Chhattisgarh: Three Women Allege Sexual Assault at Bilaspur Shelter Home
The Indian Express, India, 1/21/2021
Three women from an Ujjwala home in Bilaspur, including the 20-year-old, have alleged that the staff of the NGO Shiv Mangal Shikshan Samiti, which runs the shelter, not only mistreated the women but also sexually abused them. They have also alleged that the staff were running a sex racket. Ujjawala is a sub-scheme of the Centrally-sponsored umbrella scheme ‘Protection and Empowerment of Women’ under the Ministry of Women and Child Development. The women and their families approached the police but were allegedly threatened and abused by the officials. The three women submitted a complaint at the local police station which was not accepted on January 17, 2021. They alleged that the police pressured them while recording statements.
Egyptian Woman Arrested for Baking ‘Indecent’ Cakes
BBC, Egypt, 1/20/2021
According to local media reports, a female pastry chef was detained at her home in Cairo after some women at the Gezira sports club shared photos on social media of cupcakes with genitalia and underwear shaped decorations. The chef told interrogators that she designed the cupcakes after some women came into her shop, handed her pictures of genitals, and asked her to make cakes in that shape. Human Rights activist lawyer Negal El Borai tweeted that the incident confirmed that certain segments of society, with the support of the state, want to eliminate any space for personal freedoms in Egypt under the pretext of preserving the values of the Egyptian family. He drew parallels with the instances of several Egyptian women accused of morality-related offences in connection with videos posted on Tik-Tok and other social media platforms.
Writ Filed to Ban on Exposing Identity of Rape Survivors, Victims
Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh, 1/19/2021
Justice Watch Foundation, a rights organization group, has filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking a ban on the publishing of pictures or names of rape survivors and victims. The petition also sought legal action against those who exposed the identities of rape survivors and victims. According to Section 14 of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act, 2000, any information that reveals the identity of a rape survivor or a rape victim cannot be used while publishing news. The organization in its petition urged the High Court to ensure that the law was strictly enforced in this regard. The home secretary, law secretary, information secretary, Bangladesh Press Council (BPC) and Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) have been made defendants in this writ.
Women’s Property Rights Bill Approved
The Express Tribune - Islamabad, Pakistan, 1/18/2021
The Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice, Pakistan has approved the Enforcement of Women’s Property Rights Amendment Bill 2020 with a majority vote. The bill seeks for an effective strategy and speedy redressal mechanism to protect and secure women’s right to ownership of property. The meeting was presided over by Muhammad Javed Abbasi and attended by the officials of the Ministry of Law and Justice and Ministry of Religious Affairs. Opposing the bill, the Ministry of Religious Affairs maintained that the courts made decisions on a case to case basis and that legislation on the matter could create religious issues. The discussion on the bill was adjourned until next meeting.
In a First, Telangana and Gujarat Join Hands to Support Women Entrepreneurs
The New Indian Express - Hyderabad, India, 1/17/2021
Telangana state government’s WE Hub has partnered with Gujarat government’s I-Hub, to support women entrepreneurs in Gujarat and Telangana. Around 240 women entrepreneurs will be selected for the pre-incubation programme and a total of 20 will be shortlisted for the co-incubation programme. The MoU was inked on January 16, 2021 between Telangana IT and Industry Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan and Gujarat Higher and Technical Education Principal Secretary Anju Sharma. IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao said that this partnership would help create a roadmap for women entrepreneurship not only in India but across the world. This is the first time that two State governments have joined hands to facilitate the growth of women-led start-ups in various focus sectors.