Female Mayor Zarifa Ghafari Mayor of Maidan Shar,
Shaheen Bagh-Like Anti-CAA Protests in Kolkata To Continue Amid Lockdown
45-Year-Old Woman Dies from Coronavirus in West of Afghanistan
U.S. Urges Afghan Authorities to Fully Investigate the Attack on
Female Mayor Zarifa Ghafari
UK Abortion Law Briefly Changes During Covid-19 Outbreak
Outrage in South Korea Over Telegram Sexual Abuse Ring
Blackmailing Women and Girls
March Is Women’s History Month: Young Women Are Leaders of The
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Bagh-Like Anti-CAA Protests In Kolkata To Continue Amid Lockdown
On a day when the police removed anti-CAA protesters from Shaheen Bagh in
Delhi, agitators at the Bengal version of the Shaheen Bagh in Kolkata's Park
Circus on Tuesday agreed to the state government's request and decided that
only a batch of seven will contiue the stir till the coronavirus crisis ends.
50 women protesters have been holding a protest at Park Circus which will now
come down to seven on a rotational basis in conformity with the state
governmen's lockdown notification on coronavirus that not more than seven
persons shall assemble together as part of the social distancing drill against
demonstration on the lines of Shaheen Bagh in Delhi began at Park Circus Maidan
on January 7 with 60 women protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
were requested by the government to stop the gathering of protesters and carry
demonstration in smaller numbers on a rotational basis. This has been allowed
by the government," said Asmat Jamil, one of the organisers of the dharna.
Park Circus anti-CAA protesters had continued with their agitation ignoring
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal for "janata curfew" against the
deadly virus last Sunday.
national secretary Rahul Sinha welcomed the move, but said the protest should
be called off now as the country is facing an "emergency medical situation
and this not a time for politics".
woman dies from coronavirus in West of Afghanistan
45-year-old Afghan woman died from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in
western Herat province of Afghanistan.
Ministry of Public (MoPH) on Wednesday confirmed that a 45-year-old woman died
from coronavirus in western Herat province, increasing the number of deaths to
comes as the Ministry of Public announced late on Tuesday that the number of
positive cases of coronavirus has increased to 78 in Afghanistan.
to the ministry, the public health officials recorded 32 new cases across
Afghanistan between Monday and Tuesday.
Minister of Public Health Ferozuddin Feroz had earlier warned that the
coronavirus (COVID-19) could killed 110,000 people amid growing positive cases
across the country.
to reporters in Kabul city, Feroz said the estimates also show that the disease
could spread among 80 percent of the population of Afghanistan.
Urges Afghan Authorities To Fully Investigate The Attack On Female Mayor Zarifa
United States has urged the Afghan authorities to fully investigate the attack
on female mayor Zarifa Ghafari.
strongly condemn the recent attack on Zarifa Ghafari, the mayor of Maidan Shar,
Wardak province. We are relieved that she and her fellow passengers survived
this cowardly attack unharmed,” the State Department said in a statement.
statement further added “We urge Afghan authorities to fully investigate and
prosecute those who opened fire on her vehicle. The future of Afghanistan lies
with those who seek peace and political solutions, not those who use violence
and intimidation to threaten Afghan women.”
unknown gunmen attacked the vehicle of Ghafari in the 5th district of Kabul as
she was travelling home from Maidan Shahr city of Wardak province two days ago.
director of information and culture of Miadan Bashir Mohammadi was also
travelling with her when the attack took place. Both the officials survived the
March 4, Mayor Ghafari was recognized as a 2020 recipient of the International
Women of Courage award by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and First Lady
Melania Trump, alongside 11 other recipients from around the world.
State Department said she was selected for this award due to her bravery and leadership,
qualities she continues to demonstrate daily as she faces down those who seek
to keep women from fully participating in Afghan life.
abortion law briefly changes during Covid-19 outbreak
UK government published then deleted changes to abortion law that would have
allowed women to access medical terminations without travelling to a clinic,
leaving women’s health charities “staggered”.
the guidance, which was published for at least five hours on Monday, the
Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said: “The secretary of state for
health and social care has approved two temporary measures in England to limit
the transmission of coronavirus (Covid-19) and ensure continued access to early
medical abortion services.”
changes were to ensure that women could take both pills required for an early
medical abortion in their own homes – without the need to attend a hospital or
clinic first, and to allow doctors to prescribe the pills from their own homes.
The technical details that accompanied the news showed that the goals were to
be achieved by defining both the doctor’s and pregnant woman’s homes as “approved
places” for carrying out abortions.
at 8pm on Monday night, the changes were suddenly deleted from Gov.UK, with the
only accompanying explanation stating: “This was published in error. There will
be no changes to abortion regulations.” A DHSC spokesperson repeated the
statement, and declined to offer an explanation as to how the error occurred or
whether the government no longer felt the changes were necessary to limit the
transmission of coronavirus.
