How Universities Are Beating Sexual Predators December 2, 2022
It’s been a long fight but the battle against sexual violence in Indonesia’s universities is slowly being won.
South Asian Women Pushing Back Against Rape Culture December 1, 2022
Violence against women in South Asia remains high, but women are slowly gaining wins through online activism.
Iran Feels The Wrath Of A Movement Held Down For Too Long November 30, 2022
The death of Mahsa Amini unleashed outrage at the government’s treatment of women that had long been simmering beneath the surface.
How Women Holding Flowers Held Japanese Courts To Account November 29, 2022
For a protest movement to succeed, it must fit within the cultural landscape of its environment.
When Tunisia Changed Its Laws To Protect Women, It Shook The Arab World November 25, 2022
Arab women have been suffering from layers of marginalisation and invisibility over the years, but a nation is leading the way to change that.
Singapore Catches The #MeToo Train November 24, 2022
#MeToo may not have garnered much traction in Singapore but that didn’t stop women from demanding change.
Voices Still Missing From Online Activism November 22, 2022
The internet allows women to find solidarity, but it doesn’t allow everyone to have an equal voice.
The Flipside Of Women’s Rights Movements November 21, 2022
The web provides safe harbour to anti-feminist views which can have real-world repercussions.
Can India Seize The Demographic Advantage? November 17, 2022
If India is to seize the advantage of its burgeoning young workforce, it needs to strategically implement economic and industrial policies.
WHO Advises Immediate Skin To Skin Care For Survival Of Small And Preterm Babies November 16, 2022
Research shows that starting kangaroo mother care immediately after birth saves many more lives, reduces infections and hypothermia, and improves feeding.
Henrietta Lacks’s Family Appointed WHO Goodwill Ambassadors For Cervical Cancer Elimination November 1, 2022
Nearly 90 per cent of cervical cancer deaths occur in low and middle-income countries due to inadequate access to cancer prevention, diagnosis, and care.
More Women Entrepreneurs Mean Less Global Poverty October 27, 2022
Entrepreneurship is an engine of economic growth but it can only move into top gear when there are more women.
Blockchain’s Potential Extends To Poverty Busting October 26, 2022
The technology can help circumvent traditional barriers to women’s empowerment.
What Really Works To Reduce Poverty October 25, 2022
Understanding why some poverty reduction programmes work and others don’t call for a better understanding of the people involved.
Where Did India’s Millions Of Working Women Go? October 21, 2022
Nearly 40 million women have left the workforce in India since the turn of the millennium despite an economic boom. Now, there’s a window to reverse the trend.
Indonesia’s Tourism A Win For Women October 20, 2022
Tourist villages provide opportunities for women to earn money for their family and the local community without leaving their home.
Accounting For Microfinance’s Flaws October 19, 2022
Microfinance doesn’t always empower the women reliant on it, but a different form of accounting could help level the playing field.
Empowering Women To Choose Weaving Over Illegal Work October 18, 2022
Traditional weaving can be an escape from extreme poverty in rural Indonesia, but it doesn’t work for everyone.
The Simple Technology Helping Women Escape Poverty October 17, 2022
A formal identity and a mobile phone are two key weapons in the global fight against poverty.
Treating Postpartum Depression With Psychedelics October 11, 2022
Psychedelics could potentially improve mother-infant bonding during postpartum depression. But studies have not looked into it.
Right To Information Not Always Equal September 28, 2022
Many South Asian countries have made progress in adopting right to information laws. But ensuring everyone benefits is proving more of a challenge.
How The Bahrain Judicial System Fails Its Migrant Workers September 26, 2022
From labour exploitation to torturous conditions in confinement, the rights of foreign workers facing the death penalty in Bahrain are often neglected.
Protecting Children Or Policing Gender? September 22, 2022
Laws on genital mutilation, gender affirmation and cosmetic genital surgery are at odds, even though they have many similarities.
Hysterectomies In Younger Indian Women Influenced By Insurance Subsidies September 21, 2022
Doctors compensated on a fee-for-service basis in India, were more likely to perform hysterectomy surgeries, whether or not they were clinically necessary.
