7 DECEMBER 2013
Women are the main victims in Afghanistan: UN
The United Nations (UN) Women office released a report on violence against women over the course of the past 30 years of conflict in Afghanistan. The report argued women have been the greatest victims of the volatility in Afghanistan over the years, and implored the government to take steps to protect women’s rights moving forward.
27 NOVEMBER 2013
Malala Yousafzai tops list of most powerful Asians in the UK
Malala Yousafzai has topped a list of the 101 most powerful British Asians and Asians resident in the UK, knocking Labour MP Keith Vaz off the number one spot he held last year
23 NOVEMBER 2013
Pakistan: Christian girl of 13 abducted, converted to Islam and forced to marry
The kidnapper, a Muslim of 32 , acted out of revenge against her mother. There has been no trace if the child, Saba Waris, since June. A court has issued an arrest warrant against the torturer , who has disappeared.
22 NOVEMBER 2013
Nepal, civil society and religions against kidnapping of child brides
In the western districts forced marriages are still widespread: During special « festivals », young men choose the most beautiful girls and kidnap them, forcing them to marry. In Nepal, this practice is illegal, but the silence of the people prolongs this tradition. Girls as young as 11 among victims.
13 NOVEMBER 2013
Lessons to take home: girls’s education in Pakistan
This edition of ‘For Children in War’ focuses on the challenges faced by girls in their quest for schooling in a displaced person’s camp in Pakistan
Typhoon Haiyan: children at risk of abuse and trafficking
With aid running short and near anarchy in the hardest-hit areas, the estimated two million children affected by the monster storm are its most vulnerable victims, Save the Children warns
28 OCTOBER 2013
Indonesian women peace activists receive 2013 N-Peace Awards
Two Indonesian women peace activists have won the 2013 N-Peace Awards for their efforts to promote women’s equality and protection of women against discrimination.
Rhetoric not enough for Japan’s working women
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may be keen to tout Japan’s untapped labor force, but will he go beyond the rhetoric?http://thediplomat.com/2013/10/28/rhetoric-not-enough-for-japans-working-women/
25 OCTOBER 2013
Indonesia: Child prostitution rampant in tourist destinations
Child-sex tourism has become more rampant in Bali and several areas in Indonesia, with practices involving tourist-related businesses, as well as the families of the exploited children.
Afghanistan’s only female presidential candidate demands right to run
Afghans can vote for an Islamist warlord but not a woman in next year’s presidential election after only female candidate is disqualified
22 OCTOBER 2013
Recruiting Female Police in Northern Pakistan
Women police in northern Pakistan are fighting a gruelling battle to overcome prejudice in a Taliban stronghold.
21 OCTOBER 2013
Dangerous ‘truth’: The Kabul women’s poetry club
In Afghanistan, women are determined to protect new-found freedoms. For the BBC’s 100 Women season, I met the women poets who face great risk, including death threats, to express their deepest thoughts.
15 OCTOBER 2013
Women And Conflict In Afghanistan
Women are increasingly exposed to violence and exclusion from the public sphere as Afghanistan nears the 2014 security transition and conservative forces gain momentum.
10 OCTOBER 2013
Malala Yousafzai wins EU’s Sakharov human rights prize
Pakistani schoolgirl and campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban, has won the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24475305 http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Malala-Yousafzai-awarded-the-2013-Sakharov-Prize-29246.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/314311-eu-awards-top-human-rights-award-to-malala/
9 OCTOBER 2013
Sexual violence in Burma
Burma was not one of the 115 countries to sign up to the UN Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) launched by William Hague at the UN General Assembly on 24 September 2013. Despite Burma’s refusal to sign the initiative the British Government will still pay to train soldiers from the Burmese Army, which is accused of using rape as a weapon and child soldiers.
4 OCTOBER 2013
Pakistan: Malala Yousafzai , the Girl Shot by Taliban Wins a Rights Award
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last October is in London declared the winner of the Anna Politkovskaya award given annually by the group Reach All Women in War to a woman who defends human rights. The group said Ms. Yousafzai, 16, had been chosen “for her courage to speak out when nobody else dared,” for giving a voice to many women and girls and for promoting education for girls.
28 SEPTEMBER 2013
Nepal’s slave girls
Can the young girls forced to work in middle class homes across the country break the bonds of slavery? Slavery is banned in Nepal. But hidden behind the walls of city homes, some still keep young girls as slaves called kamlaris.
Chinese police rescue 92 abducted children
Police in China have rescued 92 children and two women, according to Chinese state media. They were kidnapped to be sold on. http://www.euronews.com/2013/09/28/china-people-trafficking-raid-saves-92-babies-and-two-women/ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/92-abducted-kids-rescued-by-police-china-201392844259676177.html
26 SEPTEMBER 2013
Pakistan’s dismal education prospects
The Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child recently published a report noting that Pakistan has the world’s second-largest number of children out of school, while in April 2012 UNICEF indicated that some 20 million Pakistani children, including an estimated 7.3 million of primary school age, are not in school.
24 SEPTEMBER 2013
Burma Women Call for Amendment to Constitution
A historic women’s forum wrapped up in Rangoon over the weekend, with activists calling for greater legal protections for women and amendments to the country’s Constitution.
19 SEPTEMBER 2013
Kranti Mumbai: Empowering Girls From the Red Light District (Part 1)
In an interview with Fair Observer’s Culture Editor, Anna Pivovarchuk, the co-founder of the Mumbai-based NGO Kranti, Robin Chaurasiya, talks about the disadvantages that children of India’s sex workers must endure in this patriarchal society.
Indian woman, 20, killed by her family for eloping with man from ‘wrong caste’
A young Indian woman was beaten to death and her boyfriend beheaded in an « honour killing » by relatives after they eloped in defiance of local caste rules.
Do not use children for political gain, say Nepal’s child rights advocates
The Nepal National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and Unicef Nepal have expressed concern over the potential misuse, manipulation and engagement of children by political parties in pre- and post-election campaigns, as the country’s Constituent Assembly looms
18 SEPTEMBER 2013
Chinese women move up ranks of global super-rich
Half of the world’s wealthiest female billionaires are Chinese, according to a respected ranking published on Tuesday by a Shanghai-based business magazine.
9 SEPTEMBER 2013
Girl, 6, ordered to marry rapist’s 10-year-old son
A village panchayat (council of elders) in Kota district in Rajasthan made a shocking order that a six-year-old rape victim has to marry the 10-year-old son of the alleged rapist, Malaysia Nanban reported.
7 SEPTEMBER 2013
Number of female managers in Taiwan soars by nearly 60%
The number of women taking up management jobs in Taiwan had increased by 58% from 62,000 a decade ago to 98,000 last year, according to a survey released Thursday by the Council of Labor Affairs.
6 SEPTEMBER 2013
Women in Philippine politics
If women comprise half of the population, an equitable situation in politics would be one where half of elective positions are occupied by women. But the actual figures in the Philippines show we’re a long way off from that equity. In 1998, only 16.2 per cent of elected officials (including the president and vice president and Congress and local government officials, down to city and municipal levels) were women.