British Pregnancy Advisory Service spokesperson said the organisation was
“staggered by the reversal”, which came 30 minutes before the televised address
in which Boris Johnson announced strict new measures to ensure physical
distancing across the UK.
can only assume it is a bureaucratic blunder which will soon be rectified,”
they said. “It simply makes no sense at all that as the prime minister was
ordering people to stay in their homes last night, the Department of Health was
overturning a decision that would have enabled tens of thousands of women to
access early abortion care lawfully at home, protecting their own health, that
of their families, and that of the doctors, nurses and midwives who care for
with heath conditions, those self-isolating or caring for poorly family members
simply cannot leave their homes at the moment – we are being contacted by women
in desperate circumstances, incredibly anxious about what they should do. We
urge the government to reinstate this safe and sensible policy as well as amend
the law to enable one healthcare professional to authorise an abortion.”
current law, women in England must take the first of the two pills required for
a medical abortion in an abortion clinic, but may take the second pill at home,
where they should take it 48-72 hours later. In Scotland and Wales, women may
collect both pills to take home.
Teggart, Amnesty International’s Northern Ireland campaigns manager, said the
organisation was seeking clarification from the government. “The need for this,
particularly during the current Covid-19 pandemic, is evident,” she said. “We
reiterate our calls to the Northern Ireland Office to deliver this service
in South Korea over Telegram sexual abuse ring blackmailing women and girls
sexual blackmail ring that operated on the app Telegram and targeted dozens of
women, including underage girls, has rocked South Korea and triggered demands
for authorities to crack down on the rising number of sexual offences online.
on Wednesday took the unusual step of naming the man who allegedly ran an
online network that lured at least 58 women and 16 girls into what authorities
called “virtual enslavement” by blackmailing them into sending degrading and,
in come cases, violent sexual images of themselves.
Ju-bin faces charges of violating the child protection act, the privacy act and
the sexual abuse act, as well as abuse, threats, and coercion, after he was
identified as the blackmail ring’s leader.
25-year-old, who allegedly used the nickname “baksa,” or “doctor” in Korean, is
accused of distributing and streaming the videos in a group chatroom on the messaging
who have referred the case to prosecutors, made Cho’s name public after a
record five million South Koreans signed multiple petitions on the presidential
office website demanding that authorities reveal his identity.
to those who were hurt by me,” Cho said as he was led out of a police station
in Seoul on Wednesday, but he did not respond when asked by reporters if he had
admitted to the charges. “Thank you for ending the life of a demon that I
decision to release Cho’s name came after the South Korean president, Moon
Jae-in, denounced the crimes as “cruel”, adding that public anger was
will also investigate users who paid up to 1.5m won (US$1,200) in
cryptocurrency payments to view the abusive images allegedly uploaded by Cho.
said more than 260,000 people used similar sites, collectively known as Nth
rooms, according to Yonhap news agency.
allegedly approached women seeking part-time work and offered them payment in
return for nude photographs, Yonhap said. He then allegedly threatened to
reveal the women’s identities unless they sent clips of themselves performing
sexual acts, including those involving violence.
were forced to carve the word “slave” on their bodies and pose in a way that
would prove to chatroom users that they “belonged” to Cho, according to
Korea is already grappling with an epidemic of of secretly filmed images of a
sexual nature, known as molka, which are then shared online.
strict investigation, the police will entirely transform the social apathy to
digital sex crime and strongly root out such crime from our society,” Min
Gap-ryong, the commissioner general of the Korean National Police Agency, said.
agency said 124 suspects had been arrested and 18 operators – including Cho –
of chat rooms on Telegram and other social media had been detained since last
Korea Herald said the Cho case proved the need to strengthen penalties for
sexual crimes. Currently, those found in possession of abusive images of
children receive a year in prison or a fine of 20m won – a penalty the
newspaper described as a “slap on the wrist”
BostonTalks: Women Making History
March is Women’s History Month but, as we all know, events and celebrations
have been disrupted by COVID-19. We’re taking a break from the news updates to
hear some inspiring stories on how these three women have been thriving their
historically male-dominated fields. Join us by watching BostonTalks: Women
Making History (recorded live on March 21).
Myronuk is a filmmaker exploring the intersection of living history theater and
immersive media. She tells the untold stories of women in science, including
Butt, Esq., became the first American Muslim woman to be elected to a
municipality in Massachusetts when she won a seat on the Wakefield Board of
Selectmen in April 2017. A year later, she helped change the board’s name to
the gender-neutral Wakefield Town Council.
Kusnierek is an Emmy-winning Sports Anchor and a passionate advocate for
women’s equality, especially in sports. While she has had her share of
challenges, she has not let them prevent her from thriving as a sports anchor.
digs a little deeper into topics in the news, explores the off-beat and
searches for answers to questions in the world around us. His radio features
can be heard on 89.7 WGBH’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and his
television features can be seen on WGBH’s Greater Boston.
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