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China's Top University Faces Criticism for Using Women to Lure Applicants

Hindustan Times, China, 6/10/2021

One of the top universities in China is facing criticism for using women to lure applicants into a sexually suggestive online advertisement. Critics have pointed out that Nanjing University (NJU) is objectifying women. According to South China Morning Post, the advertisement featured six photos of current students holding up signs in front of different parts of the campus. Two of the photos attracted the most criticism. One included a pretty woman holding up a sign that read, "Do you want to live at the library with me, from morning till night?" and the other said, "Do you want me to become part of your youth?" NJU deleted the ads after receiving the criticism.

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Women Falling Behind in India’s COVID-19 Vaccination Drive

Reuters, India, 6/9/2021

Many more men in India have received COVID-19 vaccines than women, government data showed on June 8, 2021, highlighting gender disparity in the country’s immunisation drive that has also disadvantaged the rural population. India has partly or fully vaccinated about 101 million men, nearly 17% more than women, and 54% of the total number of people inoculated, according to the data. Many federally administered regions, the capital Delhi, and big states such as Uttar Pradesh have seen some of the worst inequities. Only Kerala in the south and Chhattisgarh in central India have vaccinated more women than men. Health officials say rumours about vaccines disrupting women's menstruation cycle and reducing fertility have also contributed to the skewed data. The government has rejected the concerns.

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Women Score Historic Wins in Mexico’s Mid-Term Elections

Reuters, Mexico, 6/8/2021

Women were poised to win a record number of state governors’ offices in Mexican mid-term elections on June 6, 2021, capturing territory long dominated by men and giving them a bigger political platform to reach the presidency one day. Only eight women had previously won regional elections, including the current mayor of Mexico City, MORENA's Claudia Sheinbaum, who is regarded as one of the favorites to succeed Lopez Obrador as president. Now seven out of the 32 regional governments, including Mexico City, will be run by women simultaneously. That is likely to create space for a different kind of politics where women's concerns gain prominence, said Francisco Abundis, head of Mexican polling firm Parametria.

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India Women Archery Team Reach Paris, Eyes Top-3 Finish to Make Tokyo Olympics

The Indian Express, India, 6/7/2021

The Indian women’s archery team, led by former world number one Deepika Kumari, reached Paris on June 7, 2021 to compete in their Final Olympic Qualification event on June 20, 2021. The women’s trio of Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari will have to finish in the top-3 to make the last available berth for the Tokyo Olympics which opens on July 23, 2021. While the men’s team has secured the Olympic berth during the 2019 World Championships, India so far has an individual quota among women, achieved by Deepika at the Continental Qualifiers in Bangkok in 2019.

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Need to Prioritise Pregnant Women for Covid-19 Vaccination: Report

The Times of India, India, 6/6/2021

Amid rising death rates of pregnant women due to COVID-19, a report has made a strong case for their vaccination on priority basis. Currently, either pregnant women are not included for vaccination, or the policies are ambiguous with the decision often being left to women. Evidence is emerging of the safety and efficacy of Covid vaccination, which along with benefits of passing on the protection of the newborn, call for including pregnant women in the high priority group for vaccination. Of the top 20 Covid affected countries, nine allow vaccination of pregnant women, of which two preferentially vaccinate them. In contrast, four countries - all with high under-five mortality rates - allow vaccination of pregnant women, but don’t include them in the preferential group.

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