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Indonesian Women Scientists Win Fellowships for COVID-19 Innovations

The Jakarta Post - Jakarta, Indonesia, 11/30/2020

L’Oréal Indonesia has awarded the 2020 L’Oréal-UNESCO National Fellowship for Women in Science (FWIS) to two Indonesian scientists. Anggia Prasetyoputri from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and Latifah Nurahmi from the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS) in Surabaya, East Java, were found to have made extraordinary contributions to innovations to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Anggia won the fellowship for her research on bacterial coinfections in COVID-19 patients using swab sample sequencing. Latifah developed a robotic system that could significantly reduce physical contact between patients and doctors, decreasing risks during surgery. Each winner will receive Rp 100 million (US$7,125.71) in support of their research.

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‘Pakistan has the Highest Rate of Breast Cancer in Asia’

Dawn - Islamabad, Pakistan, 11/30/2020

Pakistan has the highest rate of breast cancer in Asia, as approximately 90,000 women are diagnosed with the disease every year out of whom 40,000 pass away. This was pointed out by speakers at a webinar, “Breast cancer awareness: give hope, save lives”, organised by Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS). Dr. Farheen Raza from the radiology department of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences said screening and the need for community-based health education, including group discussions, must be organised in order to overcome taboos attached to the disease. She also suggested the establishment of a one-stop breast cancer clinic aimed at addressing the financial, cultural, mental and physical needs of women, under one roof.

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Saudi Arabia: Court’s Appointment of Female Citizen as Arbitrator is First of its kind in Kingdom

Gulf News - Cairo, Egypt, 11/28/2020

A commercial court in Saudi Arabia has ordered the appointment of a female citizen to arbiter two cases for the first time. The decision was made by the commercial appeals circuit at the Commercial Court in the Saudi port city of Jeddah as part of efforts to empower Saudi women in the area of trade arbitration. The Saudi Justice Ministry has recently accorded more attention to employing and serving women in its departments and law courts. In recent years, Saudi Arabia has taken steps to empower women in different domains as part of dramatic socio-economic reforms in the country. In 2018, the kingdom allowed women to drive for the first time in its history, ending a decades-old ban on female driving.

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Vietnam Returns Eight Cambodian Women Tricked into Illegal China Work

The Star Online - Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 11/27/2020

Eight Cambodian women who were tricked into working illegally in China have been sent back to Cambodia from Vietnam after the intervention of the Cambodian embassy and Vietnamese authorities. According to the embassy, the women from Kandal, Kampong Cham, Banteay Meanchey and Phnom Penh were being transported to China via Vietnam. Four of the women are juveniles. Secretary of State of Ministry of Interior and permanent vice-chair of the National Committee for Counter Trafficking of Cambodia (NCCT) Chou Bun Eng told The Post the women were deceived into going to China. She said the women believed in promises of fake marriage certificates and work with high salaries.

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Transgender Persons Get Portal for Gender Certificate

The Indian Express, India, 11/26/2020

The Indian Government has launched a portal for transgender persons to help them apply for gender identity certificates online. During the e-launch, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Thawar Chand Ghelot said that the portal will allow transgender persons to upload an affidavit declaring their gender, which will become the basis of their identity certificates. The portal will also allow them to report any grievances. He added that the government hopes that people will come forward and get their certificates according to their self-perceived identity, an important aspect of The Transgender Protection (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019.

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