26 JULY 2016
India parliament passes controversial child labour law
India’s parliament on Tuesday (Jul 26) passed a new labour law that allows children to work for their families despite concerns by activists that it will hurt their development.
9 JULY 2016
India’s Children of Slavery
“They raped me. They tied me in a sack and threw me into the river.” Rinki, 13, is one of 100,000 children in India sold into slavery each year. These are their stories – plus the efforts of their rescuers like Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi
1 APRIL 2016
Pakistan honour killings on the rise, report reveals
Nearly 1,100 women were killed in Pakistan last year by relatives who believed they had dishonoured their families, the country’s independent Human Rights Commission says
13 MARCH 2016
Myanmar army frees 46 child soldiers: state media
Myanmar’s powerful military releases 46 child soldiers from service, state media reports, the latest move towards ending a scourge that has long beset the nation.
7 MARCH 2016
Defending Pakistani women against honour killings
Only days after Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy accepted her Academy Award for best short subject documentary for A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness highlighting Pakistan’s honour killing epidemic, the killings continued
26 FEBRUARY 2016
Pakistan has 24 million children out of school: Government
Of the 50.8 million children aged five to 16 in the country, 47 per cent do not receive an education, according to the annual Pakistan Education Statistics report for 2014-2015.
23 JANUARY 2016
India’s moon catcher: Portrait of a feminist activist
Jagmati Sangwan is helping to organise the fight against « honour » killings and other crimes against women in India.
10 JANUARY 2016
Women documentary filmmakers provide rare insight into Indian society
If most Indians are asked to mention one documentary focusing on women’s issues that they watched in recent times, the unanimous answer would be India’s Daughter made by Leslee Udwin
24 OCTOBER 2015
Indian govt approves induction of women fighter pilots in IAF
The first women fighter pilots would be selected from the batch which is undergoing training at the Air Force Academy, the Indian Defence Ministry said
22 OCTOBER 2015
Bangladeshi group orders firing of female journalists
A banned right-wing group in Bangladesh has issued a threat to media companies asking them to sack female employees, claiming it is against Islamic law for women to work in the media
20 OCTOBER 2015
China’s feminists defy government oppression
« Shameless ». That was how Hillary Clinton described Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent hosting of a meeting on women’s rights at the United Nations.
12 JULY 2015
1.6 million children in India left out of school system
A recent United Nations survey has shown that about 1.6 million young children in India are being left out of the school system. Girls are the most disadvantaged as most parents prefer to prepare them for marriage, rather than a career
10 JUNE 2015
Malaysia goverment maintains marital rape not criminal
A parliamentary committee decided a decade ago after a study that it is permissible for a husband to « rape » his wife. This position was again taken by the six-member bi-partisan speacial committee set up to review marital rape laws
5 JUNE 2015
Dalit Women And Village Justice In Rural India
alit girls and women are victimised and violated in villages, towns and cities up and down the country. The Dalit Freedom Network (DFN) records that they are murdered and burned alive, “raped, held captive in brothels and temple ceremonies, and forced to work as bonded laborers”, while young girls are kidnapped and trafficked into prostitution or trapped into domestic servitude
1 JUNE 2015
The Afghan government recently exchanged 22 children born to militants fighting in Afghanistan for the freedom of 19 hostages being held by insurgents
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has expressed its concerns about reports that the Afghan government recently exchanged 22 children born to militants fighting in Afghanistan for the freedom of 19 hostages being held by insurgents in Zabul and Ghazni provinces. The international advocacy group has demanded the government shed light on the matter
29 APRIL 2015
Rewriting the role of Chinese women
Even with recent activist arrests, China’s feminist landscape is shifting with many women challenging rooted norms
18 APRIL 2015
Women’s status rising in Taiwan: president
President Ma Ying-jeou said Saturday the status of women has been rising in Taiwan due to increases in women’s higher education opportunities, political involvement and labor force participation
25 FEBRUARY 2015
Amnesty International reports increased human rights abuses in Afghanistan
The failure to implement the violence against women bill in Parliament, increased cases of sexual abuse against women, rising rates of child marriage, reduced representation for women on Provincial Councils and the undermining of women’s role in the peace negotiation process between the Afghan government and the Taliban were all factors cited
30 JANUARY 2015
Indian police rescue hundreds of child slaves as young as six
Indian police have rescued hundreds of child slaves as young as six during days of raids on workshops in the central city of Hyderabad, a senior officer said Friday
24 JANUARY 2015
More than 400 child soldiers freed from Myanmar army in 2014: UN
There are no verifiable figures on how many children are currently serving in Myanmar’s huge military, which has faced a slew of accusations over rights abuses, including the forced recruitment of children to work as porters or even human mine detectors
27 DECEMBER 2014
Taiwan’s Ma welcomes 7th female general, praises women in military
President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday gave credit to the rising number of female military personnel in the R.O.C. armed forces during a conferral ceremony in Taipei as the country welcomed its seventh female general
12 DECEMBER 2014
Women: The invisible issue in Japan’s election
When voters go to the polls on Sunday to elect Japan’s powerful lower house of parliament, only one out of every six candidates will be a woman
3 DECEMBER 2014
Child labour in Bangladesh persists
A US agency in its new survey Monday claimed the presence of child labour in the Bangladesh’s informal garment sector, as it expanded its list of products worldwide it says were likely produced by child or forced labour.
28 NOVEMBER 2014
Nearly 300,000 Nepalese women trafficked to Indian brothels
Trafficking of women and girls and supplying them in the sex markets of India and other countries is still one of the big social problems in Nepal
16 NOVEMBER 2014
Female Afghan MP survives suicide attack
Shukria Barakzaia, a high-profile advocate of women’s rights, slightly wounded in blast that kills three people
5 NOVEMBER 2014
Bhutan proposes 30% quota for women in political parties
At least 30 percent of the 47 seats in a political party should be reserved for women.This is among the 15 clauses in the Election Act to be proposed for amendment in the upcoming parliament session.
11 OCTOBER 2014
Anti-slavery fighter Kailash Satyarthi has saved 80,000 children
The 60-year-old activist has been campaigning against child trafficking in India for over 30 years, presenting child slavery not as a welfare problem but as a human rights issue that feeds illiteracy and poverty.
11 OCTOBER 2014
India’s misguided schools policy shutting out the poor
Millions of children are being shut out of India’s schools by legislation that predated the election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This is the message of a petition by the Centre for Civil Society, which states: ‘Today, 3,494,520 children are out of school, due to the fact that 19,414 private schools across 17 states have been closed’. But few in India are hopeful that this recent shift in power will bring about a liberalisation of education policy in the near term.
10 OCTOBER 2014
Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi share Nobel Peace Prize
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to India’s Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai for their struggles against the suppression of children and for young people’s rights, including the right to education.
24 SEPTEMBER 2014
Sexual abuse rates spike in Afghanistan
The New Afghanistan Women Association (NAWA) has expressed concerns about rising rates of sexual abuse and harassment in Afghanistan. Over the past six months alone, there were over 240 recorded cases of sexual abuse against women and children in at least six provinces of the country
15 SEPTEMBER 2014
Bangladesh sets two-year jail term for child marriage
Bangladesh on Monday approved a law setting a two-year jail term for anyone involved in marrying a girl aged under 18, in a bid to cut the country’s notoriously high child marriage rate.
12 SEPTEMBER 2014
Half South Asia’s girls marry before 18: UN
Nearly half of all girls in South Asia marry before they turn 18, according to a United Nations (UN) report that lays bare what it calls « glaring inequalities »
31 AUGUST 2014
In Afghanistan, 8 years old girl married to 12 years old boy
In the district of Sholgara of Balkh province, a man named Momen gave away his eight-year-old daughter Meena to wed a 12-year old boy because he could not support having his daughter live with him
29 AUGUST 2014
Sex abuse against teens rising in Korea: report
The number of teenage victims of sex crimes went from 7,893 in 2011 to 8,808 in 2012 and 9,721 in 2013, according to police data revealed by Rep. Lee Cheol-woo of the Saenuri Party. Most victims were female, but the number of male victims was 506, marking a 75 percent increase from two years earlier
27 JULY 2014
Indian temple admits women for first time in 900-year history
Twelfth-century Hindu temple breaks with tradition after Supreme Court rules against two Brahmin families who have claimed exclusive ancestral rights to choosing priests for centuries
17 JULY 2014
Afghan children pay for violence
From January to June, an average of 40 children were killed or injured every week, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan’s (UNAMA)This represents a 34 percent increase in child civilian casualties compared to the same time last year
14 JULY 2014
Samsung finds ‘evidence’ of child labour at China plant
Samsung has temporarily suspended business with one of its suppliers in China after finding « evidence » of possible illegal child labour at the plant
6 JULY 2014
Virginity for sale: inside Cambodia’s shocking trade
On the margins of the sex industry, an ugly market in virginity has emerged in Cambodia in which rich and powerful men coerce desperate mothers into selling their daughters’ innocence
18 JUNE 2014
Japan finally bans child pornography
Japan finally fell into line with other major developed countries and made the possession of child pornography illegal, but the sometimes graphic images of paedophilia in manga comic books remain legal
12 JUNE 2014
India Rebuffs ‘Simplistic’ UN Criticism Over Sex Crimes
India has rebuffed accusations by a U.N. investigator that sex crimes are rife in the world’s biggest democracy, calling her analysis “simplistic” and full of “sweeping generalizations”
4 JUNE 2014
India police rescue ‘trafficked’ children
About 500 children rescued after police in Kerala state raid orphanages who fail to provide documents for children
Japan acts on child porn possession
Japan edged closer to banning the possession of child pornography on Wednesday, the last major developed country to do so, but paedophilia portrayed in the country’s popular anime comics will be exempt
29 MAY 2014
India gang rapes: Outrage over police ‘discrimination’
There is outrage over police inaction in a village in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh where two teenage girls were gang raped and hanged from a tree
29 MAY 2014
Police in Pakistan accuse murdered woman of illegal marriage
Lahore’s police chief has hit back at allegations his officers failed to prevent the murder of a pregnant woman in broad daylight, accusing the victim of an illegal marriage and her husband of killing his first wife
27 MAY 2014
Pregnant Pakistani woman stoned to death by family
A pregnant woman was stoned to death by her own family in front of a Pakistani high court for marrying the man she loved.
1 MAY 2014
Thousands languishing in Japan children’s homes: Human Rights Watch
Almost nine out of 10 children taken from their families in Japan end up in institutions rather than foster care, a rights group said Thursday, a rate it said was the highest among developed nations
Violence against women in politics rising in Pakistan
A recent study by the Centre for Social Research and UN Women shows that violence against women in politics is on the rise in three South Asian countries namely Pakistan, India and Nepal
30 APRIL 2014
Maldives enacts regulation for death penalty
The United Nations and European Union have condemned the Maldives for approving a regulation that allows children as young as seven to be sentenced to death for certain crimes
25 APRIL 2014
Topless Guangzhou students protest sexism in job market
The banner held by the students — who had paint covering their bodies and who wore sunglasses to hide their identities — read: « Employers should get rid of sexual discrimination and put more weight on women’s value. We need equal work opportunities. »
22 APRIL 2014
‘Rampant discrimination’ in India’s schools
Marginalised students, including Dalits and Muslims, being denied right to education by school authorities, report says
12 APRIL 2014
Women who have sex before marriage should be hanged, says senior politician in India’s Socialist Party
Abu Azmi, the Socialist Party’s Maharashtra unit chief, says that women who have sex before marriage should be hanged, while the Party’s leader says he will scrap a law giving the death penalty to rapists if he’s elected prime minister
10 APRIL 2014
Six-year-old Afghan girl saved from marriage to cover father’s debt
4 APRIL 2014
India court orders first death sentences for multiple rapes
An Indian judge on Friday ordered three men to hang after they were convicted of two gang-rapes, the first death sentences to be handed down for multiple sex attacks since the law was toughened last year http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/403474/india-court-orders-first-death-sentences-for-multiple-rapes http://www.bbc.com/news/26887723
25 MARCH 2014
Indian engineer dies in honour killing
The parents of an IT engineer who married her low caste boyfriend lured her home with the promise of a family wedding reception and then allegedly strangled her
20 MARCH 2014
A million children live on the streets of Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, about a million children live in the streets, half under the age of ten. And about 95 per cent of them also take drugs
16 MARCH 2014
The Afghan policewomen taking on the Taliban
The tiny but growing number of policewomen in Afghanistan not only risk death in the line of duty, they also face personal attack from extremists, and bigotry within the ranks
Vietnam’s child workers number 1.75m
Viet Nam had 1.75 million child labourers aged between five and 17, equal to 9.6 per cent of that age group in the country, according to the first National Child Labour Survey
14 MARCH 2014
Pakistan rape victim sets herself on fire
The victim of a gang-rape in Pakistan has died after setting herself on fire in protest against a police report that led to the release of a key suspect, a doctor and her brother said
11 MARCH 2014
Pakistan laws prohibiting underage marriage un-islamic: CII
The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) concluded its 191th meeting, here Tuesday with the ruling that the laws related to minimum age of marriage were un-Islamic and that children of any age could get married if they attain puberty.
8 MARCH 2014
Indonesia: Violence against women on the rise
The National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) called on the government to better protect women, arguing that gender-based violence had become all too prevalent
4 FEBRUARY 2014
Seoul to expand support for working moms
The government on Tuesday unveiled a package of comprehensive measures to support working mothers so they can better balance work and life, create a family-friendly culture at workplaces and encourage fathers to engage in child rearing at home
Proposed Afghan law protects women’s abusers, rights group says
An international rights group said Tuesday that Afghan President Hamid Karzai should refuse to sign a law passed by parliament that would deny women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage.
3 FEBRUARY 2014
Malaysian court jails man who raped, then married minor
A Malaysian court on Monday sentenced a man to 12 years in jail for raping a 12-year-old whom he later married, as an activist urged the Muslim-majority nation to ban all child marriages.
23 JANUARY 2014
India: Woman gang-raped on orders of ‘kangaroo court’
Police in India’s West Bengal state have arrested 13 men in connection with a gang rape of a woman, allegedly on orders of village elders who objected to her relationship with a man.
22 JANUARY 2014
Burmese Child Soldier Imprisoned for Leaving Military
A former child soldier who is under the coordinated protection of the International Labor Organization and Burmese authorities has been sentenced to one year in prison for deserting his unit, a local rights group says.
HRW: Women’s rights declining in Afghanistan
Afghanistan’s human rights situation has regressed in key areas during 2013, increasing uncertainty about the country’s future, Human Rights Watch has said
18 JANUARY 2014
Myanmar frees scores of child soldiers
Myanmar’s army has freed 96 children and young people from its armed forces, the United Nations said Saturday, hailing a « historic step » towards ending the use of child soldiers in the formerly junta-run nation.
15 JANUAY 2014
Burma military ‘using rape as weapon’
Burma’s military has continued to use rape as a weapon of war even after a nominally civilian government was elected in 2010, a women’s group says.
14 JANUARY 2014
Female police tapped in Kabul
Kabul named Colonel Jamila Bayaz the first female Police Chief in the country on Tuesday, while the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that in the future it plans to nominate a female Provincial Police Chief.
13 JANUARY 2014
Indian maid, 11, tortured with chillies
Indian police have arrested a trader for allegedly torturing a 11-year-old maid who was forced to eat chillies which were also rubbed on her body, an official said Monday, in the latest abuse of domestic servants.
9 JANUARY 2014
The economic role of women in Pakistan
Women constitute half of the Pakistan’s 190 million population and represent a big part of the labor force. However their vitality and potential has never been fully realized in the past 66 years after independence despite having surpassed their male counterpart in every field of life.
6 JANUARY 2014
Afghan girl, 10, arrested for suicide bomb attempt
Afghan authorities said on Monday that they had detained a 10-year-old girl for attempting to carry out a suicide attack wearing a vest packed with explosives
1 JANUARY 2014
New protests after suicide of 16-year-old gang-raped twice in Calcutta
There were angry demonstrations in Calcutta on Wednesday following the death of a 16-year-old girl who set herself on fire after suffering two gang-rapes and a campaign of intimidation to force her to drop charges against her assailants.
30 DECEMBER 2013
Pakistan appoints first female judge to sharia court
Pakistan’s national sharia court, which hears cases under the country’s Islamic legislation, on Monday appointed a female judge for the first time in its 33-year history.
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.
13 SEPTEMBER 2013
Governance in India: Women’s Rights
Women in India face myriad cultural challenges that impede social advancement, analysts say. Discriminatory family codes, lack of education, and cultural stigmas are only a few examples. Heightened media attention given to such inequities has raised pressure on the government to not just reform the institutional treatment of women, but also raise the level of dialogue on the larger issue of women’s rights in a rapidly modernizing society.
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