3 SEPTEMBER 2013
One Indian woman killed every hour over dowry
The National Crime Records Bureau said that 8,233 women were killed across India last year because of disputes over dowry payments given by the bride’s family to the groom or his family at the time of marriage.
Group Slams China’s ‘Abysmal’ Record on Child Rights
China has failed to uphold the rights of the country’s children, with many left vulnerable to sexual abuse, child labor, and harm through shoddy goods and medicines and poor safety standards, an overseas-based rights group said on Tuesday. »China’s abysmal record in protecting children continues to raise serious concerns, » the China Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) group said in an e-mailed statement released with its report on the abuse of Chinese children’s rights to health, safety, and education
21 AUGUST 2013
Maldives girl’s 100 lashes sentence overturned
A 15-year-old girl who was sentenced to 100 lashes for engaging in premarital sex has had her punishment overturned by a Maldives court.
21 AUGUST 2013
Female students in Indonesia may be forced to undergo ‘virginity tests’
A plan to make female high school students undergo mandatory virginity tests has been met with outrage from activists, who argue that it discriminates against women and violates their human rights.
11 AUGUST 2013
Afghanistan’s pioneering female MP seeks asylum as progress for women unravels
For years Noor Zia Atmar was a symbol of a new country rising from the ashes of Taliban rule, as one of the women whose voices were finally being heard after a decade of brutal oppression in Afghanistan.
9 AUGUST 2013
Pakistan’s Uneducated Children
Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai’s speech at the UN in New York calling for « free, compulsory education all over the world for every child » is a reminder that back in her home country several million children are out of school, exploited for their labour, and/or abused.
7 AUGUST 2013
Burma Army Frees More Child Soldiers as Part of Pact to End Practice
The Burma Army discharged 68 children and young people on Wednesday, the United Nations said, exactly a month after it released 42 children and young adults who had been recruited for soldiering and other duties. http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/41542 http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/363519/myanmar-frees-kids-from-military
5 AUGUST 2013
The woman who nearly died making your iPad
Tian Yu worked more than 12 hours a day, six days a week. She had to skip meals to do overtime. Then she threw herself from a fourth-floor window
1st AUGUST 2013
In Japan, 25% of pregnant workers experienced harassment
So-called pregnancy harassment, which involves treating female employees unfavorably because of being pregnant or having children, sometimes to the point of making them quit their jobs, has been attracting attention, especially since a recent labor federation survey showed one in every four pregnant workers were made the target of such harassment.
30 JULY 2013
UN: Women’s Rights at Risk in Afghan Peace Process
Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, the rights of Afghan have progressed: Women are in school, the workplace and government.But those advances could well be jeopardized in coming months, according to a new report by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
24 JULY 2013
Two Nepalese women accused of witchcraft and tortured in a Buddhist monastery
Beaten and tortured all night by neighbours on suspicion of practicing black magic. Police arrested only two of those responsible. In Nepal traditionally older women or widows are often accused of being witches, and for this tortured and burned alive.
24 JULY 2013
First Afghan woman governor wins Magsaysay award
Afghanistan’s first and only female governor and a humanitarian worker from Burma’s Kachin minority are among this year’s recipients of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, often regarded as Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize.
22 JULY 2013
Every Three Seconds, A Girl Is Traded As A Swara
Swara is a child marriage custom in tribal areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. This custom is tied to blood feuds among the different tribes and clans where the young girls are forcibly married to the members of different clans in order to resolve the feuds. It is most common among Pashtuns
20 JULY 2013
Women ‘banned from shopping alone’ in northern Pakistan
Islamic clerics and tribal elders in Pakistan’s north-west Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province have barred women from shopping without a male relative.
14 JULY 2013
First Pakistani women paratroopers make history
Pakistan’s first group of female paratroopers completed their training on Sunday, the military announced, hailing it as a « landmark achievement » for the deeply conservative Muslim country. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/359829/first-pakistani-women-paratroopers-make-history
13 JULY 2013
Afghan court ordered release of child-bride torturers
A court in Kabul ordered the early release of three people convicted over the torture of a child bride, an official confirmed Saturday, in a move denounced by activists as a blow for women’s rights. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/359732/afghan-court-ordered-release-of-child-bride-torturers
12 JULY 2013
Malala’s forgotten sisters
Girls as young as 5 are still being sold into marriage in Pakistan. And no one will stop it. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/07/12/malalas_forgotten_sisters_girls_marriage_pakistan
Shot Pakistan schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai addresses UN
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban, has told the UN that books and pens scare extremists, as she urged education for all. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23282662 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10175821/The-Taliban-have-failed-brave-schoolgirl-Malala-Yousafzai-tells-UN.html http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-pakistans-malala-celebrates-sixteenth-birthday-with-un-education-appeal/1700490.html
10 JULY 203
Call for China Women’s Rights Court to Address Labor Bias
Seven top women lawyers have called on China’s Supreme People’s Court in Beijing to set up a women’s rights tribunal to handle a huge backlog of legal challenges linked to workplace discrimination. Lawyers say women are suing potential employers in such large numbers that national courts lack capacity to handle all the cases. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/women-07122013163300.html
8 JULY 2013
Myanmar frees 42 children from military
Myanmar has discharged 42 children and young people from its armed forces, UN agencies said Monday, urging increased efforts to free child soldiers as the country emerges from military rule. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/358915/myanmar-frees-children-from-the-armed-forces-un http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/20137810464011516.html
24 JUNE 2013
Afghan Women’s Political Power Revoked
Women’s rights in Afghanistan take yet another hit, as conservative male parliamentarians secretly remove a legal requirement that states women make up at least a quarter of all provincial elections. http://www.plaintalkbm.com/afghan-womens-political-rights/?goback=%2Egde_3987253_member_253600688%2Egmr_3987253%2Egde_3987253_member_252562976
17 JUNE 2013
Caritas Nepal against slave-like child labour
Nepali law bans child labour under the age of 14, but children are the most sought after domestic workers. Torture and abuse often go along with the job, especially if children spend too much time studying. For Caritas, children’s rights should be respected, including the « right to practice one’s own religion ».
14 JUNE 2013
From Factories to Teashops, Child Labor a ‘Tradition’ in Burma
Child servers are a common sight at the average teashop or restaurant in Burma, where often the underage employees are working at the expense of schooling. http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/37540
13 JUNE 2013
Bangladesh, work at 12 or face starvation
Roni is the assistant mechanic because « at home we had nothing to eat. » Poverty is the main reason that 7.4 million children are forced to work. 80% domestic workers, of which 17% suffer abuse and torture. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bangladesh,-work-at-12-or-face-starvation-28194.html
13 JUNE 2013
The battle against child labour in Nepal continues
Having “rescued” around 150 underage children working in Bhaktapur’s sari embroidery factories in July last year, the Nepalese government and private agencies concerned might have lauded their move as a giant leap towards curbing child labour in the country. However, no less than a year down the line, the problem that was supposed to have been solved in Bhaktapur has shifted to Thankot, a few kilometres west of Kalanki in Kathmandu. http://www.asianewsnet.net/The-battle-against-child-labour-in-Nepal-continues-47906.html
12 JUNE 2013
Pakistan Female Fighter Pilot Wins Battle of Sexes
With an olive green head scarf poking out from her helmet, Ayesha Farooq flashes a cheeky grin when asked if it is lonely being the only war-ready female fighter pilot in the Islamic republic of Pakistan. Farooq, from Punjab province’s historic city of Bahawalpur, is one of 19 women who have become pilots in the Pakistan Air Force over the last decade – there are five other female fighter pilots, but they have yet to take the final tests to qualify for combat. http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-female-fighter-pilot-wins-battle-of-sexes/1680672.html
12 JUNE 2013
Hard Life for North Korean Orphans in China
The recent deportation by Laos of nine orphaned North Korean defectors back to their country has thrown the spotlight on the plight of parentless North Korean children who escape a life of hardship to China as they seek opportunities to resettle in a third country. They are often forced to live like animals in caves and beg for food after fleeing across the border to China where they stay hidden from the authorities and find themselves eking out a threadbare existence, according to a defector living in South Korea. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/korea/orphans-06122013175544.html
5 JUNE 2013
Kamalari, girls and women victims of slavery in Nepal
Sold into slavery by their families in debt. Kathmandu condemns slavery, but in the poorest regions of the country, it remains a common practice. An activist: « victims of continuing violence, but police will not conduct any investigation. » http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Kamalari,-girls-and-women-victims-of-slavery-in-Nepal-28120.html
21 MAY 2013
More Afghan women jailed for ‘moral crimes’, says HRW
The number of women and girls in Afghanistan imprisoned for « moral crimes » has risen by 50% in the past 18 months, a rights group says. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22614536
18 MAY 2013
Angry Afghan MPs halt debate on women’s rights
Conservative lawmakers in Aghanistan halted a debate on women’s rights after just 15 minutes today, failing to approve a law that aims to protect women because parts of it violate Islamic principles, an Afghan legislator said. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10065779/Angry-Afghan-MPs-halt-debate-on-womens-rights.html
10 MAY 2013
Record number of women fight to be heard in Pakistani election
Saturday’s general election in Pakistan will see a 129.8 per cent rise in the number of women candidates compared to the previous elections in 2008. But about 10 million women are not registered to vote, and even the activists face serious obstacles. http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20130510-record-number-women-fight-be-heard-pakistani-election
1 MAY 2013
Sexual Violence Widespread in India, UN Says
A mission to India by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women has concluded that sexual violence and harassment is widespread in the country. After a 10-day visit to several Indian states, Rashida Manjoo said sexual violence targeting India women is perpetuated in public spaces, in the family and in the workplace.
23 APRIL 2013
India: more than 48 thousand children abused between 2001-2011
Statistics revealed in a report by the Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR). The main victims are girls, mostly assaulted in state-run orphanages and institutions. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/India:-more-than-48-thousand-children-abused-between-2001-2011-27729.html
23 APRIL 2013
Taliban ‘little commandos’ in terror camp training video
Boys as young as five are seen firing an arsenal of weapons in a video released online by a militant group based in the Waziristan region of Pakistan. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10011813/Taliban-little-commandos-in-terror-camp-training-video.html
21 APRIL 2013
Indian protests after the rape of a five years young girl in Delhi
Allegations that the police had offered the family a bribe of 2,000 rupees ($37) to « keep quiet » contributed to the growing anger of protesters who gathered in the Indian capital. « They were reluctant to register our complaint [that she was missing] when we approached them the first time, » the father of the girl said. « Then the police asked us to be content with the fact she was at least found alive. » http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/201342015235341248.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/21/rape-and-torture-of-girl-sparks-furious-new-delhi-protests/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10008690/Indian-protests-after-two-rape-cases-of-young-girls-in-Delhi.html
14 APRIL 2013
Teenager exposes India’s ‘one month wives’ sex tourism
A 17-year-old girl has exposed the scale of Islamic sex tourism in India where Muslim men from the Middle East and Africa are buying ‘one month wives’ for sex. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9993453/Teenager-exposes-Indias-one-month-wives-sex-tourism.html
8 APRIL 2013
Child protection a low priority in Indonesia
Efforts to protect children in Indonesia from abuse are obstructed by barriers to crime reporting, which may worsen with the threatened closure of police-run units that handle crimes against women and children http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97800/Child-protection-a-low-priority-in-Indonesia
6 APRIL 2013
Malala charity to fund education of girls in Pakistan
Malala Yousafzai – the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban last October – has started a fund to educate other girls in Pakistan. http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/05/pakistani-schoolgirl-shot-by-taliban-launches-malala-fund-charity/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22045269
5 APRIL 2013
Where Virginity Is For Sale in India
When girls dedicated in local temples under the illegal devadasi system hit puberty, their virginity is auctioned off to the highest bidder. Traditionally girls in this district in south India undergo an 11-day purification ceremony following the onset of menstruation. The “first maturity” ceremony, as they call it in Koppal, marks the transition into womanhood. http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2013/04/05/where-virginity-is-for-sale-in-india/
4 APRIL 2013
How my brother tried to kill me in ‘honor attack’
This Pakistani girl’s life of misery and suffering began at the tender age of 12, when instead of going to school she was married to a man old enough to be her grandfather. She says: « My family married me off when I was 12 years old. My husband was 60. Every day he would beat me. I would cry and beg him stop. But he just kept on beating me. » http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/04/world/asia/afghanistan-honor-killing-survivor/index.html?hpt=ias_t2
28 MARCH 2013
Japan’s Workforce: Women Underutilized
Japan’s demographic trends are grim, but the Japanese make it harder on themselves by not better using the people they have. Women in particular are famously underutilized. http://cogitasia.com/japans-workforce-women-underutilized/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_227534695
28 MARCH 2013
Child-abuse victims jailed in Afghanistan
The 15-year-old refused to give his name, his eyes cast down as he sat in an empty room in the children’s correction center in Kabul. Slowly, he began to open up and tell his story. An orphan, he left his home province of Sar-e Pol a year ago and came to the Afghan city to study at an Islamic school. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-02-280313.html
28 MARCH 2013
Teacher’s murder sparks calls for school protection for Pakistan’s girls
The murder of a teacher has prompted a petition calling for Pakistan’s government to take a greater role in protecting girls and teachers attending school http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/27/world/asia/pakistan-teacher-death-petition/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
18 MARCH 2013
Afghan women as a measure of progress
13 MARCH 2013
Police detain a dozen child ‘bombers’ in Pakistan