Unnecessary Hysterectomies Are Still Happening September 20, 2022
While hysterectomy surgery has seen a drop in developed economies, it persists in the global South reflecting a racist, sexist, and prejudicial legacy.
Replacing A Scalpel With Love September 19, 2022
Surgery on intersex infants attempts to shape them to society’s expectations. It is society, not the child, that needs changing.
Female-Led Cyber Startups Focus Of Australia-India Exchange Programme September 13, 2022
The Australia-India Bilateral Cyber and Critical Technology Partnership aims to help accelerate businesses scale to global markets and increase participation of women entrepreneurs in the areas of cyber and critical technologies.
How Audiobooks Could Help Literacy In Indonesia September 12, 2022
Since adults learn differently to children, tapping into familiar mediums could help boost literacy.
The Literacy Myth September 9, 2022
Literacy is not only about rankings. In Indonesia, misconceptions about literacy create a wider gap.
Literacy Finally On The Reading List In Indonesia’s Curricula September 8, 2022
For years, literacy has not been the centre of education in Indonesia. This could change after a long-awaited new curriculum was introduced during the pandemic.
India’s Literacy Programmes Have Fallen Short September 7, 2022
Despite government-mandated education, too many Indians remain unable to read and write. It’s time to revisit the policies.
International Collaboration To Reduce Injuries In Girls’ Rugby August 24, 2022
Significant growth in girls’ rugby around the world over the past decade comes with increased focus on the importance of injury prevention.
Depriving Afghan Girls Of Secondary Education Will Result In Huge Economic Loss: Unicef August 23, 2022
US$5.4 billion earning potential from education will be lost to Afghanistan should the country fail to allow girls to complete their secondary education, according to a new analysis by Unicef.
All-English Education In India Neither Desirable Nor Doable August 16, 2022
Converting classrooms into an all English-speaking environment takes away children’s opportunities to develop crucial skills in their home languages.
New Global Alliance Launched To End AIDS In Children by 2030 August 3, 2022
Globally, only about half of children living with HIV are on life-saving treatment.
Unicef, WHO: Many Babies Miss Out On Breastfeeding Benefits August 1, 2022
Unicef and WHO call on governments to allocate increased resources to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding policies and programmes.
Reproductive Justice Isn’t Just A Women’s Issue, It’s A Racial One July 15, 2022
The Canadian health care system has a long and complicated relationship with people of colour. Acknowledging the need for change is the first step to change.
Sexism And Reverence For Motherhood Linked To Anti-Abortion Views July 14, 2022
Beliefs about a woman’s ‘proper’ place in society are behind the some perplexing contradictions in attitudes to abortion.
Women In The Health And Care Sector Earn 24% Less Than Men July 14, 2022
The most comprehensive global analysis of gender pay inequalities in the health and care sector finds that women face a larger gender pay gap than other economic sectors.
New Zealand’s Abortion Law Puts Pregnant People At The Centre July 13, 2022
New Zealand’s pro-choice laws do not equate to indifference to foetal life.
HRA Pharma Seeks FDA Approval For First OTC Birth Control Pills July 12, 2022
If approved, Opill would be the first daily birth control pill available OTC without a prescription in the US.
Anti-Abortion Laws Are An Attack On Religious Freedom July 12, 2022
If religious freedom is a true American right, then it must apply to all, not just the conservative Christians arguing against the right to abortion.
UN Report: Participation Of Women Will Ensure More Inclusive, Effective Crisis Response July 7, 2022
More women in leadership roles, solid social protection systems, strong democracies, and thriving feminist civil society groups are contributing factors to effective crisis response, according to a new report by UN Women and UNDP.
When Choice Saves Lives July 7, 2022
Women’s rights are more than a moral crusade, the lives of thousands of women and children hang on a woman’s ability to make her own choices.
UNFPA: Income and Gender Based Inequalities Drive Teen Pregnancies In Developing Countries July 6, 2022
Almost one-third of women in developing countries had their first child during adolescence, according to a new UNFPA report.
