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Three-Child Policy: China Lifts Cap on Births in Major Policy Shift

Reuters - Beijing, China, 5/31/2021

According to an announcement by China on May 31, 2021, married Chinese couples will be able to have up to three children. Beijing scrapped its decades-old one-child policy in 2016, replacing it with a two-child limit, which failed to result in a sustained surge in births given the high cost of raising children in Chinese cities. Xinhua News Agency has stated that the policy change will come with “supportive measures” such as lower educational costs for families, housing support and clamp down on “sky-high” dowries without giving specifics. Zhang Xinyu, a 30-year-old mother of one from Henan province, said the core reason why women were reluctant to have more children was that women bore most of the responsibility for raising children.

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Women in India Had Irregular Gap in Menstrual Cycle During Covid-19 Pandemic: Study

The Times of India - New Delhi, India, 5/30/2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, women in India have been facing irregular gaps in their menstrual cycle due to everyday stress and anxiety brought on by the pandemic, according to the sixth annual Menstrual Hygiene Survey by Everteen, a feminine hygiene brand. The findings of the survey were released on the eve of Menstrual Hygiene Day, observed annually on May 28. Nearly 5,000 women belonging to the age group of 18 to 35, from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata participated in the survey. It revealed that more than 41 percent of women experienced an unusually irregular gap in their period, given that only 14 percent of the women who participated said they had been infected by COVID-19 at some point.

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Why Is India’s Condom Usage So Low? First ‘Condomology’ Report Notes Social Factors

The Print - New Delhi, India, 5/29/2021

According to India’s first ever ‘Condomology’ report prepared by Condom Alliance, an increasing number of unplanned pregnancies, unsafe abortions and the rise in the number of STIs serve as a significant barrier for achieving the nation’s goal of sustainable development for the youth. Despite government led campaigns to spread awareness about contraceptives, India’s condom market has seen an annual growth rate (CAGR) of just 2% over the last few years, the report stated. Questions over the need of a condom, the correct way to use it, and how to buy it, emerged as key reasons behind the hesitancy for condom use. Vithika Yadav, a member of Condom Alliance and founder, Love Matters, has stressed on the need for open and engaging communication around contraception.

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Namibia Considers Scrapping Colonial Era Gay Sex Ban

Reuters - Johannesburg, South Africa, 5/28/2021

Namibia could soon scrap a colonial-era law that criminalises gay sex between men, Justice Minister Yvonne Dausab said on May 28, 2021. There were 115 reported cases under the law between 2003 and 2019, according to a report by the Law Reform and Development Commission, which works to repeal outdated legislation dating from South African colonial rule. Rights campaigners said that while convictions were relatively rare, the law perpetuated discrimination against the LGBTQIA+ community and meant gay men lived in fear of arrest. The law allows police to use “deadly force” when arresting men suspected of having sex with other men, without using a warrant.

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Miss South Africa Pageant to Accept Trans Women Entrants

Manila Bulletin, Thailand, 5/27/2021

For the first time, the Miss South Africa beauty pageant will allow transgender women to compete in the premiere contest. Trans women are eligible to enter the Miss South Africa pageant, read the Miss South Africa organization announcement on its website. However, in order to be eligible to compete internationally, the contestant must be in possession of a valid South African ID document reflecting that their amended sex is female. The search for Miss South Africa opened on May 25, 2021. South Africa is only the second country to open its national search to trans women. The first country to allow trans women to compete in a beauty pageant was Spain.

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