Pakistani police have arrested around a dozen children, some as young as 10, suspected of being used to plant bombs for separatist militants, officers said on wednesday. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130313-408433.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9927419/Pakistan-police-detain-child-bombers.html
8 MARCH 2013
In Japan child porn cases up 10% in ’12 / Record-high 1,596 cases found due to increased awareness, efforts
Police data collected by the agency indicated child pornography is spreading via the Internet, with about 20 percent of distribution cases involving images and videos that have been circulating on websites and DVDs for five years or longer. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T130307004389.htm
26 FEBRUARY 2013
Indian Parliament gives nod to anti-sexual harassment Bill
The Rajya Sabha today unanimously passed the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill which provides for deterrent punishments and brings in its ambit even domestic workers and agriculture labour, besides workers in organised and unorganised sectors. http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=445371&catid=360200830.html
26 FEBRUARY 2013
Maldives girl to get 100 lashes for pre-marital sex
A 15-year-old rape victim has been sentenced to 100 lashes for engaging in premarital sex, court officials said. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21595814
26 FEBRUARY 2013
Mutilated Afghan girl Aesha Mohammadzai reveals new nose after reconstructive surgery
Afghanistan’s brave Time cover girl Aesha Mohammadzai, who was mutilated after trying to flee an abusive marriage, has revealed her new nose following reconstructive surgery in the US. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9895354/Mutilated-Afghan-girl-Aesha-Mohammadzai-reveals-new-nose-after-reconstructive-surgery.html
25 FEBRUARY 2013
Children Toil in India’s Mines, Despite Legal Ban
India — After descending 70 feet on a wobbly bamboo staircase into a dank pit, the teenage miners ducked into a black hole about two feet high and crawled 100 yards through mud before starting their day digging coal. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/world/asia/in-india-missing-school-to-work-in-the-mine.html?pagewanted=all&goback=%2Egde_4023266_member_217143443&_r=0
15 FEBRUARY 2013
In Thailand, 30,000 children are boxing to help their poor family
7 FEBRUARY 2013
Report Faults Indian Government Over Widespread Child Sex Abuse
Sexual abuse of children is “disturbingly common” in India, and the government’s response to it has fallen short, both in protecting children and in treating victims, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Thursday. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/08/world/asia/report-faults-indian-government-over-widespread-child-sex-abuse.html?ref=asia&_r=0 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-21352102
24 JANUARY 2013
Pregnant Chinese Woman Sent to Labor Camp
49-year-old Liu Yuling is six months pregnant. She’s not at home preparing for birth though. She’s serving a one-year forced labor sentence at the Masanjia labor camp in Liaoning province. http://ntdtv.org/en/news/china/2013-01-24/pregnant-chinese-woman-sent-to-labor-camp.html
15 JANUARY 2013
Indonesian supreme court hopeful’s rape remarks spark outrage
An Indonesian supreme court candidate has sparked public outrage after suggesting that women may enjoy being raped. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/16/indonesian-supreme-court-hopeful-rape http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-rape-indonesia-supreme-court-20130116,0,4913905.story?track=rss
15 JANUARY 2013
Indian caste councils praise families that carry out ‘honour killings’
In a submission to India’s Supreme Court, leaders of caste councils made a plea for greater understanding of those who kill their children for ‘honour’ but denied encouraging them. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9803127/Indian-caste-councils-praise-families-that-carry-out-honour-killings.html
9 JANUARY 2013
The girls stolen from the streets of India
The death of a student who was gang-raped on a Delhi bus has prompted anguished soul-searching about the place of women in Indian society. The widespread killing of female foetuses and infants is well-documented, but less well-known is the trafficking of girls across the country to make up for the resulting shortages. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20938125
7 JANUARY 2013
Nepalese protest violence against women
Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside the prime minister’s residence in Nepal for a 10th day to protest against the alleged rape and robbery of a maid by officials and other violence against women. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/01/20131714247955976.html
2 JANUARY 2013
Like India, Nepal is powerless against rising violence against women
Figures from 2012 show a terrible picture. Sixty-four per cent of Nepali women are victims of domestic and gender-based abuse. About 71 per cent of all victims between 26 and 35 years of age are deemed at risk http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Like-India,-Nepal-is-powerless-against-rising-violence-against-women-26754.html
31 DECEMBER 2012
From the Delhi police: Why women deserve to be raped http://forums.asiaone.com/showthread.php?t=57392#1
29 DECEMBER 2012
How India treats its women
When the unidentified woman died in a Singapore hospital early on Saturday, the victim of a savage rape on a moving bus in the capital, Delhi, it was time again, many said, to ask: why does India treat its women so badly? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20863860
28 DECEMBER 2008
Indian teenager commits suicide after gang rape
A 17-year-old Indian girl who was gang-raped has committed suicide after police pressured her to drop the case and marry one of her attackers, police and a relatives have said.
25 DECEMBER 2012
China cracks down on child-trafficking gangs
89 children saved 355 suspects arrested – That is the result of the latest operation in China to crack down on child smugglers. http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/25/china-fighting-war-against-child-smugglers/ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/2012122515111277481.html
23 DECEMBER 2012
India gang rape: journalist shot dead as protests continue
The Indian government failed to stem a wave of furious protest against the gang-rape of a student on Sunday, as a journalist was shot dead by police during a demonstration against another sex attack.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9763983/India-gang-rape-journalist-shot-dead-as-protests-continue.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9763657/India-gang-rape-protests-intensify-as-water-cannon-and-tear-gas-deployed.html http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/23/world/asia/india-rape-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
19 DECEMBER 2012
More underage Muslim girls marrying in Malaysia
In Malaysia, those under 16 years of age cannot drink or drive. But marry? Increasingly, it seems, yes. http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=40382&sec=1
11 DECEMBER 2012
‘Long way to go’ on justice for Afghan women – UN
Afghan women victims of violence are still being failed by the justice system, according to a new UN report.
21 NOVEMBER 2012
Deaths in dumpster expose plight of China’s street kids
Eight Chinese officials have been fired or suspended after five boys died in a rubbish bin after suffocating on fumes from charcoal they burned to stay warm, according to state-run media.
3 NOVEMBER 2012
Pakistani Taliban target female students with acid attack
It’s the latest cruel tactic in the Pakistani Taliban’s battle to stop girls and women from getting an education: acid thrown in their faces to scar them for life and deter others from following in their footsteps. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/03/world/asia/pakistan-acid-attack/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
2 NOVEMBER 2012
Parents kill teenage daughter in acid attack in Kashmir
A mother and father in Pakistan-administered Kashmir killed their 15-year-old daughter by dousing her with acid after seeing her talking to a young man, police say.
1 NOVEMBER 2012
In Communist China, women officially equal but lagging far behind politically
Mao Zedong was arguably the father of Chinese feminism, with his famous observation that “women hold up half the sky.” But when Mao’s Communist Party heirs take to the stage in November to unveil their new leadership lineup, there aren’t likely to be many females — if any — among the country’s new rulers. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/in-communist-china-women-officially-equal-but-lagging-far-behind-politically/2012/11/01/4af037a8-21da-11e2-92f8-7f9c4daf276a_story.html
23 OCTOBER 2012
Indian girls ‘should be banned from owning mobiles’ Girls should be banned from owning mobile phones to stop them eloping, an Indian MP has saidhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9628163/Indian-girls-should-be-banned-from-owning-mobiles.html
17 OCTOBER 2012
Crusade against Cambodian sex trade
The residents of a foster home in the Kampong Chan province hold a celebration in honour of Somaly Mam – a woman who has saved each and every one of them from the horrors of incestuous families and prostitution.
