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Chinese Women Jobseekers Told to Use Hotline to Report Gender Discrimination

South China Morning Post, China, 1/31/2019

With the impending recruitment season, women jobseekers have been encouraged to call a national hotline for reporting gender discrimination, if they encounter it in the process of job seeking. Jobseekers who come across discrimination in recruitment or promotional materials should call the Women’s Rights Protection hotline on 12338, according to the statement, which was issued jointly by the local branch of the federation and the city’s social security bureau. The number can also be used to report sexism in the workplace, the report said, adding that local women can contact the city’s labour security supervision team if they have a complaint or grievance. A report published last year by Human Rights Watch had cited gender discrimination in the workplace to be rampant in China.

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Booked for Homosexuality in 2009, Man Discharged by Bombay High Court

Hindustan Times - Mumbai, India, 1/31/2019

Observing that while consensual same-sex and extramarital relationship may be considered grounds for divorce, the Bombay High Court (HC) on January 31, 2019, discharged an accused charged under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) ruling that homosexuality is no longer an offence under the said law. Justice Bhatkar discharged the accused and said, ‘In the present case, both [the Kalwa resident and the complainant’s husband] were having an extramarital, consensual, sexual relationship. Though it may be a ground for divorce available to the complainant, it does not constitute an offence under Section 377 because both are adults and had sexual relationship by consent.’

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"Tamil Nadu Police Not Filing Cases Under Sex Assault Law": Child Rights Activists

NDTV - Tamil Nadu, India, 1/30/2019

Child rights campaigners in Coimbatore have accused the police of not invoking the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) against the accused in four cases of sexual abuse. Two of the minors had reportedly called the CHILDLINE, seeking help following awareness programmes at schools. Activists blamed it on police insensitivity, alleging that law enforcers do not book the accused under POCSO in return for huge bribes. The police, in these cases, have attempted to extort Rs. 15,000 from the family ‘to build a concrete video register’, and has refused to file a case without payment. In the process, the perpetrators have gone scot-free.

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Sex Workers Accuse Youth of Demanding Unprotected Sex

Daily Monitor, Uganda, 1/29/2019

Sex workers in Uganda’s Kyotera District have disclosed they are receiving cases of teenagers demanding unprotected sex. They expressed concern that this may escalate HIV and AIDS infections in the area if no interventions are made to sensitise the youth. The sex workers said that among their clients, it is the young people who usually demand for unprotected sex even when they are aware some of the sex workers are HIV-positive. This goes to show the lack of sexuality education, especially around topics of HIV and contraception. It is important that the sex workers are raising their concerns, since the statistics at the district health department indicate that the current prevalence rate of HIV in the area stands at 40 per cent.

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UAE's Gender Equality Awards Won Entirely By Men

The Guardian, Saudi Arabia, 1/28/2019

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have been ridiculed after it emerged that all of the winners of an initiative designed to foster gender equality in the workplace were men. Certificates and medals were awarded by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the vice-president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, in the categories of ‘best government entity supporting gender balance’, ‘best federal authority supporting gender balance’ and ‘best gender balance initiative’ at a ceremony on January 27, 2019. While the ceremony was mocked and criticised on social media for its blatant ignorance, The UAE Gender Balance Council maintained that the recipients of the 2018 awards ‘happened to be entities led by men’. The UAE has always historically been a deeply patriarchal society.

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