News from the Global South
Mumbai's Bar Show Goes on For Now
Inter Press Service - New Delhi, India, June 23, 2005 Hundreds of thousands of women who sing and dance in the bars of the western Indian state of Maharashtra are likely celebrating the survival of their means of livelihood. On Thursday the governor returned unsigned an ordinance intended to ban the dance bars.
2005 International Women's Rights Prize Honors Work in Burma
Yahoo News - USA, June 23, 2005 The Shan Women's Action Network (SWAN), which runs community-based programs for refugee women and children who have fled the civil war in Burma's Shan State, and the Women's League of Burma, an association of eleven women's groups that SWAN helped to establish, have been selected by an international panel of experts to receive the 2005 Women's Rights Prize of the Peter Gruber Foundation, and its accompanying $200,000.
Sex Workers to Form Nationwide Coalition
Korea Times - Seoul, South Korea, June 23, 2005 Sex workers in red-light districts plan to form a nationwide organization to claim their occupational rights. Some 5,000 sex workers from brothels across the nation will hold a massive meeting at Olympic Gymnastics Stadium in Chamsil, southeastern Seoul, on Wednesday, according to a committee preparing to launch a pan-national sex workers' coalition.
Family a Major Influence on Gender Attitudes: Study
The Hindu - Chennai, India, June 23, 2005 A study conducted among school-going adolescent students in the city on their attitudes towards gender and sexuality has revealed strong gender discrimination in the perception of boys and girls regarding work participation, their roles and responsibility in society. The study has shown that the gender conditioning adolescents received at home was a major influence in shaping their perceptions about the roles that men and women were expected to play in society.
Pakistan Sex Workers in India to Learn About HIV Prevention Programme
AFP/Yahoo News, June 22, 2005 Pakistani sex workers have toured the brothel district of the eastern Indian city of Kolkata for tips on how to organize and to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS.