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India’s lower-caste Dalit women raped ‘to keep them in their place’: report

Rights groups say men from dominant castes frequently use sexual violence against India’s 200 million Dalits as a weapon to reinforce caste and gender hierarchies.

25 Nov 2020 - 11:47AM

Rights groups say men from dominant castes frequently use sexual violence against India’s 200 million Dalits as a weapon to reinforce caste and gender hierarchies.

India’s lower-caste Dalit women raped ‘to keep them in their place’: report
Pandemic no challenge for Pakistani football star training girls in the Hindu Kush

Karishma Ali has not let the coronavirus stop her helping children in her impoverished home region.

14 Nov 2020 - 9:00AM

Karishma Ali has not let the coronavirus stop her helping children in her impoverished home region.

Pandemic no challenge for Pakistani football star training girls in the Hindu Kush
First transgender US state senator Sarah McBride says she wants to make a difference, not history

McBride’s political career started with an internship with the president-elect’s late son, Beau Biden.

14 Nov 2020 - 8:28AM

McBride’s political career started with an internship with the president-elect’s late son, Beau Biden.

First transgender US state senator Sarah McBride says she wants to make a difference, not history
Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine offers little hope to Indians without power and cold storage

The vaccine needs to be stored at temperatures matching an Antarctic winter – a logistical nightmare for India.

25 Nov 2020 - 1:04PM

The vaccine needs to be stored at temperatures matching an Antarctic winter – a logistical nightmare for India.

Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine offers little hope to Indians without power and cold storage
7 facts about global hunger on World Food Day

The numbers are quite shocking.

16 Oct 2020 - 7:00AM

The numbers are quite shocking.

7 facts about global hunger on World Food Day
Queer singer Girl in Red on why ‘lesbian’ is her least favourite word, how pop culture lacks LGBT representation, and the reason Covid-19 has left her emotionally exhausted

Marie Ulven, also known as Girl in Red, has more than a million followers on TikTok – where young LGBT women often connect by asking each other if they listen to her songs that have become LGBT anthems.

11 Oct 2020 - 6:45PM

Marie Ulven, also known as Girl in Red, has more than a million followers on TikTok – where young LGBT women often connect by asking each other if they listen to her songs that have become LGBT anthems.

Queer singer Girl in Red on why ‘lesbian’ is her least favourite word, how pop culture lacks LGBT representation, and the reason Covid-19 has left her emotionally exhausted
Asia has become hotspot for mass surveillance during coronavirus pandemic, heightening risks of abuse, analysts say

Among the worst-scoring Asian nations in the Verisk Maplecroft index were Pakistan, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, India and the Philippines.

1 Oct 2020 - 9:23PM

Among the worst-scoring Asian nations in the Verisk Maplecroft index were Pakistan, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, India and the Philippines.

Asia has become hotspot for mass surveillance during coronavirus pandemic, heightening risks of abuse, analysts say
Sex workers in Thailand launch petition to have prostitution decriminalised

A Chiang-Mai based group that supports sex workers aims to gather 10,000 signatures to present to parliament to persuade lawmakers to amend the country’s prostitution law.

23 Sep 2020 - 11:18PM

A Chiang-Mai based group that supports sex workers aims to gather 10,000 signatures to present to parliament to persuade lawmakers to amend the country’s prostitution law.

Sex workers in Thailand launch petition to have prostitution decriminalised
Malaysian activist fights for right to go hijab-free, as Singapore debates headscarf discrimination

Maryam Lee wrote a book about her decision to stop wearing a headscarf in Muslim-majority Malaysia, as Singapore confronts hijab discrimination.

29 Sep 2020 - 7:19PM

Maryam Lee wrote a book about her decision to stop wearing a headscarf in Muslim-majority Malaysia, as Singapore confronts hijab discrimination.

Malaysian activist fights for right to go hijab-free, as Singapore debates headscarf discrimination
Star Wars actor John Boyega quits Jo Malone perfume ambassador role after being cut from Chinese ad

British star was replaced by Chinese actor Liu Haoran in reshot version, while other black cast members were removed.

16 Sep 2020 - 8:39PM

British star was replaced by Chinese actor Liu Haoran in reshot version, while other black cast members were removed.

Star Wars actor John Boyega quits Jo Malone perfume ambassador role after being cut from Chinese ad
Lured to China: Colombia police break up sex-trafficking ring

Poor and vulnerable women sent to work in Guangdong nightclubs with offers of well-paid modelling jobs.

9 Sep 2020 - 10:45PM

Poor and vulnerable women sent to work in Guangdong nightclubs with offers of well-paid modelling jobs.

