Sunday, 5 January 2014

News for Today

Contributed by Airhunmwunde, Matthew

Nigeria: About Gender Separation in Mosque
Rwanda: Scribes Train in Gender Main Streaming
Sierra Leone Hip-Hop Video Seeks to Help Female Victims of Wrongful Arrest
Kenya: Men and Women Share Wards At Tigoni Hospital
Obama Administration Responds to Catholic Group's Birth Control Case
Kenya: Woman Sets House Ablaze Killing Her Son in Nyatike
Tanzania: Education On Land Rights Empowers Women
Kenya: MP Condemns Kwale Early Marriages
Nigeria: Day Kaduna Women Rose Against Gender Based Violence
What Happens When French Women Do Get Fat?
Rwanda: The Girl for You
Police searching for missing 15-year-old Durham girl in London
Uganda: Men Get High in Presence of Women!
Girls Dominate in Kenya National Exams
Uganda: Gender Violence Drops in Kyangwali
Uganda: Rejected By Britain, Ugandan Doctor Gets World Recognition
Tanzania: Women Who Triumph Against Silent Violence
Uganda: Bunyoro Queen Urges Mums On Sexual Abuse
Kenya: Wearing Thongs Exposes Women to Getting Infections.
Uganda: Babe of the Week - Arty Ann Bends Metal for a Living

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No green growth without gender equality  Women rangers now roam Afghanistan’s first national park

Contributed by Norhana Kamid
First Female Law Firms to Protect Women Opens in Saudi ArabiaIn what is being seen as a major boost for Saudi women seeking legal advice and help, Bayan Mahmoud Al-Zahran, the first Saudi woman lawyer who was issued license to practice law in the Kingdom, launched the first female law firm for the benefit of Saudi women on Wednesday.
IDF Appoints First Female Battalion Commander
The Israeli Defense Force has appointed its first female battalion commander, Maj. Oshrat Bachar, The JPost reported Jan. 2. Bachar will head a Combat Intelligence unit in the Southern Command along the border with Egypt. 
N.Y. Women With Bisexual Partners Account For New HIV Cases
Women who had unprotected sex with bisexual partners accounted for most of the new female HIV cases in New York in 2012, according to a new Health Department study, The New York Post reported Jan. 1. Of the 647 women diagnosed with HIV in 2012, more than three of  four — 480 —  had sex with infected men, the study said.
Female Advisors More Successful Than Men, Study Says
Female advisors have larger client accounts and price more consistently, a Canadian study found. They also tend to serve more female investors in their books of business, reported Jan. 1. "These factors suggest women advisors are better positioned than men for future success," according to PriceMetrix. Yet, women make up only 12 percent of the advisor workforce in the United States and Canada, PriceMetrix estimates.
Women May Skip Radiation Therapy Over Child Care Concerns
Mothers with young children are more likely to skip recommended radiation treatments after breast cancer surgery because of worries about the time involved, researchers found, Reuters reported Jan. 1. The study shows that in particular women who had a breast tumor removed were less likely to undergo radiation therapy afterwards if they had kids age seven or younger at home. 
WWII Female Pilots Honored at Rose Parade 
The Rose Parade honored the female pioneers in the aviation during the World War II with a float in the 2014 New Year’s Day parade on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif., NBC News reported. The float featured eight original members of the Women Air Force Service Pilots – or WASP – a group of female fliers who helped fill the void at home when male pilots were called to combat overseas.  
Bill de Blasio Eyes Female Candidates to Run Fire Department
For the first time since organized firefighting began in New York more than 350 years ago, a woman might be put in charge of the city's firefighters, NY Daily News reported Dec. 31. Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's list of top candidates to run the Fire Department includes three women, the Daily News reported. One of the three, retired fire Capt. Brenda Berkman, 62, also would be the first openly gay fire commissioner if she is selected. Another of the female candidates, attorney Mylan Denerstein, 46, would be the first African-American woman commissioner. 
Israel to Fund All Abortions For Women 20-33
Israel will pay for abortions for women aged 20 to 33 regardless of circumstance starting next year, health officials said Dec. 30, adding that they hope to make eligibilty for state funding universal in the future, Haaretz reported.  Until now, subsidized abortions for women of all ages were available in medical emergencies or in case of rape and sexual abuse. Women under the age of 20 or over 40 were also eligible for abortion funding even when the reason was personal. 
Pakistan's Sharia Court Appoints First Female Judge
The national Sharia court in Pakistan appointed Dec. 30 a female judge for the first time in its 33-year history, AFP reported. The court hears cases under the country’s Islamic legislation. Ashraf Jehan, 56, who was serving as an additional judge at the Sindh High Court, made history as she took the oath in Karachi.
Chinese Women 'Name and Shame' Companies That They Say Discriminate 
Eight young Chinese women, most of them university students facing a tight job market, have “named and shamed” dozens of Chinese companies they say are illegally specifying that only men can apply for certain positions, The New York Times reported Dec. 30.  The women, who call themselves “volunteers” and aim to highlight gender discrimination in China, provided photographs of themselves with dozens of letters of complaint they say they mailed to local government offices on Dec. 26.
Huge Crowds Cheer Spanish Government for New Abortion Law
Tens of thousands of Roman Catholics joined in an open-air mass in central Madrid Sunday to celebrate the Holy Family, just days after the Spanish government agreed to tighten the abortion law, The Global Post reported Dec. 29. Many of them urged the government to go even further and implement an outright abortion ban without exceptions. Since 2010, women have been allowed to opt freely for abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. The new law would allow abortion only in cases of rape or a threat to the physical or psychological health of the mother.
Work Discrimination Against Women Widespread in U.K. 
More than half of female employees in U.K. have experienced some form of discrimination at work, according to the interim survey conducted into the experiences of Britain’s female workforce, The Independent reported Dec. 29. The survey has already been completed by more than 25,000 women and aims to get to 100,000 before publishing its final results. Almost a fifth of the women surveyed so far say that their careers have stalled because managers failed to promote them or offer training opportunities. Just over one in 10 experienced sexual harassment.
Marines Delay 3-Pullups Requirement for Women
The Marine Corps has delayed the requirement for female Marines to do three pullups because most women have so far been unable to pass the test, Fox News reported Dec. 28. Starting Jan. 1, female recruits would have been required to perform three pullups to prove their upper body strength for combat like it is required for male recruits. But 55 percent of female recruits could not complete all three pullups, compared to just 1 percent of male recruits who could not, so the requirement was delayed. Currently, female Marines only have to hold their chin above a pullup bar for 15 seconds.
Calif. Law to Help Domestic Violence Survivors to Move Out Quickly 
A new law, which  will take effect Jan. 1, will allow domestic violence victims in California to give their landlords a simple form as proof that they have been abused to break their lease, NPR reported Dec. 25. The law will make abuse survivors safer because they'll more easily be able to move away.

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