Legal assault: Victims of rape in South Asia face further violation from the courts | THE ECONOMIST

WHEN a judge in the high court of the Indian state of Rajasthan recently acquitted a man of rape, he noted of the accuser, “Her hymen was ruptured and vagina admitted two fingers easily. The medical opinion is that the prosecutrix may be accustomed to sexual intercourse.” The implication was that only a virgin can … Continue reading Legal assault: Victims of rape in South Asia face further violation from the courts | THE ECONOMIST

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World Cup fever stokes bitter rivalries in Bangladesh, despite the fact it doesn’t have a team | THE TELEGRAPH

DESPITE the fact that its team has never qualified for the World Cup, football fans in Bangladesh are adopting other country's teams as their own, stoking bitter rivalries. Last week, rival supporters of Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Brazil’s Neymar fought with machetes in the town of Bandar.  One man and his son were critically wounded … Continue reading World Cup fever stokes bitter rivalries in Bangladesh, despite the fact it doesn’t have a team | THE TELEGRAPH

These Rohingya women escaped persecution. Now, they’re fighting for justice.

SINCE August, more than 680,000 Rohingya have fled Burma’s Rakhine state. To escape persecution, they crossed the border into Bangladesh, where they now occupy about 24 refugee camps near Cox’s Bazar. For years, the Rohingya, an ethnically distinct Muslim minority, have clashed with the majority Buddhist population in Burma, also known as Myanmar. The Burmese … Continue reading These Rohingya women escaped persecution. Now, they’re fighting for justice.

How Bangladesh took on a global killer with the world’s only diarrhoeal disease hospital | THE TELEGRAPH

IN Dhaka, Bangladesh, two-month-old Sammiya flops lifelessly in her mother’s arms, her eyes glazed over. She is suffering from diarrhoea. This may not sound life-threatening – for most of us (in the West) diarrhoea is unpleasant, it might ruin a holiday or mean a few days off work at worst – but for many people across the … Continue reading How Bangladesh took on a global killer with the world’s only diarrhoeal disease hospital | THE TELEGRAPH

‘A lot of shame’: Rohingya camps brace for wave of babies conceived in rape | THE WASHINGTON POST

UKHIA, Bangladesh — For the thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled a violent crackdown in Burma, a new crisis looms: The babies conceived in rape are due soon. Doctors Without Borders has recorded 160 cases of pregnant rape victims between August 2017 and February 2018 in the vast refu­gee camps in Bangladesh. That number is expected to rise … Continue reading ‘A lot of shame’: Rohingya camps brace for wave of babies conceived in rape | THE WASHINGTON POST

Rohingya refugees at risk of monsoon misery | THE TELEGRAPH

AID agencies have warned that Rohingya Muslims living in Bangladesh's squalid refugee camps are facing yet more destruction and death due to an impending monsoon.   Since August last year, 700,000 Rohingya have fled from Rakhine state in Myanmar, where, as a Muslim minority, they were persecuted by the Myanmar army and police. They have … Continue reading Rohingya refugees at risk of monsoon misery | THE TELEGRAPH

A pasteurisation machine for breast milk | THE ECONOMIST

It will help Bangladeshi mothers who work in factories FOR the feeding of babies, everyone agrees that “breast is best”. It is not, however, always convenient. Textile workers in Bangladesh, who are mostly women, are entitled to four months’ maternity leave. Once this is over, they often end up parking their children with relatives when … Continue reading A pasteurisation machine for breast milk | THE ECONOMIST

Use it or lose it: EU plans to move closer to the Swedish model for parental leave | THE ECONOMIST

Even as Sweden has second thoughts about aspects of its ultra-generous system WHEN Johan Braven had his first child he took nine months of leave. For the second he took ten months, the same amount as his wife. “I was afraid of not having the bond if I didn’t spend time at home with the … Continue reading Use it or lose it: EU plans to move closer to the Swedish model for parental leave | THE ECONOMIST

‘I can pedal faster than a man can run’ – how bikes are changing the dynamic on Africa’s roads | THE GUARDIAN

Campaigns to get people cycling are focusing on girls and women, making it easier for them to get to school, helping with business and reducing sex attacks A teenage girl cycles down a dusty road in rural Ghana, a younger sibling balanced precariously on the back of her saddle. A dozen other cyclists are pedalling up … Continue reading ‘I can pedal faster than a man can run’ – how bikes are changing the dynamic on Africa’s roads | THE GUARDIAN

Failure to launch | THE ECONOMIST

French Guiana, in South America, seeks more autonomy from France Protests in the second-poorest of France’s overseas departments enter their fifth week OF ALL the voters fuming about neglect by out-of-touch politicians in distant Paris, the people of French Guiana have perhaps the strongest case. It is the second-poorest of France’s five overseas departments (DOMs). … Continue reading Failure to launch | THE ECONOMIST

The Economist explains: Why shark attacks are on the rise in Réunion | THE ECONOMIST

Overfishing and the island’s unique geography both play a role WHEN Julian Creedon moved from Jersey to Réunion in 2006 the island seemed like a surfer’s paradise: “White beaches, epic waves, it was perfect.” But last month Alexandre Naussance, a 26-year-old fellow surfer, became the eighth person to be killed by a shark in the … Continue reading The Economist explains: Why shark attacks are on the rise in Réunion | THE ECONOMIST

Marine Le Pen and post-colonial overseas departments | AL JAZEERA

Scattered across the globe, thousands of miles away from the mainland, France's overseas departments are often sidelined by the country's politicians - except during the run-up to presidential elections. In November, Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front, visited Reunion and Mayotte in the Indian Ocean, then French Guiana in the Caribbean in December. The same month … Continue reading Marine Le Pen and post-colonial overseas departments | AL JAZEERA

Belgian girls aren’t easy | THE ECONOMIST

Europe is trying to teach its gender norms to refugees. This turns out to be more complicated than it sounds WHEN Julian Creedon moved from Jersey to Réunion in 2006 the island seemed like a surfer’s paradise: “White beaches, epic waves, it was perfect.” But last month Alexandre Naussance, a 26-year-old fellow surfer, became the eighth … Continue reading Belgian girls aren’t easy | THE ECONOMIST