9 OCTOBER 2012
Shot down because demanding the right for girls to go to school
Leaders from around the world have condemned the shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, an education and rights activist in the northwestern Pakistani region of Swat. Yousafzai was shot by Taliban gunmen on Tuesday in her hometown of Mingora while on her way home from school.
4 OCTOBER 2012
Sri Lanka: every 90 seconds a woman subjected to sexual violence
At least 450 thousand women farmers earn less than 2 euros a day and almost 200 thousand migrant workers suffer abuse, violence and torture. In the north affected by the civil war, 46% of mothers suffer from malnutrition and children under 5 years are underweight. Women are 53% of the population of Sri Lanka.
28 SEPTEMBER 2012
Burma’s children in arms
Child soldiers are alarmingly common in Burma. But a number of international programs are finding creative ways to dismantle the practice.
23 SEPTEMBER 2012
India slowly confronts epidemic of missing children
More than 90,000 children are officially reported missing every year, according to data compiled and released late last year by leading children’s rights group Bachpan Bachao Andolan, which showed the problem was far greater than previously thought. Up to 10 times that number are trafficked, according to the group http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/india-slowly-confronts-epidemic-of-missing-children/2012/09/22/395d51b0-fd95-11e1-b153-218509a954e1_story.html
22 SEPTEMBER 2012
Poverty traps Philippine child labourers
6 JULY 2012
Chinese police ‘eliminate child trafficking gangs’
Police in China say they have “eliminated” two major child trafficking gangs, freeing 181 children and making 802 arrests. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/07/20127672658574994.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9381305/Chinese-police-eliminate-child-trafficking-gangs.html
6 SEPTEMBER 2012
Bangladesh: More data needed on abandoned children, trafficking
Children in Bangladesh who have been abandoned by their parents are vulnerable to traffickers, but tackling the problem is hampered by the lack of data on missing children, say aid workers http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96250/BANGLADESH-More-data-needed-on-abandoned-children-trafficking
4 SEPTEMBER 2012
Dozens of child soldiers have been discharged from the Myanmar military, state media said Tuesday, months after the country agreed with the United Nations to curb the use of underage recruits http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120904-369562.html
29 AUGUST 2012
India proposes ban on child labor
India’s government has proposed a ban on the employment of children younger than 14, as it tries to push more youngsters into school and address an issue that has sullied the country’s image as an emerging economic powerhouse.
24 AUGUST 2012
Tibet Battles Women Trafficking
Chinese authorities recorded a big jump in the trafficking of women and children from Tibet to Chinese provinces last year as an expert said that more than half of the 72 counties in the Tibet Autonomous Region have grappled with women-smuggling problems
13 AUGUST 2012
Kashmir women ordered to cover up or risk acid attack
A pro-al-Qaeda group in Kashmir has warned women it will kill them or disfigure their faces with acid if they are seen unveiled or using their mobile phones in public.
11 AUGUST 2012
Wed and Tortured at 13, Afghan Girl Finds Rare Justice
When she refused to prostitute herself or have sex with the man she was forced to marry when she was about 13, officials said, Sahar Gul’s in-laws tortured her and threw her into a dirty, windowless cellar for months until the police discovered her lying in hay and animal dung
1 AUGUST 2012
Lao Sex Ring Exposed
A Thai official has claimed that more than 500 underage Lao girls are working as sex slaves in eastern Thailand, saying that authorities in both countries need to step up the fight against human trafficking.
20 JULY 2012
Philippines struggles to curb child labour
In the Philippines there is a renewed push to stamp out child labour where over millions of children eke out a living as workers, miners and farm hands instead of going to school.
Revolution of Nepalese women: from slavery of Hindu culture to flying planes
Until a few decades ago, women were burned on the pyre of their deceased husband as a gesture of submission. Their emancipation is the visible sign a secular state and the presence of associations for women’s rights in the territory. The story of Anusha Udas, a girl of 22 who become pilot thanks to perseverance and family support.
18 JULY 2012
Concern in Sri Lanka over rising number of child rapes
A 13-year-old girl in Sri Lanka has identified four men including a local government politician who she says were involved in gang-raping her in the south of the country last month. It is one of a series of alleged rapes, especially of children.
16 JULY 2012
A tale of two Kabul schools
The 250 children currently enrolled at the three-year-old Support Children and Afghan Women in Need Organisation (SCAWNO), once spent their days on the streets of the Afghan capital.
8 JULY 2012
22-year-old accused of adultery executed in Afghanistan
The Afghan government has condemned the Taliban public execution of a young woman accused of adultery after harrowing mobile phone footage of her death emerged.
5 JULY 2012
Activist’s killing reverberates in Pakistan
Farida Afridi, a 25-year-old women’s rights activist, left her parents’ home early on the morning of July 4, as she typically did. She was walking to her nonprofit organization’s office when two men with Kalashnikovs pulled alongside her on a motorcycle and shot her multiple times, killing her.
18 JUNE 2012
Indian man beheads daughter because he was ‘upset with her indecent behaviour’
A man in western India paraded his daughter’s severed head through his village, after he killed her because he was upset with her lifestyle and « indecent behaviour ».
15 JUNE 2012
NEPAL: The hidden costs of early marriage
Thousands of Nepali girls leave school every year to get married, missing out on their education, the government says. Parents are often unaware of the impact that trying to save the money spent on education can have on the future of their daughter.
12 JUNE 2012
Children rescued from Indian factory
Social activists, with the support of the police, have raided a New Delhi factory employing children aged between six and 13.
9 JUNE 2012
Vietnamese migrant women treated like slaves in Malaysia
Coming from Vietnam’s poorest regions, they have to pay up to US$ 2,000 to get a job. Employers exploit them to the bone. Hundreds of them are victims of the prostitution racket.
7 JUNE 2012
PAKISTAN: Coming clean about child sexual abuse – or not
Sidra Bibi*was a young girl living with her parents and siblings in the Pakistani city of Lahore when she suffered sexual abuse, and the trauma has lived with her over the years.“My mother, my father, my aunts and my uncles all connived to protect my paternal grandfather, who was abusing me, my sister and our female cousins since we were six or seven years old,” Sidra, now 30 and married, told IRIN. The grandfather, she added, asked the girls to masturbate him, then committed anal penetration on Sidra and her cousin.
