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India Accounts for 45.8 Million of the World's 'Missing Females': UN Report

The Economic Times, India, 6/30/2020

As per a report by the United Nations, India accounts for 45.8 million of the world's 142.6 million ‘missing females’ over the past 50 years. The report further adds that the country along with China form the majority of such women globally. The State of World Population 2020 report released on June 30, 2020 by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the world organisation's sexual and reproductive health agency, said that the number of ‘missing women’ has more than doubled over the past 50 years. The report highlights that that preference for a male child manifested in sex selection has led to dramatic, long-term shifts in the proportions of women and men in the populations of some countries.

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Most Victims of Dating Violence in Korea are Women: Police

The Korea Herald, Korea, 6/29/2020

As per the analysis of crime by Korea Women’s Hot Line, at least one woman was killed or nearly killed by her male partner every 1.8 days in 2019. The figure excludes the crimes that were not covered by the media. Police said they are working closely with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family to raise awareness of and encourage the reporting of gender based violence experienced by girls and women. Last year, police charged 9,858 people with crimes against their intimate partners, including murder, rape and stalking. Reportedly, the National Police Agency (NPA) is embarking on a two-month-long crackdown of intimate partner violence from July 1st - August 30th.

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Egypt Court Jails Belly Dancer for ‘Debauchery’ in Social Media Crackdown

Deccan Herald, Egypt, 6/28/2020

Reportedly, an Egyptian belly-dancer, Sama el-Masry, was sentenced to three years in prison and fined 300,000 Egyptian pounds ($18,500) for allegedly inciting ‘debauchery and immorality’ as part of a crackdown on social media postings. El-Masry has denied the accusations and further added that the content was stolen from her phone and shared without her consent. In 2018, Egypt adopted a cybercrime law that grants the government full authority to censor the internet and exercise communication surveillance. Under this law, several women in the past have been accused of ‘inciting debauchery’. Entessar el-Saeed, a women rights lawyer and head of the Cairo Center for Development and Law, said women are the only category targeted by the authorities according to this law.

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UN Women, KP Ombudsperson Launch Toolkit to Eliminate Workplace Harassment

Dawn, Pakistan, 6/27/2020

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ombudsperson for Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace and UN Women have released a toolkit on ‘Understanding Sexual Harassment, Legal Provisions, Roles of Duty Bearers and Right Holders’. The aim of both KP ombudsperson and UN Women is to work towards effective implementation of legislation by "strengthening existing mechanisms, raising awareness, producing knowledge products and enhancing the capacity of Ombudsperson Office" so that incidents of workplace harassment can be eliminated. According to a press statement by UN Women, the toolkit will train those tasked with investigating workplace harassment cases "on the law and redressal mechanisms for dispensation of justice to victims".

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‘India’s Painful Shecession’: The Virus has Made India’s Devastating Gender Gap Even Worse

Hindustan Times, India, 6/26/2020

Women around the world have been hurt financially by the COVID -19 outbreak, but the situation in India is more precarious for them than almost anywhere else. For women in India already suffer from a wide gender gap in employment, wages and education. Sanjay Mathur, an economist with Australia and New Zealand Banking Group said, “Lockdown and social-distancing norms are likely to have an outsized impact on women. The concern is the economic impact will be felt across employment and well-being indicators over the coming years.” The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index 2020 ranks India 112th of 153 countries in offering equal opportunities to women and men, and women often don’t have the same access to health care and education as their male counterparts.

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