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Molestation case: man’s plea of gender dysphoria dismissed

The Delhi High Court has rejected the petition of a man, who claim to have gender dysphoria since childhood, to quash criminal proceedings against him for allegedly molesting a woman colleague.

How The Stream ended up booking more female guests than male

There are many things we say in journalism. Things we've been saying for years. The sort of things that older journalists tell you when you start out in the business.

Musicians decry Hamas ban on co-ed school concerts in Gaza

Two orchestral concerts by students and graduates of Gaza’s decade-old music conservatory have been cancelled after the Hamas authorities insisted for the first time that they could not go ahead with girls and boys playing together on stage.

Judge rules against researcher who lost job over transgender tweets

A researcher who lost her job at a thinktank after tweeting that transgender women cannot change their biological sex has lost a test case because her opinions were deemed to be “absolutist”.

Bailey's FCA risks bonus loss with gender targets unlikely to be met

Senior managers and executives at the Financial Conduct Authority risk having their bonuses cut, after the City regulator said it was unlikely to meet key gender diversity targets under its outgoing chief executive, Andrew Bailey.

The gender gap is on course to close.... in 99 years

The WEF predicted it would take 99.5 years for women to be on an equal footing with men, despite women taking high-profile leadership roles at the European Central Bank and the World Bank, and at the head of several countries including Finland, Germany and New Zealand.

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Mind the gap: On gender gap

Mind the gap: On gender gap

There is no question that the Gender Gap Index presents India with an opportunity to make the necessary amends forthwith. Doing what the government is currently doing is clearly not going to be sufficient; it needs to engage intimately with all aspects indicated by the Index to improve the score, and set targets to reduce the gender gap in the foreseeable future. It will have to drastically scale up efforts it has introduced to encourage women’s participation, and increase opportunities for them. To do so it also needs to make sure there is actual implementation at the ground level. While a good score on any global index is a target worth pursuing, what is being questioned here is basic — is the state reneging on its commitment to half its population? A commitment to ameliorate the conditions for women is a non-negotiable duty of any state.

For women refugees, finding work is doubly hard

For women refugees, finding work is doubly hard

In the 25 years since she was forced to leave her homeland, Congolese refugee Jacqueline Zandamela has built up her own fashion business and raised four children alone after she was widowed in 2001.

Mind the 100-year gap

Mind the 100-year gap

None of us will see gender parity in our lifetimes, and nor likely will many of our children. That’s the sobering finding of the Global Gender Gap Report 2020, which reveals that gender parity will not be attained for 99.5 years.

Trans reforms will not diminish cis women's rights, says Holyrood

Trans reforms will not diminish cis women's rights, says Holyrood

Reforms aimed at simplifying how transgender people change the sex on their birth certificates will not diminish the rights of cis women, the Scottish government has pledged as it seeks to strike a balance on an issue that has polarised opinion and divided the Scottish National party.

Electrification in Indian households benefits men more than women: study

Electrification in Indian households benefits men more than women: study

As new areas gain access to basic levels of electricity, men in these households tend to dominate its use, according to a study conducted in India which suggests that men benefit more than women from such access.

The gender gap is on course to close.... in 99 years

The gender gap is on course to close.... in 99 years

The WEF predicted it would take 99.5 years for women to be on an equal footing with men, despite women taking high-profile leadership roles at the European Central Bank and the World Bank, and at the head of several countries including Finland, Germany and New Zealand.

About half of Nifty50 companies have no women on their leadership teams: study

About half of Nifty50 companies have no women on their leadership teams: study

Pharmaceutical major Cipla is the only company with top tier gender balance amongst all the Nifty50 companies, followed by Tech Mahindra and Infosys. Nestle India tops the gender balance on board of directors, according to a study by myrna labs.

India slips to 112th place on gender gap: World Economic Forum Report

India slips to 112th place on gender gap: World Economic Forum Report

India has slipped four places to rank 112th globally in terms of gender gap amid widening disparity in terms of women’s health and survival and economic participation — the two areas where the country is now ranked in the bottom-five, an annual survey showed on December 17.

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