News from the Global South

Nine Awarded for Their Endeavours to End Violence Against Women

The Dawn - Islamabad, Pakistan, 11/27/2021

To celebrate the beginning of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence campaign an event titled ‘2020 in Retrospective - Celebrating Pledges Made to End Violence Against Women’ was held at the residence of the Swedish ambassador to Pakistan. The event was organised by UN Women Pakistan in collaboration with the Swedish embassy celebrated champions who have made active efforts towards ending violence against women and girls in the past year. Nine awards were presented to individuals from the federal capital, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh to appreciate the commitments and actions taken on pledges. The event culminated in a song performance by singer-songwriter Natasha Humera Ejaz. A recitation of the famous poem written by Maya Angelou was also performed by UN Women Global Ambassador Muniba Mazari.

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Women Across Mexico March Against Violence as Femicides Remain Unchecked

Mexico News Daily - Mexico, 11/26/2021

To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, thousands of women took to the nation’s streets in order to protest against gender violence. Similar marches could be seen in many parts across the country including cities like Mexico City, Acapulco, Oaxaca, Chihuahua, Culiacán, Mérida, Cancún, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Morelia and Tuxtla Gutiérrez. Families of those who died by femicide were also present at the march which took place from the Angel of Independence monument to the main square. Women could be seen holding placards and wearing t-shirts with slogans supporting the cause to spread their message. Many protestors voiced out their concern about the inaction of the government and judiciary against acts of violence against women.

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National Family and Health Survey: More Women than Men in India for the 1st Time

Hindustan Times, India, 11/25/2021

India now has 1,020 women for every 1000 men, is not getting any younger, and no longer faces the threat of a population explosion. All three radical findings are part of the summary findings of the fifth round of the National Family and Health Survey (NFHS), which were released by the Union health ministry. According to NFHS-3, conducted in 2005-06, the ratio was equal, 1000: 1000; it went down to 991:1000 in 2015-16 in NFHS-4. This is the first time, in any NFHS or Census, that the sex ratio is skewed in favour of women. The average life expectancy at birth for men and women was 66.4 years and 69.6 years respectively in 2010-14, according to data from the Census of India website.

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48% of Companies Aim to Bring Women Back to the Workforce: Report

Mint - Mumbai, India, 11/23/2021

About half of Indian companies are actively hiring women returnees, according to a survey of 300 companies conducted by JobsForHer. Nearly 50% of Indian women drop out of the corporate employment pipeline between junior and mid-levels. In 2019-2020, 48% of Indian companies formed special initiatives (returnee programs for women in India) to bring women back into the workforce. A returnee program is an internship for professionals returning to the workforce after a period of unemployment. The number of women employed in the IT industry in India has seen an upward trend in the last decade, with more than 30% of the entry-level being women, but participation of women in tech starts declining as we move up in the career ladder.

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Afghanistan: Taliban Issue Guidelines against Women Actors

The Indian Express, Afghanistan, 11/22/2021

Taliban authorities issued a series of “religious guidelines” on Sunday which, among other things, called on Afghanistan’s television networks to not broadcast soap operas or dramas featuring women actors. The directive came from the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice and was the first of its kind issued to the country’s media networks. The guidelines also set out that women journalists appearing on television should wear hijabs. The depiction of male bodies, including unclothed torsos, was also deemed inappropriate by the ministry. “These are not rules but a religious guideline,” ministry spokesman Hakif Mohajir said.

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