4 JUNE 2012
THAILAND: Children trafficked to sell flowers and beg
In an impoverished town in Thailand near the border with Myanmar, a trafficker offered a desperate Burmese widow 5,000 baht (US$160) on the spot, followed by an additional 4,000 baht ($120) per month for two of her 10 children to sell flowers in the Thai capital, Bangkok. The rent-a-child deal was to last three months, after which the boys would return home
1 JUNE 2012
Rape Case, in Public, Cites Abuse by Armed Groups in Afghanistan
Lal Bibi is an 18-year-old rape victim who has taken a step rarely seen in Afghanistan: she has spoken out publicly against her tormentors, local militiamen, including several who have been identified as members of the American-trained Afghan Local Police
29 MAY 2012
Official: 160 girls poisoned at Afghan school
Their classrooms might have been sprayed with a toxic material before the girls entered, police spokesman Khalilullah Aseer said. He blamed the Taliban
24 MAY 2012
Afghan schoolgirls ‘poisoned by Taliban’
More than 120 schoolgirls and three teachers have been poisoned in the second attack in as many months in Afghanistan blamed on conservative radicals in the country’s north. The attack occurred in Takhar province where police said the Taliban, who are opposed to education of women and girls, had used an unidentified toxic powder to contaminate the air in classrooms, leaving scores of students unconscious http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/05/201252451931671453.html http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/24/world/asia/afghanistan-girls-poisoned/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
11 MAY 2012
North Korean women sold into ‘slavery’ in China
Female defectors typically must choose between being forced into marriage, serving as a hostess in a karaoke bar or « massage” establishment, or escaping into forbidding mountains where life is a constant struggle for food and shelter. The last option means eluding Chinese police often working in tandem with North Korean security officials
5 MAY 2012
Afghan girl’s torturers get 10 years jail: official
The case of a tortured Afghan child bride whose treatment shocked the world has led to three members of her husband’s family being jailed for 10 years, an official said Saturday5
25 APRIL 2012
Indian child bride marriage annulled
An Indian couple who « married » when aged just one and three have had their wedding annulled in a ground-breaking case activists hope will challenge the culture of child marriages.
24 APRIL 2012
Nu ahong – the female face of Islam
The role of women in Islam is an issue guaranteed to generate heated debate. The general impression is that women are deemed inferior to men in Islam. However, this is not the case among China’s Hui Muslim community, with female imams and women-only mosques being an integral part of their tradition
23 APRIL 2012
U.S. must not abandon Afghan women to the Taliban
19 APRIL 2012
Pakistani women’s lives destroyed by acid attacks
Campaigners in Pakistan say cases of acid attacks are increasing in most areas, even though tougher penalties were introduced last year. An Oscar-winning Pakistani documentary has put the crime under the spotlight, but it is estimated that more than 150 women have acid thrown on them every year – usually by husbands or in-laws – and many never get justice
17 APRIL 2012
Extremists poison schoolgirls’ water; Afghan officials say
At least 140 Afghan schoolgirls and female teachers were admitted to a local hospital Tuesday after drinking poisoned water, said local health officials, who blamed the act on extremists opposed to women’s education.
28 MARCH 2012
Comments on Taiwanese Marriage Trend Spark Outrage
A legislator’s comments in Taiwan have touched off a public furor over one of the island’s stickiest social issues. Increasingly, Taiwanese men are choosing wives from overseas, and some say that is leaving growing numbers of local women without husbands
27 MARCH 2012
The Afghan girls who live as boys
For economic and social reasons, many Afghan parents want to have a son. This preference has led to some of them practising the long-standing tradition of Bacha Posh – disguising girls as boys
20 MARCH 2012
Women’s rise reshaping Korean society
In a Korea Institute of Child Care & Education survey of 1,000 couples that had a child in April-August 2010, four in 10 fathers said they had wanted a daughter and only a quarter of them replied they had desired a son, with the others having no preference. Among mothers, a daughter had been preferred by 39.5 percent and a son by 30.3 percent http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120320000935
11 MARCH 2012
Chinese police free 24,000 abducted women and children in 2011
Chinese police rescued more than 24,000 abducted women and children in 2011, according to a report by the Public Security Ministry. The report said police rescued 8,660 abducted children and 15,458 women in raids against 3,195 trafficking gangs
6 MARCH 2012
Teaching troubles in Bangladesh
Almost half the population of Bangladesh does not know how to read or write. Authorities want to change this so they have made education free and mandatory until the age of 11
Indonesia to ban female MPs from wearing miniskirts
Women’s groups expressed outrage Tuesday after Indonesia’s parliament said it would draft rules banning female lawmakers from wearing « provocative » clothing such as miniskirts to work and claimed such dress invited rape
Maids in Singapore to get a weekly day off from 2013
The Singapore government has announced that maids working in the country must get a weekly rest day. The new regulation will take effect from 1 January 2013 and apply to all foreign maids whose work permits are renewed or issued after the date
27 FEBRUARY 2012
Pakistan celebrates documentary Oscar win
A Pakistani director has won her country’s first Oscar for Saving Face, a short documentary about acid attacks on women and those who help them recover
16 FEBRUARY 2012
For Punishment of Elder’s Misdeeds, Afghan Girl Pays the Price
Shakila, 10, was abducted and held for about a year as part of a traditional Afghan form of justice known as « baad. »
30 JANUARY 2012
Afghan woman is killed ‘for giving birth to a girl’
A woman in north-eastern Afghanistan has been arrested for allegedly strangling her daughter-in-law for giving birth to a third daughter. The birth of a boy is usually a cause for celebration in Afghanistan but girls are generally seen as a burden
11 JANUARY 2012
Malnutrition: Indina PM calls it a shame
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, today December 10 termed as “a national shame’’ that 42 per cent of India’s children are underweight and said it was “unacceptably high” given the nation’s high GDP growth. Addressing a gathering here at the release of malnutrition report “HUNGaMA” (Hunger and Malnutrition), the PM said: “The results of this survey are both worrying and encouraging.”
5 JANUARY 2012
Pakistan’s women get first abuse hotline
Pakistan has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in Asia, despite parliament recently passing laws aimed at improving the rights of women
29 DECEMBER 2011
A video given to the BBC shows the extent of the injuries suffered by a 15 year-old Afghan child bride who was locked up and tortured by her husband
27 DECEMBER 2011
Malaysia: Concern over effective implementation of Domestic Violence Act
Women’s groups say that much more has to be done before the Domestic Violence Act approved by Parliament recently can be effectively implemented. They believe that related laws such as the Evidence Act and the Criminal Procedure and Penal Codes have to be amended to accommodate the numerous changes
8 DECEMBER 2011
Thousands of Indian children missing, says report
Nearly 11 children go missing in India every hour and at least four of them are never found, according to a study by a child rights organisation
3 DECEMBER 2011
Increase in women smuggled into China, sex slaves or sold as wives
The young girls come from various countries of South-East Asia, including Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos. Attracted by the promise of a job by criminal groups, they are sold into prostitution or as wives. The phenomenon is the result of one-child policy imposed by Beijing, which has caused enormous gender disproportion
2 DECEMBER 2001
Jailed Afghan rape victim freed with no pre-conditions
An Afghan rape victim who was jailed for adultery does not have to marry her attacker to be freed, her lawyer has told the BBC
23 NOVEMBER 2011
Jailed Afghan rape victim has sentence reduced, remains in jail
Afghan prosecutors announced Wednesday that a young rape victim, jailed for adultery after reporting the crime and pushed into marrying her attacker, would have her sentence reduced from twelve to three years. The prosecutor said she would, for now, remain in jail — with her child — for not reporting her attack fast enough.
