Friday, 22 August 2014
Thursday, 21 August 2014
Brazilian women are being forced to undergo virginity tests when seekingeducation sector, it has been reported.
In the state of Sao Paulo, women aspiring to a career asare required to undergo a series of invasive gynaecological examinations to prove they are not sexually .
A pap smear tothey are free of cancers is a compulsory requirement and until recently, the also required women to have a colposcopy, used to detect disease.
Their applications would progress on presentation of a doctor'sconfirming that they are virgins.
“The health inspections are intended to ensure, beyond , the physical and mental ability of candidates to keep their jobs for an average of 25 years.”
- Education Dept, Sao Paulo
The issue came to light after a news site interviewed a 27-year-old woman , who said she was ashamed to ask a doctor for a note declaring she was still a virgin, to escape the other tests.
It's claimed that the purpose of the tests is to ensure that candidates for long-term teaching positions are in good health and would notextended or frequent absences to attend to health matters.
"The health inspections are intended to ensure, beyond technical ability, the physical and mental ability of candidates to keep their jobs for an average of 25 years," a statement from the department said.
The department also requires other health exams, such as mammograms for women and prostate tests for men older than 40.
The public management department for Sao Paulo said that all tests ordered follow the standards and recommendation of the country's Health Ministry for public servants as well as state law.
The tests are not specific to the education department, with other states and federal agencies having similar requirements as part of the.
“It violates women's rights. It's very intimate information that she has the right to keep. It's absurd to with these demands.”
- Ana Paula de Oliveria Castro
Women's rights campaign groups have denounced the practice as a gross violation of women's privacy and their human dignity.
Ana Paula de Oliveria Castro, a vocal champion for women's rights in Sao Paulo, said: "It violates women's rights. It's very intimate information that she has the right to keep. It's absurd to continue with these demands."
Brazil's national Special Secretariat for Women's Rights said it was against any requirements that compromise the privacy of women.
"The woman has the right to choose whether to take an exam that will not affect her professional life," a statement said.
"Such policies violate constitutional protections of human dignity and the principle of equality and right to private life."
The bar association of Sao Paulo said the practice was unconstitutional. The group 'Catholics for the Right to Choose,' also complained about the requirement, saying in a statement: "We are living in the Middle Ages!"
Last year, a similar incident sparked anger in the state of Bahia, in north-eastern Brazil, when female candidates for police jobs were asked to take the tests or prove their hymens were not torn.
The government has demanded that such tests be eliminated.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
“’Women’s access to technology – and their ability to use it to shape and drive change in their communities – is critical to gender equality” says Global Fund for Women’s President and CEO Musimbi Kanyoro. “This technology will give voice to millions of people, including women, in Zambia, Africa and the whole world, and empower them to share ideas, drive innovation, and build more inclusive and democratic societies.”
The Internet.org app launched this week in Zambia, its first country, as a standalone Android app, a tab in the Facebook for Android app, and as a mobile website available on the feature phones most Zambians carry. It gives free access to a limited set of Internet services including Facebook, Wikipedia, and Google Search, as well as local info on weather, jobs, government, and human rights. Airtel subsidizes this free access because the app proves the value of the Internet to people, some of whom may buy data plans through it to reach the rest of the web.
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Contributed by Karol Arámbula:
'The real reason why women cheat' (Live Science):
'In Iraq, captured Yazidi women fear the Islamic State will force them to wed' (The Washington Post):
world/in-iraq-islamic-state- fighters-capturing-yazidi- women-to-take-them-as-wives/ 2014/08/16/3a349cd6-24d2-11e4- 958c-268a320a60ce_story.html
'Up to 3,000 women and girls kidnapped by Islamic State jihadis in Iraq in just a fortnight - and hundreds of women who refuse to convert have been shot dead' (The Daily Mail):
news/article-2727165/Up-3-000- women-girls-kidnapped-Islamic- State-jihadis-Iraq-just- fortnight.html
'ISIS militants massacre 300 Yazidi men, kidnap 1000 women and children' (The Australian):
au/news/world/isis-militants- massacre-300-yazidi-men- kidnap-1000-women-and- children/story-fnb64oi6- 1227027038863
'What women think about sex vs. the reality' (The Huffington Post):
When the UN General Assembly adopted the international treaty on discrimination against women in 1979, it was hailed as the bill of rights for women aimed at ending all acts of prejudice by persons, organisations or enterprise.
In Hong Kong, a Women's Commission was set up in 2001 to advise the authorities on how to go about it. More than a decade later, rather than being known for its achievements, it finds itself in the headlines for not doing anything.
Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang says the people running the commission have now been reduced to attending cocktail parties and receptions. Sounds like one of those dream jobs that exist in Hong Kong for people with the right connections.
The commission chairwoman, Stella Lau Kun Lai-kuen, has refuted such charges against it. The people involved are working quietly at the grass-roots level, she says, and along with other like-minded organisations achieving progress in areas such as after-school child care to help working mothers.
Some NGOs working on women's issues are also critical and someone associated with the commission was quoted as saying that, as with other government advisory bodies here, no one wants to rock the boat.
But whatever the bickering, it is doubtful how effective the commission is when it comes to making the concerned authorities act on events that would clearly fall within the scope of gender discrimination. One suspects not a lot. Otherwise local television channels such as TVB would think twice before airing programmes like Nowhere Girls, which follows the tale of seven women who are described as "have nots" because they lack money or looks.
The government is not turning a deaf ear to all their appeals, however. They were sympathetic to note the commission's lack of resources and raised their funding by 5 per cent last year. It is going to be raised by a healthy 17 per cent this financial year to almost HK$30 million.
While one can but feel grateful to the authorities for their benevolence, one hopes they might also create a permanent post to steer the commission, instead of burdening people to take it as a voluntary duty.
Monday, 18 August 2014
NEW DELHI, INDIA (August 12, 2014)—Dressed in his iconic kesri dastar mimicking the style of Shaheed Sardar Bhagat Singh, the Sangrur MP raised several issues relating to the rights of women.
Mann stated that female infanticide is a growing concern in Punjab and has affected its population in many ways. He also spoke about the majority of women schools having inadequate resources and facilities, including lack of toilets and drinking facilities.
Bhagwant Mann shared quotes from Guru Nanak Dev Ji in which the first Sikh Guru speaks about high status of and respect for women. He said that due to a lack of proper transportation to school and other problems, families were choosing not to send their daughters to schools. He also talked about the dowry system that is prevalent in Punjab and India.
Talking about a recent brutal assault on Punjabi teachers by Punjab police, he asked why policemen were allowed to cane-charge women.
Bhagwant Mann has raised several issues of importance to Punjabis, as well as Sikhs, in the Parliament. He says the kesri dastar represents free spirit of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and he considers that, along with his white kurta, as his parliament uniform.