Lured to China: Colombia police break up sex-trafficking ring
How the coronavirus pandemic has propelled modern slavery in Asia’s garment industry

According to latest analysis, India and Bangladesh have joined Myanmar and China in the category of ’extreme risk’.

4 Sep 2020 - 9:17PM

According to latest analysis, India and Bangladesh have joined Myanmar and China in the category of ’extreme risk’.

How the coronavirus pandemic has propelled modern slavery in Asia’s garment industry
Thailand invites tourists to see life on the inside at its jails, but will inmates human rights be safeguarded, observers ask

The newest attraction in tourism-dependent Thailand is its prisons, half of which are to be opened to visitors. Critics say it is not appropriate without addressing prison overcrowding and respecting inmates’ rights and privacy.

28 Aug 2020 - 8:45PM

The newest attraction in tourism-dependent Thailand is its prisons, half of which are to be opened to visitors. Critics say it is not appropriate without addressing prison overcrowding and respecting inmates’ rights and privacy.

Thailand invites tourists to see life on the inside at its jails, but will inmates human rights be safeguarded, observers ask
Could swapping sex for sustainability save Bangkok’s tourist industry and other Thailand hotspots?

Bangkok was the world’s most visited city for four consecutive years, but Covid-19 put a stop to that. One expert thinks now is the time for a more sustainable tourism model, focusing on quality tourists over quantity.

25 Aug 2020 - 6:06PM

Bangkok was the world’s most visited city for four consecutive years, but Covid-19 put a stop to that. One expert thinks now is the time for a more sustainable tourism model, focusing on quality tourists over quantity.

Could swapping sex for sustainability save Bangkok’s tourist industry and other Thailand hotspots?
India’s Assam state to give girls free scooters to keep them in school

The state hopes its giveaway will encourage more girls to go to university and help them avoid sexual harassment on public transport.

21 Aug 2020 - 5:54PM

The state hopes its giveaway will encourage more girls to go to university and help them avoid sexual harassment on public transport.

India’s Assam state to give girls free scooters to keep them in school
US fines food company that imported items made by Chinese prisoners

US customs officials seized a shipment of stevia in 2016 after receiving information that it was made by Chinese prison labour.

15 Aug 2020 - 1:20AM

US customs officials seized a shipment of stevia in 2016 after receiving information that it was made by Chinese prison labour.

US fines food company that imported items made by Chinese prisoners
Cambodian police chief accused of sexually abusing women officers

The two-star major general and provincial police chief is accused of forcing four female officers to perform sex acts at work.

14 Aug 2020 - 7:56PM

The two-star major general and provincial police chief is accused of forcing four female officers to perform sex acts at work.

Cambodian police chief accused of sexually abusing women officers
Gay conversion therapy outlawed in Australia’s Queensland in boost for LGBT rights

Health care professionals could now face 18 months in jail for attempting to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation, under the new law.

13 Aug 2020 - 7:42PM

Health care professionals could now face 18 months in jail for attempting to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation, under the new law.

Gay conversion therapy outlawed in Australia’s Queensland in boost for LGBT rights
Want to work from the beach? Visas from countries offering cheap living, low Covid-19 rates target digital nomads

Boasting low infection rates but suffering over lost tourism, Barbados, Estonia, Bermuda and Georgia have launched visas aimed at wooing adventurous digital nomads to bolster their economies.

8 Aug 2020 - 8:30PM

Boasting low infection rates but suffering over lost tourism, Barbados, Estonia, Bermuda and Georgia have launched visas aimed at wooing adventurous digital nomads to bolster their economies.

Want to work from the beach? Visas from countries offering cheap living, low Covid-19 rates target digital nomads
Cambodia targets short skirts, see-through shirts with new modesty law

The draft legislation would ban men from going out shirtless and stop women from wearing anything ‘too short’ or ‘too see-through’.

1 Aug 2020 - 6:23PM

The draft legislation would ban men from going out shirtless and stop women from wearing anything ‘too short’ or ‘too see-through’.

Cambodia targets short skirts, see-through shirts with new modesty law
Thai police nationwide to be trained to handle human trafficking, as cases rise

Thailand says it rescued a record 1,807 trafficking victims last year, many of whom were Burmese migrants bound for Malaysia.

30 Jul 2020 - 8:25PM

Thailand says it rescued a record 1,807 trafficking victims last year, many of whom were Burmese migrants bound for Malaysia.

Thai police nationwide to be trained to handle human trafficking, as cases rise
Activists sue Ghana government in bid to stop China-backed mine in forest

Proposed mine in the Atewa Range Forest is part of a US$2 billion deal signed with China, which will gain access to bauxite – in exchange for financing infrastructure projects in Ghana.

9 Jul 2020 - 8:27PM

Proposed mine in the Atewa Range Forest is part of a US$2 billion deal signed with China, which will gain access to bauxite – in exchange for financing infrastructure projects in Ghana.

Activists sue Ghana government in bid to stop China-backed mine in forest
Singaporeans return to work, using smartphone apps and QR codes to fight coronavirus

Singapore, along with Taiwan, South Korea and China, was quick to embrace technology to map the coronavirus outbreak early on with contact tracing, robots and drones.

6 Jul 2020 - 10:15AM

Singapore, along with Taiwan, South Korea and China, was quick to embrace technology to map the coronavirus outbreak early on with contact tracing, robots and drones.

Singaporeans return to work, using smartphone apps and QR codes to fight coronavirus
New climate fund for Southeast Asia targets US$2.5 billion in clean energy investment

The Southeast Asia Clean Energy Facility is managed by Singapore-based Clime Capital, with an initial investment of US$10 million and a focus on getting new projects under way in Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.

30 Jun 2020 - 8:29PM

The Southeast Asia Clean Energy Facility is managed by Singapore-based Clime Capital, with an initial investment of US$10 million and a focus on getting new projects under way in Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.

New climate fund for Southeast Asia targets US$2.5 billion in clean energy investment
Quarantine a tradition for the forest people of Sumatra – Covid-19 pandemic meant they just updated the rules

The seminomadic Orang Rimba’s customary health rules include 24-hour quarantine for those who return from outside the forest. For Covid-19, tribal elders tightened the rules. They also believe if you say the name of a disease you’ll have it.

28 Jun 2020 - 5:54PM

The seminomadic Orang Rimba’s customary health rules include 24-hour quarantine for those who return from outside the forest. For Covid-19, tribal elders tightened the rules. They also believe if you say the name of a disease you’ll have it.

Quarantine a tradition for the forest people of Sumatra – Covid-19 pandemic meant they just updated the rules
Popular Egyptian belly dancer Sama el-Masry jailed for ‘debauchery’ after TikTok posts

Dancer denied the accusations, saying the content was stolen and shared from her phone without consent.

28 Jun 2020 - 9:34PM

Dancer denied the accusations, saying the content was stolen and shared from her phone without consent.

Popular Egyptian belly dancer Sama el-Masry jailed for ‘debauchery’ after TikTok posts
Coronavirus: Bangladesh sex workers beaten up by brokers as customers stay away

Bangladesh is home to about 100,000 sex workers, and charities estimate that seven out of 10 are struggling to survive.

27 Jun 2020 - 8:34PM

Bangladesh is home to about 100,000 sex workers, and charities estimate that seven out of 10 are struggling to survive.

Coronavirus: Bangladesh sex workers beaten up by brokers as customers stay away
From Eiffel Tower to Leaning Tower of Pisa, Covid-19 measures at Europe’s tourist attractions make for a very different holiday

As Europe’s tourism industry tentatively reopens, attractions from Paris’ Eiffel Tower to the Colosseum in Rome have introduced measures to minimise the risk of new outbreaks – some more convenient than others.

29 Jun 2020 - 10:41AM

As Europe’s tourism industry tentatively reopens, attractions from Paris’ Eiffel Tower to the Colosseum in Rome have introduced measures to minimise the risk of new outbreaks – some more convenient than others.

From Eiffel Tower to Leaning Tower of Pisa, Covid-19 measures at Europe’s tourist attractions make for a very different holiday
Pink Dot: Singapore LGBT rally to go ahead online despite huge petition against it, organisers say

The petition, signed by more than 28,000 people, said it was started by parents who were ‘deeply troubled’ that the event would reach children this year ‘without restraint’, exposing them to ‘homosexuality as a lifestyle’.

23 Jun 2020 - 6:51PM

The petition, signed by more than 28,000 people, said it was started by parents who were ‘deeply troubled’ that the event would reach children this year ‘without restraint’, exposing them to ‘homosexuality as a lifestyle’.

Pink Dot: Singapore LGBT rally to go ahead online despite huge petition against it, organisers say
Nature’s answer to rising sea levels – why the Maldives and other low-lying coral islands may not be doomed by climate change

Coral island chains such as the Maldives may not be threatened by climate change and rising sea levels, as many fear. Recent research shows they rise above the waves naturally.

18 Jun 2020 - 12:45PM

Coral island chains such as the Maldives may not be threatened by climate change and rising sea levels, as many fear. Recent research shows they rise above the waves naturally.

Nature’s answer to rising sea levels – why the Maldives and other low-lying coral islands may not be doomed by climate change