21 NOVEMBER 2011
MONS, Belgium – A Pakistani family of four went on trial Monday for the « honour killing » of their 20-year-old child and sister, who defied them by living with a Belgian and refusing an arranged marriage.
11 NOVEMBER 2011
AFGHANISTAN : mother and daughter stoned to death for adultery 300m from govt offices Sources tell AsiaNews that Sharia is the only law in Afghanistan. In ten years, the international community has done nothing to teach the population respect for human rights.
28 SEPTEMBER 2011
The actress who took on the mufti
In her socially conservative country, moralizing against figures like Veena Malik – an actress, model and reality TV star – can seem as routine as the call to prayer. All the more reason, then, for shock when she responded to religious critics by taking on Muslim clerics themselves, some of whom she said « rape the children they teach in their mosques, and do so much more », adding, « Since you have set up a court here, I demand that the court dispense justice. » But this was no courtroom. The venue was a TV studio in Lahore, where a shouting match erupted between the brazen 27-year-old and a respected white-haired cleric named Mufti Abdul Qavi
18 SEPTEMBER 2011
women stage skirt protest over rape remarks
Dozens of Indonesian women wearing miniskirts have protested in Jakarta after the city governor blamed rapes on provocative clothing. The activists carried signs reading « My miniskirt, my right » and « Don’t tell us how to dress; tell them not to rape. »
16 SEPTEMBER 2011
A Nepali Woman’s Ordeal in Saudi Arabia Raped, battered, made pregnant, then kicked out: a common story http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3749&Itemid=624
10 SEPTEMBER 2011
Rural women top suicide statistics
China is the only country in the world where more women than men end their life prematurely. The root of this problem could be traced to deep-rooted Chinese beliefs, represented by sayings such as: “Marrying a woman is like buying a horse: I can ride you and beat you whenever I like.”
9 SEPTEMBRE 2011
Sri Lanka children’s homes ‘should be shut down’
All children’s homes in Sri Lanka should be closed down because of « rampant » abuse, the head of the country’s child protection body says.
25 AUGUST 2011
Forbes names Sonia as world’s seventh most powerful woman
Congress party president Sonia Gandhi figures as the seventh most powerful woman of the world in the Forbes list which is topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
18 AUGUST 2011
Asian Women and Politics: The Family Connection
The region is still sexist enough to stifle the rise of women on their own
17 AUGUST 2011
Migrant schools closed in Chinese capital
Thousands migrant workers’ children in Beijing have been left with no school to attend officials abruptly closed their schools. State media said some 14,000 children in three districts of the Chinese capital had been hit
6 AUGUST 2011
Japan’s New Women
Tanako Nakayama, a 61-year-old librarian, says that when she was young, woman rarely went to college. If they graduated, they became teachers or telephone operators. Single women in their 30s were called « loser dogs ».
« I was one of the few special women who went on to university, » Nakayama says. « After I graduated, I worked as a teacher in a private school owned by a big company. There was a lot of discrimination between men and women. Women could never become managers or section chiefs. »
27 JULY 2011
89 kidnapped infants rescued in China
Chinese police rescued 89 infants kidnapped for sale and arrested 369 people they said linked to two human trafficking rings this month, state media reported on Wednesday. In the first case, the traffickers, who were mostly Vietnamese residents, abducted children from Vietnam and sold them in China’s southern regions of Guangdong and Guangxi, the China Daily newspaper said, citing an unnamed officer from Guangdong’s provincial department of public security.
10 JUNE 2011
Is Korea too soft on sex crimes?
26 JUNE 2011
Afghanistan: Eight-year-old girl ‘used in attack’
The interior ministry said insurgents gave the girl a package and told her to take it to a police vehicle, detonating it as she approached.
22 JUNE 2011
Execution prompts Indonesia maid travel ban
Indonesia is to stop allowing its citizens to work as domestic servants in Saudi Arabia after the execution of a maid for murder last week.
21 JUNE 2011
Japanese women kept out of top government, business posts
Japan saw the percentage of women in its House of Representatives rise in the past six years, but its world ranking for female representation is still a mere 121 out of 186 countries
20 JUNE 2011
Indonesia recalls ambassador over Saudi beheading
Indonesia on Monday June 20 recalled its ambassador to Saudi Arabia amid anger over the beheading of an Indonesian maid convicted of murdering her Saudi employer, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said.
17 JUNE 2011
Philippines Stands All but Alone in Banning Divorce
When citizens of the small Mediterranean nation of Malta voted in a referendum last month to legalize divorce, they reignited debate in the Philippines, one of the last countries, along with Vatican City, where divorce is still banned.
14 JUNE 2011
Pakistani woman villager is forced to ‘parade naked’
Police in Pakistan say they have arrested two men for stripping a woman naked and parading her in a village.
5 JUNE 2011
Malaysia’s ‘obedient wives’ anger rights groups
A Malaysian group urging wives to avoid marital problems by fulfilling their husbands’ sexual desires like prostitutes has angered politicians and women’s rights groups, the New Straits Times reported on Sunday. The Obedient Wives Club, which was set up by a group of Muslim women, said domestic violence, infidelity and prostitution stemmed from a lack of belief in God and a failure of women to satisfy their husbands.
4 JUNE 2011
Fury over Malaysia cops cattle-branding women
Malaysian lawyers, politicians and activists lambasted the police Saturday, accusing them of abusing their power in chaining up and marking the bodies of 30 foreign women detained for alleged prostitution.
2 JUNE 2011
Vietnam baby ring mothers allege sex abuse: report
Vietnamese women who bore babies for foreign couples in an illegal surrogacy ring in Thailand said they suffered sexual abuse at the hands of the gang, a newspaper reported Thursday.
31 MAY 2011
Indonesia ends Malaysia maids row
Indonesia is allowing maids to apply for work in Malaysia for the first time in two years, after ending a long-running row over abuse of workers.
Why Do Women in India Become Sex Workers?
Poverty and limited education push females into labor markets at an early age, but the sheer desire for a better income and a better life pushes them into sex work, according to a path-breaking, pan-India survey of sex workers.
As Wealth and Literacy Rise in India, Report Says, So Do Sex-Selective Abortions
India’s increasing wealth and improving literacy are apparently contributing to a national crisis of “missing girls,” with the number of sex-selective abortions up sharply among more affluent, educated families during the past two decades, according to a new study
15 MAY 2011
In northeast India coal towns, many miners are children
Perhaps thousands of underage workers as young as 8, lured by the wages, leave school work in coal mines under perilous conditions. The country officially upholds mining safety standards and forbids child labor, but loopholes in state laws allow widespread abuses.
