PAKISTAN – Bill prohibiting fetal sex disclosure during pregnancy to be tabled

The Punjab Health Minister, Dr Yasmin Rashid, addressed a seminar on “Ending Gender-Based Violence”, held under the ambit of the Punjab Government, in collaboration with UN Women. “It saddens me that some people get to know about the sex of the baby during pregnancy and abort the child if it were not a boy,” she said. She reiterated that no society can move forward without empowering women. “Violence against a woman disturbs the whole family … Continued

BANGLADESH – ‘I’m struggling to survive’: for Rohingya women, abuse continues in the camps

Rahima’s father never wanted her out of his sight. She and her sister were too young, too pretty, too vulnerable to be trusted among the men of her village in western Myanmar, not to mention the soldiers who roamed the region. “My father would beat us if we dared to go out by ourselves, or he’d beat our mother for allowing us to go out,” said Rahima, 15 years old. “He used to say there … Continued

SAMOA – Preliminary findings of a ten-day mission to Samoa by Working Group on discrimination against women in law and practice

  The UN Working Group’s mission was the first official visit ever to Samoa by independent experts designated by the UN Human Rights Council. Kamala Chandrakirana and Eleonora Zielinska represented the Working Group.   Text from the preliminary findings as regards the issue of abortion:   “…We are alarmed at the high rates of teenage pregnancy (9%), which lead to stigmatisation, exclusion and fines in certain villages. In this regard, we reiterate our view that … Continued

School related gender-based violence

An estimated 246 million girls and boys are harassed and abused in and around school every year. While girls and boys can be both victims and perpetrators of violence, the extent and form differs. Incidents of SRGBV have been recorded in every region and country where it has been studied and cuts across cultures, regions, peoples and economies, and affects boys and girls. SRGBV is a human rights issue and an education issue: a violation of human rights and a serious barrier to learning.

CONTRACEPTION IN EUROPE

Country rankings on access to contraception in 45 European countries The Contraception Atlas at www.ContraceptionInfo.eu is a map that scores 45 countries in Europe on access to modern contraception. It was launched on 14 February in Brussels. The scores are based on access to contraceptive supplies, family planning counselling and online information. They reveal a very uneven picture across Europe. The European Parliamentary Forum on Population & Development (EPF) produced the Atlas in partnership with … Continued

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