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Women, Children Take to the Streets Against CPEC in Gwadar

ANI - Islamabad, Pakistan, 11/30/2021

To protest against China’s multi-billion belt and road project that have had adverse effects for fishermen, hundreds of women took to the streets in Pakistan’s Gwadar district. After a ban imposed on border trade left fishermen deprived of earning their livelihood. The march began from Al Johar Public School and concluded at Marine Drive. Women could be seen in large numbers demanding an end to illegal fishing by trawlers and lifting trade restrictions with Iran. The leader of the movement reiterated that every citizen of Gwadar had mobilised for their basic rights. Pictures and videos of women holding placards and chanting slogans like “Gwadar ko haq do” (Give rights to Gwadar) went viral on social media platforms. The demonstrations saw participation from female students, political workers and working women who came from areas including Turbat, Ormara, Jewani and Pasni.

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557 Women Army Officers Granted Permanent Commission

The Times of India - New Delhi, India, 11/29/2021

In accordance with the Supreme Court directive from February 2020 to end gender bias in the force, the army has granted permanent commission to 557 women officers. For too long the military brass had been opposed to permanent commission for women citing “operational, practical and cultural problems”. Earlier women could only serve for a maximum of 14 years as short service commission officers, however the defence ministry issued the formal order to grant permanent commission to women in July 2020. Women are still not allowed to join main combat arms like infantry, mechanised infantry, artillery and armoured corps in the Army but eight other branches of the Army in addition to the existing ones of the legal and educational wings have been opened up.

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Ritu First Transgender UP Chairperson in Bangladesh

The Daily Star, Bangladesh, 11/28/2021

At the Trilochanpur union of Kaliganj in Jhenaidah, Nazrat Islam Ritu, a member of the transgender community was elected as the chairperson during the third phase of the Union Parishad (UP) elections. Ritu was running as an independent candidate and bagged 9,569 votes while her rival, Awami League-backed candidate Nazrul Islam Sana, got 4,517 votes. As per Ritu, she has very strong bonds with the people of Trilochanpur. She had previously commissioned two mosques in her ancestral village of Daudapur. Recently the transgender community can be seen in the political arena. Pinki Khatun, another person who identifies as transgender had previously been elected vice chairman of Kotchandpur upazila in Jenaidah.

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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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