Australian Study Shows One in Three Mothers Experience Domestic Violence Before Their Child Turns 10 July 4, 2022
The research tracked more than 1,500 women in Melbourne, with a third reporting intimate partner violence (IPV) in the first decade of motherhood and one in five in the past year.
Study: Banning Abortion Leads To Higher Maternal Deaths July 1, 2022
Researchers focused on how maternal mortality is impacted by abortion in the study because data shows staying pregnant carries a higher risk of death than having an abortion.
US Survey Shows Women Unaware Of Critical Health Issues That Impact Them June 29, 2022
Many of the health factors affecting women can be adjusted if women are made aware of them.
WHO Highlights Urgent Need To Transform Mental Health Care In New Report June 21, 2022
For decades, mental health has been one of the most overlooked areas of public health, receiving a tiny part of the attention and resources it needs and deserves, says WHO.
Study: Fewer Covid-19 Deaths In Countries With Female Leaders June 20, 2022
The study from the University of Queensland found that female leadership, education, religious diversity, and public trust in government were found to reduce rates of infection and death.
Study: Climate Crisis Likely To Drive Increase In Violence Towards Women, Girls, Sexual And Gender Minorities June 15, 2022
Researchers found evidence that gender-based violence appears to be exacerbated by extreme weather and climate events, driven by factors such as economic shock, social instability, enabling environments, and stress.
Study: Desire For Sons in Nepal May Affect Health And Wellbeing Of Daughters June 9, 2022
The desire to have a son may shorten breastfeeding duration so women can try to conceive again in the hopes of having a boy, but shorter breastfeeding time is linked to greater risk of death for Nepali infants.
EU Council and European Parliament Agree To Improve Gender Balance On Company Boards June 8, 2022
EU lawmakers agreed that listed companies should aim to have at least 40 per cent of their non-executive director positions held by members of the under-represented sex by 2026.
Women’s Agony Prolonged As Gynaecology Wait Lists Rise In The UK June 7, 2022
Hundreds of thousands of women with gynaecological conditions across the UK are being forced to tolerate extreme pain and debilitating symptoms because of unacceptable waiting lists for diagnosis and treatment.
Study: UK Women More Affected Than Men By Negative Online Experiences June 3, 2022
Real-world concerns about women’s safety and wellbeing are mirrored in the online world, according to figures from Ofcom’s major study into the UK’s online lives.
India’s Supreme Court Recognises Prostitution As A Profession May 30, 2022
The court said that sex workers have the right to live with dignity, notwithstanding their profession, and that authorities have a duty to protect them.
No Place To Call Home: Tongans Hard Hit By New Zealand’s Housing Crisis May 26, 2022
Tongan families are being pushed to extremes as affordable housing grows scarce. New Zealand needs a Pacific Housing Strategy to address this escalating crisis.
Dementia Leading Cause Of Death For UK Women May 19, 2022
Even during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, more women died from dementia (46,000) than from Covid-19 (33,000).
Spain To Provide 3-Day Menstrual Leave May 13, 2022
Women who suffer disabling periods can take three days off, with a possible extension of two extra days if the pain is severe.
Working Women Experience Burnout, Stress Due To Exclusion, Microaggressions And Harassment: Deloitte May 10, 2022
The percentage of women who have experienced non-inclusive behaviours has increased from 52 per cent in 2021 to 59 per cent in 2022, half of women surveyed say they have experienced microaggressions, while 14 per cent have experienced harassment, according to a report by Deloitte.
Time To Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis Averages Almost Eight Months Globally May 6, 2022
The World Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s “Every Woman” study shows over two-thirds of women participants said they knew very little or nothing about ovarian cancer prior to their diagnosis.
Leaked Opinion Draft Reveals Supreme Court Intention To Overturn Abortion Rights In The US May 5, 2022
The draft opinion written by Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito maintains that Roe v. Wade must be overruled because the right to abortion is not mentioned in the US constitution.
Sexual Abuse Imagery Of Girls Online Skyrocket During Pandemic Lockdowns April 28, 2022
In 2021, the Internet Watch Foundation removed over 250,000 web pages containing child sexual abuse imagery, 97 per cent featuring girls.
