Sexual harassment

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‘Why must we be silent?’: horrific attack in Kyrgyzstan puts focus on violence against women

Case in which man cut off his ex-wife’s nose and ears – while on probation for raping her – causes huge debate in country where femicide and domestic abuse rifeAsel Nogoibaeva sits up in her hospital bed, with her mutilated face hidden behind bandages …

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‘Every man was drinking’: how much do bans on alcohol help women in India?

Women’s protests led to prohibition in Bihar but can alcohol bans end domestic abuse and harassment?Holding sticks and brooms, the women marched to the liquor shop in the centre of Konar village. It was a rare ambush in the staunchly patriarchal Bihar …

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‘I’m scared of being killed’: sex worker activists speak out

Rights defenders describe threats and abuse while working to protect their communitiesReport: Sex workers fighting for human rights among world’s most ‘at risk activists’A report has found that sex worker activists are among the most at risk human righ…

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Worker at H&M supply factory was killed after months of harassment, claims family

Fashion brand to investigate the death of 20-year-old Jeyasre Kathiravel, reportedly killed by supervisor at Natchi ApparelsThe family of a young garment worker at an H&M supplier factory in Tamil Nadu who was allegedly murdered by her supervisor s…

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To tackle sexual violence in Bangladesh the culture of victim blaming must end

There are still those who ask ‘what was she wearing’. An urgent conversation is needed about toxic masculinity and consentThere has been growing outrage among Bangladeshi citizens over the past two weeks at a string of gruesome gang rapes and sexual as…

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India’s classical music and dance ‘guru’ system hit by abuse allegations

Female musicians say abuse by gurus has been an open secret for years in a culture where ‘toxic and old-fashioned patriarchy’ holds swayOne of India’s most venerated cultural traditions – the centuries-old guru-shishya (disciple) method of learning cla…

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#MeToo Bangladesh: the textile workers uniting against harassment

Women routinely face sexual assault and exploitation in factories, many of which supply western brands. A grassroots movement is helping victims to seek justice Dolly Akhtar was only 16 when she started work in a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, s…

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