest female wrestler to have qualified for Tokyo Olympics.

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Sudan: Hundreds of Women Rally Against Gender-Based Violence

Middle East Eye, Sudan, 4/9/2021

Hundreds of women gathered in Sudan’s capital Khartoum on April 8, 2021 to protest against gender-based violence and restrictions against women in the country. Online and in the streets, women shared signs reading “The streets are our right”, “No to laws that discriminate against women”, and “We are with you”. Among the demands made by the protesters were consequences for inciters of harassment, rape, assault and violence against women on social media, and new and clear laws that protect women of all ages inside and outside their homes. The hashtag “Women’s parade” was the number one trending topic on Twitter in Sudan on the day of the protest.

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Pakistan’s PM Accused of Victim Blaming after Linking How Women Dress to Rise in Rape Cases

SBS, Pakistan, 4/8/2021

Pakistan rights campaigners have accused Prime Minister Imran Khan of "baffling ignorance" after he blamed how women dress for a rise in rape cases. He further advised women to cover up to ‘prevent temptation’. Hundreds have signed a statement circulating online calling Mr. Khan's comments "factually incorrect, insensitive and dangerous”. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, an independent rights watchdog, said that it was "appalled" by the comments. It also said, “Not only does this betray a baffling ignorance of where, why and how rape occurs, but it also lays the blame on rape survivors, who, as the government must know, can range from young children to victims of honour crimes."

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Governments are ‘Gender Blind’ to Covid-19's Greater Impact on Women, Global Studies Say

France 24, Global, 4/7/2021

According to studies released on World Health Day, governments are putting women and girls at greater risk of the health and socio-economic impacts posed by the coronavirus pandemic. The Sex, Gender and Covid-19 Health Policy Portal, a global study collaboration between the Global Health 50/50 Project, the African Population and Health Research Center, and the International Centre for Research on Women in India, tracked 192 countries and reviewed the websites of ministries of health from 76 countries as part of their latest research into gender and Covid-19 and examined government health policies based on six key areas. They found that 91% of Covid-19 health policies did not refer to gender.

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‘Only 8 Women SC Judges in 70 years’: Plea Seeks Greater Representation in Higher Judiciary

The Print - New Delhi, India, 4/6/2021

The Supreme Court Women Lawyers Association has approached the Supreme Court with a plea to increase women representation in the higher judiciary, particularly in the apex court. The application has been filed in a pending matter, in which the apex court had sought the views of all high courts on the possibility of appointing ad-hoc judges in line with Article 224-A of the Constitution. Making its case before the apex court, the body of women lawyers emphasised the need to have adequate representation of women in the Indian judiciary for societal progress and gender equality. According to the application, of the 1,080 sanctioned strength of judges, 661 posts are occupied. Of this, only 73 are women judges, a mere 11.04%.

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