WHO: Single-Dose HPV Vaccine Effective Against Cervical Cancer April 12, 2022
WHO’s SAGE recommends updating HPV vaccine dose schedules to one or two doses for girls and young women aged 9-20; and two doses with a 6-month interval for women aged above 21.
White Paper Shows Singapore’s Plans To Boost Women’s Equality April 7, 2022
The White Paper on Singapore Women’s Development outlines 25 plans to address 5 areas: workplace opportunities, caregivers, violence, other support measures for women, and mindset shifts.
Irish Government Announces Memorial For Victims And Survivors Of Magdalene Laundries April 1, 2022
An estimated 10,000 Irish women and girls were sent to work without pay and subjected to abuse at the Magdalene Laundries.
WHO Issues New Abortion Guidelines, Recommends Access To Abortion Pills March 21, 2022
The new WHO guideline, for the first time, includes recommendations for telemedicine that helped support access to abortion and family planning services during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Psychological Abuse Is Under-Reported, And The Effects Are Damaging March 11, 2022
Psychological abuse is often ignored and assumed to be less severe than other forms of intimate partner violence.
Women Fish Too: Invisible Women In Tuna Industries March 9, 2022
The assumption that the tuna fishing industry is a man’s world is not only misleading, but also damaging.
Limited Gender Data Deepens Inequalities March 7, 2022
Without accurate and timely gender data, resources may be wasted in programmes that do not work.
Without Data, Indonesia’s Gender Equality Promise Falters March 7, 2022
Missing gender data means Indonesia’s development programmes are poorly targeted, hindering gender mainstreaming goals enacted 22 years ago.
What We Don’t Know About Women As ‘Weapons Of War’ March 7, 2022
We still don’t know just how widespread and systematic the use of sexual violence is in conflict zones.
Women Subjected To Online Abuse Suffer Serious Career Setbacks March 1, 2022
Women feel most of the online vitriol they received was gendered, with perpetrators focusing on their gender, their physical appearances and their role as working mothers.
Parents And Pregnant Women Exposed To Aggressive Formula Milk Marketing February 25, 2022
A new report by WHO and UNICEF details exploitative practices employed by the $55 billion formula industry, compromising child nutrition and violating international commitments.
Condom For Anal Sex Gets FDA Approval February 24, 2022
This is the first time the FDA has approved the marketing of a condom specifically indicated for anal sex.
Ovarian Cancer Symptoms Often Overlooked, According To UK Cancer Charity February 23, 2022
Women must take heed of symptoms such as bloating and abdominal pain.
Abortion Decriminalised In Colombia For Up To 24 Weeks Of Pregnancy February 22, 2022
The court made the decision in response to a legal suit filed by a coalition of abortion rights advocates.
CDC Study: Pregnant Women’s Vaccination Protects Baby From Covid Hospitalisation February 20, 2022
mRNA vaccines are 61% effective at preventing Covid-19 hospitalisation in babies less than six months old whose mothers were vaccinated during pregnancy.
WHO Launches Tool For Health Workers To Reject Medicalised FGM February 20, 2022
A new training guide by the World Health Organization educates health care workers on how to resist requests to carry out medicalised female genital mutilation.
Teaching Safe Sex Should Include Pleasure, Study Suggests February 20, 2022
According to new research by the University of Oxford and the World Health Organization, sexual health programmes that incorporate pleasure significantly improve condom use.
Florida Reps Approve Ban on Abortion After 15 Weeks February 20, 2022
The bill, which does not make exceptions for rape or incest, will now move to the State Senate.
Study: Covid-19 Vaccination Slightly Delays Women’s Periods January 9, 2022
Vaccinated women in the US study, most of whom received Pfizer or Moderna, had an increase in menstrual cycle length of just under one day, but experienced no change in the number of menses days.
Study: Women 32% More Likely To Die After Surgery By Male Surgeon January 9, 2022
Women face a greater risk of death, hospital readmission, or complications when their operation is performed by a man than when they are treated by a female surgeon, according to a Canada study.