3 MAY 2011
Horrific Brutality in Kashmir
Youth and children as young as 10 are tortured and sometimes disappear completely
1 MAY 2011
China may send women to space in 2012
Fei Junlong, leader of China’s astronaut team, told reporters that the two women and five men astronauts – the second batch of Chinese astronauts, who were selected last year – have to take a three-year training course before carrying out space missions. But Yang said that there are possibilities for the women to join next year’s mission. The two women astronauts, both pilots from the People’s Liberation Army Air Force, are the first women astronauts in China.
21 APRIL 2011
Pakistan: Acquittals in Mukhtaran Mai gang rape case
Five of six men charged over a village council-sanctioned gang rape in Pakistan have been acquitted by the Supreme Court. The victim, Mukhataran Mai, hit world headlines after speaking out about her ordeal in 2002. She has since become an icon for women’s rights in Pakistan.
11 APRIL 2011
South Asian Women Between Tradition and Modernity
South women lag behind men in literacy, workforce participation, reproductive rights and most other areas. Yet the region’s array of female leaders put the rest of the world to shame.
9 APRIL 2011
Filipino Rebels Agree to Stop Using Child Soldiers
In what they called a breakthrough in the campaign to remove children from combat in the Philippines, U.N. officials said Friday that Communist rebels had agreed to ensure that there are no minors in their ranks.
4 APRIL 2011
In Bangladesh, General strike against new pro-women policy
More than 120 people have been arrested this morning during a general strike (hartal) organised to protest against the government’s National Women Development Policy 2011; 103 were detained in the capital Dhaka, 15 in Faridpur and 3 in Naravangani. The Islamic Law Implementation Committee had called for the labour action, claiming the new policy violates the principles of the Qur‘an.
11 MARCH 2011
Poverty Drives Pakistani Women to Prostitution
Despite Pakistan’s growing reputation for Islamic conservatism, the country is teeming with sex workers. Karachi is believed to have up to 100,000 female sex workers alone, according to data gathered by Pakistan Society, a local NGO. Lahore is believed to have as many as 75,000, almost all of them driven into the profession by poverty. Prostitution and homosexuality are banned in Pakistan and sex workers are often called defamatory names such as ghashti, or whore
9 MARCH 2011
China’s leadership: where are the women?
China’s lawmaking body, the National People’s Congress (NPC), opened its annual session last weekend to great fanfare. Watching the delegates pile in and out of the Great Hall of the People, we couldn’t help wondering: How is it that in a country of 1.3 billion, with nearly 3,000 NPC delegates, there are no women of national political prominence?
Japan child porn cases surge to record
Japan’s number of known child pornography victims surged by half last year, data showed Thursday (24 February 2011), a new record in a country where it is legal to possess sexually explicit images of children.
15 FEBRUARY 2011
Afghan Official Says Women’s Shelters Are Corrupt
Afghanistan’s top female official began a sustained verbal assault on women’s shelters on accusing them of corruption and mismanagement, and insisting that the government was determined to take control of them, whether or not donors continue to give financial support.
Four arrested after Bangladesh girl ‘lashed to death’
Four people including a Muslim cleric have been arrested in Bangladesh in connection with the death of 14-year-old girl who was publicly lashed. The teenager was accused of having an affair with a married man, police say, and the punishment was given under Islamic Sharia law.
20 JANUARY 2011
Abortion, a Thai tragedy in a sick society, says the Church
The discovery of 2,002 foetuses abandoned near a Buddhist temple in Bangkok sparks a national debate. Each year, between 110,000 and 130,000 illegal abortions are performed out of just over a million pregnancies, “a figure that is frightening” according to a specialist. For Mgr Kovithavanij, “Nobody mentions the ethical conduct and virtue of the family. Christian teaching promotes and supports respect for life.”
22 DECEMBER 2010
Nearly 60 percent of Vietnamese women maltreated by their husbands
This is the result of a research conducted in early 2010, with the participation of nearly 5000 women from 18 to 60 years old.
6 OCTOBER 2010
Bangladesh battles sexual bullying
In Bangladesh, « eve-teasing” is a somewhat innocent name given to sexual harassment. But the illegal practice is becoming a greater problem as more girls start to go to school and women work outside the home.
Because of sexual bullying, the school dropout rate for girls is higher than ever. Nicolas Haque reports from a school in the country’s capital, Dhaka.
20 SEPTEMBER 2010
Human trafficking: Chinese police frees 17,000 children and women
Since April 2009, more than 2,000 criminal gangs have been broken up, with 15,000 alleged modern-day slavers arrested. Public Security Ministry boasts great success against human trafficking, but does not explain its operations. Each year, some 30,000 to 60,000 children disappear. Migrant workers face a tragic situation.
(AsiaNews/Agencies) – Chinese police freed as of 6 September 10,621 women and 5,896 children abducted for human trafficking since the Public Security Ministry launched a crackdown in April last year. Nationwide, police broke up 2,398 human trafficking gangs and arrested 15.673 suspects, state news agency reported.
Teenager forced to parade in the nude
A teenage girl in India was stripped and forced to walk naked for almost 8km, being beaten and groped by hundreds of men along the way, as punishment for loving a boy from another community.
6 AUGUST 2010
Mutilated Afghan girl Aisha in US for new nose
The Afghan girl featured on a controversial Time magazine cover is in the US to have her nose rebuilt. Aisha told Time her nose and ears had been cut off - with the approval of a Taliban commander – by her abusive husband as punishment for running away
6 JULY 2010
South Korea: More women working but generations apart on values
A study on women showed an increased role of women in traditionally male-dominated industries, but noted the generation gap on family values.
4 JULY 2010
Philippines’ vulnerable women
Officials in the Philippines say a rising number of women and children are being sexually exploited by criminal rings, often through a trusted family member. But the problem remains invisible because of its clandestine and underground nature, with victims often keeping silent because they are ashamed.
12 MAY 2010
Gas attack’ targets Afghan girls
At least 30 students at a girls’ school in northern Afghanistan have been hospitalised after a suspected poisonous gas attack. Health officials in Kunduz province said the girls were admitted to hospital on Tuesday after vomiting and losing consciousness.
25 FEBRUARY 2010
Myanmar troops ‘torturing women’
Female members of Myanmar’s minority Karen ethnic group are being gang-raped, tortured and murdered by government troops, a report by a local rights has said. The Karen Women Organisation says women who assume the role of village chief in the hope they are less likely to be abused than their male counterparts are now themselves being targeted
16 FEBRUARY 2010
Japanese gov’t finally set to fight child porn
The Japanese government has formed a team to battle child pornography after years of doing little to combat the harmful and illegal activity
Polygamy in Malaysia
A medieval institution isn’t as much fun as it looks to be Nik Aziz, the spiritual leader of Parti Islam se-Malaysia, was quoted on Dec. 11 in
Malaysia’s New Straits Times as saying Islamic spiritual leaders should practice polygamy to be better able to counsel their flocks about the practice, which he called suitable to « the era of information and communications technology.It is not. It is suited to the Middle Ages. Statistics show that polygamous marriages, like twisters, leave a trail of destruction in the form of neglected women and dysfunctional children in their wake